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Meet Justin Silva of Fracture Design in Costa Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Silva.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I started retouching, I was still working as a bartender. I have a friend that is a photographer and works primarily in the fashion industry. He explained to me how he would spend hours and hours with his editing process and how he had very little time for anything else. I mentioned my knowledge of photoshop and asked if he would be open to training me on his retouching process with the hope that I could eventually lend a hand. I spent a couple of weeks side by side with him learning the workflow and eventually built myself a portfolio, acquired new clients and taught myself more advanced techniques as I encountered different client needs for post production.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yes and no. Working from home is amazing but it also takes extreme discipline.

Deadlines in this industry can be very demanding and unrealistic. There have been times where I’ve worked as many as 18 hours straight just to meet a client’s deadline.

Other times client’s may have a more relaxed schedule and that is when I enjoy this job the most.

Fracture Design – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The business is primarily myself and I am freelance. I have two trusted colleagues that help me out when the workload is too intense but all of the final product is still filtered through me.

I specialize in photo retouching, composites and any post production for photography. The majority of my work is in the fashion and lifestyle genre.

I take pride in detail, quality of work and preserving a natural look to everything I retouch.

There is a lot of retouching out there that has an obvious photoshopped quality about it. Keeping things natural with the editing process helps to set me apart.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is about freedom. I don’t need a lot, just enough to be comfortable and free from struggle.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @justinsilva_retouch
  • Facebook: @justinsilvaretouch
  • Twitter: @justinpsilva

Image Credit:
Graham Dunn
Jason Lee Parry
Justin Wilczynski
Nicholas Maggio

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