We really enjoy photographing weddings when one or both of the participants are in Military Uniform. Also, the uniform works well at San Francisco City Hall because the colors help break up the neutral architecture of the building. SF City Hall is a beautiful and very photo-worthy building, but it lacks color, mostly because of the prevalence of marble and tile throughout.
Yes, we offer nice discounts for military personnel for San Francisco city hall wedding photography. The only requirement to receive the discount is that one of the wedding party must wear a military uniform for the ceremony. Please feel free to ask us about how are discounts work. We like to honor our veterans and active duty military by providing this discount. Discounts range from 5% to 15% depending upon the package selected.
We really enjoyed photographing this couple. They had a small group of family and friends and everyone had a wonderful time. San Francisco city hall is very underrated for its' ability to host a fun wedding party. Yes, it is a civil ceremony but somehow everything feels different here. The elegance and history of the building tends to affect everyone in a positive way. We always encourage our couples to arrive at city hall early enough on their wedding day to look around a little and not just rush straight to their ceremony. Any venue is worth checking out so why not San Francisco city hall? This military couple included a decorated marine sergeant who was still on active duty. He was going to be leaving shortly after the wedding for deployment if I remember correctly.
We all know how amazing the architecture is at SF City Hall and this couple definitely wanted us to capture it for their wedding. If you look at our particular style of wedding photography, we already tend to focus more on the architecture than most, but when our couple makes it clear that this important to them, we work even harder to put the focus and direction on the beautiful backgrounds and historical design. Of course we always make sure to include enough close up images of the couple to put the focus on them. If I had to define our style of San Francisco city hall wedding photography I would say that we provide our clients with a nice blend of architecture and close up images. I would also say that our style is probably a bit more architecture related than most other wedding photographers at SF city hall. One thing for sure, however, we always talk to our clients during the shoot and ask them what they want. We want to make sure we are going in the right direction to satisfy their preferences. If you are reading this and end up booking us for your SF City Hall wedding, remember that it is OK to make suggestions to us. We do not mind a bit. The important thing is that you are happy with the results.
Since we are discussing photography style, I think it is important to mention another issue that comes up frequently is so called candid pictures. Many or our clients ask us in advance to take lots of candid images. We are happy to accommodate this wish, but also must point out that with no reception or party, there are less opportunities for true candid photography. The best chance for this type of photography at a city hall marriage is during the check-in, the ceremony and then finally the hugging after. Once we begin the photo tour around the building, there are less chances, but we can create some. For example, we can do walking shots where we have the bride and groom hold hands and interact surrounded by the incredible beauty of the building. We can also sit you down together and just have your interact and make a few suggestions. Not truly candid, but hopefully will create that look that you want!