Little Rock, Arkansas Photographers Decline Railroad Portrait Projects, Cite Legality Issues

September 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Some Little Rock photographers say they are declining requests from potential clients to do photo shoots on railroad tracks because of legality issues.

Lori Sparkman is one of those photographers. She said she usually receives more than a dozen requests per year for railroad portraits, and she declines them, telling potential customers that it is illegal to do portrait sessions on railroad tracks. Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

She also said she knew of another local photographer who had turned down six requests in September alone.

Fall is a popular time for railroad portraits because of the changing colors and scenery, according to Sparkman.

Ron Sparks of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Police said that taking portraits on railroad tracks is illegal.

“It is trespassing,” he said.

He also said that it can be dangerous to do photo sessions on railroad tracks. Safety is another reason Sparkman said she declines photography projects involving railroad tracks.

Reporter Curt Lanning has the full story at by clicking here.


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