What is the typical day of an event photographer? Using the last sports event covered as an example, here’s one sorry tale:
- 5am: Alarm rings and jump into action. The jump isn’t always fast.
- Run through day’s schedule in head whilst eating breakfast. Remembering where we are going and why is usually a good start.
- Final eyeball check of equipment, printers, and all the other gear including the backup equipment unlikely to be used. Checked all this before going to bed, but know from experience you can’t check enough. Once on the motorway there’s no turning back.
- Load the van with help, ticking each box off a check-list as it enters, including a quick check that boxes and bags contain what they should. No good arriving with an empty flight-case.
- 6:15am: On the motorway. Singing hits from the 80’s and listening to the dulcet tones of John Humphries and Sarah Montague on Today. The last period of relative relaxation for 12 hours!
- 7:30am: Arrive at the event, unpack the van and start setting up the equipment. Brief hello to event organisers. It’s busy, busy, busy in advance of the competitors and spectators arriving.
- 9am: You have checked the white balance, coordinated with the other photographer and sales staff and you’re off…
That was tiring just writing about it, and we haven’t even started the competition! It’s only 9am and we don’t get home until nearly 10pm.
Part II coming soon.
A Typical Day in the Life of an Event Photographer! 🙂
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