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mike elford the windsorwedding photographer


A little more insight into the personal life of The Windsor Wedding Photographer Mike Elford

Growing up, I lived a normal life. A life of hockey and baseball. Riding my bike, and playing road hockey. In hockey I was played goal. I thrived on being depended on. I knew that if we were to win, it was up to me to make those big stops. And I did alright for myself. Baseball was much the same… this time playing catcher. Essentially it was right in the wheelhouse of playing goal. I played hockey all year round. And I was pretty good.
But it wasn’t my dream. My dream was to be a police officer. I wanted to be a police officer right here in my hometown. So I lived a straight life, rarely finding trouble, thinking that would get me to the “promise land”. When I was 17, I co-oped at the Jefferson police station. It was a fantastic experience as I have a lifetime of stories and lessons learned from there. Those 5 months were definitely among the top 5 moments in my life.

For a number of reasons the dream was not to be, and I had to followup on another passion of mine Car Audio. I tinkered with Car Audio systems all through high school and eventually it became a career for me. 25 years later it still pays the bills and allows my family to live a good life. It’s incredible to be able to have a passion pay the bills. And that’s what Car Audio has given me.

I met my wife Stacie in the spring of 1997. It was at a little house party, although rumours are abound that it was a set up. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind at the time to see the set up for what it was. So it was pretty casual. Of course she was beautiful, but it was a serious of “chance” encounters or events that made me really think… is this the one? Remember, I think my life is a Tv Show and she was placed wonderfully in the story line.
A few years later, in 2001 we had Samantha, and my life was forever changed. I always wanted to be a father.. a role model (Is that why I wanted to be a cop?) And now it was true. Samantha was a great kid. Being first time parents was a wonderful experience… so we did it again πŸ™‚ Steven was born in 2005. It is amazing to have both the boy and girl…. of course Stacie wanted to push her luck…. I was content with just 2… they were perfect. Why would we take another chance? Stacie should play the lottery as we had Addison in 2007. And she is amazing. I so blessed to have three wonderful, beautiful children. It’s been amazing to see how they grow, and develop their own personalities. They truly amazing me at ever corner.



Quick Facts:Β 

Favorite Movie- Back to the Future
Favorite Singer- Will Smith
Favorite Moment- My Wedding
Favorite Food- Cheese Burger
Favorite Drink – Diet Dr. Pepper

Personality Traits- if you understand this… my 5 Strengths are 1) Arranger 2) Maximizer 3) Individualization 4) Strategic 5) Relator

What these mean is that I love to plan and prepare for whatever is to come. (Arranger) I love the process and the organization of efficiency. The team Maximizer means that when I do something well, I will always chase it, and modify it to find a way to do it even better the next time. It never ends for a Maximizer like myself. Individualiation means that I’m really good at separating or isolating situations. Meaning that I’m really good at concentrating onΒ  a specific thing, not getting distracted by the big picture. I see alot of people get all worked up about “all of these things”. I’m really good at breaking them down one by one, and overcoming each as individual items. I think this helps me when I’m photographing a wedding. Strategic tells of how I’m a thinking always thinking about what happens if I make this decision … or that one. How will this all play out? It compliments the characteristic of Arranger very well. Lastly, I’m a relator… meaning I can learn of a situation, and I can understand it in a way that helps me stay calm. Usually, I can share a story of how or what I understand to be the situation to help others “see” what I’m seeing or thinking.

If you know me, you’ll see alot of these personality traits in how I act, how I speak and of course what I do. It’s who I am.

About The Wedding Photographer

Mike Elford
Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer first photographed his first wedding back in 2004. Over the next 17 years, Mike would go on to really key in on what his Bride and Groom clients truly desired. Originally, he thought they came to him after seeing some of the amazing wedding images he photographed. But what he quickly realized is that Mike's clients choose him because of how immediately comfortable they felt upon meeting him. They knew right away having Mike photograph their wedding was the right choice. Along with great images, it just felt right to be photographed by Mike. Doing things just a little bit different, or a little better than the other wedding photographers is just the beginning when you choose Mike. It truly is The Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience!
About Mikemike elford the windsorwedding photographerMIKE ELFORD | PHOTOGRAPHER


Communicating with my wedding couples is a huge part of what I love so much about my business. I remain friends with many of my clients long after I’ve finished their wedding collection (and enjoy continuing to document their lives!). I want to be here for you in every way possible. I encourage you to ask questions, suggest ideas, and play a hands-on role in the planning process. The following is a list of ways to get ahold of me, so you always know you are always cared for.



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(519) 990 7351


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