Zoe Larkin Photography Blog 

A warm welcome to my little corner of the internet! I pour my heart & soul into providing helpful resources and showcasing #wedspiration. 

I left London, wondered rootlessly & pursued a meaningful life. 

My blog is the place I share my journey and those of my amazing couples. 

Planning a small intimate wedding? Perhaps you’re wondering if you even need a wedding planner – after all, isn’t a professional wedding planner a bit of a luxury? And isn’t the whole point of having a small wedding to save money? Well, yes and no. And it depends. Of course, a small wedding doesn’t have […]

11 reasons why even a small wedding needs a wedding planner

whether to hire a wedding planner when having small wedding

July 8, 2020

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greetabl review by a small business owner - using greetabl for your business client gifting

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Wondering what you can send to a friend (or client) in the mail? I’ve been a raving fan of Greetabl, the gifting service for a couple of years now. And I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer. As a wedding photographer, I use Greetabl for client gifting, and I love it!  If you’re looking […]

Greetabl Review & how to use for client gifting (20% off code)

June 27, 2020

Today I’m sharing some STUNNING Pacific Heights engagement photos from the engagement session of the wonderful Andrea and Mason! In the spirit of letting the images speak for themselves, I’m going to keep this blog post mercifully short. Be sure to check out the awesome second part of their shoot – Baker Beach. Coming soon! […]

Pacific Heights engagement photos San Francisco

Pacific Heights engagement photography session in San Francisco | Zoe Larkin Photography

June 23, 2020

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Complete guide to Mission District's best places for wedding or engagement photography | Zoe Larkin Photography

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Welcome friends! Today I’m sharing the best places in the Mission District of San Francisco for your engagement photos! As far as engagement photography goes, I have a few fave Mission District spots. As a wedding photographer, I’ve found myself shooting here on many occasions. Great because it’s also my home, ha! For a more casual […]

Top 10 Mission District locations for engagement photos

June 12, 2020

Hey all you wonderful clients and prospective clients of Zoe Larkin Photography! As you all are all too aware, this is an unprecedented time in the world. There is much confusion and heartbreak – and having your wedding plans disrupted is a big deal. I don’t take any of this lightly. As a responsible and […]

COVID weddings – How Zoe Larkin Photography deals with unprecedented times

what a photographer is doing about covid weddings - bride and groom wearing masks | Zoe Larkin Photography

June 1, 2020

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the business of being a wedding photographer - what wedding photographers do

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What does a wedding photographers do? Are you thinking of becoming a wedding photographer and want to learn what a typical day-in-the-life of a wedding photographer looks like? Are you curious as to what’s involved behind the scenes on the business side of things, aside from the wedding day itself. Sure there’s editing and brushing […]

What does a wedding photographer do in a day?

May 18, 2020

I first went out at the very start of April to try to photograph scenes of the Mission District in San Francisco during lockdown. At first, it was too depressing a prospect. I kept putting it off. It was as if somehow photographing it would mean admitting it’s really happening. My first reaction was disbelief, […]

Mission District street signs during lockdown

Mission District street photos San Francisco | Zoe Larkin Photography zoelarkin.com

May 8, 2020

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What you should know before hiring a cheap wedding photographer | Zoe Larkin Photography

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Weddings are expensive and everyone wants to save money wherever possible. I’ve seen a lot of wedding photographer opinion pieces in which they argue that you should definitely spend a lot of money on your wedding photographer if you want even halfway decent pictures.  But let’s take a moment to pause and look at both […]

Should you hire a cheap wedding photographer? Let’s look at both sides

April 29, 2020

Enjoy this intimate San Francisco beach wedding! Angely and Vincent’s ceremony was held in the tucked-away location of the Crissy Field Cypress Grove. This little-known San Francisco beach location is a super special wedding spot. You are overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge as you say ‘I do!’! What makes this intimate wedding even more special […]

Crissy Field intimate beach wedding San Francisco

Crissy Field intimate beach wedding San Francisco by Zoe Larkin Photography

April 6, 2020

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set up at San Francisco City Hall for full buyout wedding

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Interested in having the whole of San Francisco City Hall to yourself for your Saturday wedding ceremony? Then check out Eduardo and Dieter’s September City Hall ceremony for full buyout inspiration! The San Francisco couple were kind enough to lift the lid on some of their planning experiences – so I’m going to share this, […]

