About your photographer
Do you only shoot small intimate weddings & elopements?
I specialize in photographing intimate weddings and elopements because that is where my passion lies. It’s the kind of wedding I had myself – I believe and care deeply about this growing movement. I choose to devote my business exclusively to small, intimate weddings of 50 people or fewer. Also, as an introvert that’s where I am most comfortable & creative.
What’s your favorite kind of intimate wedding?
Where it’s truly laid back, stress-free, unconventional, adventurous, emotional and everyone totally loves everyone else! I adore couples that challenge convention, embrace their quirks and invent their own meaningful traditions. But honestly, I love every kind of small wedding with fewer than 50 people.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I’ve written more about my style and approach here. The type of wedding photography I make is bright and airy, with a predominance of light tones; soft, artistic, romantic and with shallow depth of field. I love pastel colors and natural light. In a nutshell, I mix a fine art feel with a photo-journalistic way of capturing unscripted moments. For more info on wedding photography styles, check out this article to see if this fits with your vision!
Are you a full-time professional wedding photographer?
Yes, I am. I am proud to say that shooting love stories is my full-time jam. There is nothing else competing for my attentions. I work tirelessly behind the scenes to craft an ever-evolving client experience that is bursting with love for you and excitement for your wedding! I’ve taken care of everything to make it an easy, fun, stress-free experience for you.
What equipment do you have?
I shoot with two professional Canon cameras (5D Mark III) & three Canon ‘L’ lenses, a 50mm F1.2, a 100mm macro F2.8 and 24-70mm F2.8.
Do you travel for destination or international weddings?
I would be thrilled to travel anywhere in the world to document your love story. As this is very much a bespoke arrangement, you’ll need to get in touch to give me the full lowdown. I don’t charge extra for travel, I just cover my costs.
Do you have insurance?
Yes I do! I am insured up to $2m through the US’s leading photographic business insurance provider. I can provide an insurance documentation summary to your venue but please allow two months to do this comfortably. I’m happy to liaise directly with your venue for this as requirements differ. Zoe Larkin Photography is licensed by the City of Oakland.
At your wedding
How do you work at a wedding?
I’m here to serve you. I would love to become a friend, starting before the wedding and continuing afterwards. But if you’d rather have your wedding photographer be more of an unobtrusive ‘fly on the wall’ presence, I can do that too.
Can we do some posed shots?
Sure! We will do formal, staring-into-the-lens family shots, though this will be just one part of the photography I offer. I tend to think of a ‘feeling list’ being more useful than a shot list.
How many photographers will be at our wedding?
Due to the nature of intimate weddings that are my specialty, I find generally that one photographer is enough, and two can sometimes seem like overkill. However, if you decide that you’d feel more comfortable knowing that 2 professional photographers were present to capture every moment of your day, that can definitely be arranged as a paid-for extra.
What’s your pricing, and can you work with us if we have a small budget?
My price list is available here. Every year I photograph a limited number of weddings for free, for those that are in financial hardship. It’s just one of the ways I love to use my skills for good. If you are interested in applying please get in touch to apply.
I don’t see a package I like. Can I customize or add items on?
Yes, but my starting point is the packages. The paid-for extras include extra hour(s) of photographer, a second photographer, extra print products, album upsizing and more. If there is something very specific you would like to inquire about, feel free and I would be delighted to prepare for you a custom quote if it is something I can offer.
What’s your payment schedule?
My payment schedule is 50% due to secure the booking, and the remaining 50% due within 1 month of your wedding. I do ask that everything is paid comfortably before your wedding date, but if you would like a different payment schedule I would be happy to work something out on a per-case basis.
What will happen after I decide I might want to book?
We will meet (or have a Skype video call if you’re not in the Bay Area), have tea + crumpets in my studio, you’ll ask any questions. Then, I’ll send you a proposal and you’ll choose what you’d like. You’ll sign the contract and pay the invoice which will follow hot on the heels of the proposal coming back to me. Couldn’t be simpler! I’ve written more about it on this page.
Can we receive only digital files and no physical goods?
I place at the center of my offering the importance of physical heirlooms – albums, wall art and print boxes. All of my packages include either fine art albums (for my weekend packages) or a coffee table book (for my City Hall package).
Our wedding is a midweek shindig and we don’t need many hours of coverage. Can you still work with us?
Of course! I have a Monday-Friday City Hall and elopement package which includes 3 hours of coverage and a coffee-table book. If yours is a super short wedding, don’t worry, I might still be able to do something for you, just get in touch!
Post production & digital delivery
How long until I receive the images?
I will deliver images to you within a month from the time of your wedding. I try very hard to get your images delivered to you within this timescale. The estimated wait is more as a buffer for me in case of family emergencies or a heavy backlog. It has never actually taken me that long.
What editing do you do?
Editing or post-production simply means turning my RAW files into the jpegs you will receive, using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. This means everything from correcting lens distortions, to removing distracting backgrounds, to color & exposure tweaking. Each photograph is lovingly hand-edited in-house. Editing takes frequent rounds of revision as images must look cohesive as a set.
Can we pay less and have no editing? Or can we have all the files and choose the best ourselves?
Editing style is part of what makes each photographer unique. You can take a RAW file and do a million different things to it, like make it moody and super-sharpened, or airy and filmic – that’s how powerful image processing software has become. What you are paying a photographer for is the final work of art. I work with every viable image from your wedding.
Will you retouch to make me look thinner/ get rid of my wrinkles?
Fine image retouching, like the request you mention, isn’t included. This is a job for a trained retoucher. However these requests can be arranged for a fee on a per-image basis as it will need to be outsourced. I do take care of some minor retouching at my own discretion, such as removing unsightly signs and trash cans.
How many images will I receive?
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity and I try not to make a selling point out of how many images I produce. What I strive for is quality which speaks for itself. Generally speaking, clients will receive about 50-75 images per hour of photography coverage.
Are our digital files watermarked?
No, they’re not. They are high resolution files and they won’t have my name plastered all over them. A credit back to me when you post them online would be much appreciated.
Do I receive copyrights to the photos?
The copyright remains with the photographer. Most of my clients won’t require full copyrights buyout which is a considerable expense and is only for those who are extremely concerned about their privacy, For such clients, I do offer full buyouts, with details available on request. For the vast majority of clients, a copyrights buyout won’t be necessary or appropriate.
What will we be able to do with our digital files?
You’ll have the right to print the images and use them in any way you wish (social media, online albums, your LinkedIn profile, on a coffee mug) – just not for commercial purposes. You may want to submit your wedding photographs to a wedding blog, which I would absolutely encourage! I would be more than happy to submit my photography myself, as sometimes that’s required.
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