Maxim Photo Studio is an award winning destination wedding photography studio focusing on providing a great wedding day experience. Since 2005, the Studio has specialized in candid and on-location documentary wedding photography. We focus on capturing distinctive and authentic images in a non-intrusive way.
My name is Max and I own Maxim Photo Studio. My Studio has primary locations in Cincinnati OH and Nashville TN and is available for destinations sessions nationwide. The Studio specializes in Contemporary Wedding Photojournalism and Amazing Portraits. Over the past 16 years, I have personally photographed over 600 weddings all over US and Mexico. During the same time we’ve photographed over 650 engagements all over the US including Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, New York City, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Dayton.
This blog is an extension of who I am personally and the vision which I offer to my photography clients. I think it is important for you to know the photographer’s style and personality and that is why you’ll see personal as well as professional posts here. My studio and I do not just sell coverage, prints, and albums, but we sell ourselves through our unparalleled Studio experience.
In 2021 we expanded our Studio locations to include Nashville Tennessee. This allows us to provide photography to surrounding areas of Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, South and North Carolina.
As photographers, we believe that wedding photography should capture moments rather than poses. We want our couples to experience their wedding day simply and elegantly. Our wedding photography allows you to not only remember how you looked, but also how you felt. This is why every wedding photography collection includes a photojournalistic photographer who is dedicated to capturing the often fleeting moments of joy, whimsy, and spontaneity. What’s more, you’ll get to experience your wedding day images immediately at your reception on a big projection screen.
One of the most popular wedding photography options is the Unboxed Photo Booth. It is so popular that even DJs are offering photo booths. In reality these DJ lead photo booths are really just Mall Kiosks where the guests get to press a button and squeeze into a box with no more that 2 of their friends. You wouldn’t trust your once in a live time wedding photography coverage to an assistant photographer, so why settle for the same when it comes to photo booths. Max leads all of the Live Photo Booth wedding coverages at reception by providing a 10’x10′ backdrop of your choice, props, on the spot color corrected 4×6 or 5×7 prints which your wedding guests can take away as favors, and signature books in as little as 10 days after the wedding. Want to learn how we attain the best Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton Unboxed Photo Booths experience, HERE is how.
FOUR(4) Things we looked for in our Wedding Photographer. 1ST- Must have creative & artistic vision for capturing moments. 2ND- Must have great referrals & professional reputation. 3RD - Still passionate about photography & romance(not just a job)! 4TH(most important)- Someone we trust as a person to share the most intimate moments of our most special day! BONUS - Like most weddings, Max's team was with us all day and throughout the evening. His energy never faded, and is tremendously physically fit to do task others simply can not. (Flexibility)- Max sincerely gives wonderful advice and suggestions, while encouraging and supporting however you want the day to go. Though we met as a client/vendor, Max ended up being someone we call a true friend. If you want someone with integrity, passion, tremendous skills, talent and overall trust, there is no one better in the business! A++
BEST of the Best! The title says it all. From our very first meeting with Max at Maxim Photo Studio we were impressed! His laid back, professional nature put our minds and concerns at ease. For those that are planning a wedding you know that it can be stressful. Every photographer has a 'style' but Max and his team made sure that they knew what we envisoned and wanted for our special day. From the engagement, figuring out times/details of the wedding down to the execution on the big day we did not have to worry about a thing. Our family and friends LOVED the slideshow of pictures that circulated around on iPads during our reception. It made them feel as if they were apart of the entire day of events. A confident photographer is a GOOD photographer, and we knew when hiring Max and his team to capture the most important day of our lives to date that we were in good hands. I would recommend Maxim Photo Studio to everyone! You will get quality photo and quality services.
We could not recommend Max more! We worked with him on our wedding in September 2014 and we are so thrilled with the results. From the beginning, Max was professional, responsive, really courteous, easy to work with, and had an incredible eye. In addition to his suggestions, he was also really open to what we wanted, and he made it happen. We couldn't ask for a better wedding photographer!
