I do extensive research on the subject before the shoot.I have a pre production meeting with my team to discuss the plan.God is in the details and nothing is left to chance.Iam fortunate enough to have a good team of Makeup artists,stylists,assistants,retouch artists etc.,At the end of the day its a team effort.
Check-List dos equipamentos.
For me, preparedness varies, as most of my work is outdoors or in venues. Researching and visiting the location ahead of time, if possible, in addition to preparing proper wardrobe and equipment, are a necessity.
I thoroughly research my destination, checking out points of interest, good view points and places where people will congregate
Lots of prep, Research,meet ups & discussions with my team or the subject.
Charge the camera battery!
If I am photographing people I talk to them about what they would like to have as an end result from the session.
Charge my batteries
Clean gear, clear memory cards, pack an appropriate bag depending on what I'm shooting.
Charge my camera batteries, and in the case of shooting girls, I usually organise a location and particular styles of clothing etc.
For location shoots, I do ocular visits to places day before the shoot to secure it's safe and all. I also conceptualize the whole idea first, unless the art director or the client wants it random. I usually study the flow of natural light in all angles since I am fond of it than using harsh flash and lights.
For the underwater, I make sure I have 9 hours sleep. I also make sure the water do not have much backscatter from rain or anything. I also check the weather forecast.
I no longer do portrait work. For nature or wildlife, I consider which camera to use, which filters are useful, which lenses to bring along, whether to use monopod or tripod. I plan for the appropriate time of day. Sometimes there's lots of waiting involved til conditions are right. Other times, you make do with what God sends your way.
Usually not much, I try to grow into a session. I do take the time to get to know the person I'm photographing. Also I give them something of my self in order to do a session on equal grounds
Make sure i have my battery, i some times forget to take it off the charger.
I spend days casting the perfect team for a photoshoot. First I think of an idea, then find a model, makeup artist, hair stylist, clothing designer if I need one, a location to shoot. Just before a shoot though I just make sure all my camera and flash batteries are charged and all my equipment is in my little camera bag.
Nothing. I make, sure that my battery is full, my flash light has a full battery. I use only natural lighting and not other equipment. I want my photography to be the product of my labor, not the product of bunch of small thing that add up to thousands of $. I feel that with photography there cant be any preparation, if you are a photographer, you know when to shoot. Just know at your heart..