I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this here or not, but I do photography on the side. A few years ago I saved up money and bought myself my first digital SLR, a Canon Rebel XTi. It wasn’t cheap (around $800) and served me well through a few weddings and random photo shoots. I’ve never advertised my photography anywhere; in fact, it’s all word of mouth, and I’d like to keep it that way. It makes me nervous to take pictures for people, especially of their weddings. I mean, if I mess up, that’s a huge deal, and I can never replace the pictures. I just need to gain some confidence and get over it if I’m going to pursue this as a side business.
Anyway. I’m shooting a wedding Labor Day weekend. I can use my camera, but I would really like a little bit better camera so that the picture quality is higher. I have a few different options figured out right now, and I’d love to get your opinion.
1. I can rent lens(es) and use my current camera. This is the cheapest option, but the image quality won’t be quite as nice as if I had a better camera.
2. Rent a camera and lens(es). This will cost me around $130 for the day, and I would get better quality images, but this eats into my profit. A lot.
3. Buy a bigger and better camera and rent a lens for $30 or so. If I do buy a new camera, they are around $1100 but I am getting money from this wedding, plus I just booked another in December. I’ll pretty much make up my money quickly, but then I can’t use that money to pay off debt or for something fun. I guess I am investing in my “business”.
I enjoy photography and everyone loves the pictures I take, but it seems like everyone wants to be a pro photographer these days. I don’t know if I’m good enough to do it, but I guess if people keep wanting me to do it, then I am, right?
What would you do?