I connected with Acacia through a photographer/model networking group on Facebook. This was one of my first shoots, I remember being extremely nervous for this. I did a TON of planning for this shoot, I was kind of intimidated to work with Acacia because at this point she was the most experienced model that I've worked with. I definitely wanted to prepare as much as I could so I didn't look lost while shooting. I spent hours (not exaggerating) on Google Maps trying to find a location. After an exhaustive search, we decided to shoot at Lincoln Park.
The day of the shoot came, I remember feeling nervous, but I did so much prep work that I felt pretty confident that everything was going to go smoothly.
I'm walking toward the pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive to meet Acacia. I have my camera strap hanging off my shoulder and as I go to extend my arm to shake hands I hear the most horrific noise. Somehow, my camera strap slipped off my shoulder and my camera crashed into the concrete below, the lens cap flies off a few feet away. Great, what an excellent way to start a photo shoot. All that prep work I did to not look like an idiot was basically a waste of time because I made a fool of myself before even exchanging a single word.
Luckily, the camera wasn't damaged and the shoot went on as scheduled. Everything went pretty smoothly until towards the end of the shoot when I went to pick my camera bag off the ground and all the contents of it (lenses, flash, batteries) fell out. I must've forgotten to close the zipper. UGH. Fortunately, nothing was damaged.
What I learned from this shoot: