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The First Look

The First Look,

Is it really necessary? 

Of Course it is!!

 

And here’s why…

  1. You Look Your Best
    You’ve just finished with the hair and makeup artists. It’s before the ceremony, the photos, and the party. You look absolutely stunning – possibly the most gorgeous you’ve ever looked in your life. This is your moment to shine – and what better moment for your groom to see you than this one, at your very best? First look photos capture bride and groom together looking like perfection.
  2. A Private Moment to Share
    The moment groom sees bride for the first time is once in a lifetime. It’s nothing short of pure magic. I truly believe this moment is best shared privately, away from the pressure of tons of friends and family. It’s the only time the bride and groom really get to share together, alone, for the entire day. Having the First Look in a private setting is relaxing and makes for beautiful images!
  3. A Moment to Relax
    When the bride walks down the aisle, all eyes are on her. She’s in the spotlight, every movement being watched with anticipation by friends and family. It’s a spectacular and grand moment, but it’s also a public one. Making the first look private allows the bride and groom to be natural together, to relax, to express their feelings for each other without worrying about anyone else around. After having a first look, I’ve learned that couples are often far more relaxed during the ceremony.
  4. Incredible Images
    As a photographer, I find that there are few images that compare to those of a first look. The photographs of bride and groom together are incredibly emotional and lovely. These images capture such intense excitement and love between the couple.These photos end up becoming some of the most treasured shots of the entire wedding. I’ve had numerous couples say that their most beloved or favorite images are from the first look.

 

I cannot recommend a first look enough!

 

 

 

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Thank You Notes!!

There is no better feeling than arriving home, and seeing that I received some love mail!

So immediately I see its a small envelope, like an invite, or a thank you card etc… and I rush to open it, the excitement building.. “Who could it be from?” I thought. And then all I could do was smile.

Garth & Sarah were married in October, and had taken a moment to send me a little something thanking me for being a part of their day. And of course, they used an image that I took which makes me the most proud. I guess I should have known better… as I was in fact their wedding photographer… but still… every compliment counts!

So thank you Garth & Sarah for sending me the card, and loving my impact on your day. You message not only made my day, but it also made me recall all the laughs, and some of those great images we were able to generate together on your wedding day.

Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!

 

 

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Full Wedding Image Gallery

When you google the term “Windsor Wedding Photographer” or “Windsor Wedding Photography”, you’ll see 10+ pages of S.E.R.P results.  And I’m sure you don’t have time to look through everyone’s site to see their work, or what they say….. because let’s be honest, they’ll all say they are great and capture great wedding images.

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Chris & Brenna Engagement Session

Yesterday I joined Chris and Brenna for a an hour or so, to capture their engagement session. Originally, I had met both when I was the wedding photographer for Gillian & Manuel (Chris’ Brother) And when they inquired about having me come and photograph their wedding day… I was estatic! All 4 of these folks are fantastic and fun!. 

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What Would It Be Like

Something that was on my mind this morning, is how I answered the question “As a wedding photographer, how do you make your brides comfortable on their wedding day?”. And I paused for a moment before answering…thinking about all the times I came busting into the room making a scene and just generally causing a disturbance.

And there wasn’t any!

Because it’s never happened!

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Natual Light Photographer

Sunday I took part in the Satin & Savvy Wedding Show, where “expert”vendor’s were given the chance to instruct or coach the registered bride and grooms on how to or what to look for when booking that given vendor. So as the show’s Wedding Photographer, I was to give advice on what to look for and what questions to ask when searching for great wedding vendor’s. And I did ok. But I felt I didn’t coach, rather just talked about what makes me special.

If given the chance again, I’d love to share my thoughts about “Natural Light Photographer’s“. When you read wedding websites, or wedding magazines etc, often the advice is to find a photographer who excels in natural light photography. And I think that is some of the worst advice anyone could be given.

The concept is correct, natural light is soft, pleasant and appealing in a portrait. And it works great for maternity mom’s photographing babies. They can let the light pour in via the patio doors and all is well.

But a wedding doesn’t revolve around patio doors. In fact, as a wedding photographer, I don’t have the ability to choose time of day, or locations as to where to photograph. And please someone tell me where the natural light is during a reception? 

What brides should be looking for is a wedding photographer that excels and understands how to use flash. It doesn’t mean they have to flash, but they know how to flash when needed. I use flash outside in all my bridal portraits. All of them. Sometimes, it provides nothing but a little catch light in the eyes. Sometimes I rely on my flash to illuminate the foreground and balance the light coming from the background. And sometimes, it’s just to let someone know I’m actually taking a picture. Cause everyone can see it, they know I’m actively working. And as you’ll see in the image to the right, often during the first dances, I’ll use a flash to create some dramatic effects. As you can see I’m very confident of how, and when to use my flash.

