City Hall Wedding Info
San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography
Looking for a San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer that LOVES photographing there, has guided DOZENS of couples through the process & knows how to navigate whatever might be happening on the day?
I got ya, boo!
Here’s what you get when you choose me:
- Your very own editable wedding timeline with time built by me & informed by what you value
- In-person / phone consultation & emails galore. Planning is KEY!
- Customized vendor referrals for whatever you need – HMUA, florist, reception venue… I gotchu!
- Guidance choosing a portrait location anywhere SF (I know some great spots, many within 3 miles!)
- An abundance of helpful online materials which answer questions you didn’t know you had!
- Early arrival to scout what’s goin’ down, give you a BIG wedding hug and start super promptly.
- A fun British friend to hang out with on the day, making it easy, comfortable, non-awkward & FUN!
- Invisible troubleshooting for whatever happens! I roll with it & stay STRESS-FREE
- 30-image sneak peek a few days after your wedding. Gotta have something for the ‘gram!
- At least 75 images per hour of photography delivered within a month!
- Fully & professionally edited to look amazing! We’re talkin’ high-resolution, high quality images
- Sleek gallery online for six months for viewing, sharing, downloading and purchasing prints
- Print release for all your images
- Option to purchase a custom-designed lay-flat coffee-table book proofed online by you!
Get in touch here and tell me about you.
You’ll receive your e-guide to pricing, SO MANY tips and info on how to book a call or meeting with me so we can get to know each other. Let’s ‘I do’ this!
Still not convinced?
You are an absolute gift! The images you captured breathe a new level of life into our experience, as we approach our nuptials, and I endlessly thank you for that. Thank you for letting us be your muse and thank you for allowing us to display appreciation for each other.
Talented, professional, flexible, and humble, Zoe is our # 1 choice for professional photography needs. Fellow transplanter, a fan of dance music, and lover of love stories, she does not disappoint when it comes to providing quality work. To all future Zoe Larkin customers, know that you will leave your shoot with not just a photographer, but a potential friend.
Your skill as a photographer and easygoingness as a person helped make for an authentically beautiful outcome. Often times, it’s hard to mentally separate from work enough to get those much appreciated butterflies of being within reach of our nuptials, and this helps in making it all real. You are a gem. Please, continue capturing love on film.
We enjoyed every moment of the shoot, in large part due to you. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU! These photographs are beyond beautiful. Grateful to the extreme.
William C-W., San Rafael, CA
Looking over the pics that our friends and relatives can't stop raving about, I am amazed at how adept you are at capturing emotion in the moment; it really speaks to your capacity for empathy. It's the first thing i noticed when I saw your portfolio a few months ago. That quality, combined with your general aesthetic sensibilities resulted in photos that made us feel like we really won the wedding photographer lottery. We LOVE the photos. Yay!
Winter C., San Francisco, CA
Photography is both a precious and careful art. The master behind the lens is charged with the responsibility of capturing an ephemeral moment that would otherwise pass with the seconds of time. When you hire a photographer, you are entrusting them to apply their skills, art and talents to capture specific, valuable moments that you want to cherish and remember forever. We knew that when we chose Zoe as our photographer, we had truly found not only a professional, but an artist who would be able to capture the essence of who we are on our wedding day.
There are truly not enough words to express our gratitude to Zoe for taking our photos. We highly recommend Zoe. She will meet your expectation for skills, pricing, and capturing that precious moment you wish to remember and cherish always. For us, that was our wedding day and we are so incredibly grateful to have worked with her. I'm thrilled that we now have these photos to remember and cherish for a lifetime. These are photos I will always treasure and share with my grandchildren one day. Thank you so much Zoe. You are truly amazing.
Stephanie N., Orange County, CA
Zoe was a dream to work with. She has an incredible sense of humility, care, and engagement that allowed us to feel instantly at ease - which is crucial for taking authentic looking photos! Even though she had never taken photos at our location, she instantly had an eye for the best shot, angle, and framing. She was determined to ensure we were happy with the final photos, and she did not disappoint. The final products were stunning, and we had PLENTY of favorite photos to choose from. She even got us our gallery within a week of the shoot! Not only do we now have a new photographer for life's precious moments, but we made a new friend.
