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Cost of family & portrait photography

Last updated: 24th May 2019

Hiring a professional photographer to get your or your family’s portrait taken costs approximately $100/hr. However, there are businesses that charge a little less at about $95/hr. Meanwhile, other family and portrait photographers ask for a lot higher with fees reaching as much as $150/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

<em>All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Family and Portrait Photographers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.</em>

Factors that determine family and portrait photography costs

Photographers typically offer packaged services to their customers. It’s best to grab these deals as they often give great value for money. However, if you want to know how pricing works for photography services, here are some important things to consider to have a better idea.

Is the photographer amateur or professional?

You can hire amateur photographers, photography students, or even hobbyists to take your portrait or family picture if you’re looking to save a few bucks. Their fees are usually lower than professionals. However, professional photographers have the right equipment to ensure the best quality for your pictures. They have high-end cameras, lenses, and other gear that would be especially helpful if you prefer an outdoor photo session.

Will it be an on-site or studio photo shoot?

If you’re thinking of a simple studio shoot, hiring a professional photographer is your best option. Pros already have a convenient space where you can do the photo session. However, if you want an outdoor setting for your family picture, your photographer would have to consider travel expenses too. This can increase the fee that you’ll have to pay.

Do you want printed copies?

Photographers can give you the option of getting only the digital files or having printed copies as well. Of course, digital copies only would cost less than getting both digital files and prints. The cost can still go higher if you want your photos to come in canvas prints or albums. There are also different sizes for albums, and this can affect the total price.

Family and portrait photography costs in different states

Family and portrait photographers in Victoria charge around $90/hr for their services. This is a bit cheaper than the average rate of their counterparts in New South Wales, which is about $100/hr.

If you’re hiring a photography business from South Australia, a family photo shoot would cost you approximately $120/hr. The same type of service in Western Australia is a bit higher at $140/hr on average. Family and portrait photographers in Queensland charge the highest rate with an average of $160/hr.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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