Many people were surprised that I am the photographer. One lady told me she had milk in the back of her refrigerator older than me! I'll guess I'll take that as a compliment...although she should probably clean out her fridge. Granted, one guy took a guess at my age and thought I was 6 years younger than I am. I'll be thankful for that in another 20 years!
I couldn't anticipate peoples' reactions to the photos, but I'd love to share a few of the stories with you!
This photo was polarizing, which I expected. People either really liked it, or they really didn't. My husband thinks I'm really weird for taking the photo this way. It's exciting to find out that other people agree with what I find to be beautiful. I kind of like that not everybody likes it. It is unique and has a lot of empty space. It definitely breaks all the rules of composition. One lady said it reminds her of a quote she heard once from a director of Western movies. I wish I could remember it verbatim, but the concept was that when you're comfortable enough with filming movies that the sun no longer has to be in the middle of the screen, you're ready to film a Western. I thought that was very fitting for my country themed photos.
I learned that people love to talk about photography: other photographers, hobbyists, or even people who have taken a photo on their cell phone. A lot of people showed me photographs they've taken and wanted to discuss various aspects of photography. People asked if I had photos ranging from roosters to outhouses. I'll have to keep some of those things in mind for the future...I can just see myself laying on the ground chasing after roosters! It's bound to happen sooner or later.
There were a lot of great vendors at the festival. Here are some of my favorite:
Raven Designz (facebook here): Adorable tutu's, bows, and onesies made to look like the baby is wearing a tie and suspenders!
Patch Design Studio (website here): Cute little cornbread onesies, pillows, and textiles.
Fort Remington Wood Spoons (website here): Beautiful handcrafted wooden spoons.
Echo Hollow Music (website here): They make beautiful mountain dulcimers, but also something called a Canjo. It's a instrument made from a can of spam or a beer can!
East Fork Woodworks: Rustic birdhouses. I've seen quite a few birdhouses at festivals, but these were by far my favorite. One was attached to the top of a shovel, so all you had to do was put the shovel in the ground!
Oh, and I discovered deep fried Oreos! it sounded greasy and disgusting to me but Lucas bought some and I just had to try them. They are A-MA-ZING! I highly recommend you try it next time you go to a festival. It's worth the calories.
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