Columbus Ohio Downtown Wedding Album | Samantha and Zac

This wedding was one of the best weddings I have photographed in a long time. The review that I received from them was so wonderful to receive. We started the day at their hotel where Samantha was getting ready. I had some down time so I set up some ring shots. It took some time but it turned out great. I also bought a new lens right before this wedding. The sharpness of the Sigma 50mm lens is so good it is as sharp as a tack! We then had the first look below the railroad bridge by COSI. We then went to an abandoned bridge with some overgrown bushes. With the editing the street looked amazing! We then had the wedding outside of the North Bank Park Pavilion. The threat of rain was off and on the entire day. It started to rain at the end of the ceremony but that didn’t stop anyone!

I projected their wedding images with a projector right after dinner and handed them a small printed album of a few photos I took that day! They were overjoyed! Check out their album and review below.

Wow! Where do I begin?? I will first start off saying that Brian’s talent for photography is one of a kind. He really is a true artist and I knew from the moment I came upon his work that I had to have him capture my special moments.

My fiancé and I first booked Brian for our engagement session. Brian went above and beyond taking us to different locations. Some he came up with and also he was super flexible with our ideas as well. Even with a festival going on at our original place of meeting up for photos he didn’t waste any time on a backup plan. The engagement session was perfect. Not only were the pictures incredible but they were given back to us in a timely manner. We’ve never had to hassle Brian about getting our photos back to us. He is very professional when it comes to working with you on a time frame of receiving your photos. He’s even hand delivered our photos to us at our door himself. - Samantha

Columbus Ohio Engagement Session | Creekside in Gahanna

Check out a video of myself talking about this engagement session.

Arielle and Nick’s engagement session was pretty unique. When I first talked to Arielle on the phone she mentioned that she is getting married in Hocking Hills at a new venue. I love Hocking Hills and knew that we had to get a few nature like photos to match the ones that fit their personality and their wedding. We started at Creekside to get some hiking like shots.

Arielle also mentioned that they like to go to festivals and use a LED hoop. It displays patterns, shapes, and hearts. Lighting them and having the hoop being bright enough was a little difficult but I was up for the challenge!

We started using the led hoop in the garage of Creekside. with some testing we got some great shots right off the bat. After Creekside we headed downtown. We also talked about their taste in electronic dance music and what concerts they have been to.

When we arrived downtown we found a dark enough spot for the LED hoop with the Columbus skyline in the background. Luckily we had a few helpers to walk around with the hoop. The resulting shots turned out great! Congratulations on your engagement Arielle and Nick!

Hire a professional or friend to photograph your wedding

Hi, I'm Brian Kellogg of Kellogg Photography. I am a Columbus, Ohio wedding photographer and I want to talk to you about hiring a professional or your friend to photograph your wedding.

So, there's pros and cons to both. So, you will definitely save money by hiring a friend, but then again they might not know how to light up a dark reception. They might be, like take great photos, their Instagram looks wonderful, but the thing is that they've never been put in a place where the lights are dimmed down really low and they have to take a photo of the first dance. And you just don't want be in that situation, and you can probably just comment below if you've ever had or heard of a situation of someone having bad wedding photos because they hired a friend.

So, just ask around, ask people, and see what their opinions are. You don't have to go off of my opinion because I'm a professional photographer. But, you will save money, but the reception photos, you can just kind of, think of them just shooting in the dark or maybe with an iPhone photo of how bad they can be.

So, hiring a professional, what they're going to do and bring to the table is they're going to suggest maybe a timeline, keeping you on time throughout the entire day. Because when you have a professional photographer, they're gonna start from like when you're getting ready, cover everything, not miss a moment, not miss a beat whatsoever, and if you, they're gonna have their batteries charged, they will have everything put together, a list of actual photos that they're going to take for the wedding itself, family members and such.

Pretty much everything will go a lot more smoothly if you have a professional rather than your friend as a wedding photographer. And then, also yeah, lighting for the reception. I take a lot of pride in my lighting, so I actually do a backlit situation for the first dance, and I light them from the front as well so they look great on both sides. And then I turn off the backlight remotely so I'll get just photos that have just nice light unto them as well. So, I'll get a little mixture of both. But, you'll see the difference for, oh, even doing post kind of wedding processing. If you have your friend do it, then you can probably expect them to actually have a day job. So it might take 6 months to a year or even more, and I've heard of people not even getting their photos back when they've had their friend take the photos, too. So, with a professional photographer you have a contract in place. It'll say either 2 weeks or a few months for getting your wedding photos back, and you'll have them by the holidays, for sure.

So, that would be the main differences between a friend photographer and a professional photographer. Getting the photos back in a timely manner, having the reception photos lit very well with a professional, timeline, everything's going to go a lot more smoothly, it will just seem like everything's a lot more put together, basically.

