Besides gear and concept i always prepare my self to keep and open mind and expect the unexpected. We can plan things but when dealling with outdoor sets and weather isnt always up to you. I also like to prepare the connection betwen me, the subject and all the thing around it.
I take my rest when i have a photo shoot or going to a concert. Because it took all my energy and i put all my energy in it.
It depends on what type of photography I am doing. I use separate kits and checklists, for specific seasons.
First of all I make sure that my camera is ready with the battery and memory card, then I dive into whatever I am shooting. Usually it's going on a long walk and waiting for things to pop out at me. If I'm taking pictures with models, I make sure they are ready for photo taking then direct them to do what is best for the photo.
Charge my battery and make sure my card is empty. Then I think about location. Indoors or outdoors, then depending I either think about different locations or about lighting set up. I also think about a playlist for indoor sessions. I, as many artist, am not a fan of silence.
Jade Sperry (jadedphotography.me)
I usually research a band or artist before doing anything. You need to have an idea of where this band or artist is coming from in order to do a photoshoot. I like discussing points of interest from a band member or artist in what they are looking for. And I go from there. FYI: In doing anything creative with bands or artists, research them first so you have an idea of what the band wants.
Concept description, visual references, map.
none, just driven by instinct
I style all of my own shoots, so I collect props and wardrobe. I scout and prep the location for the shoot. When possible, I hire a hair stylist and MUA. I lug equipment to the location and set up lighting equipment, when needed. There is a lot of preparation before a photo shoot.
Check all the equipment, camera, lenses, lights, flash, memory cards, computer memory, pretty much all that
depends on what kind of work, on location, studio work, portrait or fashion.
I consult with my client, meet with stylist and makeupartist and create a concept and also location scout for a finished look.
I'll try to plan as much as possible, if it's in a studio I'll prepare things for hours and play all kinds of scenarios in my head to prevent getting any errors in the actual shoot. If I'm shooting at location I'll try to scout the location first a couple of times to see the natural light in different hours of the day.
It all starts with an idea, and the process from idea to shot is the real journey, that can sometimes take a couple of weeks or even months.
For my water and product photography it's a different story. In 9/10 cases I'll build a set with almost no idea at all of what the final picture should look like. Then I'll start improvising and the picture starts to get more and more clear in my mind. A great example of that is my last product shot of the Swedish beer "Mariestads" check out the behind the scenes video here: https://vimeo.com/53236592
place, light, the model (one or more), the time, clothes, wheather (when are out), equip, accesorys and much more.