What's Your Line

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Here's the background. I work for a social services agency and one of my semi-official duties is to photograph our special events, which range from a few dozen people to thousands. I'm very aware of the "creepy middle-aged guy with a camera" vibe I send out, so I always wear my name badge and ask permission before taking anyone's photo. I get four basic responses:

1. Sure! and I snap away.
2. Where will these pictures end up? and I explain.
3. My hair is a mess! they just need me to reassure them that they look great
4. No. and I say thank you and walk away.

Lately it seems like I've been getting more and more of number 4, and not just "no" but outright hostility. I'm wondering if any event photographers have a good "opening line" to put people at ease?

Right now, I usually say "could I have a photo of you nice people?", and if the music is loud I'll hold up the camera and arch my eyebrows quizzically and they'll shake their head yes or no. Any suggestions would be very welcome!
 
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That depends on the event. It could be any combination of our website, our magazine, or a Facebook page devoted to the event. Whichever it is, I explain to them where the photos will likely end up.
 
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I usually just ask people if they'd like to be in the paper I shoot for and most everyone says yes. Then they bombard me with questions of when will the photos run. So I have to explain to them that I don't pick em I just shoot em. LOL
 

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