for couples whose weddings reflect their values

candid wedding photography

Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Small weddings

Big heart.

7 tips for candids on your wedding day

truthful and straightforward; frank.

Candid wedding photography captures 'what is', as it is. 

Think: the spirit of the event, the feelings; prioritizing the essential truth of every moment.

What is candid wedding photography?

Worried your wedding photos will look stiff and awkward?

More interested in real moments but also some beautiful posed shots?

Not sure how to relax and feel comfortable in front of the camera?

Wanting wedding photos that are timeless rather than trendy?

Doing something a little different and unique for your wedding?

Planning a wedding that's firmly aligned with your values?

Trying to find a photographer that is reliable, practical and down-to-earth?
Interested in someone that takes the time to understand your wedding vision?

Feeling alone and overwhelmed with all the crazy wedding planning?

Does this resonate with you, friend?

So glad you're here! You're looking for meaningful, candid wedding photography that celebrates union and oozes joy.

I’m a San Francisco-based wedding photographer who delights in the realness and whimsy of love.

My wedding images are bold and tender, modern and timeless, edgy and romantic. 

Bay Area Wedding Photographer


My goal is to create personal images with an intimate feel. Images that evoke a range of emotions which take you back to the moment viscerally. 

Looking for a wedding photographer that will honor your unique, beautiful story?

Let's get to know each other!

Let's go!

Wedding photography info for Bay Area marriers - everything you need to know, all in one place.

Pricing, portfolio, FAQ ... It's all here!

All the info you need


Do you love these things too? Do you want your wedding to be a reflection of your values and the uniqueness of your love? Do you live in the SF Bay Area? Have you been to too many boring weddings?

Gulp – I just got butterflies, cos ME TOO!

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer that won’t assume you’re a bride and groom I GOT YOU.

I treat all my clients as unique individuals. I want to honor your story.

I make images that feel authentic and truly you.

We are FOR the underrepresented couples, the people getting married their own way. WHATEVER THAT LOOKS LIKE. No judgment, no expectations. Just love!

Climbing a mountain? I’m there. Getting married in the backyard? Cool! Jamming at the local community center? Awesome! Wineries, restaurants, parks, forests. Yes, yes, yes and YES!

San Francisco City Hall is a passion of mine too and I shoot a ton there!

Ready to smash the wedding industrial complex? (Or just throw a damn good party?) Come join me!


I publish fresh, helpful content on my wedding blog frequently! Focusing on wedding planning tips for engaged couples, I keep it helpful & practical, with a good dose of wedspiration!

I highlight my couples' stories with sincerity and heart, and showcase the best San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues.

Recently on Zoe Larkin Photography

— Heather & Jason, Santa Rosa CA

"Zoe proved to be spectacular at what she does. She made us feel at ease with the camera"

— Jake & Omar, Phoenix AZ

"She makes you feel welcome and valued throughout the whole process"

— Jessica & John, Knoxville TN

— Jen & Jeff, San Francisco CA

"She was responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout the process"

— Stephanie & Minh, Orange County CA

"She truly takes the time to connect with you so that you feel comfortable working with her"

— Colleen & Harry, Daly City CA

"She was super easy to work with... extremely professional and detail oriented"

— Lauren & Scott, Oakland CA

"she has a fabulous photographer's eye as well as a keen intuition about what's needed"

— Lisa & Nick, San Leandro CA

"Her use of light really speaks in the photos, giving them a beautiful, happy, romantic glow."

I photograph weddings & engagements in San Francisco and anywhere in the Bay Area and Northern California. My couples tend to be a little offbeat, falling somewhere outside of the mainstream, often inventing their own traditions rather than following them.

I specialize in small, intentional weddings in which you choose to take your time, breathe and savor. This also leads to a great experience on your day, better photos and less of a sense of 'the wedding whirlwind'.

Stop. Slow down. Let's take this back to the basics - two people promising their lives to each other. Relaxed or type-A (ahem, hi, kindred spirit!), I got you!

Having a wedding that honors your personal values? We're going to be a good fit. Cultural weddings, DIY weddings, destination weddings or simple elopements with just the two of you.

Though my photography style is primarily candid, you'll get a range of images from little wedding details beautifully styled, family formal photos (so important!) and instructional posing during the couples' session to help you relax.

San Francisco Bay Area weddings, elopements & engagement photography!

I'm so down

I believe

in chasing moments over perfection

that solid planning is the key to living in the moment

in storytelling with authenticity 

in nurturing lasting client relationships

photography should be fun and transformative

in working with integrity and honesty

your wedding can be anything you want it to be 

wedding photography is your first family heirloom

in celebrating underrepresented people 

my clients are heroes 

all love is equal 

- Help creating your customized wedding photography timeline
- Impartial recommendations from my San Francisco Bay Area vendor network
- In-person and phone consultations
- Complimentary travel of up to 50 miles from San Francisco 94110
- A 30-image sneak peek gallery within days of your wedding or engagement
- At least 65 hand-edited high resolution images per hour of photography
- Sleek online gallery for viewing, sharing, downloading & purchasing prints
- Print release for all your images
- The option to purchase beautiful custom wedding albums designed in-house

I offer for all my wedding couples:

When you book with Zoe Larkin Photography