One State, Two Climates

There’s no better place for outdoor urban photography in the summertime than Chicago. This portrait session started on Wacker Drive about two hours before a perfect June sunset.

The lake breezes are especially nice when things back home are roasting. Despite being separated by only a few hundred miles, the climate zones are distinctly different.

I became acutely aware of this during the first week of college in the southern part of my home state. Even though I was an Illinoisan, I was not from Chicago.

The weather was normal for August, meaning 95 degrees Fahrenheit with soupy humidity. The wailing and gnashing of teeth due to the heat by the 312 kids was deafening.

Of course, when January rolled around and classes were canceled by a dusting of snow, the hearty Chicagoans couldn’t be bothered to put on jackets when they went sledding with “borrowed” cafeteria trays.

I was so cold that I needed a stocking cap while enjoying the oddest of winter sports.

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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