Minolta SRT 201 35mm SLR - purchased on ebay with the lens below for $17 (no, really)
Vivitar 1:4.5 80-200mm lens with two filters
Vivtar 650-1300mm Lens (mint!) for $175
Mamiya 80mm lens (normal for a 6x7)
Mamiya 43mm lens (wide angle)
A lot of color slide and negative film.
I’ll probably spend $300+ on film and self-developing for a total of ~$500. I looked at renting a nice digital/long lens combination. It was a very nice rig, but it would have been more than three times the expense and I would have had to give it back. Pft!
me: If I don’t get good photographs of this model, then I am a moron.
I think this is normal to warm up the trust in ourselves during a shoot. From my perspective, I find it endearing that a model would ever think that she is not beautiful, but I respect the doubt. It is so satisfying when we like our work together and all the fears fade.