Kirkland says having shot a particular person in the past also opens opportunities that first-time subjects might have turned down. In photographing actress Shirley MacLaine on a stormy day at her California home, Kirkland was able to persuade her to venture to a rainy porch to be photographed. He recalls the day:
"I wanted to photograph her outside, and it was miserable, dark weather. At first, she hesitated. I said, 'Come on, Shirley' and I persuaded her, cajoled her to come outside. The weather was so dark that my exposure on the camera ended up being like an eighth of a second, but I was using strobe as well and I was able to mix them -- so I got this sense of motion, and yet sharpness."