On average, wedding photography services across the country cost $120/hr. Depending on the skill level of the photographer and the details of the service required, this can go from about $100/hr to $175/hr.
According to Joseph of Sarkodie Photography, the cost of the wedding photography package typically booked by couples ranges from $3,900 to $5,100. This package includes ten hours of coverage, high-res and fully edited photos, and an album.
Meanwhile, Timeless Wedding Images says that a wedding photography job can go anywhere from $1,395 to $2,995. With this rate, you can get an all-day coverage for your wedding and reception, prints of high-res and edited pictures, and wedding and parent albums.
Both businesses agree that prices can still increase if customers prefer larger albums and additional prints.
For her wedding day, Jo was quoted a fixed rate of $1,500 for professional photography services. The package included a 10-hour on-the-day coverage plus a 1-hour pre-wedding shoot. Unlimited photo editing, high-resolution copies of the photos on USB or DVD, and 1 hardcover photo album were also included in the price.
What can drive up the cost of wedding photography?
Wedding photography costs widely vary, and the best way to know how much you’ll pay a wedding photographer is to get a quote. However, if you just want a good estimate, you should know about the factors that determine the cost of a wedding photography service.
A great number of wedding photographers charge hourly rates for their services. Naturally, the longer your wedding ceremony and reception, the higher the total amount that you’ll have to pay.
Skill level of the photographer
Photographers who are more experienced typically charge more for their services. Also, not all professional photographers specialise in wedding photography. Those who really specialise in shooting weddings typically have higher rates compared to those who aren’t.
For customers to get the best value for their money, wedding photographers offer packages. These packages may or may not be customisable, so it’s always a good idea to ask your prospective photographer before making a decision.
Generally, a basic wedding photography package only includes edited photos. Meanwhile, a full-service package comes with edited photos, an online gallery, a photo album, and digital copies saved on a USB flash drive. Other wedding costs, apart from photography services, include party equipment hire.
Consider where you’re going to hire your photographer
If you’re a resident of either New South Wales or Victoria, you’ll definitely be happy to know that you can save on your wedding photography costs. Wedding photographers in these states charge only $100/hr on average for their services. In Western Australia, wedding photography costs around $150/hr.
Meanwhile, Queenslanders pay professional photographers about $175/hr to shoot their weddings. At approximately $200/hr, South Australia has the highest rate for wedding photography services across the country.
Are you planning your wedding right now and looking for the perfect wedding photographer? ServiceSeeking.com.au has a list of the best wedding photographers in your area who can capture moments on the most special day in your life.
Pricing information correct as at August 2016.
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