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 Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
If you’re looking for photography for an upcoming event, Photox are worth considering. Founded by Ben Appleton in 2011, they focus largely on event photography—they’re the official event photographer for UC Live! and have also covered some major events for the ACT Government.
While they specialise in event photography, they also do a lot of sports (Ben is the official photographer for the UC Brumbies), portrait, wedding, family, real estate (they regularly work with PRDnationwide real estate) and venue photography.
They’ve got a good rap from previous customers with plenty of positive Facebook reviews, like this one from Stu Thompson: “The absolute best in Canberra. We work with Ben and the team constantly and have never been anything but happily surprised by the quality and professionalism that is delivered! Definitely recommend!”.
If you’re not sure if they’re the right fit for what you need, it’s well worth taking a look at the portfolio on their website to get a better idea of the style of shots they’re known for.
Newborns, portraits, weddings or landscapes, Emma does quality photography with a good dose of friendly local service. Based in Franklin, Emma will travel within the Canberra area and offers a great deal on all her price packages. Facebook reviewer Trish says:
‘Emma made it so easy for us, doing the shoot in our own home and then delivering the finished product to our letterbox. The turnaround was so fast!’
Living Media is the latest collaboration of two of Canberra’s most experienced real estate and architectural photographers. Boasting over 20 years combined experience, servicing both large and boutique agencies in Canberra. Cass and Lachlan have the understanding to showcase a property at its best.
Not limited to the camera in their hands, Living Media takes their imagery to new heights with aerial photography as well as immersive 3D scanning technology, making what they do great not only for real estate agents but builders, architects and interior designers alike.
Since 2011, Kylee and her team at Wilomark have been capturing beautiful people and pets. Their studio located in Fyshwick is also available for hire with a makeup area and male and female facilities. The Christmas themed Pawtraits will absolutely make Santa’s list! Google reviewer Sheena says:
‘Kylee and her team provide a wonderful photography experience, setting you at ease and making the whole photoshoot fun!’
Katie and Jeremy don’t just capture photos, they understand that every moment is part of a story. the most. Celebrating love and togetherness is what they are all about and it’s clear to see in their large portfolio of heartfelt photography, they get the best out of every shot. Facebook reviewer Kate says:
‘Heartstory took our family portraits last year and I can’t explain in words how amazing they were.’
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