Street Art and Fashion Photography

My husband found this vacant lot in East Hollywood and pointed it out to me.  Some local artists had placed painted doors and other objects covered in graffiti amidst the waist-high weeds and broken beer bottles. Because this sort of impromptu art gallery is often short-lived we pulled over and took some photos that afternoon.

Aren’t the photos spectacular? You might be surprised to hear that when my husband first showed them to me I asked if we could go back and take them over.  The late afternoon light was harsh and I was critical of how I looked in the photos. Hugo reassured me that he would take care of everything on the computer. He has not let me down yet so I decided to trust his judgement and see what he could make of them.

I’ve noticed a number of people discussing photo retouching and the use of post editing computer software to alter images used in personal style blogs. Many people say they do not use these tools.  They want their images to be a true recreation of who they are.  Maybe I’m just artsy, but I love what my husband does to his photos of me after he’s taken them.  He believes that images are a kind of language, a language that’s now available to everyone with access to a computer and the freedom of the web. He wants to create memorable images and feels strongly that the kind of alterations he does enhances and sometimes creates a whole feeling to the photos that is not evident in real life.  Would you ever know from these photos that just a few yards away were four lanes of rush hour traffic and that there were another group of people taking photos in the same spot?  It’s the work my husband did to the images after the fact that gives them their saturated colors and creepy, twilight vibe.

I’m wearing my favorite denim jacket over a purple jersey blouse and teal jeans. On my feet are the most unsuitable, impractical shoes I own: purple suede peep-toe platform heels decorated with strips of navy blue suede. It was love at first sight but I still struggle to find ways to wear them. The new black clutch that I’m currently wearing with everything is showing off its removable silver chain shoulder strap.

  • Denim Jacket – Tommy Hilfiger
  • Blouse – Veronica M
  • Necklace – Elizabeth Cole via
  • Clutch – purchased at Nordstrom
  • Jeans – Mother
  • Shoes – Nine West

How do you feel about photo retouching and image enhancement in personal style blogs?



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28 Responses to Street Art and Fashion Photography

  1. Alexis Grace March 19, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Great location!

    And I love what your husband does to the photos of you! There is always a dreamy quality about your photos and I feel like the style is distinct to your blog. Ignore anyone challenging it!!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 19, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Alexis! So far no one has challenged the use of photo retouching on my blog, but I’ve noticed it’s being discussed by others so I wanted to use this post to discuss it myself.

  2. anne aka SpyGirl
    March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Hugo does a fantastic job and really creates a whole world with his photographs of you. I love what he does. He uses photoshop in an artistic and creative way, like a painter uses a paint brush.

    The type of retouching I DON’T like to see is bad photoshop work such as obvious blurring of areas to hide cellulite or stretching the entire image to look “thinner” — in fact any sort of retouching to hide “flaws” only makes those “flaws” more obvious. (I won’t give examples, I don’t want to be mean.)
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    • anne aka SpyGirl
      March 19, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      btw, I see no evidence of this on YOUR blog!

    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

      Maybe you could give me the examples privately? I know with your eye you can spot them, I’m a little out of it that way. Glad you like what Hugo does though!

  3. donyel March 19, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    i love this! very artsy! and whatever your husband does with the pictures, it’s magical.


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  4. TheFashionistachic March 19, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    You are WAY CUTE!! You totally remind me of Sabrina, Samantha’s sister from BeWitch if ?you are old enough to remember. Are you related by any chance?
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      I wish I was related to Elizabeth Montgomery! She was so beautiful. Love her style in Bewitched too. A-line skirts, sweater sets, that big blond hair. It was great.

  5. SACRAMENTO March 19, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I think the photographs are brilliant, and you husband has done a really good job, based on your beauty and the art around you. Well done to the two of you.
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  6. Terri
    March 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    How great to have a partner who scouts great locations AND produces such beautiful photos! I don’t actually do much to my own photos–straighten, auto-retouch, and crop, but that is not because I’m against good retouching. The saturation in these photos makes for beautiful photography.

    And I love the purple pumps!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Retouching is time consuming for sure. My husband enjoys the post editing process, but I would never have the patience to teach it to myself.

  7. Patricia Streeter
    March 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Your photos and attire are fantastic as always. I like being able to alter my photos. I take pictures for my Army ROTC program and have to touch up some of them. It’ll be a great action shot but the lighting is a bit rough or to dark.
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      It is nice to be able to alter photos that could be perfect but just need a little help. My husband is much better at photoshop than I am though. All I can do is crop.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Well clearly with a photog husband with talent like this, I say why not, the editing looks smashing, as always wonderful photos! I think street art always makes for a unique and artistic experience. -xo
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      The street art was really special, I agree. Thank you too.

  9. A Brit Greek
    March 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Holy Hotness! You look terrific and these shots are pretty amazing too. I love the contrast and how the light falls in the shots, very surreal! Your hubster did a great job. I don’t mind retouching as long as it’s good – Enhancing to make a photo look better is what works for me.

    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      I’m so glad you like the photos too!

    March 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I have a huuuge crush on you in that third photo! And I don’t mind photo editing/retouching at all, just as much as I don’t mind “crappy” photos. I think both can be interesting, though too much of anything is too much. At any rate, I love your photoshoots and find them super inspiring!!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      Thank you! I like looking at all kinds of photos on blogs too.

  11. Sylvia
    March 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    I agree about the retouching. All my photos go through Lightroom. There is always something that can be improved. Exposure, color, clarity. I don’t spend a whole lot of time on it though as it just takes too long! I think that one of your responsibilities as a blogger is to give your viewer nice images. I’m sure readers would not delight in seeing closeup of my wrinkles all the time! And I love to see arty images!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      My husband uses lightroom too. He loves it! I’m glad I’m not the only one who softens the wrinkles on photos.

  12. Stacey - Total City Girl
    March 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Glad your husband is enjoying photography so much!
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    • Heather Fonseca March 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Hopefully he’ll continue enjoying it. I’m afraid he’ll get bored but he has loved photography for years so hopefully it’ll last.

  13. fashion photography July 2, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    she look nice and she wear nice cloths and the troubleshoot and the color of the girls is nice and these pictures are very nice


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