Client Slideshows

The Wedding of Jackie and Mark

I first met Jackie and Mark at our last wedding of the 2010 season. Jackie was a bridesmaid in Jessica and Kevin Schulze's wedding. The entire bridal party was a lot of fun to work with, so I knew that I was going to have a great time working with Jackie again.

We started out the day at Neon Salon in Sunbury. The girls arrived early to get their hair and nails done. A couple of the girls wanted to open up a bottle of champagne for some mimosa's and I remember thinking, "You may not want to point that in anyone's direction". The girls took the bottle outside and tried to remove the cork which just so happened to fly about 30 feet across the parking lot. Hilarious. :)

The wedding was great for me because I got a chance to shoot in my hometown of Westerville. The ceremony took place at St. Paul's which is a staple in the Westerville community. Beautiful weather, everyone was relaxed... couldn't have asked for more. I met up at the church with one of my up and coming shooters, Brooke Mott. (who did a great job I might add...) Between the two of us, we were able to capture some wonderful moments.

The reception was amazing. We were shooting at the Royal American Links country club, which is a great location because of the variety of areas to shoot in. Everything there is goregous. We were able to run around the golf course for a bit and shoot some fun group photos. The night flew by as the dance floor was packed up until the end of the reception. Kudos to the D.J. who did a fantastic job.

Congratulations to Jackie and Mark! We had a blast working with you!



Rain or Shine... Breanne and Tyler

Ah, Ohio. Sometimes, the weather just doesn't cooperate. A few weekends ago, we shot the wedding of Breanne and Tyler... and did it rain! We had plans to shoot a good portion our photography outside with them immediately following the ceremony, so when the downpour started, we were thinking... this will not be good.

Amazingly enough, as soon as we stepped out of the car, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. Who knew? The result was a beautiful scene at the Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio. The wet ground really made the photos pop with reflections and actually helped create even more unique images.

The wedding reception was next door to the Palace Theater in Marion and I was very anxious for the opportunity to shoot in the beautifully ornate space. Towards the end of the night, we got our chance to shoot and the photos turned out AMAZING.

I think we were able to produce some phenomenal images and I can't wait for Breanne and Tyler to see their album!

All in all, a great weekend that started out rainy, but ended up with the sun in sky and great images in the camera. Enjoy!


Married in Marion

Marion has been such a wonderful city for Kaufman Kramer. Our second wedding ever took place in Marion and it's always nice to come back to a city we've grown to love. In such a small town, everyone seems to know everyone, and that by far has been the best publicity for us. I think the thing I enjoy the most is the challenge to create something new for each client in the same town. Nicole and Brian heard about us through the Marion grapevine and they already had a great idea of the kind of photography we produce.

Wedding day was actually the third shoot they've had with us, and there are even plans to do one more session soon! (pics to follow of course...) :)

I think that as a creative professional, we seek out clients that understand what photography means to us. It's so much more than just... sign here, we'll show up then. It's about getting to know people, building rapport, and just having fun doing what you love to do.

We really had a great time shooting with Nicole and Brian, and judging from the already numerous Facebook comments, I'm confident that their photos will be treasured for many years to come. Congratulations you two!!!


Mary and Ben

We've been catching up on some posts here at Kaufman Kramer and one that we've been looking forward to sharing is our shoot with Mary and Ben. When I met these two during our consultation, I knew from that moment that we would have a great relationship. They were excited to work with us, and we love it when clients really get where we're coming from creatively. It was the perfect match.

Our engagement session took us all over Downtown Columbus and we got a chance to find quite a few hidden treasures along the way. Enjoy the pics and vids, and we can't wait to post about them again after their wedding!


