The clinical setting of a photo studio is ideal for certain kinds of commercial work. A controlled setting means that every variable can be tilted toward the perception of quality.
The ability to deliver great studio work can lead to financial rewards. It can also lead to a lot of boredom. It certainly did for me.
This portrait could have been created in the studio, absent all of the imperfections and irregularities.
A battered wall on a sidestreet in St. Charles turned out to be the exact opposite of controlled perfection. It was also just what this portrait needed.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.