Got your first booking? Awesome! Here's a quick photography checklist for you:
Schedule a call with the client as soon as possible 📞
Get information about venue, lighting conditions and space constrains etc. etc., and get prepared
For formal events, make sure the client has got your tickets sorted out 🎫
Ask for an event agenda if available, and make notes of key frames to be captured
Ask about dress code if necessary
For portrait sessions, it's always nice to brainstorm with the client and work out some creative photo ideas!
Get your batteries fully charged, and always bring backup power supplies! 🔋
Bring a grey card in case white balance adjustment is needed
Use diffusers for softer and natural lighting
Carry a 2nd flash light ⚡️
A portable umbrella diffuser is surprisingly useful in many scenarios
Use a backup SD card if your camera allows
If you're covering a baby / children photo shoot, some cute props will make your photos really stand out!
On the day:
Plan your travel in advance, be aware of the traffic 🚘
Arrive at least 5 mins earlier, preferably 10-15 mins if possible
Update your ETA with your client
Make sure you follow the client's photo brief if provided
Enjoy the shoot!