Not necessarily. With the advances of digital cameras and website templates, it has never been easier to claim to be a professional wedding photographer. Never choose a photographer based solely upon their website or their portfolio. It is so easy with digital photography to get 10 to 15 great pictures from a wedding. Any photographer should be able to give you that, but is that what you really want? It is important to view a wedding your potential photographer has shot from beginning to end in order to have a realistic expectation for the photography services of which you are investing. If a photographer has full events online that are protected, you should be able to request a password from them. If they are unwilling to show you a full wedding, would you still be comfortable using them?
Ask to view a sequence of shots that are going to be similar to what you are planning for your wedding day. For example, if you are going to have your ceremony and or reception inside, then make sure to see pictures that a photographer has shot specifically indoors. In the photography industry, there is a growing trend of ‘natural light’ photographers. While there are fantastic photographers who fall in this category, many ceremony and reception venues do not provide enough natural light to consistently provide for great pictures. In our opinion, one of the elements that define excellent wedding photographers is their ability to shoot in the low-light situations that generally define wedding atmospheres. The ability to modify and mix natural light with artificial light or flash is pivotal and will set apart a tenured and skilled professional. It is important to understand that high prices and a good portfolio do not necessarily correlate to a consistent level of high quality photography which is ultimately what you deserve.
At Ragan Patterson Studios, we have our active weddings, events, and portraits posted on our website under our “Events” tab for your viewing. We have confidence in our images and take the time to comb through and edit the entire event to create a cohesive story and provide consistent quality.