Andi and Nick (From the Stadium to the Streets)

About a month ago, Chris and I worked with an upcoming 2010 couple, Andi and Nick. I have to start off by saying that this shoot was just flat out cool. We got a chance to shoot at Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes! It was somewhat eerie walking into a stadium that is typically full of screaming fans and hearing nothing but silence and the click of the shutter. We walked onto the 50 yard line and started shooting away. We took some great panos of the stadium and had a lot of fun running around the field and the stands in the Horseshoe. Next, we took Andi and Nick to downtown Columbus for some shooting on the street. Northside Market provides some great opportunities for multiple setups and dynamic backgrounds. Our couple was so relaxed that it made the shoot an absolute joy. That's what it's all about on engagement sessions, lots of smiles, laughs, and flirting. All in all, we had a great time and we hope Andi and Nick love their photography! We can't wait to shoot the wedding.


Nicole and Brian (At the Conservatory)

Hi everyone! I'm catching up on some blog posts and wanted to share some of our latest engagement sessions. Nicole and Brian are one of our upcoming 2010 weddings, and we had a blast shooting with them this fall. It was a beautiful day out, and we got a chance to run around almost all of Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Brad and I were following Nicole and Brian down a hill to grab a few more shots up near the main building when I stepped in a divot and rolled my ankle. Of course, I spend more time on the shoot talking with the client and making small talk than watching where I'm stepping.  I would have put money on it being broken or at least a bad sprain, but I was able to hobble down the hill and finish up the shoot. When I got home that night my ankle was huge. Luckily, my lovely girlfriend Rebecca was a ballet dancer for many years, and thus knew exactly how to take care of a sprained ankle. Thanks to her, I was running around again in a week.

Despite the ankle, the shoot turned out great and we were able to produce some wonderful engagement photography for Nicole and Brian. Enjoy!

Katie and James

Chris, Brad, and I got a chance to work with a Katie and James a few weeks ago in the town of Ashland. As much as I love to travel for our photography, I do find it nice to work close to home on occasion if for no other reason than it's so much less wear and tear on us after a long day shooting. That being said, we got a chance to shoot in the AU Chapel, a location that we know well. We figured, this would be a great opportunity to bring in one of our "interns" to give her some experience in shooting with us. Brooke, who is currently attending Bowling Green State University and is a visual communication major, joined the KKP team to "learn-the-ropes" of wedding photography. It was a great experience for us to shoot in a location that the full-time shooters were familiar with because it takes much of the pressure off of the flow of the day. We know what works in terms of lighting and locations, and we know how to change things up to get a different look for each of our clients. Now, I should note that we never rely on our interns to produce photography because they're "in-training". However, I also believe that part of growing as a business and staying fresh with your ideas means bringing in new and aspiring talent and letting them have the opportunity to show off what they can do. Brooke performed great and produced some fantastic photography during the wedding.

Creative free reign is hard to find in internships. (I know this from my own VCT days...) but with Kaufman Kramer, we wanted to offer something different for up and coming creatives. It's not about carrying gear... (well, it's a little bit about that...) but it's REALLY about putting a camera in your hands and letting loose. We always welcome new shooters to come work with us, and if you're interested in an internship with Kaufman Kramer, please feel free to shoot us an email through the web site or leave us a message on Facebook.

Katie and James were a wonderful couple to work with and allowed us to work our creative magic. We were able to produce some fantastic photography for them and I can't wait to get started on their wedding album. Congratulations once again to Katie and James!


Hillary and Jim (nothing but smiles)

One thing I love about photography is that I get the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I especially love it when our subjects let their personalities shine. Hillary and Jim have been long- Kaufman Kramer friends, who have appeared in numerous other weddings we have shot. I'm sure it was a change of pace for them to be the subject of attention on their special day. Hillary and Jim have been awesome to work with. Hillary works at Z's Hair Salon here in Ashland and is a very accomplished stylist. (Hopefully, we'll get a chance to work with her this coming winter on some projects we had in mind...) It was really fun to watch her get her hair styled on wedding day. So often, the guys and I joke around about how tough it is to be the subject of a photograph instead of the shooter. I'm sure Hillary was feeling much of the same way not being in the drivers seat. The thing I like most about working with this couple is that they love to smile and joke with each other. From their engagement session, to their wedding day...nothing but smiles. Being an Ashland wedding, we were able to bring in all 3 of us for their special day. We had Chris cover the ladies at the hair salon while Brad and I set up at the reception hall. Lately, I've been reading quite a few blogs about having multiple shooters on wedding day. I hear from friends who have been in bridal parties recently that the solo photographer just didn't capture everything they could have. It's hard to be in two places at once.

