Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

jessica alex whistling gardens wilsonvilleJune 20th, 2015 a Saturday in Brant County Jessica and Alex were married. The ceremony was short with a full house but it was a very hot day. The church was full with the family and friends with the doors wide open to allow for ventilation.

Right after the ceremony the wedding couple was whisked away to the Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville a 30 minute drive from the church.

The weather started to turn with heavy rain and dark skies but cleared up to an overcast sky once we all arrived at the Whistling Gardens so the light was perfect for photography. The Whistling Gardens is host to many weddings and events.

The facility has a fountain show with music for groups. Jessica an office manager and Alex in manufacturing had a wonderful wedding day.

I wish them good luck on their new lives together.

 

 

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

wedding-ringOne of the things I like to ask is what do the wedding couple like to do together? I ask this to try and incorporate some aspect of this into their wedding photography.

This adds a special something that is unique to the couple and something they will remember years later.

Some of my couples will say we like to camp and go fishing so I will try to incorporate some aspect of camping into their photos.

This maybe their rings photographed on or next to a compass or a topographical map, canoe or whatever that may be. The photo below was from a request to see what the couple liked to do from an email I sent them. In this case it was to hop into their car and just drive for hours as their work schedules are very busy.

So I picked up a small toy car and printed a map from the area in which they live, placed their rings into the car and did some macro photography to convey what they liked to do. The couple thought this was “sensational”!

 

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Interested in a free engagement session? Every now and then Oz Photography offers to do engagement sessions for no charge during the months of June, July and August pending other bookings of course. This session will be for 1 hour and must be local. Your photos will be posted online at our website for viewing.  You agree however to purchase an 11×17 print of one of your photos at $45 All your photos will also be available for download. Call us soon as these free sessions are going fast!

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

BL_Z1D9319PS-1If you’re serious about connecting with clients then a business portrait is a must. A business portrait (also called an executive portrait or professional portrait) is generally a headshot (head and shoulders portrait). It’s similar to a typical portrait except you are buying the image to use for your business rather than buying a print to sit on your mantel.

You can put your portrait on your website, blog, business cards, and even advertising to give a face to your name or business. You can also put your business portrait on your resume when applying for jobs. These portraits are also perfect for social networking sites, press releases and company brochures. Men should wear a suit jacket, sweater or even a nice dress shirt. Women however should wear a blouse, pant suit or tailored jacket. Don’t wear short sleeve shirts for your portrait. Long sleeves are much more flattering on your arms then short. Your portrait photo can be taken in front of a neutral backdrop or in an office or other work area. Some retouching is done to correct those areas that need attention such as eyeglasses and its best to not wear too much jewelry. The photographer will always advise on wardrobe and the best location for your business portrait.

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global color authority, today announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers incorporting the hue into their collections.  The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout this year. Marsala is also a popular choice for weddings, bride’s maid dresses, jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags.

The Knot said “even though dark red is usually associated with fall and winter weddings, Marsala is actually a very versatile wedding color when paired with complementary colors or neutrals. Marsala, blush and ivory is a classic and  pretty palette for any season or pair the color of the year with bright corals and oranges for a summery vibe. When it comes to wedding flowers, peonies and dahlias grow naturally in this dark red hue, and these big-headed blooms evoke a romantic quality”.

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Burlington Banquet HallTis the season to start thinking about where to have your photos taken. There are numerous locations for your wedding pictures. Most venues in the Hamilton/Burlington have nice locations for photographs. From lovely fireplaces, marble floors, outdoor arbors, manicured lawns etc. There are other locations of course from mansions, waterfalls, trails, farms and many more. Some locations are free while others require either an entry fee or permit which must be obtained prior to the wedding. The locations for the most part depend on the timing for your wedding day and of course a back-up location in case of weather.

Some of the popular areas for Wedding Photography are Websters Falls, Sherman Falls, Royal Botanical Gardens, Lasalle Park, Dundurn Castle and many many more. As a professional wedding photographer I cannot emphasize enough that you create a time slot for your wedding photographs.

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

world_photo_collageEvery month over a billion photographs are taken. Every 2 minutes we take more images than all of humanity took in the 1800’s.  The effect of this is that people are drowning in photos. The average person are actually losing touch with their photos.

Studies now say that there is something called “digital rot” where technology is moving at an enormous rate and that we are  losing touch with our photos and that these photographs will become a lost generation. With this lost generation of photos people will not be able to tell the stories of their lives that they wanted to.

We are story tellers by nature and if we can’t find our photos we get frustrated and tend to put it off any organization of the photos. Where are all your photos, are they in a shoe box, old computer, the cloud or on a disk somewhere, maybe on a  memory stick? Some of them may even be damaged and are in need of retouching? Are you completely overwhelmed with all of this?

Oz Photography will take and organize all your photos whether they are on film negatives, prints or digital. One of the best ways to organize them is a slideshow and is one of most popular ways of bringing all these photos together using music, special effects, and videos to tell your story from all your photographs. Whether you have wedding, family, friends, or business photographs we specialize in getting your photo life in order and ready to tell your stories.

 

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  • February 21, 2015

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

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One of the newest ideas about your wedding is to build your own wedding website. To build your website is easy and fun. It’s a great way to share all your planning in one convenient place for all your guests. While not for everyone these sites allow you to pick from a multitude of themes. There are plenty of photos beforehand including selfies, parties, family events the photos are endless.

You can also add photos to your wedding website from Facebook and Instagram with a few clicks. Doing a wedding website makes it easy for guests to send a RSVP and to find the perfect gift on your registry.

Your fiance may be looking for ways to get involved in the planning and this may be the ticket to keep him busy? The best things about these types of websites is that some of them are free to use!

 

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  • September 26, 2014

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     wedding showThe importance of these wedding shows to the bride and groom cannot be stressed enough. This week I attended two wedding shows in my local area to explain our services to the brides, grooms and family. Nowadays almost  everything is done online. However nothing beats seeing the dresses, candles, flower arrangements, disc jockeys, limousines and many other vendors at the wedding show. Many of these shows have the actual product for you to feel and try out, something buying online is unable to achieve.

The shows also help the vendors to see what the competition is about, their services and pricing. It is a great place to meet other types of vendors rather than just photographers. Many times I am asked if I know of someone to supply the flowers. These wedding shows almost always have discounted show pricing for attending so the benefits are real.

The wedding shows I attended this week had live fashion shows to show off the latest wedding gowns and tuxedos. There is generally no fee to attend these events just a registration is needed. There are lots of door prizes from the vendors and you may even end up winning a prize.

From a hamilton wedding photographers viewpoint it gives us the chance to explain our packages in detail and suggest changes to better meet the needs of the bride and groom. They can view the slideshows, flip through the wedding albums and examine the thank you cards to viewing the latest wedding prints, whether that be on many different types of professional photo paper, canvas or even metallic or acrylic prints.

The other important issue is to meet the photographer and see if you are comfortable with him/her. Meeting someone in person rather than over the phone for the first contact will really provide some insight into whether this photographer is the perfect fit for your wedding!

 

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  • September 19, 2014

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     Christan and Keith are both nurses from a very remote town in northern quebec which is where they met while working. They are avid outdoors folks who like to hike and love nature. The wedding venue was at the Ancaster Old Mill. The weather held and the ceremony was in the gardens near the creek.

When doing weddings I always ask what couples do for a living and try to use that in my photographs. A friend of mine who just retired as a paramedic loaned me a stethoscope which was perfect.  I used a stethoscope in 2 photographs as shown below.

They have left the remote village in northern Quebec and will be moving to Yellowknife in the North West Territories to continue nursing.

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