Cincinnati Wedding Photographer Blog About Us

My name is Max Surikov. I own Maxim Photo Studio and this is my Cincinnati Wedding Photographer Blog. My clients commission me to create timeless, elegant, and unique wedding day images.

I’ve been happily married for 18 years and have two great 15 & 14 YO boys. In my “prior life” I played competitive table tennis, won in an amateur bodybuilding contest, and passed the CPA exam.

I grew up in Russia and moved to US in 1981. I went to college and received a degree in accounting. However after a decade of corporate consulting I decided to make a career change to pursue photography full time and received a degree in Photography from New York Institute of Photography.

In 2005 I started Maxim Photo Studio. The goal of Maxim Photo Studio has always been to provide exceptional wedding photography as well as amazing customer experience while maintaining a great work/life balance for my family. Since I lead every wedding photography, I limit the number of wedding commissions to about 35-40 each year.

Over the past 12 years, Maxim Photo Studio has become one of the most trusted and award winning wedding photography studios serving Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and destination locations. During this time, the Studio has captured over 400 weddings and 500 engagements. The Studio specializes in only Weddings, Engagements, and Photo Booths. We have been voted as the The Knot Best of Cincinnati Wedding Photographers for 7 consecutive years and were inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame in 2015.

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The Knot “Best of Weddings” Hall of Fame


1. My Studio specializes in providing amazing photography coverage. We don’t pretend to specialize in every single aspect of photography such as landscapes, cars, newborns, airplanes or architecture. Although in all honesty I could probably shoot all of these well. To really be good at something, you have to dedicate yourself to it and that is why we specialize in only Weddings and Live Photo Booths and THAT’S IT!!!

2. We are experts in photographing in all lighting conditions. We can turn a day into night and a night into day depending on the photography setting.

3. Photography is what I do. I don’t have a 9-5 in some office and then shoot at night and weekends. I am 24-7-365 photography driven and can shoot any time and anywhere.

4. Although I have a great studio team, as a studio owner, I photograph every assignment personally which is important because my style, lighting, vision, and post processing are unlike any other studio’s. We want our images to be different than anything you’ve seen out there. Although we produce quick results, we never sacrifice quality for speed; taking care to use only the best photographic equipment available. Here is a sample of our photographic equipment.

5. My Studio is conveniently based in Cincinnati’s Reading Bridal District and Dayton Bridal District and serves the surrounding areas of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky as well as destinations nationwide.

We don’t like to toot our own horn, and cherish it when our Former Clients do the talking for us.

We accept no substitutes and use the best available Canon Professional Equipment so that our clients look as good in camera as they do in real life.

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Click on CONNECT link above to discover what makes our vision and coverage approach so unique. You can also call us directly 513.620.4750. We Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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If you want someone with integrity, passion, tremendous skills, talent and overall trust, there is no one better in the business! A++” – Ashley + Bawe, Cincinnati Music Hall Wedding

Interview with Max Surikov, Owner of Maxim Photo Studio

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“If you are looking for a photographer to capture every moment of your special day, stay on schedule, be professional and polite, use creative poses and fantastic editing = look no further.”Jessica + Corey, Pebble Creek Golf Club


Maxim Photo Studio doesn’t utilize a cookie cutter approach for our weddings where we try to fit our couples into a specific mold. We think “outside the box” to present a unique lighting approach coupled with composition and location elements to make each image unique. We work with our couples to define the particular style and types of images you favor.

We use a 2 person approach for all of our wedding photography. This includes 2 lead photographers and not just understudies. This allows us to be in multiple locations on the wedding day and provide a better coverage.

We provide one of the quickest turnarounds in wedding photography industry with your wedding day images being available to you within 14 days after the wedding.

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I originally went to college to get a degree in Accounting and not in a particular visual art medium. After graduating, I passed the CPA exam and worked in corporate consulting for about a decade in Washington DC. During that time I starting taking pictures with a new camera film camera which I used to capture my own wedding. I also started capturing various events ranging from sports to corporate headshots. After about 5 years of photographing as a hobby, my wife in her infinite wisdom suggested that I stop deficit financing our kids retirement and start a photography business.

In 2005 I attended a weekend photography workshop at one of the best wedding photography studios in my then hometown of Leesburg VA. Shortly there after, the studio called and asked if I would be interested in helping them photograph their weddings. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to experience wedding photography. The interesting aspect of my first wedding was that it was on May 20th which is my birthday. So I officially started my wedding photography career and began my transition away from accounting on my birthday.

In 2007 my family moved to the Cincinnati area and I opened Maxim Photo Studio. It’s hard to believe how time flies and that 2016 marks my eleventh year of wedding photography.

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Maxim Photo Studio also has a location in Dayton and many of our Dayton based clients prefer to stay closer to home and enjoy many wedding photography locations for their engagement and wedding photography. Here are some of more prominent locations which our clients love: Dayton Art Institute, Canopy Creek Farm, Dayton Racquet Club, Schuster Center, Top of the Market, Country Club of the North, NCR Country Club, Smith Gardens, Dayton Country Club, Masonic Temple, The Willow Tree, Presidential Banquet Center, Cedar Springs Pavilion, Wegerzyn Gardens, Cox Arboretum, Hills and Dales Metropark, Carriage Hill Metropark, and Riverscape Metropark.

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