A roaring case of LLD had caused me to turn over my entire kit and upgrade to f/2.8 pro glass over the last 6 months. But besides getting me in trouble with my bride and credit card companies, it's also equipped me for professional grade results, and given me tools to start landing some serious business. Thea, a buddy who's in the floral business, gave me a referral to a personal friend of hers, who's getting married at the end of July and still hasn't booked a photographer. As step one, I provided a link to the gallery of my recent wedding assignment in Sedona, Arizona. The bride loved it, as she's having an informal ceremony on the beach, and favors the photo-journalistic style. Score one for LLD and The Beast! I met with her this morning, and brought my sample album and my gear. Thea was there, too, and brought me one of her trademarked "Tin Can Bouquets", as thanks for helping out her friend. After we looked over the album, and discussed her event, I broke out my camera. Turns out the bride is an avid photo-hobbyist and shoots an Oly5050. You should have seen her eyes when I pulled out the 80-200/2.8 and 28-70/2.8! Score another for LLD! I showed her how the 80-200 handled a low light candid of a random kid across the room inside the restaurant. Then I let her use the d70/28-70 to take a close up of Thea's bouquet. View attachment 11282 Finally, I took a few test shots of her outdooors, using the 28-70 and the sb800 for fill. View attachment 11283 Score several more for LLD! We had a brief discussion of price and deliverables, and before I could send her a quote, we had a handshake deal... with absoluely no haggling over price 8). Game, set, match for LLD!