This is my "staff" just "hanging around" waiting for our next customer. Some people really get into it... some just stand there and smile like it is a picture with "Aunt Maude".
The main problem with this adventure in photography - is not lighting, setting, or what you may suspect. The main problem is people having extra money OR their wallet with credit card - yes, I do take MC/Visa. I've even agreed to take a local check to try to get a sale... Even though the Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
website mentions shopping in the village - people don't seem to think there will be any. SO... I know what to do for next year, which of course doesn't help a whole lot this year.
Funny story so far? I produced one of the biggest "scares" of the night. I purchased a small space heater hoping to keep our feet warm. Last night was the first night we tried it. And it was working... sort of and BLAM out went the lights in all the shops on our road! LOL... Laugh of the day for me - I knew how to restore the power, but had no access to it from my shop... had to go next door to get to switch box with little led flash light on keys with everyone there trying to stop me and ask what to do. Didn't say it, but, "How about get out of my way and let me fix it!"
Overall, I know I have a good idea with this photo shop thing, and have established a presence - all I have to do is "hang on" till next year.
Other funny stories: During the Ren. Faire people (even the help) are treated to flushies. Located by the Joust Field for the patron in the back of the castle for the help. Well... the castle becomes one of the haunts so it's open season on the facilities by the joust field (which I think they should make into a grave yard). So Friday night, I hobbled over and wobbled into the handicapped stall and was sitting there doing my thing. Heard squeeling and giggle and the patter of 11-12 year old feet which came to a sudden stop and was follow by one saying, "Well... this isn't scary." It was all I could do to remain silent, I so wanted to do a "Bwahahahaha... It's a restroom idiot, it's not supposed to be scary."
Now if those same kids had come running in Saturday night, they would have probably terrified the little sparrow or wren that is trying to keep warm by a light in there and does a great impression of a "dive bombing bat" trying to protect his warm perch. As I wobbled to the entrance 2 8-9 year olds came out screaming and on the running as if Freddy were in there. I proceeded about my business since as a charter member of the "Itty Bitty Bladder Club" I don't dare dawdle around trying to reassure 2 unsupervised kids that the restroom is NOT one of the "Haunts or Scares". I heard something in there flying about and looked and sure enough, settling his little self on a rafter next to a temporary light was a bird. He figited as two grandma types came in and set down to business. He watched them like a vulture but stayed put. One of them banged the metal door when she was finished... he couldn't hold still any longer and dive bombed her. She screamed, the other lady screamed and I don't think she finished her paperwork trying to get out of there. I know neither of them hung around to was their hands so they could bitch that the water was cold and the paper towels were out*. I really wish I could have been outside with a video camera to see them come out.
* they don't leave a lot of paper in there so the little vandal types can make a mess. and a hot water heater would be an exercise in futility... I am pretty sure they both have one of those little bottles of sanitizer in their purse when they calm down enough to remember it LOL
AND YES, I know I haven't posted in a long time... but working on this little business adventure in photography, but I love you all and think of you often... I just don't always get to read and/or post here.