I lost 5 wedding jobs.

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  1. wildmaven

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    I have been offered 5 wedding jobs in the past week and have turned them down. I told them that I only have one camera body, and I wouldn't want to sacrifice their one day if it should break down during the event. I can really, REALLY use the money, but I don't want to take that risk. They said that they appreciated my honesty and would definitely refer me to their friends for portrait photography. But, arhghghghghgh. :confused:
     
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    What about borrowing or renting a 2nd body? You could even use a 'gasp' film camera as a back up...as long as you bring enough film to get the job done.

    You can buy an entry level or used DSLR for around $500...which I'm sure you would have paid for with one or two weddings....let alone 5.
     
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    oh say it's not true!!! you have to learn how to shuffle money. Get the other camera from anywhere even credit cards if you have to then pay later for the bugger when you've done the work.

    Is that really why you turned the work down or is there another confidence issue?
     
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    My old SLR film camera stopped functioning a year ago (which is why I went and bought my DSLR).

    Thanks, Mike. Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees, ha ha. I'll look into getting a used DSLR. :)

    Marian
     
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    I have been renting a 2nd body for weddings until I can afford to buy my own back up. I'm hoping to get a 5D and then use my 20D as the backup. I've been investing my $ in better lenses first over a 2nd body...Just spent a pretty penny on the 70-200 2.8 IS (boy is that thing HEAVY!)
    I agree with the previous posters...there are ways to make it happen.
     
  6. wildmaven

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    Unfortunately, this is a very rural area, so there aren't places close by to rent equipment. I suppose I could drive into the city (1 1/2 hours one way) if I can find a place! I'll start looking. :)

    With us opening up our art gallery and studio, money is REALLY tight. We are hoping Christmas will be fantastic and tons of people will buy art, jewelry, etc from us, so maybe if that happens I can buy myself another body (camera, that is...). As far as confidence goes, I have that in spades. Sometimes I have to tell myself, "no...you really CAN'T do that", LOL.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Back before I started shooting weddings on my own, I was browsing E-bay and other places...looking for the 2nd body that I needed. I found one on E-bay that was a great deal because it included a pretty good lens. It was right before X-mas...so a bad time to spend that much money...but I jumped on it. I'm glad I did.
     
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    So you too live "Out in the Boondocks"

    Take a look at this place for rentals -> http://www.lensrentals.com/

    FedEx goes ANYWHERE
     
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    Ummm...sweetie! I know I always require full payment for the actual wedding prior to the event date. That means you could use the deposit or whatever for one or two weddings to buy a backup DSLR body! A used D70 is not bad at all! Call them all back!!!!!
     
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    Rent a body. Shoot five weddings. Buy a body. Shoot lots more.
     
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    I have used lensrental.com in the past and they are great. One piece of advise get the insurance you would hate to have to spend your money on replacing a body you won't have.
     
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    WM,
    That was an honorable thing to do...being honest.
    However, I assume their wedding was in the future, and not this week.
    Therefore, you could have taken the combined deposit, and bought another body. It doesn't have to be a crazy expensive body, just something "in case".
    Accept the rest of the jobs, and use the retainers to buy the body. :)
     

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