It seems like I’ve been in a thousand different workplaces. In a strange way, each of those becomes a workplace for me, if only for an hour or two.
When I’m lucky, I’ll catch someone at their best. That doesn’t happen too often, which means I have to work a little harder to put someone at ease and then direct them along the path toward a great portrait.
I’m not much for titles or status. I try to treat every subject with a level of respect and deference. Not because I’m particularly respectful or deferential, but because it just leads to better photography.
There is another aspect to this formula. You never know where your subject is headed. Someone in front of the camera today may be the same person that needs new photography in five, ten or fifteen years from now.
This particular fellow was an affable university professor when I first photographed him in 2010. Now he’s the newest Chancellor of the entire university.
I don’t know much about the responsibilities or the duty of that high position, but I do know that he’ll be photographed frequently from now on.
I’m hopeful that our previous positive experience will open the door for some future opportunities.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.