Proper prep

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here to lay down a little inspiration all about proper preparation.

I’m now getting ready for my departure in the van, which will see me on the road for at least three months. The things I’m doing this week are critical to ensure my van is ready for an action-packed mission to take in as many Nordic countries as I can this winter, as well as spending time well beyond the Arctic circle. I’m servicing the van and installing new components that will make life easier (and warmer) for me. That got me thinking.

There have been many times throughout my photographic career that I’ve made mistakes simply by not being prepared. There are mistakes we can work our way out of, and mistakes we can’t. Misplaced memory cards, uncharged batteries, snapped slings, or forgotten lenses – there are so many levels of unpreparedness to consider.

When we work on a paid project rather than a personal project it can make a huge difference to our credibility and our future success. Being prepared for all our life throws at us, both personally and professionally, makes all the difference. If we prepare ourselves we stand a much greater chance of success.

This week as well as bringing the van up to speed, I’ll be checking, cleaning and charging all my gear just as I would have when I shot weddings and had a job on. If a shot presents itself or a writing opportunity comes in, I’ll be ready. I hope you will be, too.

When starting out as a pro photographer and turning a hobby into a business, this is crucial. There are tons of resources out there to help, including an array of KelbyOne classes, to help us get on track and stay on track.

Have a think about how prepared you are and see if there’s anything you can do to up yourself game.

Much love


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