Being prepared...

This past weekend I attended a family wedding. I was asked to take some photos of the bride getting ready.  I packed all the gear I thought I would need plus a little extra for good measure. 

Tucked inside the dress, over her heart, only she knew it was there...her grandmother's wedding band.

Tucked inside the dress, over her heart, only she knew it was there...her grandmother's wedding band.

The bride had several special mementos for her once in a lifetime day. One in particular had to be fastened to the dress. "Does anyone have a safety pin?" she asked.  No one in the room had one.  It suddenly occurred to me that I had my emergency kit packed in my camera bag and sure enough, I had 3  safety pins!  I quickly fumbled to get the safety pins for her and she was able to fasten the ring to the inside of her dress. Crises averted!

In addition to having all of the gear you need, there are other things you need to consider when shooting an event that will span over several hours.  Listed below are just a few tips and I'm sure you can think of many others.  Feel free to share your best tips in the comments section.

  • stay hydrated - make sure you carry water with you
  • carry snacks, gum, etc., anything that can tide you over until you can get food
  • carry bandaids in case you or someone you are with might need one.  It can also act as tape in a pinch.
  • carry a pain reliever.  You never know if you will need one throughout the day.
  • make sure to eat something before the shoot as it may be hours before you get food.  If it's an all day shoot, take the time to have lunch or dinner. If you don't think food will be provided to you, pack some food to take with you. 
  • be prepared for inclement weather...umbrella or rain covers for your camera bags
  • make sure to smile and have fun.  Even if you're nervous, you don't want to pass on your anxiety to anyone else.

If you're interested in what's in the emergency kit that I carry in my camera bag, check out my previous post here.