• February 21, 2015

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

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

     The 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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  • September 15, 2014

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     Lauren and Tristan were married Aug 1, 2014 at the Ancaster Old Mill. The couple are both teachers in Edmonton, Alberta. The had family here hence the location of the venue. They rented an old beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Dundas called the Osler House. They wanted a reveal so I suggested we do this on either side of the door which opens into the parlour. The photograph shows how successful this was and they both were very anxious and nervous to see one another.

Since both being teachers they wanted a school bus to pick up the guests and transfer them to the venue. The wedding party boarded the bus for photos and off they went to the Ancaster Old Mill. The ceremony was in the gardens down by the creek. The guys then insisted they wade into the creek for photos so off came the shoes and up went the pants! The day had great weather and the reception was superb.

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  • September 8, 2014

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

wedding remote camera     As a Hamilton photographer many weddings these days at churches are very strict in where a wedding photographer can stand and take your photos. They also do not want any flash of any kind during the ceremony. This means many times that the photographer must take photos from the sidelines, aisle or from a balcony. The vast majority of wedding photographs are from those locations mentioned.

What happens though if you want close-up photos of those precious moments exchanging rings and lighting candles? Of course you can discuss your wishes with the officiant to see if photos can be taken from the altar.

My experience has been that this will likely not occur. However my wedding photography has started to deploy remote cameras.

This simply means that a remote camera is placed somewhere on or very near the altar.  Having the remote camera allows photographs to be taken from a very unique angle and is acceptable to some officiants.

This allows the wedding couple some unique photography from a point of view that many wedding photographers simply don’t obtain.


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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     Oz Photography would like to introduce the Williams family. This very friendly family was great to work with we all enjoyed our time together. The forest canopy at the Rock Chapel Sanctuary provided lots of shade for the walk into the area and the photo session.

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Filed Under: Family , Photography

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     Feifei and Tudor were married Saturday June 14, 2014 at a friends house in Jerseyville, a part of Ancaster. It was a civil ceremony and was quite casual in nature with no wedding gown or tuxedo. The property was beautiful with rolling hills and a pond. A beautiful white tent with sky lights was erected on the property for dinner and dancing later. Food was catered and champagne was served to all the guests. It was a beautiful warm summer evening with no insects at all. A perfect ceremony and a perfect evening. The actual wedding will be 2 weeks later in Vancouver, British Columbia.










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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     Carly and Brent were married on May 18, 2014  at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington Ontario with the reception at Carmens in Hamilton.  What a beautiful day, what a great couple. So much love in the air.

Carly looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress and the brides maids were stunning in lilac dresses. Brent stood tall and handsome in his Kenneth Cole tuxedo wearing his wedding gift from Carly a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

The groomsmen sang and kidded their way through the preparation and following the ceremony saluted the bride and groom by taking out their silver flasks from their pockets and enjoying a swig of lemon rum.

The reception went perfectly with lots of guests, smiles, hugs and laughter followed by a great meal, speeches that brought tears to the eyes. The father and daughter dance started with a slow sentimental tune then broke out into “Love Shack” by the B-52’s a favorite song of theirs.

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

     One of the most important photos for the engagement or wedding is the ring. This is symbol of unity and love and is at the forefront of any engagement or wedding. They are typically expensive and great care has been taken to select a ring for the bride or groom. It is the time taken to select the rings that photographs are one of the most important and the shot must reflect the elegance and beauty of this symbol. The photographer must take great care in visualizing how and where the ring is photographed.

Unique shots are key in presenting the importance of the ring and I strive to photograph the rings differently at each engagement or wedding.  Light plays a key ingredient in whether the shot is very pleasing to the eye. The rings will most likely be included in the wedding album or even on Pinterest. It is the photographers responsibility to ensure these rings are photographed in a unique way for the engagement or wedding. These rings are to last a lifetime so capturing the essence and meaning of these symbols for the couple is paramount.


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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

As a Hamilton Wedding Photographer one of the unique things that I like to do is tell a story. This means not only getting some beautiful photographs but ensuring that the couples story starts and ends with all the necessary pieces in place. Having a client consultation is vital to understanding what your story is all about. In order to do a wedding story I will ask what are your life experiences?

These life experiences are full of emotions. We learn from the good and from the not so good. Understanding your past and your hopes for the future plays a key role in your wedding story.

A wedding story can begin with an engagement which follows through into the wedding but I need to know you and you need to know me. Happy and fun interaction between us is very important. We need to know things that you think are beautiful, and being yourself in front of the lens will produce the photography that will illicit emotion.  Life is a string of moments that we try to embed into your photography.

Successful story telling often contains emotions and if these emotions come forth when viewing your photographs then we have all succeeded in telling your story.


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