I think the beauty of having multiple experienced photographers is that we are able to accurately capture the entire story, not just the bride, not just the groom. During the reception, I've had numerous moms and dads approach me and comment on how wonderful it is to see what the guys were up to while the bridesmaids were at the salon, or vice versa.  Our slogan is Live Your Day, Share Your Story... and that's hard to do with only one photographer. Again, this all relates to experience, and I appreciate sincerely the photographers who shoot solo... in fact...kudos! However, they still can't be in two places at once.

With Hillary and Jim, we got a chance to steal the guys away for some fun group shots while the bride was getting into her dress... thus, we were able to capture the full story. :) The wedding was beautiful and was held in St. Edwards Church in downtown Ashland. It was a beautiful day all around, with sun pouring in through the windows during the ceremony.

We had a lot of fun working with Hillary and Jim and we can't wait to see what they think about their photography. Congratulations you two, from all of us at Kaufman Kramer!



Krista and Scott (Rain or Shine...)

Hi everyone! We got a chance to shoot with a wonderful couple in Columbus recently, Krista and Scott. Now, this was an interesting story. Scott, who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, was unavailable (for obvious reasons) to shoot an engagement session with his finacé, Krista. Now, this absolutely bummed me out because they are both such cool individuals, I knew that we would have had a blast had we the chance to shoot with them before wedding day.

As a photographer, flexibility is essential. One of the key aspects of our business is our ability to work with a client before wedding day. This is allows us to build rapport with our client, and it really helps take "the edge off". How many times have we had a camera pointed in our direction and we freeze? Plus... our engagement sessions rock ;) , so... you can understand why I was bummed. Luckily, I was able to cover their rehearsal dinner, which turned out to be great since I got a chance to steal them away for a "mini" engagement session.

The reason why I named this post "rain or shine" is because we had a ridiculously rainy weekend. A funny story happened to Brad and I as we were shooting. The reception hall was in this fantastic old warehouse in Downtown Columbus. It's called "The Venue" at Smith Bros. Now, the Smith Bros. building burned a few years back, and was renovated into multiple reception sites for weddings, corporate events, etc... Wedding day allowed for enough time for Brad and I to preset our photography table with the slideshow for Krista and Scott, extra gear, etc... While we were out shooting the bride and groom at the hotel, it absolutely down-poured. Since the reception hall was an old warehouse, the roof would leak in hard rain. Luckily, one of the staff (who we owe a debt of gratitude and cookies too, btw) noticed that our photography setup was getting dripped on. She moved our table out of the way just in time... since our iMac was just about to get rained on. No harm done...but definitely a close one.

Despite the rain, we had a great time shooting with Krista and Scott, and I think they're going to love the photography. Scott is going to be deployed shortly after the wedding for up to a year, and so I hope that both them can look back at our photos and remember what a wonderful wedding day they had during their time apart.

Congratulations you two...and come home safe Scott! :)


Krista and Scott

Erica and Danny (From the Beach to the Chapel)

The thing I love most about working with Erica and Danny is that they are adventurous. There is something to be said for couples who are up for anything, and that is by definition, exactly what Erica and Danny are in to. We met these two last year and we were so excited to shoot with them during our Kaufman Kramer Photography weekend. They graciously agreed to shoot a "Trash the Dress" session with us in addition to their engagement session. Anything in the interest of great photography right? What I find to be wonderful about Erica and Danny is that they both have very strong personalities. Danny is very laid back, and really enjoys letting Erica run with her ideas. Erica is the strong-willed, adventurous type who knows exactly what she wants. (And the camera loves her) ;) When it comes to photography in general, I've always felt that it is the responsibility of the photographer to capture the personality of their subjects. I think in Erica and Danny's case, their personality comes through in every photograph. One thing I've always enjoyed about shooting is the chance to meet cool people. We've been blessed as photographers to have nothing but great relationships with each of our clients. Through our many interactions, from the Trash the Dress, to the Engagement Session, to the Boudoir Shoot, to the Wedding Day, every experience we've had with Erica and Danny has been exciting, vibrant, and a great chance to produce awesome images.

