For two weeks in autumn, I wandered the streets of New York City armed with very comfortable shoes, a Hasselblad 500cm camera and about 24 rolls of Kodak Portra 400.
There's a gorgeous rhythm to wandering the streets of New York. Ride the subway to the best stopping point, get out, take seemingly random turns... find stories. See people. Notice the tiny little moments that are mosaics of life.
If I wasn't a commercial photographer, I think I'd be a writer. There are so many stories available inside every photograph... there are too many to count. While I love created portraits and environmental shots, finding people purely and truly in their element is a special gift. I love to see the best in people... and I wish I could always catch them to tell them how beautiful they are. That their life will turn out alright. That they are seen and loved.
I've talked with lots of folks afraid of street photography... if this is you, just walk in honor. Shoot your shot, but only take photographs of a person that you'd also want to see of yourself. Be friendly. Never be so immersed in the photograph that you forget the person.