A good friend of mine employed the son of a famous actor as his photography assistant for a number of years.
This photographer holds a high position in the marketplace and is always booked with glamorous work. There is never a moment in which he and his crew were far from the cultural capitals of the world.
One thing that my friend could never reconcile with his employee was the young man’s inability to be impressed by anything. First-class travel and luxurious accommodations had already been part of his life since birth. Making the acquaintance of someone with a little or a lot of fame was old hat to this fellow.
My friend felt that this was a tough way for an emerging artist to live. I completely agree.
While it’s common to have a skeptical portrait subject, that tends to be related to a hesitancy of being photographed.
What’s rare is a subject who has knowledge of the process and wants to know what I’m going to do before I do it. Having the opportunity to make my case before I press the button is a welcome deviation from the norm.
This session in Bryant Park with someone who knows the game made for a great creative challenge.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.