I am a designer/retoucher with over 39 years of experience, specializing in design, high-end retouching, and finishing. I live in Wisconsin with my wife, Dara, and our two four-legged, tail-wagging girls, Emma and Maya. It is evident that Dara is the beauty and brains of the family – the jury is still out on the role I play. We are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, and are bound to His Word and His Word only.
I have a few design awards here and there, and of them, I am proudest of the ones received in pre-digital days. I'm also a self-taught photographer – with a lot to learn. But I sure have fun doing it!
Besides designing and retouching, I am also a finisher. Now to answer the big question: what the heck is a finisher? Contrary to popular belief, it has very little to do with production. A finisher is someone that completes a client's vision, whether it be adjusting color harmonies, providing a consistent overall color/tonal look, changing the color weight and model, or locking a floating white point. It's intimidating and exhilarating at the same time.
I am comfortable learning any new software, but my programs of choice are Capture One Pro (9 yrs. experience), Adobe Photoshop (31 yrs. experience), Adobe InDesign (20 yrs. experience), and Adobe Illustrator (31 yrs. experience).