Boom Town OKC

It’s merely a coincidence that my worst paying gig took place in Oklahoma City. It involved the confluence of an unsavory client and some painfully bad luck.

Other than an occasional pinched finger from a light stand, I’ve had an enviable safety record. This particular one-day shoot in OKC left my assistant with wasp stings and both of us with nasty sunburns.

Luckily the other 15 or so projects that followed in Oklahoma’s capital city all went according to plan.

Earlier this month, I found a non-fiction book about the history of OKC. It’s what jogged my memory of a particular low among some memorable highs.

The book is about booms and busts, which mirrors advertising photography in many ways. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I take on so few ad gigs.

This portrait was from a 2017 session in Midtown OKC. There was a complete absence of boom or bust elements. Even the wind was calm.

It was all up and no down.

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