For me the goal of a portrait is not to make someone look better than they are, but to enable someone to be seen for who they really are. This is why a photograph that is beautiful is also the most truthful.
In most sessions I will take fifteen frames on color reversal film . This medium is unusual, but it has a tonal response that is lively and exactly matches my effort to create a personal connection through a photograph.
The first session should be about 45 minutes in length. If we are prepared, every shot will count and we can keep the energy high.
After development, I collect the best seven or eight candidates for scanning. Most compositions benefit from some cropping, so I will send a link to a page which displays the framing I think works best for each image.
After reviewing the images we will have a conversation about the features that added or distracted from each composition. We will use a second session to incorporate observations; and possibly an alternate location.
In order to capture the absolute best detail and color, your favorite images will be sent out for a high-end scan by James Beck Digital. For printed work I will recommend Digital Silver Imaging and Metropolitan Picture Framing to obtain a beautiflly rendered print and masterfully constructed frames.