Working photographers will get loopy Photoshop requests on occasion however it seems Megan Kelly will get greater than most after attaining fame for her video collection: “Issues individuals have requested me to edit.”
Within the outrageous collection, Kelly particulars requests akin to; take out my ex boyfriend, add in my lifeless grandparent, make me skinnier, take away all of the individuals from the vacationer spot, and many others. However the portrait and wedding ceremony photographer tells PetaPixel that nothing phases her anymore.
“I perceive what it’s prefer to have one thing small that bothers you within the picture and everybody has various things they’re self-conscious about, and I’ve the abilities to assist them,” Kelly says.
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Nevertheless, it’s not all enjoyable and video games. Some requests that Kelly has acquired have been due to a severe incident.
“I had a bride who requested me to edit out one of many groomsman in all the photographs from the marriage as he had sexually assaulted her sister the day earlier than.
“The edits had been actually tough and complicated since he tried to be the focus quite a bit, however I managed to get him out of them.
“I didn’t put up this in fact, I don’t put up except I’ve permission and issues like this are actually delicate for individuals even when the modifying is fascinating.”
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Kelly began the collection throughout the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic after experiencing a gradual season with individuals staying at dwelling so she determined to check out a brand new social media platform known as TikTok.
“I wished to put up one thing that was totally different than everybody else, one thing that might stand out. I attempted serious about what individuals thought was cool about my pictures and I really do not forget that most individuals would simply sit over my shoulder in awe as they watched me edit,” explains Kelly.
“Folks have performed it for years and at all times mentioned how briskly I used to be and the way good I used to be. I imply I don’t actually get it, it’s simply me modifying.
“However I knew it was totally different than others so I attempted posting about edits that I do that the majority photographers don’t, and it rapidly obtained to 1,000,000 views.
“So I stored going, recording, and posting random issues that I edit whereas operating by way of my pictures.”
Kelly thinks that not solely is entertaining for individuals to observe, however it additionally enlighten the lay individual that not the whole lot they see could be believed.
“It’s additionally opened up some possibilities for individuals to ship me pictures of theirs to edit in the event that they run into one thing tough.
“It takes up SO a lot of my time that I might need to cease doing that however I actually attempt to reply everybody’s messages regardless that it’s lots of of them each time I put up a video about issues individuals ask me to edit.”
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Kelly, based mostly close to Salt Lake Metropolis, has been taking pictures weddings and portraiture for 10 years and desires individuals to know that it’s completely okay to be a photographer that doesn’t do some of these edits.
Ethics in Enhancing
“There are at all times these individuals who really feel (and touch upon TikTok) that modifying pictures is ‘improper’ or ‘isn’t even an image anymore’ or ‘faux’ or ‘not genuine,’ she says.
“My husband put it in a good looking manner, he loves my epic model and modifying methods as a result of it makes the photographs make you are feeling how you probably did throughout the shoot.
“I would like them to take a look at the picture and really feel that happiness and journey and bliss from our session and their time with their family members, not have a look at the picture and see a bunch of vacationers within the again, or that their costume is scrunched up or their hair had a bunch of fly-aways.
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“Most of my edits are literally minor and I by no means change individuals to look completely totally different than who they’re. I simply take away the minor issues which may distract them from that feeling. That emotional connection to the session.”
For extra of Kelly’s work go to her web site, TikTok, and Instagram.
Picture credit: All pictures by Megan Kelly