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. 

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 photos, San Francisco

stern grove wedding photos

January 13, 2020

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wedding photos from Chateau Carmel in Carmel Valley California

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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

10 ideas for san francisco city hall wedding day transportation!

January 4, 2020

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General’s Residence at Fort Mason wedding photo - Zoe Larkin Photography

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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

Brazilian Room wedding photos - Tilden Park Wedding in Berkeley, CA

December 28, 2019

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wedding couple sharing a joke against Inner Richmond District mural behind them

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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

9 best San Francisco location ideas for engagement photos - The complete guide to San Francisco engagement locations by Zoe Larkin Photography

December 19, 2019

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wedding ceremony picture at Sequoyah Country Clubwedding with bride laughing | How to choose the wedding photographer that's right for you

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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. It can be a tough decision, especially when you consider the role the wedding photographer will take on your day. […]

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?

What's the average price for wedding photography in the SF Bay Area | Couple standing in the vines at Elliston Vineyards wedding | Zoe Larkin Photography

December 10, 2019

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🏳️‍🌈 Totally rad engagement shoot in downtown oakland with this queer-forward Oakland couple. 🌈 Renee, Jack and I frolicked in their home while they spun some records with their large cats, then around their neighborhood. 🦄 After crossing rainbow crosswalks we finished up at the Fox Theater's iconic Oakland sign - a must-take for your Oakland engagement shoot! | #queerforward #oakland #engagementphotos #lgbtq | Zoe Larkin Photography

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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. The couple They both arrived […]

Renee + Jack | Queer downtown Oakland engagement shoot

December 7, 2019

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

close up of marriage license being signed on windowsills of 3rd floor of sf city hall

December 2, 2019

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understanding wedding photography minimum coverage during wedding season

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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. During the popular wedding season months, typically summer, wedding photographers will not be able to say yes to all inquiries that come in, […]

Why are there minimum coverage hours for wedding photography?

November 29, 2019

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

LGBTQ couple at san francisco's corona heights one kissing the other's head

November 24, 2019

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Bride and groom posing with san francisco skyline at Potrero Hill Wisconsin & 20th Streets after city hall wedding

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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

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?

me at the vendor mixing party at the knot at san francisco mint

November 17, 2019

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cornerstone sonoma wedding photography at nigerian japanese cultural fusion wedding

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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

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

view of the grand canyon with tiny person

November 6, 2019

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entrepreneur goal setting with blossom flowers

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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

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. Most importantly! Don’t let your photos languish on a hard drive. Receiving your gallery link isn’t the […]

What to do with your wedding photos

collage of images showing wedding vendors awesome work

October 28, 2019

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just married couple recessing down the aisle with bubbles

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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