I hope everyone is having a pleasant Memorial Day holiday, at least those of you that are lucky enough to have the day off. I received a few questions about the upcoming photowalk so I thought I would take a few minutes to see if I could give some answers so here we go.
Q - What if I never received the account activation email?
A - With thousands of people signing up for photowalks all over the world, it’s not hard to imagine that some of them might slip through the cracks. Contacting the leader won’t do much good. All they can do is see if you are on their registered list. If you have questions about your registration, try contacting the official Photowalk Services Department. You can find the contact page here. They should hopefully be able to help with any issues you might be having.
Q - I signed up for the DC photowalk, but it turns out I may be traveling to Los Angeles that week. Can I switch photowalks? How?
A - I have been trying to find an answer to this one but I haven’t come across anything definitive yet. I know that, as a leader, I can delete an attendee from my list. This should remove them from the system and allow them to then register for a different photowalk but I’m not 100% about that. I am pretty sure that the web developers are working on an easy method to make this happen but until that time, hold off on trying to switch until they can work out a firm solution. When I find out the mechanism for switching I will be sure to pass it along to you.
Q - I am wondering how you handle the food/drink after a walk? The restaurant I had been counting on when I signed up for the walk said there was no way they could handle 50 separate orders and suggested a pizza buffet. I do not want to be responsible for collecting money for the pizza…nor do I want to get stuck with the bill.
A - You should not burden yourself with organizing the after-walk gathering beyond finding a spot that can accommodate your group. Last year I ended my photowalks (yes, I had two of them) at a food court with a common seating area so everyone could get their own food and then we could all sit together and share our experience. On one photowalk, I picked a sandwich shop that had adequate seating but also had a park outside so we could have a picnic-type experience. It was a lot of fun. The truth is that you can never accurately predict how much seating you will need for the after-walk gathering because some folks will stick around, some people will bring spouses or children, while others will go on their merry way. The best advice I can give is to find a location that will allow everyone to buy their own food and drinks and then provide enough space to seat a large group. This isn’t an easy bill to fill but no one ever said being a Photowalk Leader was a piece of cake.
That’s all I have for today. Keep those questions coming and I will do my best to get you some answers.