Soon after I created my new website, I had a couple friends contact me to see if I could do some portraits for them. One wanted some mother/son shots for his mom's birthday and the other wanted a new set of head shots for her 6 year-old son (who has already been in a couple national ad campaigns). They are very close friends and I'm not going to charge them, but I want everything to come out as nice as possible... the better the photos, the happier they are, and the more likely that they refer me someone that I can charge for services in the future.
That said, I'm sitting here staring at my 7D and 28-135 kit lens thinking that I'd really like to have something better for this weekend. Plus... It's Memorial Day weekend! I have 3 days off of work and could have a lot of fun, outside of the portraits, if I rented a lens.
I don't have any lighting equipment (I'm rather new to photography and haven't been able to amass much of a kit yet), but we will be shooting outside and in well lit areas. Last week I picked up a 5 in 1 reflector so I can fake a secondary light source, so that should get me by.
So... Outdoor portraits in well lit areas on Memorial Day weekend with a 7D. I have a 28-135 and I might be able to borrow a friends nifty fifty. What lens should I rent?
I was thinking the 70-200 f/2.8 II or the 85 f/1.2. The 70-200 would give me more options for the rest of the weekend, but the 85 might be better for the portraits... Am I thinking along the right lines, or is there a better option?
Also, if someone could recommend a good place to rent from, local or online (I am in Corona, CA and will be shooting in Orange County), I would really appreciate it.
Thank you all in advance,