As with many things, being prepared for a photo shoot is an investment in time and money. There are many things to consider, and many factors that contribute to the success of your photos.
As with most things in life, being prepared ahead of time will make your shoot go more smoothly and help you to encounter far fewer problems with regards to locations, equipment, and people.
Before scheduling events, think about what types of locations and settings you are comfortable with shooting in. This can go a long way in determining what types of equipment you need. It can also help you to scout out good locations, so that when someone comes to you, you’ll be able to offer valuable suggestions.