Lindsay J-S., Alameda CA
Zoe photographed our engagement shoot, and she was absolutely beautiful inside and out.
I found Zoe's work online and fell in love with her photography! I loved the quality and style of her images. The fact that she is located in Oakland was a bonus for us! We like to collaborate with local artist. She was quick and responsive throughout the entire process. Zoe and I collaborated our ideas over a phone call, and she made sure to follow-up.
We were looking for a photographer that would be down to explore our crazy ideas. I could not have asked for a better photographer than Zoe. My fiancée and I are from Oakland, with Mexican and Indo-Fijian backgrounds. Our must-shoot spots were downtown Oakland and Port View Park. Zoe knew exactly where the locations were. She advised that we first shot in downtown Oakland and then made our way to Port View Park right before sunset, and that's exactly what we did!
The weather was beautiful that day. We walked around downtown Oakland, shooting and posing away. Zoe shot with two cameras' the entire shoot. She was a risk-taker! She managed to get in the middle of the street with us, with the iconic Fox Theater in the backdrop. My fiancée had his heart set on this location, and even though we were running out of time, Zoe was down to fulfill his request. She was extremely patient.
We couldn't be happier with the final results. Zoe even gave us a beautiful keepsake, an image printed on a wooden block frame. The experience was amazing and so much fun. Zoe's persona is so down-to-earth, yet full of life! We definitely built a life-long relationship with Zoe.
Falisha K, Oakland, CA
It was such a great experience to work with Zoe. Having your engagement photos taken in a public place with strangers all around can be an awkward situation. With Zoe, she made us feel very comfortable and it resulted in natural and genuine photos that really showed the emotion of the moment.
Zoe was professional and prepared for the photoshoot. She carried a piece of paper with her that listed her ideas for the shoot, this saved a lot of time which resulted in more creative photos being taken. She gave us instructions and communicated with us clearly on how she wanted to us pose and she did it in a friendly and casual way which made the experience a lot of fun. It felt like we were just being a playful couple by ourselves instead of posing in front of a camera, it felt genuine and real.
The weather wasn't exactly in our favor as a thick fog rolled in, but Zoe found ways to work with what nature gave us. Her photographic style is unique where she can use a blank canvas to her advantage by finding details from things you typically don't notice like your hair, an article of clothing, a piece of leaf on the ground, and more. She has a creative mind that allows her to be flexible and versatile in any conditions.
Our experience was fantastic but words can only say so much. We recommend that you look through her portfolio and let her works of art do the talking.
Jessica F., Pleasant Valley, CA
Our engagement photoshoot with Zoe was not only professional, but so much fun! … she will take your breath away with her incredible sense of eye for glamour and capture the dreamy aura of love created by you and your lover. Zoe seems to have an extra layer of creative dimension that you can pick up in her relaxed vibe when you meet her. She is absolutely what "good people" are defined as in any dictionary.
As an introvert, it was important for me to really feel like myself, not only in front of the camera, but with the photographer as well. It is hard to find calm and sincere people in the wedding industry who aren't hounding you or adding more stress to your big day. But with Zoe, I could tell she just genuinely cared about the overall well-being of me and my fiancé.
Zoe gave us more than enough room to be ourselves throughout the session. She has recommended poses, she lets you do what you have in mind, she is flexible with what is right for you. Some of the best photographs were when she caught us off guard from relaxing the poses we were holding. Those photos are hilariously "real"! I had no idea I could open-up so much so soon! My fiancé and I were comfortable enough to throw on some music to unleash some dance moves and to our absolute delight, we caught her bopping along as she worked the camera!
Zoe's style is free-flowing, enchanting, and enlightening. She's a magical person and her photographs reflect her charm. It was a pleasure seeing her mind at work as she came up some on-the-spot locations to photograph us. We are so grateful to find a photographer who really has fun doing what she loves. We chose an environment that had bright and dark locations for our shoot (to reflect our eccentric personalities) and the techniques she used to bring out the vibrancy of colors in each surroundings came out jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Her love for natural light is expertly used to capture creative moments with skill and elegance. Zoe's photographs whisper songs of romance.
Zoe offers more to your shoot than your typical photographer. She is clever, imaginative, progressive, unpretentious, and undoubtedly experienced. She is a dream wedding photographer come true.
