Dayton And Cincinnati Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions FAQ


Style And Photographer Questions

Do you have a particular photography style?

  • Yes!  I specialize in the lifestyle wedding photography style.  TheKnot.com (paraphrased) defines it as "mostly candid, some direction, and tons of style."  Candid photos are the most sincere, and I work really hard to capture the most creative candid images that I can.  To accomplish this, I combine the hands-off aspects of photojournalism with the hands-on aspects of traditional wedding photography.  I may give simple directions to you to create the most aesthetically pleasing images while maintaining the genuine emotion of the moment.  Traditional posed family and bridal party portraits are something that nearly all brides and grooms wish to do, and I always try to make these enjoyable and unique.  No matter what your wedding day throws at me, I can create high-quality, stunning, and creative wedding photography for you!

Do you have a fun personality?

  • Yes!  Although I am a professional photographer, I do enjoy keeping the day light and fun.  I often ease the bride's stress by telling funny stories from weddings past or suggesting fun images to try on her big day.  You will be very happy that I am professional yet fun.  I try to keep the day interesting and humorous for you while getting all of the wedding images you and I want.

Will you be photographing my wedding?

  • Yes!  Every bride and groom get Kevin Lush's talent and expertise.  Kevin Lush photographs every wedding.  For people seeking two photographers, the best thing I can tell you is that I have a reputation for capturing every wedding day moment!  I am consistently one of the best Dayton wedding photographers for this reason.

Do you limit the number of weddings in a year?

  • Yes!  I only book a limited number of weddings per year.  By limiting the number of wedding photography shoots each year, I remain fresh and energized and am able to give your wedding my full creative energy.

Do you photograph more than one wedding per day?

  • No!  On wedding days, I do not take any other sessions. Your wedding day is solely devoted to you!  I believe I stay fresh and energetic for your event by only booking your event on that day.

Are you a natural light photographer?

  • No!  Natural light photographer is a synonym for photographers who don't use flash or studio lights.  These photographers rely upon the sun to light their images.  As you can imagine, it is quite difficult to photograph indoor and evening weddings with only sunlight.  I use external lighting as needed to create the most pleasing and creative wedding images possible.

Wedding Day Questions

Do you offer various wedding photography coverage options?

Have you ever photographed at my wedding and venue?

Have you worked with videographers before?

  • Yes!  I have worked with videographers from kids with iPhones to multiple professional videographers with lighting and sound equipment.  I enjoy spending time with other creatives at weddings, and I often get great ideas from them.

Do you use professional camera equipment?

  • Yes!  I use professional Nikon cameras, flashes and lenses. I also love my Tamron equipment for getting great up close shots without interrupting the subject.  I also use professional studio lights, memory cards, and more.

    Should I do a first look instead of waiting to see my bride/groom?

    • Yes!  It is your decision as to when you see each other. From my vast wedding photography experience, couples who do a special first look are more relaxed and get to spend more time together on their wedding day.

    Do you scout wedding venues before the wedding?

    • No!  I have been to almost all Dayton and Cincinnati wedding venues and have photographed more than 160 weddings.  I have learned to anticipate every setting and circumstance and enjoy the on-the-job creativity.  It keeps me fresh.  I do scout locations on Google Maps and Pinterest when I haven't been to a wedding or reception venue.  As I always arrive early to your wedding day location, I have extra time to look around for any other ideas.

    Will the group photographs be as boring and time-consuming as I think?

    • No!  I work quickly and am prepared with high-quality equipment.  I try to infuse humor into these photos and will do my best to shoot quickly.  The big slow down comes when we have to wait for subjects to arrive.  People that will be photographed should be instructed to be at the photo location early and to be ready.

    Other Wedding Questions

      Will I own the copyright?

      • Yes!  A clause in the contract states that both you and Kevin Lush Photography own the rights to the images. You are permitted to use them digitally and in print, perpetually.  This applies to wedding and engagement images.

        Do you back up your images?

        • Yes! Images are backed up on site, and several off-site backups are made after the event.

          Are digital images included in your packages?

