City Hall Window with Bride's dress and Floral Bouquet
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City Hall Window Posing

We have to adjust our city hall wedding photography to some extent due to recent changes in the rules there. I added this caption because the city of San Francisco no longer allows brides or grooms to sit in the window as shown above. We decided to still leave this photo in our portfolio because it is a good representation of some of the type of detail wedding photography we do. Yes, it is true that the Bride's head is cut off, but this photo is not about the bride, its more about what she is wearing and her accessories. We obviously provided our client with plenty of city hall images with heads attached! We frequently like to provide our clients with detail shots such as these. They add to the overall photo session and allows the couple to have a record of some of the many details they painstakingly put together for the special day.

Detail Shot of Wedding rings on San Francisco city hall marble floor

Photography Techniques for Detail Shots

There are a number of different ways to approach details shots for a city hall wedding. We generally like to save these shots for the end of couple's photo session. The bride will tell us the types of items she has brought with her for us to record. For the wedding rings, we like to place them on the City Hall marble floor and use our macro lens to get a nice tight shot. We will open up the lens to a f-stop to purposely narrow the depth of field. This has the effect of blurring the background which places more emphasis on the rings. The marble floor as a background is appropriate because it will remind the couple that their wedding took place at San Francisco city hall. When it comes to taking photos of the brides bouquet, the important thing is how you light it. We will always avoid direct flash or even direct natural light. We want the light source to come in from the side to help show the texture of the flowers. One idea is to place the bouquet in one of the window sills in the building. If none are available, we can bounce our flash off of nearby wall to create a light coming in from the side.