A person gets a bit "up" when important photos are to be taken. What if? What if? Like I tell the kids I teach, anxiety before a test or presentation is normal, but we can take the edge off it by being prepared.
Having scribbled out a list of what to take to a shoot for the umpteenth time, I figured it was past time for me to type it up and not re-invent the wheel each time. Can you imagine agreeing to photograph someone's very special event and forgetting your extra cards? Experiencing the technical failure of all camera and not have an extra body? Falling down a flight of stairs the morning of and not being able to make the wedding? OK, my list can't help with the last one, but it can with the others:)
Need your own list for a big photo day? Here is my basic "Being Prepared" list. Feel free to borrow and tweak!
The Really Important Stuff
At least two camera bodies
At least three lenses that fit those bodies. If in doubt, always pack a nifty fifty. It's amazing what that little bit of plastic can do in a pinch. Pack any lens hoods you might want to use.
Make sure all camera batteries are charged and IN the cameras. (That's really important...)
Whatever lights you will be taking with you. Ensure they all have fresh batteries.
Your remote triggers, with fresh batteries, if you use them.
Whatever light modifiers and stands you think you might need.
Extra AA batteries!
A plastic sleeve for the camera and lens just in case it rains. You never know!
Your tripod, especially if you'll be doing some landscape work or shooting portraits in low light.
A shot list of the photos you want to take or must get.
Phone numbers of your clients in case you are delayed.
Your cell phone
Special items if you'll be photographing kids or pets that can be used to grab their attention.
Handy to Have:
Your business cards
Water and a snack.
Kleenex, safety pins and band-aids in a little baggie.
A hand mirror and bobby pins (Not for you!)
Umbrellas from the Dollar Store (Again, you never know! Just leave them in your car, and they will be there when needed.)
Extra sweater, jacket and gloves if the weather is cool. A hat that will allow you to shoot from under it if you'll be outside in the sun.
A flashlight if you'll be working in the evening.
A friend to hold your light stand so you don't have to move it would be SUPER handy to have:)
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