One thing I always tell clients during my client consultations is that it is ESSENTIAL that we work together before the wedding day. Before the wedding, I had worked with Erica specifically 3 times, and going into the wedding day, we already had a great rapport built up. I think that's what makes the difference between the photographer that shoots for the paycheck and the photographer that shoots for love of photography. We deal in relationships...we invest in people. I've been hearing many clients say that we'll be their photographers for life. For me, there is no greater honor as a photographer to hear a client say that. If I can be included in the list of...My Doctor is...My Dentist is... My Photographer is... then my job is done.

I just wanted to say thank you to Erica and Danny for continuing to invest in our relationship and for being so awesome over this past year. I can't wait to see what you think about your images, and I can't wait for the next time we get to work together.

Congratulations from myself, and all of the Kaufman Kramer crew! You guys rock.



Jennifer and Bryce (Wow.)

Hey everyone. We've been excited for this wedding for a LONG time coming. When Chris and Brad first told me about meeting Jennifer and Bryce at the McBroom Wedding last year, I thought to myself, hmmm... ok, I really hope the book with us. As luck would have it, Jennifer and Bryce did book with us and we were able to produce one of the coolest engagement sessions to date for them. They are both huge Michigan State fans, and thus we traveled up to Lansing, Michigan to shoot on the MSU campus. We had so much fun and developed such a great relationship with them over the past year that when it came time to shoot their wedding, it seemed nothing short of bittersweet. On the one hand, we were so excited to shoot for them, and on the other, we were sad that we wouldn't have them to look forward to. (I guess we'll have to wait for them to pick us up for baby pictures...right?) Jennifer and Bryce did a great job of allowing time for photography and Jen in particular had so many ideas of her own that we really couldn't have asked for a more perfect situation with which to be creative. The hair salon, Salon Seventy Six, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan was awesome. It was located on a picturesque downtown area with lots of shops and character...great for candids! The church was AMAZING. The reception hall was fantastic. It was just a great day with perfect weather and lots of great places to shoot. We couldn't ask for more! The one thing that absolutely blew me away was that the song that we selected for their engagement session video "To Show You My Love" by Mike Schmid, wound up being the song they used for their first dance. I remember thinking, oh wow... that's truly an honor for us, and that we really connected with our client on a whole other level.

Many of our couples check out our blog after the wedding day to see what we write, and I, as well as the Chris and Brad want to personally thank Jennifer and Bryce for allowing us to be apart of your special day. You guys were great to us, and your families were so much fun to work with. We hope you love the photography as much as we loved producing it. Enjoy!


A little something extra for Jen and Bryce:


Tausha and Luke. The Engagement...

Hi everyone! David and I got a chance to shoot with a really cool couple, Tausha and Luke and we wanted to share some of the photos from their engagement session. This was an especially fun shoot for us because I got a chance to work with David, (a really good friend of KKP's.) David (also known as the guy who waves his hands at the camera in EVERY blog post) started shooting with us a little over a year ago and he's really been producing some great stuff. I'll have some blog posts in the coming weeks that showcase some of his work. I think it's important to work with different shooters on occasion just to mix things up a bit and to provide another critical eye. Tausha and Luke were very easy to work with and after we loosened them up a bit, (mainly by David and I just making fun of each other) the photos really started to take off. I always stress with our clients the importance of working with their wedding photographer before wedding day. There's just something about building rapport and knowing what to expect that helps put minds at ease on wedding day. When we first started KKP (almost 4 years ago...) we didn't offer engagement sessions right off the bat, and I think it impacts your ability to engage with a client on wedding day. It's nice to experience something familiar, and as stressful as wedding day is, the one thing you don't want to worry about is whether or not your photographer is going to produce for you. The KKP engagement sessions are really one of our strongest attributes, because we're always traveling to locations we don't know, and we're forced to think outside the box. I think that's one of the huge draws for me personally when I decided to become a photographer. Always new. Not just sitting in a cubicle with the same old monotonous tasks to complete.

