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The Best Wedding Photographers in Canberra

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Planning your special day? Ensure the memories made will last a lifetime with top quality, professional photographs.

After consulting our readers’ feedback and local knowledge, we’ve come up with a list of the top wedding photographers in Canberra.

If you have worked with a photographer in the region before, do share your experience in the comments section below. We’d love to read it.

What Makes a Great Wedding Photographer?

There are few days as meaningful as your wedding, and beautiful photographs capture the joy, love, and celebration.

When deciding on a wedding photographer for your big day, you’ll want to be 100 percent certain you are getting your money’s worth. Here are a few traits we suggest keeping an eye out for as you research potential photographers.

  • An inspiring portfolio. Most wedding photographs have extensive online portfolios showcasing their previous work. Look for a photographer with a style that speaks to you and an aesthetic that matches the theme of your wedding day.
  • Reliable. On your wedding day, the last thing you need is something else to stress out about. The best wedding photographers get the job done as expected.
  • Friendly. Remember that the photographer your hire will attend your wedding. You want a photographer with a friendly attitude that can fit seamlessly into the day’s proceedings.
  • Experienced. Taking a photo isn’t as easy as it looks! The best wedding photographers know exactly how to arrange both large and small crowds.
  • Knowledgeable. The best wedding photographers are Photoshop whizzes and can process your images without making them look fade or over-edited.

The Top 5 Wedding Photographers in Canberra

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.

Canberra Small Weddings

Catering mostly for smaller scale (under 30 guests) or ‘elopement’ weddings, they offer relatively affordable packages which include both your celebrant and photographer, and they can also organise some flowers if needed. They’ve received plenty of positive Facebook reviews like this one from Antonette Kiley: “Steven and Michael were both fantastic! Steven took the time to help us personalise our ceremony and vows, and Michael did an excellent job capturing all the special moments with different family members.

T8 Photography

Specialising in modern, natural images that combine art and photojournalism with a twist of ‘fun’, they offer packages to suit a range of budgets. Having been in the business for over 10 years, they’ve helped plenty of happy customers over the years earning them Facebook reviews like “Forever grateful for the beautiful shots from our wedding! Tate and his team were so flexible and accommodating with our ever changing schedule and took some really phenomenal shots…” (Meera Seemampillai).

Thorson Photography

A great option if you want to avoid formal or overly curated photos—Amanda uses a more natural style of photography so is an ideal choice if you’re after more natural, candid photos. With reviews like “Amanda (and her team) are AMAZING photographers and worth every cent!…For two people who absolutely hate getting their photos taken, we felt comfortable and totally natural throughout the entire day…” (Mikayla, Google), she’s a great option if you’re a little camera shy.

Alexandra Orme Photography

Combining both traditional and modern style photography, all her packages include high res digitals and an online gallery so your guests can purchase prints if they want, and she can even set up a personalised album gift registry for you. She’s done a great job for previous customers with Facebook reviews like “We are extremely happy with our wedding photos! Alexandra captured every moment, moments even when we didn’t realise she was there. There is not one photo that we do not love…” (Amanda Stanojevic).

Mel Hill Photography

Ran by married couple Mel and Michael, they’ve been on the Canberra photography scene since 2006 and have photographed over 350 weddings with their modern style of photography. They’ve received loads of positive online reviews like “Mel and Michael were a complete pleasure to work with from our very first email right through to our wedding day. We were so lucky to have two absolutely incredible photographers to capture our day…” (Morgan Falchi, Google).

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra wedding photographers.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based wedding photographers? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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deltek 7:12 am 07 Apr 18

Don’t forget about esh photography https://www.eshphotography.com.au An award winning AIPP Master in photography. Emily has been practising and honing her craft since 1999. Over 300 weddings in the region and around the world. Definitely in the top wedding photographers in Canberra.

zllauh 4:47 pm 27 Sep 15

You can get some valuable suggestions from a good wedding planner. They know everyone in the area , who is good,affordable etc.

astrojax 9:51 am 21 Mar 13

deye said :

There would also be quite a bit of difference in the number of shots and the amount of post processing required between a commercial shoot and a wedding.

well no, not necessarily – commercial photography includes shooting models in a range of poses and outfits [so can be buckets of images], live theatre [same], cookbooks [same], catalogues of various themes [same], etc…

patrick_keogh 9:00 pm 20 Mar 13

There have been several somewhat cynical but somewhat realistic comments about the price inflation that can be attributed to weddings. I don’t know about other service providers but at least from a photographer’s perspective let me add one small thing. If you are engaged to photograph some houses for real estate, some dishes for a restaurant web site or whatever and there are issues, you can often come back next day and shoot it again. Try that with a wedding!