          • Yes! Every package since the day I started my business in 2007 has included, free of charge, every image for every bride and groom!  Every Dayton wedding photography client and Cincinnati wedding photography client has received every edited image, every time.  Your Photos.  Your Freedom.

          Will I have to wait long after our wedding to see all of the images?

          • No!  I have always and will always deliver your images within 3 weeks of your wedding day.  For engagement sessions, images will be delivered within 48 hours.  As a special thank-you to every bride and groom, I post a few of my favorite images on the night of the wedding.

          Can I see a full wedding gallery from a past client?

          • Yes!  Should you wish to see an entire wedding gallery from the getting ready stage through the end of the reception, please email me.  I'd be happy to send you a previous Dayton wedding photography complete gallery.  Dayton Ohio photographers should always allow you to see a complete wedding from start to finish.

          Do you charge sales tax for the state of Ohio?

          • Yes.  It is required by law in the state of Ohio for all Dayton Ohio photographers and Cincinnati Ohio photographers.  "The production of still photographs or prints, motion pictures, the developing of negatives, or the mounting of transparencies in frames to create slides, for a consideration, are sales. Unless the sale is otherwise exempted by law, the entire charge is subject to the sales tax without any deduction on account of the cost of property sold, cost of materials used, labor or service cost, or any other expense." - State of Ohio Department of Taxation

            Do you keep backups of my Cincinnati wedding or Dayton wedding?

            • Yes!  I keep multiple backups of your images for a minimum of one year.

              Will the photos be retouched and color balanced?

              • Yes!  I make sure that all of your wedding images look authentic to your day.  As I have photographed more than 160 weddings, most of my images are made correctly in the camera.  This ensures professional, creative images that require little post-processing work.  For the images that do require post-processing, you won't be able to tell them apart from the rest!

              Do I get every image your shoot?

              • No! Before you receive your images, I will have gone through every image multiple times to remove duplicate images, images that may contain odd facial expressions, blinking, and more.  Inevitably at each wedding, there are a few images where someone walked in front of the camera as I was creating a shot.  These types of images will also be removed.  Typically, you will receive a large number of images, and those will be the highest quality images of your wedding day. 

              Do you have a preferred number of hours I should book for my Dayton or Cincinnati wedding?

              • Yes!  For many years I only offered 6-hour and 12-hour wedding packages.  Since adding an 8-hour package in 2015, it has become my most popular Dayton and Cincinnati wedding photography package.  90% of my brides and grooms choose the 8-hour package because it provides enough time to cover all wedding events, family photos, and bridal portraits.  I suggest this to all of my potential brides and grooms.

              Will I get my engagement photos quickly after my Cincinnati or Dayton engagement session?

              • Yes!  All engagement sessions are delivered within 48 hours of the end of the engagement session.

              Will I be charged for the time between events if nothing is going on?

              • Yes!  Regardless of which package you choose, your time starts when you ask Kevin Lush Photography to arrive at the first location.  If there is a large break between wedding and reception, Kevin Lush Photography will still be with you capturing images.  Spending this free time at a park or downtown area provides a great, pressure-free, and fun photography time.  Make the most of it!

              Are you available to photograph a destination wedding?

              • Yes! Please contact me to discuss your destination wedding as every wedding is different.  So far I have photographed weddings in Palm Springs, California and Washington D.C. (in addition to the rest in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia)

              Are my wedding and engagement photos posted to an online gallery?

              • Yes!   All full resolution images are delivered via an online gallery and are able to be downloaded immediately.  Sharing is also enabled.  Images stay online for at least 90 days, but it is your responsibility to download your own copy.

              Do I own my wedding and engagement images?

              • Yes!  Every wedding photography contract and engagement photography contract contains language to permits you to use your images for print and digital purposes for perpetuity.

              Do my images contain watermarks or logos?

              • No!  Since starting my photography business in 2007, I have refused to watermark any of my images.  You own your images, and they will not have logos or text on them.

              Do you have liability insurance and a business license?

              • Yes!  I have liability insurance and a business license from the State of Ohio.