There are few times in a woman’s life more prideful than the day she gives birth. But the thought of being photographed after hours of pushing and straining and sweating can be stressful. Here, dear readers, is where photographer/retoucher Jac Ledoux comes in.
Ledoux, who began his career as a wedding and funeral photographer, realized firsthand the need for post-birth photography and enhancement when his own wife refused to be photographed after their son’s birth last May.
“It’s a classic catch-22,” said Ledoux. “The proud mom and dad want the whole world to see their baby, but knowing how quickly these pictures end up on SpaceBook and whatnot, looking presentable is a valid concern. It’s my job to get in there, set up lighting in the most flattering way possible, shoot, and skedaddle. Then it’s into my studio for a long night of retouching. If everything goes well, I send the couple the photo, all ready to post and e-mail, by the next morning. Getting the picture to parents quickly is of paramount importance.
“If it weren’t for Jac, we never would have sent pictures out,” said Kerry Kellog, (below). “But he was able to capture our special moment, make a few subtle, natural adjustments, and return the photograph to us in less than twelve hours. He’s my hero.”
Ledoux, who has worked out of the same Upper West Side photo studio for twelve years, is currently booked through 2015.