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Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

Dave and Katie were married at the Liuna Gardens in Stoney Creek on July 27, 2018. I must say the day was the best day I have had in a number of years doing weddings. Katie arrived in an Uber with her bridesmaids and goofed around before entering the venue. The treed property itself is right on the lake with flowers and ornaments all around the grounds. The wedding ceremony was down a walkway right at the lakes edge.

The service staff and meal was terrific. This location is one of my favorite locations for photographing weddings. In the evening the Toronto skyline across the lake was illuminated and was amazing. During the evening photo session a fox would frequent the shoot and walk right behind the bride, not once but numerous times he would leave then return to see what all the fuss was about. I suspect this fox has a den in the area and frequents the waterfront here.


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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

 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




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 Hamilton Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Oz Photography

2016sep04_sue_tony-265September 4, 2016 Suellen and Tony were married at Carmens Banquet Center. The wedding was 12 hours in length starting from a downtown Hamilton hotel for Suellen and the girls and from a home in Burlington for Tony and the guys. This wedding required 2 photographers and while I photographed the girls getting ready my second photographer Christine photographed the guys.

Then it was on to Dundurn Castle to do all the photo shoots prior to the actual ceremony at Carmens. The day could not have been better, it was partly sunny and cool. At Dundurn Castle it was decided to do a reveal with Suellen and Tony. Each of them waited on each side of a park structure waiting in anticipation of seeing one another. As you can appreciate the emotions run high knowing the person you are marrying is on the other side of the wall!

As a wedding photographer this is one of the most important shots you cannot miss, the tears, joy, love and excitement all shown within a few seconds. The bridal party went wild when they embraced one another. As a wedding photographer you are also hit with delayed emotion after you have captured the shots. This is one reason why I love what I do and am grateful to be trusted as a part of theirs lives together.

Then it was off to do all the family photos, relatives from England and Africa attended this wedding and lots of friends, co-workers. As I mentioned the ceremony was at Carmens Banquet Center in Hamilton. One of the highlights of the evening were the African dancers,. They were incredible and had everyone in the room up on their feet dancing to the African drums.


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  • 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

June 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

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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  • 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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