On Being Prepared

There is no such thing as being prepared enough. As evidenced by shoot yesterday, nothing I did in advance could help me when the assignment went off the reservation. On one shoot, no amount of prep prepared me for the fact that the subject showed up with her own backdrop and props. I had not been prepped thoroughly in advance and probably looked like a stammering idiot when she rolled out the backdrop).

But no matter what happens, you’ve got to think on your feet with this job. Even if the client shows up with their own set, you’ve got to stay calm, take things in stride and get the shot. The more times you get blind sided the better prepared you are for being not prepared.

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