Logistics, logistics, logistics.

The past 7 days just flew by and with good reason. As I am somewhere between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg at 36000 feet, on my way to Saskatchewan to provide photography support to Hockey Canada and the IIHF during the World Under 20 Championships (all so known as the World Juniors) I happen to have some time to reflect on the resources and efforts that go into planning a successful trip,… Or perhaps I am just running everything through my in my head to make sure nothing has been over looked or forgotten. Now I don’t want to mislead you, as this isn’t the first time I have worked on such a project or taken on such a task as I have planned my fair share of trips over the last 10 years and let me tell you, there have been a few beauties, just ask J.T. (Pictured below with “some” of our gear at the airport in Luxembourg) I’ll try to give you a brief overview of some of the basics that go into such an undertaking and hopefully I can do it justice. Keep in mind, I am sure this isn’t always the case for all photographers, but for the types of commercial, industrial and professional sports projects I typically take on, this is usually the norm.

In preparation for a project that will take place on-location for an extended period of time, a great deal of planning and coordination is required by a number of people, not only to complete the project, but, to do it in a professional fashion and exceed expectations, all at the same time, with as few issues as possible.

Once a project has been agreed on and the location, or locations in many cases, has been set, the task of figuring out how to get there and how to get all the right equipment there, on-time and safely, with the right paper work is just the tip of the iceberg. Then we have to look at getting the right people there, also with the right paperwork, and with the right host or local point person, with the right vehicle to move everything and everybody around is another major consideration. Then there are a great number of other details like insurance, accommodations, meals, ground transportation, distance to the shooting locations, the shoot scheduling, client relations, jet lag, lost baggage, broken or malfunction equipment, currency, both monetary and electrical, including plug shapes and adapters. You also have to consider things like, language, social and cultural protocols, immigration, import/export paperwork, flight schedules, times and changes, mobile communications and list could go on. Then there are pure project and creative elements like the quality of the location for the shoot, the light in the space available, any facility issues or constraints, shoot composition concerns, subject availability and quality of the subject performance, shooting angles and positions, the ability to adhere to the script or message of the shoot, and again, the list could go on. And finally, it comes down to getting the shot and delivering it to the client as required. Thankfully, in most cases, I have a team of people working with me; on various aspects of a project and in the end it all comes together.

Now, I don’t mean to paint a bleak picture of what it is like to plan and execute a project, rather my hope is to offer some insight into what goes into a project. And having said all this, it is still, in my opinion, one of the greatest jobs in the world and I wouldn’t change any of it or trade it for anything.

Let the new adventure begin. Be sure to check out some of the images I capture at http://www.hockeycanada.ca or http://www.iihf.com .

Enjoy,

MM

J.T. with Our Gear


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