Several years ago, we loaded our car with our camera equipment for a shoot we had later that day.  We parked our car in front of our work building, which had surveillance cameras and security.  This is a place we park frequently; people and cars come and go all day.  But, there were about ten minutes when all traffic stopped and our car was broken into and its contents stolen.


Within ten minutes the lock on our car was drilled open and all of the contents were emptied, except Doc’s safari hat, which was lying on the ground next to the car.  It was obviously a professional hit.  They had all of the equipment on hand, at exactly the right time to get in and out of our vehicle within just a few minutes.


The police came and, thanks to Docs incredible inventory list, we filed a report naming each item stolen.  Detectives came out and dusted the car for prints.  The camera footage was pulled to see if a suspect could be identified.  Pawnshops in three counties were notified as stolen equipment was sought.


None of the property was recovered.

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If you carry equipment around like I do, keeping your equipment safe is important.  Consider placing it in the trunk of your car before you leave your driveway.  Don’t transfer it to a hiding place like your trunk when you park your car.  That is only itemizing your contents for anyone looking.


But, to take a great picture you MUST have your camera with you!



Seriously, you cannot take pictures without your camera.  I have wanted to kick myself many times, when I find the most amazing light cascading across pink fluffy clouds and my camera is at home still resting in its case.


So, pack up your gear, keep it and yourself safe, and Click, Click, Click!


Here we go for the fun!  Let me hear your story and see your shots!





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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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