Sunday, August 31, 2014

San Francisco, still capturing hearts.

I do enjoy shooting weddings at the City Hall in San Francisco. If you've visited you'll appreciate how beautiful a space it is inside. It also has a really relaxed feel to the whole environment. Even as you pass through security you'll sense none of the tension that's so prevalent at numerous security spaces around the US. No, you start smiling as you walk up the steps to the main entrance and you're still smiling when you leave the building afterward. And this whole ambience contributes to making this a great place for small weddings and a joy to shoot pictures in.

There are some great spaces to hold the ceremonies too but my favorite is still at the top of the main staircase underneath the rotunda. In this photo at the culmination of the marriage ceremony, you can see that even the bronze bust is smiling as congratulations and hugs are traded.

The other great thing for photography is that this place is a dream for natural lit photography. The architecture and design of the building seems to go out and actively find light to channel back into all it's spaces through the abundant and beautifully crafted windows.
And once again I was working for a beautiful and genuinely happy couple which is rewarding in it's own right.

Then after finishing off inside we all made our way outside the building where with a little thought, you can make use of beautiful backdrops that occur naturally in the spaces surrounding the City Hall. It was a brilliantly sunny day in San Francisco so for the outdoor part of their shoot I put my speedlite to work, balancing out the light and making sure I had the amount of detail I like in my shots.

And the rest of the party were great fun to work with too. Even though I'd been pre-warned that some people might be a little camera shy, in almost no time everyone was strutting their stuff like seasoned stars and models!

As the fun continues, Ill leave you trying to work out who was throwing the bouquet to whom!

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