Unpaid Extras

When photographing on the street in areas congested with people, there’s no use fighting the crowd. It’s an unwinnable battle.

This is something that I learned the hard way.

On numerous occasions early in my career, I secured production permits to close streets in Chicago, Dallas, and New York. However, there was never any guarantee that people would take heed.

Eventually, I reframed the way I looked at this matter and then turned it to my advantage.

Instead of seeing these folks as “intruders” on my location I decided to think of them as “unpaid extras.”

Once I got the hang of it, my stress level went way down. Frugal clients loved it too.

Now a crowd of people going on their merry way is one more visual element that I have at my disposal.

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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