North Beach in San Francisco is a great place for street portraits.
Most of the time it’s just a matter of walking a few paces with a solid subject. Before long, the good spots reveal themselves as do the people in front of the camera.
It’s a very simple formula.
That’s assuming that a series of improbable victories have happened before the session even starts.
I’m not talking about a break in the typically subpar weather. That’s its own factor.
What I mean is that an artist has to clear the decks of all the encumbrances that keep most people locked into an “establishment” existence.
I didn’t have to ask for personal time off to make a Tuesday morning project happen. There was no answering to anyone about anything.
This freedom comes at a price. Specifically, I had to open my wallet for a plane ticket, hotel room, and rental car. That’s over and above the monthly check I write for health insurance and retirement contributions. You won’t hear any complaints from me because I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Most of the time I’m not even thinking about these things. I’m usually too busy having fun doing what I love to do.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.