The was a discussion this morning at the Parent-Teacher meeting at the local school. It's a small school with young children and we were all discussing fund-raising ideas. I came up with 'Photos with Santa' and, as we have to do everything on the cheap, my wife instantly volunteered me to be the guy taking the pictures! I've taken a lot of pics as a hobby, I think I have a good understanding of the technique, but I have absolutely NO practice in a case where there is an expectation of results; much less when it is going to be over a hundred shots! Now we're talking $2 donations per picture, so I don't think people will be expecting extreme art, but it is putting some pressure Fortunately I really like challenges and one of my very good friends used to be a photographer years ago (before becoming a full time mom, etc) and she is going to come help. They have a theater like room with a dark red velvet style curtain and a very large Christmas tree where they want to arrange the session; I assume we'll put there a Santa with a chair and some accessories. The room is very large but there is almost no natural light and the walls are some kind of light yellow / cream, giving the whole room that (not so good) overall tone. I don't mind borrowing / renting some equipment if needed. I have the following: - Nikon D200 camera, with 3 battery packs - 2GB memory card - Sigma 18-200 lens - Nikkor 18-70 lens - Nikon SB-600 flash, with 2 sets of rechargeable batteries - Velbon (El Carmagne 530) tripod - Shutter release cable do I need everything else? (I don't have any light diffusers, and just a ghetto mini tripod for the flash if we don't mount it on the camera) Is it realistic to expect setting everything properly on manual once and use the same setting, position, etc all through the session? basically pushing the shutter release, next kid, pushing the shutter release, next kid, etc? I need tons of help and advice I need it!