If I’m traveling to your area, I will contact you in advance of my arrival to schedule a time to meet. I always schedule in advance, without exception. This allows time for both of us to emotionally prepare.
When we meet, it takes 2-2.5 hours for the interview and portrait. I always record audio and, with your blessing, I may film the interview. The interview, itself, is unstructured. To prompt you, I will ask your name, age, what you do (to be interpreted loosely), where you’re from, and your story, as you see fit to tell it. At the end of the interview, I might prompt you to elaborate on something you mentioned in your story, and I will almost always ask you if anything good came out of your attempt, as well as whether suicide is still an option for you.
Immediately after the interview, we will go outside to make the portrait. Please come to the interview camera ready. The portrait almost always includes the chest and head in the frame. Avoid wearing tops that are solid black or white, or spaghetti straps, text, or bold prints.
If you need to cancel for any reason, including feeling anxious about the interview, please let me know as far in advance as possible. I will not judge you. I will, however, be upset if you don’t communicate with me and/or don’t show up at our scheduled time, because I try to be as courteous and respectful as possible and expect to be treated similarly in return.