When I meet a specialist in a particular field, I like to hear about the path taken to get there.
Earlier this week, I spent the day with some physicians. One of which was a radiologist. Hearing her story was enlightening. In the end, I could see that she fit perfectly into her niche.
Artistic specialties are the most interesting to me and offer the most compelling origin stories. The overriding narrative is often about how the niche found the artist instead of the other way around.
On a session last year in Burbank, I struggled to find a new portrait spot on San Fernando Boulevard. Just as we were about to move to a new location, an actual niche off of the street showed itself. The revelation wasn’t made to me, but to my subject. She said, “this is interesting. I can’t believed we walked by it already.”
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.