Rosa Isela G., Alameda, CA
I couldn't be happier to write this review for Zoe Larkin. We found Zoe and chose her to be our engagement photoshoot photographer. We had only had brief phone conversations and a few exchanged texts, but even with those brief communications, it was more than obvious that she was the right choice. She is so friendly, funny, and really genuinely cares to know her clients and their needs. She was also ahead of the game by asking us out front what we didn't like, and what we should try to avoid (in terms of poses, cheesy cheesy stuff, etc.). We finally met in person on a beautiful Sunday morning, and she came to us. She even agreed to do our photoshoot at Kuleto Estate in Napa, which is (I believe) more than 25 miles outside of her preferred shooting range. That was extremely nice and accommodating of her, and not many folks would do that for their clients (in my opinion). She met us at our apartment that morning and then we made the drive up. She is extremely kind, passionate about her work, and just so easygoing. She asked us questions about our proposal, our lives, our work, everything - she genuinely cared about us and what we were into. We knew immediately that she would make us feel comfortable and get right into the photoshoot.
When we started, we had nerves. I really wasn't feeling it because I don't like taking pics, generally. However, after about 5 minutes that all changed. Partly because we adjusted to the situation, but also because Zoe just has a real gift - making people feel more comfortable in typically awkward situations. The rest of the photoshoot was awesome, and we got to do a ton of different poses in different scenery. In terms of the photos, she had a natural talent for finding not only the right backdrops and scenery, but also the perfect lighting for excellent photos. You have to have a real eye for that sort of thing, and she truly does. Our photos came out excellent, and we could not be happier. Truly, select Zoe for any of your photography needs. She is an amazing person, and we couldn't be happier to have gotten the chance to know her.
Joseph C. Emeryville, CA
Zoe is fabulous! Creative, kind, professional, patient. She has fair, easy-to-understand pricing and produces the most amazing pictures. She photographed our small wedding in a bookshop and she captured moments I didn't even notice on the day of! She was patient with me as I made decisions and figured out what I wanted, generous with her time (and tea!) as we met together to plan, and the perfect person to have around on our wedding day.
Because of the nature of our non-traditional venue and that it was a small wedding, she really helped me consider details that I wasn't thinking about and plan well - I honestly don't know how I could have planned everything without her!
All of the pictures from our wedding were perfect, and THEN she walked me through the process of making a printed album, and I am so grateful. I wasn't sure if I wanted an album, and she helped me think through the decision without pressuring me in any way. And then she was incredibly patient as I chose images, and then she came up with an amazing layout. After being uncertain if I wanted an album or not, I am beyond grateful for this keepsake! We will treasure it forever. It's such a lovely book - the cover and everything is beautiful. And then she managed to put together pages that walk us through the most amazing day of our lives!
Zoe is fabulous! You will love working with someone so kind, intuitive, patient and talented.
Lauren P. Oakland, CA
Incredible doesn't even begin to describe our experience with Zoe. Our first meeting was at a small coffee shop in Oakland, and we vibed from the moment we met. She's kind, personable, and warm. We talked for a couple of hours about all sorts of things, as well as how my fiance and I met, the proposal, and our vision for our engagement shoot. She was really into making sure it captured the essence of who we were as a couple, and I really appreciated that.
Between our meeting and the shoot she was really quick with communication through email, which was wonderful and left me stress free.
We chose a location for the shoot near highway 1, in a hiking place very special to my fiance and I. She was totally open for the mini roadtrip, and we had an amazing time getting to know each other on the way up.
The first few moments of shooting were a little awkward, as she told us they might be, but she has a way of making you feel comfortable, and we were able to relax after a couple of minutes and have a great time.
My fiance and I are kind of wanderers, and we ended up shooting in not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 locations in the area - all in a 2 hour slot! I love and appreciate her willingness to venture out and explore.
The photos are breathtaking, and the variety in locations and the quality are more than we ever could have hoped for. Her use of light really speaks in the photos, giving them a beautiful, happy, romantic glow. She's got an amazing talent that can't be beat, and I feel truly lucky to have found her to take our photos.
