Sometimes when I meet future brides they have a list of questions and they're good questions.
What will you do if it rains?
What will happen if you're ill on the day.
Strangely they rarely ask "what will you do if your camera breaks?"
Actually cameras rarely break, not just spontaneously
But this year I've dropped one camera … I didn't so much drop it as watch it slip through my fingers and I've totally destroyed a flash gun – it sat there on the floor flashing randomly like that bit at the end of robo-cop
And while it's always annoying when that happens we have back-ups. Spare cameras, spare lenses, spare flash guns because as working professionals we just can't afford to let our clients down
"Aha" I hear you say but happens when you send the broken kit off for repair? where's your back up plan then?
Happily another benefit of being a full-time professional is the back up you get from the camera makers. Canon quote an average repair time of seven to ten working days but as a member of their CPS (that's Canon Professional Services) repairs get priority, so that's a day to get the kit there by UPS one or two days max in the workshop and then a day to ship the kit back
So next time you're interviewing a photographer here's another good question to add to the list