Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes high fives kids while he walks in Super bowl XVIII parade in downtown Kansas City.
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Adele performing during Weekends With Adele at the Las Vegas Colosseum January 20, 2023.
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Black groom and Filipino Bride kiss on wood staircase above black floor
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Dolly parton acknowledges the crowd after taking the stage at the Congress of Country Music.




Thanks for stopping by to check out our photography!  We absolutely love making new friends, hanging out and of course – we always like to bring along a camera.  And that’s exactly how we want our shoots to feel…  Just some good friends hanging out, spending some quality time together, enjoying a beautiful afternoon, celebrating something special and creating memories of once in a lifetime moments.  After we go our separate ways, you’ll have some beautiful photos to look back on to help remember that amazing time in your life.  We are located in Columbia, Mo. and specialize in portrait photography – including family, wedding, newborn and senior photography – but we are available for all your photography needs!  We really love what we do and we can’t wait to share our passion with you!



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Best Wedding Photographers in Best of Columbia 2021 by Inside Columbia Magazine

Best of Columbia 2022 Schaefer Photography

Best Photographers in Best of Columbia 2022 by Inside Columbia Magazine

Schaefer Photography Best of Columbia Missouri Photographers by Inside Columbia Magazine

Best Photographers in Best of Columbia 2023 by Inside Columbia Magazine

It’s very important that we vibe with each other so read on and get to know us! We love Missouri and we love to travel 🙂  We enjoy music, dogs (especially our English Springer Spaniel – Jolene), neon lights, streaming shows, antique hunting, beautiful scenery, laughter and most importantly, we love people!  We enjoy experiencing all of the wonderful things that Columbia, Mo. has to offer.

Our little family is our whole world so we know how much capturing life’s moments mean to our clients.  We’d love to be there for you from the time you get engaged until you’re standing next to your best friend on your wedding day… or when you get to hold your newborn for the very first time until they walk across the stage to graduate as a senior in high school or from the University of Missouri! M-I-Z!

Come hang out with us and experience our passion for portrait and documentary photography.  We love documenting every special moment of our family with a photojournalistic approach and our same love and experience will go into creating photos for you!  We strive to capture photos using beautiful light and gorgeous colors that are true to life. We hope that one day when you look back on life, you’ll turn to our photos and be able to relive some beautiful moments.

Gosh darn it, people like us!

Scott and Shannon were AMAZING to work with...

I am completely in awe and obsessed with every single wedding picture we received. They went above and beyond capturing every sweet moment of our big day. They are very easy and fun to work with, helping the wedding party and guests feel completely comfortable the entire time! 5 out of 5 stars does not even do it justice when it comes to Schaefer Photography. We recommend them 100%.

Corey + Mike

We loved working with Schaefer Photography...

for our newborn pictures! Scott and Shannon were fun, comfortable and talented. The pictures turned out more beautiful than we dreamed! They paid great attention to detail which I loved. I definitely recommend then for family photo shoots, as they are very patient and wonderful with the little ones!

Steven + Brittney

Weddings can be stressful enough...

throw a once in a lifetime pandemic into it and holy guacamole stress level. Throughout the entire wedding process having Scott, Shannon, and their team there for us was amazing. Their work is incredible, I love walking past the pieces on our walls and being reminded of a day full of so much love. I’m excited for them to capture all of our family moments in the years to come.

Barbara + Alex

Scott is an amazing, very talented and caring photographer.

He made my daughter feel so comfortable getting her senior pictures and you can tell he truly cares! He is so creative and got so many amazing shots!! Most of all he made the day so fun and memorable!! We are so happy we chose Schaefer Photography for her senior pictures! We are super pleased and highly recommend them!!


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My wife says that there are few better moments in life than getting a message from Schaefer Photography saying our family pictures are done and on the way. We will continue to use Scott & Shannon until they fire us as clients!

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Our work has been featured and trusted by the following...

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John + Annie | Newborn

These are the folks you'll want preserving your memories, end of story. There's a lot I could write about them, but I'll save you the time and just give you one story. Long before they had taken any pictures for us, Scott and I were having lunch and just chatting about life and work. It was very apparent even at that time that their product was another level, and I asked him why he thought that might be. Very humbly, Scott responded by saying he thought it could be the effort he puts into the entire process, continuing by saying that every photo he takes and edits, he sees as his own. You're not just getting pictures taken with Schaefer Photography, someone is joining you to capture an occasion and then perfecting the final product as if he were working on pictures of his own kids, wedding, or life. Let them help you out. - John Q.

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Connor + Sean | Wedding

Scott and Shannon Schaefer were truly MVPs of our wedding day. With their profound wedding expertise, calm composure and ability to coordinate, they served in many ways as an additional wedding day coordinator. They seamlessly guided us through moments of the day that could have been stressful - from changing course at the last minute to incorporate a first look (and time everything just right to make it all happen), dream up new photo locations to dodge weather, and even help with my bustle when we were stumped! The day truly wouldn't have gone as smoothly without them. Of course, we knew Schaefer Photography would create beautiful photos - but, most of all, they had the keen instinct to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time to capture all of the most special candid moments in the most stunning ways. They didn't miss a single beat, and we're so grateful to have these fleeting moments captured forever. Thank you, Schaefer Photography! Truly the best of the best. - Connor V.

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Zach | Senior Portraits

What a great experience! Zach’s senior pictures are so much more than I could ever ask for. You managed to capture his personality perfectly
- Thank you Scott and Shannon!

Scott and Shannon are incredibly talented. I was, quite literally, in AWE watching Scott photograph my son. It felt like a photo shoot you only see on tv. Scott knew how to get just the right shot over and over again. ♥️♥️♥️ - Erin O.

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Katie + Lee | Family Photos

Scott and Shannon work as team to get the BEST photos! They are very talented, reasonably priced, and have quick turnaround times. I have two young boys that are full of energy and don't like getting their picture taken. They always manage to get great pictures that capture everyone's personalities. Can't recommend enough! - Katie S.