At first I thought this was cool, because this would make it the third year in a row that one of my photos was selected. Then I thought it was nice that this time they actually sent me an email to let me know. The first time was a surprise and the second time I watched for the banner on Stephen Avenue.
Then I received a second email asking if I would be available to do a portrait of her son for his first birthday that was coming up in a couple of weeks. She wanted some photos in the park and some studio-like photos. She thought I was a professional photographer.
When the panic subsided and my heart resumed its regular beat, my brain went into problem-solving mode.
Luckily, because I keep in touch with people I've met on photography outings (mostly on Facebook) I knew Jo-Ann Brown was into portraits and had a portable studio! When I asked Jo-Ann if she would be interested, her reply was super keen. I told the Carifest mom that I was a hobby photographer, but suggested that Jo-Ann would be the perfect photographer for her.
Unfortunately, it turned out that a surgery opening that Jo-Ann had been waiting for came up around the same time as the photo shoot request. Jo-Ann tried to rearrange the date and then referred the mom to another photographer that she knew, but neither of us know how it turned out. Hopefully it went well.
I don't know what the referral protocol is. Should I have followed up? Is now too late to ask or do I wait until we meet at Carifest?
I think it's time to take a business course.