This photograph was taken in the first minute of the first day of the first session.
Here’s how it happened.
The company wasn’t quite a client yet. I was just there for an “exploratory” session in which I’d shoot some new work for their consideration without any obligation for them to pay me or buy anything, though if they saw something that they couldn’t live without I’d certainly give them the opportunity to buy.
First up was a safety briefing for this active manufacturing facility. Then an inspection of my safety gear including steel toe shoes and eye protection.
I took just forty paces inside the plant before spotting this craftsman at work.
My tools were ready. One camera and one light. In less than two minutes I had what I needed. The creative director turned his pessimism into optimism. The company went from being a mere acquaintance to being a great client.
No meetings, no concepts, and no moodboards required. Authentic authenticity. There’s no filter for that.
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.