If you’ve ever wanted to capture a moment forever with a memorable image, you’ll want to hook up with a professional photographer. Sure, we can all take snaps on our phones these days, but a pro who has high-end equipment, an eye for ‘that shot’ and great editing skills, is worth their weight in gold.
Professional photographers are both creative and technical. They know how to take advantage of light, framing, backgrounds and other ticks of the trade. Some specialise in certain areas, like events, travel, environment, landscape, products, events, weddings, kids and pets.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a professional photographer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great photographer?
Choosing the right photographer can take the worry out of capturing a moment, especially when there’s no second chance to grab the shot.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a professional photographer.
- Training, qualifications, experience. Many professional photographers have formal qualifications and years of experience. Check this out online (website and social media). You’ll also want to check if they’re accredited by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the country’s leading photography organisation.
- Awards. It’s worth exploring if the photographer has been nominated for, and/or won, awards like the Australian Professional Photography Award. Awards show the photographer is committed to their field and fabulous at what they do.
- Specialty area. Not all photographers specialise in all types of photography so if you have a specific need or want a specific style you’ll want to confirm your photographer fits the bill. Landscape photographers, for example, might not be your best bet for a wedding (and vice versa).
- Read reviews and seek references. Quality of photography is important, but so is the photographer’s personality, style of working and flexibility. Head online to read reviews and ask the photographer for references. Also interview the photographer to test whether you can work well with them.
- Fees and ownership. It might be tempting to hire the photographer who charges the least, but lower prices can reflect lack of skill, experience and level of service. Ask for detailed quotes, so there are no hidden surprises. Also ask about copyright so there are no surprises.
The best photographers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Founded by Ben Appleton in 2011, Photox largely focuses on event photography and has captured premium quality content for sport and some of Canberra’s largest events, including Floriade, Enlighten and National Folk Festival. No job is too big or small for the team of photographers at Photox. Services include portrait, wedding, family, real estate and venue photography.
Donald Whyte wrote on Google, “Best photos I’ve ever had taken. Very professional equipment and service … 100 per cent definitely recommend.”
Creative, focused and effective are the three words that best describe the work of the experienced commercial photographers at AHC Studios.
The studio has been providing imagery services to businesses all over Canberra since 2011. The business was created by veteran photographer Michelle Kroll whose son, Thomas Lucraft, took great interest in his mum’s profession from a young age. Michelle decided to create the company as a project to teach Thomas how to run a photography business. Fast forward to today, and Thomas has officially taken over the business, picking up on his mum’s extensive skill-set, passion for perfection and desire to make every shoot a fun and hassle-free experience.
AHC Studios has solid foundations of extensive photography knowledge and skills, making their work of a high quality. Thomas is well known for his talent for composition and is AHC Studios’ lead photographer for shooting events, bringing a youthful energy and eye to all he captures.
On-location shoots are focused and strategic. They’re delivered with purpose and discipline, providing minimal disruption to work environments and maximum potential for each client’s investment. Thomas has the experience, technical expertise and creative enthusiasm to elevate business brands with visuals that capture the attention of the right audience.
AHC Studios has a creative studio space set up to shoot all types of product photography, from simple white backgrounds to more complex images. Thomas excels at effective and distinctive business branding, including corporate portraits. They also shoot for a broad range of advertising needs, and from any platform – air, land and sea.
Canberra Real Estate Photography and Video specialises in capturing and presenting properties at their very best. All expert photographers have a keen eye for detail. They also have loads of experience identifying the best angles, features to highlight and lighting to use, capturing that “magazine look” without the big expense.
Services include day real estate photography and video, architectural photography and aerial photography and video. Other services are twilight photography, property management photography and video, and corporate photography.
Canberra Real Estate Photography and Video showcases properties in innovative ways, combining creativity with technical skills. Clients include real estate agents, private sellers, architects, builders and businesses of all sizes. Canberra Real Estate Photography and Video also uses drones to capture the best angles, often in a dramatic way.
At the heart of Canberra Real Estate Photography and Video is presenting properties in an attractive way that encourages interest from potential buyers and increases sale prices.
On Google, Susan Sharp wrote, “The Team has photographed two of my houses that we’ve sold. The photos and video were top class and good value. Both houses sold quickly.”
Bronwyn creates fine art photography specialising in newborn and maternity shoots. Her calm professional approach makes all her clients feel at ease and contributes greatly to the final product.
Google reviewer Brandon says, “Very very happy with the service, very patient with our newborn. Highly recommend Bronwyn parsons photography.”
One of the most sought after and highly experienced newborn photographers in Canberra, Jodi has a passion for capturing moments that last forever. With 5 daughters of her own she understands how important it is to have beautiful photos of the ones you love.
Facebook reviewer Natalie says, “I am always so excited to see the result of Jodi’s work. She has captured my daughters beautifully and naturally every time.”
Stephanie has a no session fee, no minimum spend policy which means you only pay for the photos you like. Steph says if you and your family are relaxed and don’t feel pressure to take good photos then there is a much better result.
Google reviewer Christina says, “We love Stephanie’s photography style. She always seems to know how to get the best natural poses out of our two boys.”
Dragana has a special talent for beautifully styled photo shoots for children and adults and offers a great range of pricing packages. Specialising in newborn and baby, maternity, family, childrens, cake smash and wedding photography, she certainly finds the best in any photo.
Facebook reviewers Steve and Ness say, “WOW… is an understatement! My whole experience with My Precious Moments Photography from start to finish was amazing!”
If you’re looking for more information on photography in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best wedding photographers and the best aerial photographers Canberra has to offer. Or, if you’re after some more information to market your business, check out our articles on the best marketing agencies and the best billboards and digital signage in Canberra.
Your experience with the best photographers in Canberra
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