I answered an ad on Model Mayhem from a woman who wanted to have her young family photographed for the holidays. He was recently laid off from his job, so I agreed to do it for free. She drove around the area looking for a good place to shoot and came upon Hartley Botanical Gardens.
Now this location is one of the most coveted (and expensive) sites in the area to host a wedding or event, but in the off months (ie. December) their botanical garden is open to the public. I didn't know this, so I was under the assumption that we were just going to come in there, and walk around and then do their family shoot guerilla-style. After about 30 minutes, a craggley old man came up to us and asked if we needed any help. I said no... and he could tell we were nervous so he told us it was open to the public this time of year.
So I squeezed off a few shots, all RAW, candid and portrait. They're really wonderful people and all I asked is to spread the word if they were happy with my work.
This weekend I have a car shoot for my sister-in-law who got a new car on Friday, and then a model/holiday shoot on Saturday, then meeting a bride/groom the same day, followed by being the official photographer for the Camarillo Holiday Parade (and judge of floats), followed by a holiday party.
My trigger finger will be sore by Monday.
Hope all your holidays and holiday shopping is going well.