We had Maxim Photo Studio shoot both our engagement and wedding day pictures. Our engagement session was in Ault Park during the cherry blossoms which were absolutely gorgeous. At the time we both we horrible at posing for pictures and super awkward in front of the camera. Max and Angela made it really easy for us. They told us what to do to make us look good and all we had to do was kiss, smile and listen! The engagement session really helped us feel more confident and comfortable for our wedding day pictures. I'd highly recommend doing engagement photos for that reason. It also helps you know what you want. Then, on our wedding day we had such a great time during our photos. We took all of them before the ceremony, which I highly recommend! All of our photos came back perfect! We absolutely loved them and felt like there wasn't a bad photo! The flash photography looks amazing and Angela and Max were so good at directing us and the 15 people in our massive bridal party! Thank you, Max and your team! We are so grateful we have beautiful pictures that captures our perfect day!
Where do I begin?! Max and his team photographed my wedding at The Phoenix in Cincinnati in late August 2014. Max and Angela are the best; you will not be disappointed in their service. Max goes above and beyond in every way possible. To help future brides, I thought it would be beneficial to map out how my wonderful experience went. On a Saturday in May, my husband and I had our engagement session with Max and Angela. It was wonderful to have a few hours with Max before the actual wedding day. I (the bride) am a very photogenic person; however, my husband is not; so, he was anxious. About 15 minutes into our engagement session, both of us were completely relaxed and felt 100% comfortable with Max. Part of our comfort came with seeing how confident Max was in his work; he knew the exact angels and lighting to make what would have been a good picture, a great one. Not to mention, our engagement session ran over a bit and Max did not make us feel pressured at all; he just kept taking pictures (300+ to be exact) Fast forward a few months to the big day! Max and Angela were back at it again. Angela came to our hotel to photograph myself and the bridesmaids getting our hair and makeup done. Angela got to the hotel early which was amazing; it was nice not having to worry about the photographer on your wedding day. She not only captured posed pictures, but she was able to capture so many candid pictures; which are my favorite! While Angela was with the me and the bridesmaids, Max was at The Phoenix taking pictures of the ceremony location, the reception hall and all of the little details every bride puts into the wedding (décor, flowers, brides' accessories, etc.). When I arrived to The Phoenix, my nerves really kicked in! However, as soon as I talked with Max, I was immediately calmed and could see that he had everything under control and would be there to capture every moment of my big day! My husband and I did not do a "first look"; therefore, after the ceremony, pictures needed to be taken fairly quick. If you do not have an organized photographer, you may not get the pictures you want/desired. With that being said, Max probably had quite a bit of stress, but he did not show it to us. He was calm but assertive which helped us get all of the pictures we desired! Max and Angela were wonderful to my family and my bridal party. He made myself and the bridesmaids laugh and feel beautiful the entire day. I also received feedback from some groomsmen during the reception regarding Max; more than half of the 8 groomsmen approached my husband and I to compliment Max; they could not stop raving about how comfortable they felt with Max and how much of a stand up guy he is. About 2 weeks after the wedding, Max emailed and said my pictures were ready to pick up; after 2 weeks! When we went to view the pictures, Max showed us our video montage and every picture was outstanding! My pictures could not have turned out better; SO MANY pictures looked like something out of a magazine. I receive compliments on them weekly (still!)! His work is amazing and I will cherish my beautiful pictures forever! Max also brought his Live Photo Booth for the reception- WHAT A HIT!!! My guests loved it and could not stop talking about how much fun it was! THANK YOU, MAXIM PHOTO STUDIO! Ashley Witt
We just had our wedding at the end of July so this review is WAY overdue! (sorry Max...) After searching for and meeting with several photographers, my now husband and I chose Maxim Photo Studio based on his personality alone. He was very professional, friendly, and once you got to know him (and Angela), a very fun and creative photographer! One thing that was most important for us was that whenever we needed to reach him for a question or concern, either by phone or by email, he was prompt in either answering or getting back to us extremely quickly. Living in Florida and having our wedding in southern Indiana, that was crucial for us. Our package included a free engagement session, a wedding package in which we received a USB with the rights to all our photos, a signature guest book that had our engagement photos on pages for people to sign around, a