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I was all set up and ready to go when I got a text from an unfamiliar number that said, “the subway is late, I’ll be there in 15.”

The sender had a St. Louis area code.

At that very moment, I was standing at the corner of 46th and 8th in New York City. I started running through a mental list of who could be texting me about being late. My blood pressure started to rise because I started to think that I had double booked myself in two different places separated by 1000 miles.

Then the fog lifted and I realized that the sender was my subject that I was going to photograph in New York. The mention of the subway shook me out of my distorted thinking.

Me: “Are you Sunny?”

Sunny: “Yes I’m Sunny. Is this the photographer?”

Me: “Yes. I was just a bit confused seeing an STL number.”

Sunny: “I thought the same thing when I sent the first text.”

A few more texts cleared up all the confusion. A dozen more after that acquainted us nicely.

Once Sunny arrived, I was able to dispense the formalities and get right to the session.

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

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