Although it was a gloomy day, almost everyone was good-natured about having his or her picture taken. The light was gray and shadowless—not the best working conditions. But as noted, photographer said, "There’s no such thing as bad light, just a bad photographer."
Incidentally, I don’t regard these shots as "portraits," just "little stories" of people engaged in everyday activities. The more interesting the activity, of course, the more interesting the photos can be.
To counter the gloom of the day and give these photos a little more "punch," I used a black-and-white profile of higher contrast than usual.