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"Jeff captured exceptional shots and was a pleasure to have on board..."
~ Lara & Sean, 8/24/2013

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Natural, Romantic and Timeless Wedding Photography
Cincinnati, Ohio Wedding Photographer, Jeff Schaefer


An interview with Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC...

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I have photographed over 600 weddings in the Cincinnati, Dayton area since 2002. I briefly studied photography at the University of Cincinnati but went into computer programming after college. My heart was in photography not programming, so in 2002 I began photographing weddings around Cincinnati.

Fraze Pavilion Kettering
Fraze Pavilion, Kettering
"I am so thankful for the memories Jeff was able to capture! I couldn't have asked for more!"
~ Jenna and Brad, 12/29/2012

We love your services and portfolio. Everything sounds fantastic... What sets you apart from all the other Cincinnati wedding photographers?

1. You won't have to wait! You'll have your retouched photographs and album design 10 business days after your wedding!
2. My award winning photographs are natural and romantic art pieces. You'll feel proud to display them in your home.
3. You'll reminisce about all the fun and emotional candid, behind-the-scenes photographs I'll capture.
4. Your wedding day portraits and your entire wedding day will be smooth and organized.
5. Great photographs are my SECOND priority! My first priority is to make sure you have a fun, smooth, and perfect wedding. Iíll help you have a great wedding bringing your vision together, so I'm able to capture great memories for you.
6. Every client gets a beautiful, modern wedding album.
7. You can have a fun, lively photo booth (with prints) for your guests to enjoy at a very reasonable rate.
8. You will absolutely LOVE your photographs. Not just "satisfied", but LOVE them! Read my reviews!
9. I will photograph your wedding personally, not a less capable replacement. And, there will be a 2nd photographer with me to capture more candid emotional moments between you and your loved ones.
10. You'll have confidence when you hire Jeff Schaefer Photography. I have been awarded The Knot's "Best of Weddings Cincinnati" for the past 7 years, and Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice" for the past 6 years, and I am one of the few photographers in The Knot Hall of Fame.

Coney Island Cincinnati
Coney Island, Cincinnati
"Jeff was an absolute blast to work with - Truly a professional that is guaranteed
to exceed your expectations..."  
~ Jacquelyn and Ryan, 6/29/2013

Will the portraits take forever?

No. I understand that it's your wedding day, not my photo shoot. The most important thing on your wedding day is NOT the photography! Your vows and a once-in-a-lifetime, fun experience with your friends and family are more important.

Your day is about you two. With my detailed planning, organization, and flexibility, your photography will go smoothly and quickly. You'll get breathtaking, emotional photographs without me interfering or dominating your day.

Saint Clare Chapel
Saint Clare Chapel
"... mix of breathtaking portraits, candid, and creative shots that captured the special moments of the day"
~ Jennifer and Wesley, 8/2/2013

This sounds wonderful but it also sounds expensive. Are we going to be able to afford this?

Competent wedding photography is not cheap. I understand that and sympathize. My photography rates are extremely competitive and very reasonable for the level of photography and service I provide. I have several packages and a-la-cart options that hopefully fit your budget. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to wedding photography, and the only thing worse than paying too much, is paying too little and being disappointed.

Please see my Prices page.

Clifty Falls Inn Madison Indiana
Clifty Falls - Madison, Indiana
"I received so many compliments from family that they LOVED Jeff, and many more that couldn't believe the awesomeness of his pictures. Best decision I made. Worth every penny."
~ Ashley and Malcomb, 8/31/2013

What is your style?

I photograph in a relaxed manner that sets the stage naturally. I offer a little guidance, encourage you to focus on each other, and I artistically capture your passion and emotion for each other. There are some look-at-the-camera-and-smile photographs, but itís not overdone. My method is a fun and comfortable way to be photographed, and your photographs will be spontaneous, emotional, and timeless.

You'll also receive photographs of MANY candid moments of you and your spouse, friends and family. You will be amazed by the behind-the-scenes photographs when you didnít realize I was there. Your photographs will show the emotional connections between loved ones... the laughter, smiles, little glances, hugs, tears, and joy. It is these details that tell your story, not only of your wedding day, but of all the meaningful relationships in your life.
My style creatively tells the story of your wedding day with exciting and emotional photography.

