Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending one of my collector's milestone birthdays. A Few months ago he commissioned a piece, a self portrait. After we discussed the details, such as size, color palette I shot several photos of him with my canon. He selected his favorited and from there I took that image and created his portrait.
His celebration consisted of a happy hour/brunch at the Manor, which I had never been to. Great venue for a party of this size. When all the guests had arrived he informed me that I would present the piece to the room and then he would unwrap it in front of everyone (gasp.) I hadn't prepared a speech but I spoke from the heart and it went great. He unwrapped it and was utterly surprised and delighted.