What I find is normally the case, is that natural light photographers don’t know how to use flash. For those photographers that say they don’t like flash… again its because they haven’t mastered it. And thus they shouldn’t be a wedding photographer. Or at least not a good one. Flash is used in every portrait studio – everywhere. It’s only not used when people are afraid of it.

That’s not to say if you don’t flash, you aren’t doing it right. But to know when and how to use it is of the utmost importance. So brides… when looking for your wedding photographer ask them how they feel about flash….. and you’ll get an indication on how good they really are.

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Satin & Savvy Wedding Show

On Sunday Feb 12, I took part in the Satin & Savvy Wedding Show, an event to instruct brides (and grooms) about the ins and outs of the wedding industry. Things to pay attention to, the proper questions to ask etc. All with the intention of making the wedding planning process go more smoothly and maybe… just maybe even fun!

The thing about this show, is that there was only one vendor per category. So for example, at this show, I was the Wedding Photographer Expert. And after a brief introduction, I would be available for questions from the crowd.  And I was thrilled that crowd actually did have questions for me. Hopefully, I answered them in a suitable fashion. Sometimes, especially with me, I can relate a given question to an experience I’ve had… and I want to share that story as an illustration to support the answer I’m giving. But I also have to be aware of and try my best not to get off topic etc.

But I had a great time! Hopefully, the folks that came to the event enjoyed it as well. Of course, if there are any questions you’d like to ask… about wedding photography or otherwise, please feel free to contact me . To contact Candice, the creator of the show… please visit http://www.stagesbycandice.com/

To see a full gallery of images click here

Or stay tuned below for a few images from the day!

 

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2017 Wedding Photography Promo

Please check out my Promotional Video for my 2017 Wedding Photography Season. The slideshow follows through some of my favorite images from the 2016 wedding photography season along with some of what I feel are my greatest hits.

Enjoy!

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Welcome to my 2017 Wedding Photography Season

Hey folks, Thanks for tuning in. 2017 promises to be an amazing year, maybe even better than 2016, that just passed, which is hard to believe as 2016 was such an incredible success for me as a Wedding Photographer, but also as Santa Claus, and of course for me as a man, husband, father etc.

I’m starting out 2017 just like I always do, each year brings a new website, even though the previous ones were pretty spectacular I think. Especially, when comparing to other wedding photographers in the Windsor Essex County area… The Windsor Wedding Photographer.com ranks right up there among the best. You don’t have to care for the images per se, but the amount of information, the number of images from all  weddings….  It’s just amazing.

But that isn’t my ego running wild, It’s a testament to how much effort, and how much time I put into my website. I’m always looking to make it bigger, and better… just like the wedding photography images. I always want to revisit and reshoot… Never satisfied. It’s a hunger, and a passion… Seems like after 15 years, and hundreds of weddings photographed… I still have it.

2017 will bring some changes however in how I do things. First, I’m changing servers from bluhost to ehost. Most clients won’t notice much change, but the archives will be gone. As all the images uploaded on www.thewindsorweddingphotographer.com since 2012 can’t be easily brought over… they will be gone. That’s not always a bad thing however. There was alot of trial and error as I developed my website building skill etc… and alot of images that maybe weren’t sized right or were redundant. And once you have too many files… It’s really hard to house keep.

The new site will be named www.mikeelford.com and will be my main site. In truth it’s mainly for my own personal name recognition. I’ve learned that people just can’t remember or say THE WINDSOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER... They’ll say things like Windsor’s wedding photographer, and Windsor Wedding Photographer… or Wedding Wedding Photography and those don’t lead to my website.

However if you do know the old domain, www.thewindsorweddingphotographer.com, it will indeed redirect to www.mikeelford.com . From there alot of the info will be the same, as I am the same photographer with the same vision. Nothings changed in that regard.  Hopefully, google won’t mind the changing of servers too too much!

Also for 2017, my contracts are digital now, meaning that they can be emailed, printed, signed right on a digital device. That’s pretty handy. It’s also something few others are doing. It allows me to have contract info digitally anywhere in the world vs the previous method of having to get back to the studio and flipping through the contracts… and there have been alot of contracts.

Speaking of the studio, 2017 brings in a fresh new look, as I renovated the studio, which came to life in 2010. No longer do I have space to photograph portraits as I’ve sold the backdrops and tore down that back wall in the studio. I’ve also replaced the garage door- remember the studio took over my 10x23ft garage. Well finally, I’ve replaced that garage door with a wall, finished in siding and two windows. Inside, a colour change, some cabinets installed, and a large 48″ Tv at the end to play the slideshows when clients stop by. Previously, brides to be sat across from my computer table as we discussed their wedding day and how my wedding photography could impact their day. Now they’ll have a brand new love seat and some other furniture to enjoy.

Just one more step in the giving you the “Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience”

Stay tuned for a review of 2016 as I’ve held the look back until the new website is complete. I feel like it should be ready by the end of the month…. Until then! Thank you for loving what I do!!

 

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