A favorite from Manhattan Beach

As an avowed minimalist I try to make sure that everything I carry in my equipment kit can serve more than one purpose. This allows me to maximize each object’s inherent value and has the end result of not just lightening my load but it also forces me to solve inevitable problems with the tools at hand.

Even an $800 lens can be used in other ways. For instance, when turned upside down a lens can be a magnifier. You may think that an $800 lens used this way instead of having a “disposable” magnifying glass “just in case” doesn’t make sense. But carrying more than I need comes at a cost.

I’ll argue all day that having firm artistic and operational rules far outweighs the minor inconvenience of not having every possible “just in case” tool. Being able to improvise beats a warehouse of equipment.

I feel the same way about intangible things. Specifically I feel this way about the locations I choose for my sessions. Places that can look different with each rotation of the compass rose are simply the best. I’m lucky to have a few dozen of these places in a variety of states and countries.

The one in the picture above is Manhattan Beach and might be my favorite. Click through to the image gallery and see for yourself.

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.