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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

On Dec 2, 2018 the Dundas Photography Initiative which meets monthly at the Dundas Museum held a Help Portrait session at the Museum. It involves many volunteers who raise funds from local businesses, provide baked goods and drinks to the less fortunate. The idea behind this world wide event is to take a portrait of an individual, or family and have the image printed and delivered to them free of charge.

Two large studios were constructed with lighting, backgrounds, props, including make-up artists and hair stylists. Each person arriving gets a drink and baked goods, their make-up is done if needed and then sent to the hair stylists before arriving in the studio. This event also allows other members of DPI to use equipment and learn about studio portraiture. Individuals and families are extremely appreciative of the efforts made.

The photographs are sent to a local lab to be printed and then our volunteers deliver the prints directly to their homes in a frame again donated by one of our DPI members. It takes a considerable effort to hold this event and my thanks go out to all the volunteers that help. We also appreciate the Dundas Museum for opening up on a Sunday free of charge for the event and are planning to continue this event in Dec 2019.

Filed Under: community , event photography , Family , Photography , portrait photography
  • November 16, 2018

Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Time to update your resume, social media, your website or perhaps you are part of a volunteer board and need some professional business portraits. It is critical that you have someone who knows the importance of this. Your customers want to deal with you not a company. A logo won’t do anymore, people who are looking for a professional see your photograph and know immediately that you are professional.  If you use anything but a professional head shot you are at risk of not meeting the clientele you desire.

These head shots are in magazines, bus stops, bill boards, and posters. The wrong image says I don’t care about my professionalism and this leads to the wrong impression when someone sees your photo. In this day and age, not having a head shot to help build that connection with clients and industry professionals is almost like not having a business card at a networking event. Faces help people remember, and your head shot is how you can get yourself out there.

The proper photograph of you opens a window to your future also makes you feel better about yourself. If you feel good then the rest will come naturally. This photograph was taken of Steve Gaul who is an chartered accountant at KPMG. He came to me to update his business photographs as well as needing other photos for his volunteer treasurer position at for Artistic and Social Practice. This organization is a place for artists to create, produce and exhibit art in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

On June 30 Dave and Katie were excited to get their engagement photos done. If folks remember that day was extremely oppressive in terms of humidity and heat and southern ontario was under a heat warning. I packed up a cooler with drinks, ice, and snacks and headed out for their photos. The couple decided to that they needed a shady shoot so the edge of the escarpment was selected as a location. One of these photos was also going to be used in a canvas gallery wrap which would be displayed at the entrance to their wedding venue.

I initially met them at a coffee shop in burlington to discuss their plans and provided samples of photographs, wedding albums and canvas wraps to examine. They were impressed and decided to book with me. They were a great couple to work with, laughing and clowning around and we all had fun. It’s important that my clients feel that we accomplished everything they wanted in their engagement shoot.

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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




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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