Congratulations on your upcoming San Francisco City Hall wedding! 

I offer San Francisco City Hall wedding photos that are thoughtfully composed, excellently lit without nasty flash, and minus cheesy posing. I make you look as amazing as you feel on your SF City Hall wedding day! 

I pride myself on getting to know my City Hall couples’ stories intimately. I'm motivated by a deep desire to create imagery that feels authentic to each couple.

For me, a City Hall wedding is as unique as any other kind of wedding. I take the time to listen and get to know you so I can craft photos that are intimate and true. 

My past clients appreciated my expert knowledge of both the vast San Francisco City Hall and the process of getting married there.


San Francisco city Hall wedding photographer

Expert knowledge of the process of Getting Married at San Francisco City Hall | Your friendly wedding photographer, Zoe!


But don’t take my word for it! I have amassed almost 40 5-star reviews on Yelp from clients astounded by the quality and range of imagery.

Not only that, I get a lot of comments about the planning assistance that I provide all my clients with personally. I’m your trusted guide that you can bounce ideas around with.

I have a TON of helpful resources on my ever-growing blog library with a large section dedicated solely to SF City Hall weddings.

I pride myself on helping to plan your City Hall wedding, arranging your photography timeline, suggesting vendors that fit your style, and offering my input on anything with which you need assistance.

I am frequently asked by someone at every wedding ‘how do you know the couple?’ assuming I must be a friend. That to me is the highest praise.

So, let’s begin your legacy today! It all begins with my homemade mochi muffins at my studio in the Mission District. If you can’t make it, I’d love to Skype with you and see your cute faces! 

"As fairly introverted people who shy away from cameras, I knew there may be hope for us! Zoe proved to be spectacular at what she does. She made us feel at ease with the camera and after not too long, we stopped noticing its presence as much and just acted like ourselves. We took pictures all over inside and outside the building with her guiding the way, always checking in and asking us for input."
— Heather & Jason

"All of the couples she has photographed looked so natural and in love."

"We  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."
—  Jake and Omar

"so happy we found Zoe to capture 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!!"
—  Jessica & John

"Zoe had a plan and executed it perfectly."

"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."
—  Jen & Jeff

"Zoe hustled to capture as many photos as possible in different locations."

"There are truly not enough words to express our gratitude to Zoe for taking our photos [...] She is SUCH a calm soul. We had our entire family with us (who can be very demanding, restless and opinionated) plus our malti-poo, but she directed all of us with such grace and ease. "
—  Stephanie & Minh

"We found an artist who would be able to capture the essence of who we are"

05. WHAT WILL WE RECEIVE AS PART OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE?
All clients receive a curated, carefully hand-edited selection of images. They are delivered in a shareable, downloadable online gallery from which you can also purchase prints. More about what's included below. Beyond than the finished wedding pictures, I offer a high level of customized service from the moment you inquire with me.

06. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Reliability, extensive knowledge of City Hall weddings, planning help, professionalism, personalized service, vendor referrals, homemade mochi muffins at my place… seriously! I take the time to get to know you as a couple and will prepare an editable, custom wedding timeline for you that ensures everything you value has adequate time. If you can’t make it to my San Francisco studio, let's Skype or chat on the phone!

07. DO YOU USE FLASH AT CITY HALL?
I love utilizing ambient light, so try to preserve this as much as possible. I use top of the line cameras and lenses which are so great because they work even in the lower lighting conditions inside City Hall. I like to keep things natural and I don’t use light in a dramatic way. The only exception is that I sometimes use flash for larger group portraits depending where we’re positioned and the lighting conditions on the day.

08. HOW WILL YOU MAKE US FEEL COMFORTABLE?
Building a relationship before the wedding is crucial to helping you feel comfortable and relaxed – like we’re old friends. I make the wedding shoot fun and like to keep things moving.  Read about 5 things I do to help you relax, feel good and forget about the camera!

