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  • 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

 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

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
  • 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.

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  • 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!


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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

One 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

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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  • 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 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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