We always love to photograph our brides and grooms on the 3rd floor at SF City Hall. This is because of the beautiful soft light that present at the north side of the building. Artists have long known about the beautiful light that comes through a north facing window. At San Francisco city hall we are fortunate to have 3 such windows that make perfect back drops for wedding photography. We rarely have to worry about harsh sun on this side of the building, making it possible to produce images like the one above.
For this particular image we used one off-camera flash set really low to help light the grooms face. Due to the lack of ambient light at this location we often find that the window will cast a shadow from the bride to the grooms face. This addition of a light helps to eliminate this problem. Our 300 weddings photographed at SF City Hall has helped us learn some of these types of fixes. Our only goal being to provide our wedding couples with the best possible city hall wedding photography.