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The book is out! Thanks to everyone for the great feedback and wonderful reviews! You can get it you can get it at Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

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Get the files to follow along with the book here. Download: Vania_Hires_files.zip (423 MB)

News / Events

Watch my PDN presentation on Photodemy

In October 2016, I presented “Beauty retouching: skin, light and color” at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. If you missed it, or just want to rewatch the presentation, the good folks at Photodemy have made it available. Use the referral code below to watch the premium course: https://photodemy.com/en/p/8ac928af83fd/en/course/beauty-retouching-skin-light-and-color/

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PDN PhotoPlus Convention 2016

CONFERENCE: OCT. 19 – OCT. 22, 2016 EXPO: OCT. 20 – OCT. 22, 2016 JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER, NEW YORK CITY I’m doing a seminar at PhotoPlus this year: Beauty Retouching: Skin, Light and Color It’s going to be on Friday morning from 8am till 10am. You can sign up for my seminar here. UPDATED OCT. 12! Here is the PDF that goes with my PhotoPlus seminar: High End Fashion and Beauty Retouching for Fashion and Beauty Retouching Register here and recieve a 20% discount on your registration!

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Retouching Workshops This Fall at SVA

I will be teaching at the School of Visual Arts here in New York City this fall. If you want to hone your skills and maybe learn something new, check out the courses. There will be 2 courses – one in October and one in November. The first will be focusing on the artistic and business aspects of professional beauty retouching.  Not only will we cover retouching techniques to create that perfect image, but how to work with clients as well.  The second class is focusing taking an image from beginning to finish and all the steps in-between with basic and advanced retouching techniques. The courses are… The Business of Beauty Retouching October 10-11, 10am-5pm Course#: SWC-2331-A Advanced Beauty Retouching Techniques November 14-15, 10am-5pm Course#: SWC-2334-A I do hope to see you there. I’ve taught there a few years now, so if you want to know what my classes are …

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PDN PhotoPlus Convention 2014

CONFERENCE: OCT. 29 – NOV. 1, 2014 EXPO: OCT. 30 – NOV. 1, 2014 JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER, NEW YORK CITY I’m doing TWO new seminars at PhotoPlus this year: Retouching Techniques for the Professional Look and Product Retouching and Compositing I’m being sponsored by ADOBE so you know there will be some nice giveaways! You can sign up for my seminars HERE. Hope to see you all there. Be sure and check out the other great Photography centered seminars going on all week!!

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SVA Weekend Workshop – September 20-21, 2014

The September SVA workshop is almost here! You can sign-up at the School of Visual Arts! The artistic and business aspects of professional beauty retouching will be addressed in this course. We will cover retouching techniques that include maintaining skin texture, enhancing make-up and improving body contours that are used to make the beautiful look perfect. Additionally, the course will address working with clients, negotiating “redos” and submitting final files. PREREQUISITE: SMC-2221, Introduction to Photoshop, or equivalent.

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Speaking Engagement at the PDN Expo, Oct. 2013

I’m speaking again at the 2013 PDN Photoplus Expo, October 24th, 2013 at 1:30pm.  You can go here for more info: http://www.photoplusexpo.com/seminars/seminar-schedule The title of my course is “Retouching Techniques for the Professional Look”, and it covers just that: taking your project from start to professional finish.  I’ll go over some of the techniques I use every day to bring final and professionally finished images to my clients. I hope to see you there! The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 23,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Explore over 300 exhibits, see thousands of new products, attend conference seminars, keynote presentations, special events & much more. – PDN Photoplus International Conference, http://www.photoplusexpo.com/

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Retouching Workshop, March 9th, 2013… in Italy!

That’s right!  I’ll be doing a one-day seminar on high-end retouching in Milan on March 9th, 2013, and again in Rome on the 10th.  Hosted by Marianna Santoni – www.mariannasantoni.com. There’s a wonderful page describing the workshop.  Please check it out – in Italian or English. English Version Italian Version

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Speaking at PhotoPlus Expo, October 2012

The PhotoPlus Expo is coming up again!  You might have heard me talk about speaking there last year.  Well, I’m doing it again with a hands-on glamour & fashion retouching course.  The course/workshop runs on October 25th, 2012 at 8:45AM – 10:45AM, titled Glamour & Fashion Retouching.  Get more info at the pdn PhotoPlus website. I will be demonstrating high-end, professional beauty retouching in a few situations.  Main points will be enhancing eyes, working up lips, masking and color correction and how/when to add texture. If nothing else, come check out the PhotoPlus Conference + Expo running October 24-27 at the Jacob Javits Center here in New York City and is the largest photography even in the US.  Surely you’ll find something useful, helpful or inspiring.

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Teaching Beauty Retouching at SVA, Fall 2012

Yes, that’s right.  Teaching all summer hasn’t slowed me down.  I’ll be teaching two classes this fall at SVA and would love to see you there. The Business of Beauty Retouching Sept. 22 – 23, 10am – 5pm The artistic and business aspects of professional beauty retouching will be addressed in this course. We will cover retouching techniques that include maintaining skin texture, enhancing make-up and improving body contours that are used to make the beautiful look perfect. Additionally, the course will address working with clients, negotiating “redos” and submitting final files. Course #SWC-2331-A – Register here » Advanced Beauty Retouching Techniques Oct. 13 – 14, 10am – 5pm Creating an advertising image begins with multiple retouching decisions, and ends with a single image ready for publication. In this course, we will review this process using basic retouching skills as well as new techniques. Students will compose multiple image files, …

