Street Studio: Chicago

Creating portraits on the street is always a test of my abilities and skills. I employ certain rules and rely on established boundaries in order to narrow my creative focus. But like an improv troupe, I am open what comes to me from my collaborators. My default position is to say “yes” to whatever is presented in the moment.

In this case my collaborator was the ever-present wind in Chicago. The wind asserted itself from the first minute of the session and I simply said “yes” to wind by facing my subject directly into that force of nature.

Of course saying “no” to the wind would be functionally impossible. But by having the mindset of collaboration instead of conflict, I correctly set the tone for the session for myself and for my subject.

Truth be told, the results from Chicago’s free wind machine added something to the mix that was welcome in the end, though maybe not in the moment.

I think the results of the session show that I did the right thing.

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.