In this new digital technology driven age of photography, it’s easy for couples to be impressed or even dazzled by a photographer’s sleek, beautiful array of camera equipment, lenses, accessories and image displays. But just as a full toolbox doesn’t make one a fine carpenter, state-of-the-art gear does not make a person a great wedding photographer. So how to make sure that the person you choose to capture every important moment of the biggest day of your life is up to the task? Rule number one: insist on seeing a complete album of a recent wedding that person as shot. Rule number two: Request 3 people who’s weddings were photographed by the company you’re considering that you can contact for a direct referral.
Simply put, anyone can get lucky and grab a handful of beautiful still photos to use as portfolio highlights to attract new business. Only a professional with ample experience can showcase many full wedding albums that demonstrate artistry and proficiency in capturing everything from the processional and ceremony to the cocktail hour and your first dance. Ideally, you’ll want to review albums of couples whose wedding was similar to what you’re planning in terms of size, tone, theme and type of venue. Shooting in a huge church is very different from photographing a ceremony in a small chapel or an outside garden. And getting perfect results in a hotel ballroom can be a very different challenge than creating the ideal display of shots from under a tent. You want to be certain the photographer delivers on every promise and all aspects of a contract, which is why you want to talk with past clients. Is he or she easy to work with? Punctual? Thorough? Good at follow through? All key questions to ask other couples. When you book your wedding with the expert professionals at Classic Photographers you’ll always be assured that you’ll be able to view ample examples of past, recent work and receive plenty of referrals from which to choose.