I saw my first episode of Top Gear in a London hotel room in 2005. It required near maximum volume to overcome the ambient noise of the rain lashing the window.
During the show, I was checking and rechecking the weather forecast for the following day’s session. It was even more dire than the current evening shower.
As the program progressed to the “test track” segment with a celebrity, I noticed that it was filmed in the rain. Obviously, one can’t wait for clear skies when working outdoors in England. It occurred to me at that very moment to stop worrying about the weather and just deal with whatever exists.
The outdoor session the following day wasn’t rainy but it was cold. The portraits were pleasing which negated the temporary suffering.
Years later when I photographed this young man in New York, I had to work through some UK-like weather. In the end, the adversity related to the rain gave me a look that couldn’t have been matched on the sunniest of days.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.