Laura Abigail'sblog of manythings!

Loading Summer – 99%

75% would have been enough to be honest. Who decided 31°C (87.8 °F) was a great idea? Someone somewhere is laughing because 31°C seems pathetic – 31 feels bloody hot over here, seriously! D’you know that bubble wrap we all used to love as a kid? That’s what my back looks like after having been to a place called ‘outside’. In case anyone was still wondering, yes, this is the reason I’m always so white. I don’t do brown, it’s either white or red. I prefer white. And computers.

Hello, by the way!

Where I have been? Hah! … Er… Right here. Most of the time. I turned 22, which was the perfect opportunity for some of my family members to come over and hug me (eww). They also love putting food in me, asking me how it feels to be older,… you get the idea. They even stopped by a day early this year. (probably because I try to escape them every single year on my birthday. Guilty.) The things you have to go trough just because some people love you, man! I don’t think I can do 22 though, so I’ve decided to stay 21 for another year. Did someone say quarter-life crisis?

As you can see I now have a brand new website. The old one was becoming a bit old-fashioned. It’s not completely finished yet though. Also, I didn’t feel the need to update my blog because I was still busy retouching some of my personal work and I didn’t really have anything to share. I can’t wait to have a brand new portfolio online, I want all of my old work gone, but it’s going to take time. (mostly because I don’t have a lot of spare time these days – well, months – ever, which is a good thing I suppose)

I once said I was going to post something new every month. I obviously failed horribly, so I won’t do that again. I have a finished editorial ready on my computer. Let’s get that thing published (and hopefully up on the blog soon), shall we!

See you all soon(ish)! … You know.


My wonderful team:
Photographer & Retoucher : Laura Abigail (obviously)
Model: Lola Haro @ Dominique Models
MUA: Michelle Hubird
Hair: Linda Celesta
Styling: Tinneke Geenen

As always I will hunt you down and eat your body parts if you use my pictures without my permission, so be a nice person and ask. There happens to be a huge contact form on this website.

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Whoa! It’s a blog update!

Here I am again! I’m so hopeless when it comes to updating my blog. SORRY! :)

I guess I just didn’t have any interesting work to show you. I’ve spent quite a lot of time retouching for clients and doing test shoots. After weeks of working on serious jobs I decided to take the weekend off to work on my personal projects. On Saturday we shot an editorial(ish) thingy. Not going to give away too much as I’m still retouching it. Looks great though! I’ll tell you all about it as soon as it’s finished.

I Will leave you with this picture I shot yesterday. (What?)

**Please don’t edit/use my pictures without my permission**

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Retouchers work for free, right?

No. Not right.

The Story of Brian the photographer.

Let me tell you the story of Brian the photographer. Brian asked how much I want for a picture, and then asked if he could pay less than that. My reaction: Okay, I’ll just spend less time on your pictures, as long as I don’t have to work for less than my hourly rate I don’t mind really. – Notice the problem? I didn’t see it at the time, starting your own business is a learning curve, but he doesn’t want to pay for quality. I didn’t earn less money because he paid less/picture, that’s not what it’s about. His attitude is the problem. – He gave me a few shots to edit and was very happy with the results. – sounds good, right? But then it all went wrong, you see, I sent the man my invoice, and a few days later I received this email.

Basically, what he’s asking here is if I could do him a favour and either give up some of my spare time – and as a business owner I don’t have a lot of it, so I don’t want to spend it in front of my computer – or earn less money. I mailed him back and explained that I am running a business and that TF (Time for print/cd) doesn’t pay the bills. I told him that it would be like going to a restaurant and asking for a free meal. (I’d be eating all day if that worked!) He never paid my invoice. Lesson learned the hard way.

But you are too expensive!

For some people I probably am, yes. The thing is though, I spend all day in front of a screen making sure that your pictures are perfect and your clients happy. My eyes get red, tired and start hurting – I’m crying as we speak, I’m in the middle of editing 90 shots for a lookbook – I have to concentrate for hours and hours, and I will always reply to your mails within a few hours – yes, even at 3am. A lot of pictures and projects take 6 hours and in some cases days of retouching, I don’t just sit here pushing buttons, it really is not that simple. Give 10 retouchers the same picture and you’ll get 10 completely different results because they will each have their own vision of how the picture should look.

So if you pay a an awful lot of money for an iPhone “because the quality is great!” … Why wouldn’t you spend money on the person that comes in after you’ve done your shoot and works really hard to make sure that your pictures turn out the way you want them to turn out? You can find retouchers that work for cheap all over the internet, surely there is a reason your mail asking about retouching rates is in my inbox and not in theirs?

Oh hang on…

It’s not just me, this happens to a lot of great retouchers and photographers (and other creatives). Maybe it’s because people have no idea how much work retouching really is if you want to do it the right way. Maybe it’s because people will always try to get things for free if given the chance – Musicians will know what I’m on about here, why would you buy a cd if you can download it for free, right? – The answer isn’t that hard to find: RESPECT. The internet has opened a new world, and respect is something that’s often missing, from expecting to get everything for free, to internet bullying, to stealing images and not asking the owner’s permission.

Laura Abigail went on the internet and found…

A while ago I was browsing Tumblr and came across a video. I usually only post my own work on my Tumblr blog, but I just had to share this. Someone on the other side of my internet is making a website where people can go and find a professional retoucher. It’ll hopefully be a place where photographers don’t go and expect to find a cheap retoucher but a good one. And yes, I’m very much looking forward to such a place. I can only hope this website works out and I wish the person that’s making it all the best. I’ll be on there the moment it launches!

Why to hire a PRO retoucher (Seriously, go watch it!)

On a personal note.

I hope everyone had a great start of the year. I’m going to try to completely replace my portfolio with a brand new one this year, so hopefully a lot of shooting will be going on in between my retouching and television gigs.

Much love, (Except for Brian)

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Top Gear Live

Gosh but I’m horrible at posting on a regular basis. It’s probably going to be one post/month from now on, unless something really exciting happens or unless I’ve got a lot to post. (But we all know I don’t share a lot of my work so… er… I wouldn’t hold my breath. – unless you’re an annoying person, in that case, please do hold your breath. – Just kidding.)

I’ve been photographing Top Gear Live last week. I really enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to share some pictures. And when I say “some pictures” I do mean “some” pictures. Yeah, 3 pictures. Impressive, I know.

No extremely interesting life events to report, so I’m just going to sneak out and leave you here with my pictures.

See you at the end of the month! … probably.

PS: If anyone wants to see a slightly larger version of pictures 1 & 3, go to my music & event portfolio :) More pictures here as I am a kind woman and decided to give some to TTOM.

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Le cold’ish September has arrived.

Whoa! Where did the summer go?! It’s getting quite cold outside now! I’m not complaining though. I’ve had a few months of very hard work, seriously, this “running a business thing” is exhausting! I’ve been doing more work for the telly (I’ve been working as a stills photographer, maybe I’ll tell you more about it later… Or maybe I won’t… We’ll see), I’ve been shooting, I’ve been retouching,… Now that it’s getting colder I’ll probably do a bit more retouching and less shooting though. I don’t really like being out there in the cold. (But if you fancy hiring me and you’d like to shoot outside, please do contact me, I won’t complain, promise! – Do bring cookies.)

I’ve been working on many projects with a lot of great artists/photographers/… . As you all know I don’t share a lot of my work for clients, but this picture I really wanted to share. I’m not sure why, but I really like it. You can find the photographer here.

Will try to post soon!
Love, Abby.

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