Lisa M. San Leandro, CA
My husband and I traveled to San Francisco to marry. We found Zoe on Instagram because we were looking for a photographer who had experience with city hall weddings; we also prioritized photographers who worked with ALL kinds of couples, couples who look like us. Her portfolio revealed itself to be both classic yet modern, artsy and professional. Zoe was our first choice and she did not disappoint. She makes you feel welcome and valued throughout the whole process. She was very easy and warm to work with. She also delivered earlier than expected, with more photos than promised, with high quality. I'm so happy we found Zoe to capture our special day. Thank you!
If you are ever in The Bay area and need an amazing photographer, I highly recommend #zoelarkin - @zoe.larkin. She is truly amazing.
Cena and I took a mini-vacation last month and she was part of our amazing experience. I chose Cena to be my husband and I chose Zoe to be our memory catcher for our wedding that was supposed to take place in San Francisco. Months after our San Diego wedding, she was still able to bless us with her photography skills, kindness and generosity. She captured us so well! She is able to travel to you, and she's worth her fee plus more. We hope to use her for many other important moments in our life. You should too!
Also, before i forget, Zoe increased my insight that Cena and I needed to be more tender with each other. We have a rough type of love/ affection and it shows in the way we communicate and touch each other. I even learned through our shoot that my hubby is super ticklish. Although we are still rough around the edges, I find that we try to be more gentler, intimate with each other. When I hold him, its with TLC and I think she helped bring that out of us. We needed to be more compassionate with each other.
Thank you Zoe!
Zoe photographed our city hall wedding in November 2018, and we are so happy with the results!
We actually found Zoe through a referral from a different photographer, and we're thankful for the recommendation. Zoe was professional but approachable, making the entire experience smooth and easy. She was responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout the process, detailing and explaining everything along the way. We had a clear understanding of what to expect from our first communication with her in email. We met with Zoe prior to the wedding (she even made us tacos for lunch!), which was a great way to meet, discuss the details, answer questions, and get a sense of our style and photography "wishlist." On the day of the wedding, Zoe hustled to capture as many photos as possible in different locations within city hall, making the most of the later afternoon daylight. We were impressed and excited that nearly all of our "wishlist" photos were captured that day in a short timespan.
Our wedding was planned with short notice, and Zoe was completely accommodating, never making us feel inconvenient or rushed. She was flexible to our needs throughout, which we greatly appreciated! Her expertise and guidance related specifically to city hall weddings was an unexpected bonus - she definitely has a helpful insider point of view!
It was a such a lovely little surprise to receive a couple photo sneak peeks from Zoe in advance of our full wedding album, especially the one she shared with us on the same day as our ceremony. We received our full photo album within three weeks and were very happy with the final photos!
Thank you, Zoe, for a wonderful experience and for capturing our wedding so well!
My husband and I have never had many photos together. We're not really selfie people. So when it came to our wedding day, it was very important to us to have it photographed. Zoe photographed our wedding as beautiful and authentic as it was in real time. She's so easy to communicate with. She's delightful to be around, which is vital when you're spending hours with someone who is asking you to kiss on camera. The wedding itself went by so fast. I am so SO grateful to have the photos to look at. I can't express how much Zoe's work means to me. Don't hesitate. She's the one.
When you are secretly eloping on the other side of the country the ONLY thing you will have to share with family and friends are your photographs. It was so important to us to have beautiful photos of our January 2019 San Francisco City Hall elopement that made them feel like they were part of our special day. Zoe took such care to capture the small moments that really made the day memorable. And looking back at the images takes me right back to the moment. She was there for everything yet somehow she "hides" in the background.
Her no nonsense and efficient demeanor were total bonuses!! We could not believe she showed up to City Hall with a printed schedule to help keep us on track and make certain we got all the shots that were important to us. Zoe has a way of making you feel so comfortable. I am not a fan of having my picture taken but she eased us in and helped us show our fun-loving and romantic sides.
Not only was she an awesome photographer but she helped me find all my other vendors. I had no idea where to start with flowers and hair/makeup and I just mentioned it to her and the next thing I knew I had a list of options in my inbox.
I was so appreciative that Zoe took the time to have a call with us ahead of time to discuss what we wanted, the locations we'd like to shoot at and the vibe we wanted for our photos. There is no way I could have made any of those decisions on the day of yet since we had already talked about it, Zoe had a plan and executed it perfectly.
It was a true pleasure to work with her!!
PS Want to see MORE reviews? Our clients on Yelp seem to think we’re doing something right!!