Hello, first off I want to say I have read the "TIPS for WEDDING PHOTOG" thread in full...what great information! I am in process of beginning my venture into wedding photography and I have a few questions which I would welcome any/all thoughts and advice. 1. Ive read that having the proper equipment such as a few different lens's is essential. I currently have a 18-55mm Nikor kit lens. I plan on purchasing a 17-200mm and/or 17-55mm lens. Can you suggest what lens would be absolutely essential to shooting typical wedding settings? Also Ive read that owning a good portrait lens may be essential? 2. Would you suggest offering to shoot friends weddings for free to build a solid portfolio to show to potential clients? How big or small is a respectable portfolio to show to clients? 3. How is the best way to coordinate the photography time with the bride/groom and wedding party? Ive read the consulting with the bride and groom at least twice before the bid day is advised to get a better understanding on their requests and style? 4. How is the post editing process done? What is most important in the editing process before showing the customers the finished product? 5. Is it recommended to visit the venue prior to the wedding day to snap a few photos to get an understanding of the lighting, background, etc? 6. Prices and packages are different from photographer to photographer. How do I come up with a reasonable price that will be competitive with other photographers in the area? 7. In the event that some wedding photographs do not turn out as expected, what is the best way to accomodate the customer?....granted they will be pissed of course, but how to you approach such a mistake without ruining your reputation? I fully realize that wedding photography is not something to just dive into. Trusting someone with capturing your most important day is a big responsibility and I do not want to promise something that I can not deliver with quality. I plan on doing many free shoots for friends and such over the next few months to hone my skills, editing and portfolio. Only when I am confident that I can deliver a quality service to the customer will I begin making attempts to turn my hobby into a business. Thank you all very much for all your valuable information and I appreciate your understanding in my "noobie' questions. Thanks again everyone!