This was a commision. A local music convention needed a cover for the CD of music which one got for attending. At the last momet I was asked if I could whip something up. To be fair, partners were on the committee, so it wasn't completely unreasonable to ask me to knock out some album art overnight, as I knew what was going on.
Theie Guest of Honor is known for playing pretty much anything which has four strings. The instrument the image is a baritone ukelele. It's mine, and he was going to borrow it. Score one for topicality.
I was drinking some cider when the request was made. Since singing and drinking often go together it wasn't a terrible thing to try to work it in. I forget why cider in particular was apposite, but there was more to it than that.
The rest was finding the leading lines, staging the light, arrnging te background. I think I shot about 40 frames, with several variations of position (some really subtle) before I moved to the editing.
My camera's LCD died some time ago, so I do end up shooting much as I did with film; trying to see what I'm going to get before I press the shutter release. The big change is I can shoot with mad abandon, since a "roll of film" = about 300 frames.
Found the shot I liked, showed it to the client, talked about mood, and printing medium (makes a huge difference in how things look), and then muted the colors some, and cranked in more sharpening than I do for my more personal stuff, beause album art isn't meant to be naturalistic.
That, writ small, is how commissions work.