The credits tell a story too

When the film is over do you stay for the credits? Few people do, but those that stay and watch to the end can get an incredible insight to the craft behind the art.

A photography session of mine typically has just a fraction of the production and support when compared to a feature film. But there was still a lot involved.

Here are my credits for a 35-minute photo session that I’m quite pleased to have created.

Subject: Allen Marsh.

Wardrobe Coordinator: Allen Marsh. This is noteworthy because I typically tell my subjects to avoid hats but Allen ignored this admonition which was smart because the Panama hat really made the photograph.

Location: Noble & Associates. Noble let me use their sidewalk immediately after I dropped by for a portfolio presentation.

Camera: Nikon D700 and a Sigma 70mm macro lens. That lens is the sharpest lens I’ve ever owned. But it’s long out of my inventory due to its massive weight and heft.

Post-production: Photo Mechanic, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CS, Knoll Light Factory and a touch of Alien Skin for final finishing.

Paymaster Service: US Bank. Allen was paid by check at the end of the session, just like the more than 1100 models I’ve hired over the years. I’ve learned that over the years models will never ever forget a photographer that pays at the end of the session.

Special thanks to Starbucks for creative stimulation and to the Missouri Department of Transportation for keeping Interstate 44 the fastest path between St. Louis and Springfield in great shape.

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. 

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