photo booth (with props) and 2 signature books that included all the photos for the photo booth. We decided to splurge a little with our photographer because once the wedding is over, all that is left are the photos! A lot of other photographers I met were cocky. Max didn't come off that way; he was more confident that his work was great instead of cocky. When we had our engagement session, he explained that he likes to get to know how we photograph, what we're comfortable with, and how we interact with each other so he'll have a better understanding come the day of the wedding, which is pretty brilliant... On our wedding day, he already knew how we acted with each other and with him. We didn't have to worry about becoming comfortable with him all over again; instead we focused on taking our pictures! As far as his pictures go, I was specific that I wanted a nice, crisp, clean, and bright look to all of the photographs. (That's just my personal style) He hit the nail on the head with that style! If there was a photograph that we forgot to list and we wanted it, he made it happen! They were great at getting the shots that we wanted, and even thinking of some great ideas that we didn't think of! All in all, I as a bride, never had to worry about my photographer messing up or not being organized. He had everything taken care of! This was definitely not his first rodeo, and he did an amazing job at taking care of us! We have beautiful photos left over for us to enjoy for years to come! My husband and I would DEFINITELY recommend Maxim Photo Studio to anyone who doesn't mind slightly splurging for a GREAT PRODUCT and GREAT RELATIONSHIP! Thanks Max and Angela!!! -Laura & AJ
I cannot say enough great things about Max and his team. Besides amazing photos Max was excellent at communication. Max responded to my calls or e-mail almost instantly. I was always confident that he would answer my questions and satisfy what my husband and I wanted as far as location and specific photo poses. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Max and look forward working with him in the future.
Max did a fantastic job with both our engagement and wedding photos! Our package included an engagement session as well as a printed engagement book for guests to sign at our wedding. Max was very professional and it was so much fun to work with him and his staff - Angela was awesome and even made us a sign to use in some of our photos! All of our photos are perfect, and Max even gave us a USB with all of our images. I highly recommend them for your next event!!
When I walked into max's office, I knew I wanted him to be a part of my special day! His warm welcome and smile made me feel confident that I was at the right place. After showing me his work, I knew I had to have him for my photo booth. But he also showed me his slow motion video! I fell in love with his work and could not wait to see him on my wedding day. When the time came, Max was totally professional about his work, and he wanted my day to be perfect! He captured so many memories and it was great to see so many people step out of their comfort zone and have a little fun with Max's fun props and suggestive poses! I would recommend Max 100% and I intend on using him for future events!
The most profound advice we received when starting our wedding planning was, "don't skimp on a photographer. You'll appreciate every penny you spend to capture moments from the most special day of your lives.” It only took one meeting with Max to know that we had to have Maxim Photo Studio as our photographers. If the beauty and quality of his past work isn’t enough to sell you, his personality surely will! From the moment we met Max, it was clear that he would move mountains to capture the beauty of our wedding and engagement. He works in such a patient, friendly, and down-to-earth manner that makes taking professional pictures seem natural and fun. Our engagement session was one of the best parts of the wedding process. Max and his team were able to capture so many different moods and styles within a few city blocks. This brings us to the big day! During one of the most stressful days of your life, knowing you have Max as your photographer will give you one less thing to worry about! There when you need him, a ghost when you don’t, Max’s experience shines on the wedding day, as he knows how to capture the little details you will appreciate later. His respect for the bride and groom is phenomenal. Not overbearing but eager to please. Once it was all said and done, we were presented with an abundance of photos capturing our many artistic styles from classic and serene to edgy and fashion forward. We have received so many compliments on our photos, many people even saying that our photos look like they are straight from a magazine spread! If you want the best of the best in wedding photography, then you want to hire Maxim Photo Studio! You are getting a true professional and even a caring and dependable friend. It’s not often you find someone who not only loves their craft as much as Max loves photography but someone who also cares just as much about his clients and wanting to see them happy. We can’t thank Max and his team enough for making our day extraordinary!