Brandon32s wrote in post #18312900
I'm shooting it for some friends I go to university with. The pay is very low at 200 dollars. So there isn't a huge amount of pressure although this is something that I want to make turn out fantastic! I'm attending classes right now and my income is pretty minuscule. The amount of gear that I feel substantial for a wedding is far out of my budget. Looking for gear that is the best bang for my buck.
Your opening post should have included this information! There are too many folks doing their 'first wedding' FOR HIRE as if they are veterans who do it professionally, and yet they ask the most basic of questions, leading us to believe they have overcommitted themselves for their level of skill. These days it is all too easy to set up a web page, pay $20 for business cards, and be in instant 'pro'.
I get that you are a college student, and so are your 'clients', and near zero money is involved from fellow student B&G. So having two of everything, like you should have when truly billing your services as a 'professional' is unlikely. Nevertheless, whatever you can do to address these things would be truly a service you provide to your 'clients'
- very good gear familiarity, and
- ability to think quickly on your feet to solve a range of photographic problems
The idea of renting gear is a good way of getting some equipment redundancy.
I know the realism behind student budgets prevents a lot. So doing things on a shoestring, like planning your wedding, usually comes with a bit less of the idealism. But, whether we shoot weddings as professionals or simply a friend doing a favor, we need to keep in mind that weddings bring people together from far places, and often the people who come are very unlikely to ever have a repeat trip (especially grandma and grandpa) so keep in mind the responsibility that comes with photographing something that might not be able to be re-staged. Best wishes on a professional quality effort.