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Cincinnati, Ohio Wedding Photographer, Jeff Schaefer


An interview with Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC...

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I have photographed over 400 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

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 I'll capture.
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 memories.
6. Every client gets a beautiful, modern wedding album.
7. Add a live photo booth, with props and instant prints at a very reasonable rate.
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 LLC has been awarded The Knot's "Best of Weddings Cincinnati" for the past 6 years, and Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice" for the past 5 years.

Coney Island Cincinnati
Coney Island, Cincinnati

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

This sounds 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.

Clifty Falls Inn Madison Indiana
Clifty Falls - Madison, Indiana

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.

Richwood Plantation Madison Indiana
Richwood Plantation - Madison, Indiana

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.

Aston Oaks Golf Club
Aston Oaks Golf Club

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.

Coney Island Moonlite Gardens
Coney Island, Moonlite Gardens, Cincinnati

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 results 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.

St Stephen Church Cincinnati
St. Stephen Church, Cincinnati

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 won't get lost.

Great American Ballpark
Great American Ballpark

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

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

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

I take all major credit and debit cards, including American Express and Discover, with no additional fee. I also have automatic payment plans if you feel it fits you.

St. Joseph Camp Springs Kentucky
St. Joseph - Camp Springs, Kentucky

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

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 deserve.

Ivy Hills Country Club
Ivy Hills Country Club

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

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

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

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

Are you available on our date?

My average wedding is booked 11 months in advance so please don't delay!
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THE KNOT "BEST OF WEDDINGS CINCINNATI" 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014
WEDDING WIRE "BRIDE'S CHOICE" AWARD 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014

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
Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC
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