San Francisco City Hall full buyout Saturday wedding

March 26, 2020

If you’re in the throes of planning your San Francisco City Hall civil ceremony, you’re in the right place! In this article, I’m going to guide you through how to create the perfect SF City Hall timeline for your wedding. Because seamless, stress-free wedding days don’t just happen, they’re planned! Sure, a San Francisco City […]

How to create the perfect timeline for San Francisco City Hall wedding

wedding photography timeline for san Francisco city hall wedding

March 21, 2020

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couple leading their guests at camp mendocino wedding

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I’m excited to share this Camp Mendocino wedding! Unique, meaningful and fun are the words that come to mind when I look back on Sara and Chris’ October 2019 wedding. Camp Mendocino holds a special place in the hearts of many locals. If you grew up in Northern CA, chances are you went to Camp […]

Camp Mendocino wedding photos

March 13, 2020

If you’re planning to get married at San Francisco City Hall, congratulations, and welcome! You may be well underway with City Hall wedding planning already. Or perhaps you’re gathering ideas for your future wedding or elopement. Whatever the case, I hope my guide to getting married at San Francisco City Hall is helpful! San Francisco […]

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall – 2020 guide

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall - Official Guide by Zoe Larkin Photography

March 12, 2020

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bay area family photography

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I am delighted to announce that Zoe Larkin Photography will now offering family photography sessions in the Bay Area for past wedding photography clients! Family lifestyle sessions will give you the chance to have beautiful, relaxed photos as your family grows. You’ll have the benefit of working with someone whose style, presence and energy is […]

Family photography now available for past wedding clients!

March 12, 2020

Wondering where to have your reception after your San Francisco City Hall wedding? I’ve put together some of my favorite, achingly cool San Francisco restaurants that will be happy to your reception or meal after your City Hall wedding!  All of these epically hip restaurants serve excellent food and will take good care of you […]

The 12 coolest San Francisco restaurants for City Hall wedding receptions

restaurants for san francisco city hall wedding receptions

March 10, 2020

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If you're planning a wedding you've probably wondered why wedding vendors charge so much for their products and services. Why do wedding-related items have such a huge markup? Are unwitting brides and grooms being taken advantage of by unscrupulous wedding vendors? We take a deep dive into wedding economics. This article lists 13 reasons why weddings can, and should cost more than non-wedding events. The answers may surprise you. #weddingeconomics #weddingplanning | Zoe Larkin Photography

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Add the word ‘wedding’ into any service or product and the price suddenly shoots up. You’ve probably seen the undercover research, as this Huffpost article dives into. A reporter gets a quote for an anniversary party or family gathering. They call back and make the same inquiry except for a wedding and the price goes […]

The wedding tax – the REAL reason wedding vendors charge more

March 6, 2020

Today I want to let you in on a little San Francisco City Hall inside knowledge on Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies. City Hall doesn’t always publicize their special set-up for Valentine’s Day, so I’m letting you in on all the goss! 2020 was the 4th year that SF City Hall has instated the tradition, and […]

Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall

couple checking in at North Light Court, San Francisco City Hall for their Valentine's Day wedding

March 3, 2020

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How to have a relaxed wedding day

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A wedding photographer’s guide to a relaxed, drama-free wedding! My 25 tips are specifically for you to keep in mind on the big day itself. Short, sweet and to-the-point, read this right before your wedding and hopefully a few will come to mind on your big day! These wedding day tips are focused not only […]

25 day-of tips for a drama-free wedding & amazing photos

February 28, 2020

As a straight, cisgender wedding photographer I am extremely grateful and proud that a number of LGBTQ+ couples have trusted me with their weddings, engagements and love stories. Showcasing these couples’ photos has earned me more LGBTQ+ wedding bookings for the upcoming year, which I’m pumped about. Working with LGBTQ+ couples has been an incredible […]

Photographing LGBTQ+ couples as a straight, cis wedding photographer

tips for photographing gay LGBTQ wedding couples by Zoe Larkin Photography

February 25, 2020

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Eristavi-Winery-Wedding-Zoe-Larkin-Photography

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Mellow + chilled… and I’m not just talking about the wine! Honestly, this Eristavi Winery wedding was the epitome of effortless Cool. With a big ‘C’. Urban wineries are becoming more popular these days. Traditional wineries will always have their place. For many San Francisco couples, spots closer to home have their unique appeal. Morgan […]

Eristavi Winery Wedding San Francisco

February 19, 2020