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. 

Getting married at San Francisco City Hall? Our ultimate 2020 planning guide is packed with info about planning your San Francisco City Hall wedding

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall – Ultimate 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 fusion 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 […]

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

Satisfaction comes from living out your values Every week I attend an incredible goal-setting group for entrepreneurs and other professionals. It’s been such a joy for me to set goals for both the long and short term. One of the things I’m focusing on more and more is goals and values as a creative entrepreneur. […]

Goals and values as a creative entrepreneur

October 29, 2019

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Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding memories! I have prepared this guide to help you figure out what the options are for preserving your wedding images in both digital and hard copy form. Table of Contents Most importantly!Back up, back up, back upExternal hard drives & cloud back-upPrint and enjoy!What […]

What to do with your wedding photos

October 28, 2019

The no-fluff guide to deciding: ‘should I get a second photographer at my wedding?’ Spoiler: yes. In all seriousness, what does a second shooter do, and should you have one at your wedding? Is it necessary, is it going to be intrusive or change the dynamic of your wedding? And then there’s the extra cost […]

Do I need a second photographer at my wedding?

September 16, 2019

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I’m so excited to introduce this gorgeous LGBTQ+ City Hall wedding couple today on the blog! I know I say that every time but from the moment that Jake first reached out I knew this was going to be very special. Call me crazy but sometimes I just get a feeling about these things. The […]

Jake and Omar | Pride month 4th Floor SF City Hall ceremony

September 10, 2019

I am often asked about what to wear on your engagement shoot, so I wanted to take a deep dive here. Without further ado, my specific tips in this post as to what photographs well + some points to bear in mind. The same advice here applies to love / anniversary / just-because shoot. On […]

What to wear for your engagement shoot

August 7, 2019

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Hey friends! I’m going to dive into a topic that is a little controversial, I think! A wedding photographer’s non-usage fee, what it means and why it’s charged. But after careful consideration and a whole lot of trying different things out over the past couple of years, I’ve refined what currently works for me (my […]

What is a wedding photographer’s non-usage fee?

August 5, 2019

What affects the look of your finished wedding images? I want to get down to brass tacks in this article, and what factors affect the finished result – your wedding photos. A big part of what I do is education and generally making sure I’m the right fit for you. So let’s dive in to figuring […]

What affects the look of my wedding photos?

August 2, 2019

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These two delightful dudes are getting married (woot!) on September 14 2019! I managed to talk them into doing an engagement session in San Francisco’s Castro District where they live! The enGAYgement session was ahead of their fall wedding taking place at City Hall (they’ll have the WHOLE place to themselves!), then on to their […]

Edu + Dieter | Castro engagement with sequins & ice cream

July 31, 2019

Get hitched without a hitch & read the unromantic but essential City Hall fine print. This article is intended for clients of mine! But it may be useful to anyone getting married at San Francisco City Hall. I call it the ‘City Hall fine print’. It’s intended to help to manage expectations and fill you […]

City Hall weddings – the fine print stuff

July 28, 2019

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I’m so happy and excited to share this trans couple’s Oakland Lake Merritt engagement shoot! This was such a fun one for me, not least because Marissa and Nico had become friends of mine by the time the shoot rolled around. Read more about how we came to connect, and how this extraordinary couple’s love […]

Marissa + Nico | Joyful Oakland Lake Merritt & in-home engagement

July 23, 2019

Among fellow photographer friends, most of us have got the question at some point: “I love the photos from my wedding! Can I get all of the RAW files or images that you shot? You don’t need to edit them or anything.” The short answer is no, you cannot have – or purchase – the […]

Can I get all the RAW files / unedited jpegs from my wedding?

July 20, 2019

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Shooting a wedding is a big undertaking and something that a professional wedding photographer doesn’t take lightly. Managing your expectations goes a long way to ensuring that there are no nasty surprises down the pike. This post was created in tandem with this other post. That post provides insight into the actual process from cards […]

Why does it take so long to get my wedding pictures?

July 16, 2019