Even though I’ve known Joe Stryker for more than 20 years, this was the first time that I had the opportunity to take his photograph. He’s a man in motion and getting him to stop wasn’t easy. The setting was in a conference room nook at Curiosity Advertising.
It’s always interesting to chat with him given our history and our commonalities. His base of operation, Cincinnati, is a city much like St. Louis and his areas of practice have a lot of overlap with mine.
Even though we speak a similar creative language, having a point of reference and certain shared experiences means that when we work together great things happen faster.
As any advertising photographer knows, the relationships that we form with creatives have both present and future value. Creatives are transient by nature and pros like Joe act as ambassadors for commercial artists who have demonstrated their value. Great relationships travel!
In short, knowing Joe has benefited me immensely.
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.