I have the opportunity to photograph a recently renovated old church, a fairly small one, in a small mountain town this coming week (weather permitting). This is actually a church I used to go to myself, and the client is a friend of mine who I know pretty well. I don't usually photograph buildings or architecture, however I would really like to do the best possible job.
I would love to know how to get artistic shots of a relatively small building that is in the middle of a small town. There is a fair bit of unsightly clutter all around nearby buildings, but the church is pretty clean. I'll be doing both exterior and interior shots. Apparently the steeple has recently been fixed up, and other parts of the building have been improved or fixed as well.
I have some pretty good lenses, including the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L, and the EF 50mm f/1.4. I recently picked up a 430EX II flash and a diffuser cap for it, however I do not yet have any off-camera stands, larger diffusers like umbrellas or softboxes, or even a flash bracket. My camera, the Canon 450D/Xsi, is decent, but does not perform particularly well at high ISO (800-1600).
I have a few ideas about how to photograph the interior, although I would like to hear some more ideas, but I am not really sure what to do about the exterior. Outside of a pretty simple strait-on shot of the front of the church, which wouldn't include a lot of the grunge and decay of the rest of the town, I am not really sure how to take some really great shots of the building that will fulfill my clients expectations.
External resources, links to example photographs, etc. are welcome.