"I shot this at a Howard Johnson's in New York City," Clinch recalls. "I really wanted to capture him smiling. I thought I could coax him into that moment, but when he came downstairs he was kind of tired and had just gotten up from a nap. He said he had a big lunch of pasta. I don't know why I remember that. He was super mellow and kind of tired. I said, 'Just pick the guitar up and get close to it.' He closed his eyes and I went for that moment.
"My assistant at the time was this girl named Hannah. She's real sweet and cute. After the shoot was over I put my camera down and we were thanking him. He was laughing and smiling and flirting with Hannah. I said to him, 'Mr. King, where was that big smile when I was trying to get those photos?' He said, 'Well, son, you never asked.' I learned a lesson from that. I come from the school of the document and I don't want to force people to do something. I want things to happen naturally, as best as I can. But sometimes you just have to ask."