To be considered a competent commercial photographer, one must be able to repeatedly create on demand.
This skill applies to any subject matter, from objects to groups of disengaged humans.
When I’m commissioned to photograph people, the desired outcome is an elevated representation of the person. In short, someone portrayed at their best.
Directing the subject becomes the biggest challenge. Sure, images can be assembled and manipulated after the fact. That goes for digital treatments. Ultimately though, a subject’s humanity is what counts in a portrait.
When a photograph captures maximum humanity, as this one from Birmingham does, it’s all magic. Especially when the end result makes you smile.
It demonstrates that photography is a medium of moments.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.