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Teaching this Summer, SVA in 2012

I will be teaching at the School of Visual Arts here in New York City again this summer. If you want to hone your skills and maybe learn something new, check out the courses. There will be 3 courses – one in June, two in July.  The first two will be focusing on the artistic and business aspects of professional beauty retouching.  Not only will we cover retouching techniques to create that perfect image, but how to work with clients as well.  The third class is focusing taking an image from beginning to finish and all the steps in-between with basic and advanced retouching techniques. The courses are… The Business of Beauty Retouching June 2 – 3, 10am – 5pm Course#: SWC-2331-A The Business of Beauty Retouching July 7-8, 10am – 5pm Course#: SWC-2331-B Advanced Beauty Retouching Techniques July 28-29, 10am-5pm Course#: SWC-2334-A I do hope to see you there. …

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Upcoming Workshop

I’ll be teaching a course at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops this summer, July 15th – July 20th, with David Robin. The course is “Lighting and Retouching for Portrait and Beauty”.  Information can be found here. More details will be posted in March, so keep an eye out! The Santa Fe Workshops is a year-round educational center in New Mexico focused on all things photography.  If you’re interested in growing your photography skills, fine or professional, they’re definitely worth a look. “Lighting and Retouching for Portrait and Beauty” with David Robin, Carrie Beene. July 15 – July 20

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Upcoming Speaking/Teaching Engagements

The big PhotoPlus Conference is coming up! If you don’t know about PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, it’s one of the biggest and best phototography expos and conferences around and held annually here in NYC. If you’re a photographer or in the industry, it’s a must-see. I have two Hands-On Masterclass Seminars at PhotoPlus this year – one for Product retouching and one for Beauty retouching.  Head on over to the PhotoPlus Seminar Schedule, register, and join up.  I’d love to see you there. Descriptions from the PhotoPlus websites below… Thu, Oct 27, 2011 – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Professional Beauty Retouching Seminar Description: Using a dramatic cosmetic beauty shot as a starting point, retouching professional Carrie Beene will demonstrate how to enhance a variety of beauty situations called for in real world professional retouching during this two-hour hands-on session. Emphasis will be placed on high end retouching at a professional …

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Recent Interview at MasteringPhoto.com

I was recently interviewed about the website and creating an online presence By Melissa Standford of MasteringPhoto.com.  Some good questions.  Please give it a read. Direct link to article »

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Teaching Summer Classes at SVA, 2011

If you’re interested in learning even more about beauty photographic retouching – techniques or the business – check out my classes this summer at the School of Visual Arts here in New York City. There are 3 classes to choose from.  In the first 2 of the 3, The Business of Beauty Retouching , I cover retouching techniques for high-end beauty retouching including maintaining skin texture, enhancing make-up and improving body contours to make the beautiful look perfect.  Also, the course will address working with clients, negotiating “redos” and submitting the final files. These 2 classes 2 days of 7 hours each and run June 4th – 5th, and July 9th -10th. The 3rd class, Advanced Beauty Retouching Techniques, reviews the process of taking an image and multiple retouching decisions and ending with a single image ready for publication utilizing basic retouching skills as well as new techniques.  Students will …

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Interview at The Photoletariat

I was recently interviewed about the upcoming book (only a couple weeks now until release!) by Hannah Gal at The Photoletariat (thephotoletariat.com).  We talk a bit about the book and the photo and retouching industry as a whole. You can read the interview here.

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RetouchPro, “The Spread” – live on Saturday, January 15th

Got a live webcast at RetouchPro today. Hope you join! Get more info here. I am going to build a beauty spread, like the ones you see in at the cosmetics counter. A spread usually consists of a Beauty shot, Products and a Lifestyle shot (full body). Being conscientious while compiling a complicated composition such as a spread is very important; that means proper layer order! We will also talk about using the proper tool for the job, yes, we’re taking about the Brushes Panel. and we will talk about why that’s important when you are retouching skin. This retouch is “the ground rules” for success. This webcast is today, Saturday, January 15, at 4pm CDT. Click the following link for details and ticket sales: http://www.retouchpro.com/index.php?page=beene

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“Encrusted” – beauty retouch rebroadcast at RetouchPro

RetouchPro is rebroadcasting one of my live videos this Wednesday, December 15th, featuring a photo by my friend Rick Day.  Check it out! You can also see the final product in the Beauty gallery here on my site. Details from RetouchPro’s newsletter: Encrust: to decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems) On our next RetouchPRO LIVE rebroadcast, professional retoucher Carrie Beene will not be adding gems, they were already there. But she will be retouching the model they’re glued to. Carrie has retouched for M.A.C., Revlon, Maybelline, Elizabeth Arden, L’oreal, Chantecaille, DEVA, Shape Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. And now she is retouching for you. Watch in real time as she performs this beauty retouch from start-to-finish. Wednesday, December 15, 6am or 2pm CST (see link below for other time zones) Click the following link for details and ticket sales: http://www.retouchpro.com/index.php?page=rebroadcast If you watch …

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Video Interview with Persephone’s Beauty Blog

I was lucky enough to be interviewed recently in a great video by Chayo Mata over at Persephone’s Beauty Blog about retouching and my upcoming book (available for preorder!). Check out the nice things she had to say over at her site (direct link to article) where you can watch the video (also below via YouTube). Chayo is a wonderfully talented beauty and fashion photographer here in New York who’s work you can see at persephonesbeautyblog.com and chayo.net. Don’t forget about my book! It’s available for pre-order at Focal Press, Elsevier and Amazon.

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