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!