Jeff Schaefer Photography

Wedding Photography Overview

Jeff Schaefer Photography is a professional wedding photography studio serving the Cincinnati, Dayton and surrounding area.

Welcome!  My name is Jeff Schaefer, owner and photographer of Jeff Schaefer Photography.


Photography is my full-time occupation, having photographed 800 weddings since 2002.

I photograph your wedding personally. You will not be surprised with a less capable replacement... a common complaint with large studios.

My vast experience and expertise means your wedding day portraits will be quick and effortless; your wedding day will be smooth and organized; and your photographs will be natural and breathtaking!

Service area and location

Jeff Schaefer Photography's office is in Fairfield, Ohio... 25 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati, 45 minutes from Dayton. 

There is no travel charge for wedding photography in the Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and Southwest Indiana areas, within a 1.5 hour drive.

"Jeff is amazing! He is highly professional and very skilled in not only photography, but weddings as a whole. He helped to figure up a timeline and he did an excellent job at sticking to it. He did a wonderful job handling my large bridal party of 18 and my young flower girl. This is something that comes with experience and it is very evident he has a lot of it. My photos are amazing and Jeff made my wedding as smooth as possible."

Kate and  Christopher 7/7/2018

Photography style

My wedding photography style is a blend of capturing genuine moments, combined with contemporary and classic wedding portraits that feel natural and relaxed.

Your photographs are vibrant, crisp, and natural. No cheesy or soon-outdated Instagram-type filters.

Natural portraits

My approach to portraits is to set the stage and encourage you to focus on each other as I photograph you naturally. It is a relaxed and comfortable way to be photographed. I'll direct and arrange you as much as you need.

There are some look-at-the-camera-and-smile photographs, but no cheesy, forced poses. 

My style is a fun and authentic way to be photographed. Your photographs will be spontaneous, fun, romantic, and timeless.

"Jeff really goes above and beyond just great photos. He's clearly passionate about wedding photography and captures everything on the big day including lots of candid moments and small details as well as all the posed portraits. Compared to other weddings I've been in with other photographers Jeff was hands down the best at giving suggestions for posing and backgrounds and getting all those group pictures done quickly and effectively. He is also so fast and organized in getting your photos back to you.  We even had the wedding day photos showing at the reception (definitely a crowd pleaser) and all of them on a zip drive waiting for us when we got back from our honeymoon!"

Sarah and Sean 07/06/2018

Candid photographs

I and the second photographer capture the genuine moments… the tears, smiles, hugs, handshakes, and laughter that show the emotions and meaningful connections between loved ones. 

You will be amazed by the behind-the-scenes photographs that you didn’t even realize we were there for.

Comfortable photographs

I know it's weird having a camera fixated on you all day. But just relax, enjoy your day, don't pay too much attention to me, and trust that I will capture those amazing emotional moments. Just be completely uninhibited with your love for each other, relax, and I guarantee that you'll be thrilled with your wedding photographs.

Dark or difficult conditions

Your photographs will be bright and wonderful under any conditions.

I am able to photograph your ceremony in a dark church without using flash. 

If lighting is not ideal during portraits, I provide supplemental lighting. This lighting is soft and natural. It blends perfectly with the background and creates beautiful balanced photographs that pop, even in dark conditions.

During the reception I use a combination of techniques, resulting in photographs that are well lit and do not look you're in a cave with a flashlight on you.

I work with your plans

This is your wedding, not my photo shoot. I will work with your plans, offer guidance and suggestions, but I remain flexible to help you have the wedding and photos of your dreams. I won't pressure you to do a 'first-look' before the ceremony. I work to make sure you have the perfect wedding you envision.

At the end of the day you will be glad I was part of your wedding.

"Jeff was really great to work with. He was responsive, thorough, and patient (we had a lot of questions). He had good recommendations for photo locations, and we were really, really pleased with his professionalism and the quality of his work. On the day of our wedding, Jeff was great at keeping things moving so that we stayed on schedule, which is not something I knew I needed in a photographer, but was IMMENSELY helpful on the day. I would absolutely recommend Jeff Schaefer Photography for wedding and engagement photos."

Ellen and Alex 04/14/0218

Smooth and organized

With my attentive communication and detailed planning, your wedding photography will be smooth and organized, and we'll get your photos finished on time.

There is a detailed set of questions we'll go over so I know everything about your wedding, your priorities, your preferences, and there are no surprises or misunderstandings on the wedding day.

My photography will blend seamlessly with your day and you will arrive on-time at the reception!

(Arriving late to the reception is the # 1 complaint I hear about other photographers. You deserve an experienced and organized photographer who will keep you on time!)

"Jeff is extremely organized and experienced with his wedding photography. He had everything organized and knew exactly what we wanted the day of. It was supposed to rain on our wedding day so we had a back-up plan and he was ready to go. His experience was very obvious throughout the day. He was calm and collected and made sure our day ran as planned. Our pictures turned out exactly how I had envisioned them!"

Loren and Allan S. 04/29/2017

Quick and efficient portraits

With my vast experience photographing weddings and people, your 'portraits' will be finished in less time than most photographers.

Your photography will be quick and efficient without sacrificing spontaneity, variety and creativity.

