I seem to be getting more requests for retouching in portraits. Parents went this, that, or the other thing removed from an image. Touch-up a shadow here or there, remove skin blemishes, they don't like a certain reflection, etc... Do I just smile and eat the time in the interest of making sure clients are happy and won't tell other potential clients that I refused to do touch-ups, etc...? Part of me says "it is what it is" and that Photoshop is not a magic wand. Retouching is a compromise and can potentially make a situation worse (you can only clone and stamp or healing brush so much). But I want to make sure the clients are happy with the work since they frankly could care less about what equipment I have or what skills are required to execute a photograph--they only care about the final image. As capabilities increase, the expectations skyrocket. Maybe it's unrealistic in some cases but I've found that as the level of my images increases, so does the nitpicking. No one asks me to retouch event photos. They accept them for what they are: an image that was captured at a moment in time that is what it is, take it or leave it. But for some reason portraits are "different". I've thought about a couple approaches, one of which is to put a notice on my order forms that I only do retouching under certain circumstances and it isn't free. This is one of the things that I really hate about doing portraiture. I love the medium. I do really love taking portraits. But I really hate dealing with mostly parents nitpicking details from an otherwise great image. I always characterize myself more as a fine art photographer that does portraits simply because it seems easier to justify the "stand by your artistic vision" position. Maybe that's just a dodge, I don't know. This is definitely my least favorite side of the photography business.