Trans photo editor offers gender-affirming edits of pre-transition photos

Gender Carpentry
(Image credit: Gender Carpentr/ Andrea Carpenter)

A transgender photographer from the US has started to offer gender-affirming photo edits. Andrea Carpenter, from St Johns, Michigan, started the editing business Gender Carpentry after editing herself in a prom photo to look female in an attempt to feel more comfortable looking back on old memories. 

Carpenter describes her editing process as “A gender-confirming change to a memory” in which she takes an old photo – taken pre-transition – and applies edits to make it align with the person’s current gender. Having gone through the discomfort and pain families experience with transitioning firsthand, Andrea wanted to provide a service that would help people hold onto cherished memories. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.