Looking for an experienced and private San Francisco wedding photographer?

 

Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to IQphoto. My name is Joseph Kohn and I am the founder and principal photographer at IQphoto. In the past 17 years, we specialized offering private wedding photography in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide. In this day and age it's almost a given that your photos will be forever seen online by thousands of people you may never met. And while it can provide inspiration for others, some couples simply don't want their wedding photos to end up on some random social platforms for strangers to see and talk about.

 

We only publish weddings that clients allow us to publish which is roughly 1% of our work.

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

 

The history of wedding photography starts with a traditional approach. This is the timeless style that you’ve probably seen time and time again. The hallmark of this style is carefully posed photographs of the key moments. Benefits: The traditional wedding photographers usually use a planned “shot list”, which means you’ll get all the important images. Drawbacks: The photographer virtually becomes a “wedding official,” directing the wedding party and guests according to a pre-planned list. This approach is very time-consuming, and as a result, the bride and groom end up spending less time with their guests.

 

WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY STYLE OR WEDDING PHOTO-JOURNALISM?

 

The contemporary style is also known as journalism, photo reportage and documentary approach have become a very popular and widely used by many wedding photographers, features a series of candid photos covering the entire day. Benefits: wedding photojournalism gives you a series of unique images aimed to “tell the story” of your wedding day. Drawbacks: There is no pre-planned “shot list,” only the photographer’s instincts; images are unpredictable. Low levels of available light may cause some pictures to look grainy. The couple may regret the absence of traditional, posed portraits in their album.

 

IS EDITORIAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BEST FOR ME?

 

The editorial style wedding photographers place the subjects in certain settings to take advantage of good lighting, specific location or backgrounds. Then, once the scene is set, the couple and their party are free to be themselves, and this results in a more spontaneous feel. Unlike the photo-journalistic style, editorial photography takes advantage of the photographer’s artistic judgment rather than capturing a series of moments. This style often used by engagement photographers. However, when it comes to capturing decisive moments, this style cannot be used.

 

 

Hello and welcome to IQphoto.

Among the most recognized studios in Northern California. Three times Best SF wedding photographer by SFGate. Top ten most published studios in the world. One of the top wedding photographers on Yelp. Offering documentary style wedding photography.

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Vaneeta & Patrick
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K.C & Jonathan
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Welcome to IQphoto

We help couples who:

1. Love candid photography with just a few posed portraits.
2. Want creative and motivated photographer who can also support and guide the couple.
3. Want the best possible results no matter what happnens on the wedding day.
4. Consider photography a lifetime investment.

Serving San Francisco Bay Area

But also available for:

1. Intimate San Francisco City Hall weddings
2. Engagement and styled photo sessions.
3. Destination weddings.
4. Corporate and family photo sessions.

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

The history of wedding photography starts with a traditional approach. This is the timeless style that you’ve probably seen time and time again. The hallmark of this style is carefully posed photographs of the key moments. Benefits: The traditional wedding photographers usually use a planned “shot list”, which means you’ll get all the important images. Drawbacks: The photographer virtually becomes a “wedding official,” directing the wedding party and guests according to a pre-planned list. This approach is very time-consuming, and as a result, the bride and groom end up spending less time with their guests.

WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY STYLE OR WEDDING PHOTO-JOURNALISM?

The contemporary style is also known as journalism, photo reportage and documentary approach have become a very popular and widely used by many wedding photographers, features a series of candid photos covering the entire day. Benefits: wedding photojournalism gives you a series of unique images aimed to “tell the story” of your wedding day. Drawbacks: There is no pre-planned “shot list,” only the photographer’s instincts; images are unpredictable. Low levels of available light may cause some pictures to look grainy. The couple may regret the absence of traditional, posed portraits in their album.

WHAT IS EDITORIAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

The editorial style wedding photographers place the subjects in certain settings to take advantage of good lighting, specific location or backgrounds. Then, once the scene is set, the couple and their party are free to be themselves, and this results in a more spontaneous feel. Unlike the photo-journalistic style, editorial photography takes advantage of the photographer’s artistic judgment rather than capturing a series of moments. This style often used by engagement photographers. However, when it comes to capturing decisive moments, this style cannot be used.

What drives us

INSPIRATION FOR A SAN FRANCISCO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

With its stunning architecture, iconic steep streets and breathtaking nature, San Francisco is every photographer’s dream city. It resembles a beautiful art studio because it boasts a myriad of awe-inspiring photo backdrops.

As a San Francisco wedding photographer, I’m lucky to be able to shoot weddings in this gorgeous city that is an endless source of inspiration. No matter how well one knows San Francisco, there is always something new to discover be it a new mural, quirky café or a lavish boutique hotel.

Exploring the town with a camera is an exciting adventure. Most importantly, superb San Francisco wedding photography is guaranteed because it is so easy to find a gorgeous backdrop around every corner.
Urban Landscapes From grandiose historic buildings to the coolest street art pieces, hip cafes and the famed cable cars, its urban landscapes are utterly unique.

The streets are vibrant and colorful, offering endless photo opportunities and numerous angles. Its sites are sometimes astounding as the roads appear to be vertical and defy the law of gravity. Every San Francisco wedding photographer is spoiled for choice when it comes to shooting locations because so many of them are postcard-worthy.

Where we photograph

LOCATIONS FOR SAN FRANCISCO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

The most intriguing locations for San Francisco wedding photography include city’s famed Beaux Arts buildings such as City Hall, Legion of Honor and Palace of Fine Arts which are also popular for ceremonies and receptions.

However, the city’s architecture is amazingly diverse due to its turbulent history. In the 19th century, it was the central port city of the Golden Rush, it had a lawless and wild Barbary Coast district and it established the first cable cars to conquer the steep hills.

And despite the big earthquake in 1906 which has destroyed 25.000 buildings, it has survived and remained to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It still boasts fine examples of Victorian, Edwardian, Mission, Art Deco and Italian renaissance homes and extraordinary churches of all denominations.

Hop onto a cable car with your San Francisco wedding photographer, and you’ll capture some of this exceptional architectural beauty. Cool wedding photo locations also include the city’s charming hotels such as the Palace Hotel, Fairmont and the Ritz-Carlton.

NATURAL SCENERY

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE WORLD

Away from the bustling city center, magnificent beaches and lush parklands offer a wealth of awe-inspiring backdrops for San Francisco wedding photography.

Historic Sutro Baths are perched above the ocean offering unparalleled photo opportunities in regardless of the season, weather conditions or time of day.

San Francisco wedding photographers also love shooting at Marin Headlands, Presidio Park, Baker Beach, Marshall’s Beach and Crissy Field because these locations are dramatic, secluded and surreal.

San Francisco wedding photography is even more intriguing because of the weather. It often changes three to four times per day providing dramatic variations in light and color.

This is why. The scenery changes from bright and cheerful to moody and mystical when misty fog or dramatic clouds replace the vigorous sunshine. City’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge and quintessential buildings seem even more fascinating when they are enveloped in a magical haze.

A skillful and imaginative San Francisco wedding photographer can truly use the city as his artistic canvas to create images you’ll cherish forever.