So, hopefully that kind of helps you out if you're thinking about either hiring a friend or a professional. Comment below if you have any questions. Thanks again.

Wedding receiving lines. Are they a waste of time or very important?

I'm Brian Kellogg of Kellogg Photography. I am a Columbus, Ohio wedding photographer, and I want to talk to you about if you should have a receiving line or not for your wedding. So why you should have a receiving line is it, actually I don't know if I can think of good things about it.

So, the thing why I kind of have an opposition to it, is because it takes up so much time of the wedding day itself. So, right after the ceremony, you're going to hug and handshake every single person that attended the wedding. So that takes around 20 seconds of time. So if it's 100 wedding guests, that could be up to 35 minutes that you could've been, either taking photos and then getting to the cocktail hour early to hang out with them.

Because usually during a receiving line, you're hugging people that you probably don't even know, or it's an uncle of a friend of a friend. So, but of course, you know the main people that came there, of course you want to hug them.

So what you want to do, instead of doing a receiving line, the other thing you can do is greet every table right after you eat during the reception. So, of course you get fed first during the wedding, so what you want to do is eat your food, and then visit the tables of the people that you don't see too often. Leave your friends' tables that you see all the time around your neighborhood, or around your city, leave them last because you might not be able to get to every table.

But definitely visit the tables that you haven't seen the people in a long time, or that they traveled a great distance to be there. You want to thank them and just greet every table, if they feel like giving you a hug or shaking your hand, they will do that at that time. If not, they'll just continue eating their dinner, and go on their way.

So you, that's the kind of alternative to doing a receiving line, is just greeting each table at the reception itself. But if you still want to do a receiving line, just bake into the timeline itself, that it might take up to 35 minutes, or even up to an hour, depending on how many wedding guests you have.

I don't know if you can imagine hugging and hand shaking 200 or 300 people at your wedding, and it could be like an hour and you're just drained. So, if you don't want to do that, then I highly recommend just greeting the tables at the reception itself. So, hopefully that tip helps. I hope you have a good day! Thanks!

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Top places to go in Columbus Ohio if it rains on your wedding day

I'm Brian Kellogg of Kellogg Photography. I'm in Columbus, Ohio, and it's 27 degrees out so it's a little bit cold for having a wedding, but I want to talk to you about what you should do or where you should go if it's rainy out, if it's cold, it's just miserable out.

So here's some inside places to go on your wedding day just in case it rains. So, one of the first places I would go to if you're Downtown is the Statehouse. So the Statehouse is great for their marble floors, their rotunda, there's so much to use. Just tell your photographer about it. It's just amazing to use. You do have a reservation fee, but it's only $50. It's perfect just in case it rains on your wedding day and you need to go somewhere dry. It has some good backdrops for portraits. So that's the first place you can go.

If you're on the west side of Columbus and you're in Hilliard area and it's just raining on your wedding day there is an outside park but it's, there's a covered bridge there and it's Homestead Park. So, wanna look for that and look for the covered bridge and it's a pretty easy walk.

You can also give everyone clear umbrellas. That's always great to have for portraits during the wedding day. Just in case it's like a little bit of rain but you wanna get outside for some nice portraits.

So another place you can go to is the Hilton Sky Bridge. So, it's a great place. At night it actually glows in different colors. It's just a beautiful place to use. You can also use the Hilton as well if you stay the night there. So I highly recommend doing that if you're gonna be Downtown Columbus anyway. That's a great place to use. Just their lobby, it's just gorgeous.

So the Hilton Downtown is the other place. The next place that you can go to is the, if you're at the OSU area there's the rotunda for the north part of the football stadium. So if you're a Buckeye fan you should definitely go there just because it's shelter enough as long as the rain isn't kind of blowing around. It's just like a little drizzle or something you should definitely go there if you're in the OSU campus area of Columbus.

Another place you can go to that's open to the public that you should use is the OSU library. So another place that's on campus that's great for you to use. You can just have all sorts of backdrops. The elevators there are really nice to use. Pretty much everything in there is just a really nice backdrop as well. You can also use the fireplace of your reception venue. So, that's a great backdrop for any time of year and as long as you have a photographer that can kind of light the inside definitely use that. So, don't always think of that.

If you have a venue that has a carport that you get to drop people off. Most venues do. So definitely use that and it shields you from the rain and it can still have outdoor backdrops. I usually do that at a different country clubs. Millennium Club is one of them and there's a few others that have a carport that's right outside that you can use.

The other place that I like to use if you're Downtown as well is the Ohio Theatre. So the Ohio Theatre is great for, they have their awning out front and they also have just a alley that's covered as well. Just for rain. So you can also use that for just being Downtown. And I've also used the puddles there as a reflection shot. Definitely works out well. So, that's another place you can use.

