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From Zoe Larkin Photography

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

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what is a sneak preview - wedding photos

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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? Most sneak peeks (or ‘sneak previews’) are delivered via the photographer’s preferred gallery delivery software, but some photographers may simply email them or […]

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

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best san francisco elopement photographer

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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

An affordable way to keep your wedding memories alive Welcome, clients, to my guide to the Coffee-Table Books that I am proud to offer! These are a stunning choice of printed hardback book that you can purchase as an add-on to your wedding photography with me or my team after the wedding!  Watch the video […]

Coffee-Table Wedding Books with Zoe Larkin Photography

November 17, 2021

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45 beautiful wedding vow books on Amazon affordable

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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

November 16, 2021

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

rainy wedding day ideas for san francisco weddings

November 15, 2021

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Wedding photos taken with Holga 120 toy camera

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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 (old toy film camera)

September 5, 2021

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

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

May 24, 2021

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

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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 […]

Bay Area micro wedding photography

May 6, 2021

What is a first look?  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 […]

What is a first look and why should you have one?

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.

April 19, 2021

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how-and-why-to-write-a-review-for-wedding-photographer

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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

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!)

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

March 11, 2021

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

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I’m going to ‘touch on’ (haha, no pun intended) a subject that is a little controversial among wedding photographers – photo retouching. Each photographer will have their own way of addressing this issue, so I can only speak to what works in my own business at the current time.  What we’ll cover in this blog […]

Do wedding photographers retouch photos?

February 15, 2021

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

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

January 14, 2021

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Bohemian style affordable wedding dresses on Amazon in 2021

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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 2021

November 16, 2020

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

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

November 12, 2020

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Understanding the reality of why wedding photographers charge a lot of money for their services is not something most people have considered. In this article I break down the exact costs associate with being a wedding photography and why we have to charge the high prices we do for wedding photography services

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I’m going to enlighten you on a topic that gets wedding photographers’ hackles up! And that is the topic of why photographers are so expensive. First off, it’s worth pointing out that this is quite a misunderstood topic. I’m going to clear up some of those misconceptions here. When people ask why photography costs ‘so […]

Why do wedding photographers charge so much?

November 9, 2020

In this personal opinion piece, I’m going to share whether I believe tipping is necessary for wedding photographers. The to-tip-or-not-to-tip debate is generally split about 80 / 20 according to sources I’ve found around the web. The majority say that tipping your wedding photographer is not required. Remaining voices say that yes, you should tip. […]

Do you tip your wedding photographer?

Understanding whether it is appropriate or expected to tip your wedding photographer and how much to tip?

October 29, 2020

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can you negotiate with your wedding photographer? That's the complex issue we're tackling in this blog post by an established Bay Area wedding phtoographer, Zoe Larkin

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Learn the ins and out of negotiating with your wedding photographer – from a wedding photographer who’s seen it all! Ask any wedding photographer what the biggest bane of their job is, and chances are, ‘clients asking for discounts’ is in the top three. The subject of negotiation is a little tricky to bring up.  […]

How to negotiate with wedding photographers more effectively

October 9, 2020

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