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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What is a good turn around time for wedding photos?

turn around time for wedding photography

Clients always ask me "When can I see my photos?" 

I love how excited my clients get everyone whats to see the images right away. It takes me two weeks for myself to pick the best images, load it into a different program adjust the following: White balance, tint, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, white point, black point, clarity, vibrance, sharpening, lens correction, and vignetting. This goes into each image my client sees. 

If you are lucky enough to have me photograph your wedding you get to see 60 of the best images on your wedding day on a projection screen when I do a same day edit.

HERE IS THE SHORT ANSWER:

  • Two weeks after engagement sessions and other portraits
  • Same day edit for 60 of the best photos on the wedding day
  • Two weeks after the wedding you will see all of your images on my projection screen and online

There is a lot involved behind the scenes as a wedding photographer. I am lucky enough to do this full time and have a great turn around time to my photos. 

I am also starting to put the photos and slideshows on Facebook the evening of the wedding. I want to beat out all the cell phone photos that are being posted that evening. Everyones is excited to see the wedding and I wan you to look your best. I already post an iPhone app the next day but I feel like posting on Facebook so you can tag your self would be even better. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see your wedding photos the evening of the wedding. 

I download all the photos on my laptop at the wedding so all the photos are backup just in case something happens to my camera. I could not imagine losing anyone's wedding images and I’m glad I have things in place to protect them. I invite you to view my Columbus, Ohio wedding photographer portfolio and get more ideas for your wedding. 

What should you ask your wedding photographer?

When you start planning your wedding you have to lock down the most important things first. You should put the deposit down for the venue, ceremony site, then the photographer, and DJ or band.

I made a list of the questions you should ask when meeting your potential wedding photographer.

  • What do you to further your education in photography? 
  • Do you regularly attend any photography conferences?
  • Do you have a degree in photography? 
  • How long have you been photographing weddings?
  • Have you been published anywhere?
  • Do you have lighting for the reception?
  • Will you help us with the wedding timeline?
  • In the contact does it state when we get to see the photos after the wedding? 
  • How do you backup the wedding photos? (one place should be online)
  • How long do you need for the creative bride and groom photos?
  • Have you shot destination weddings? 
  • Do you have a backup equipment?

What you should expect when you meet with Brian Kellogg

When you meet with me here is what you should expect. We will first get to know each other to make sure you are a good fit. We might talk about if you travel and your favorite cities to visit. Where family is coming from for your wedding. I might ask what you and your significant other like to do together. I always like this question because it tells me what you are into and I like to calibrate on a possible location for your engagement session. If you like the outdoors we would go to Hocking Hills, If you like video games I would suggest 16-bit arcade, If you love Chicago we would go to Chicago and hit some of your favorite spots.

After that we would talk about your wedding and what you have planned for the wedding day. I love to hear all the details. During this time I am thinking of all the weddings I have photographed and what worked well in the past. I might suggest uplighting with your wedding colors if the venue works well with it. I might have a few suggestions for your center pieces after hearing what you like to do together as a couple. If the couple loves writing I might suggest having an old typewriter to have guests type a short message to you. If you like golf, have golf balls as your seating cards. My goal is to help you make it an experience for your wedding guests and make your wedding unique to you with a little personalization.  

After we talk about your wedding day we look at the sample albums. If you are looking for something different you have come to the right place. I have an 8x20 inch flip up calendar style album and large 12x18 with impressed textured leather. I have traveled to Las Vegas and Nashville looking for the best album maker and the one I work with now is simply stunning. 

When you are finished with the albums I will go over my current packages. You will pick a free bridal magazine as free gift for coming in to meet with me. If we are a good fit I will let you know how to move forward and secure your wedding date. 

 
 

Nationwide Conference Center Wedding | Laura and Rory

Nationwide Conference Center Wedding

Hair dresser: Michael Garcia’s Salon - Bexley
Make up: Michael Garcia’s Salon - Bexley
Florist: Amy Music - Posy Florals
DJ / Band: DJ Dayna
Reception hall: Northpointe Ballroom
Catering: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Cake designer: Hannah Marie’s Bakery

The Ohio Statehouse Wedding | Alina and Alex

Names of wedding vendors Alina and Alex worked with:

Hair dresser: Charles Penzone

Make up: Charles Penzone

Florist: Mary

Brides Dress designer: St Patrick

Bridesmaids dresses: Asos

Wedding consultant: Penny

Tux rental: The Mens Warehouse

DJ / Band: Buckeye Sound

Reception hall: The Westin

Catering: The Westin

Greek Orthodox Church Wedding | Alina and Alex

Names of wedding vendors Alina and Alex worked with:

Hair dresser: Charles Penzone

Make up: Charles Penzone

Florist: Mary

Brides Dress designer: St Patrick

Bridesmaids dresses: Asos

Wedding consultant: Penny

Tux rental: The Mens Warehouse

DJ / Band: Buckeye Sound

Reception hall: The Westin

Catering: The Westin

The Grand Event Center Wedding | Caitlin and Christopher

Names of wedding vendors you are working with:

Hair dresser: Jessica Blair

Make up: Columbus Wedding Makeup

Florist: Posy

Brides Dress designer: Justin Alexander

Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Angelo

DJ / Band: Arnett Howard

Reception hall: Vue

Catering: Metro

Cake designer: Golden Delight

Scioto Reserve Wedding | Chelcey and Zachary

Scioto Reserve Wedding Photography

Names of wedding vendors Chelcey and Zachary worked with:

Tux rental: Mens Warehouse

Reception hall: Scioto Reserve Country Club

Cake designer: Cake Studio

Brookshire Wedding | Lauren and John

Scioto Reserve Wedding | Nicole and Jason

Scioto Reserve Country Club Wedding

Names of wedding vendors Nicole and Jason are worked with:

Hair dresser: Monica Piche

Make up: Skye Barnes

Florist: Hilliard Floral

Brides Dress designer: Mori Lee from wendy’s Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses: Allure from Elegant Wedding

Wedding consultant: n/a

Suits: Joseph A. Bank

DJ / Band: Night Music

Reception hall: Scioto Reserve

Cake designer: Cake Creations

Other vendors: Photobooth Jerry Krutz