Here are some suggestions:
Camera body (get 2 camera bodies if your budget allows):
Minimum will be Canon 5D Mark II
Or up a notch to Nikon D3x
If you can wait, then Canon 1Ds Mark IV
Lenses (I will give examples of Canon lenses since I'm more familiar with Canon than Nikon, but you should be able to find equivalent Nikon lenses):
For weddings, 24-70mm f/2.8L (or 24-105mm f/4L IS) and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
For Portraits, 85mm f/1.2L II
If you need ultra-wide angle, 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Also get a Gary Fong Lightsphere (there is a new collapsable one on his website that is more portable than the older ones). And also get a Sto-fen light diffuser.
Get at least 2 top of the line flashes. For Canon, the 580 ex II Speedlite.
Get the PocketWizard remote system to wirelessly trigger your flashes off the camera.
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Pro set with 2 Flashheads and powerpack
You can also get a set of monolights for the studio, but these are not portable like the elinchrom Ranger Quadra (The White Lightning or Alien Bees have some good quality and reasonably priced units)
Octabank softbox or large softbox
A set of Grids and gels
Light stands (background light stand is usually shorter)
Snoot, Barndoor (for more dramatically placed lights)
Backdrops and stands
Photoshop CS4 (or CS5 if you can wait)
This is my one and only chance in a lifetime to become what I have always wanted to do, so any photographers with any advice PLEASE help me. I have the money to do this and get prepared and set up and this chance doesn?t come around very often...
Here is my problem:
I want to start my own business in photography business and I do know it will take time to do that, my husband is going to help me get "everything" I need to get this going but wants me to get the right stuff right off the bat instead of buying stuff and trying to upgrade it later. He wants me to go all out and get the stuff that is going to be needed now and for future use.
I am starting off with nothing at this time because I really don?t know what I am going to need. My daughter and I are going to be working this business together and love to take pictures and have been wanting to get into photography for many years but never had the money to do so until now.
Here is what we are asking for help with...
We are wanting one of the best photography cameras for taking photographs of like families, weddings, reunions, ect... would like to find one of the best cameras that you don?t need to be buying so many accessories for such as lenses and ect. I would like a very good quality camera for enlargement pictures and also very good zooming.
We are looking to get what we are needing to get prepared then after getting what we are needing we will start learning and practicing with what we have and learning by going to other photography forms ect.
We are looking for someone to tell us just what kind of camera, lighting, backdrops, backdrop stands and accessories that we will need for now and in the future. So my main question is what are the main products that we will need to buy and where is the best place to get them at.
As I was saying my husband wants to get the best to begin with and not keep having to be out the money to keep upgrading from for instance a $300 camera to a $500 camera to a $2000.00 camera and end up having several cameras in the closet that are no longer being used.
I want to get "everything" that I need asap and get started. I really don?t want everything that is unnecessary to start off with just the main accessories as I mentioned above.
Most of the forums that I?ve been reading say start off with a smaller camera and work your way up with attachments and ect which isn?t what my husband is wanting to do. I don?t want to go all out and get the most expensive stuff out there but do want to get whatever its going to take to just get me started out pretty good.
Someone please give me ideas and advice on accessories... is it possible to get a good photography camera that you don?t have to buy extra lenses for and more attachments? I could use all the advice I could get without someone telling me to just work my way up to it because like I said this is a one chance in a lifetime for me to get what I need and be prepared for the future.
Any and all help would be appreciated!
Thanks so much...