In 2016 I attended a seminar at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. It was a daylong masterclass presented by Art Streiber.
The topic was editorial photography of the rich and famous. In the celebrity genre, Art is at the top of the heap.
My area of work has zero intersection with that business model and subject matter. However, I learned plenty from that generous man.
He operates under a simple framework that every photographer should copy. He says, “treat a celebrity like a real person and treat a real person like a celebrity.”
I heard Art say that again last week during an academic presentation that he gave over Zoom.
It reminded me of this session that took place in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. My subject had never been in front of a camera before and was a little nervous.
When it was over, he thanked me for treating him like a star. I told him that the path to creative excellence starts with rolling out the red carpet for everyone.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.