There are so many beautiful wedding photography sites out there...like an overwhelming amount (pun intended). I mean, no one takes more beautiful photos than photographers so I would expect nothing less.
When you begin browsing wedding photographer websites in your area, the first thing you do is look at their photos. Sometimes you can just sit there and watch the homepage and the most stunning photos automatically scroll through, and sometimes there are albums you can look through titled "The I Do's" or "Bride + Groom Portraits." Once you fall in love with the photos (which typically is like a "love at first sight" relationship), you then contact the photographer for their pricing and packages and cross your fingers that it fits within your budget.
You get an immediate response from the photographer and voila! You've found "the one."
But have you? Is there anything else you need to check?
Of course there are lots of questions you want to ask and you want to meet him/her in person to ensure your personalities are a good match, but there is one item that so many couples completely forget to do...
Every photographer can capture ONE SINGLE SHOT.
You know those photos you saw on the homepage of the photographer's website? It's no secret that these are the very best photos this photographer has taken in his or her career. Yes, that means that over the course of seven years, those 12 showcased photos are the best of the best.
Well of course this is a great sign that he has the ability to capture these breathtaking shots but have you ever been on vacation and captured that one great shot that makes you feel like a professional? I know I have! And it took about 352 tries.
Real Talk: Not every single photo that is taken on your wedding day is going to be viral, jaw-dropping worthy. In reality, not every single photo is meant for that, but rather to capture the raw emotion of the day. So before you book any photographer, ask to see a wedding portfolio or check out their blog to see an entire wedding collection. While you may have liked the style of one single photo you saw, without seeing a wedding in it's entirety, you really can't tell if that is the style you are looking for.
There is no better indicator that you've found "the one" than to browse through one single wedding and still be in love with their work...from start to finish.