No matter how good you plan something, there's just so many factors to make things go wrong. Like it or not, you need to be prepared for the worst. But it's always better to make sure that 200% ready. So here's my To-Do-List before doing any session:
1. Check your battery
There's one time that I shot with 50% battery only, because my charger is not put properly the whole night! It was a paid 2 hours client and I was just freeze in horror when I find out. Please, always, ALWAYS double check that you have more than one battery and at least one of it is full.
2. Bring more memory card than you need. You will never know when you'll need them
3. Bring a reflector
I sometimes cut a big white foam board or cardboard and layer it with crumpled aluminium foil to make a cheap DIY reflector. If you choose not to bring any of it, see no.4
4. Research the location before the shoot and make sure they have natural reflector around. Natural reflector can be a white/ neutral coloured wall, beach sands, etc.
5. Check the weather. Have a back up plan when you know it's going to rain.
Once, I shot when it's raining really hard. I was unprepared, because my initial idea was to go around the area and find good spot for photo as the area is quite hipster and quirky. However, shooting in rain is much harder and some area that looks photogenic in clear days doesn't looks as nice when it rains. At least you have to know some nice angles or tricks that cold save you in this kind of situation.
Timing is important. Know when the light is best in your area. Every part of the world have different golden hour and you must know what kind of light you want for the photo. Hard or soft? Warm or cool? It's all in the timing.
It is also important to orchestrate your team perfectly by communicate clearly with everyone. You have to have a clear timeline from make up to shoot time. Usually in fashion shoot there will be more than one look. So make sure you plan enough time for each.
I think that's the most important things!
I'll talk about how to save the day when everything goes wrong next time. Stay tuned!
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