Walking down the 3rd Floor Hallway city hall in SF
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Documentary Wedding Photography

One of current trends in Wedding photography is what is called Documentary Wedding Photography. Other names include Wedding Photojournalism and Reportage. The idea behind this style of photography is to tell the story of the day through photos. Candid photography means minimal posing and natural looks. At San Francisco city hall this often means creating a situation where the couple can seem natural. For this photo we had the couple walk and talk while walking through halls at city hall. An image like this may seen easy, but we often run into trouble because the newlyweds want to look at us, the wedding photographers. This is a natural reaction when someone is pointing a camera at you. We have been conditioned since birth to look at the camera when it is aiming at us. So you would be surprised how hard it can be to unlearn this preference. However, in the end, we always manage to get some great walking shots. San Francisco city hall has some beautiful halls and walkways to do this. On occasion we will purposely bring down the lighting so it seems like the couple is going through the halls in a romantic way. Here are some walking shot ideas and suggestions:

  • Couple looks at each other
  • Couple looks down at the ground like they are really walking
  • Couple laughs like they are having a fun conversation
  • Couple purposely lightly bumps into each other causing some fun moments
  • Couple kisses while stopped

Unique View of Same-sex couple at San Francisco city hall