Real World Experiences

First-person testimonials from my clients and subjects

Compelling social proof

Kevin Kozuszek

Kevin Kozuszek

St. Louis, Missouri

“When working with Stephen my mind is put to ease because I’m never concerned if we will get the “right” shot or if a client relationship will be damaged. He’s the trifecta we all look for in a partner; professional, personable and efficient which frees me up to focus on the overall marketing campaign as opposed to second guessing if I’ve made the right choice with a photographer.”

Greer Morrison

Greer Morrison

New York, New York

“What impressed me initially with Stephen was his affable and open disposition. I was comfortable right away with his vision for the shoot and his process. I was also impressed with his inspiration to use the city not just as a backdrop but as another subject in our photography shoot. The day was somewhat overcast and I wasn‘t sure there’d be enough natural light to capture the images to the best effect, but I was happily proven wrong with the final product. I’ve used those photos numerous times for my business with great success.”

Nel Venzon

Nel Venzon

Honolulu, Hawaii

“Working with you was fun and easy Stephen. I felt comfortable with the way you engaged with me when you took the photos. You were also relaxed and clear with your cues. You also communicated well and were on time. The photos you took were excellent! Great lighting, nice color, and very professional. I look forward to seeing you again!”

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Somerset, England

"On a rather cold and blustery day, I worked with Stephen on an outdoor photo session in the heart of London’s West End. I found Stephen to be totally professional during the shoot. He works quickly and without fuss. His directions to me as his primary subject were clear and perfectly precise. It was a pleasure to work with him and I hope to work with him again, maybe near my home in beautiful Somerset in the West Country of England."

Martín Lozano

Martín Lozano

San Rafael, California

“Working with Stephen was such a pleasant and unforgettable experience. First off, I never felt I had a camera pointing at me. It was rather as if I were communicating with my inner self. This brought me into such a relaxing state that transpired with each click of his camera. I was impressed with his professionalism and expertise not only with his art, but with his way of putting people at ease.”

Marina Pires

Marina Pires

New York, New York

"Stephen was a pleasure to work with. His efficiency, paired with a great sense of humor, really put me at ease. A wonderful experience with a great professional!"

Also in Marina’s native Portugese......

"Eu amei trabalhar com o Stephen. Elle é um profissional excelente que me deixou bem a vontade durante a nossa sessão. Uma ótima experiência!"

Hassan Omar

Hassan Omar

Chicago, Illinois

“Stephen Kennedy is a very professional photographer. Working with him was a pleasure. He knows how to effortlessly get the best in facial expressions and energy from his subjects.

Stephen is careful about making sure that the client is satisfied by the quality results of his work. I would definitely recommend Stephen and his company in the future."

Sasha Tulgan

Sasha Tulgan

Rochester, New York

“Stephen Kennedy is a consummate professional. I had a great time with him walking around Bryant Park, shooting what turned out to be a spectacular set of photos with a Manhattan backdrop. He quickly put me at ease and had a very low-key and confident style. This resulted in a number of very natural and organic images that were better than I could have hoped for. I would love to work with him again.”

Sanjay Raja

Sanjay Raja

Celebration, Florida

"I had the pleasure of working with Stephen when I initially started my career as a new actor/model in the entertainment field. Stephen was professional and easy to work with; more importantly the pictures he created were excellent and I have used the prints he gave me to add to my portfolio and the photos have led me to attain other modeling and print jobs. I would highly recommend Stephen Kennedy in terms of his professionalism and he has excellent photography skills.”

Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson

Creve Coeur, Missouri

"During our first meeting, Stephen offered to take photos of me in our space to demonstrate the amazing work he could do in a variety of environments. As we walked by the mail room and a wall of mail cubbies, Stephen said he’d like to take the first photo there. I thought it was crazy to take a photo in the ugliest room of the office! But it turned out great. I was impressed by his professionalism and his ability to capture such amazing images with the small amount of equipment he brought.”

Paul Rickey

Paul Rickey

Burbank, California

"Stephen is a complete professional, as measured by the quality of his work, his friendly manner and his simple business terms.

He’s a treat to work with too. Of course, his images speak for themselves.

How do you get testimonial style images to look so warm and engaging? It’s the man behind the camera.”

Jasianna Chaley

Jasianna Chaley

Columbus, Ohio

"It was such a pleasure meeting you, working with you and having the chance to view your portfolio after our session.

I enjoyed having my picture taken and I particularly enjoyed your technical explanation on how to take photos with my cell phone.

You have an engaging personality and have a knack for teaching. Thanks again."

Mark Eimer

Mark Eimer

Kansas City, Missouri

"How many of you enjoy having your picture taken? My guess is, most of you don’t – and it probably shows on camera, unless your photographer happens to be Stephen Kennedy. Most of us aren’t professional models; many of us don’t like the way we look in photos; most of us are just regular folks. And you know what? All of those things can make it extremely difficult for any photographer, unless your photographer is Stephen Kennedy.

I’ve worked with Stephen many times and have been a fan of his for years; here’s what I can tell you: no one photographs regular folks and makes them look better, more comfortable, more genuine – than Stephen Kennedy. Who wants plastic, posed or disingenuous? No one. But don’t take my word for it; look at his work. You can see what I’m talking about, in every one of his images."

Donna Paulsen

Donna Paulsen

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I truly enjoyed meeting and working with Stephen. He was punctual, professional and pleasant.

His skillful knowledge of his craft, combined with his genuine interest in getting to know his subjects, made for a great shoot.

Stephen was also a great resource for the discussion we had on the pursuit of a career in the arts. I am grateful for his words of encouragement."

Russ Frey

Russ Frey

Fenton, Missouri

“Stephen has been our go-to resource for website imagery as well as executive portraiture, including successful sessions with a company director and with our CEO.

He’s great to work with and the quality of his work has been the perfect match for the people-centered nature of our business.”

Adrina Howard

Adrina Howard

Orlando, Florida

"My photoshoot experience with photographer Stephen Kennedy was very rewarding.

Although I am photographed often with family and friends and as a model, I can still occasionally be shy in front of a professional photographer.

However, Stephen was professional, patient, prompt and courteous. And the location was just perfect.

Stephen was extremely helpful with directing me with facial expressions, hand placement, and wardrobe selections. I felt comfortable and relaxed during the entire session.

Therefore, I highly recommend this photographer for all your photo needs."