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How much does a Photographer cost?

Average Price
$220 per hour

What’s the average cost of a Photographer?

Need to hire a professional photographer but unsure of costs? Read on for the average cost of different types of photography services across Australia.

Should I get a Professional Photographer? 

Professional photographers don’t just take a few snaps on fancy cameras. They’re experts in capturing the beauty of a moment in one photo. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. To be a good photographer you need creativity, technical flair and excellent attention to detail. A photographer has to ensure that everything comes together in one picture to convey emotion and tell a story. 

Getting polished and professional photos requires natural ability as well as years of experience. Hiring a photographer is a great choice if you’re celebrating a milestone event, like a wedding or birthday, as they’ll be able to capture the most precious moments of the day so that you can enjoy every second. 

How much does a Photographer charge? 

Photography is a highly skilled specialism that comes at a cost. If you’re wondering how much it’ll set you back, we’ve put together a rough guideline of average costs below, although the fee can vary widely depending on the project and the photographer’s experience.

Per hour

Average cost (per hour) $100 - $250
Minimum cost (per hour) $25
Maximum cost (per hour) $500

Per package

Average cost (full package) $300 - $1,000
Minimum cost (full package) $250
Maximum cost (full package) $1,000+

Factors influencing cost: 

Some of the factors determining the cost of photography services are included below: 

  • Location

  • Timeframe 

  • Photographer’s experience

  • Package 

Location 

A photographer’s standard rate will vary depending on where they live. Expect to pay more if you live in a bigger city like Melbourne or Sydney. To give you a rough estimate of regional differences, here’s a breakdown of average costs in different cities across Australia: 

LocationAverage cost (full package)
Brisbane$350 - $1,700
Sydney $400 - $2,000
Perth$300 - $1,700
Melbourne$350 - $1,700

Timeframe

While most photography services can be completed in a couple of hours, bigger projects will require your photographer to work for half a day or even a full day. It’s no surprise that you’ll pay more the longer you need your photographer for. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of how much you can expect to pay depending on the timeframe.

PackageAverage cost
Per hour$220
2 hours$400 - $500
Full-package$400 - $1,000

Photographer’s Experience 

Another big cost driver is the photographer’s experience. If they have been practising for over 10 years and have an impressive portfolio, they can afford to charge more. If a photographer is just starting in their career and lacking experience, they will often offer discounted rates so they can build their portfolio. 

Package 

Most photographers offer different photography packages with tiered pricing depending on their contents. 

Basic packages often include printed photographs and digital copies on a USB. Beyond this, photographers offer anything from personalised albums to videography - the sky’s the limit! But before you get carried away, remember that extras come at a cost, so make sure to discuss package prices with your photographer at the beginning. 

Hiring a Photographer on a budget 

A photographer can be pricey, but there are lots of ways that you can save money. Read on to find out. 

  • Book early on - Most photographers will offer a discounted rate if you book far in advance. 

  • Referral discounts - Photography is all about connections. If you were referred to a photographer by a friend or colleague, ask your photographer if they are willing to offer a referral discount. 

  • Hire someone local - If you can find a photographer based near you then you won’t have to worry about additional travel costs. 

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