Dress For Success

Going out on a boat in Port Huron, Michigan can be a pleasurable experience if one is prepared.

In the summer, you might want a floppy hat and some sunblock.

During the other three seasons, the attire will vary widely. When I showed up for this project I was perfectly equipped from a photographic standpoint.

I had my primary camera in my hand, my strobe kit on standby and my backups at the ready.

What I didn’t have was foul weather gear. That’s probably because a portrait of someone drenched holds no visual appeal. My standard practice is to wait out the rain.

But when the captain started handing out rain slickers the equation changed. My subject Jerry, now attired in yellow, suddenly transformed. All of us were ready to take on the weather and get to work.

As fast as the storm came up, it died down. Within a few minutes, the rain had passed and sunlight started to penetrate the gaps in the clouds.

Despite the storm sliding away, we all kept our rain gear on for the duration of the session. Thanks to this unexpected wardrobe addition, we all had a chance to dress for success.

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