On a summer day, in the heat of the afternoon, where is the best place for a portrait?
The obvious answer is a studio.
The second-best place is a screened-in porch. That’s where this session took place. It’s only incidental that the ratio of porches to studios in Brighton, Illinois is greater than 100 to 1.
An intangible benefit to the location is that my friend built it with his own hands.
Lots of thought and planning went into the design of the place. The north-facing openings provided diffused light and the three screened walls allowed breezes to keep us cool.
I’m usually willing to suffer for my art, but a little comfort sure makes the creative process much easier.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.