We receive so many requests from our Brides and Grooms to see San Francisco city hall architecture pictures, I thought it would be a good idea to put together this gallery. Most of these pictures can be found spread throughout our website in the many galleries featured here. However, with over 600 Wedding Photography images and 25 Portfolios, they can get lost in the shuffle. This allows our potential wedding couples the opportunity to see all of them in one place. In addition, it also affords the chance to a bride or groom to let us know some of their favorite architecture pictures before the wedding. Obviously, we cannot do them all at a given wedding, but we CAN offer our couples a choice of their most treasured backgrounds and poses. Most San Francisco city hall wedding photographers understand the importance of incorporating architecture into their final product, but we feel that we emphasize it even more.
This should be easy right? San Francisco city hall possesses amazing architecture that attracts tourists, Events and weddings from all over the country. Since the bride and groom chose city hall for their wedding, it makes sense to give them tons of photos that feature the beautiful backgrounds throughout the building. We mostly agree with this and you can certainly see evidence of this throughout this website. We are one of the many SF City Hall photographers that really provide their couples with a multitude of architecture in their photos. Can this be overdone? The answer is yes! We have to remember that a City Hall wedding is not just about the building. Family and friends of the happy couple will want to see close up shots of the couple as well. They will want to see pictures that show the emotion and drama that is present at any wedding. There are a few ways to accomplish this without ignoring the architecture, they are listed below.
This seems obvious, but is often not done (even by me). If you place the City Hall bride and groom IN the background they are going to be quite small in proportion. Move them closer to the camera and they become larger, but you still see the full background. There is a little bit of advanced technique in this to ensure that both the couple and the background are in focus. This involves using the right kind of wide angle lenses and settings.
Sometimes when I have a great shot with the perfect background, I take a series of photos. The first one is wide shot with the bride and groom smaller in the photo. Then we take a few more pictures with each photo being closer in to the main subjects. There are a number of places at San Francisco city hall where this is quite possible to do. It provides the couple with the best of both worlds.
This is probably the most obvious solution to this problem, but it still bears mention. The way we usually approach San Francisco city hall wedding photography is to provide the client with both close ups and wide angle architecture shots. This gives the couple choices when they see their final images. THEY can decide whether they want more emphasis on architecture or close ups. Most couples choose a combination of both and that is great too!