City Hall Bride in the Window Light - Wedding Photography
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Pretty Window Light - Breaking Photography Rules

Sometimes we violate the rules when we are doing San Francisco City Hall wedding photography. Normally I would not put the bride up against the wall like I did in the photo above, but in this case it works because of the way the light falls on her face and the background. As we walked with the bride and groom around the building you could see the light was coming in through this south-facing window. Normally at this time of the day the light would be harsh coming in and shine too brightly on the wall. However, today as luck would have it there was a light bit of fog in the air, which was just enough to let some sun come through. This perfect filtered light gave me an idea to create this somewhat abstract image of the Bride, perhaps pondering her future while looking out the window. We took this photo in a number of different ways with some close up and some farther away. This particular image was by far my favorite because it seemed natural and not posed. As you can see, the texture of the gown and the subtle light on her face gives the image a tremendous amount of depth and some really nice contrast. I was tempted to make this into a black and white photo because I think it would have worked really well that way as well.


We photographed a number of other images in this spot with the groom involved also. These images also were very nice but in some cases the shadow from one of them was cast on the face of the other. It really works better as an individual portrait background and so of course we also did some groom individual shots as well. They came out fantastic. One of the things that make a good professional City Hall wedding photographer is the ability to walk through the building and see opportunities like this to obtain unique and creative photos. There is a temptation to just walk through the building and provide our couples their favorite shots. This would work fine because many of them look at our photos on the website and tell us which ones are their favorites and ask us to make sure we capture these for them. We are more than happy to oblige and always make sure we deliver a minimum number of our own iconic City Hall photos. However it's also nice to surprise the couple with some unique shots like this as often as we can.