There’s no such thing as a “normal” stock photo session. Each one is unique. However, some similarities come into play when I’m working in a big city.
Wide sidewalks are a necessity. I prefer side streets for their relative quiet. Having other folks around is a plus, especially for the occasional unpaid extra.
Being open to the unexpected counts for a lot too.
This Chicago session started in front of the Drake Hotel. The stolid subject and I made our way east on Walton toward the lake, stopping to shoot in six or seven places. From there, we walked back to Michigan Avenue to head north for some Gold Coast scenery.
Just before we got to the pedestrian underpass at Lake Shore Drive, I heard someone shout at me.
Hey mister, take our picture!
As I turned toward the sound, I noticed this group of five kids already posed and ready with a level of energy that only exists in the young.
They granted me the honor of only two frames. With Oak Street Beach as their destination, that little bit of time was all they could spare.
Whenever I’m lagging or feeling down, I like to look at this picture. It never fails to lift my spirits.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.