This was a great engagement session, and I hope you enjoy the video!

-Steve K.

Jillian and Walter, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Hi everyone! I wanted to share one of our latest couples with all of you...Jillian and Walter. This was a very cool wedding. The wedding took place on May 30th in Akron at a place called Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. I must say, this location was absolutely beautiful. Lots of old-English buildings, tea garden, flower gardens, and little nooks and crannies that provided us with tons of great setups for photography. It was interesting being at such a huge property because this location can actually accommodate 2-3 weddings simultaneously, and thus the staff there coordinate to keep the brides from seeing each other. It was cool to turn the corner and see another wedding party. The funny thing was that I think that the photographers sized each other up as much as the brides did. "Oh...he's a Canon shooter...Oh... he's got a Nikon". I always try to be friendly towards everyone we meet, because hey, we're all in this together right? Let that be a lesson to other photographers who may just be starting out. Don't nay-say the competition, it reflects poorly on you, and you wouldn't want other photographers doing it to you.

Jillian had one of the coolest bouquets I've ever seen. Each rose in her bouquet was made of wood. Each one was hand-painted and looked so real that you literally couldn't tell they were wood unless you tried to smell them. The best thing about it is that she can keep her bouquet forever! Very different, and very beautiful. Overall, it was a a great ceremony, and the weather was perfect. Enjoy!


Holly and Andy

We know...we know... the midst of wedding season tends to get a bit hectic, so we haven't gotten a chance recently to update you on some of our weddings. However, I think that now is a perfect time to share some of the awesome weddings from the year thus far. One of our recent couples, Holly and Andy were married in May, and actually, right after the wedding there was a crazy rainstorm that blew through. Luckily, their church had some great locations to set up some creative shots. Remember, clouds aren't a bad thing...just a giant softbox in the sky. ;) Holly and Andy have been friends of ours for awhile now, so it was really fun to get them to mix things up a bit with us. (We do love those adventurous brides) - Oh, and when the storm did finally pass through... Let's just say, amazing sunset.

Check them out, and again, Congratulations you two!


Danielle and Matthew

Hi everyone! Brad and I were down in Columbus a week ago for our latest engagement session for Danielle and Matthew. Danielle and Matt picked out some cool locations toward the downtown area of Columbus. We walked around the German Village area and got some great back-alley shots. We love to put our subjects in warm light with colorful backgrounds, and downtown Columbus is full of detail-rich places to shoot. The shoot was a a lot of fun and we are definitely looking forward to the wedding.

On engagement sessions, it important to keep things easy going and relaxed. It's a delicate balance for photographers because on the one hand, you want to get as many setups in as you can before your light is gone, and on the other, you don't want to rush your couple because it sets up a negative atmosphere where they can't be themselves. Brad and I kid around all the time with clients, tell lots of stories, and generally just make fun of each other. "If you can't laugh at yourself...right?" It's important to keep the conversation going and to make sure to take this valuable one-on-one time to build raport with each couple. Often, as a photographer, you only get to work with the client once before the wedding day, and that day may be a year away! So...make it count.

Here's a preview of their engagement session. Enjoy!

Holly and Andy

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share with all of you a video on some friends of ours, Holly and Andy. Andy works with Brad and I at Ashland and we were honored when he selected us to be his photographers for the big day. We had some very windy weather when we originally shot their engagement session, so we followed it up with another session a few weeks later on Ashland's main campus. Luckily, AU looks like a botanical garden 90% of the time. Definitely great to have home field advantage. Check it out! -Steve