Hi Craig....... when you're doing the cloning, etc... I imagine you'd have to get away from it at times so as not to lose your perspective..... I do have such an appreciation for your 'old school' method since it doesn't introduce anything new but rather retains as it's repairing...... guess that's what the OPR people are concerned with..... but I'm with you on interacting with the client.......... I mean.....I want to connect with the people or else I lose interest.....
With the technology available for photo restoration you can re-create a photo, the struggle for me is remembering that I too would want the feeling associated with a particular photo and not some idealized version of it........ kinda like preferring your wife/girlfriend over.....say... Barbie (you knew it was coming)..... you're too fun, Craig!
Barbie + Ken in the bin = Skipper
(I know Matel said she was Barbie's little sister but where were Barbie's parents???)