Eliza

Last September, my best friend Harvey got married to lovely and perfect for him Lisa. I was a groomswoman and they wanted Jake to be a groomsman too, but they needed a photographer more.

Knowing he’s awesomesauce, Harvey and Lisa asked if Jake could do the photography. Of course, he was excited to record our friends’ special day, but he was also worried about the equipment he had at his disposal. We just posted about our lens. It’s nice, but not nearly nice enough to be able to do a wedding justice. But the great thing about having a DSLR camera? You can rent a super expensive lens for your camera body and have an amazing camera you can’t afford for a weekend. (Our camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XTi , in case you’re wondering).

So our wedding gift to our friends was a lens rental so Jake could bust out the photography in an amazing way. We rented a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS from LensRentals.com. We chose this lens because it is quiet, has a low f-stop (so can take photos in low light- a must in the nightmare lighting situation that is wedding rehearsals), and has great zooming capabilities. This lens usually runs about $1200, but it was ours for four days for $79.25, including shipping and hazard insurance. That’s pretty darn amazing if you consider that even plain Jane wedding photographers will run you at least $5,000.

We had a few days to play with the lens before the wedding to get used to how the lens handled.

This is sort of a teaser post, because we aren’t going to post the many many wedding pictures until tomorrow, but here are the photos we took (with no editing!) in the days leading up to the wedding:

Megan

Jonas

Nick

Nick

Jake

Megan

Eliza

Jake shot some senor photos for my sister Taylor:

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Taylor's Senior Photos

Obviously, we got the most out of the lens while it was here.

Kansas City

We had an amazing experience with the rental company (highly recommended and not sponsoring us in any way) and had a great time with the lens. Only now we want it for our very own (dangerous).

We’ll post the photos from the wedding (remember–no equipment but our Canon Rebel xti and the rented lens!) tomorrow afternoon. We can’t wait to show you!

Update: Here are the wedding photos!