When I worked as a wedding photographer (several decades ago) I had to be Sooooooo careful to ensure that there would be usable shots… two cameras, flashes used in rotation through a shoot, preferably two different film sizes so they couldn’t all be processed at once, storing the exposed rolls in two bags so if one got stolen… you get the picture. A colleague had some faulty gear render an entire wedding of shots unusable. He literally had to leave town to escape the death threats. This is serious business with a serious commitment to success and quality. If you want that then pay for it.

Recently one of my photographic colleagues from the ’70s asked if I would photograph the wedding of one of their children. I wanted to say yes but had to decline because I was not ready for that level of professional commitment these days.

deye 5:23 pm 20 Mar 13

There would also be quite a bit of difference in the number of shots and the amount of post processing required between a commercial shoot and a wedding.

Mysteryman 3:33 pm 20 Mar 13

TailgaterHater said :

Thanks to everyone for their opinions – some good information for couples getting married. I expected a diverse range of replies when I posted this topic, and certainly got them!

However, I am still struggling with the fact that if I was to hire a photographer to do commercial work I would pay an hourly rate – even if 4 hours shooting and 4 hours in studio it would be maybe $1.5 – $2K. This seems reasonable and reflects a good hourly rate, but any more than that seems opportunistic.

Irrespective of the cerebral effort that goes into getting good pics, it is still time that we punters are paying for – we expect your expertise just as my clients expect in my chosen field. Sure, if some people are happy to pay a fortune then good on them and the pros that will take advantage of them, bragging rights (my wedding photos cost me X) and common sense don’t always align.

There are a couple of leads here that I expect my son & future daughter in law will follow up. Thanks everyone for the conversation.

Most pro photogs don’t charge commercial work solely on an hourly rate. You will pay for their time, yes, but you’ll also pay for the rights to use the images they’ve created for your commercial project. That fee will depend on what you plan to do with the image, the medium you plan to use it in, and where you plan to use it (locally, interstate, internationally, etc). Comparing a wedding to a few hours of commercial time might be convenient for your argument but it’s not accurate.

watto23 3:08 pm 20 Mar 13

TailgaterHater said :

Thanks to everyone for their opinions – some good information for couples getting married. I expected a diverse range of replies when I posted this topic, and certainly got them!

However, I am still struggling with the fact that if I was to hire a photographer to do commercial work I would pay an hourly rate – even if 4 hours shooting and 4 hours in studio it would be maybe $1.5 – $2K. This seems reasonable and reflects a good hourly rate, but any more than that seems opportunistic.

Irrespective of the cerebral effort that goes into getting good pics, it is still time that we punters are paying for – we expect your expertise just as my clients expect in my chosen field. Sure, if some people are happy to pay a fortune then good on them and the pros that will take advantage of them, bragging rights (my wedding photos cost me X) and common sense don’t always align.

There are a couple of leads here that I expect my son & future daughter in law will follow up. Thanks everyone for the conversation.

Just as a side note, if you’ve ever been suck into a free portrait session at a studio, you’ll soon see they recoup costs in sales of actual images 😉 While i’m sure many pros do charge a bit more for weddings, they often charge nearly the same for commercial photography too.

Another idea is to just get the photographer to photograph the ceremony. Then get people to snap photos at the reception and ask for copies to collect them all. I remember one with disposable cameras, not so common in this digital era.

thatsnotme 1:55 pm 20 Mar 13

TailgaterHater said :

Thanks to everyone for their opinions – some good information for couples getting married. I expected a diverse range of replies when I posted this topic, and certainly got them!

However, I am still struggling with the fact that if I was to hire a photographer to do commercial work I would pay an hourly rate – even if 4 hours shooting and 4 hours in studio it would be maybe $1.5 – $2K. This seems reasonable and reflects a good hourly rate, but any more than that seems opportunistic.

