That's a great question! I know it probably seems a little odd to hear so many clicks and then receive less images than clicks you heard. So I’d love to explain a little bit about the process to help you understand why this happens!
During a shoot, I’m making real-time adjustments to lighting, composition and camera settings to create the perfect shot. I’m also occasionally firing bursts of shots to ensure that I get an image with no eyeblinks, talking, hair in the face, etc. It’s necessary to take these images, they are part of the working process, but they are not included in the final selection.
Also, all images are captured in a raw color format, so the image-making process is not finished, even when the shoot is over (as weird as that sounds)! My job at that point is to discard the "eyeblinks" and my own testing shots to select the real pieces of art that all the other shots helped create. I take those images and spend a great deal of time working with them by hand to tone the color, smooth imperfections, and produce images that are up to my artistic standards and quality.
I don’t release any images not included with this set of final images because they were not created or intended as final products and are discarded – they simply enabled me to work out issues that arose to ensure you’d get high quality images from your shoot!”
I hope this helps clear up some of what we do behind the camera and during culling/editing.
The photo at the top shows several shots of a single capture, as I'm adjusting the camera, compensating for the overhead lighting. Once we have good lighting, I'll be watching for focused facial expressions.
Please make sure you choose your photographer based on their style. Do you love it!? Is that how you want to be photographed? Then relax and know that we are doing our job to present the photos that show your beauty, your fun side, your sassy side, your sexy side… ;)