I’ve compiled a list below of the best wedding photographers in Melbourne to help make sure that your wedding day is perfectly captured.
You’ve found the love of your life and locked in the venue for THE day.
‘What next?’ I hear you whisper.
You need someone to capture that day for all eternity. A picture does paint a thousand words, after all.
Since it’s the second biggest investment you’ll make in your special day (the first being your venue), this is a pretty important decision!
1. Sarah Godenzi Photo
Sarah takes on a ‘journalistic’ style of wedding photography and aims to shoot the day with minimal intrusion. She asks couples to do what reflects them so that she can truly capture the emotion and meaning of the day in a unique way. Sarah’s ‘golden hour’ shots are simply breathtaking.
Investment: Prices start at $4400 for 8 hours
Best for: That perfect ‘golden hour’ shot
2. Dezine by Mauro
With a section on their website titled ‘dare to be different’, Dezine by Mauro is your go to if you want some creatively staged photos of your day amongst the mix. Some highlights in this section in their gallery includes shots of a wedding cake on top of a Mini Cooper, a bride and groom with their heads in lampshades, as well as another happy couple pretending to be laughing clowns in a sideshow game. Of course, Dezine by Mauro can still slay the more traditional wedding photos, but if you want something more dramatic and different, they’re the ones for you.
Best for: Dramatic and creative snaps
Investment: Contact via the website for pricing
3. Free The Bird
With images that are self-described as raw and quiet, Jai from Free the Bird perfectly captures the emotion of your special day. Beautiful, dark tones create an element of warmth and mystery in the story that his pictures tell.
Best for: Modern romantic photography
Investment: From $5000
Added bonus: Free the bird are also the crew behind Heartbreak Hotel Booth – an in-house-designed photo booth with unlimited prints and customisable decorations to fit your wedding theme perfectly.
4. Gold and Grit
Stina brought her candid, documentary style of wedding photography from Sweden to Melbourne about 8 years ago. Her wedding photography mantra is ‘real, epic and quirky’ and her photos are just that.
Fun fact: Stina has a wedding bucket list on her website, so be sure to contact her if you’re planning a wedding with either animals, crazy hair colours, tattoos, a picnic (and more!)
Best for: Quirky, candid photography
Investment: $3300 – $4600
5. Elsa Campbell
This red-headed bombshell’s pictures beautifully capture the uniqueness of each couples wedding day, with highlights being pops of colour and surprised grins.
Best for: Capturing those grins of true happiness
Investment: From $3800
6. Pierre Curry
Despite having a French name, he is, in fact, not French. But, his wife is. He takes the stunning pictures in the most unobtrusive manner, and she designs them into beautiful albums. He goes with the flow of the day and makes sure the pictures show the story perfectly.
Best for: Assisting with an easy going, relaxed day and blending in so you don’t even know he’s there
Investment: Contact Pierre for pricing
7. The White Tree
Founded by two great friends in Melbourne in 2009, the White Tree is the only company that offers photography, videography and live music under the same umbrella. Each wedding that the white tree captures is different, reflected in the varying styles of photography.
Best for: One stop shop for photos, film and music
Investment: Enquire online
8. Bonavita Photography
Dee’s natural style of photography radiates authenticity. Not just catering to the big weddings, she has a special package for elopement weddings of less than 20 people.
Best for: Natural shots
Investment: Enquire on Dee’s website
9. She Takes Pictures He Makes Films
This dynamic duo does exactly what their name says – Lucy takes incredible wedding pictures, whilst Alastair makes films. They have a way of giving everything that magic, romantic feeling that will make you want to get married again and again.
Best for: A duo who work seamlessly together for all of your photo and film needs
Investment: Multiple packages starting at $3000; full details on the website.
10. Chloe May Photography
Chloe May creates timeless, romantic images with an emphasis on natural light.
Best for: Making use of natural light
Investment: From $3100
Tips on selecting your wedding photographer:
Now you’ve got a sample of just how incredible your photography can be, here’s my must-have steps for finding the perfect photographer for YOU and your love:
Define your style
Start by thinking about the style of your wedding. What are you going for – Relaxed? Formal? Quirky and different? Be sure to seek out photographers who are going to reflect your vibe.
Decide how long you want them for
Define what time commitment you want from the photographer on the day. Do you want someone to cover the day from the start of getting ready to the call of last drinks? Or just for the ceremony and the start of the reception? Do you want two photographers to make sure no moment is left uncaptured?
What do you want back from them after the wedding?
Think about what finished product you’re wanting from the photographer – Is it digital photos only? (and how many? 200? 2000?)? An album? Physical Prints? Personalized photo books to give to every member of your family?
Is there anything else you really want from your photographer?
Is there anything else that’s particular about your wedding or venue that you’d like your photographer to be all over? When I got married, my husband I wanted the photographer to have shot at our venue before. We knew we wanted to have a really short break between the ceremony and reception so it was helpful that our photographer had been there before to know all of the spots for great shots. For you, it might be that you know you want a drone shot, or the perfect golden hour shot, or a staged shot of you and your dog!
Set your budget
Lots of people don’t budget enough for photography. Remember – this is the only physical memento of your day that you’ll keep forever. Good work takes time and should be valued. Make sure that you and your partner are clear on your budget before you start shortlisting photographers.
Search and list
Use the above criteria to search and make a shortlist of photographers. Good places to start are my list (of course) Instagram, your wedding venue, or friends who are already married.
Be strict in the use of your criteria- if they don’t fit your criteria, don’t shortlist them, (or, if you just can’t move past them, note down to ask them if they’d be willing to flex their packages for you so that they DO fit your criteria) I’d recommend shortlisting 3 photographers at a maximum to start with, otherwise you’ll head into analysis paralysis.
I know it seems old school to call rather than email or submit an online enquiry, but pick up the phone and call the 3 shortlisted vendors. This will give you a much better indication of whether you think that you’ll work well together. You want to get good vibes from them – they will be sharing some of the most intimate moments of your day. Not to mention that the perfect photographer is also like a wise marriage guru. When I got married the photographer was an integral part of planning our day; he recommended other vendors, helped us with planning the running of the day, suggested timings for things to ensure the best light and made recommendations on what he had seen work well (and not so well) to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible.
Lock and load
Once you’ve agreed on the perfect match – lock them in! Most photographers will require a deposit to secure your date and then you’re good to plan the next step of your happily ever after.
Questions, comments, feedback? I’d love to hear from you. If there’s anyone that you think needs to be included in this list, pop them in the comments below.