It seems like everyone is a photographer these days. Before the advent of digital photography, it was a learned trade that professionals spent years practicing. That is not the case anymore. All a person has to do now is buy a high-end camera, snap a couple of pictures and then start advertising themselves to potential clients.
However, this doesn’t apply to everyone. There are still plenty of qualified photographers in Canberra if you are willing to look. When you are conducting the search, there are three things to look for.
- Awards/qualifications – A good photographer doesn’t necessarily need to have studied the craft at university. But, you might want to see if they are accredited by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), the country’s leading photography organisation. You can also ask if they have won or been nominated for any awards such as an Australian Professional Photography Award. These show they are committed to their field and not simply trying to make a few dollars pursuing a hobby.
- Areas of expertise – A photographer who is excellent at weddings might not be as skilled taking portraits and an event photographer may struggle to get good nature shots. Always ask the photographer for examples of work that relates to the occasion you are hiring them for.
- Creativity – This characteristic can be difficult to measure, but the most obvious way for you to notice this is at a consultation. During the meeting, see if the photographer offers feedback or makes suggestions. You want someone who uses their experience and knowledge to improve your ideas instead of only taking direction.
The top Canberra photographers according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Robyn Geering Photography – This Canberra-based photographer has developed a reputation for being among the best when it comes to capturing children and families. Geering can handle everything from maternity photos to extended family shoots and everything in between. Her photos have been featured in The Canberra Times and F11 Magazine and she was named Australian Family Photographer of the Year by the AIPP in 2013.
Fusion Photography – Operated by the husband and wife team of Ben and Melinda Kopilow, Fusion Photography are one of Canberra’s leading wedding photographers. The company has a long list of international awards to back up their work. They offer a wide range of packages to suit all needs including an online-only option optimised for Instagram and a fine art package for those seeking a more luxurious look.
T8 Photography – Tate Needham founded T8 Photography eight years ago and has built it into one of Canberra’s most versatile firms. The company now has a stable of six photographers, each one with unique strengths. Event, headshot, and portrait photography are among the services offered at T8 Photography.
Hilary Wardhaugh Photography – Handling everything from headshots and vintage photography to family photos, Hilary Wardhaugh Photography boasts a diverse portfolio full of wonderful pictures that manage to capture emotions. She has been working in Canberra for more than 20 years and garnering a long list of awards, including 2017 AIPP ACT Epson Professional Photographer of the Year, in the process.
Steve Keough Photography – When it comes to commercial photography, no one in Canberra has the experience of Steve Keough who has been doing it for more than 30 years. He has earned the ‘Master of Photography’ status from the AIPP and has worked with a long list of businesses in ACT. He operates his own photo studio in addition to shooting on location.
Kerry Sleeman Photography – Kerry Sleeman isn’t simply an accredited professional photographer, she is also a certified professional makeup artist. She skillfully combines these services into a single package for both glamour and boudoir photoshoots, two of her areas of expertise. Sleeman focuses on the artistic side of photography to ensure her clients look amazing.
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