Always be ready for reference.
I use a lot of reference photos in my work. There’s nothing better than taking your own photos so that you can get exactly what you want. But then there are moments. Those reference photos are things in life that you happen upon. These are images of life that will be gone in a short amount of time. You must be ready to see these and capitalize on the situation; be ready to get that photo.
This came to my mind the other day when I was at my parents. I was under the car port and heard a loud crash. I walked around the house to find that a huge part of the neighbor’s tree had broken off, crashed into a stop sign and now filled the entire road. So, I pulled my phone out and began to take photos. No, I don’t know what I will use them for, or if I ever will. However, those photos may spark an idea or concept and I have them to use as a reference.