Emma Jacob


London, United Kingdom
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About me

I've been photo retouching for over a decade, in addition to previous experience in graphic design and fashion illustration, enabling me to bring a nuanced depth to every project. I have a comprehensive grasp of lighting and anatomy and can handle complex briefs that require unique elements created from scratch or further embellishments. I've delivered highest quality retouching on hundreds of ad campaigns, editorials, & e-commerce projects for leading global agencies & brands, including Burberry, Vogue, Gucci, HSBC, and L'Oréal, covering the full production lifecycle, whether on my own or as part of a team. I've developed many long-term relationships and collaborations within the industry. In 2011, I co-founded Isolarity to provide services with a personal touch to a broad client base. Exclusively represented by Happy Finish for 11 years, I decided to part ways (05/2020), preferring the opportunity to forge new working relationships directly with clients again.

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  • Advanced Retouching
  • Colour Grading

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Happy Finish

    Happy Finish

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    Isolarity Ltd

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      Emma Jacob Illustration

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        Maiden Outdoor Advertising

        Work history


        Principal Retoucher

        Isolarity Ltd

        Feb 2011
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Exclusively represented by Happy Finish: 02/2011 - 05/2020 • Co- founded Isolarity Ltd to provide high-end retouching solutions to creative agencies and photographers. • Collaborating with photographers and agencies to maintain fair and accurate schedules to deliver high quality work consistently and on time. • Maintaining communication between multiple teams in the creative process. • Working as a cohesive team with other retouchers to produce quick turnaround/high volume projects when needed. • Providing training and guidance on retouching practices and QA procedures to juniors. • Removing imperfections, compositing, colour correcting and colour grading images as directed. • Color matching of products from samples provided by the client. • Using high-end, non-destructive techniques for retouching images including dodge and burn tools. • Creating and maintaining standards and systems for retouching on all assets produced. • Managing file & folder structures. • Preparing, naming and filing all images according to production specs. • Clients have included: Victoria Beckham, House of Fraser, Gucci, Ted Baker, Vogue, Vanity Fair. • Photographers worked with: Vincent Peters, Mariano Vivanco, John-Paul Pietrus, Damon Baker.


        Assistant Retoucher

        Happy Finish

        May 2009 - Feb 2011
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Worked closely with Director/Principal Retoucher to learn advanced retouching techniques. • Supported Principal, Senior and Mid-Weight Retouchers in delivering retouched assets to prestigious clients. • Clients included: D&G, Cesare Paciotti, Frankie Morello, Clarks, Lisa Eldridge, Boots.


        Feb 2005 - Nov 2005
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • • responsible for design, art working and production of promotional literature for print. • Co-ordinated campaigns and briefed photographers. • Collaborated with the sales teams to create professional visual concepts. • Generated ideas to enhance campaigns for clients such as Microsoft XBOX, Nike and Sony. • Liaised with creative agencies regarding artwork and copy deadlines.


        Illustrator & Graphic Designer

        Emma Jacob Illustration

        Jun 2002 - Jul 2009
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Collaborated with business owners, marketing departments and creative studios to design/illustrate imagery to enhance marketing campaigns, packaging and web presence. • Developed illustrations that were intended to represent, support, and convey clients’ branding objectives. • Industry-standard applications specifically used: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.