Zoe Larkin Photography Blog 

A warm welcome to my little corner of the internet! I pour my heart & soul into providing helpful resources and showcasing #wedspiration. 

I left London, wondered rootlessly & pursued a meaningful life. 

My blog is the place I share my journey and those of my amazing couples. 

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

whether to hire a wedding planner when having small wedding

July 8, 2020

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

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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

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

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

June 1, 2020

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

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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

April 29, 2020

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 – the REAL reason wedding vendors charge more

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

March 6, 2020

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How to have a relaxed wedding day

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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

February 28, 2020

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

What brides need to know about candid wedding photography

February 10, 2020

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

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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

January 31, 2020

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

How to afford a great wedding photographer

January 22, 2020

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

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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

December 23, 2019

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

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

December 19, 2019

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

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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

December 13, 2019

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?

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

December 10, 2019

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understanding wedding photography minimum coverage during wedding season

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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?

November 29, 2019

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

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October 28, 2019

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just married couple recessing down the aisle with bubbles

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The no-fluff guide to deciding: ‘should I get a second photographer at my wedding?’ Spoiler: yes. In all seriousness, what does a second shooter do, and should you have one at your wedding? Is it necessary, is it going to be intrusive or change the dynamic of your wedding? And then there’s the extra cost […]

Do I need a second photographer at my wedding?

September 16, 2019

I am often asked about what to wear on your engagement shoot, so I wanted to take a deep dive here. Without further ado, my specific tips in this post as to what photographs well + some points to bear in mind. The same advice here applies to love / anniversary / just-because shoot. On […]

What to wear for your engagement shoot

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August 7, 2019

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epic view of san francisco city hall wedding couple

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Hey friends! I’m going to dive into a topic that is a little controversial, I think! A wedding photographer’s non-usage fee, what it means and why it’s charged. But after careful consideration and a whole lot of trying different things out over the past couple of years, I’ve refined what currently works for me (my […]

What is a wedding photographer’s non-usage fee?

August 5, 2019

What affects the look of your finished wedding images? I want to get down to brass tacks in this article, and what factors affect the finished result – your wedding photos. A big part of what I do is education and generally making sure I’m the right fit for you. So let’s dive in to figuring […]

What affects the look of my wedding photos?

couple kissing at the highlands country club in oakland with the foggy skyline behind them | Zoe Larkin Photography

August 2, 2019

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Why can't you get all the raw files or unedited jpeg files from your wedding photographer after the wedding?

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Among fellow photographer friends, most of us have got the question at some point: “I love the photos from my wedding! Can I get all of the RAW files or images that you shot? You don’t need to edit them or anything.” The short answer is no, you cannot have – or purchase – the […]

Can I get all the RAW files / unedited jpegs from my wedding?

July 20, 2019