Irrespective of the cerebral effort that goes into getting good pics, it is still time that we punters are paying for – we expect your expertise just as my clients expect in my chosen field. Sure, if some people are happy to pay a fortune then good on them and the pros that will take advantage of them, bragging rights (my wedding photos cost me X) and common sense don’t always align.

There are a couple of leads here that I expect my son & future daughter in law will follow up. Thanks everyone for the conversation.

I’m glad you got something useful out of all of this!

I think what it’s important to remember is that in wedding photography, as in many different areas, there is a range of pricing available – from cheap (and maybe nasty!) to the high end, very expensive – and everything in between. I’m sure that’s the same for commercial photography too – there would be commercial photographers who would charge way more per hour.

I’m not sure that it’s fair to say that a high end, professional photographer is ‘taking advantage’ of anyone. This is a profession that lives by the laws of supply and demand, and people will only pay what they think is a reasonable price. Of course, some people think that the prices high end photographers charge are quite reasonable, and they’re happy to pay them. For some other couples, that fee would be their entire wedding budget. If you’ve worked hard to build your business, and have the experience and quality behind your work that you’re in demand, and people are willing to pay a higher price, I see absolutely nothing wrong with charging accordingly. And if people stop paying those prices, they’re going to have to change something.

There are professionals available for a whole range of price points out there. Sometimes it can take a bit of looking to find the person who matches what you’re after, but they’ll almost certainly be out there. One thing there’s no shortage of is wedding photographers!

TailgaterHater 11:54 am 20 Mar 13

Thanks to everyone for their opinions – some good information for couples getting married. I expected a diverse range of replies when I posted this topic, and certainly got them!

However, I am still struggling with the fact that if I was to hire a photographer to do commercial work I would pay an hourly rate – even if 4 hours shooting and 4 hours in studio it would be maybe $1.5 – $2K. This seems reasonable and reflects a good hourly rate, but any more than that seems opportunistic.

Irrespective of the cerebral effort that goes into getting good pics, it is still time that we punters are paying for – we expect your expertise just as my clients expect in my chosen field. Sure, if some people are happy to pay a fortune then good on them and the pros that will take advantage of them, bragging rights (my wedding photos cost me X) and common sense don’t always align.

There are a couple of leads here that I expect my son & future daughter in law will follow up. Thanks everyone for the conversation.

LSWCHP 9:05 pm 19 Mar 13

Roundhead89 said :

LSWCHP said :

Pork Hunt said :

Postalgeek said :

phototext said :

A professional wedding photographer turns up on time, knows what to do, shoots, leaves and you get your images at the agreed time and they look like wedding photographs.

Maybe the OP should just hire a panda; it eats shoots, and leaves.

A wombat eats, roots, shoots and leaves…

Nothing to do with wedding pics, but…

I used to have a T-Shirt showing the Combat Wombat in greens carrying an SLR, and that was his motto. 🙂 They were good days.

Um, is that SLR as in Single Lens Reflex or Self Loading Rifle?

The latter, happily. 🙂

Erg0 6:54 pm 19 Mar 13

Besides being a z-grade troll who’s probably only here because the 14-year-olds on 4chan called him names, CGN appears to be defending a group that doesn’t really exist. Every amateur I know (and I know a few) wouldn’t do a wedding for quids because they shoot the subjects they like and do it for their own enjoyment. Anyone who knows what they’re doing also knows their own limitations, and the last thing you want is an amateur wedding photographer who suffers from illusory competence.

thatsnotme 6:18 pm 19 Mar 13

tim_c said :

darcyperkins said :

The tricky thing is finding a decent amateur before they realise they’re worth more…

That’s just it. There are a few pros commenting above who have no doubt earned their stripes. But you don’t simply become a pro just because you decide to be. They all got their experience somehow – and what were they before they were experienced enough to be a pro? Probably amateurs and/or hobbyists – there are some who are just starting out, and others who are just about ready to be pros (or perhaps are already ready, but choose not to be pro for other reasons).

