“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
A portrait is so much more than the technical aspects of lighting and composition. It's about connecting with the person or people being photographed.
Renowned photojournalist, Alfred Eisenstaedt, once said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter”, which is why my session lengths are more of a "guide to what to expect" than a timetable to follow. Babies cry, kids sulk, weather changes and life happens, but one thing is undeniable; photographs look better when you are relaxed. Each session length is an indication as to how long it will take to achieve the desired number of shots, but it's the shots that count. No one is watching the clock.