Like Kirk, I work hard to make sure that I always perform in professional manner. That means being mindful of the subject’s valuable time but not rushing for the sake of beating the clock.
I’ve never had a single moment of trouble with a CEO during a shoot but anxious PR people trying to “protect” the boss’s precious schedule have thrown a few wrenches in my gears.
The most memorable one was with the president of a long-gone bank in St. Louis called Boatmen’s. This fellow and I really hit it off and he was in no hurry to have the session end. Even after the last piece of equipment was packed up he invited me to sit down and chat. I was 25 years old at the time.
Every ten minutes the PR flack would come in and ask the big man if he needed anything while shooting daggers at me with his eyes. Despite those efforts, our conversation about art and photography continued.
Eventually, a very nice secretary came in and gently reminded her boss that the Mayor of St. Louis had been waiting patiently in the adjacent room for 40 minutes.
The CEO got up and shook my hand and told me that he had to get back to work. I thanked him for his time and did my best to make eye contact with Hizzoner.
Sometimes art wins the day and on that day it sure did.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.