About the Zoe Larkin Photography team members
At Zoe Larkin Photography, we pride ourselves on three main values: practicality, approachability and reliability.
We believe weddings are a reflection of a couple’s values. Weddings don’t have to be extravagant to be worth capturing sensitively and truthfully.
All our team members bring with them an open heart, a story-telling approach, the utmost professionalism, great communication and a whole lot of energy!
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I created my associate program (team members that shoot instead of me) when I was getting too many inquiries that I was forced to turn away.
I thought it would be a win-win to service more of the inquiries that landed in my inbox, while training and encouraging my team members to become better photographers than me.
Couples benefit, too, because I’m able to charge less for weddings with one of my associate photographers than you would pay for me, the business owner and lead photographer.
You probably still have a lot of questions about how it works when you book one of Zoe Larkin Photography’s team members. Please let me know if you have any questions about the process after checking out the FAQs below!
WHO WILL WE BE DEALING WITH IN THE RUN-UP TO THE WEDDING DAY?
You have access to me for all your wedding planning needs and we’ll be in communication as the planning unfolds. Sure, I don’t replace a wedding planner (a vendor I highly recommend, if budget allows!) but I’m always happy to be an ear and help you ensure there’s ample time dedicated to what you want covered.
HOW WILL THE TEAM MEMBER KNOW WHAT OUR WEDDING PLAN IS?
Everything is relayed to them by me once I know who’s going to be shooting. I keep notes on what you’ve told me, so I can then brief them on your story, your preferences, what’s most important to you. The timeline planning document is also shared with them, so I encourage you to note absolutely everything down there. They’ll have this with them on the day.
DO THE ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHERS ALSO DO THE PHOTO EDITING?
The photo editing is all done by our wonderful editor, whether it’s shot by me or one of the team. This ensures maximum consistency and the best turnaround time, given that I also need to have my eyes on each wedding that goes out. It also helps to have a professional editor on board, because that’s their area of expertise. It also means we do guarantee our turnaround times, no matter how busy we are shooting and, you know, living.
WHERE CAN WE SEE EXAMPLES OF WORK BY EACH ASSOCIATE?
Check out some portfolio images below! If you want to see more from each photographer, please contact me and I’ll share the work. You'll be able to see the quality and full range of each photographer’s awesome work, as well as some full galleries.
CAN WE CHOOSE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER?
You can let me know whose work you most like, and we will try to honor that! Usually, the decision is more one of practicality and based on the associate’s availability. All associates are trained the same way, and sometimes adjustments need to be made closer to the wedding day. I’d never want to do a bait and switch on you, but guarantees can't be made until about 3 - 4 weeks out at the very latest.
CAN WE MEET WITH THEM PRIOR TO THE WEDDING?
Yes! You will have the opportunity to meet via a video call with the associate photographer who’s been allocated to your wedding. This typically happens about 4 – 6 weeks out, when a final determination has been made. My goal is that as I’m able to bring new photographers on board who have fewer competing interests, I’ll be able to lock them in to bookings right when you book with us!
CAN WE CHOOSE WHETHER WE WANT AN ASSOCIATE OR ZOE?
This will be detailed in our response when you inquire with me. For dates when I’m available, you can take your pick – Zoe or an associate! Other dates, I’m already booked so the only option I can offer is to have an associate shoot your wedding. This will all be clearly detailed for each inquiry. You will always have a choice of associate vs. me, provided I'm actually available.
DO THE ASSOCIATES WORK FOR YOU FULL-TIME?
They are not full-time employees (or employees of any kind) – they are contractors. Some have their own businesses, some have full- or part-time jobs, some work for other photographers, others have different commitments. As they aren’t full-time, the only time they’ll be available is on the video call introduction call and on the wedding day.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO THE ASSOCIATES UNDERGO?
The process of onboarding an associate with me is rigorous, from a detailed onboarding form to training materials being sent, then in-person training to go over what they’ve learned. Typically only then I’ll invite them to shadow me at a wedding or two to learn more about how we shoot and interact with clients.
I'm Marielle and I'm a happy, laid back, fun and outgoing kind of gal that just loves life!
I started photography almost 15 years ago. I was working in marketing for a leading East Bay real estate company, and found myself photographing properties.
I soon discovered a passion, that cemented further when I turned the camera on my three sisters. As a people-person, things soon ‘clicked’.
