I took literally hundreds of photographs during our meeting. The room was not well lit, so I rearranged lamps and such to get the best light possible. Normally, I paint my clients with a more serious expression and usually looking to the side in a 3/4 face pose. I don't like to paint the client with a big toothy smile, but in this instance it would have been wrong to paint Mr. Eledge any other way than smiling. I found him to be a very warm and outgoing person. He was someone who easily smiled and laughed the entire time of our meeting. I could not get him to not smile. Even his serious face had a crooked bit of smile. Mr. Eledge was easily the friendliest person I have met in years.
And so, after reviewing the hundreds of photos, I am putting these two together to create a composition that includes the posture and hands of this photo and the forward looking face of the other photos.