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Wondering what you should receive in your wedding photography package? You might be feeling overwhelmed trying to decide what you should receive as part of your wedding photography package deliverables! If you’re searching for a wedding photographer, you’re no doubt faced with a barrage of unfamiliar terms that come with photographers’ packages.  No doubt you’ve […]

What does a wedding photography package typically include (and what does it all mean?!)

Understanding what's in a wedding photography package

January 26, 2024

logistics of capturing photo of every guest at wedding - big group photo


As a wedding photographer who’s spent years behind the lens capturing the magic of wedding days, I’ve come to understand the dreams, expectations, and – yes – the realities of weddings.  One request I’ve heard is, “I want to get a photo of every guest at my wedding.” While I completely understand the sentiment behind […]

Why it’s unrealistic to expect a photo of every guest at your wedding

October 18, 2023

With its emphasis on narrative and unscripted moments, the photojournalistic style of wedding photography has become highly sought after by modern seeking to preserve their special memories in a timeless, honest and heartfelt manner. If you’re looking for a photojournalistic wedding photographer in the SF Bay Area, it’s important to find a photographer that captures […]

What is Photojournalistic Wedding Photography?


April 7, 2023



We’re diving into 34 of the best San Francisco wedding venues here on the Zoe Larkin Photography blog. Oh Lord, there are just SO many amazing wedding venues! In a city known for being dynamic, fun and innovative, is it any wonder that the places to get married in San Francisco are so varied and […]

34 Best San Francisco Wedding Venues 2024 (by a wedding photographer)

December 7, 2022

Get the best wedding photos on your big day! Posing you is your photographer’s job, but there are also many things you can do that will help us get the best possible photos.  Also, understanding a little about the principles behind what you’ll be asked to do for your wedding photography poses, can help demystify […]

Wedding day posing guide for couples

wedding photography posing tips for brides on the wedding day

March 22, 2022

what is a sneak preview - wedding photos


The term ‘sneak peek’ gets thrown around a lot by wedding photographers, but few take the time to explain what it means and why you’d want one! What is a sneak peek? How is a sneak peek delivered? Most sneak peeks (or ‘sneak previews’) should be delivered via the photographer’s preferred gallery delivery software. This […]

What is a sneak peek in wedding photography?

January 19, 2022

What do you do when you want two different events covered on your wedding day? Basically, when there’s a big gap in proceedings – morning ceremony and evening reception, for example? Every now and then, I get this question: We’re having an early wedding ceremony, then a gap in our day before our reception / […]

Split photography coverage – when you want non-continuous hours

can you split your photography hours? Zoe Larkin Photography

December 2, 2021

best san francisco elopement photographer


I’m Zoe and I’m a San Francisco elopement photographer! It’s truly a pleasure to meet you, I’m so glad you found me! By the end of this informative article, we will make sure we’re on the same page here and you’ll know whether I’m a photographer you want to reach out to for your upcoming […]

San Francisco Elopement Photographer

November 21, 2021

Let me level with you guys – as a wedding photographer I have a few pet peeves. One of them is this: You’re standing at the altar or the arch – the most sacred spot, gathered together with your nearest and dearest community. You’re a giddy mess of joy, nerves, excitement, a little sweat, happiness, […]

Inexpensive + beautiful wedding vow books

45 beautiful wedding vow books on Amazon affordable

November 16, 2021

rainy wedding day ideas for san francisco weddings


San Francisco is a great city to get married in, whether you’re doing a simple City Hall ceremony, eloping on the beach or something more elaborate at one of San Francisco’s gorgeous wedding venues. One thing you’ll notice is that San Francisco isn’t a city that has a lot of indoor or covered options when […]

What to do if it rains on your San Francisco wedding day

November 15, 2021

And now for something completely different! Who’s heard of a Holga camera? This is my Holga, a medium format 120 film camera from Hong Kong.  The Holga is known as a toy camera. It has an incredibly low-cost construction with a plastic meniscus lens (two spherical curved surfaces, convex on one side and concave on […]

Wedding photos taken with my Holga 120N & 120GCFN (toy film cameras)

Wedding photos taken with Holga 120 toy camera

September 5, 2021

everything you need to know about minimizing stress on your wedding day - tips to savor the wedding day


