Amy Read

High end retoucher

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationSevenhampton, Swindon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsRetoucher - Photographer - Art Director

About me

Hello, I'm Amy and I am a creative and optimistic people person. I am driven by my desire to overcome challenges, to help others, to share ideas, to learn new skills and to see the world from different perspectives, Having studied arts subjects through GCSEs, A-Levels and a Foundation Diploma, I graduated with a degree in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster in 2011. Since then I have worked in events, reportage, fine art and studio portrait photography, and in the last 3 years have specialised in high end Retouching. In the last 2 years I have discovered a passion for travel, a pass time that feeds my creativity, sense of adventure and thirst for knowledge. On a personal level, my creativity is an outlet for my emotional response to the world, and on a professional level is inspired by a shared desire to communicate ideas. In world of constant visual stimuli, I strive to produce innovative work that stands out from the crowd. With my naturally harmonious outlook, I like to encourage a supportive and positive work environment and thrive when working as a team member. I work hard and feel the importance of showing gratitude to others who do the same. At present, I am working as a freelancer in high end retouching and photography, whilst using my spare time to pursue personal creative projects.


  • Visual Arts
  • Commercial Photography
  • Retouching
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Fine Art
  • Multi-media Artist
  • Documentary
  • Creative
  • Human Interest
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative Direction
  • Social
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom

Work history


High end Retoucher

Hempstead May

Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
  • High end fashion, beauty, product, fine art, advertising retouching. Excellent understanding of Adobe Photoshop software for performing work related tasks, colour correction, photographic effects, complex image compositions. Managing retouching jobs, directing retouching team, in charge of workflow and ensuring deadlines are met. Training new staff members in systems and working methods.



BA(Hons) Photographic Arts

University of Westminster

Aug 2008 - May 2011
  • Photographic arts


Fine Art Foundation

University of Gloucestershire

Aug 2007 - May 2008
  • A year of creative experimentation, in multiple mediums, namely; sculpture, life drawing, stop motion animation, photography, textiles, painting, book making and illustration. I specialised in Photography and received a Distinction for my final major project which was an interactive photographic installation piece.



Cirencester Tertiary College

Aug 2005 - May 2007
  • Cirencester College ran a fantastic introduction to Photography course. During my first year I learnt basic photographic theory and techniques in black and white film photography, including darkroom hand printing and film processing. I received an A for my final major project at AS Level with a selection of black and white hand prints, whereby I exposed multiple negatives onto each print to create surreal photomontages. In my second year we were taught about digital techniques in photography. It was here that I discovered the uses of Photoshop in Photography. I received an A for my A2 final major project, with a series of digitally manipulated black and white landscapes, whereby I used Photoshop to comp dramatic skies onto shots of gothic churches and abbeys.



Brewery arts prize for creative art