Lauren Fletcher

Freelance photographer and retoucher

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Retouching
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Photography
  • Photo Editing
  • Fashion Photography
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Retouching High end
  • Fashion Retouching
  • Digital Photography
  • Capture One Pro
  • Lightroom 5
  • Digital Capture and Post Processing
  • Digitech

Work history

Currently

Junior Retoucher

YOOX Net-a-porter

Mar 2016
  • Part of a large team of retouchers working on e-commerce product images sold on the NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER and THE OUTNET websites. Duties include: • Retouching product photography images to a high standard • Ensuring colour consistency between image and physical product • Naming and maintaining digital asset file/structure organisation and uploading images to web servers • Cropping images and maintaining file size specification guidelines • Performing quality assurance on all images • Being responsible for completion of work to daily and weekly deadlines • Being pro-active and able to show initiative/ideas to constantly improve the service of the studio team • Carrying out ad hoc duties within art department/editorial when required • Liaising with other departments involved in the studio process

Currently

Freelance Photographer & Retoucher

Lauren Fletcher Photography

Jan 2009
  • I am a London based freelance photographer with a Fine Art background, formerly from Cape Town, specialising in fashion, portrait and event photography. I also process and retouch my own photos, and offer retouching services on a freelance basis for private clients.. I am also available to hire as a photographic assistant and digitech/digital operator. Past clients include JLL (UK), the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) (RSA), Pick 'n Pay (RSA), Global Egg Donors (RSA), The Alchemist PR agency (RSA), D&A Model Management (RSA), Topco Models (RSA), Max Models (RSA), Ice Models (RSA), The Sunflower Fund (RSA), and Miss Friday at YDE (RSA). KEY SKILLS Computer programs: • Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC for retouching • Capture One Pro for Raw processing • Adobe LightRoom, Photoshop Camera Raw for Raw processing • Adobe Bridge • Basic InDesign • Basic Final Cut Pro • Proficient in both Mac and Windows operating systems • Microsoft Office • Google Docs Cameras and lighting • Experienced and comfortable using Canon digital cameras and lenses. Basic experience of Nikon and Hasselblad. • Knowledge of Elinchrom and Profoto lighting systems for shooting in studio. • Completed Professional Photographic Assisting Course with Sebastian Voigt in 2014 in Cape Town. • Experienced shooting in studio and on location, and with digital capture. Personal Skills • Creative and artistic. • Diligent and hard working. • Methodical and conscientious. Pays attention to detail. • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) • Can work effectively as part of a team and independently • Flexible and a fast learner. Additional skills • Familiar with CMYK print methods and colour profiles • Experienced using Wacom tablets for retouching

2016

Temporary Retail Assistant

The National Gallery Company

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
  • This was a temporary retail assistant contract that ran until mid-January 2016. The position involved assisting customers in the shop, replenishing stock, and basic upkeep of the shop. My fine art background and art knowledge was useful as I was able to advise customers on books and merchandise relating to particular art movements and artists in the gallery's collection. The part time role allowed me to also work on freelance photography work and continue job hunting in my spare time.

2015

Repro Artist

Highbury Safika Media

Mar 2014 - Jun 2015
  • I was part of a team of retouchers that worked on images for the magazines and publications published by Highbury Safika Media. These include lifestyle, fashion, beauty, décor, business and sports publications. Duties included: • retouching and editing of images in Photoshop according to the magazine designers' briefs (spot removal, fashion and beauty retouching, background extensions, combining/compositing images, hair etching, etc.). • deep etching/cutting out products and mannequins using the pen tool and clipping paths in Photoshop (including inside neck compositing to create invisible/ghost mannequins for clothing products). • colour correction • pre-flighting and ensuring print-readiness of InDesign files that need to go to print. • converting images and files to CMYK colour mode and understanding CMYK print methods (including gravure). • updating online spreadsheets to keep track of progress on repro work and the status of magazine jobs. • PDF generation from InDesign files for printing and sending PDFs to the printers. • liaising with designers, art directors and printers regarding deadlines or repro concerns. Key achievements: • I retouched a number of magazine covers, including all the covers for the Stormers rugby team program sold at their rugby tournaments in Cape Town. I was in charge of liaising with the stylists who worked on the fashion shoots in the magazines to make sure they approved all repro-related changes to those shoots.

2014

Image Retoucher & RAW Image Developer

Yuri Arcurs Productions

Aug 2011 - Mar 2014
  • I was part of a large team editing and retouching images produced by Yuri Arcurs Productions (YAPR) for sale on their website, PeopleImages.com, and other stock photography agencies. • Retouching duties included spot removal; skin diffusion; removal of logos and distractions in an image; deep etching/cutting out. • RAW image developing involved processing RAW image files shot by the YAPR photographers using Capture One Pro 7 (colour correction, exposure correction, cropping, etc.), before being retouched. I was also expected to edit and select the right images from a shoot in order to optimise the shoot’s selling potential. • For both roles I often had to communicate directly with the photographer(s) involved in the shoot(s) I was working on in order to make sure they achieved their vision for the shoot. I also had to do quality assurance on my and my team members’ work. Key achievements: • I was promoted to the position of RAW image developer after passing a training course held within the company, 1 of only 2 people in a group of 10 to do so. I also took part in advanced retouching training and liquify training.

2012

Part-time Visual Arts Teacher

South Peninsula High School

Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
  • I taught Visual Arts classes to grade 8 learners at South Peninsula High School, which is an Arts and Culture focused school. Duties included: • Planning and teaching practical art lessons such as drawing, painting and collage. • Planning and teaching art theory lessons according to the South African National Curriculum. • Setting tests and exams and marking them. Moderating learners during exam time. • Admin such as keeping track of learners’ marks and making sure all assessment requirements were met.

2010

Freelance Photographer

That’s Me Studios

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
  • Photographic shoots in studio (family shoots, portfolios etc.); event photography; photo editing and retouching in Adobe Bridge and Photoshop; and assisting on photo shoots.

2010

Freelance Photographic Assistant

Vanessa Cowling

Apr 2009 - Nov 2010
  • Photographic assistant to Vanessa Cowling, photographer and photography lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, on photo shoots and with administrative work.

2010

Part-time Research Assistant

University of Cape Town

Mar 2009 - Jul 2010
  • Part-time assistant to Svea Josephy, senior photography lecturer at UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art. I assisted Josephy in organising and curating an art exhibition called Third Worlds (which ran from 18 February 2010 – 19 March 2010). I also did administrative work.

2010

Freelance Photographic Assistant

Flat Art

Nov 2009 - Feb 2010
  • Photographic assistant on photo shoots for photographers Dawie Verwey, Michael La Grange and Donna Lewis, including shoots for Taste magazine.

Education

2010

Visual Arts Education

University of Cape Town

Feb 2010 - Dec 2010
  • Post graduate certificate in Education

2008

Photography

University of Cape Town

Feb 2005 - Dec 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

2004

English, Afrikaans, Maths, Home Economics, Biology

Edgemead High School

Jan 2000 - Nov 2004