We are Toni and Mike, and have been photographing weddings together for 10 years, with over 350 at City Hall. I wanted to share a few ‘fun facts’ about each of us so that you can get to know us a little more.
• As music lovers we both enjoy playing instruments. Toni plays flute and drums, and Mike plays guitar.
• We both love animals. Toni has 3 dogs and a cat at home. Mike has a cat and two horses!
• Toni loves to sail and competed in the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii!
• Mike is a San Francisco Native and loves sharing his city with people from around the globe.
• We both love traveling and seeing the world (destination wedding? We’re in!)
• We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do the work we do and meet so many amazing couples.
• Our family and friends are everything to us and one of our favorite aspects of our job is being able to meet so many amazing people who often become friends.
Happy November! Toni Bailey and Mike Dubnoff team up to provide you with the ultimate San Francisco City Hall wedding experience. In addition to the amazing wedding photography they offer, their goal is to always make the day fun for both of you! With over 400 San Francisco City Hall weddings photographed, Toni and Mike know the best spots in the building and the time of the day to take you there. Their combined Wedding Photography experience spans well over 35 years, providing you with comfort and confidence that you have chosen the right team to photograph your San Francisco City Hall wedding. Their easy going style will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. They create memories to last a lifetime!
Toni Bailey is an international photographer and has been been photographing weddings for 10 years including over 400 San Francisco City Hall Weddings. She enjoys working with her couples to create romantic long lasting memories. A native Californian, Toni grew up in Los Gatos and has spent time in Susanville, Chico, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Concord. She is an accomplished musician and though her primary instrument is the flute, she has experience playing the drums, guitar, alto saxophone and piano. Toni also enjoys travel and has participated in international photography seminars throughout Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. She absolutely loves sailing and competed in the 2018 Pacific Cup!
Toni loves to photograph people and has a creative but unobtrusive style that allows her to capture natural and relaxed images of her subjects. Her friendly demeanor "invites you in" and makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Toni can be seen photographing Brides and Grooms at City Hall on a weekly basis and always does it with a smile.
Mike was born in San Francisco and spent many years living here and walking the neighborhoods. A rare SF native, Mike knows the city very well and loves to talk about it's beauty. His mother is an accomplished artist and focused much of her energy painting San Francisco scenes, including Victorian houses. Mike feels that much of his artistic ability and love for the city comes from his mother.
An MBA graduate of the University of San Francisco, Mike put himself through school with sports photography and occasional weddings. His photography career spans 3 decades and he has photographed close to 1,000 weddings! Quite a few years ago, Mike discovered San Francisco City Hall as a wedding venue and made it his specialty!
Everyone talks about the beautiful light at San Francisco City Hall and we love it too. The 3rd and 4th floors can provide absolutely beautiful window light which enhances the building's architecture even more. Capturing this light takes practice and the experience that comes with our 350+ weddings photographed at this venue. We know what time of the day to take our couples to the various parts of the building for best light. On foggy days when the light is not as good, we bring in our own professional lighting equipment. We use a large umbrella on a tripod for soft light. We also use bounce flash off of the neutral marble walls for diffused warm light.
We provide our clients a combination of different styles ranging from Traditional to Photojournalistic. Our goal is to emphasize the style that fits our clients. We discuss in advance the types of shots our San Francisco city hall clients want and tailor our photographic coverage to their preferences. Some clients like more posed shots while others simply want us to follow them around the building and take candid shots. Our versatility and experience allows us to accomplish both in a creative and romantic way!
Both Mike and Toni shoot with Nikon cameras. We come to every city hall wedding equipped with our Nikon D4s, D800, D800e, D7200, a variety lenses, and a full range of back-up gear. We believe in using Nikkor and Sigma fast prime lenses for their speed and sharpness. Some of the lenses we most often use include: 20mm/1.8, 24mm/2.8, 35mm/1.4, 50mm 1.4, 85mm/1.4 and a 180mm/2.8. We also use zoom lenses when needed for their versatility and reach.
Protecting your images and memories is very important to us. We carry a minimum of two cameras and each camera photographs and writes onto two separate memory cards. We carry a one million dollar liability insurance policy, equipment insurance, and we back up your images both on and off site. Each photo taken at your wedding gets placed on our main hard drive, our back-up drive, and off-site. In addition, we never erase your Originals from our cards until you have your wedding images.