Hiring models for photoshoots hasn’t been part of my professional practice lately. The nature of my work revolves around photographing “real people” rather than hired talent.

On the rare occasion that I needed a model, it was for a background or a supporting role. These projects didn’t involve wardrobe stylists or makeup artists, which meant that the model needed to arrive in a presentable state, also known as “camera-ready.”

As you might imagine, some are more camera-ready than others.

An attractive aspect of my current documentary project is the absence of drama related to what might be called a fabricated appearance.

Capturing these artistic peers as they are is one of the joys of the project.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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