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Dance Twirl at SF City Hall

This black and white image displays the beauty of the San Francisco city hall bride's dress as she twirls around. There exist many ways to show off a beautiful wedding gown and movement of some sort is one of these ways. Not all wedding dresses twirl well, but I am sure you agree that this one did! We always feel that exhibiting movement is a key component of creating an amazing image of the wedding dress. As mentioned, this image was displayed in Black and What and we offer our brides and grooms a significant number of monochrome images to go with their standard color ones. We often choose images that are more candid in nature for our B&W conversions. They just seem to work better. Below I will discuss the advantages of capturing movement in wedding photography including the use of Dynamic posing techniques.

Challenges of Dance Poses in Wedding Photography

Often times our couples will request pictures of them dancing at San Francisco City Hall. This is especially true of our brides and grooms who actually do a lot of ball room dancing in their personal lives. In other cases, we will be the ones to suggest our couple go into a dancing type of pose. As with any action shot, the challenge of capturing a great image is to make sure the final result portrays movement. If you are reading this and thinking this should be easy, just realize that "stop action" shots should show movement but may not look natural. Sometimes an stop action wedding picture will make it look like the subjects are moving, but other times it just looks like the couple is frozen in place.

The key to showing movement in a still photo is to catch moments where something in the frame is out of place. For example, when you spin in a wedding dress, the train comes out and moves in the air. Catch that moment and you have a winning photo. The viewer of the image can tell that something is happening because the dress is not hanging down naturally. Hair or veils flying around will also portray this type of movement in a still photo. The key thing to look for before taking the picture is anything flying around that wouldn't normally be moving in a static image. Another way to explain this is that photos such as this should contain certain elements that defy gravity. A horizontal piece of hair is obvious the result of movement as one example. This is the key to successful dynamic posing. It is not enough to take pictures of the couple moving, it has to show in the wedding picture. This sometimes results in the bride having to spin pretty fast, so we make sure she wants to do this before we set it up.

Wedding Party Photography at SF City Hall

The photo below is one of those rare city hall weddings where the couple have a complete wedding party. This is tough to pull off unless you are doing a reserved wedding. It should also be pointed out that this image was captured before San Francisco city hall started to enforce the 6-guest limit. As you can see, there are more than 6 people in the photo! Wedding photography at San Francisco city hall always presents new challenges, but most are fun! It is not too often that you will see this big a wedding party at city hall! We somehow managed to fit the whole group into the Rotunda after the ceremony. Top City Hall wedding photographers know how to make these types of adjustments on the fly!

Large Wedding Party at City Hall - Before restrictions took place

Full Wedding Party at SF City Hall ceremony

Full wedding party above with multiple guests. No longer allowed at City Hall unless the ceremony is a reserved one. Reserved ceremonies only take place on the Mayor's Balcony or 4th floor North Gallery. Cost is $1,000.