I know many, if not all, of you will not be happy about this, and honestly I'm still settling into this decision, but I'm going to do the photography of my friend's of friends wedding in April.
I met with them on Saturday and did engagement pictures (will post tonight or tomorrow for C&C). On Saturday I told them I would be much more comfortable if a friend of mine with more experience in photography and with her DSLR came and shot as a "backup". I said it's a possibility that my battery or, God forbid, my camera malfunctions at a pivotal moment and I miss something. My "backup" said she required $50/hour, which totaled to $600 when the couple included what they intended to pay me (I never asked for money, was doing it for practice/as a favor). They said it was fine. Then yesterday I received a message from the bride saying they loved the engagement pictures, were incredibly impressed with me and had the utmost confidence in my ability to do the wedding. It really sounded like she was trying to get me to do it alone without being direct, but I wasn't sure if that was because of the money or because everyone involved in the wedding (cake maker, caterer, officiant, etc) is someone they know and they were uncomfortable with an "outsider" participating.
I immediately called them and spoke with the groom. I told him if it was a matter of money they should tell me because I wasn't expecting anything. He continued to say how impressed they were with the engagement photos and that I shouldn't feel like I'm not capable because they certainly feel that I am. I told him directly it's possible my equipment malfunctions and I miss something. He said they will be having someone videotape it so that wouldn't be a big deal to them. He said they were really just looking for some pictures, nothing professional and that this would be something for my portfolio to say I did alone. I should mention at this time, they are a VERY laid back couple and don't take anything too seriously including, it seems to me, their wedding. I made it perfectly clear I'm not a professional and lack the resources and experience to produce professional results and they said they understood. I even said, not that I think they would, but photographers have been sued for producing less than the couple's expectations. They said they just want a casual reference of their wedding.
I will be taking a fundamentals class in January to learn my DSLR which I receive at Christmas and in February I'll be taking a Wedding Photography class.
I know if I don't do it they won't hire a professional or anyone else for that matter. They're not worried about me missing an important moment or producing bad photos...so should I?