I need some help here and quickly. Friends of ours would like to have family portraits taken at the end of August. They have a professional photographer currently booked, but he wants to charge them $585 for 3 - 8x10s, 2 - 5x7s, 12 - 4x5s and 96 wallets. I about fell off my chair! I told them that I would be willing to take their pictures for them. They live about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from us. My question is what time of day would best be suited for taking outdoor family protraits with 3 people and 1 dog? Also, do I need any additional equipment. I currently have a all Canon equipment including 10D, 550EX, 50mm 1.8, 35-80mm 4.0/5.6, and 75-300mm 4.0/5.6. I am planning on getting a flash bracket, canon off-shoe cord 2 and a sto-fen omni-bounce in the near future, as I have a wedding to do in October.
I may also take a few indoor portraits. What kind of makeshift studio could I create with what I have. What could I use for a backdrop with the intention of using digital backdrops. I don't have a chroma key and probably can't afford one between now and then. I don't have any studio lighting and can't afford it right now either, but do you have any suggestions.