Another venue you can use, I think you'd have to pay a fee for this but it's 400 West Rich Street. Or West Rich Street So, definitely look for I think there's a little fee with that. And it's kind of industrial but it works extremely well for portraits of taking the entire wedding party or having a first look there. It's great. And then other places that I forgot to put on here. I think that's it. So yeah, thanks again for tuning in and I hope to give you more tips next time. Wedding Photographers Columbus Ohio

Wedding vendors that I recommend

There are a few venues and people I really like working with in and around Columbus, Ohio. 

There are quite a few vendors that I have worked with that don’t meet my standards. I will never talk about other vendors behind their back. I have seen the good bad and the ugly in weddings. 

I would recommend you stick to this list and you will have a great wedding. You should call all of your wedding vendors and go over the timeline with all of them and the date. 

I have been to a wedding where the makeup artist and hair stylist mixed up the day for the wedding! Luckily I belong to several emergency wedding groups and we got a makeup artist and stylist with in an hour. 


You might not think that paying for a good DJ is important. It is very important if you want to avoid awkward silences, people leaving early, music so loud your ears ring on your honeymoon.

When you hire a bad DJ they play what the DJ wants to hear, they care less about requests, they are on the dance floor busting a move. They also bring a gigantic sign of their business name on it to hang in front of their DJ to say I’m desperate for more jobs. They also say their company name every moment they get. 

The best DJs read their audience very well, know what to play, don’t talk to much on the mic, and let the music do the talking. They are also very organized. They will not advertise at your wedding. They will also get every song on your list correct and pronounce everyone’s name correctly. 

Here are a few DJs that exceed my expectations: 

Rod Randall

Steve with Night Music DJ:

Matt Ryan DJ


Great florists are the best when they drop off the flowers early. The flowers can either represent the season you get married, complement the colors for the wedding, or match the groom’s pocket square. The bright contrast from a white wedding dress looks gorgeous in a wedding album. Make sure you dab the flowers on a paper towel for water before you put them beside your wedding dress. 

Here are a few florists that exceed my expectations: 

Prema Designs: 614-747-6224

Petals and Leaves 614-785-9690

Here is a Columbus Ohio wedding photographer that I recommend. Brian Kellogg with Kellogg Photography. ;)




Make a wedding timeline that is stress free

There are a so many things that affect the wedding timeline. The less time you have the more stress you will have on the wedding day. 

I have personally photographed over 200 weddings. You can check out my portfolio here at Columbus Ohio Wedding Photography. There are patterns that emerge that I have seen that can impact your timeline and make you late for the ceremony or reception where guests are waiting. 

Here are the things that take more time than you think. 

  • Hair and makeup

There are several things going on here. Sometimes it is simple as girls talking and interrupting the hair or makeup specialist. Sometimes it is having hair and makeup back to back. Other times it is only one or two hair and makeup people stylizing 12 bridesmaids. 

Solution would be starting one hour earlier than you think it will take.

  • Transportation 

You never know what traffic would be like on the day of the wedding. Take in to consideration there might be a college game letting out of a stadium. There could be accidents along the route. There might be loading times for the dress, flowers, or personal belongings after ceremony. 

Solution would be to add 20 minutes more than you think it will take to get to the next location in your timeline. 

  • Florists 

I can’t count how many times the flowers have arrived late for me taking photos. I need the boutonnieres on the groomsmen before I take formal photos of them. I also need bouquets dropped off before I take formal photos of the bridesmaids. 

Solution would be to call the florist a week before the wedding and make sure the flowers are dropped off when you are arriving at the ceremony site. 

  • Receiving line

This takes way more time than you think. You are going to have a mini 15-30 second conversation with every guest that came to the wedding.

If you have 150 guests. This can take 37 minutes to over an hour to accomplish.   


Visit every table as a couple right after you are done eating your dinner. The people that really want to talk to you will come to you. You don’t have to say much other than thank them for coming. 

  • Photography

Yes, it is true the photographer does get blamed for arriving later than expected for the reception. This is because a lake of communication with the photographers timeline. If you try to crunch 90 minutes of portraits in to 30 minutes it will not work out well and the pictures will suffer. You might not get the best photographer work that you hired them for in the first place. 


Make sure you get the 6 main shots after the ceremony. Big brides family, immediate family, just parents. Do the same for the groom side. This takes 20 minutes. Every combination with another group takes around 2 minutes extra to set up. 

Make sure the family does not leave before the portraits. Grandparents love to leave and forget to stay for portraits. 

Make sure you have 2-3 hours in between the ceremony and reception starting time so you can travel to a gorgeous location to take beautiful portraits. 

Brian Kellogg is a Columbus, Ohio Wedding photographer. Be sure to subscribe so you can receive helpful tips and tricks before you get married. 

What is a same day wedding edit?

