Dress For Comfort

Picture a January session in Winter Park, Florida. The forecast calls for sun and a 52F temperature for the 9:30 a.m. start time.

At about 8:15 a.m. I received a message from the subject. She wanted to make sure that my wardrobe memo really meant that she should dress for comfort.

I replied that she most certainly should dress for comfort and that I would be comfortably attired also.

The plan was to meet at Starbucks a block away from the outdoor location. That would give us a chance to be fully caffeinated and also provide a place for her to modify her wardrobe if necessary.

It took a while to find each other at Starbucks. I was looking for a young woman wearing business attire. My subject was looking for a guy with a bunch of cameras wearing a Canada Goose parka.

It turned out that we were both wrong. The subject was wearing a heavy coat which for a Florida native in January is the definition of comfort. I was wearing khaki shorts and holding a small camera, which is my idea of comfort on any day in Florida.

After we finally found each other we both had a good laugh. It was a great icebreaker for a memorable session.

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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