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Wedding Photography questions

  1. Are you available on my date?
  2. Will you hold my date?
  3. Will you let me know if another bride contacts you about my date?
  4. Will Jeff Schaefer photograph the wedding himself?
  5. Will there be 2 photographers?
  6. How many photographs will you take?
  7. How much time will we need to spend taking photographs?
  8. When will you start, and how long will you stay?
  9. Will we need to see each other before the wedding?
  10. What is your style or philosophy for weddings?
  11. How long will I wait for the photographs?
  12. How do you finish the photographs so quickly?
  13. Do we get the digital images and can we make our own prints?
  14. Is an engagement or bridal portrait session included in the wedding package?
  15. What equipment do you use?
  16. Will you have backup equipment?
  17. How many weddings have you done?
  18. Do you provide same-sex, gay, lesbian wedding photography?
  19. Do we provide a meal for you and your assistant?
  20. Will having a videographer affect my pictures?
  21. Will you book more than one wedding on the same day?
  22. What if youíre sick and canít make it on my wedding day?
  23. Where are you located?
  24. How far will you travel?
Portrait Questions
  1. Can we have our portrait taken outside?
  2. How long does a portrait session last?
  3. How many poses do I get?
  4. How many clothing changes do I get?
  5. When will I get my proofs?
  6. Do you do senior portraits?
  7. What should we wear?


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ANSWERS

Are you available on my date?

You can check availability HERE.
However, it's not always up-to-the-minute, so the safest thing to do is call me at 513-702-0911.

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Will you hold my date?

Dates are held with a retainer payment of $850 and signed agreement on a first-come basis. I do not offer first refusals, so once you retain me, your date can not be taken from you.

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Will you let me know if another bride contacts you about my date?

No. I get too many inquiries to keep track and notify everyone. Plus, many couples retain me with no advance contact.

You would be wise to assume that other couples are interested in your date, and that you aren't the first to contact me about it.

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Will Jeff Schaefer photograph the wedding himself?

Yes, I will be your lead photographer and will be with you the entire time. I won't surprise you by sending a less-capable substitute photographer. (An common complaint about large studios.)

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Will there be 2 photographers?

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, I'll photograph your bridesmaids walking down the aisle while my assistant captures your nervous anticipation.

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How many photographs will you take?

There is no limit to the number of photographs you'll receive, but it usually ranges from 700 to 900.

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How much time will we need to spend taking photographs?

We will work together before your wedding to construct a solid timeline for the day so that we get all the photographs in the shortest amount of time possible, without being rushed, and so everyone has a great time.

Every wedding is different, and the length of the 'photo session' depends on your wedding party size, family sizes, number of small children, number of locations, travel times, and the number of creative photographs you want. So, the amount of time we spend doing creative photography 'sessions' varies. I can give you a good estimate once I get more information.

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When will you start, and how long will you stay?

This varies with the package, but most clients book a package that has me there from 'getting ready' through four-hours of the reception.

I assure you that I stay for the entire agreed upon length of time. I do not cut out early as many photographers unfortunately do.

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Will we (the bride and groom) need to see each other before the wedding?

No. But, if I think it's in your best interest, I will tell you about the benefits of photographing yourselves together before your ceremony, like most couples do today. But, I wonít pressure you, and I'll happily go with whatever you decide. I understand that it is your wedding day, not mine.

I do recommend photographing you and your fiancť together before the ceremony if...

  • you want photographs taken at a location other than the church or reception, like a park or downtown.
  • you want photographs taken outdoors, but it gets dark early (Spring and Fall).
  • you want a wider variety of natural and candid feeling photographs, instead of rushing through the basics.
  • you want to enjoy the time with your fiancť before your ceremony, instead of rushing afterwards.
  • you want calmer family portraits.
  • you want a less stressful and more enjoyable day.
  • you want to do a receiving line after the ceremony.
  • you want photographs of your reception room decorations before the guests arrive.
  • you want the cocktail hour photographed.
  • you don't want to miss any of your party.
  • your ceremony is at 6:30 and you want dinner before 9:30pm.
  • Lastly, there is one OVERWHELMING REASON to get your photographs finished before the ceremony...

    Imagine your wedding day. Imagine the excitement you feel as you are pronounced husband and wife; you kiss each other and speed down the aisle. You're bursting with joy. You want to hug everyone, rejoice, and celebrate this blissful moment. Itís the pinnacle of your lives together and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    Why deny yourself that great 'just-married' experience by standing on the altar for the next hour while you MISS THE PARTY that you've been planning all year?  This is not where you want to be!

