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Sometimes, couples who are having a civil ceremony at SF City Hall ask me what they can do to further personalize their day. After all, no vow personalization is permitted – you’ll be reciting the standard courthouse vows.  While the ceremony itself is templated, the rest of your day doesn’t have to be. In this […]

How to make your SF City Hall Civil Ceremony EXTRA SPECIAL!

how to add special touches to your simple civil ceremony at san Francisco city hall

April 18, 2022

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wedding photography posing tips for brides on the wedding day

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Get the best wedding photos on your big day! Posing you is your photographer’s job, but there are also many things you can do that will help us get the best possible photos.  Also, understanding a little about the principles behind what you’ll be asked to do for your wedding photography poses, can help demystify […]

Practical guide to posing for couples on your wedding day

March 22, 2022

You probably already know that the 4th Floor Galleries are available for private rental for wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall. You are perhaps thinking of booking one of the 4th Floor balconies and want to get a little bit of info before doing do. First of all, welcome! I’m Zoe, one of the most […]

Your 2022 guide to 4th Floor Wedding Ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall

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February 15, 2022

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pandemic updates for san francisco city hall weddings - 2022

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If you’re looking for up-to-date information regarding wedding ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall, you’re in the right place! I’m a wedding photographer that shoots a large number of weddings in this iconic public building. I have a lot of updates, news and info to share with you, based on my knowledge and experience working […]

San Francisco City Hall Pandemic Wedding Updates 2022

January 21, 2022

The term ‘sneak peek’ gets thrown around a lot by wedding photographers, but few take the time to explain what it means and why you’d want one! What is a sneak peek? Most sneak peeks (or ‘sneak previews’) are delivered via the photographer’s preferred gallery delivery software, but some photographers may simply email them or […]

What is a sneak peek in wedding photography?

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January 19, 2022

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santa rosa wedding at pellegrini olivet lane winery

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Did you know you can get married at Pellegrini-Olivet Lane winery in Santa Rosa, CA? You may know it as a stunning yet affordable place to spend some time away from the busier parts of the Bay Area on a slow Saturday.  It’s a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of Sonoma County in the […]

Pellegrini-Olivet Lane Winery wedding photos

December 17, 2021

What do you do when you want two different events covered on your wedding day? Basically, when there’s a big gap in proceedings – morning ceremony and evening reception, for example? Every now and then, I get this question: We’re having an early wedding ceremony, then a gap in our day before our reception / […]

Split photography coverage – when you want non-continuous hours

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December 2, 2021

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best san francisco elopement photographer

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I’m Zoe and I’m a San Francisco elopement photographer! It’s truly a pleasure to meet you, I’m so glad you found me! By the end of this informative article, we will make sure we’re on the same page here and you’ll know whether I’m a photographer you want to reach out to for your upcoming […]

San Francisco Elopement Photographer

November 21, 2021

An affordable way to keep your wedding memories alive Welcome, clients, to my guide to the Coffee-Table Books that I am proud to offer! These are a stunning choice of printed hardback book that you can purchase as an add-on to your wedding photography with me or my team after the wedding!  Watch the video […]

Coffee-Table Wedding Books with Zoe Larkin Photography

November 17, 2021

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45 beautiful wedding vow books on Amazon affordable

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Let me level with you guys – as a wedding photographer I have a few pet peeves. One of them is this: You’re standing at the altar or the arch – the most sacred spot, gathered together with your nearest and dearest community. You’re a giddy mess of joy, nerves, excitement, a little sweat, happiness, […]

Inexpensive + beautiful wedding vow books

November 16, 2021

San Francisco is a great city to get married in, whether you’re doing a simple City Hall ceremony, eloping on the beach or something more elaborate at one of San Francisco’s gorgeous wedding venues. One thing you’ll notice is that San Francisco isn’t a city that has a lot of indoor or covered options when […]

What to do if it rains on your San Francisco wedding day

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November 15, 2021

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Wedding photos taken with Holga 120 toy camera

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And now for something completely different! Who’s heard of a Holga camera? This is my Holga, a medium format 120 film camera from Hong Kong.  The Holga is known as a toy camera. It has an incredibly low-cost construction with a plastic meniscus lens (two spherical curved surfaces, convex on one side and concave on […]

Wedding photos taken with my Holga (old toy film camera)

September 5, 2021

Hey, awesome Bay Area togs!  Let me introduce myself if we haven’t already met. I’m Zoe and you’ve landed on my little business’ website! I’m looking for associate wedding photographers based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  An associate photographer is a professional photographer that shoots weddings instead of the business owner. Not to be […]

We are hiring associate (lead) photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Zoe Larkin Photography is hiring associates in san Francisco bay area 2021

June 25, 2021

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everything you need to know about minimizing stress on your wedding day - tips to savor the wedding day

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The wedding day goes by in such a blur – so follow these 5 practical tips to allow you to take it all in! Practice the art of ‘letting go’ and you’ll be rewarded with SO much that goes beyond that you may expect. Letting go – of everything – basically allows you to enjoy […]

5 actionable tips for ‘letting go’ on your wedding day

May 24, 2021

Are you looking for a photographer for your San Francisco Bay Area micro wedding? You’re in the right place! My name is Zoe Larkin, and I’ve been specializing in micro weddings and intimate weddings since 2016.  In this article, I want to answer some questions you may have about the micro wedding trend,. I’ll share […]

Bay Area micro wedding photography

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May 6, 2021

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A first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day. It’s typically a staged moment, orchestrated by the photographer. The first look is a chance for the couple to share a moment privately, to laugh, cry, share meaningful words and unveil their wedding attire.

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What is a first look?  A first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day. It’s typically a staged moment, orchestrated by the photographer. The first look is a chance for the couple to share a moment privately, to laugh, cry, share meaningful words and unveil their […]

What is a first look and why should you have one?

April 19, 2021

Are you curious about Tailwind’s latest feature, Tailwind Create? This nifty piece of software, available as a paid add-on of your Tailwind Plus plan, will actually make Pinterest pins for you – without you having to do the legwork of designing! I review the tool in this video below and take you through every step […]

Tailwind Create review and tutorial – make Pinterest pins automatically with AI

Honest review of Tailwind Create, the new smart way of making Pinterest pins automatically using AI

April 14, 2021

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guide to getting your engagement or wedding photos done at lovers' lane, a presidio gem

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If you’re thinking of doing your engagement photography session at San Francisco’s stunning Lovers’ Lane location… seriously, just do it! It offers so much and is really photography-friendly.  In this blog post I’m going to showcase some of my favorite photos I’ve taken at Lovers’ Lane at the Presidio, as well as provide you with […]

Lovers’ Lane Engagement Photos, San Francisco

April 5, 2021

Are you new to Pinterest marketing? Looking for easy, free ways of scheduling your Pinterest pins so your boards gain maximum visibility? Woah, woah. Let’s back up a second. If you’re a Pinterest marketing beginner, you may not know why on earth you would need to schedule your pins. After all, Pinterest is a place […]

How to schedule Pinterest pins for free

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April 2, 2021

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Wondering how to write a positive review or testimonial for your awesome wedding photographer ; ) with a ton of sample templates you can use? If you’ve landed here it means either a) I sent you this link and you’re being very nice by humoring me, and opening it up.  And b) you’re also very […]

How to write the perfect review for your wedding photographer

March 29, 2021

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