My brother and sister took the photos for our wedding and were very pleased with the results (and the price!) – it was their 3rd or 4th wedding. Their first wedding shoot was for our cousin who was not impressed with the pro photos for her sister’s wedding and asked my brother and sister to take photos for her (having seen other photos taken by them). They were very nervous about it, and weren’t ready in the right place to capture some key events (they learned some valuable lessons though!) and even now cringe looking back on some of the shots, but the cousin (and many of her friends) are still impressed and happy with the photos. My brother is now working casually for a local pro – sometimes as the main shooter… thankfully we got married when he had enough skill, experience and knowledge to be good, but not quite ready to turn pro! (Though being my brother, he’d still be happy to do it for us for the same price now).

Just remember: in the months or years after the wedding, will it be the cake or the limos or the food you will be showing to your friends and relatives, or even your children? Probably not, but you will be showing all these people the photos (that is, unless your photographer really wasn’t ready/suitable for the task!).

That’s pretty much how I got my start too. Wedding day photography for a friend, then his brother, before some other family members and friends. I got some great photos at all of them – but looking back now, the percentage of great shots vs average wasn’t quite so high back then!

I was lucky enough in between to tag along with some established pros, who are in the top segment of wedding photographers in Canberra, and learned a hell of a lot from them.

That’s the thing with this business – there’s no ‘professional photographer’ certification. Anyone who’s charging for their work, whether they should be or not, is free to call themselves a pro. Although membership of an organisation like the AIPP is not something I’ve yet pursued, it’s definitely on my agenda. Accredited membership requires peer-review, meaning that the quality of that professional’s work will be at or above a certain standard at least – taking a lot of the risk out of the choice. Naturally though, they’re likely to be the photographers who charge more.

tim_c 5:53 pm 19 Mar 13

darcyperkins said :

The tricky thing is finding a decent amateur before they realise they’re worth more…

That’s just it. There are a few pros commenting above who have no doubt earned their stripes. But you don’t simply become a pro just because you decide to be. They all got their experience somehow – and what were they before they were experienced enough to be a pro? Probably amateurs and/or hobbyists – there are some who are just starting out, and others who are just about ready to be pros (or perhaps are already ready, but choose not to be pro for other reasons).

My brother and sister took the photos for our wedding and were very pleased with the results (and the price!) – it was their 3rd or 4th wedding. Their first wedding shoot was for our cousin who was not impressed with the pro photos for her sister’s wedding and asked my brother and sister to take photos for her (having seen other photos taken by them). They were very nervous about it, and weren’t ready in the right place to capture some key events (they learned some valuable lessons though!) and even now cringe looking back on some of the shots, but the cousin (and many of her friends) are still impressed and happy with the photos. My brother is now working casually for a local pro – sometimes as the main shooter… thankfully we got married when he had enough skill, experience and knowledge to be good, but not quite ready to turn pro! (Though being my brother, he’d still be happy to do it for us for the same price now).

Just remember: in the months or years after the wedding, will it be the cake or the limos or the food you will be showing to your friends and relatives, or even your children? Probably not, but you will be showing all these people the photos (that is, unless your photographer really wasn’t ready/suitable for the task!).

gazket 5:12 pm 19 Mar 13

I think it’s fair to say any business in the Wedding industry raise the price as soon as the word Wedding is mentioned.

after all it’s just a piece of paper the government can use against you and screw you with later in life when you apply for a old age pension.

Swaggie 4:39 pm 19 Mar 13

The OP can save money by just having one photographer on the day – many Canberra ‘professionals’ will insist that there is a 2nd photographer there as well. Most 2nd photographers are only students or part timers and any photos they take wont be missed when push comes to shove. You’ll save a few dollars having just the one if you are on a budget.

fusion 3:36 pm 19 Mar 13

7captains said :

close your eyes, bite the bullet and pay the $2k for a professional wedding photographer! I made the mistake of wanting to save a few dollars, and asked my husband’s aunty who is a an photographic artist (galleries around oz and the world). She reluctantly said yes- only because taking photos for a wedding involves a lot of other technicalities, preparation, post production. This coming from a professional. Wish I heeded her reluctance. As back up my father in law who deems himself a good amateur also took photos.
Disaster. Don’t do it!
It took 9 months to get our photos, and the guilt trip for even asking. My fil’s photos were terrible.
Years later we have a CD which is a collation of all the photos our friends took with their smartphones/ digi cameras.
In retrospect we should have paid the $2k given all the post production work (presentation etc), and a 2nd album with all our amateur photographer friends photos.
If you need to make budget cuts on the wedding to pay the $2k, then forget the flowers or just go to woolies and buy a few bunches for $100. Make your own wedding cake (who remembers the what the cake tastes like by the end of the night). Be creative in how you all get to the wedding reception- bikes? walk? save on the limo’s there.
But don’t save on the photographer, as you’ll want great photos to show the great grand kids! And also that silent vanity that we all have- a good photographer will make you look uber great, where as an amateur will be too focused on their own artistic merit to care about how you look.

