The first time I saw the acronym for “you only live once” it wasn’t apparent to me what it meant.

This great advice conflicts with the template of modern society.

Like most artists, I had to earn wages working for someone else before becoming self-sufficient as a freelancer. It goes without saying that my subject Daniel came up the same way. We are a lot alike except that his artistic career has many more facets than mine. The variety of his output is admirable.

On an April afternoon under gloomy skies, we both embraced the YOLO ethos and ventured out for a portrait session on the streets of SOHO in Manhattan.

Even though there were a dozen reasons to cancel, we both showed up to create something that didn’t exist before we arrived.

It’s far from a perfect picture, but it sure beats filing TPS reports.

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

Get this daily blog delivered to your inbox.

    No spam, I promise.