This was the first frame!

I believe deeply in being prepared. This allows me to have confidence going into every new project because I know that there’s nothing “fragile” about what I want to do. I innately know that no matter what, I’m going to come away with a portrait that will work. I was lucky to start as a photojournalist because in that trade, there’s simply no option for reshoots and coming back empty-handed is unacceptable.

While I have a plan in my head, I’m always ready to let the circumstances of the location and the spirit of the subject guide me.

So imagine how quickly my plans changed when I saw the photo above on my LCD camera screen. It was the first frame captured on this recent shoot in midtown Manhattan.

My subject and the way her spirit dominates her surroundings made me feel like I was flying at supersonic speeds.

What a day and what a session and how lucky I am to be able to do this for a living.

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.