Sadly, over the course of this thread I've become a poorly dressed creep, who stares for extended periods and points his camera continuously at children.
I'm now someone who isn't a serious photographer because I don't wear a shirt and trousers. I pester people to the point of exasperation and I have no integrity as I don't write books.
NO I WON'T BE PHOTOGRAPHING MINORS AGAIN (I think I may have mentioned that before?) IT WAS A ONE-OFF AND SOMETHING I WON'T BE REPEATING ANY TIME SOON.
On the other hand, the 'business card' suggestion is a good one and something I will be doing tonight online. I also thank many for their kind words and encouragement (you know who you are. :) )
As for the rest of you . . . Merry Christmas. :p
I think if the police called any parent up and said we found pictures of your children amongst thousands of undeveloped negatives stretching back decades in an abandoned storage locker which used to belong to a dead recluse you would be a smidge creeped out.
jus' sayin' :whistling:
I am not saying the OP is a "creep." Just to be clear.
Brian: I would have told the owner (not the dog) to sit down, stay, don't speak and then to reach into his wallet and give you $10 bucks. THEN if he was good, you'd photograph the dog but that's just his sitting fee. The dog is extra plus prints, of course.
I recommend the same technique if parents ask me to photograph their kids. I tell them to sit, stay, and fetch. The dual messages always throw parents a huge curve. :D