A few days ago, I had a job where I was asked to photograph students from a college in Iowa, who are all interns in Chicago. I’ve done the shoot for about six or seven years now, and it’s always been a fun job. The students are all over the city, working for Fortune 500 companies to helping to resettle refugees and working with the homeless. One of the interns this time worked in the PR office at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
After I took his picture, I had some time for a lunch break. But, as I turned the corner to walk through the zoo on my way out, I saw a beautiful, serene lion basking in the sun. Not that that’s so surprising in a zoo, but it took me by surprise, being in the middle of downtown Chicago, surrounded by steel and concrete. I ended up missing my lunch (happens all the time), and spent about half an hour photographing the lion and in the primate house.
I don’t often get the time to shoot personal pictures, but this brought back why I love photography. I’m not an animal person, but there was something about these ones that just begged to have their portraits made. I wish I knew someone who worked with the animals at a zoo… I’d love to do a series of animal portraits.
The Adventures of Mike’s Camera is the blog of freelance photographer, Mike Hudson. He is available for commercial photography assignments– marketing, corporate, editorial, annual reports, lifestyle, web page photography, and events. His clients have included many regional and national magazines and newspapers, several healthcare providers, colleges, hotels, architectural firms, small businesses and more. Visit MichaelHudsonPhotography.com to check out his portfolio or contact him via email.