Cincinnati, Dayton Wedding Photography Overview

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

This page answers the most common questions about my wedding photography service, in an easy-to-read Q & A format. (The FAQ page covers more details.)

Feel free to contact me with any questions, to get a custom quote, or to set up a meeting.

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I have been a professional wedding photographer in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2002, photographing over 750 weddings. 

Your wedding will be photographed by me personally. I bring immeasurable expertise, dependability, and professionalism to your wedding. With my years of expertise, your wedding day portraits will be quick and effortless... and your photographs will be natural and breathtaking!

Where are you located and is there a travel charge?

Jeff Schaefer Photography is located in Fairfield, Ohio, just 25 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati, and 45 minutes from Dayton.

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

What is your photography style?

My wedding photography portrait style is a blend of capturing genuine moments in a non-intrusive way, combined with contemporary classic wedding portraits that feel natural and relaxed.

For the technical aspects, I beautifully take advantage of the ambient lighting and environmental conditions to create artistic images. Your photos can bring out the bright-and-airy daylight, warm late-day light, or the cool twilight hours. And, I use natural and architectural elements to create strong compositions.

My photographs are vibrant, crisp, and natural. No cheesy Instagram-type filters.

Will our portraits feel natural? 

My approach to portraits is a relaxed and comfortable way to be photographed. I set the stage and encourage you to focus on each other and I photograph you naturally. 

There are some look-at-the-camera-and-smile photographs, but no cheesy forced poses. My method is a fun and comfortable way to be photographed, and your photographs will feel spontaneous, fun, romantic, and timeless.

Do you capture candid photographs?

I and the 2nd 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.

What if our church or venue is dark? 

My low-light cameras and lenses are able to photograph your ceremony under very dim conditions, without using flash. 

During portraits, when the available light is drab or dark, I use multiple lights on portable light-stands. This lighting set up 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.

Will you work with our plans?

It is your wedding, not mine. I will work with your plans, offer guidance and remain flexible to help you have the wedding and photos of your dreams. I will work to make whatever you want happen.

Will the photography portraits be organized?

With attentive communication and detailed planning before your wedding, your wedding photography will be smooth and organized. 

I have a detailed questionnaire and group-checklist we 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.

What if we're not used to being photographed?

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 and I guarantee that you'll be thrilled with your wedding photographs. 

Will the portraits take forever?

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, and you won't be late to your reception!

Will Jeff photograph our wedding himself?

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

I bring experienced dependability to your wedding, and always deliver breathtaking images.

Will we have a second photographer?

All 8, 10 & 12 hour packages include an experienced second photographer, so we never miss a moment.

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

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

However, a second photographer is not absolutely essential, especially with smaller weddings and elopements. I'll be happy to talk to you about your wedding and put together a wedding photography package that fits your needs and budget.

Do we get an engagement session?

All wedding packages include an engagement session. You'll LOVE your engagement photos. And, after your engagement session you will feel 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 additional time on your wedding day, an additional album credit, or a discount.

How soon will we receive our photos?

Your wedding photographs will be carefully edited and retouched to perfection. In 2 weeks the retouched, high-resolution images will be delivered to you on USB drive with a copyright print release. You also receive an online gallery to share with friends and family.

Can I read client reviews?

You can read hundreds of 5-star reviews by my thrilled clients on and (both link to my profile). 

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.

Other questions?

See these pages... 

     Wedding packages and prices  

     Wedding photo gallery

     Wedding FAQ 

     Wedding date availability

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