See my Style page.

Richwood Plantation Madison Indiana
Richwood Plantation - Madison, Indiana
"Jeff's beautiful photos from our wedding looked 'natural', and not staged."
~ David and Jennifer, 6/1/2013

Will you photograph the wedding yourself?

Yes, I am your photographer. Unlike other studios, you won't get surprised with a less-capable substitute on your wedding day.

From the initial consultation, to the wedding day planning, then the post-wedding album design, and every aspect of your wedding photography, you'll work with me. You won't get passed from stranger to stranger at each stage of the process, planning your wedding day photography with someone who wont even be there.

Aston Oaks Golf Club
Aston Oaks Golf Club
"The wedding album took our breath away. We are so excited to share it with
friends and family for years to come..." 
~ Kim and Dan, 7/13/2013

Will there be a second photographer at my wedding?

Yes. The second photographer provides more photojournalistic coverage and captures different views of key moments. For instance during the toast I'll be focused on your table, and my assistant might photograph your parents raising their glasses. Or, during your ceremony processional, you'll get photographs of your nervous anticipation with your dad, while I'm photographing your bridesmaids walking down the aisle.

Coney Island Moonlite Gardens
Coney Island, Moonlite Gardens, Cincinnati
"Jeff does an amazing job discussing what you are looking for - then produces that,
no matter the circumstances. I could not be happier!
"  ~ Jacquelyn and Ryan, 6/29/2013

Is an engagement session included?

An engagement session can be added at a very reasonable rate.
Engagement session benefits:
1. The session is a great opportunity for us to get comfortable with each other. After spending an evening with you, we will feel more like I'm a friend instead of stranger on your wedding day.
2. You'll be more relaxed about being in front of the camera on your wedding day. That can result in better wedding photographs.
3. You'll LOVE your engagement photographs.
4. You can create save-the-date cards and Christmas cards.
5. We can create a custom engagement signature book.

With that being said, if you don't need engagement photos, that is no problem. I'm not going to push it on you in the least. I have photographed enough regular, every-day type people to be very comfortable working with a bride and groom who I met for the very first time on their wedding day.

St Stephen Church Cincinnati
St. Stephen Church, Cincinnati
"Our pictures look like something out of a magazine. We get so many compliments
and just love reliving our day through our pictures..."
~ Maria and Neil, 6/6/2014

Do you bring back-up equipment?

Absolutely. I even bring back-ups for my back-ups. You don't need to worry about an equipment failure. Plus, my cameras write to 2 memory cards at the same time, so you photos are backed up the moment I capture the image. Then, redundant image back-up storage so your digital images will never be lost.

Great American Ballpark
Great American Ballpark
"Jeff delivered our photos very quickly and we are blown away! We get so many compliments!"
~ Sarah and Rob, 8/17/2013

Do I get the digital images and a copyright release?

You will receive all the digital photographs from your wedding and a copyright print release. You are free to make your own prints, share them with family and friends, print out your own photo thank you cards, make your own wedding scrap book, put them online, and make a copies of your disc.

Cincinnati park
Cincinnati park
"We have a variety of creative posed and candid pictures that aren't the clichť wedding shots..."
~ Lindsay and Brandon 7/19/2014

How long will I wait for the photographs?

In 2 weeks you'll have your gallery of fully edited photographs, your disc of images will be ready, and your album design first draft will be online.

I know how excited you are, so I am dedicated to delivering you photographs and album design quickly. (The industry average is 4 to 8 weeks just to see your photographs, and another 4 to 8 weeks for your album design!) We have our system worked out with a team of professional graphic artists so you don't have to wait.

Spring Grove Cemetery
Spring Grove Cemetery
"Jeff was on time, relaxed, and kept the day moving efficiently... he was very much the
calming influence I needed on my wedding day."
~ Melissa and Robert, 4/28/2012

Do you take credit cards and can we have a payment plan?

