A great message needs no amplification. It makes me wonder who might be swayed by a voice that’s loud.

Influence that speaks softly is far more powerful. This applies to non-verbal communication as much as it does to words.

Some people can project this with their presence. The subject of this portrait is that kind of person.

If your eyes are telling you that this man is compelling, you’re exactly right. That’s also the same conclusion that everyone came to that passed by our session on West 54th Street.

I’ll take understated any time.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.