Step 3 - The Shoot
So step three the shoot so everything's booked, it's shoot day you're out shooting, you're doing it, you're on set shooting a wedding, you're doing head shots, you're doing portraits. I would say a good tip for you is to bring a copy of the contract with you. And I don't mean just uh you know on your phone print out a physical copy of the contract with signatures. Leave the originals at home but keep a copy so that you can reference it if you need to reference it. Also make sure your pleasant, make sure you're doing your job. Well because again this is where you're gonna meet new clients. This is also where your start of your products happen for your current clients. Typically on weddings and typically for head shots and portraits you're collecting your final payment on this day. I usually don't uh don't collect the final payment until the very end when we're done shooting. It's kind of a give and take with your client. They've given you a deposit, you've shot, they give you the final ...
payment, you give them a final delivery. So it's kind of like here here here you're kind of passing the responsibility and the trust back and forth. And this is great because this builds trust that will allow them to recommend you for the next job and it will allow them to be patient with you when you're a little late on the delivery or things like that. So collecting your final payment, finished shooting and then go to whomever you've been in contact with whomever signed the contract about the final payment, you can be as pleasant as possible. And usually if you've made it this far without having any problems, they're already going to be ready to give you the money because you've been so pleasant all day and you've been taking wonderful photos, a couple other tips. If you want to maintain this business in a long way, be prepared to help yourself out physically, bring extra water. Maybe bring a pair of socks or like some sandals for the drive home after a long day. Really try and be as comfortable as you can. I tend to have an extra stick of deodorant in my camera bag After working on a 10 hour wedding. Um, I'll also bring some mints. If I have a second shooter, I'll put together like a little care package sometimes for a wedding. Um, really take this serious, this is a real job and this is like bringing your lunch to your job. Um, and you want to make this last as much as possible. So take care of yourself and try and think ahead. How will you feel When you're done doing four different portrait sessions in one day. How will you feel after shooting your first wedding after 6, 10 hours, 14 hours. Think about how you can treat yourself well at the end of that because it will allow you to be happy at the end of the day and allow you to do your wedding the next day