As if you couldn’t tell, we do not work out of studio. While many people think a studio is the holy grail of photography, it’s not necessarily the end goal of many photographers. Being San Francisco wedding photographers allows us a playground filled with tons of variety and so many opportunities to take great, fun pictures.
While I would love to have a storefront or designated space to meet clients, I don’t really want to take pictures in front of ‘backgrounds.’ You know, everyone wearing a black sweater in front of a black background and everyone’s just kind of...floating. Yawn. Jeans, white shirts and barefoot on the beach? Gag. Also, the 80's called...
Being out in the wild allows for variety and texture that you just can’t get in a studio setting. And most non-model people tend to be more comfortable out in the world versus standing in front of studio lights while having their hands and chins adjusted just so while thinking, are you sure that's how you want my head tilted?
Plus, there’s just much more light outside. You can’t perceive the difference as much with your eyes as your camera does because your eyes have a brain attached to them that adjusts the difference for you [mind explosion!]. Just know it’s usually a pretty big difference, you know, during the daytime.
Another great thing about being outside is that you can move around, use your legs a little! I'll often have my clients walk past me, towards me or away from me to get some variety. When you're outside it feels pretty natural to walk around so it's a great way to get people loosened up and interacting with each other.
Yes, there will be people around and yeah, a lot of them are nosy and will probably look at you. But guess what?
There's no way you're going to win the award for weirdest person in San Francisco. Unless you're planning something for your engagement shoot that I have never seen before. In which case, just give me a heads up. Okay?