    You go from elated and blissful to anxious and frustrated. Everyone is hungry, your feet hurt, we have to hunt for your brother-in-law, the flower girl won't cooperate, people are complaining, and all while you want to just get to the party. You don't care about photos at this point. You just want to relax and have fun... but you can't!

    Finally, your at your party and after dinner, toasts, cake cutting, and your first dance, half your guests leave because it's so late. It's finally time to party and half your guests have left!

    It's a shame to deny yourself a fun and perfect 'just married' experience and cut your reception short. Rejoice in that blissful moment instead. Do your formal photographs before the ceremony with a romantic 'first-look', so that afterwards you can celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime moment with your family and friends.

    Your private 'first look' before the ceremony can be even more special than the first-look in church, and it in no way takes away from your real 'getting-married-moment'.

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What is your style or philosophy for weddings?

You'll receive portraits that are simple, comfortable and natural. You'll get a few classic 'camera aware' photographs, but a lot more fun / spontaneous, and romantic / sentimental moments where you are focused on each other, not the camera. These photographs feel very candid and natural... and MUCH more romantic and fun.

You'll get photographs with strong compositions and dramatic angles that stand out from stiff, boring, 'hands-folded' images.

When we're not doing the 'formals', you'll hardly notice me as I capture candid moments as they happen. You won't get interrupted for a photograph; nor will you have to re-create moments.

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How long will I wait for the photographs?

         ONLY 14 DAYS!

In 14 days you'll have your gallery of fully edited photographs, and your album design first draft.

I know how excited you are, so I am dedicated to delivering you photographs and album as soon as possible... MUCH faster than the industry average. (Which is a shameful 4 to 6 weeks to see your photographs and another 4 to 6 weeks for your album design!) You don't have to wait with Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC.

Plus, most clients see their wedding-day photographs at their reception, on a large computer monitor.

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How do you finish the photographs so quickly?

The day after your wedding, my staff begins simultaneously retouching your photographs and designing your wedding album. As soon as they finish, I do the artistic enhancements and final touches to pull it all together. We have the workflow down like a well oiled machine. No corners are cut. You'll see beautiful, finished, perfect wedding photographs just 10 business days after your wedding.

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Do we get the digital images and can we make our own prints?

Yes, and yes.

You will receive every photograph and they are not stamped or watermarked in any way.

You'll receive a signed copyright print release, so 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, add wedding images to your blog or facebook, and make a back-up copies of your photographs for safe keeping.

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Is an engagement or bridal portrait session included in the wedding package?

Engagement sessions can be added a-la-carte, and are discounted for wedding clients.

Benefits of the engagement portrait session:

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 photographs.
4. You can create save the date cards and Christmas cards.
5. We can create a custom engagement signature book.
6. The photographs make a nice addition to the album.

But, if you're only interested the wedding photographs, I completely understand.

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What equipment do you use?

I use multiple Canon professional cameras and lenses.

In addition to the cameras, I use a multiple lighting system that few photographs do. My lighting system provides 100% assurance that you'll get bright and beautiful photographs no matter how dark the light is. With the flick of a few switches I quickly go from bold, dramatic images to a soft, warm, and intimate.

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Will you have backup equipment?

You do not need to worry about an equipment failure. I will have a back-up of every piece of equipment. Even back-ups for the back-ups. Plus, my cameras write to 2 memory cards simultaneously, so you photos are backed up the moment I capture the image.

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How many weddings have you done?

I began photographing weddings in 2002 and have photographed 25 to 50 weddings every year since. It is my full-time occupation so I'm able to give you my full attention.

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Do you provide same-sex, gay, lesbian wedding photography?

Yes. Jeff Schaefer Photography supports marriage equality and is happy to be your same-sex, gay, lesbian, LGBT Cincinnati wedding and engagement photographer.

I support gay marriage and acceptance of people in all their varieties. Love is something to be celebrated; it enriches and enhances our lives. I believe that sexuality is not something you choose, nor is it something that anyone should be made to feel ashamed of. I believe that we are all equal, and that everyone should be treated the same.

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Do we provide a meal for you and your assistant?

You do not need to provide meals for us. I am not a diva. I am there to work and I take care of myself. I bring light snacks so I can keep moving quickly. If you want to provide a vendor meal for us, that's great... thank you. But, you aren't required to.

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Will having a videographer affect my pictures?

Most videographers are professional and unobtrusive. Some like to stand very close to the couple throughout the ceremony and the first dance, which ultimately results in photographs with the videographer in them. A word with them beforehand will usually suffice.

