When I first created this image, I was excited about the idea of this kind of action shot. Asking the Groom to dip the Bride is always something that we have to get involved with a little bit. We don't want the groom to drop her but we also want the shot to look great. In the photo above, the couple really went for it with very little instruction from us. It turned out to be a great shot! I wouldn't normally recommend that most couples go for this extreme of a dip unless they are very athletic. However, if a couple wants to do it, we are happy to record for posterity. We love couples that enjoy wedding photography and want to make some exciting poses for the camera. In our case, we like to coach the couple on the safest way to do this. The other day I saw a couple on the staircase being asked to do a similar dip shot by their city hall wedding photographer, but with no instruction. They almost both fell and the bride had to put her hand down.
Romantic images are another way for the couple to express their love for each other. We are more than happy to encourage our newlyweds to be as romantic as they want. We never push our clients into doing things they don't want to do, but if we see they are interested in it, we do what we can to help. In the photo above, we simply asked the groom to kiss the bride's hand as she stood on the second floor. We take photos like this after the wedding ceremony at SF city hall. The Bouquet held by the bride provides a nice accent of color to the image.
We enjoy involving kids in the photos after the San Francisco city hall wedding ceremony. Some couples with children make it clear that they want to act silly with their kids. So we know in these instances that it is important to capture some silly moments for the whole family to enjoy in the future. Those are just one of a number of crazy city hall images we take of couples with their kids. We have such a great time with newlyweds with families.
Another important aspect of covering a San Francisco city hall wedding is getting some great shots of the rings and the flowers. We do this with close up lenses to allow us to get very close to show detail. Sometimes we will put the rings directly on the flowers themselves as is evident from the image above. Sometimes we will also put the rings on the beautiful marble floors at city hall.
The Bride and Groom above were waiting for their Wedding Reception to start outside of the restaurant