Bit hash, but you pay for monkeys you get monkeys or whatever that saying is.

Excellent post – thanks for contributing this other side of the the story – I hear this time and time again, and could post many similar stories – but it’s nice to hear it from the horses mouth so to speak not just from a photographer with a vested interest!

watto23 11:40 am 19 Mar 13

I’ve done a few photography jobs. Photographs for work, including one that went into a journal. Also things for friends and friends events. as far as weddings go i did one for free, with one exception. They hired a professional for the ceremony and some professional photos. I take some very good photos. I have an uncle who has a better camera than me, but takes lousy photos. that said weddings require more than just a good camera and ability to shoot good photos. Its a specialisation.
Look at allhomes for example. Some properties are photographed well in a professional manner (not necessarily by a professional. Others not and I bet the ones with better photos get more views.

Also IMO photographers don’t bump up their costs considerably just because its a wedding. They have very valid reasons and many wedding clients can be difficult.
That said venue hire and other things definately IMO bump up their prices considerably.

A professional you can check their previous work as well. Its a gripe many people have, however most of the money a pro makes covers some expensive ongoing costs. You see very few wealthy pro photographers going around. in fact most only do weddings because otherwise they couldn’t afford to live and do other work they actually enjoy.

7captains 11:09 am 19 Mar 13

close your eyes, bite the bullet and pay the $2k for a professional wedding photographer! I made the mistake of wanting to save a few dollars, and asked my husband’s aunty who is a an photographic artist (galleries around oz and the world). She reluctantly said yes- only because taking photos for a wedding involves a lot of other technicalities, preparation, post production. This coming from a professional. Wish I heeded her reluctance. As back up my father in law who deems himself a good amateur also took photos.
Disaster. Don’t do it!
It took 9 months to get our photos, and the guilt trip for even asking. My fil’s photos were terrible.
Years later we have a CD which is a collation of all the photos our friends took with their smartphones/ digi cameras.
In retrospect we should have paid the $2k given all the post production work (presentation etc), and a 2nd album with all our amateur photographer friends photos.
If you need to make budget cuts on the wedding to pay the $2k, then forget the flowers or just go to woolies and buy a few bunches for $100. Make your own wedding cake (who remembers the what the cake tastes like by the end of the night). Be creative in how you all get to the wedding reception- bikes? walk? save on the limo’s there.
But don’t save on the photographer, as you’ll want great photos to show the great grand kids! And also that silent vanity that we all have- a good photographer will make you look uber great, where as an amateur will be too focused on their own artistic merit to care about how you look.

Bit hash, but you pay for monkeys you get monkeys or whatever that saying is.

darcyperkins 9:10 am 19 Mar 13

Just like every other profession, there are professionals who charge a price that allows them to keep their dignity and self respect, and at least make a little bit of a profit and then there are amateurs who think they’re good enough to pull off a wedding but don’t know jack.

Yes, there are plenty of people in between – perhaps someone who will be one of those professionals in the future but needs to build up their portfolio and is willing to spend 80+ hours for no profit – but for the most part, if you are good enough, you would charge more.

But this is no different to anything else. Want some plastic surgery but can’t afford a real doctor? Ol’ Jane bought some lip fillers online from eastern europe and is more than willing to plump up your lips in her garage for $20. Now you have herpes and one side of your lip is twice as big as the other? Don’t worry – you saved a bunch of money compared to those price gouging doctors!

The point is, if you want a professional, you could easily find one, if you want to pay an amateur to take mediocre photos you’ll be disappointed with you can easily find that as well.

The tricky thing is finding a decent amateur before they realise they’re worth more…

devils_advocate 9:05 am 19 Mar 13

thatsnotme said :

I’d be happy to talk to you about what you’re after, if you leave a contact here. I’d prefer not to post up a link…I’d rather keep my RA life and real life somewhat separate!

Thanks! Email should now be visible in profile.

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