So you’re on your way to shoot get some nice shots, whether it’s an event or just shooting on the street, you get all the way there and realize you are not prepared. This is one of the worst feelings, especially if you're new to the photography industry and not knowing what to do. Here is a starter check list to make sure you are always prepared.
Prepare the night before!!
You don’t want to get to your shoot, turn on the camera, get 5 minutes in and your camera is counting down to its death. Another reason to always carry spare batteries.
Clear memory cards:
Make sure you have enough space on your SD/CF cards so you aren’t limited to how many pictures you can take, or having to take time out of shooting to delete old pictures.
Pack your bag:
Pack all your equipment you need in a bag or two the night before. Lenses, camera bodies (at least two, main body and a back up), SD/CF cards, and lights. This also prevents the chance of forgetting anything or running around with your head cut off trying to find things.
Know the location:
You should know how to get there and how long it will take to get there the night before so you can give yourself enough time to get ready and leave comfortably rather than in a rush. Most professional photographers even go out to the location a few days before to get an idea on exactly where they plan to shoot, angles, lighting, sunrise/sunset, etc.
Create your vision:
Think about the set up and what kind of shots you would like to capture. Think about what kind of pictures the client would love based on your conversations with them.
Get in the zone:
When you wake up, do something that clears your mind. Whether it's a hot shower or your favorite tea and a scone. Whatever it may be, just get your create juices flowing and ready for your shoot!
It’s always best to be early to an event, to set up all of your equipment. This way if anything does go wrong, you have time to handle the situation.