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  • How many years have you been a wedding photographer and how many weddings have you photographed?

Toni Bailey and Mike Dubnoff have been a wedding photographers for over 15 years. 1,400 weddings total and over 400 at San Francisco City Hall!

  • How does a typical city hall wedding photography coverage work? Do you take our photos before or after the ceremony?

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 two of you 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.

  • 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?

No problem! Both our Enchantment and Charm Packages include comfortable transportation at no additional charge.

  • 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?

Our City Hall package is the lowest priced and provides 2 hour of coverage. It's perfect for elopements!

  • We don’t know how to pose for wedding photos, will you be posing us?

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. Please visit our wedding blog for our photography style.

  • What types of cameras do you photograph with?

We photograph with Nikon DSLRs and a full set of lenses ranging from 20mm to 200mm.

  • 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.

  • 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 password protected private online gallery of your photos for you to view that you can share with friends and family.

  • How do we receive our pictures?

USB, DVD, or digital transfer. Whichever works best for you!

  • What forms of payments do you accept?

Venmo, cash, check, or credit card via a secured online site.

  • How do I secure my date?

As soon as I receive your contract and deposit of $350, the date is yours.

  • 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.

Do you offer albums?
We offer Epoca Albums of the finest quality. Please see our wedding album page.

  • Do you shoot with an assistant?

I often do photograph with an assistant photographer.

  • I don’t live in San Francisco, can we still meet?

Video Chat to the rescue! We can set up a time for a video conference call if you would like.

  • Do you edit all the photographs?

Absolutely! Every image that you receive will have been edited on at a time. I work closely with my editing team to make sure that the photos are edited in my style, there are no batch editing processes run. I look over all the photos and make any additional edits that are needed before delivering your photos.

  • Where do you live? Do you shoot weddings out of your area?

I live in Concord, California. My business is based in San Francisco. I photography wedding throughout the Bay Area including Napa and Livermore. I also travel and absolutely love destination weddings.

  • Are there additional prices for destination weddings?

In addition to the wedding package, I do charge an additional fee for traveling out of the area. The amount I bill for traveling is very simple. All you are responsible for is the airfare, lodging, and rental car charges. I will bill you directly for reimbursement of these additional costs.

  • Do you provide videography?

No, I do not provide video services. It is because I am a photographer and not a videographer. Photography is a craft that I need to be focused on for your wedding. Videography requires different equipment and knowledge and will take away from me being able to capture your wedding moments.

  • Do you provide references from past clients?

When interviewing people, it is a natural occurrence to ask for references. And I can understand why you may ask for references. But I do not provide direct past clientele references. I do not feel comfortable sharing client’s confidential information such as their phone numbers or addresses. Or for that matter yours! I suggest you check out my reviews that clients have written.

  • Do you know if we need a permit to shoot in a really cool location that we found?

The truth is that I am not sure. There are places in San Francisco that require permits, such as city parks and some beaches. I am more than happy to help you find out if you need one and where to get it. The client is responsible for obtaining the permit. If we do photograph in a location that requires a permit and we get caught without one, it would definitely be a downer if we had to stop shooting and leave.

  • Do you deliver photos in only color? Or can I get black and white images as well?

We deliver photos in black and white and color! You will receive all of your photos in color. Additionally, I will provide select photos in black and white, and some in sepia. If there is a photo that you would like in black and white, just let me know. And if you want all your photos in black and white, I can do that too!

Additional Questions?

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 any additional 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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