Cost of a Professional Photographer

Hiring a professional photographer for your event will cost you around $100/hr on average. Simple shoots or those performed by semi-pros can go for as low as $75/hr. However, if you want more than the basic photography package, prepare to shell out around $150/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

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 Photographers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Photography prices from real customers

Jo from VIC: Wedding Photography
Coverage: 10 hours wedding day coverage + 1 hour pre-wedding photo shoot; 1 photographer
Package inclusions: 1 20-page hardcover photo album; Unlimited images edited and provided on USB or DVD
TOTAL COST: $1,500
Tiffany from SA: Product Photography
Coverage: 1 hour photo shoot for furniture
Package inclusions: Digitally delivered images and full image usage rights
Chris from QLD: Event Photography
Coverage: Unlimited event coverage for a birthday function
Package inclusions: Unlimited full resolution photos on USB
Kim from QLD: Family & Portrait Photography
Coverage: 2 hours indoor photoshoot for a family of 5-6 adults and a baby boy
Package inclusions: Full-resolution, professionally edited digital files

What photography type has to do with rates

Wedding photography is one of the most popular services provided by photographers, and a very basic package will cost you approximately $339.61. If you want to get your family’s picture taken by a professional, you should prepare around $241.11 for a simple photo shoot that will last for about a couple of hours.

Product photographers charge an approximate price of $256.01 for a package that just covers the essentials. Meanwhile, a basic, two-hour baby photography session will cost you about $258.04.

Why are some pictorials pricier than others?

Professional photographers develop their profession out of their love for the craft. Aside from their talent and skills, pricing serves as one of the significant foundations of their business.
One major point to consider in determining the total cost is the type of photography required. Aside from those mentioned above, these are other types of photography services:

  • Portrait Photography
  • Commercial Photography
  • Real Estate/Architecture Photography
  • Baby/Newborn Photography

Other factors that professional photographers consider when computing overall costs include:

  • The quality of the photos that they provide
  • Their perception of their professional value in the marketplace
  • How their rates compare to those of their competitors
  • The cost of equipment and materials used for the pictorial
  • Additional services like printing photos, customising photo albums, and travelling (for destination weddings)
Cost of photography services

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How “state” affects a photographer’s hourly rate

Western Australia photographers are charging an average rate of approximately $150/hr, the highest average price across Australia. Meanwhile, South Australia residents are paying about $130/hr for professional photography services. Queensland is not far behind with an average photography cost of around $125/hr.

In New South Wales, photography businesses offer their services at an average price of $100/hr. Victoria has the lowest average photography cost at approximately $85/hr.

At, you can connect with lots of professional photographers in your area. The site has a list of the best photography businesses that would be happy to cover special events and occasions for you.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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