Since then, I’ve documented hundreds of weddings and traveled all over the US while doing so.
When I’m not behind the camera, I enjoy vintage shopping, singing loudly in my car, making new friends and hosting dinner parties.
I am scuba certified, love the Oakland A’s and I am an absolutely terrible cook.
I’m a mom of three beautiful, sweet and absolutely crazy kids and I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 18 years.
There is nothing better than capturing the love and joy and absolute happiness from a wedding day. I wouldn’t be doing anything else!
I am all about going with the flow and making my clients feel comfortable, since I know that being in front of a camera can be daunting! I take the time to get to know the person before I start clicking.
Finding that connection allows trust to build, which in turn creates a more relaxed environment. This allows for the most authentic captures! I am an extrovert, always smiling and love to laugh, so chances are I will try my best to get you laughing as well!
I am a 1.5 generation Filipino American immigrant and SF native. I'm so grateful to have grown up in such a culturally diverse city, which opened up my mind to connecting with different cultures – triggering a perpetual case of the travel bug.
Photography has always been my favorite souvenir. It allows me to easily recall special memories from my trips. I love the ability to look at a photo and remember how I felt – which is why I love taking photos of people.
I find so much joy in having the ability to offer that experience for others.
As a romantic at heart, I’ve always been drawn to each couple’s unique story. It’s something that’s so real and effortless and so special to capture.
I’m constantly inspired by all the wonderful couples I work with and it’s why I love the work that I do! Being able to document all the emotion and spirit of a wedding day is truly an honor.
A Texas girl at heart, I moved to California a little over ten years ago and have loved traveling all over the world with my husband.
When I’m not behind the camera, I’m cooking street food from our travels, playing with my 2-year-old son, watching rom-coms, and snuggling with our elderly cat Buddy!
Capturing all the feelings of your big day is core to how I work and I love letting couples really be in the moment and soak it all in.
I can’t wait to meet you and be a part of your journey!
My wedding photography journey started in 2012. After majoring in Photography, I was asked to assist a wedding photographer in 2011 and completely fell in love with the experience.
I proceeded to photograph weddings and engagements while working for a medical device company in the Bay Area. Then, in 2017 I got married and moved to a new city. It was time to make my part-time hustle my full-time passion!
The driving force behind what I do is the memory of my grandma. She had Alzheimer’s and passed away a few years ago. It saddened me to witness her not remember such precious memories - and it taught me how important it was to preserve them.
Capturing these once-in-a-lifetime memories for couples excites and thrills me so much AND it’s a lot of fun!
As a wedding photographer, I do my best to document your big day and capture your loved ones, as well as everything you worked hard on to make your dreams a reality.
I’m excited and honored to be a part of Zoe’s team!
Your wedding day will go by fast. You get up early to do your hair and makeup with your bridal party, or squeeze in a quick round of golf with the guys, and next thing you know, the DJ's playing Journey's Don’t Stop Believin’.
I take great pride in preserving all those little moments that make up the biggest day of your lives. While the day might be a blur, your photos won’t be!
My love of photography started 15 years ago when I worked on the college newspaper. Be it photographing a guest speaker on campus, a student protest or basketball games, I have always strived to authentically capture the story of the day.
From those journalistic beginnings I moved onto events and portraits. I now focus on weddings, special events, and families, but the ethos is the same - to capture the moments you never want to forget.
When I put down my camera I love to play golf. Like photography, I am constantly looking to improve my game and nail that perfect shot!
I'm based in my hometown of Los Angeles, but frequently come up to the Bay to visit my in-laws and to shoot larger weekend weddings as part of Zoe's team.
I have formal training in photography, having gained a BFA in photography from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. While studying I got interested in food photography and followed that into a position at a food-centered startup.
From there, I became a wedding photographer – and now I’m training to become a therapist.
My approach to weddings is a flexible, problem-solving one, always friendly and confident. I’ve always loved catching the sweet, fun and candid moments as well as the must-take shots.
I am fascinated by learning how to work with the nervous system. It helps me stay grounded and present in high-stakes situations like photographing weddings!
Fun stuff about me: I’m a singer and spent my 20s touring in bands! I identify as a lesbian and queer, and came out more fully to myself and to my community just a couple years ago.
Before that, I was married to a cis-man. I have experienced a wedding, a divorce and coming out process, and am now engaged to an amazing woman! Queer weddings definitely have a special place in my heart.