I know it's been said before.. never never do a wedding if you're not really familiar with what you're doing.
Darnitall I got wore down and accepted anyway.
The background is typical of what you would expect. Bride and groom are early on in life, wedding is on a shoestring budget. Bride is a good friend of my daughter. Daughter informs them that I have this "huge pro camera setup" (lol) Bride and groom look at daughters grad photos I did (2 years ago), I get ambushed by bride and groom, begging to shoot their wedding. I say I'm not qualified. Daughter gives me puppy dog eyes and I crumple like a wet napkin.
Sooooooo.... It will be taking place on the groom's family farm. Good news is that it's a pretty darn small group. bride, groom, 2 bridesmaids, 2 groomsmen. small family attendance as well.
Well, I dust off the Xsi, think about it, and decide that it can go to the 14 year old that's expressed an interest in photos.
Bought a 60D, own a 85 1.8, 430 exII and the usual tripod and such.
Rented a 17-55 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8L II. will have them a few days before the wedding to get familiar with.
I have been in pretty constant communication with both parties and have things nailed down as best as I can think of. Here's where I need a bit of advice to check if i missed anything:
1. I will not be charging for the photos. Have met with Bride, Groom, and their immediate family and explained my situation. I will do my best, but I am in no way guaranteeing professional results. I will deliver a set of jpegs and the raw files. Printing, specialized photo editing and the rest will have to be done by them or someone else. Have suggested that if they can, at least get one studio shot or hire a pro to do at least one formal pose with bride and groom just to be on safe side. (of course I'll keep a master digital copy for the inevitable "oh crap we screwed up this photo, can you help?"
2. Photos will be all in one location on wedding day. Just not risking multiple locales.
3. worked with them to create a specific list of pictures they want covered, should help me plan the day for my duties as best as I can.
Additional suggestions? what'd I miss???