I am part of a a group of amateur photographers. We were having lunch this weekend and talking about the average equipment cost of a professional photographer's equipment. Eg. if someone wish to start a business what would be a reasonable capital expenditure for cameras, lenses, lighting, etc. specifically, we are curious to know the approximate/general equipment cost for the following areas of photography: Gen. photography: single, couple, groups in an outdoor setting. I have observed several, what I assume to be , professional photographers who photograph the subject at our local botanical garden. From my observation they appear to have one camera, 2 to 3 lenses, a fill flash, and basic reflectors. Wedding photography: Higher quality cameras and lenses, better suited for the low light nature of evening and night weddings. Backup camera and lens equipment which is mandatory due to the immediate nature of wedding. Studio photography: Eg. The purchase of cameras, lenses, and a great deal of specialized lighting equipment. Top of the head / ballpark figures would be appreciated.