Why I always work on vacation

As a commercial artist I have a different relationship to work than most people. What some may call labor is something that I categorize quite differently. Creating photography in a new or unfamiliar place is a holiday unto itself.

I observed early in my career that successful artists build systems for the ongoing creation of their art no matter where they are in the world, in the studio or even on vacation.

Family trips always provide a great opportunity for me to create something that I couldn’t make at home and since I typically work quickly, it’s never an inconvenience.

Back in 2013 on a family vacation to London I met up with this actor across the street from my rented flat in the West End. It didn’t hurt that I was in a visually appealing neighborhood but I always have my subjects meet me close to where I’m staying so that I can maximize my time with photography instead of commuting.

My hired actor Ken turned out to be top notch and the results are the true definition of synergy.

Ducking out for less than an hour to top off my creative reserves is a perfect vacation enhancement.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.