I wanted to take a second to talk about a corporate event I photographed in Kansas City last week. I was covering a large award ceremony and black tie banquet dinner for a Fortune 500 company. When preparing for large, higher end events such as this, you obviously over-pack. I came up in this industry knowing that the best camera can still fail. It isn't the camera, but the preparedness and knowledge of the photographer. Well a failure happened to me at this event.
My primary camera for any event coverage was $6,500 brand new (a Nikon D4s). This was the top camera Nikon made about 2 years ago, only just now replaced this year by the D5. My camera is in pretty great shape overall, or so I thought.
On the top of the camera is the hot shoe mount where flashes and other peripherals attach to your camera. I was covering the cocktail hour of the event, when I noticed my flash wasn't always firing. Batteries were brand new, settings were not a factor, there was nothing else to signal an issue to me. Just out of precaution, I switched to a different flash (part of being a professional is having backups). Same issue is present.
I came to the conclusion that it was the camera, and I switched to my secondary camera which performed the functions without issue.
This prompted me to want to write a quick blog regarding professional photographers, and why hiring someone like myself is a much safer bet versus an unprepared shooter who may not have known what to do or even had a backup to begin with. You don't want to pay someone who will have to leave an hour in if their camera fails, they forgot extra batteries, or some sort of other mistake that is covered by professional experience. Yes, us professional photographers may charge more, but you get what you're after plus a lot more.
If you're in Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, or other surrounding areas (or anywhere in the world since I travel), feel free to reach out for all of your music/editorial, portrait, commercial or corporate photography needs. I'm available for assignments.