When photographing an event you first need to take into account the type of event it is. For example, if you are hired to photograph a wedding then the equipment you use would vary than if you were to photograph a corporate event.
If you are a diverse photographer then you will likely have many events to photograph. Therefore you should make sure that you are prepared with the right type of equipment. For example, if you are hired for a wedding then the equipment you use to shoot a wedding will vary than if you were to shoot a corporate event. Therefore from the lens to the camera that you use, you should make sure that you are prepared.
What Does The Client Want?
In order to be prepared you should first speak with your client to find out exactly what they want. For example, there may be some clients who want a pre-shoot before the wedding and may even want a drone to capture moments from a high altitude. Therefore if your client wants pictures or a video taken from a high altitude then you need to incorporate drone photography into your schedule as well.
When photographing a wedding it is the responsibility of the wedding photographer to make sure he or she captures all the key moments. Therefore it is unlikely that you can take a break as in order to get all the candid moments on camera you will have to be prepared to snap pictures the entire night. You also need to make sure that you take all the required pictures of the wedding party. For example, the bride and groom with their parents, the bride and bridesmaids the best man and groomsmen’s, the bride and her parents, the groom and his parents, etc.
The worst thing that could happen when photographing a wedding is running out of film. Therefore you should make sure that you put enough film in the camera and carry additional film with you. It is always best to carry more film than needed as it is always better to have more than run out.
In order for you to ensure that you snap the key moments of a wedding such as the father giving the bride away, the couple’s first dance etc. you have to pay attention. If you are distracted you could miss out on important moments and as you cannot get certain moments back it is your responsibility as the wedding photographer to ensure that you capture all the crucial moments on camera.
Therefore it is not only important that you pay attention but it is also important that you are on time. Being on time allows you time to familiarize yourself with the environment, set up your camera and it can allow you to look around for the places that give the best lighting. However, if you were to show up late you will likely be flustered and stressed out and this might show in the pictures that you take.