The agency, Vie Marketing, and I came up with a wish list of what we wanted to capture. The JPR Ops Manager and I had a chat about what the safety standards were for their business. This meant I’d know at a glance if something was non-compliant, allowing small issues to be fixed before taking the shot.
I asked to be placed with the most experienced crews on the day. This is because they’re likely to be the most skilled (great for the images), but also the least likely to be thrown by a variable in their environment. And a photographer, with two cameras and a drone, is a huge variable. Clearly communicating what I need, what I’m about to do, and what they can expect means no one is surprised by anything I do. Checking in to make sure my intended actions are safe is a crucial part of how I do my job.