Hi everyone, First I want to say that i'm so glad i found this forum, i've learned so much from reading the other posts. I'm a portrait photographer (mainly children and families). I was asked to photograph a sweet 16, which I did tonight and had a great time doing it. I was also hired to photograph a small wedding next week. I've never photographed a wedding before and I did tell the B&G up front. They weren't concerned about it, it's a second wedding for both of them and they just wanted to capture the moment and didn't want to spend a lot of money. The family of the sweet 16 party also knew that i am not an event photographer, but they are family friends so it didn't matter to them. I'm really grateful for the opportunities that i've been given to photograph these two events. Anyway, since I'm new to event photography I had some questions I was wondering you guys can answer: 1) If any of you are only a single photographer without an assistant how do you carry around your equipment during the event. backpack? fanny pack? vest? luckily i was able to keep my stuff in the bridal suite, which was locked during the event, but im not sure i'll be able to do this. Would it look weird carrying a whole camera bag around the whole event? 2) When you get pictures of the guests do you just go around asking if you can take their picture? I did this tonight, since most of the guests were kids they loved it. The adults were ok with it I think. Is it ok? is it too intrusive? Also the birthday girl was shy and seemed to avoid the camera and i felt bad because i didnt want to make her feel uncomfortable, but i was there specifically to photograph her during the event so i dont think there was any way around it. What would you do? 3) How many pictures do you usually take during an event? I took about 500 tonight. Do you just shoot everything and anything? I kind of felt like the pictures i was taking was getting kind of repetitive but i couldnt just stand around doing nothing. Thanks for any advice you can offer.