Organization for a Las Vegas Portrait Photographer
Whether you’re on a shoot for an individual portrait, or photographing an entire family, it’s crucial to stay organized. Not just organized with your gear, but organized with your time. What good is an organized photography bag if you don’t make the event on time because you forgot to schedule it in a calendar? Chaos builds off of chaos, which is why if you remain organized in the first place, you won’t have to deal with any large problems (within your control) at a shoot.
First, keep all of your upcoming events in the calendar app on your phone, and set your notifications to alert you the day before. This will ensure that you’re up to date on any shoots. Next, find the best, most efficient way to pack your gear bag. Once you’ve packed it to your liking, continue packing it that way. Repetition builds habits, and it’s important to get in the habit of taking care of your photography gear and your schedule. It’ll pay off in the long run.
Organization Tips for a Las Vegas Event Photographer
Events can be extremely hectic. Whether it’s a family-oriented get together or a corporate event on the strip, it can be quite overwhelming to keep track of everything while taking excellent shots. In order to prevent losing your mind mid-shoot, you need to familiarize yourself with the venue.
You’ve heard that Vince Lombardi quote before. “5 minutes early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.” When you’re a photographer, try getting to your venue at least 20 minutes early. It sounds like overkill, but it’ll pay off when you’re not stressed out and able to maximize your time on shoot. Clients are paying you for excellent shots, and you don’t want to let your clients down. Next, keep track of your gear. You won’t be able to shoot an event for 5 hours with your photography bag slung over your shoulder. Not only is it terrible for your posture, but you’ll need both hands to use your camera, retrieve gear from nearby, help with flashes, etc. Keep your gear in a unique place that’s out of sight and discreet. If you leave it in a corner or under a table that’s off the beaten path then you’ll be able to grab something from it if necessary.
This last tip isn’t really for organization, but it’ll certainly help when you’re on shoot. Stay positive, and flash a friendly smile. People want to feel comfortable around their photographer, and it’ll be difficult for them if you’re not comfortable with yourself. When you’re on a shoot, the first priority is obviously to get the best shots possible. But you can prioritize your photography without sacrificing a good attitude and a winning smile.