Money for Nothing

A few times per month I’ll meet someone who will say, “being a photographer must be a great job!”

I have a standard reply.

“It’s better than you can ever imagine.”

Any photographer that tells you something else is either an imposter or a sad sack.

Earlier today, I was going through some old files. I happened upon this portrait which was one of five sessions for an ad campaign. Each subject wore a white t-shirt in which words were placed.

The ad agency set aside three days for photography. That kind of comfortable pace was perfect. We shot for 90 minutes in the morning, and then again for the same duration in the afternoon. Lunch was just as long.

The five locations were “borrowed” which meant that we used the residences of ad agency employees and an open field adjacent to the hotel where I was staying.

Great weather, interesting subjects, and a very generous client made it a memorable project.

As we said our goodbyes, I thanked the client and told him that it was great to get paid, but I would have done it for free.

It was an enjoyable and effortless experience. It was a textbook definition of Money for Nothing.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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