Know what their expectations are, make a plan, and re-set expectations as needed… before the shoot.
One morning, I was packing up gear for a kid shoot. When I started packing, I suddenly realized that I had no idea what kind of pictures they wanted. Should I take my DSLR and my strobes with light stands and umbrellas? My lightweight Fuji for running around after kids? Guess I should take it all, just in case. For some reason, when planning the shoot, it simply didn’t occur to me to ask how many kids there would be, what their ages were, or ask what kind of pictures they were hoping for. A lot of stupid things to forget.
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Confirm the shoot/event schedule IN DETAIL before the event.
If the “event” is just you shooting portraits, having a loose agenda of what’s going to happen is sometimes enough. When you’re at an event to document or do portraits, get a clear schedule of events before you step foot there! Especially if there’s somewhere you need to be afterwards.
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Shooting with a buddy? Communicate!
When shooting with an assistant, communication is the name of the game. Especially if you’re married to them. You don’t want to argue in front of your subject, but awkward silence can be worse.
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