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The 9 Best Engagement Photographers in Columbus

Columbus is one of the liveliest, most well-educated cities in the country. The city is full of academics, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and families. We can’t imagine a more vibrant city. And in our minds, it’s the perfect size, neither too big nor small. Another thing about the city: it’s full of goodhearted people, which makes it one of the best cities in the country to find the love of your life. So it’s no wonder you’re here looking for the best Columbus engagement photographers. The creatives we’ve chosen to highlight today are all super-skilled and fun to work with. Check out their enviable portfolios!

1. Hunter Photographic

Hunter Harrison is a fearless photographer with a natural, attentive style. His photos mine the depths of the romances of the couples he works with in a bright, organic style that doesn’t shy away from rich colors or intense displays of passion. He’s equally adept at posed portraits as he is capturing candid photojournalistic shots. In all, Hunter really knows how to work with couples to get them to trust him, let their guards down, and just be themselves in front of the camera. The results are stunning.

2. Stephanie West

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"I'm so awkward!" "I don't photograph well!" "I hate photos that look posed!" ⁣ ⁣These are all common things I hear when I'm preparing a couple to shoot their engagement photos.⁣ ⁣ And here are my responses. ⁣ ⁣ First, everyone feels awkward being photographed. (Including and especially me!!) The key is to be relaxed and treat your shoot like you're on a date with each other! Sometimes "we're so awkward together" photographs well 😉⁣ ⁣ As for "I don't photograph well!" Well.. remember we're our own harshest critics and that we look at photographs of ourselves and see all the things we don't like about ourselves. But your engagement photos are about your relationship and you together. Try to focus on the things you love about you TOGETHER. ⁣ ⁣ Another thing to keep in mind is that you won't be photographed from "selfie angle". This can be a touchy subject, especially for women, but make sure you know what you look like. I try to capture sweet moments between you and sometimes that means shooting from the side or straight on. We all have a "side" or an angle where we feel best about ourselves and sometimes we can accommodate that. But not 100% of the time during your session. That would mean your entire session would be posed. Which brings me to my last point.⁣ ⁣ Your entire session won't be posed and to be honest, if that's what you're looking for, I'm probably not the right photographer for you. Posed photos aren't my favorite either. I would rather guide or coach you into interacting with each other than "pose" you. I prefer candid, natural, authentic moments between you ❤

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Stephanie West is a confident and personable Columbus engagement photographer with a remarkable ability to capture engagement photos with little to no posing. It takes years of work for lifestyle photographers to get as good as Stephanie is at putting their clients at ease and directing them in front of the camera. You’ll love working with Stephanie. Not only does she capture some of the most romantic, light-drenched engagement photos of any photographer on this list, but she’s also simply great to work with. Clients rave about their experiences with Stephanie.

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3. Christa Kimble

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One from warmer days

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Christa Kimble is an engagement photographer who takes light-filled, classically composed lifestyle engagement photos that we really love. She truly takes the time to get to know the couples she works with, to understand what makes them tick, as well as what makes their romance work. With this knowledge, she helps present these elements in a beautiful and reverent way through her photography. We can’t say enough good things about her thoughtful, romantic work.

4. Brian and Jenna of Kellogg Photography

Brian Kellogg and his wife and second shooter, Jenna, have been serving the Columbus area as wedding and engagement photographers for many years. In that time, their work has been recognized as some of the best photography in the area by numerous publications, including Ohio Today, Shutter Magazine, and Columbus Bride Magazine. Brian’s style is natural, classically composed, with just a touch of the cinematic. He’s a gifted storyteller who clearly believes that love has the power to transform people’s lives.

5. Andrew and Chrissy

Andrew and Chrissy are a husband-and-wife team of Columbus engagement photographers who’ve built a reputation in the city for their ability to connect with the couples they photograph. The duo effortlessly puts their clients at ease, then takes some of the most classically inspired, sincere, passionate engagement photos around. They have a style that’s moody, suffuse with color and light, and alive with joy and love. Andrew and Chrissy are the type of people you just want to hang around, as well as type of photographers you can genuinely trust to tell your love story.

6. Clay Justice and Lisa Hernandez of Red Gallery Photography

Clay and Lisa, the team behind Red Gallery Photography, are playful, diligent artists who’ve been recognized by numerous publications — including The Knot — as some of the best wedding and engagement photographers in the country. Their style is remarkably varied, ranging from experimental and haunting in one set of photos, to romantic and surrounded by gorgeous, verdant nature in the next set of photos. We can recommend them without reservation to any couples who simply want to work with an incredibly thoughtful photographic team.

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7. Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee has her degree in photojournalism from the University of Cincinnati. She has built a sterling reputation for herself in Columbus for her ability to compose emotionally rich engagement and wedding photos. She’s an artist who sees the world differently compared to that of the average person; in fact, she sees compositions everywhere, viewing moments as compositions and distilling magic into photography. Couples who work with Lauren are always grateful for the wizardry that happens when she gets behind the camera.

8. Megan Danser

Megan Danser is a Columbus engagement photographer with a modern style and classical sensibilities. She’s producing the type of work that does more than just commemorate, more than just capture the moment. She wants to create work you’ll keep, carry with you for life, and then pass on to your children. Her work has an intense attention to detail and a profound focus on the aspects of the personalities of her clients. Megan’s photos are celebrations of the life you’ve lived thus far, and of the life you’re going to live.

9. Jenna Rosalie

Columbus engagement photographer Jenna Rosalie is an energetic, emotionally intelligent, kind, and ridiculously talented photographer. The couples that work with her rave about her uncanny ability to simply know what they’re about, to look at them and just get it. She manages to lower others’ defenses and risk authenticity without tricks. Her work is understated, gorgeously composed, paying deep attention to the little unconscious gestures that show how we really feel without us even having to say a word.

Thanks for trusting us here at Peerspace to share some of our favorite Columbus engagement photographers with you. We’re really passionate about the work these photographers put out into the world, and we hope to see your smiling faces in their portfolios someday soon. Until then, cheers.

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