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Genevieve and Noah tied the knot on Mayor's Balcony at City Hall

Published by in Weddings ·
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Genevieve and Noah drove down from Sacramento to get married at the splendid San Francisco City Hall. They reserved the Mayor's Balcony for a private wedding to accommodate a large attendance of families and friends. I loved how Genevive's best friend served double duty as Maid of Honor and the wedding officiant, as she revealed the story on how the bride and groom met back in high school.

After the ceremony, we began taking family group photos with both sides of families followed by shots with friends. While the guests were celebrating on the Mayor's Balcony, the happily married wedding couple took portraits at various spots including the Fourth Floor Gallery, the huge iron window, the vintage elevator, and of course the famous grand staircase as seen in major Hollywood hits such as Dirty Harry and the first Indiana Jones movie.

Genevieve and Noah love Bi-Rite Creamy and would always wait in the line for the ice cream every time they come to San Francisco. They were so smart to use Uber-X SUV services and saved more money than hiring a Limo driver. It's always fun and stimulating for photographers to shoot something different. I loved taking photos of them ordering and eating the organic ice cream in the shop. The groom even bought the Uber driver and I a tasteful scoop!

Luckily there was no waiting line to order the ice cream, so it only took us 10 minutes to order and finish eating the ice cream while I took some candid shots. The Uber driver was happy to wait for us while he enjoyed the ice cream, and we quickly got back on the SUV for portraits at Palace of the Fine Arts.

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most popular locations for wedding photos. Uber drove us to Crissy Field for the next location. The weather was perfect and not windy on that day. We didn't spend too much time taking photos there, as Genevieve the bride needed to head back to the Grand Hyatt Hotel to change into an evening dress for the wedding reception. We took some fun photos in Union Square as the last location and discovered a colorful "Love" sign hidden in an alley. What a lovely couple and a memorable day!

Family Portrait Session with San Francisco Cityscapes

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The family flew in from Texas for a vacation in San Francisco. They wanted to take some memorable family portraits with distinctive landmarks. So we met at Mark Hopkin Hotel in Nob Hill and got in a limo for a fun three-hour photo shoot around the city.

Our first stop was Palace of Fine Arts. It was crowded, as usual, so we waited for the right moment to take some clean shots without too many people in the background.

The ever popular Golden Gate Bridge was on the top of their list. We then headed to Crissy Field as the lighting would be the best in the afternoon. The weather was a bit cold and windy. However, the most challenging part was the crowd in the background. I had to do some Photoshop magic to remove people that could be distracting elements. Well, it looked better after half an hour of erasing and cloning.

The limo driver drove the long stretch limo in turtle speed (well, it was a Sunday and no one seemed to be in a hurry anyway), so it took a long while to arrive Alamo Park for the Painted Ladies. The family grew up watching the popular TV series "Full House" and told me about the new Full House episodes called "Fuller House" that's only available on Netflix. I led them to the famous postcard spot on top of the green hill of the park and took shots of the family in front of the colorful Victorian houses of the Painted Ladies.

With so many fantastic backdrops from neighborhood to neighborhood, we could spend days to shoot all of the famous landmarks. That's what's so unique about the beautiful city!

Wedding Portraits Around the City

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Wedding portrait is a big thing in Asia and is quite different is style when compared to the U.S. Romantic wedding portraits are done way before the wedding day, and the couples would change into several attires provided by the portrait studio. The portrait studios in Asia are usually one stop shop that provides full services from makeup to flowers and outfits to transportation. For brides, it's their most beautiful moment in life and a dream come true. Hiring a portrait photographer who would bring out their beauty is often considered more important than hiring a photographer to capture the moments of the wedding day.

Queen and Jacob are getting married in Taiwan. Instead of taking their wedding portraits in Taiwan,  they wanted something different -something with a western touch. So they chose to take their wedding portraits in San Francisco as the backdrop. So we begin with a makeup session by Jessie Weng and drove to several scenic locations including Embarcadeo, City Hall, Pier 7, Palace of Fine Arts and Crissy field. Now they have some great shots with famous landmarks to display at their wedding in Taiwan.

San Francisco Best Business Award 2014

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Kurty Photography has been selected for the 2014 San Francisco Best Businesses Award for Photographers.

The San Francisco Best Businesses Program is an annual program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the San Francisco area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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