Wedding photographers are really awesome people.
Wedding photographers help keep time on your special day so that things don?t run too late. We solve problems on your big day that nobody else can, like how to pin a buttonhole to your jacket for example. Wedding photographers work tirelessly for hours non-stop. The best ones know how to avoid awkward poses and give you authentic candid moments. And above all else, wedding photographers give you something to remember your wedding day by.
How to avoid hiring the wrong wedding photographer
Here is a quick framework to help you avoid hiring the wrong wedding photographer:
- First look at their portfolio and identify things that you like (emotions captured, use of lighting, editing style, angles etc.). List them down.
- Ask the wedding photographer for their availability.
- Ask to see some further examples of weddings that are similar to your wedding plans (e.g., similar location, same time of day, same season/weather, similar traditions).
- If you like what you see, arrange for a telephone or in-person meeting.
- Hire the one that meets all your requirements (pricing, personality, portfolio, contractual terms).
Generally speaking, award-winning badges and claims of AIPP accreditation have minimal correlation to getting the best wedding day experience. Similarly, there is nothing stopping you from hiring a Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley or Adelaide photographer for your Sydney wedding. We were recently flown to Perth to film and photograph an all-day wedding so don’t let the location of the photographer be a barrier to getting the best person fit for the job.
Best female weddings photographers in Sydney NSW
There are definitely advantages to having a female lead wedding photographer.
For most women, having a female photographer in the room while they’re getting dressed is probably much more comfortable than having a male present. As a result, the resulting images may be more natural rather than forced.
Outside of the changing room, a female wedding photographer tends to be more attentive to when the bride’s dress is out of place or when a bride’s hair needs fixing.
For the longest time, wedding photography was dominated by males and we are proud to recommend so many incredible female wedding photographers available across Sydney-NSW.
Here are 11 of the very best.
- Ann Marie Yuen Photography
- Anna Turner (Capture Mag Emerging Wedding Photographer Finalist)
- Cassandra Ladru Photography
- Girl In The White Dress
- Lara Hotz
- Linda Truong Photography
- Nicole Bodle
- Samantha Heather
- Sonja Cenic Photography (Capture Magazine Top 20 Emerging Wedding Photographer)
- Nina Claire Photography
- Zoe Morley
Best male wedding photographers in Sydney NSW
- At Dusk
- Callan Robinson Photography
- Dan Cartwright Photography
- Hilary Cam Photography
- Jack Chauvel
- Jack Gilchrist
- Justin Aaron Photography
- Olguin Photography
- Oliver Smith Photo
- Robert Meredith
- Scott Sursplice Photography
Unbeatable photography teams
Often husband and wife teams (but not always), sometimes having a team is better than a solo photographer (especially for long wedding days or large cultural weddings). So here are the 5 best photography teams for your wedding.
- Fiona + Bobby Photography
- The Evoke Company (Matt, Casy + Holly)
- White Lane Studios (Ali + Sam)
What makes a wedding photographer a good one?
Photography competency should always be a high priority. The best way to gauge this is by reviewing a photographer’s portfolio. You should look for how a photographer performs in different lighting conditions, environments, and contexts that are relevant to your wedding plans.
How much does the average wedding photographer cost in Sydney?
An experienced wedding photographer (i.e. 10+ weddings in their portfolio) will typically start from $3,800 for 8-hours of photography coverage.
Who is the best female wedding photographer in Sydney?
There’s so many talented female wedding photographers to choose from. Some of my favourites include: Samantha Heather, Zoe Morley, Anna Turner, Cassandra Ladru, and Lara Hotz.
What types of wedding photographers are there?
From a stylistic point-of-view, there are three types of wedding photographers.
- You have the more traditional and classic wedding photographer where posed and carefully lit images are the priority.
- There are purely photojournalistic wedding photographers.
- And then there are wedding photographers who balance the mix of traditional portraiture with candid moments.
Is it normal for wedding photographers to require full payment upfront?
Yes. This is completely normal across the industry and this should not be considered as a red flag – especially for the wedding photographers we have recommended here.