Backlot Chronicles: Conveniece Factor

It’s pretty well known that I’m not keen on working inside.

That was a contributing factor to my abandonment of studio work many years ago, but not the primary reason.

Like any great optimizer, I have created conveniences that make it easy for me to work. The best case in point is the figurative and literal backlot that I have created. The backlot starts at the threshold of my door in St. Louis.

I can walk outside and head in any direction and have a suitable location for my work. This applies to public property or the private property of my friends and acquaintances that have granted me permission to shoot on their premises.

Having that resource makes all the difference when inspiration strikes.

But like anyone else, I have a lazy streak that can appear without warning. When that happens I just go to front door and skip the walk and just shoot in the foyer.

That’s what I did in the portrait session above. Of course, it helps to have a compelling subject.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.