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. Alright thanks, take care. Bye-bye.

Wedding vendors that I recommend

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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. 

DJs

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 www.buckeyesoundsentertainment.com

Steve with Night Music DJ: www.nightmusicdj.com

Matt Ryan DJ www.mattryandj.com

Florists

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 www.prema-designs.com

Petals and Leaves 614-785-9690 http://www.petalsandleaves.net/

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

 

 

 

Make a wedding timeline that is stress free

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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.   

Solution 

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. 

Solution 

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. 

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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