Congratulations on your engagement!
Now onto the fun, but sometimes crazy, process of planning the big day.
You’ve got the venue to think about, celebrants, the overall theme, attire and don’t forget the music and photographers.
Fortunately, if you’re planning to have your wedding in Canberra, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding vendors. And in particular, wedding photographers.
The Nation’s Capital is home to some of the most talented photographers with a range of amazingly unique styles to the way in which they document weddings.
Choosing The Right Canberra Wedding Photographer
Before taking a look at our top 10 list, we’ve put together some of our top tips to help you choose the right Canberra wedding photographer for your big day.
At the end of the day, your wedding photos will be something that will last, and that you’ll treasure, for a lifetime, so it’s important to find a photographer who understands your vision and can execute it beautifully. It’s for this reason that a photographer is often considered the most important vendor choice.
Your perfect photographer should be able to capture the raw emotion, personality, and vibe of your wedding in a way that truly reflects you as a couple. More importantly, they’ll be able to anticipate and capture those tiny candid moments full of love, intimacy and happiness throughout the day that would otherwise be missed.
These are our top tips for choosing the right wedding photographer.
Determine Your Budget
Before starting the hunt for your perfect photographer, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much you’re willing to spend. This will help you to create your short list, or identify those who may not be suitable, as wedding photographers can fall anywhere within $1,500 to over $5,000.
Define Your Style
So many wedding photographers in Canberra have their own unique style. So it’s important to define what style you prefer. Do you like documentary style photography? A more candid approach? Maybe you want to focus more on wider landscape shots?
With so many options available, this will help you to find those who fit your style.
Do Your Research
This seems obvious, but make sure you check that the photographers you’re looking at have shot at the venue you’ll be having your wedding at. Having a photographer who knows the venue can be the difference between getting great or amazing shots. They’ll know all of the good spots, the best angles and how the lighting works there better than someone who hasn’t shot there before.
Meet With Potential Photographers
Set up consultations via phone, video call or even meet in person with the photographers you’re considering to get a feel for their personality and see examples of their work in person. This will also give you a chance to ask questions and discuss the details of your big day.
Consider The Packages
Does the photographer you’re looking at offer everything you need?
Be sure to check how many hours you’re covered for, whether they offers albums, second shooters, engagement sessions or extra inclusions like prints and all digital files.
Check Availability ASAP
Wedding photographers are generally booked out as much as 12 months in advance. The more highly sought after photographer can be booked as far as 16-24 months in advance. So with that in mind, you should enquire with photographers you like as early as possible to see their availability and lock your date in when possible.
Trust Your Instincts
Ultimately, the most important thing is to go with someone who you feel comfortable with and who you feel you can trust to capture your big day. If you have a good connection with the photographer and they’ve taken the time to get to know you, it will show in your photos.
The Top 10 Canberra Wedding Photographers
With so many amazing photographers across the Canberra region, it wasn’t easy narrowing things down to just 10.
Our selections are based on multiple factors including style, price, reviews and overall popularity. And in no particular order, here they are.
1. Michael Southam Photography
2. Milton Gan Weddings
3. Lauren Campbell
5. Zinette Hopper Photography
6. Bel Combridge Photography
7. Wenli Swanson
8. Olia Photography
9. Anthea And Lyndon
10. Ask Studio