How's this for stupid: Professional photographers are posing high school kids and wedding groups on railroad tracks for formal portraits.

According to Don Phillips, a veteran transportation reporter and columnist for Trains magazine, "For reasons that are unclear, the past few years have seen the emergence of a new fad in graduation photos (and even wedding photos): portraits made on railroad tracks. Sometimes, these photos are even posed inside tunnels."

Apparently, nobody has been killed doing this, but so concerned is the Union Pacific Railroad that it plans to send representatives to high schools to lecture folks on the dangers of hanging out on the tracks, Phillips wrote in a recent column. The railroad is also reaching out to photographers, reminding them that railroads are private property and trespassing is a crime.

We're with Phillips on this. Putting clients in danger, particularly school kids, is a dumb way to make a living. If you have a group that wants to set up a photo, talk 'em out of using the tracks.
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