01. HOW FAR OUT SHOULD WE BOOK?
You can book your City Hall ceremony a maximum of 90 days out with City Hall itself. The exception to this is private area reservations which can be booked further out. When it comes to booking a photographer, it’s a good idea to book as soon as you have your ceremony confirmed to avoid disappointment. However you can always feel free to contact me even if your ceremony is only a few days away!

02. HOW MANY HOURS WILL WE NEED?
My City Hall coverage begins at 2 hours which is enough for 15 mins pre-ceremony, the waiting period before the ceremony (which lasts up to 30 mins on average), the ceremony itself, posed family portraits and portraits of you and your partner inside City Hall and leaving the building. I recommend 2.5 or 3 hours so there’s enough time for a beautiful location with natural (outdoor!) light.

03. WHAT ARE SOME GOOD PORTRAIT LOCATIONS?
There are so many! Here are some favorite SF photo locations. Many of the most iconic ones (Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, the beaches) take quite a long time to drive to given the traffic, so I also have ideas for places that are within 3 miles of City Hall and will cut down on the amount of coverage time needed. 

04. WILL YOU PHOTOGRAPH OUR LARGER WEDDING RECEPTION AT A LATER DATE?
Yes! Please let me know when you reach out about your City Hall wedding, if you have a larger reception the same day or another day. I travel all over CA and the world for weddings.

city Hall - Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person meeting at my office in the mission (or skype!)

At the heart of my work is a connection to the couple I'm photographing. I learn about your shared values, personality quirks and unique interaction style.

personal guidance & a creative professional's input

I've navigated dozens of couples through the process and have learned a lot about the intricacies of working with City Hall. 

Allow me to share this wealth of knowledge.

vendor referrals to suit your style and budget

I've come to build up a network of trusted local vendors. I only recommend those that have experience with City Hall. 

Whether it's officiants, floral designers, hair & makeup artists, I got you. And I don't receive any commissions or kickbacks!

customized timeline crafting

Before onboarding with me I'll provide you with an editable custom timeline that outlines coverage ideas. 

This way you know you haven't booked too much or too little time!

guidance choosing your portrait location(s)

Time may be short but you still want gorgeous images with natural light. I can steer you to spots that are less than 3 miles from City Hall plus other more iconic ones around San Francisco.

a comprehensive and ever-growing blog library

It's my passion to serve and provide value. One way I do this is through my City Hall blog library which has info on every aspect of getting married at San Francisco City Hall as well as past client images.

Early arrival on your wedding day

I live just a few minutes drive from City Hall and can even walk there. However I make sure I'm super early for your peace of mind. 

at least 60 final images per hour of photography

You get all the keepers that are carefully selected, curated and edited by me to ensure a refined and cohesive flow to your final online gallery.

My City Hall wedding photo packages include

My City Hall wedding photo packages include

It's the type of wedding I had myself. Honestly, I had always dreamed about a civil ceremony with no guests. 

Why Specialize in SF City Hall wedding photography?

The very first weddings I ever got offered as a second photographer were at SF City Hall. That’s just how it happened!

My first ever clients were City Hall couples. Then a fellow wedding pro asked me to shoot hers. Things snowballed!

I realized slowly that this is what I really love. It wasn't a lightning bolt but a slow realization that I want to do more! 

Honestly, it’s a challenge I enjoy! Things don’t always run smoothly, there’s red tape and moving targets. It’s local government, after all! 

I live really close to it ;) so it's so easy! Plus I’ll never be late or stuck in traffic!

Everyone is nervous about being photographed. I make it comfortable, natural and fun!

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Planning is the key to a successful City Hall experience!

I have many tricks up my sleeve for getting photos in the areas you are most drawn to!

Morning is a beautiful time to be married. I can start at 8am when City Hall's empty!

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City Hall secrets!

Services start at $1,150 + tax for up to 2 hours of continuous coverage.

It's recommended to add time for a beautiful portrait location or coverage of other wedding day festivities!

Includes edited high-resolution files.

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography rates for 2020

Jen & Jeff

From San Francisco, CA

Megs & Chad

From Calgary, Canada

Jake & Omar

From Phoenix, AZ 

FAVORITE Past City Hall weddings