If you polled a hundred photographers and ranked the most odious stereotype, the likely winner would be the “photographer’s vest.”

I’m talking about the sleeveless garment with way too many pockets, zippers, snaps, and mounting points. It comes in every color variant of khaki. Epaulets are the crowing touch.

My natural aversion to the photo vest has prejudiced my feelings for all things sleeveless. I’m skeptical of fishing vests. Puffy vests for cold weather seem absurd. Fleece vests aren’t my thing either and this opinion is shared by satirists and capitalism skeptics.

Despite my irrational anti-vest feelings, I was completely in agreement with the wardrobe choice of this “vester” from an enjoyable photography session in Orange, California.

Anyone who can change my mind on a topic, even for an hour, is a noteworthy person and someone that I’m glad to know.

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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