I take Visa, Master Card and Discover, at no additional fee. I also have payment plans if you feel it fits you.

St. Joseph Camp Springs Kentucky
St. Joseph - Camp Springs, Kentucky
"... Girls from both high school and college contacted me to ask who took my wedding photos."
~ Erika & Nick, 8/1/2014

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. Many venues require this. As well as liability insurance, I carry equipment, errors & omissions, and indemnity insurance so that you and I are protected.

Krippendorf Lodge Cincinnati Nature Center
Krippendorf Lodge - Cincinnati Nature Center
"Jeff and his assistant were a dream to work with. He put everyone at ease and it
showed in his photos - everyone looked so natural..."  
~ Susan and Brian, 4/6/2013

How long do you stay at the wedding?

It varies by package, but 11 hours is the average length of time I'm with the bride and groom photographing a wedding. (Not counting driving time.)  I usually photograph an hour or two of 'getting ready', a couple hours for creative portraits, ceremony, cocktails, time in-between events, and most people have me at the reception for 4 hours from the time they are introduced.

Ivy Hills Country Club
Ivy Hills Country Club
"... just the right mix of  posed and candid shots." ~ Katie and Roy, 8/13/2011

Do you photograph weddings outside of Cincinnati?

While most of the weddings I photograph are in Cincinnati / Dayton area, I am available for travel.

There is no travel charge or minimum booking for weddings within a 1-hour drive of Cincinnati. This includes all of Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and Madison, Indiana.

Areas that are a 2-hour drive from Cincinnati, such as Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington, require a minimum booking and a reasonable fee to cover gas and the additional time for my second photographers.

Areas that are over a 2-hour drive require a minimum booking, and a reasonable per diem fee to cover travel and lodging.

Do you photograph same-sex weddings?

Yes. Jeff Schaefer Photography is happy to photograph Cincinnati's same-sex, gay, lesbian, LGBT weddings and engagements. We support marriage equality and acceptance of all people. Love is something to be celebrated; it enriches and enhances our lives.

Clovernook Country Club
Clovernook Country Club
"A year after my wedding I can look at our photos and know that I have every beautiful detail captured"
~ Rebecca and Glenn, 5/11/2013

This sounds like everything we've been looking for. What happens next to start the process?

The next step is for you to call me at 513-702-0911 or email me HERE to set up your complimentary get acquainted consultation. I want to hear about your needs, see if we're a good match, and see what package fits your personality, style, and budget.

Ault Park Pavilion
Ault Park Pavilion
"Jeff was always smiling and laughing with us, making us feel at ease. His work is brilliant
and I have memories to last a lifetime"
~ Erin and Steve, 7/30/2011

May we contact some of your former clients to see what it's like to work with you?

Yes, absolutely! You can also look at my reviews on Wedding Wire and Wedding Channel/The Knot to see what clients have said.

Wiedemann Hill Mansion
Wiedemann Hill Mansion
"I cannot believe how gorgeous my photos turned out. Jeff far exceeded my expectations
of what a wedding photographer should be..." 
~ Emily and Brad, 3/23/2013

We have a couple of questions before we get started. Can I call you to discuss further?

Yes. In fact, I encourage all clients to schedule a complimentary consultation so we can answer your questions and make sure we are a good fit for each other. Please call me with any questions at 513-702-0911 or email me HERE.

Germantown, OH
Germantown, OH
"Jeff and his assistant were always professional yet funny, and constantly looking for
great moments to capture... Worth every penny."
~ Rachel and Ben, 6/8/2013

Are you available on our date?

My average wedding is booked 11 months in advance so please don't delay!
You can find out if your date is available here...


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THE KNOT "BEST OF WEDDINGS CINCINNATI" 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015
WEDDING WIRE "BRIDE'S CHOICE" AWARD 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015

The Knot Best of wedding Award 2010    The Knot Best of wedding Award 2011    The Knot Best of wedding Award 2012    The Knot Best of wedding Award 2013    Wedding Wire Brides Choice 2011    Wedding Wire Brides Choice 2012    Wedding Wire Brides Choice 2013

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Jeff Schaefer
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