Camera gear gets stolen fairly regularly. It’s something we’re all cautious of and try to minimise the risk of it happening. But there are some events that cause us to lose our gear which just so brazen that it’s difficult to account for them. Something that real estate photographers Ben and Masha of Home Shoots discovered while driving home after a photoshoot.
While sitting in traffic waiting to get onto the Interstate 80 onramp on Friday afternoon, a car pulled up beside them. Somebody got out of the car, smashed their rear window, grabbed a bag containing over $7,000 worth of camera equipment and hopped back into their vehicle before racing off. And it all happened in just a few seconds.
The couple noticed that they were being followed by the dark Honda Accord since they left their photoshoot near Dolores Park, but I doubt they expected this. The entire encounter was captured on video by another driver named Alex, who was patiently sitting behind them in his Tesla. After the incident, he pulled over to exchange contact info with the photographers.
The bag contained over $7,000 worth of equipment, which they told PetaPixel comprised of a Nikon Z6, Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S, DJI Mavic Air 2, DJI Ronin SC, Flashpoint speedlight, filters, memory cards “and some other small stuff”.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the couple get back up and running, although I always thought that this was one of the reasons why we got insurance. I do hope they can get shooting again quickly, but if nothing else, this incident serves as a perfect example as to why you should have insurance.