In approaching pruning this small maple, after listening to my client, my approach is careful. Starting from the back I begin removing stubby branches, dead wood and crossed branches. I do it this way because I know that to begin from the front can result in sizeable gaps later on.
And then I work my way around the small tree. Continually assessing the plant from all viewpoints, I proceed. Eventually I decide whether to limb up from the bottom. As you can see, I really get into my work!