It’s hard work being lucky.

My starting point as a photographer was as a newspaper photojournalist. The prime directive and only real rule was to only observe and capture. That means absolutely never interfering with or influencing what takes place in front of the camera.

I learned early that in order to be a good photojournalist it was imperative that I was ready. Cameras loaded with film, exposure set for current conditions and even the focus ring placed for the most likely capture scenarios.

No matter where I went or what I did there were always a couple of cameras within my reach that were on and ready.

That turned out to be ideal training for me for nearly all aspects of my life and especially so for my life as a commercial photographer.

People often marvel at this image and ask if it was staged. No, it wasn’t. Once that disbelief has passed the only thing left to say is just how lucky I was to get that shot. Of course, they’re right. I was lucky to get the shot.

More than that single photography, I was lucky to have learned countless lessons having to do with preparation, anticipation and execution. These are skills that will last a lifetime.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.