You can find videographers that I've worked with and recommend on the Recommended Vendors page.

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Will you book more than one wedding on the same day?

No. I am usually at a wedding for 10 to 12 hours, so that would be impossible.

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What if youíre sick and canít make it on my wedding day?

Unfortunately, I've heard many stories about photographers canceling right before the wedding. In nearly all of these cases the photographer canceled for a non-health or non-emergency reason. Usually, itís because a better deal came along on their date. Or, a larger studio had a few photographers quit. (That happens a lot.)

There is no way I would do something so unscrupulous! Once you have me booked... Iím there, and I wonít double book, or cancel... Period. I know how important your wedding photographs are to you. Plus, I stake my livelihood on my reputation and I would never do anything to tarnish it.

However, there are no absolute guarantees in life. Anything can happen to me or any of your vendors. But, you should know that since I started photographing weddings in 2002, I have had the good fortune of good health and have never missed an event... not even been late. It would take a catastrophic event or serious hospitalization to cause me to miss a wedding. No matter what my circumstances are, I would make every attempt to photograph the wedding.

In the unlikely event that something absolutely beyond my control prevents me from attending your wedding, I will do everything possible to find the very best substitute available. I will make every attempt to exceed your expectations given that unlikely scenario. I am closely connected with many excellent photographers that would fill in as principal photographer in an emergency. My assistant photographers would be there with them also. If I can not find a suitable replacement, you would receive a full refund.

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Where are you located?

Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC operates from my residential office in Fairfield, Ohio, very close to I-275.

6361 Kings Arms Way Fairfield, OH 45014

Click here for directions.

30 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.
40 minutes from Florence.
50 minutes from Dayton.

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How far will you travel?

Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky weddings - There is no travel charge and no minimum package requirement for travel within a one hour drive of Cincinnati. That includes all of Dayton, Madison Indiana, and Northern Kentucky.

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

Destination weddings - Areas further than a 2 hour drive require a minimum booking, and a reasonable per diem fee to cover travel and lodging.

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PORTRAIT ANSWERS


Can we have our portrait taken outside?


Absolutely! It's my specialty.

By doing the portraits at your home or your favorite park, the settings are casual, not intimidating, and fun for the kids and adults. We can spend hours with you to create a masterpiece, instead of rushing you through like the strip-mall studios.

We create both traditional portraits along with candid, natural and interactive photographs that are fun and show everyoneís personality.

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How long does a portrait session last?

I can spend as much time as we need to get some great photographs. The actual duration really depends on the group size and how much variety you'd like.

A baby session can last hours as we wait for the baby to be in the right mood (fed, dry, rested, and happy.)

A 'couples' outdoor portrait session may last 90 minutes.

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How many poses do I get?

You get as many 'poses' as we can do, as we flow from one to another to create incredible images that capture your spirit and personality.

Of course there are also the playful fun photographs which are not posed at all.

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How many clothing changes do I get?

As many outfits as you can bring.

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When will I get my proofs?

The following week, I'll project the photographs for you nice and big so you can see every detail to make your selections. It also enables us to talk about what custom retouching and enhancement you'd like.

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Do you do senior portraits?

I sure do. Please give me a call.

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What should we wear?

Families, and couples whose clothing blends harmoniously create a visually pleasing photograph where the viewer's eye goes directly to the faces. While we don't want everyone to be so matched that it looks like a "Best Buy" company photograph, we don't want visual chaos or, any one member to pop out.

Here's my portrait clothing advice:


COORDINATING

The couple or group's outfits should be the same style... dressy, business, or casual.

Everyone should choose simple garments within the same tonal ranges. Light and dark tones mixed together create visual confusion, as one subject comes forward and the other recedes.

Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group.


STYLE

Assume your thighs, knees, and ankles will be visible in some photographs. Cover any parts you don't want seen.

Slacks, skirt, or a dress are all fine as long as the outfit is simple.

The style should fit each other and the location... Dressy or business in urban settings, and casual in woodsy park settings.

Footwear and socks will be visible in some photographs.
     Guys: Socks should match the slacks, even with jeans.
     Unless you want to make the statement that you have no fashion sense... please forget gym shoes.

COLORS

Medium to dark colors are more flattering and slimming.

Avoid bright colors and pastels.

Colors that approximate skin tones, like peach, pink, and coral are distracting.

With other colors like red, blue, and green, just consider the shade...
     Brick red and rust work well, while bright red is overpowering.
     Navy blue works well, while cobalt blue is overpowering.

Solids are best... Avoid bold stripes, plaids, and prints.

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