It's always a rush putting up an exhibit at the local Fine Art and Craft Fair. We happily survived yet another one last weekend as Pamira Bezmen Photography Studio - and when I say "studio", I mean "the whole family", because truly these art fairs are a family affair. Just like raising a child, I can say it takes a village!
First, my husband and I had to set up the tent in the rain on Friday evening. (Before that, he had to rush home from work, we had to load up the cars, leave the kids with my mom and step-dad, and before that I had to prepare every single display item by hand, order hardware for framing and hanging, put together each frame, organize chairs, tables, table cloths, business cards, etc... but I'll fast forward through that part).
Setting up the tent in the rain was not as bad as our first time doing it 4 years ago when neither of us had ever attended an art fair as an exhibitor or set up a large tent this size (10ft x 10ft) before, and we had to figure out where each piece went from the instruction manual under a torrential rain and thunder storm. At that point we did not have my mom to help with the baby, so we had our little one with us to add excitement to the set-up process! Looking back at it now, it appears as a funny memory. It was not so funny back then! (yes, yes, I am laughing now!)
Just to give you an idea, this is what the tent looks like at the beginning:
Ha ha! Yep! It's surely an engineering project. You can see the little hand written cheat tags I taped to the bars, so that we could remember which went where. However, this time, I did ask myself if it would have been faster to just figure things out without the tags because somehow reading a tag titled "Right back back upper left door inner" did not make a lot of sense to me standing in the middle of a park, staring at a box filled with 60 bars that looked exactly the same! Each of which had an equally confusing title tag. Like this one: "Upper Left Back Front". Hmmm...
Why I thought these descriptors were spot on when I created them 4 years ago, I have no clue. They are surely not useful when setting up the tent. (In fairness to myself from 4 years ago, the tags magically start making sense AFTER all the pieces have been put together. I was like "Aaaaaah, yeahhhh, that's what it means!)
So, this was my husband and I putting together the tent on Friday, in part sun, part rain weather. And, get this: not even a single argument! High five, Shawn & Pamira!
And, when you sweet people came to visit us on Saturday and Sunday, this is what it looked like:
Much better!!!! :)
Despite the rains on Saturday and tropical humidity on Sunday, it was a wonderful weekend overall. It is such a true pleasure showing my work to my old and new friends. It is lovely meeting new clients and talking about how I can use my photography to make treasured memories for them. It is an honor to be considered to be your memory-maker for the coming generations and to carry the faces of your precious babies, mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents into the future.
Thank you to all of you for coming to visit my tent. Thank you to my dear husband for believing in me and my art so much to spend his Father's Day working along my side at the fair. Thank you to my dear mom and step-dad for caring for our babies while we were at the Brookdale Park, so that we did not have to worry about how they were doing without us.
Thank you to all my old clients who stopped by to give me their hugs and support. And thank you to all my new friends who signed up for my newsletter. This, I hope will be the start of a long-lasting relationship of years of working together to make memories for your family. Keep an eye peeled for the drawing for the complimentary portrait session (the announcement is coming soon). And please feel free to reach out to me any time to discuss your next photography project.
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Here are some more images and a video from our exhibit at the Spring Fine Art and Crafts Fair at the Brookdale Park, Montclair / Bloomfield, New Jersey, organized by Rose Squared Productions, Janet and Howard Rose.