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. 

Sharing J & B’s Quadrus Conference Center wedding in Menlo Park. This was my first time shooting at the venue. At first you may be wondering is a Conference Center going to be good for a wedding? What will it look like? The good news is, it’s an inviting space. Dreamy, even! It’s filled with […]

Quadrus Conference Center wedding Menlo Park

January 18, 2020

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Hey there, fellow wedding vendor! You’re receiving this blog post because I’ve just sent you a gallery of wedding photos from a wedding that YOU worked on and provided awesome work. I am so stoked to be working with you! I want to see you and your biz grow and thrive, that’s why I’m sending […]

Wedding vendors: best practices for photo sharing

January 14, 2020

Delighted to share today this beautiful Stern Grove wedding! Stern Grove is a pretty iconic San Francisco location, but in case you aren’t familiar – here’s the backstory! According to Wikipedia, it’s been the setting of the famous Stern Grove festival for over 80 years! The 33-acre recreational site is administered by SF Recreation and […]

Stern Grove wedding San Francisco

January 13, 2020

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Wow for this beautiful Chateau Carmel Wedding! I love the amazing places that my couples find. When they told me about Chateau Carmel I was above all, intrigued. This unique, elegant European-Style villa is available on Airbnb and VRBO. I know, right, it seems so crazy to think you can find an incredible wedding venue […]

Chateau Carmel Wedding | Carmel Valley photographer

January 8, 2020

What’s the best way of getting around on your San Francisco City Hall wedding day? Whatever you have planned on your big day at City Hall, you’ll undoubtedly need some form of transportation! In this article, I outline the 10 best transportation ideas to & from San Francisco City Hall. I also include some pros […]

10 transportation ideas for San Francisco City Hall weddings

January 4, 2020

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Yay for this wonderful wedding venue, The General’s Residence! It was a pleasure photographing the wedding of Dieter and Eduardo at this favorite San Francisco wedding spot. You may know of the General’s Residence being located in Fort Mason. But did you know that the whole Fort Mason complex is located within a National Park?! […]

General’s Residence at Fort Mason Wedding

December 31, 2019

When Q&S first contacted me about their Brazilian Room wedding, I have to admit I was pretty excited and hoped so hard that they’d book me as their wedding photographer! We chatted on the phone and they told me their plans. They had in mind a December brunch reception at Brazilian Room. The venue is […]

Brazilian Room Wedding Tilden Park

December 28, 2019

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OK so that might be most awkward title to a blog post ever, but the awkwardness officially ends here! Are you wondering what actual steps you can take to look GOOD in your wedding photos? Good as in not cheesy, not awkward, just totally happy, relaxed and IN LOVE. So, just know that there’s nothing […]

How to not look awkward in your wedding photos

December 23, 2019

In this post I’m sharing the 10 best locations for your engagement photos in SF. The places on this list are San Francisco spots that are amazing for wedding or engagement photos. What makes spots for couples photos any different from general cool photo spots? Well, for one thing, they each have a wide variety […]

Best engagement photo locations in San Francisco

December 19, 2019

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We know how hard it is when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer! Where do you even begin? There are so many out there, and it’s difficult to figure out what really differentiates them. Did you know there are almost 7,000 photographers listed on Yelp in the Bay Area? Yikes! You definitely need some […]

10 tips for choosing your wedding photographer

December 13, 2019

Welcome friends! It’s hard to pin down exactly what the average professional wedding photographer charges in San Francisco. The statistics are not that easy to come by, so I’m here to give some hard facts and then some anecdotal information. I also have some helpful points to consider when mulling over the numbers. So in […]

How much does a wedding photographer cost in the San Francisco Bay Area?

December 10, 2019

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Downtown Oakland was the scene for this RAD LGBTQ+ engagement. Renee [she/her] and Jack [they/them] describe themselves as a queer-forward couple hailing from Oakland. These folx manage to combine absolute hipness with total goofiness in such a cute way. If ever two people were meant to be, it’s these two. Table of Contents The coupleThe […]

Renee + Jack | Queer downtown Oakland engagement shoot

December 7, 2019

Congratulations on your engagement and choice to get married at San Francisco City Hall! It’s a decision you won’t regret. It can be tricky to know where to start with planning your San Francisco City Hall wedding. There’s a lot of information out there, but how do you know which sources to trust, which are […]

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

December 4, 2019

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A private city hall ceremony is always a wonderful idea, but the price tag can make it unfeasible for some. Is there a middle ground between the private rental of an area and the typical 5-minute rotunda civil ceremony? A recent couple made me aware of an option to get married privately at San Francisco […]

How to have a private ceremony at SF City Hall without renting a space

December 2, 2019

Now and then in my wedding photography business, I’ll get questions about minimum coverage hours for wedding photography. It’s usually people looking for short wedding coverage below my minimum number of hours. That could be 6 hours but frequently fewer than four.  I’ll have leads come in asking something along these lines: “We are only […]

Why are there minimum coverage hours for wedding photography?

November 29, 2019

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I love bringing to light the stories of underrepresented types of couples and people. The world is changing, and there is more scope now than ever to shine a light on what has previously been kept closeted, things like open marriage and gender transition. Love is complex. Marriage means different things to everyone. To some, […]

Raj + Andy | Open marriage, transition & play parties

November 24, 2019

Outdoor photo locations NEAR San Francisco City Hall for wedding photos! 10 great location ideas, all less than 3 miles from San Francisco City Hall

10 San Francisco portrait locations close to City Hall

November 21, 2019

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Is The Knot worth it for photographers? Will it help my wedding photography business to advertise on The Knot? The Knot is the US’ number one wedding site which marriers use to plan their wedding, get inspiration and search for local vendors who pay to appear in the directory. This article reflects on my personal […]

Is The Knot worth it for photographers?

November 17, 2019

Say hi to this sweet wedding couple! Where do I even start with this beautiful Cornerstone Sonoma wedding set in beautiful Northern California wine country? Set among the stunning birch gardens, ponds, lawns and vines of Cornerstone Sonoma in wine country, the fusion wedding really combined so much beautiful diversity. It was so much fun […]

Cornerstone Sonoma wedding

November 11, 2019

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I just got back from Showit United, my first ever photography conference in the US and let me just say, it was super interesting. My head is spinning with all the ideas I want to implement. I’ve so many actionable tips that I’ve scribbled down in my super spangly United notebook. (It’s the little things). […]

What I learned at Showit United 2019

November 6, 2019