I like to measure my success by the company I keep. Knowing and working with Jean Lopez and her design firm has been part of my entire adult professional career. We had a chance to chat recently over coffee in the Hi Pointe neighborhood. These conversations are like creative rocket fuel for me.
Jean and I have a history that goes back a pretty long way.
When I had my one and only full-time job as a staff photographer for Washington Univeristy I discovered early on that the life of a staffer wasn’t for me. After about six weeks in the position I started planning my escape just as soon as couple of trivial things happened like getting some actual skills and having more money in my pocket for just lunch.
As it turned out there was a great network of former staffers who followed the same path and Jean was the first “escapee” that I met. From our first meeting I knew that she was special and that I needed to up my game if I had a chance to work with her.
So that’s exactly what I did. It wasn’t long before I was an “escapee” too and after I made my way back to St. Louis after some extended adventures in Dallas, Jean was one of the first artists that I sought out for collaborations.
We’ve gone on to have a number of notable projects for a variety of clients. So when I say, “she’s an artist” you’ll immediately know just how unambiguous my feelings are about Jean.
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.