Okay, so I have 2 questions: ONE I was approached by L'Oreal to shoot a small event for them - they're going to dye 2 contest winners' hair and they want me to take pictures of the whole process. Pictures would be put on their website + printed in a small-sized fashion magazine. The 2 winners' portraits would be replacing Eva Longoria in the company's newest campaign (in this magazine only). I suppose the guy producing this doesn't know much about photography since he told me he wanted "highest resolution pictures because it'll be printed in a A5-sized magazine". Thing is, a point-n-shoot camera alone can offer a damn good picture quality if requested print is A3 in size - hence I kinda figured he doesn't see into the whole thing. I've got a 60D - this is far from a pro's equipment, but the resolution of 18mpix would be enough for an A3-sized paper, let alone A5. So, resolution-wise, I think I'd make the cut, right? Wait, there's more. I'm afraid I'll give a bad impression if I show up there with my 60D instead of a big fat-ass 5D Mk. I'd really hate to have some smart-a$$ from the production coming my way on the set telling me to go to hell with my toy camera. The given budget is quite small, but this is a huge client so I really don't want to screw up my image in front of them. What do you think? I'm quite confident with my 60D and my skills, but I'm afraid they won't think I'm professional without the "pro" equipment. People rarely attach photographers to good photos you know, it's always the camera that does it all... Have you ever been in a similar situation?? How did you cope with it??? just want to stress again that this is not a national/global huge billboard campaign. It's a small event when they dye 2 peole's hair & want pictures of that process to put in a local magazine to say "hey we did what we promised, we picked the winners and gonna replace Eva's face with theirs". Hence why they didn't call up a world famous photographer. Why they consider me good enough? Might be the same reason why they want to replace Eva's face - main target is to increase brand awareness & potential buyers, pictures & the prize comes in secondary. TWO Also, since it's my first gig and all, do you think a contract should be made? I mean...realistically, if nothing's in black and white, I can barely chase them later for payment if they decide not to, right? Do you give everyone contracts regardless of how big or small the amount is? I've been shooting new faces for modelling agencies for free (since they provided the models which I can test). Recently they've promised me (2 times) they'd start paying for the pictures, I was happy and all, but it's been a few months and I haven't received a dime. We've got a good relationship and they were basically the one who gave me a chance when I started out, let me test their models, so I didn't want to ruin it by demanding that they pay my shoots, judging I already shot many of their girls for free... I was wondering whether a contract for each shoot might do it, but it just sounds like such an extreme for me...What do you suggest? What are your experiences?