Saturday Evening Post cover, Oct 29, 1960.
In 1960, Norman Rockwell was commissioned by The Saturday Evening Post to paint portraits of Presidential candidates Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon. To prepare for the painting of Kennedy, Rockwell arranged to pose and photograph Kennedy at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Rockwell suggested it would be best to use a dignified pose that didn't emphasize Kennedy's youth. After photos were taken, the two men walked to the breakwater to see Kennedy's sailboat. Now more relaxed, and feeling he had been a little stiff during the photo session, Kennedy suggested they return to the house for a second shoot. Rockwell was pleased with the result: "His expression was just what I wanted-serious with a certain dignity, but relaxed and pleasant, not hard."