You will get beautiful, fun, and natural photographs, without photography dominating your day!

Wedding Packages

Below, are 3 popular wedding photography packages.
All packages can be customized to fit your needs.
Off-season and non-Saturday dates receive a discount.
More packages and details are listed on the Wedding Pricing page.

5-Hour Package

  • 5 hours with Jeff
  • Unlimited locations and images
  • Rain back-up assurance
  • Image retouching
  • High-resolution digital images
  • Copyright release
  • Online gallery
  • 1,995

8-Hour Package

  • 8 hours with Jeff
  • 8 hours with second photographer
  • Unlimited locations and images
  • Rain back-up assurance
  • Engagement session
  • Image retouching
  • High-resolution digital images
  • Copyright release
  • Online gallery
  • $2,795

10-Hour Package

  • 10 hours with Jeff
  • 9 hours with second photographer
  • Unlimited locations and images
  • Rain back-up assurance
  • Engagement session
  • Image retouching
  • High-resolution digital images
  • Copyright release
  • Online gallery
  • Sneak peak slideshow at reception
  • $3,049

Rain back-up assurance

Besides having many little-known indoor and sheltered photo locations we can go to in case of rain, every client also receives my Rain Back-up Assurance... 

If we can't do your planned outdoor wedding portraits because of rain, you receive a COMPLEMENTARY portrait session at a later date. Put on your wedding dress and a suit, and we'll create those beautiful, artistic, outdoor images of you and your spouse another day!

Second photographer

Many packages include an experienced second photographer, so we never miss a moment.

The second photographer provides photojournalistic coverage, capturing more of your your candid moments and emotions.

All associate photographers have been with the team for at least 4 years.

A second photographer is not absolutely essential, especially with smaller weddings and elopements. I'll be happy to talk to you about your wedding needs.

We can put together a wedding photography package that fits your needs and budget.

"Jeff was amazing to work with. Every aspect of our wedding day was captured. People tell us all the time that our photos look like they should be in a magazine. We received our photos 14-days after our wedding. The turnaround time was impressive! Our photos were actually playing on a screen at our wedding reception. We also received a beautiful leather photo album - the quality is one of a kind. During our wedding, I almost forgot Jeff was there. Everything felt so natural - never staged. Based on our experience, I have and always will recommend Jeff Schaefer. He truly made our wedding the best day ever."

Valerie and Alex S.  05/20/2017

Wedding day sneak-peak slideshow

Many packages include a sneak-peak preview slideshow at your reception.  You'll see your wedding photographs from that day!

I download the photos during your dinner and have it playing on a computer monitor soon after open-dancing begins.

You and your guests will love seeing your photos that day, and you'll have piece-of-mind knowing that your photos turned out fantastic!

(You deserve a photographer who is good enough to show the photographs without fixing them in Photoshop first.)

Engagement photographs

Many wedding packages include an engagement session. You'll LOVE your engagement photos and can use them for save-the-date cards. After your engagement session you will feel more relaxed and comfortable on your wedding day, so I can capture your genuine emotions.

However, the engagement session is option. If you prefer, you can swap your engagement session for a discount.

Jeff came highlyrecommended by several friends and he did not disappoint! He is very talented,creative and professional and captured our day beautifully! We are so pleasedwith how our photos turned out. He helped us plan our wedding day timeline andeverything went seemingly. He also kept everyone on track and on time… no smallfeat!
~ Brittany and Jacob R.  11/22/2019

Quick delivery

You will have your photographs within 2 weeks of your wedding!

The retouched, high-resolution images will be mailed to you on a USB drive within 2 weeks of your wedding. Your wedding photographs will be carefully edited, retouched, ready to print, and you'll have a copyright release.

You also receive an online gallery to share with friends and family.

You deserve a dedicated professional photographer, not a 'side-hustle' photographer that makes you wait 2 or 3 months for your wedding photographs.

Printed wedding albums

A wide selection of beautiful, heirloom-quality yet affordable printed wedding albums are available. Albums can be included as part of your wedding package or purchased after your wedding. I will help select the photos and design the initial layout to make designing your album a breeze. See the Printed Albums page for more details.

What couples have said

Please go to the 'Client Reviews' page for unsolicited client testimonials taken from The Knot and Wedding Wire

Jeff Schaefer Photography is one of Cincinnati’s best wedding photographers, having received hundreds of 5-star client reviews and awards. 


You will love every stage of your wedding photography experience… planning assistance, a smooth and fun wedding day, quick delivery, and reliving your wonderful photographs time and again after your wedding.

You deserve the service, dependability and beautiful images only Jeff Schaefer Photography provides.

Your next step

If you like what you see, most couples schedule a time for a brief chat to talk about your wedding plans and photography timeline, you'll get a feel for my personality to see if we're a good fit. I am available days and evenings... via phone, video, or in-person.  Contact me here.

Or, you can check my availability on your date here.

More information

See these pages... 

    Wedding photo gallery

    Wedding packages and prices

     Wedding FAQ 

     Wedding date availability

     Client Reviews and Testimonials

Contact me today with any questions, to request more information, or to set up a time to chat!  Contact page link