Over the years I have been in many of circumstances as photographer that had me fumbling, searching, and ultimately packing items I never knew I would need when I started this career as a photographer. I am saving you the time and providing the tips that will help with the “oh darn” moments while you are out in the field. The Photography life is not for the faint of heart to get “the shot.”
I have created and built my own kit full of gadgets over the years and odd and ends so that while I am out in the field if something happens I am prepared. There are so many stories I could share with you that would have you rolling with laughter. I have been chased by a skunk, chased by a Bull, I have fell so many times I am not embarrassed when I trip and stumble anymore.I have even been caught on fire from a drunken guest holding a sparkler at a wedding while I was photographing the exit. Yes it’s true, and if you guessed it , you are right I am not a fan of fireworks! However, I did have a little bit of medicine on hand with a first aid kit that came in handy because I was prepped for the what ifs. This photographer wasn’t down for the count and I am thrilled to prepare you so you aren’t either.
As my husband may be reading this he going to absolutely cringe that my extension cord is not properly curled up for transport… I am totally going to call myself out I would shoot long hours and shove everything in my car and would hope my hubby would organize it all for me… and he would.. shhh don’t tell I didn’t take advantage I just valued his organization skills.
I can already hear the short jokes coming but it’s not just because this 5’3 ( I think i’m 5’2 but for the fun of it let’s humor my ego and say I am 5’3.) that I need a step stool. When you are photographing a wedding, engagement, or you want to get that perfect angle even photographing a flat lay of products having a step stool is seriously the number one item I would leave in your car for use. Yes, I have left them, broke them , and fell from them but guess what….I GOT THE SHOT! While mentioning photographing flat lays this post is also inspired from my friend Cassie where I am often poked fun of as I leave my gadgets behind and I am resorting using her step stool and or an earring back to prevent a product to roll but yet small enough that can’t be seen. These small sticky adhesive pads are perfect to prevent product from rolling but yet translucent enough to avoid being a distraction in your imagery.
Oh my gosh I am literally loving all this talk about gadgets way too much!! I mean everything I picked up to share with you it sparks so many stories of moments during photo shoots. Clamps are great beyond reason, stuff them in your camera bag. From holding an outfit that didn’t fit right or making a curtain stay just perfect or just using to clip your shot list somewhere it’s beyond handy . I would even clip my shot list and paperwork with them so I could quickly grab them during a wedding.
Let’s talk fishing line!! Okay this is the doozy of all tricks…. Fishing line is STRONG! of course depending on what strength you buy. This magic tool has the strength to hold and the weight of your gear, the weight of a balloon arch that went rogue and can dangle items in the air you want to photograph without it being fully seen yet withstand the weight of the product. Let’s face it a good strong tape can save a stressed out woman doing everything she can for the perfect shoot when a blouse that’s bulging in the wrong places is hindering her confidence…… Did I ever tell you that my blouse uknowlingly hooked on my camera bag and I practically flashed my clients for their entire session… I wondered why they were so eager to do what I asked… They were ready for the peep show to end. I hopped in the car taped the good ol darling blouse up and onward and upward i went..yes the blouse found a new home in the trash.
I am pretty simple and love to be comfortably professional. My amazing friends and clients often show me the love with some amazing gifts of clothes and always keep me on trend. I am loving this combo and if I can wear my favorite tennis shoes it’s the perfect look for me!
I hope that you not only laughed but found this as a resource! I love sharing the smallest to the biggest details to help you standout through marketing strategy and imagery! You may also find some of my previous blog posts helpful as well .
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