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If you’re here, it means you’re looking for an engagement photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area! So, firstly, congratulations on your engagement! Such a fun time in your lives. Secondly, you’re in the right place! I don’t know what stage of the search you’re at. Perhaps you’re just dipping your toes into figuring out […]

San Francisco Bay Area Engagement Photographer

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September 20, 2023

guide to getting your engagement or wedding photos done at lovers' lane, a presidio gem


If you’re thinking of doing your engagement photography session at San Francisco’s stunning Lovers’ Lane location… seriously, just do it! It offers so much and is really photography-friendly.  In this blog post I’m going to showcase some of my favorite photos I’ve taken at Lovers’ Lane at the Presidio, as well as provide you with […]

Lovers’ Lane Engagement Photos, San Francisco

April 5, 2021

Looking for a San Francisco engagement photography location that TRULY has it all? Easily accessible, wide-ranging terrain and backdrops, combining beaches, unique architecture, flora & fauna together with epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge? Then Crissy Field is for you! It even made my 10 best photography locations in San Francisco! In this article, […]

Crissy Field Engagement Photos

photos from crissy field, san francisco engagement photography location

March 8, 2021

Baker Beach engagement photography by Zoe Larkin Photography


How pretty are these two on their engagement session at Baker Beach! This expansive, stunning Bay Area engagement location has a LOT to offer and is located on the north-western edge of San Francisco on the edge of the Presidio. Baker Beach has a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, a vast beach with […]

Baker Beach engagement photos San Francisco

July 27, 2020

I’m sharing some STUNNING Pacific Heights engagement photos from the engagement session of the wonderful Andrea and Mason! In the spirit of letting the images speak for themselves, I’m going to keep this blog post mercifully short. Be sure to check out the awesome second part of their shoot at San Francisco’s Baker Beach. This […]

Pacific Heights engagement photos San Francisco

Pacific Heights engagement photography session in San Francisco | Zoe Larkin Photography

June 23, 2020

Complete guide to Mission District's best places for wedding or engagement photography | Zoe Larkin Photography


Welcome friends! Today I’m sharing the best places in the Mission District of San Francisco for your engagement photos! As far as engagement photography goes, I have a few fave Mission District spots. As a wedding photographer, I’ve found myself shooting here on many occasions. Great because it’s also my home, ha! For a more casual […]

Top 10 Mission District locations for engagement photos

June 12, 2020

In this post I’m sharing the 36 best engagement photography locations in San Francisco. 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 of […]

36 best engagement photography 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

🏳️‍🌈 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


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 […]

Queer-forward downtown Oakland engagement photos

December 7, 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, […]

Modern love stories: Open marriage, transition & play parties

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

November 24, 2019


I’m often asked by my couples about what they should wear for engagement photos! So I wanted to take a deep dive here and give you some pointers, tips and advice on what to wear your engagement session. My specific tips in this post, as well as quick and easy recommendations for affordable choices, will […]

What to wear for engagement photos

August 7, 2019

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. For the big day, they decided to have their wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, […]

LGBTQ+ Castro engagement session San Francisco

joyful and fun corona heights engagement with gay male couple in matching sequin jackets

July 31, 2019

sweet lake merritt oakland LGBTQ engaged couple by pergola


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 […]

Lake Merritt, Oakland engagement photos with trans/lesbian couple

July 23, 2019

This San Francisco Mission District love shoot isn’t the first time Max and Victoria have been stars of my blog.  Relative newcomers to San Francisco, this couple wanted to mark this time in their lives with photos of their new city and their beautiful home. That’s right, you don’t need to be engaged or married […]

Victoria + Max | Hip love photography in San Francisco’s Mission District

cute fun hip mission dolores park engagement

July 9, 2019

windswept golden gate bridge engagement photos with a military themed couple who love to dance!


There couldn’t have been a more appropriate location for Christina & Nathan’s San Francisco engagement shoot than Battery Godfrey with its chilly, charming, edgy chic. I connected with this couple not knowing where we’d end up shooting. As we chatted over the phone, an idea for an original and meaningful shoot began to emerge. It’s […]

Engagement photography at Battery Godfrey San Francisco

July 1, 2019

This sweet Mission SF engagement session in the heart of San Francisco’s 24th Street Mission District was such a fun and special one! We not only ran around the murals, particularly the incredible Balmy Alley, we also were lucky enough to have Humphry Slocombe agree to let us shoot at their location on Harrison! As […]

Caroline + Andrew | Mission SF engagement with street art & Humphry Slocombe

balmy alley engagement photos near pink mural

June 22, 2019

couple running by lake merritt near the pergola


Enjoy these engagement photos from a Lake Merritt engagement shoot in Oakland, CA! The joy and love in this Lake Merritt engagement shoot are SO apparent. I love how the couple’s personalities shine through and they get into the silliness. After a long fiancé visa process to get Chris into the US and able to […]

Engagement photos at Lake Merritt Oakland CA

June 14, 2019

There are SO many locations for your San Francisco engagement shoot, that’s for sure! Have you considered Marshall’s Beach (also known as Marshall Beach?) This windswept rocky San Francisco beach with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge is not only beautiful but very underutilized. Especially in the time of social distancing, it’s worth going […]

Marshall’s Beach San Francisco engagement photography – what you need to know

dramatic view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Marshall Beach wedding photos by Zoe Larkin Photography

June 5, 2019

couple kissing over the grand canyon


Where do I even start with this stunningly elegant engagement shoot set amid the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park?! It’s to die for!! Christiana and David got engaged in November 2018 at Antelope Canyon! They got a few wonderful phone snaps of the event, but they wanted to commemorate the season of […]

Glamorous Grand Canyon engagement photography

May 21, 2019

This editorial couples’ shoot was a creative project with my friends / then-neighbors on the roof of our apartment building in the Mission District of San Francisco! I’d been incubating the idea of using my rooftop for a creative styled shoot for a while. So happy we got to play around creatively before wedding season […]

Editorial stylized San Francisco rooftop engagement

editorial couples photo shoot on san francisco rooftop

May 10, 2019

couple laughing with the red rocks of sedona behind them at sunrise


Destination engagement photos from Sedona, AZ I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona around Christmas time 2018 and I managed to sneak in a destination engagement session with these cuties! It’s been my experience too many times now that whenever I’m visiting a gorgeous place, I’m all too aware of what’s missing. A beautiful couple […]

Destination engagement photos at sunrise in Sedona AZ – Melody + Noah

April 25, 2019

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