So you've started looking for wedding photographers, and — we're just guessing here — you started with a quick Internet search of photographers in your area. Now you're scrolling through countless photos of smiling couples, beautiful cakes, and stunning backdrops. But, er, what exactly are you supposed to be looking for?
To help you brides-to-be narrow down and focus your search, we spoke to five professional wedding photographers, each with their own style, about what specifically to look for on their websites.
"It's important to look for a variety of types of images in a photographer's portfolio, including images shot during the day and night with natural light and flash. Most weddings require a variety of lighting techniques to successfully capture the day and a portfolio should demonstrate these skills." —Morgan Lynn Razi, of Morgan Lynn Photography in Houston, Texas
"Make sure you are looking at photos for real weddings. A photographer might be brilliant at any number of different kinds of photography, but for best results, you want a photographer with a number of actual weddings under their belt. See examples of their work to be sure that you like the style of photography of the person you are hiring." *—Andree Kehn, of Andree Kehn Wedding Photography in Maine *
"Use caution with any photographer who says 'I can do it all' because that is usually not true and often means that the person doesn't specialize in anything." —Annie Bang, professional wedding photographer located in Los Angeles, California
"Check out not only the photographer's website, but Facebook and blog posts, where you can see more photos of a wedding. A photographer will update their website once or twice a year with a photo or two from each wedding they shoot, but you can see the most recent work on their Facebook page or blog. Plus, a Facebook page or blog will feature 15 or more images from each wedding, helping you see the style of the photographer." —Laetitia Patezour, of Tres Jolie Photo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"If you find a photographer who has a great portfolio and you want to see more work, don't be afraid to ask to see a full wedding that they've shot. Of course we only have our best photos in our portfolio, but we also like to share a full wedding so that they can see what a wedding day looks like from our perspective." —Megan and Jacob Hannah, of Hannah Photography in Lincoln, Vermont