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 5 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.
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.
With over 20 years experience as a photographer, Mum and wife Melissa really knows what makes a family photo. Her amazing collection of clients and envious portfolio is a book of stories from weddings, births and gorgeous portraits. Facebook reviewer Ciara says: ‘Melissa has done our wedding photos and a newborn shoot for our son, both were flawless and we are absolutely in love with the images.’
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!’
By Xi is an affordable Canberra based photographer offering great price packages on family portraits to build her portfolio. Xi often takes portraits of her own family to share and is looking to pass the same joy on to her clients. Facebook reviewer Sophie says: ‘Thank you for being so patient with me as I was extremely nervous but you made the morning fun and we’re super excited to see the pics.’
Natalie is a new photographer who started her business by taking photos at weddings and has since expanded her portfolio with newborn baby and smash cake sessions. She also has some amazing digital backdrops that can be used for your photos. Facebook reviewer Mary says: ‘Creativity here is outstanding! Love every one of the photos.’
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