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How much does a Wedding Photographer cost?

Average Price
$3,000 - $4,000

What is the average price of a Wedding Photographer?

Need a wedding photographer to capture the best bits of your big day, but unsure of costs? Read on to find out how much your photographer will charge, including seasonal price variations, location, package type and more.

Why should I hire a Wedding Photographer?

As much as we’d like them to last forever, wedding days go by in the blink of an eye. With all the months (or even years) of planning, excitement, and anticipation, you want to make sure that a trusted photographer will be on hand to capture every moment from your big day, so you can relax and enjoy every minute. 

How much do Wedding Photographers charge?

Every wedding is different, so it’s important to choose the best photographer for your budget and requirements. The price depends on what you want out of the service. Wedding photographers offer anything from taking a few pictures to an entire package that comes with retouched prints and a USB digital album. 

To give you a rough idea, we’ve put together the average cost of wedding photography service based on Australian professionals: 

Average cost (in total)$3,000 - $4,000
Minimum cost (in total) $1,000
Maximum cost (in total) $7,000

Factors influencing costs: 

The cost of a wedding photographer can vary depending on different factors. These include: 

  • Region

  • Season

  • Package type 

Region 

If you’re planning to get hitched in a major city, be prepared for wedding photography costs (and all other costs!) to be higher than in more rural Australian areas. 

Region Average cost
Sydney $3,211
Perth $2,800
Brisbane $3,000

Season 

In Australia, wedding season extends from September to May, with November and March being the most popular months. If you’re planning on tying the knot during these months expect to pay more for wedding photography as demand will be higher. 

Want to keep costs to a minimum? Why not opt for a warm and cosy winter wedding? It’ll be cheaper and you won’t need to worry about the photographer getting booked up quickly.

Package type 

To cater to every budget, most wedding photographers offer package options with tiered pricing. 

  • Basic - At a minimum, a basic package should cover photos of the wedding ceremony including digital photocopies. 

  • Mid-range - Mid-range packages include around 8 hours of coverage from the ceremony to the speeches. 

  • Full package - Beyond this can include anything from pre-wedding consultations to engagement photoshoots and hiring more than one photographer on the day. 

Additional price factors 

  • Luxury wedding packages -  If you’re looking for the creme de la creme of wedding photography services, expect to pay big bucks. These can include anything from online photo galleries, mobile apps to store your digital photos, and professional wedding photography albums, costing anything up to $7,000 in total, especially if you hold your big day in a big city. 

  • Length of time - Typically, you want to hire your photographer for at least 8 hours,  to capture the most important moments of the day. However, if you want them there from the second your makeup starts getting done into the early hours of the morning, expect costs to be higher. 

  • The number of digital photographs and prints - The more photos, the higher the cost. Simple. 

Making a Wedding Photographer work for your budget 

Worried you’ll not be able to afford a wedding photographer on top of everything else? Here are a few tips for stretching that wedding budget as far as it will go. 

  • Consider weekday weddings - Weekday weddings are considerably cheaper than weekend weddings, but if you choose to go for this option make sure your guests can book the time off work before committing to anything.  

  • Avoid peak months - The most popular months to get married in Australia are November and March. If you’re looking to keep costs to a minimum, you might want to avoid these months as they are typically more expensive - not to mention that you may have to book 2 or 3 years in advance to get hitched during these popular months! 

  • Book early - Ever heard of the saying ‘The early bird catches the worm?’ Lots of photographers will offer discounts for early bookings. Photographers normally get booked up pretty far in advance too, so it's worth getting in there early. 

Long after the guests have left and the flowers have faded, you’ll have your wedding photos to look back on for years to come. Ensure that every moment is captured with a professional Wedding Photographer on Bark. 

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