I am just nearing the end of teaching my Composition 101 Workshop for Rock the Shot. It has been an absolute BLAST. We’ve had absolute ah-ha moments together as we’ve discovered together why we love certain images, and why other photos seem to just be lacking. It has been a stellar group of photographers, and I’m excited to keep in touch with all of them as many of them are making the big leap into making their photography businesses official. I am cheering them on!
Maybe you consider yourself a Momtog. A Momtographer. Or how about a Mom-who-takes-pictures.
This tip is for you.
The #1 Mistake I see Moms-who-take-pictures make is:
Day-to-day they place their cameras in a safe, out-of-reach place.
(Above photo taken while standing IN the pool)
If you call yourself a momtographer, then 2 things probably apply to you. First, you have a “nicer” camera. Second, you have kids.
Nicer Camera + Kids = Accident waiting to happen.
Such an internal battle. Typically the motivation behind buying that “nicer camera” was so you could photograph those fabulous kids of yours, right? Leaving your camera out on the counter during the lunch time brawl seems preposterous, and bringing it into the bathroom for tub-time seems just foolish.
But, wait – aren’t these the moments you were MOST wanting to capture when you bought that camera, Mrs. Momtographer?
I’ve experienced your fears. I’ve left my camera home as we headed for a day at the lake, scared it might get water or sand in it. I’ve tucked it nicely away in its’ case the moment I got home from a shoot, letting it sit for days. Oh the moments I have missed.
Until, I found a solution.
Consider insuring your camera + lenses under a Personal Effects Policy
(Above photo taken by Dr. G, inside the boat in the middle of the lake.)
I made a 4 minute phone call to my car/home/renters insurance office and asked for a bid to insure my camera equipment. For about $100/year, my camera can be stolen, lost, broken, or set on fire, and my insurance will replace it – with $0 out of pocket for me.
So, give your insurance agent a jingle and see what your options are. For me, $100 is worth the peace of mind that I can capture any and every moment I wish. No fear here.
(Afraid of a little snow hitting your camera? Don’t be!)