Scout around: Before you get excited about having found the most epic space to shoot, think not only about the ease of your commute but most importantly the commute of your model. Subways in New York are the pipeline by which the majority of people get around, so there’s been instances where I’ve overlooked how difficult it would be for someone else to reach a space simply because I’ve thought only about the ease of my commute.
Consider both ends and in the event you drive around like I do, make sure you’re aware of what the parking rules are because that’ll determine what the ideal time would be to rent the space in the first place. Once I booked a space for 10am but parking rules didn’t go into effect until 11am. Luckily the model was running late and the owner allowed me to bump up my time to 11am but that won’t always be the case without any penalty.
Don’t starve yourself: Seriously, don’t. Bring water, snacks or even a sandwich which I’ve done and munched on in between those moments where the model has stepped away to change outfit. I can assure you that when you’re in that moment of creating, you literally lose track of time and without knowing you just keep going and ultimately find yourself famished.
Buffer, Buffer: Insulate yourself with enough time before and after a shoot. Before so you can setup without rushing and after so you can clean up once the model has left. Going back to how time equates to money, you want to avoid overextending it unless you’re ok with paying extra for doing nothing but cleaning up. Learn to calculate your time.