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"Jeff captured exceptional shots and was a pleasure to have on board..."
~ Lara & Sean

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Wedding Photographer in Cincinnati, OH


An interview with Jeff Schaefer Photography LLC...

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I have been a wedding photographer in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2002, photographing over 700 weddings, in the Cincinnati, Dayton area.
Wedding photography is my primary focus, so I am not bogged down by non-wedding photography. Therefore, your wedding has my full attention and you'll receive your wedding photographs quickly. With my vast wedding photography experience, your photographs will be quick and smooth, and you'll receive timeless, beautiful and fun photographs.

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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

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

- You'll have your retouched photographs within 2 weeks of your wedding!
- You'll receive natural, romantic, artistic photographs that you'll be proud to display them in your home.
- With 18 years of experience, I am able to get your creative portraits finished quickly and smoothly.
- For darker environments, like indoors or when the lighting isn't perfect outside, I use portable studio lights lights for a natural, flattering, and professional look to your photographs.
- You'll receive photographs of all the natural and emotional candid moments.
- We'll do pre-wedding planning so your wedding is smooth, organized, and no-stress.
- I have competitive and flexible pricing.
- I will photograph your wedding personally, not a less capable replacement.
- I have been awarded The Knot's "Best of Weddings Cincinnati" and and Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice" over 10 times each, and I am one of the few Cincinnati wedding photographers in The Knot's Hall of Fame.
- You'll have peace-of-mind knowing you have Jeff Schaefer Photography.

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

Will the portraits take forever?

No. I understand that it's your wedding day, not my photo shoot. Your photography will go quickly and smoothly. You'll get breathtaking, emotional photographs without a long photography session dominating your day.

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

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

I understand your budget concerns. My photography rates are extremely competitive and reasonable for the level of photography and products I provide. I have many wedding photography packages and a-la-carte options for your budget.

Please see my Prices page.

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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

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 it’s 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 two, your friends and family. You will be amazed by the behind-the-scenes photographs that you didn’t realize I was capturing. 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 the story of your wedding day and all the meaningful relationships in your life.

See my Style page for examples.

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

Will you photograph the wedding yourself?

Yes, I am your primary photographer. Unlike other studios, you won't be surprised by a less-capable associate or sub-contractor on your wedding day.

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

Will there be a second photographer at my wedding?

Having a second photographer along with me is an affordable option.

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.

However, the second photographer is not absolutely essential, especially with smaller or simpler weddings. Having photographed so many weddings, I am completely capable of photographing a wedding alone, without missing a thing. I'll be happy to talk to you about your wedding and the pros / cons of having a second photographer along.

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

Is an engagement session included?

An engagement session is included with at least 8 hours of wedding day photography, or as a a-la-carte add-on.

Engagement session benefits:
1. The session is a great opportunity to get comfortable with each other.
2. You'll be more relaxed about being in front of the camera on your wedding day.
3. You'll LOVE your engagement photographs!
4. You can create save-the-date cards and an engagement signature book.

With that being said, if you don't need engagement photos, that's no problem. I'm not going to try to sell one to you. I am 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

Do you bring back-up equipment?

Absolutely. I bring two full sets of equipment. Plus, your wedding photos are backed up immediately so your images are safe.

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

Do I get the digital images and a copyright release?

Yes and yes. You receive the retouched, full-resolution, digital photographs from your wedding, with a copyright release, and no watermark. You can make your own prints, & gift albums, and share the digital copies... whatever you want.

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

How long will I wait for the photographs?

You'll have your retouched digital images, and your album design in TWO WEEKS! (The industry average is 6 weeks for the photographs, and another 6 weeks for album design!) I am able to deliver your images quickly because I am working on YOUR wedding during the week, not doing 20 baby and HS senior portraits.

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

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.

Church of the Redeemer Cincinnati
Church of the Redeemer
"... Girls from both high school and college contacted me to ask who took my wedding photos."
~ Erika & Nick

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 both 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

How long do you stay at the wedding?

It is your choice, but 10 hours is average. I usually photograph an hour or two of 'getting ready', a couple hours for creative portraits, ceremony, cocktails, time in-between events, and I'm usually there for 3 to 4 hours of the reception. What I don't do is promise "all day" coverage, and then leave as soon as open dancing begins. You'll know exactly how long I'll be at the reception, and I don't cut out early.

Ivy Hills Country Club
Ivy Hills Country Club
"... just the right mix of  posed and candid shots." ~ Katie and Roy

Do you photograph weddings outside of Cincinnati?

While I am primarily a wedding photographer in Cincinnati and Dayton, I am available for travel.

There is no travel charge or minimum booking for weddings within a 1.5-hour drive of Cincinnati. This includes all of Dayton, Sidney, Piqua, Lima, Northern Kentucky, Milton Kentucky, and Madison Indiana.

Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington, require a minimum booking and a reasonable fee to cover the additional travel and lodging.

Areas over 2-hours away require a reasonable per diem fee to cover travel and lodging.

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Hauck Mansion

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 all 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

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

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

Yes, absolutely! You can also read what clients have said on my 'Wedding Photography Reviews' page and on...

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

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 message 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

Are you available on our date?

The average wedding books a full year in advance, so please don't delay!
You can find out if your date is available here...


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