Street Portraits by Photographer, Kevin OConnell

Street Portraits of the urban landscape by Chicago photographer, Kevin OConnell. For the past 19 years, he has walked the city streets of the windy city. Kevin says – When I see an interesting face, I just have this need to photograph it. Asking my canvas questions about their lives, brings out emotions that come to life. For me, this is what it’s all about.

What makes For A Good Street Portrait

A good street portrait is one that has some sort of emotion, because there has to be something that draws you into the picture. That is where Kevin’s street portraits shine. He finds the most interesting people to photograph by talking to them first. Sometimes its more about the persons emotion that he brings out in them and not how many wrinkles they have. That is probably the hardest part to becoming a better than average urban storyteller.

In the picture below, it’s about the relationship the student has with the professor. You can see that both of them are involved in a meaningful conversation.  Neither are paying attention to their surroundings because they are so engrossed in the moment. It also helps to have an interesting backdrop, like the person in the background starring back.

Kevin O’Connell’s Street Photography Tips and Techniques

Learn from an award winning Chicago Street Photography Guru. Kevin has been shooting the streets for over 20 years, with many international awards. Read his Street Photography Tips to learn his secrets on getting the Shot!

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