A lot of wedding photography businesses use so-called ‘associate photographers’ as an available option for their clients. An associate photographer is also known as a ‘partner’, ‘ambassador’, ‘lead’, or ‘mutant clone’. OK, I made up that last one, but the idea is spot on. Having associates enables the business to shoot multiple weddings at the […]

What is an associate photographer in wedding photography?

Associate photographer in wedding photographer - what does it mean and should you book one?

September 21, 2020

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Tips for being the most awesome wedding client ever - 17 things wedding photographers wish they could tell you but can't!

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I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got to scream it from the rooftops. I have THE BEST CLIENTS of any wedding photographer ever.  More than once, I’ve been asked by brides and grooms:  ‘hey, is there anything we can do that would make your job easier?’  ‘what can we do to help you that will […]

17 ways to be an absolutely AWESOME wedding photography client

September 10, 2020

This is a crazy time we’re living through, not least for couples trying to plan a lockdown wedding! I’m here today to bring you some inspiration for your Bay Area COVID wedding. Not getting married in the Bay Area? You’ll still get some awesome ideas here! I’ll leave all the health advice to the experts, I’m […]

Bay Area COVID wedding ideas – 5 real weddings

August 27, 2020

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everything you need to know about how to plan a timeline for a small wedding in 2020 - with examples!

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In this detailed article, I’ll guide you through how to plan your wedding day timeline yourself, with realistic estimates for every part of the day. When you want your wedding to be simple and intimate, it can be tough to plan out a wedding day timeline that really makes sense, and isn’t going to lag […]

How to create your intimate wedding timeline – 2020 & beyond

August 10, 2020

Planning a quarantine wedding? Don’t know where to begin with all the things you need to make the big day go smoothly? Well, the good news is you can purchase a TON of your décor, attire, food and drink service items from Amazon! That’s what makes this curated inspiration list so special. I’m a wedding […]

50 affordable Amazon finds for DIY downsized weddings

Ideas for weddings purchases for your Downsized pandemic wedding! These items for décor, clothing, tech and food/drink accessories are available on Amazon! Budget-friendly wedding, shop now from our curated collection of 50 affordable Amazon wedding items! | Zoe Larkin Photography

July 31, 2020

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whether to hire a wedding planner when having small wedding

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Planning a small intimate wedding? Perhaps you’re wondering if you even need a wedding planner – after all, isn’t a professional wedding planner a bit of a luxury? And isn’t the whole point of having a small wedding to save money? Well, yes and no. And it depends. Of course, a small wedding doesn’t have […]

11 reasons why even a small wedding needs a wedding planner

July 8, 2020

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

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

June 12, 2020

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what a photographer is doing about covid weddings - bride and groom wearing masks | Zoe Larkin Photography

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Hey all you wonderful clients and prospective clients of Zoe Larkin Photography! As you all are all too aware, this is an unprecedented time in the world. There is much confusion and heartbreak – and having your wedding plans disrupted is a big deal. I don’t take any of this lightly. As a responsible and […]

COVID weddings – How Zoe Larkin Photography deals with unprecedented times

June 1, 2020

Weddings are expensive and everyone wants to save money wherever possible. I’ve seen a lot of wedding photographer opinion pieces in which they argue that you should definitely spend a lot of money on your wedding photographer if you want even halfway decent pictures.  But let’s take a moment to pause and look at both […]

Should you hire a cheap wedding photographer? Let’s look at both sides

What you should know before hiring a cheap wedding photographer | Zoe Larkin Photography

April 29, 2020

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If you're planning a wedding you've probably wondered why wedding vendors charge so much for their products and services. Why do wedding-related items have such a huge markup? Are unwitting brides and grooms being taken advantage of by unscrupulous wedding vendors? We take a deep dive into wedding economics. This article lists 13 reasons why weddings can, and should cost more than non-wedding events. The answers may surprise you. #weddingeconomics #weddingplanning | Zoe Larkin Photography

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Add the word ‘wedding’ into any service or product and the price suddenly shoots up. You’ve probably seen the undercover research, as this Huffpost article dives into. A reporter gets a quote for an anniversary party or family gathering. They call back and make the same inquiry except for a wedding and the price goes […]

The wedding tax – why wedding vendors charge so much

March 6, 2020

A wedding photographer’s guide to a relaxed, drama-free wedding! My 25 tips are specifically for you to keep in mind on the big day itself. Short, sweet and to-the-point, read this right before your wedding and hopefully a few will come to mind on your big day! These wedding day tips are focused not only […]

25 day-of tips for a drama-free wedding & amazing photos

How to have a relaxed wedding day

February 28, 2020

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What brides need to know about candid wedding photography

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These days, documentary-style wedding photography is the norm. The genre is also known as candid wedding photography, photojournalism, reportage, and a whole host of terms. Though there are some subtle differences between the terms (for the photo nerds & purists out there) I’ll use them interchangeably. Interested to know what the other wedding photography styles […]

Candid wedding photography – 7 tips for wedding couples

February 10, 2020

I’ve created this list of 36 questions to ask your wedding photographer. Hopefully, this will help wedding couples to figure out some ideas as to what they might want to know more about. (You won’t be able to ask them all!) Whether it’s about style, presence on the day, deliverables or pricing, wedding photographers are used […]

Questions you REALLY need to ask your wedding photographer

36 questions to ask your wedding photographer | By Zoe Larkin Photography, San Francisco wedding photographer

January 31, 2020

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How to afford a great wedding photographer

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Hello friends! Are you looking to cut your wedding costs? Wondering where you can prune off a few dollars and thinking – maybe the photography? As a wedding photographer I am writing this article with, let’s face it, a bit of a bias. But here’s the thing about wedding photography. What photographer you choose, matters. […]

40 ways to CUT your wedding costs & hire a GREAT photographer

January 22, 2020

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

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

December 23, 2019

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

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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 of […]

Best engagement photo locations in San Francisco

December 19, 2019

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

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

December 13, 2019

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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

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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?

December 10, 2019

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?

understanding wedding photography minimum coverage during wedding season

November 29, 2019

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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

October 28, 2019

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