Gained Ill-Gottenly

We can debate whether “gained ill-gottenly” is or isn’t a proper use of English. All I’m saying is that I have heard it used just as it’s written.

A long time ago, when I watched the news on TV, I heard a person say that on-camera in reference to a financial crime of the moment.

For some reason, the wording found permanent residence in my brain. It’s stored right next to a couple of powerful word combos. This includes my favorite headline of all time from the St. Louis Sun.

“He Bit Hers, She Sued His”

That line went with a story about a couple of law students that didn’t quite agree on the aspect of consent in a public moment.

I don’t recall the outcome, which only enhances the story in my mind.

The last idiom in my pantheon is the Mark Knopfler song “Money For Nothing.”

“That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’, get your chicks for free”

That’s my life as a photographer in a nutshell. Not the free companionship part, but the part about money for nothing.

Taking pictures in exchange for a lucrative living is true to the song. It’s even more of a cakewalk when I photograph someone who is so radiant that I need only point the camera in the general vicinity, snap a few frames and call it a day.

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