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!
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. Moreover, the associates I choose to bring on board are already established in their own right - they wouldn't be invited to be part of the team if they were not experienced wedding photographers already. That's the business model I chose, rather than training students or those who are seeking their 'big break' into the industry.
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, give you vendor recommendations, and help us ensure there’s ample time dedicated to what you would like covered on your wedding day.
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 editing team that I've used since 2021, 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 the top two or three whose work you most like, and we will prioritize them! The decision of which photographer is made by me (Zoe) based on personality fit, work fit, proximity to their home, and availability. All associates are trained the same way and their output is comparable. Occasionally adjustments are made closer to the wedding day due to emergencies or life moving on (e.g. they moved away from the Bay Area, got pregnant or became sick). I don't want to bait and switch you. Associates sign a contract with us when they're ready to lock in a date, and they take these commitments seriously. However, very occasionally, we have had to make an adjustment if they have unfortunately not been able to honor the contractual obligation (usually these associates are asked not to return). While I do not have absolute control over the schedules of independent contractors, it is made clear that a wedding they have committed to taking on IS a commitment. However, if this makes you nervous (it shouldn't! 99 times out of 100 the named associate has been the one there!), the only way you can ensure which photographer you will get is by booking Zoe! And if I can't make it due to emergency (never happened), an associate will be sent and you'll receive a partial refund for the price difference.
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 and your timeline is final or near-final.
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 – it's a binary choice a) we want Zoe or b) we want an associate! Some 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 if it's the case. You will always have a choice of associate vs. me, provided I'm available as well.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ASSOCIATE CAN'T MAKE MY WEDDING?
While this is regrettable, it does happen very occasionally. While I (Zoe) will move heaven and earth to be at your wedding and have never had to cancel, associates have their own lives. If an emergency comes up to do with illness, accident, an issue with their child, then all other commitments they're involved with take a back seat. One time, an associate canceled due to having covid symptoms. I found a last-minute replacement who was also a regular team member and the client was happy!
DO THE ASSOCIATES WORK FOR YOU FULL-TIME?
They are not full-time employees (or employees of any kind) – they are independent contractors. Some have their own businesses, some have full- or part-time jobs, some work for other photographers, others have different commitments such as young families or school. 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. They are not paid for admin / correspondence with my clients e.g. emails and texts beyond the day before the wedding.
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.
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 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 a few 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.
One of my strengths is being a people person – I can connect with people from different walks of life no matter their personality type.
That connection feeds into the relationship I build with everyone I’ve photographed over the last decade: making folks feel at ease and to capture their special moments organically.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I strive to make everyone feel seen as they truly are.
I’m a chameleon that leans into what YOU need - whether that's making you laugh or creating a more romantic vibe.
In my spare time, I’m an avid hiker and backpacker, with wanderlust in my soul. Exploring the mountains has become an important part of my life and leaves me with a lasting sense of awe and reverence.
When not shooting weddings, you’ll find me spending time with my wife (whom I met at photography school 14 years ago!) or focusing on my self-care with meditations, affirmations and exercise.
I love all people (and animals) - making friends is my specialty. Snacks are my love language (100% will bring some for you on your wedding day).
I'm Marielle and I'm a happy, laid back, fun and outgoing kind of gal that just loves life!
I started photography over 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’m Tam, a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in the East Bay.
When I am not documenting love stories, you can usually find me outside in nature, hanging with my husband and our dogs. I also love tending to my indoor garden, listening to music and traveling the world while searching for yummy food.
In photography, I’m most inspired by nature, romance, editorial-style photography and the interplay of light and shadows.
I have the tendency to romanticize the raw human experience. I believe that the seemingly quiet, small moments can be felt with as much depth and power as the big moments that occur throughout our lifetime. I believe wedding days combine both.
I’m an omnivert, meaning I have introverted as well as extroverted tendencies, it just depends on the circumstance. For example, I am a homebody that relishes downtime and solitude, while also shamelessly loving a raging reception dance floor.
One of my life goals is to witness and deeply embrace as much love as I possibly can. I can’t wait to capture your unique and beautiful love story!
I'm a people-person, fiercely loyal, and a lover of beautiful things. I like to think of myself as a mom with an artist heart, a wild heart. Holding space for you - in all your messiness, vulnerability and perfect imperfections - is what I've been told I do best!
I’m a wife to my college sweetheart, and our relationship has endured for over twenty years. I'm the proud mom of two wild boys, two cats and heaps of plants in Walnut Creek, California.
I rearrange my home often. The physical space around me influences my well-being and mindset so completely.
I love floral arranging, and often include “weeds” (which are just native plants that need a re-brand)!
I love all things woo-woo. I practice Reiki and tarot readings, and can bring as much or as little energy healing to your wedding day shoot as you like.
Pre-photography, I loved working at my parents' landscape architecture firm to help community build parks. Planning outreach events also helped prepare me to be calm and resourceful in anything involving large gatherings of folks!
I just pinch myself every time I get to spend these intimate moments with my couples and tell their stories.
I've been capturing love stories and portraits since 2014 here in the Northern California region.
I invest my heart and soul into my work and relationships of those whole love stories I capture. My passion for photography is a deep one, and it stems from my love for human connection, community and belonging.
My most dearly-held value is to capture people exactly as there are, unapologetically.
I grew up in the Pacific North West, homeschooled, barefoot, vegetarian - the whole darn thing!
I'm a total nerd about positive psychology, astrology and enneagram (7w8, triple-Gemini through and through!). In my quiet moments, I enjoy reading, podcasts and snuggling with my two-year old golden doodle, Scout.
My hero is Brene Brown and I particularly love her work on vulnerability, which I bring to and encourage from every couple in front on my lens.
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!
Corey is based in Los Angeles, but travels to the Bay Area for weekend weddings with an 8-hour minimum.