Street Studio: Milwaukee

When traveling I find myself unconsciously comparing what’s in front of me to what I have at home in St. Louis. It’s a strange kind of measurement that I do in order to make sense of the place I find myself in for business or pleasure. I’m always interested in the differences and often I’m surprised by the similarities.

Some American cities are nearly identical in every category and others are far different. Kansas City, which is in my own state, is remarkably different. Memphis, which is almost as close as Kansas City is remarkably the same.

Milwaukee might be the closest match of them all. A big beer industry and some sports fanaticism would be the obvious points of comparison. But in my opinion there’s a similarity in the people that really makes Milwaukee feel like home for me.

Milwaukee and St. Louis seem to have about the same number of pleasant weather days each year but winter and summer in each city differ wildly. St. Louis in the summer can be as unbearable as Milwaukee in the winter.

This August session took place in Milwaukee’s finest season for an outdoor photographer like me.

I suppose I could have tried to make this happen at home. But trading a cool and dry Milwaukee August afternoon for a typical hot and humid St. Louis summer day would have cheated me out of some weather bliss. Sorry St. Louis.

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.