Hat Tip

Don’t wear a hat, don’t bring a hat, and don’t even talk about hats.

Two of those admonitions are part of the wardrobe guidance I supply for stock photography sessions. I exaggerated a little on the last point.

It’s not that I don’t like hats, even though I only wear one when the weather is extreme. They’re simply a distraction that rarely benefits my photography.

Most of the folks I hire for these projects are actors. They don’t need props or complicated outfits. They just need to be themselves.

Sometimes an actor will show up, either in ignorance or defiance of my guidelines, wearing a hat. Since I’m not the IRS or a compliance scold I’ll just see how it looks.

In the case of this Manhattan session, it looked great. Hat tip to Mr. Borrero for looking beyond the rules and giving me something I really needed.

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