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.
Ran by Candace Ottaway who has more than 20 years’ experience, her photos are modern and timeless. Her packages all include a second photographer, unlimited locations, unlimited images and a private online gallery of your images. She’s received some great online reviews like: “Working with Candice was easy, we felt so comfortable on the day – everything just flowed…it made the day that much more fun and really captured us as a couple…” (Cara Zoe Richards, Facebook).
Dealing exclusively in wedding and portrait photography, Alex has more than 20 years of professional photography experience and takes care of everything from the photography through to editing and printing your album.
Anna Sandford gave him a rave review on Google, commenting “Our wedding was at our family property, and Alex captured the magic of our wedding…The whole process with Alex was so stress free and enjoyable, we have the most beautiful photos! Couldn’t recommend more!”
This Bruce-based business is headed up by Fahad who has a strong creative background and has received numerous awards from the likes of Google and Verizon Australia. While he works on a lot of marketing/brand photography projects, he also offers wedding and event photography packages ranging from an ‘essentials’ four-hour package through to the ‘polished’ complete 12-hour package.
A collaboration between photographers Doug Hall and Samantha Taylor, they’ve shot hundreds of weddings in their more than 10 years’ experience. It’s well worth checking out their extensive portfolio of previous weddings and numerous online reviews, like this one from millerO (Google): “If I could give 6 stars, I would. Doug Hall was our wedding photographer…Professional yet fun, his photos were excellent and we now often get asked who our photographer was…”
Headed up by photographers Dan O’Day and Kelly Tunney who were each awarded the AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the year in 2016 and 2015 respectively, their photographs have also been featured in various leading bridal magazines. They’ve also received great online reviews like “Anna was just wonderful! She is just lovely and so relaxed which made our day so fun. This definitely comes through in the natural moments captured throughout the day. We also appreciated her attention to detail!” (Tynan Freeman, 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?