• 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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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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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

As we all know, the weather especially this year has been been very unpredictable so the question rises what will the weather be like for my wedding? Good question. There are many weddings I have done where the weather has not been nice. In fact the wedding photos were limited to the reception hall. In some weddings even though I have stressed we need a back-up plan we ended up stuck in a hall for the photos.

You must have a foul weather plan and hopefully you will never need to implement it. Wedding days to say the least are very busy days with a tight schedule of who, what, when and where. During the first meeting with the client I always ask “do you have a special photograph that you are looking for”?

Some brides want to be photographed with a beautiful white horse, or at the local beach but don’t have this time during the wedding day. This is where a Post Wedding Session comes into play. It allows the bride, groom and the photographer more opportunities to get these shots without the tight timelines of the wedding day. These photos will certainly give you more options to enhance your wedding photos, so dress one more time ?

Post wedding sessions can be done anytime and do not have to be the day after the wedding as some couples are off on their honeymoon. Some bride and grooms will want to get some more use out of the dress before it goes into storage. Most dresses are expensive so one should consider more than a single days use?


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  • December 14, 2013

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

These days almost everyone out there has some kind of camera whether it be a smartphone or a point and shoot camera. Your family member, relative or friend may have an expensive camera and the best of intentions, but they probably don’t have the experience to adjust exposure or have an understanding of typical camera settings, change lenses on the fly, properly lighted portraits or pose group photos.

An entire wedding shot on a camera’s auto setting makes for a regrettable album. These days cameras are abundant in smart phones and other devices and can take a reasonable snap shot photographs but will they match the equipment and skill of a professional photographer? Of course not.

A missed first kiss , an out-of-focus flower girl, a poorly lit bridal portrait — these are some of the things that ruin wedding pictures. While friends and family may be well-equipped to take snapshots before and after the ceremony, you need a professional wedding photographer to create gorgeous images and to catch those fleeting action moments that only happen once in a lifetime.

A professional has done these events time and time again and know what to do and when to do it. The professional has an array of equipment to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch from a technical standpoint. However photography is an art form and skills are learned from over the years to make sure we capture the essence of your event.

Whether it be a portrait, engagement or a wedding a professional photographer is an “Architect of Your Precious Memories” Don’t trust these memories to anyone else. Hire a pro.

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