I have mixed feelings on this so let me tell you the story. This past weekend I had a family shoot for myself, my wife and my 2 kids. The photographer was a very nice lady who we met at my daughter's daycare (she takes all the kids pics there). We met at the beach for a sunrise shoot. She gets out of the car with her assistant (husband or BF I think) and their gear. The first thing I noticed was her gear, a D3000 with kit lens. Now I did give her the benefit of the doubt and went through the entire shoot. She did show good technique and had good control of the lighting as the sun was coming up so I was happy there. All in all the shoot went very well, but that little voice in the back of my head kept asking any did she not use any pro gear? Maybe she's using her lower end gear since its the beach/saltwater I dont know. Im paying for the shoot so part of me is expecting the highest quality possible. Am I wrong here?