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San Francisco City Hall Architecture

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 City Hall galleries featured here. However, with over 800 Wedding Photography images and 25 separate gallery portfolios, they can get lost in the shuffle. This compilation gallery allows our potential wedding couples the opportunity to see all of them in one place. In addition, it also affords the chance for a bride or groom to let us know some of their favorite architecture pictures before the wedding. Obviously, we cannot capture 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 than most. We are happy to allow our clients to look at our pictures and choose some favorites before the wedding. This is a great way to make sure you get all of the styles and locations you are hoping for. We Developed this particular page for the sole reason of sending our couples here when they ask about different places in San Francisco city hall for wedding photography.

Asian Bride and Groom Romance at SF City Hall
SF City Hall Wedding Photography Featuring Architecture
Newlyweds celebrating on the Grand Staircase at City Hall
Side View Grand Staircase Wedding Picture
Bride and Groom Kiss with SF City Hall  Rotunda in Background
Patterned Floor as part of Unique SF City Hall Architecture
Amazing Architecture at San Francisco City Hall Entrance
SF City Hall Newlyweds Walking down the Grand Staircase
Wide Angle Wedding Photography SF City Hall Dome
Colorful San Francisco City Hall Architecture - Wedding Photography
Black & White Wedding Photography showing Architecture
SF City Hall Wedding Photography Dance Picture
San Francisco City Hall Entrance Kiss - Bride and Groom Departing
Black & White Detailed Architecture Wedding Photography
Architecture Wedding  Picture at San Francisco city hall
Top Angle view of San Francisco city hall wedding couple on Staircase
Unique Angle of Grand Staircase at SF City Hall Wedding
Newlyweds Walk hand in hand at San Francisco city hall
4th Floor SF City Hall Architecture with LGBTQ Brides
Dance Dip Wedding Picture with Cool Architecture

Best Way to Include City Hall Architecture in Wedding Pictures

This should be easy right? San Francisco city hall possesses amazing architecture that attracts tourists, events and weddings from all over the country and even the world. Since the bride and groom are usually the ones choosing 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 San Francisco 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. It is also important to make sure the family and friends are well represented in the final wedding pictures. When photographing family portraits, we mostly do close ups, but we are always sure to include a few wide angle shots to show off the beautiful architecture. Once it becomes time to focus on the newlyweds, there are a few ways to highlight them without ignoring the architecture. These ideas are listed below.

Move the Newlywed Couple Forward in the Image

This seems obvious, but is often not done (even by me). If you place the San Francisco 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. However, it is entirely possible and the results can be stunning. I learned this trick shooting pictures at Cupids Arrow in Downtown San Francisco. I kept trying to figure out how to show the entire bow and arrow without making the couple tiny in the picture. The answer was to put the couple much closer to the camera and leave the arrow in the background. This works well in most situations. There are also some instances where it may be more appropriate to blur the background a little. This works too and still let's you know that there beautiful architecture present.

Zoom in for a Close up

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. If I am unable to do this, I can also zoom in by cropping the final picture. You use a little resolution, but the results can be exceptional.

Mix it Up

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! The important thing is to not limit the types of city hall wedding pictures we deliver to our newlyweds. The fact that I approach most of my weddings with a second shooter also helps with this.