A question I get asked regularly is "why does photo retouching cost more?" To answer this question I'll reveal the top two reasons why. Here it is:
1. It's a very time-consuming and detail-oriented process. I can sometimes spend up to three hours retouching just one photo. This isn't because someone has an unfortunate face. It's because the highly detailed process of photo retouching requires a lot of time. When I go over your image with a fine tooth comb I could end-up making nearly 30 edits to the image. For example, I adjust the contrast, deepen the richness of color, fix backgrounds, define facial features, brighten eyes, remove stray hairs, smooth skin, reshape hairdos, arch eyebrows, thin-out waists, shape arms, even out legs and much more.
2. It's an improvement on the original image. If I were a tailor and told you there would be an additional cost for me to take-in the waist and hem your pants, in addition to just repairing a torn pocket, you likely wouldn't argue with me. You would understand that I 'd be making a custom-fit alteration to the original pair of pants that betters your experience when wearing the pants. The same idea applies to photo retouching. When I retouch your photos I am improving upon the final presentation of your image to give you a boost to put your best look forward to all who see it.
I hope this provides a bit of insight! Now, check out the photo below. What differences do you notice? After seeing this, would you pay for photo retouching?... Let me know in the comments!