Digital Retouch Artists

With every retouch, you’ll transform moments into cherished memories for bereaved families.

At NILMDTS, we dedicate ourselves to providing families experiencing the profound loss of a baby with professional-level remembrance portraits. As a NILMDTS Digital Retouch Artist, you become a crucial part of our heartfelt mission. If you have a passion for retouching, possess the necessary skills, and are looking to make a meaningful impact from the comfort of your home, we invite you to apply today. Selected applicants will be asked to retouch a series of four (4) images that may include challenges such as bruising and skin discoloration. Your completed work will be reviewed by the NILMDTS Volunteer Application Committee, and your expertise could offer immense comfort to grieving families.

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Skills Criteria & Evaluation Process


  • Proficiency in Photoshop is required due to the advanced level of retouching needed for our services. While other software can be used alongside Adobe Photoshop, proficiency in Adobe Photoshop is mandatory.

Application Process

  • Upon applying, you will receive four (4) sample images via email for retouching.
  • Your retouched images will be assessed by the NILMDTS DRA Application Committee, comprising experienced Digital Retouch Artists.
  • Applications are scored on a 0-20 scale across four categories, with 0 being the lowest and 20 the highest. A minimum score of 40 out of 80 is required for approval.

Evaluation Criteria
Your application will be reviewed based on your ability to:

  1. Repair Skin Flaws: Address torn skin, blistering, and other imperfections. Cloning is a crucial skill for ensuring the final images look natural and professional.
  2. Even Out Skin Tone: Correct bruising and discoloration, ensuring uniform skin tones, preserving natural skin texture, and addressing issues like dark lips and nails.
  3. Conversion Skills: Skillfully convert images to black & white or sepia, ensuring they are visually appealing with good contrast and tonal range.
  4. Various Other Adjustments: Minimizing background distractions, adding contrast and contouring to add depth, and proper handling of digital files.

Basic Retouching Guidelines for Application Images

  • Do not crop application images.
  • Retouch any changes resulting from death, including peeling skin, blistering, bruising, or discoloration.
  • Do not use Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for retouching, enhancing, or altering application images. Doing so will result in an automatic decline.
  • Do not composite parts of photos of other babies. Doing so will result in an automatic decline.

DRA Onboarding Program (DOP)

DRAs will be automatically enrolled in the DRA Onboarding Program (DOP) upon acceptance. The DOP is compulsory for all new DRAs, irrespective of their level of experience or skill level. The primary objective is to optimize and refine the onboarding process, ensuring that each participant receives comprehensive guidance and instruction essential for acquiring the requisite skills and resources. This facilitates progression towards achieving optimal proficiency levels. We strive to move each new DRA through the DOP within, but no longer than, 6 months. This is easily achieved by committing to actively accepting retouching sessions during your time in the DOP.

To see the scoring rubric, receive the sample images, and get more information, please fill out the form below.

As part of our commitment to ensuring the highest standards, we carefully review all applications, including the images provided. The review process can take two to four weeks.

It is not uncommon for us to provide feedback on your images if they do not initially meet our requirements. Should this be the case, you will receive detailed feedback outlining the necessary adjustments. You will then have the opportunity to resubmit your images for another review.

Please be aware that if the resubmitted images still do not meet our standards, we will unfortunately have to decline your application at that stage. Our goal is to give you every chance to succeed, and we encourage you to use the feedback provided to make any necessary improvements.


“I was so scared to share pictures of my baby because he was so tiny with bruises and tearing but when I received my NILMDTS pictures I fell in love again and could freely and proudly show off my sweet baby boy.”


Affiliated Photographer

“From the first session I retouched, I felt that spark of joy that had been missing from my art for some time. As I continued to edit sessions, I found so much happiness in creating beautiful images for these families… Thank you for allowing me to grow as a photographer, but, more importantly, as a human.”

Whitney K. | Digital Retouch Artist

NILMDTS Volunteer since 2018

At this stage in my career, being mostly retired, I have the time to give service to others, and I feel richly compensated when I am able to do something for them at a time when they really need to know that someone cares about them.”

John Lloyd

NILMDTS Volunteer since January 2019