I typically discuss with the client the character of the subject and the feel of the picture that the client is looking for. I also research like subject matter and discuss possibilities with the client.
Where possible, I visit and photograph the subject in question. From there, the client and I select the best photographs to work from. Any changes that the client would like to see can be discussed and made at this point.

If requested by the client, I provide regular photographic (digitally communicated) updates to the client throughout the entire development of the work up to completion.