An interview with
How long have you been photographing
I have photographed over 400 weddings in the
Cincinnati, Dayton area since 2002. I 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.
Professional photography is now my sole occupation so
I'm able to give your wedding my full attention.
I absolutely LOVE weddings and love what I do!
Richwood Plantation - Madison, IN
We love your services and portfolio.
Everything sounds fantastic... What sets you
apart from all the other Cincinnati wedding photographers?
1. You'll have your retouched photographs and
album design 2-weeks after your wedding!
2. My award winning photographs are simple 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
4. Your wedding day portraits 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, so I'm able to create great
6. Every client gets a beautiful, modern wedding album.
7. Add video
coverage or a live photo booth at very
8. You will absolutely LOVE your photographs or
your MONEY BACK. Not just "satisfied", but LOVE
them! It's that simple.
9. I will photograph your wedding personally, not
a less capable replacement. And, there will be a
2nd photographer with me.
10. Jeff Schaefer Photography has been awarded The
Knot's "Best of Weddings Cincinnati" for the past 4 years,
and Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice" for the past
- Kettering, OH
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.
Coney Island Moonlite Gardens, Cincinnati
wonderful but it also sounds expensive. Are we
going to be able to afford this?
My wedding photography rates are extremely
competitive and very reasonable. I have packages
and a-la-cart options for any budget.
Clovernook Country Club, Cincinnati
What is your
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
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
Memorial Chapel - Mariemont, OH
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.
Cemetery and Arboretum - Cincinnati
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 from the
second photographer, while I'm photographing
your bridesmaids walking down the aisle.
Clovernook Country Club, Cincinnati
engagement session included?
An engagement session can be added at a very
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
2. You'll be more relaxed about being in front
of the camera on your wedding day. That results
in better wedding photographs!
3. You'll LOVE your engagement photographs.
4. You can create save the date cards and
5. We can create a custom engagement signature
Smith Gardens -
Do you bring
Absolutely. I even bring back-ups for my
back-ups. You don't need to worry about an
equipment failure. Plus, I have redundant image
back-up storage so your digital images won't get
Lake Lyndsay -
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.
Mansion - Newport, KY
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
Shaker Run Golf Club - Lebanon, OH
Do you take
credit cards and can we have a payment plan?
I take all major credit and debit cards,
including AmEx and Discover, with no additional
fee. I also have automatic payment plans if you
feel it fits you.
Chapel - Cincinnati
Do you have
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.
Church - Cincinnati
Will you book
more than one wedding on the same day?
No. I am usually at a wedding for 10 to 12
hours, so I photograph only one per day. In
fact, I limit the number I take each month, so I
can give you the individual attention you
Ault Park -
photograph weddings outside of Cincinnati?
While most of the weddings I photograph are in
Cincinnati / Dayton area, I am available for
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, but no travel charge.
Areas that are over a 2-hour drive require a minimum booking, and a reasonable charge to cover
travel and lodging expenses.
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.
Krippendorf Lodge, Cincinnati Nature Center
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
Wedding Wire and
Wedding Channel/The Knot to see what
clients have said.
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.
Bell Event Center - Cincinnati
Are you available on our
Dates are usually booked 6 to 12 months in
advance. You can find out if your date is