This one is for my photographer friends;
Whether you’re at a wedding or not, you always need to protect valuable photography equipment. After all, replacing it could set you back thousands of dollars (I highly recommend equipment insurance for this reason).
But it’s a question of “how?” Especially when you're traveling for weddings/events/sessions and have to leave things in your car while you take restroom breaks, eat, etc.
No, carrying all of your equipment in with you to the gas station bathroom isn't practical.
Yes - locking your car helps.
NEVER should you leave your equipment in your car overnight if you stop at a hotel, even if it's a pain to bring it all in.
But what else can you do to help prevent criminals from accessing it.
Well, as the following info graphic shows, the answer is actually a lot more straightforward than you might think.
It’s not just about hiding it away while it’s in the car but also making sure that you have somebody you can trust to transport it from your vehicle to your setup location especially if you have more things than you can carry in one trip.
The approaches you can take here vary from situation to situation. In some cases, you might have to keep somebody with the gear at all times, especially if the risk of theft is high or people know who you are.
In other cases, simply locking your gear in your trunk (or the back of your van), will suffice. For me, personally, I always throw the twins blankest and jackets over my camera bag when I'm getting out of the car for a minute so it isn't visible from the windows.
I imagine there's nothing worse than discovering that somebody has stolen your stuff (especially with cards from an event still in it). If you have dual card slots I encourage you to remove one copy from the equipment and safely store it somewhere separate from the equipment just in case (like in an SD holder and then in a locked glove compartment or inside of your purse you never leave in your car or set down).
But if you discover the worst (and it does happen), the info graphic can help there too.
It shows you the procedure you need to go through and how to collect witness statements. It also recommends you take an inventory of what was stolen, so you know what to say when you call your insurance company.
Do you want to learn more about how to protect your valuable photography equipment at a wedding (or elsewhere)? If so, then check out the info graphic below from the insurance company, Athos.
Save it so you can come back to it if you ever need it (hopefully you don't).
If you do not have insurance yet I highly encourage you to add "Reach Out To Insurance Companies" to your to-do list for the day.
This post is part of a paid collaboration with a publishing company and while I have never worked with Athos, personally, the information here is solid advice and every photographer should be insured (I am, even if not through Athos).