What I have come away with is this, edit tighter and shoot more. I spent yesterday removing filler images from my sites and relying only on the strongest ones. That has left my portfolios a little barren feeling, which really accents the second point, I need to shoot more.
After re-processing and re-editing this weekend's shoots, I have settled on four images for my portfolios. First is SF Symphony clarinetist Carey Bell for my classical musician photography portfolio:
Since I have two sites, one dedicated to musicians, and one for everything else, I can afford to vary the images a bit. I'm still only running one image per shoot (thanks to my hallway portfolio review from amazing food photographer Nader Khouri) but having two separate Livebooks sites does afford me the opportunity to target slightly different audiences. I'm running this image on my Bespoke Photo site instead of the one above:
This is the final image I chose of photographer Mitch Tobias for Message In A Bottle
And last is an old pen pal of mine, Leslie also for Message In a Bottle:
My initial target was to shoot 100 portraits and put a Blurb Book together, but I have been shown the error of my ways. I need to shoot a lot more than, and then simply choose the best ones. Once again the theme is edit tight.