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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

 Weddings can be stressful enough without having to worry about your photographer. Most of the time a photographer has many variables in our heads. We have to think of things like exposure, lighting whether its day or night. When you hire a wedding photographer make sure you hire someone with good people skills. Excellent communication skills is vital in photographing a wedding. We need to take input from your wedding party and other family members and make sure you get the photos you need.

The goal here is to look for pictures that might not be high on your photographer’s priority list. For instance, your photographer might not know that a picture of your aunt and uncle dancing is important to you, and might not include them in the final edits. This process is helpful for the photographer, too.

We must be like a conductor to make sure that the photographs required all come together. My job as a wedding photographer is to build trust from the start. I try to use humour to make everyone feel at ease. I always strongly suggest that I sit down with you prior to the wedding to ensure the shots you want are communicated to me. Also in the era of Pinterest, social media, magazines brides will see ideas and please bring these requests to me. While I have great experience with poses there are always some shots that the wedding party have seen and desire. I also like to explain my workflow after the wedding to help you understand the work afterwards. In other words how I go about making my selects for you to review.

As a photographer, one of the things that concerns me is when I am shooting the bride during her triumphant walk down the aisle with her Dad, and I see a dozen bright screens of cell phones and a tablet or two leaning into the aisle to snap that personal photo for Instagram. These screens will not only be an ugly distraction in the peripheral of the photo and will make the photo look dated in the coming years, but most importantly, it takes away from the special moment of the bride walking towards her groom. If this is something that would bother you, ask the officiant to make an announcement right before the ceremony about the use of these devices during the procession and recession (also mentioning that the bride and groom have hired a wedding photographer for a reason, and for them to just relax, enjoy, and take the experience in with their eyes, not their phones.

 

Mark Osborne – Portrait and Wedding Photographer

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Image result for photography lessonsI have been involved with photography for a very long time and have been constantly learning about this field as technology changes. I voluntarily run a photo group DPI (Dundas Photography Initiative) in Dundas, Ontario. I do this as I wish to pass on my knowledge about photography to others who have the same passion as I. My passion is obviously portrait and wedding photography but I also like to teach the art of photography as well.

Most folks these days have a smart phone and just click a scene. However more and more people realize that to get into photography they will need more than what a phone will provide. Also it is not just about the type of camera to buy, the camera settings but also about the processing of those photos, like what type of software should I be using and how to I use it. Another term for this is called workflow.

I offer several options from basic or startup lessons to photography tours and workshops and consultations. All of these can be tailored to your specific needs. If you are not sure what you need I can help with an assessment. In home instruction is also available if you have a camera and some software and need to learn how to get started.

Yes there are photography courses at schools and online. However in my opinion the best way to learn is hands on with an instructor and out in the field actually doing it!

 

Mark Osborne – Portrait and Wedding Photographer

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

tudor and fei_fei hamilton wedding photographyIn these times many couples are choosing to forgo the medium to large weddings. There are many reasons why this is so. One of the biggest reasons is cost. A recent BMO study found the typical wedding costs any where between $18,000 and $22,000 and even higher in some cases. The second reason is effort and there is a enormous effort in organizing your wedding, unless you are fortunate enough to hire a wedding planner. I have spoken to many couples and they prefer to put the extra finances needed for a wedding into either the honeymoon and/or real estate.

However they still plan to have a wedding  just a less costlier one. Typical weddings start at 8 hours and can reach up to 12 hours in length. The fact is there is more weddings now in the 4 to 6 hour range and even weddings at 2 hours in duration.  Some venues are offering discounts if the wedding is booked on a Friday or Sunday and I have received more bookings in this regard. Other venues such as a backyard or a restaurant setting are becoming more popular for smaller weddings.

Oz Photography however, does value the smaller wedding and we can offer an hourly rate or custom packages which can includes prints, canvas gallery wraps, albums, slideshows etc. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote regardless of the size of your wedding. We value you as a client in any situation and will provide the best professional photography services you deserve.

 

Mark Osborne Portrait and Wedding Photographer

 

 

 

Filed Under: portrait photography , Small Wedding , Thoughts , Wedding

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Updating your business portrait is important as it puts a personal touch to your business whether it be on your website, brochures or other visual media like social media. Why do you need a professional business headshot? People want to do business with people they they know, like and trust. Having a professional business head shot helps people feel like they know you before you’ve ever even met.

Everyone wants to put a name with a face. The photo below I took for this real estate couple which they use in every edition of the “Your Home & Lifestyle Magazine”. The head or shoulder shots can be done at my location or can be done at your place of business. We can incorporate your type of business into the photography whether that be real estate, medical, or what ever type of business you have!

 

Filed Under: Business Portrait , community , Photography

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

 

Weddings as we all know are large events but we also do other event photography for our clients. We can provide photographic services to clients that hold any type of event. Just to name a few…

  • conferences
  • trade shows
  • retirement dinners
  • galas
  • corporate events

We can provide professional fusion slide shows, prints, website media, and also provide real-time photographs for your event. We have all the professional tools from backdrops to studio lighting that will make your event come alive ! Since each event is different please give us a call to discuss the event you are planning.

