MIKE ELFORD PHOTOGRAPHER
When Samantha was born, I was so proud. I wanted to photographer every moment of her life. So I took my camera with us, everywhere we went. I took pictures of everything. Some of the images captured or highlighted some significant people in my life. It was here that I realized the impact of photographing someone I love doing something I love. So I kept shooting. Of course, it did cause some friction within as my family complained “that they were always being watched”. But they sure didn’t mind when I photographed something sweet. It was never about flowers, or about buildings.. it was always about the peoples’ interaction.
Eventually, I photographed a wedding for some friends of the family- Scott & Anna. I photographed this wedding with a point n shoot camera. 4mp HP.
I studied whatever I could to ensure I did a “decent job”. The result is images that still stand tall against alot of what is shot today. No jokes.
It’s an incredible high when someone compliments an image or when I study, plan and then anticipate what I think will be a moment…. and then I capture that moment. And that’s basically what wedding photography is. I meet a couple, quickly learn what makes them tick and then put them in the best situation to ensure they look amazing. It’s so much more than just clicking a button.
Soon after Scott & Anna’s wedding I built a web page, which was beautiful, but not really functional… but I was able to book 12 weddings in the next year or two.. Soon after that, I was at 20 weddings. The most wedding I ever photographed in a year was 26. That is so much work! But again, the reward of meeting my wedding couples, and them loving what I do… not only the images, but the way I’ve handled them. That is more rewarding to me than any amount of money.
17 years later, I’m still going strong. Always looking for the perfect wedding portrait. And always providing an amazing wedding photography experience. In fact … you know what I’m about to say here. It really is The Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience! And you’re going to love it.