The Annual Dog Walk
Today was the 4th (I think, or maybe 5th) annual county SPCA Dog Walk. The event was raising money to build a much-much-needed new shelter. There were vendors, demonstrations and food. Oh...and of course, lots of dogs.
My friend talked me into being a vendor to photograph pet portraits. I HATE doing this kind of thing. I usually stand around for the 4-5 hours of the event, trying to look upbeat, but being bored and angry with myself for being sucked into doing yet another "show". I won't even consider something like this unless I can be in a booth next to someone I know, just so I can be sure of having someone to talk to during the long, lonely hours that I'm there.
Well, for this event the booth fee was zero $s, I was next to my friend, I love dogs, and it was for the benefit of a great organization. So I caved and said I'd do it.
Contrary to my expectations of doom, I actually had a good time in spite of the fact that except for my camera, almost every piece of equipment I had with me (computer, printer, media card adapter, strobe light, and light meter) malfunctioned in some way.
I muddled through and tried to stay calm and managed to get some acceptable images. They certainly won't go down in "doggie-portrait-hall-of-fame", but the people had eyes only for the faces of their adorable pets and they were fairly satisfied with the results. And except for my technological nightmare, so was I.