This portrait was created as a stock image for licensing. The session was purely commercial in its desired outcome.
If you think the look and feel of the picture doesn’t match typical stock tropes, you’re right. It’s an outlier.
The location was the harbor between the San Diego Airport and the naval air station at Coronado island. The weather was an oppressive mist. The guy was an actor who showed up as a blank slate.
I had a chance to postpone but I chose not to because there’s no such thing as “the right” condition for a stock session.
I’m glad I didn’t because this particular photograph turned out to be an earner beyond my wildest dreams.
The company that licensed it told me that the man’s authenticity was perfect for their product. They raved about my ability to bring all of the elements of gesture, expression, and environment together.
Please don’t tell them that it was one big happy accident.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.