The same day edit is when you see your wedding photos or wedding video edited on the same day. When a photographer does this it can either be displayed on a laptop, TV, iPad, or my favorite a projection screen. 

I have personally done same day edits when I started photographing weddings in 2004. I love the fact that people are shocked that the photos are edited. They laugh, cry, ooh and aah when they see the photos. People are complimenting the bride and groom all night long on how great the photos where. 

I personally love watching people's faces light up when the wedding guests see it on the projector. It is one of the best times of the wedding for myself to sit back and see how people react to the photos I have been taking all day. You can view more images from the same day edit on the Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographers page. 

The entertainment value of a same day edit

The 80 inch projection screen gets everyone's attention. Everyone is clapping for the couple by the end. It is just another piece of entertainment for your wedding guests and you get to see the 60 best images we took that day. 

  • See your wedding photos after dinner on the wedding day
  • View the 60 of the best photos on a projection screen
  • Entertainment for your guests 
  • Everyone claps for the couple by the end

Photographers wondering my process on the same day edit

As soon as I get to the reception I take the detail photos of the room then put my card in my laptop. I have been shooting RAW with small Jpg at the same time. I download all the jpeg photos into a folder with PhotoMechanic. I go through the 3000 images as fast as I can and select 60-100 images. I then drop the images into Lightroom with a preset. I adjust exposure, white-balance, vignette, and a lot of other minor adjustments. I then put the couples name on the first slide and my logo at the end. I then take out the portable projection screen, projector, HDMI cable, and plug my laptop in after dinner. I tell the DJ to announce the slideshow and play soft music. I hit play and see everyone's reaction!

  • See your wedding photos after dinner on the wedding day
  • View the 60 of the best photos on a projection screen
  • Entertainment for your guests 
  • Everyone claps for the couple by the end

Here is a video that shows what is looks like.

Skip to 40 seconds to see it in action.

Why should you have a first look?

The first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. People said it was bad luck not to see each other before the ceremony but the truth is that this was used in arranged marriages so the groom would not back out. 

• When you do a first look you can have all the creative photos and family photos done ahead of time. This leads to less stress on the wedding day. You don't have to rush around getting all the photos done between the ceremony and reception missing cocktail hour. If you do the first look you will be able to spend more time with your friends and family before the reception at cocktail hour. 

• Will this ruin the moment? No, you are simply trading one moment for another. I personally have seen better reactions from the groom when couples have their first look. It is just the two of them and not a crowed of people staring. lol

• Where should the first look be? This is completely up to you. I recommend you pick the ceremony site or a pleasant area outside with decent backgrounds with some shade.

• Who should be around? I think it should only be the two of you, the two photographers, and videographer. I recommend two photographers because you need to capture both reactions (bride and groom). We typically take about 3 minutes of photos and leave you alone to talk. This is a precious moment and I don't want to interfere. I always tell the couple wave at me when you are ready to take photos. I never want to rush you. 

• How is it done? You simply have the groom's back turned and the bride taps him on the shoulder. This is so the photographers don't miss the reaction and you get the full effect rather than seeing each other from a distance. 

• When do you get to see the first look photos? You can view them after dinner at the reception when I show the same day edit

Below are just a few photos from first looks we have done in the past. You should check out our full portfolio of work here Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographers. I just love these moments so much! I am so glad and privileged to have the opertunity to capture these images.


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How to make a seating chart for your wedding?


There are several ways to make a seating chart. I found a few techniques that will save you time and stress of putting one together. Also remember it is okay to have an empty chair every once in a while. 

The one thing to remember is to not overthink it. Most tables seat eight to ten people. You probably want your parents and immediate family next to the dance floor so they can see people dance. This also helps the photographer capture some moments if the parents get a little teary-eyed. 

Other guests you should have close to the dance floor are grandparents so they can watch as well. Friends with kids you can put closer to the door just incase they have a screaming kid and make a quick escape during a speech. You can also put all your friends you see all the time and will be on the dance floor anyway toward the back. Comment below if you want to add to this article.

Here is a link for wedding table visual templates.

Here is a link to a helpful google spreadsheet

This might the most clever and easiest. Basically get post it notes in different colors, cut them into thirds starting on the sticky side, write the guest name on strip, draw circles on paper, stick and re-stick their names to the tables. You can also use paper plates to visualize the tables. Here is the link. 

  • Don't overthink it
  • Seat parents, grandparents, and immediate family close to dance floor
  • Put screaming kids close to an exit ;)
  • Buy post-it notes and use the technique above

If you are having a very casual wedding you can also make a quick sign saying, “Pick a seat not a side” ;) People like to make this sign for the ceremony if the couple knows that there is one family that is much larger than the other. 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Columbus, Ohio wedding photographer portfolio to get more ideas for your wedding day. Comment below or message me if you have any other ideas to make table arangements.