 

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Starting in 2008  a photographers group out of the U.S. started a world wide phenomenon of taking portrait photographs of people who would not normally be able to afford them during the Christmas season. Mark runs a photography group called the Dundas Photography Initiative out of the Dundas Museum in Dundas, Ontario and this agenda item was up for discussion. We all agreed it was a great way to give back to people and families of the area all for free .

With the help of donations and services from various individuals and businesses we were able to provide make-up and hair styling, take the shots and provide them with free prints. We also had Christmas music, cider and cookies for all. This photo shoot also gave members experience with posing, lighting equipment etc.

The photos were sent out for printing and then delivered to all. It was a great event and we are looking forward to Dec 2017!

 

 

 

 

Filed Under: community , event photography , Family , Photography , portrait photography

 Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

2016sep04_sue_tony-265September 4, 2016 Suellen and Tony were married at Carmens Banquet Center. The wedding was 12 hours in length starting from a downtown Hamilton hotel for Suellen and the girls and from a home in Burlington for Tony and the guys. This wedding required 2 photographers and while I photographed the girls getting ready my second photographer Christine photographed the guys.

Then it was on to Dundurn Castle to do all the photo shoots prior to the actual ceremony at Carmens. The day could not have been better, it was partly sunny and cool. At Dundurn Castle it was decided to do a reveal with Suellen and Tony. Each of them waited on each side of a park structure waiting in anticipation of seeing one another. As you can appreciate the emotions run high knowing the person you are marrying is on the other side of the wall!

As a wedding photographer this is one of the most important shots you cannot miss, the tears, joy, love and excitement all shown within a few seconds. The bridal party went wild when they embraced one another. As a wedding photographer you are also hit with delayed emotion after you have captured the shots. This is one reason why I love what I do and am grateful to be trusted as a part of theirs lives together.

Then it was off to do all the family photos, relatives from England and Africa attended this wedding and lots of friends, co-workers. As I mentioned the ceremony was at Carmens Banquet Center in Hamilton. One of the highlights of the evening were the African dancers,. They were incredible and had everyone in the room up on their feet dancing to the African drums.

 

Filed Under: Photography , Wedding
  • September 29, 2016

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photography | Oz Photography

wedding_real_costWe all know the costs of living are rising, from taxes to electricity and more. Planning your wedding is very time consuming trying to fit everything you want into your budget. Experienced wedding photographers recognize all the work that goes into your wedding. This is why it’s very important for me as a wedding photographer to understand this. This is your special day and sweat and tears went into planning your day. There are many costs associated with planning a wedding and costs for everything run the gamut.

Sometimes the most expensive package does not mean you get the best service or product and the reverse is true as well. I always get asked what the costs are for the average wedding and again quite frankly the costs are all over the map depending on the simplicity or extravagance of the wedding day. What I can tell you is that photography is only a very small part of the overall costs. It is by far not the most expensive cost. Investing in a talented wedding photographer will provide you with a lifetime of memories when all the other services and products purchased are long gone.

I would strongly advise you not to scrimp on your wedding photographer. I support the do-it-yourself wedding and doing as much as you can, but as I have mentioned your photographs should be considered a treasure forever and should be left to an expert. The Knot who conducted a U.S. survey of 16,000 brides in 2014 shows the average costs of a wedding.

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/13/the-average-cost-of-a-wedding-photographer-in-2014-was-2556/

Filed Under: Thoughts , Wedding

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

2016Mar06_Sue_Tony-61Sue and Tony, well what can I say they are the most likable couple I have met. It was a treat to take their photos on a cold and windy day down at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. It was high noon and the ducks and swans were out in full force. Snow still covered much of the area and Tony “what a guy ! ” carried his fiancee over the snowy and icy spots. When it was time to start shooting there was no hesitation in removing their winter coats even though it was pretty chilly along the water.

We spent lots of time walking and shooting on this waterfront trail and then onto the pier. We then headed over to the art gallery where Sue had a change of clothes and we photographed in the tropical garden. They are getting married September 4th, 2016 at Carmens.

Filed Under: Engagement Photography
  • November 14, 2015

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

More and more couples are opting for a wedding based on a theme. Not a traditional wedding for sure and not for everyone. But if you are looking for something different in your wedding then this is something you might consider. Themed weddings have been around for a while but not to this extent. Having a garden wedding or destination wedding can be considered a wedding theme.

Today however wedding themes can include hollywood glamour, vineyards, harvests, christmas, camping, hiking, romantic themes like cinderella, mardi gras or medieval renaissance. The sky is the limit. Some people have been dreaming of what they want in a wedding since they were very small, and a wedding can be a chance to live out your most vivid childhood dreams. Maybe you want the wedding to be more traditional but the reception will be theme based with infused colors of the theme in the attire, cake and decorations.

Whatever your style whether elegant, sporty, romance or quirky, by deciding on a theme may even help a small budget become extra special and memorable!

 

Filed Under: Photography , Theme Wedding , Thoughts , Wedding
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