When I started my university studies as a Cinema & Photography major I couldn’t have been more excited. Walking into the building that housed the labs, studios and seminar rooms on the first day wasn’t just a new chapter in my life. It was an entirely new book.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for the cracks to appear. Long story short, it was an art school hiding in plain sight inside of a midwestern state university. I was not art school material so there was an ongoing issue of my square peg colliding with their round holes.
Eventually, I quit the fine art program and found a new path at the same university. As it turned out the Journalism School was in the same building across the hall. In no time I earned my degree, appropriately called a BS in Journalism.
Even though Cinema & Photography wasn’t what I wanted it to be, I did learn a few things from the art school mob. The most memorable thing I learned was the concept of “the happy accident” which every serious artist is open to receiving.
For instance, discovering an intrusion by a skateboarder to a perfectly composed portrait. That happy accident was the secret ingredient for this St. Charles, Missouri session.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.