SF City Hall Wedding Photography - by Toni

San Francisco City Hall FAQ

We are currently updating and adding to our frequently asked question page with new and more detailed information.   In the meantime, please feel free to email us with questions about your San Francisco City Hall wedding.  We are happy to help you even if you don't book us to be your city hall wedding photographer. 

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Question:  How many years have you been a wedding photographer and how many weddings have you photographed?
Answer: Toni Bailey has been a wedding photographer for over 20 years and Toni has been at it for 7 years. 1,000 weddings total and over 250 at San Francisco City Hall!

Question:  How does a typical city hall wedding photography coverage work?  Do you take our photos before or after the ceremony?
Answer:  We normally like to meet you before the ceremony by the clerks office to assist with your check-in and answer any last minute questions.  Then we accompany you into the clerks office when you check-in and take a few  photographs of that process.  We also get shots of the signing of the license.  Then we photograph your ceremony, take family photos and then take the 2 of your around city hall.  It seems to work best to do your photos after the ceremony, but we are flexible and will alter our normal process to suit your needs and timing.

Question:  We like the sound of your San Francisco city tour package, but don't know the city, what should we do get to the various locations?
Answer:  No problem!  Both our San Francisco and Golden Gate Packages include comfortable transportation at no additional charge.

Question:  We are eloping and getting married at San Francisco city hall, but we are also on a tight budget. Do you have a package for us?
Answer:  Our "City Hall" package is the lowest priced and provides 1 hour of coverage.  It's perfect for elopements!

Question: We don’t know how to pose for wedding photos, will you be posing us?
Answer: My style is very easy going and I will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. I do not over pose my couples. Instead, I start with an easy pose, give some suggestions, and then let things flow naturally from there.

Question: What types of cameras do you photograph with?
Answer: Toni photographs with Nikon DSLRs and a full set of lenses ranging from 20mm to 200mm.

Question: Do you use lighting equipment or are you a natural light photographer?
We use lighting equipment as well as natural light. When we do use lights at city hall, we keep it very simple. Our lighting equipment consists of a tripod with an umbrella and remote flash.

Question: How soon do we get to see our pictures?
Your proofs will be ready to view 3 weeks after your wedding day. We will provide a secured private online gallery of your photos for you to view that you can share with friends and family.

Question: How do we receive our pictures?
USB, DVD, or digital transfer. Whichever works best for you!

Question: What forms of payments do you accept?
Cash, check, or credit card via paypal.

Question: How do I secure my date?
As soon as I receive your contract and deposit, the date is yours.

Question: How many photos do I get?
Each couple and ceremony varies, there is no exact number. But you will receive as many photos as it takes to tell the story of your San Francisco City Hall Wedding.

Question: Do you offer albums?
We offer Epoca Albums of the finest quality. Please inquire for pricing.

Question: Do you shoot with an assistant?
I often do photograph with an assistant photographer.

Question: I don’t live in San Francisco, can we still meet?
Skype to the rescue! We can set up a time to Skype if you would like.


By far the busiest days to get married at San Francisco city hall are Thursdays and Fridays. So if you want to avoid the crowds try booking your wedding  on Tuesday and Wednesday, the slowest days.  Another strategy for more privacy is to shoot for early morning or late afternoon ceremony times.  The first time available in the morning is 9:30 and the latest is 3:30.  Many of your favorite city hall photos on this webpage were photographed in the early morning or late afternoon.  Be careful about late booked ceremonies on Thursdays and Fridays because there can occasionally be outside events scheduled at city hall.  For some of these events the grand staircase or parts of the second floor can be closed off.

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