I am just starting into actually being paid for portrait sessions (senior photo shoots, maternity sessions, etc...)
I realize I have a lot to learn, but I am growing and I am in a place to feel comfortable to charge at very reasonable rates. So far, I am doing family and close friends.
So, my question is this, when the session is done, what is the next best step in sorting and delivering the images? My business model/plan is to just deliver the images in highest quality and with post processing. Generally, I am thinking that the client gets have all the "keepers" but from that bunch, they select 10 to 20 images (depending on shoot) to be their favorites, that I will then do full edits.
I would rather have then tell me their favorites, then I spend the full time of post processing. I am not good enough yet and this is something I need to work on, but its a reality that I still need to spend some time in PP.
For example, I had a 2 hour session and have 286 images. My first pass is to mark keepers vs throwaways. The keepers, I then rate further for what I feel are the best. However, this is subjective as from the keepers, my clients may like others from the keepers over my "Bests". I should further add, the keepers will need post processing... it ranges as there are some that need to be saved and some the just need that punch edit most photo's need. Some need some really good touch ups, like stray hairs, cloning, etc...
So, is it acceptable that I give the client the keepers and let them choose their x number of favorites? Or should I spend the time ahead of giving any images to client and make my "bests" pop, hoping they like them too?
I am hoping I am explaining this well as I am sure everyone has been through this point in their photography life (those who started charging)...I just want to know what is good for me to do as a work flow at this point in my skills.