If you want to learn about saving money on your wedding you’re in the right place. But also, I want to be very real with you in this article. It may be an unpopular opinion but I honestly think that the wedding industry has peddled a lot of garbage about what they really ‘need’ for […]

How to save money on your wedding – 40 unexpected ways

how to save money on your wedding - creative wedding budget hacks

January 22, 2020

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Are you wondering what actual steps you can take to look GOOD in your wedding photos? I mean natural, looking like you really feel – happy and in love and enjoying the best day of your life. Good as in not cheesy, not awkward, just totally happy, relaxed and IN LOVE. Well, friends, there is a […]

How to look good 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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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?

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December 10, 2019

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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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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’m often asked by my couples about what they should wear for engagement photos! So I wanted to take a deep dive here and give you some pointers, tips and advice on what to wear your engagement session. My specific tips in this post, as well as quick and easy recommendations for affordable choices, will […]

What to wear for engagement photos

August 7, 2019

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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?

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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?


The question of obtaining the RAW photos from your wedding is one that kept coming up during my early days of being a wedding photographer. 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 […]

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

July 20, 2019

Shooting a wedding is a big undertaking and something that a professional wedding photographer doesn’t take lightly. Managing your expectations goes a long way to ensuring that there are no nasty surprises down the pike. This post was created in tandem with this other post. That post provides insight into the actual process from cards […]

Why does it take so long to get my wedding pictures?

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July 16, 2019

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How do wedding photographers edit photos? Diving into the process that your wedding photographer goes through from culling through delivery

How do wedding photographers edit photos?

July 5, 2019

Wedding family photos are an essential part of just about any wedding day! They are so important to your finished wedding gallery, documenting your key family members in a formal, intentional and lasting way. You know the kind of thing, everybody look at the camera and give me your biggest smile! Some people call them […]

How to create your family wedding photos shot list – the easy way

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April 30, 2019

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crop ratios for print - understanding when you order different print sizes and need to crop to different aspect ratio | Zoe Larkin Photography


This short intro to crop ratios for print is intended my wedding photography clients who are considering ordering wall art or albums. What is a Crop Ratio? Crop ratio means the ratio of one side of the image vs. the other side. The photos I take and deliver are 2:3 ratio. That means that the […]

Understanding crop ratios when printing your wedding photos

April 2, 2019

Hello and thank you for considering me as your wedding photographer for your Bay Area wedding! I love to get to know my couples and explain hopefully in person a little about what the process of working together involves. However, there is more info than you can possibly take in – and I prefer to […]

What to expect from your wedding photography experience

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February 4, 2019

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Phew, the wedding’s done and now you’re looking ahead to buying a wedding album! A beautiful tangible wedding album will hold all your treasured memories and have pride of place in your home. Still on the fence? Check out this article from Martha Weddings. Well, wedding albums have definitely moved on since the days of […]

Thinking of buying a Wedding Album? Here’s how it works

November 8, 2018

How does this whole engagement photography thing work? Knowing how to prepare for your engagement session is vital in getting the most out of your engagement photography experience. There are going to be so many questions you have as this is no doubt your first time being photographed professionally as a couple. You may now […]

How to prepare for your engagement session!

couple posing against a blank wall on their bay area engagement sho| the process of preparing for your engagement shoot with Zoe Larkin Photography

April 11, 2018

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We are so lucky to live in a part of the world that loves to do good and give back. The ethical wedding movement is growing. I’m delighted to bring you these ethical wedding ideas. Check out what my friend and fellow photographer Praise Santos is doing with Ethical Weddings. San Francisco has a huge […]

Ethical wedding ideas for your SF Bay Area wedding

November 9, 2017