What I call “street portraits” actually take place on the sidewalk, not in the street. The routine I follow for these sessions varies little from city to city. It starts by meeting someone at the corner of X and Y.
Sometimes I have to change my methods to account for local variances. Destin, Florida is a case in point due to the general lack of sidewalks.
It’s not a big deal because the best parts of this town are a bit off of the grid. Some memorable sessions have taken place near West Marine, a scuba store, an entrance to the state park, and a threadbare boutique area near the Hilton resort.
This session was adjacent to the Winn-Dixie. It had everything I needed, with an extra helping of elbow room.
There’s a certain cache associated with street photography. However, the category of “supermarket parking lot photography” still needs a better moniker.
For now, this street substitute will just be called a location portrait until I think of something better.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.