The wedding day goes by in such a blur – so follow these 5 practical tips to allow you to take it all in! Practice the art of ‘letting go’ and you’ll be rewarded with SO much that goes beyond that you may expect. Letting go – of everything – basically allows you to enjoy […]

5 actionable tips for ‘letting go’ on your wedding day

May 24, 2021

Are you looking for a photographer for your San Francisco Bay Area micro wedding? You’re in the right place! My name is Zoe Larkin, and I’ve been specializing in micro weddings and intimate weddings since 2016.  In this article, I want to answer some questions you may have about the micro wedding trend,. I’ll share […]

San Francisco Bay Area micro wedding photographer

micro weddings in the bay area - photography, information and more

May 6, 2021

A first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day. It’s typically a staged moment, orchestrated by the photographer. The first look is a chance for the couple to share a moment privately, to laugh, cry, share meaningful words and unveil their wedding attire.


What is a first look?  A first look is a staged moment during a wedding day when the soon-to-be-married couple sees each other for the first time in their wedding attire. This intimate event is captured by a photographer and allows the couple to share a private, emotional experience before the ceremony begins. First looks […]

Should you have a first look at your wedding?

April 19, 2021

Wondering how to write a positive review or testimonial for your awesome wedding photographer ; ) with a ton of sample templates you can use? If you’ve landed here it means either a) I sent you this link and you’re being very nice by humoring me, and opening it up.  And b) you’re also very […]

How to write the perfect review for your wedding photographer


March 29, 2021

everything you need to know about livestreaming your wedding with LoveStream from Bustld


Livestreaming your wedding is totally a hot topic right now! I thought I would jump in with a blog post that’s useful so I could help you guys out. As a wedding photographer, I am often asked about livestreaming. And while I’ve thought about learning the skills, investing in professional equipment, hiring another member of […]

How and why to livestream your wedding (+ LoveStream review!)

March 11, 2021

I’m going to dive deep into the topic of photo retouching when it comes to your wedding photos. Each photographer will have their own way of addressing this issue, so I can only speak to what works in my business at the current time and is applicable to the clients of Zoe Larkin Photography. What […]

Do wedding photographers retouch photos?

what you need to know about wedding photographers and photo retouching by a wedding photographer

February 15, 2021

how Zoe Larkin Photography photographs LGBTQ+ couples in the san francisco bay area


If you’re looking for an LGBTQ+ friendly photographer in San Francisco and around the Bay Area, I would love to tell you a little about my approach to photographing LGBTQ+ weddings and engagements. I’m Zoe Larkin and I photograph weddings and engagements in Northern California with an emphasis on candid, natural moments. We favor an […]

LGBTQ+ friendly photographer San Francisco Bay Area

January 14, 2021

Are you searching for an affordable boho wedding dress? My list of 20 bohemian-style wedding dresses may be right up your street! ALL of my curated selections are available on Amazon! This means you can read the reviews, check out previous customers’ photos and in most cases return the dress in case it isn’t quite […]

20 boho wedding dresses under $200 – on Amazon in 2024

Bohemian style affordable wedding dresses on Amazon in 2021

November 16, 2020

ultimate wedding planning resources from Zoe Larkin Photography Bay Area wedding expert


Hey friends! Phew, I’ve been blogging like crazy for a minute, and I thought it would be fun (and a good idea) to create one centralized resource page with all of my favorite FREE blog posts for couples who are planning their weddings. Organization, yay! I’ve been blogging about wedding planning and wedding photography for […]

Wedding planning resources from Zoe Larkin Photography

November 12, 2020

I lead a team of Bay Area wedding photographers 👋🏾 I personally help you plan your wedding timeline so you can relax and savor your wedding day.

We blend an unobtrusive approach to capturing images with a directive way of capturing the posed shots of you and your guests.

With over 400 weddings personally photographed by Zoe, hundreds of reviews on Yelp and Google, and over

San Francisco wedding photographers


As a seasoned professional and true artist, I transform wedding moments into timeless memories, captured photojournalistically. 

In short, our images make memories last forever.

Looking for a wedding photographer that will honor your unique, beautiful story?

350,000 words of inspiration and and advice on the blog, we're the leading wedding photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2017, I've poured my heart into Bay Area weddings, specializing in San Francisco City Hall ceremonies and shooting all love. Our goal is to create personal images with an intimate feel - images that evoke emotion and transport you back to the moment. 

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