An interview with Jeff Schaefer Photography...
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
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 video coverage or a live photo booth at very reasonable rates.
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 5 years, and Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice" for the past 4 years.
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
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 - 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
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
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, 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
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, I have redundant image
back-up storage so your digital images won't get lost.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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...