San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Need a Wedding Photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Dubnoff Wedding Photography has helped San Francisco Bay Area couples create memories of their special day for over 20 years. Thank you for visiting our Bay Area Wedding Photography website. Our main goal is to provide you with the best wedding photography experience possible. Beautiful, romantic images to last a lifetime combined with our fun, positive approach will make your special day memorable. Visit our Prices page to see our affordable packages. We are also happy to create a custom package to fit your specific needs. We travel throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra charge! View some of the wedding photographers best work at our Gallery page. We are also one of the premier photographers shooting weddings at San Francisco City Hall . Check out our City Hall Yelp page and to see our special prices for weekday coverage click City Hall Prices

To determine our availability for your Bay Area wedding, please go to our Event Calendar and enter your event date. We will contact you quickly to let you know our availability or answer any questions you may have regarding our service. By filling in our Contact Form you can request information on our affordable packages and pricing. All of our packages include full-day coverage and 2 photographers! This means we won't leave your wedding early and will photograph everything from bridal prep to the last dance. Check out our list of the best Reception Sites and Venues we have photographed to see if yours is there!  One of the benefits of hiring an experienced professional photographer is that there is a good chance we have been to your venue and know the best way to approach it.

A Bay Area Wedding Photographer with Experience!

Mike Dubnoff has been a wedding photographer in the Northern California area since 1985. Mike's style provides you with an ideal blend of documentary photography combined with a traditional approach.  Most importantly, we make it a fun experience for both of you!  It's important to hire a wedding photographer you can trust and we have been earning that trust with over 1,000 weddings photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area alone!   In 2015 we photographed a record 92 weddings including many city hall marriage ceremonies. The year 2016 is looking even better! This experience has allowed us to work with couples from many cultures, including Catholic, Filipino, Indian, Greek,  Jewish, and Chinese to name a few! Servicing the East Bay, North Bay, South Bay, Antioch, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek / Concord to San Francisco, City Hall and other Northern California destinations. Check out our San Francisco City Hall page and our Facebook Wedding Photography page to see more sample albums.

Choose the Right Wedding Photographer for you

The key difference with Dubnoff Photography is that we listen to you! We won't waste your time during your consultation telling you why we are the best. Instead, we ask what is important to YOU and get a feel for the type of styles you prefer. Set up a free consultation and tell us what you want! We can show you the options we offer in albums such as Flush Mount / Magazine Style and traditional. Another one of our specialties is San Francisco City Hall weddings.  You can take a look at recent weddings there by going to San Francisco City Hall page. We are one of the leading City Hall wedding photographers with over 200 ceremonies creatively photographed. For Indian weddings please go to our Indian Photography page.  To view special offers and  pricing go to our Google Places Page.

Dubnoff Wedding Photography of the San Francisco bay area

How NOT to Choose a Wedding Photographer

The internet is full of articles on how to choose a wedding photographer.  We thought it would be helpful to look at it from a different perspective and help engaged couples avoid some of the common mistakes people make when choosing a photographer.

1. Relying on Vendor Referrals - In general, most wedding vendors will try to provide you with an honest and solid photographer referral when asked.  The problem is that in most cases, they really don't have enough personal knowledge to make an informed decision.  For example, I know a DJ who often refers me to his customers but has never even seen any of my images.  He knows that I am pleasant to work with and polite to my customers, but hasn't even seen one of my wedding albums.  Even more disturbing is the fact that a very large number of wedding vendors trade referrals with no real knowledge of the other's work.  This tells you nothing about the quality of the referral.  You are much better off talking to actual brides and grooms who have worked with professional wedding photographers.

2. Judging a Photographer Based Solely on a "Greatest Hits" Album. There is nothing more misleading than choosing a photographer based upon viewing a compilation of their best photographs from dozens of different weddings.  At the very least, this may tell you how good a photograph they are capable of producing, but it tells you nothing about what your final result will be.  Insist on seeing one entire wedding shoot and make sure they show you at least 50 images.  This will provide you with a much better idea on the style and quality of the photographers work.  The important thing is to discover how YOUR wedding album will look like.  So seeing 40 different weddings is not going to help with that in the least! 

3. Ignoring the Photographer's Personality.  This is a very important factor!  You will spend the entire day with your wedding photographer, if you don't like him or her, it could make your special day miserable.  You are looking for a person who is courteous, not bossy and will get along well with your guests.  Obviously, they need to be talented and experienced, but don't ignore their potential for bad behavior.  An ability to handle stress and yet stay pleasant is the key to a great wedding photographer.

4. Paying Too Much Attention to the Sales Presentation. - Just about any wedding photographer can go on and on about why they are the perfect choice for you.  They can talk about their great equipment and show you beautiful images.  They may even impress you with their sparkling personality and tell you about their "vision" for your wedding album.  This is all important stuff, but how much does it really tell you about the photographer?  A good business person will ask you questions and find out what YOU want.  If they spend the entire sales presentation preaching to you, it could also be that they don't really care about your own needs.  Look for photographers who ask you lots of questions and find out what YOUR vision of the wedding is.  A 2-way conversation is more likely to result in a good match between bride and photographer!

5. Confusion Over Packages and Pricing. If you can't understand the photographer's pricing, keep looking. Package pricing, if  it's flexible, is a solid way to go. It gives you a better idea of what the ultimate cost will be without any final invoice surprises. A la carte pricing can be misleading because you may assume certain "obvious" items are included when they really aren't (like an album!).  However, a company that only offers strictly structured packages should also be avoided. Ultimately, you want to find someone who will work within your budget guidelines and provide you exactly what you want. If you don't see a package that fits your needs, ask if you can design your own.  Probably about 50% of my customers modify one of my existing packages to fit their needs.

SF City Hall Wedding Photographer

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography

If you have read this far, you are probably wondering why we keep mentioning San Francisco City Hall.  Well, it just happens to be one of our favorite places to photograph weddings.   After doing it for over 6 years,  city hall weddings have become one of our specialties.  We continue to photograph large weekend events and you will see many examples of our full wedding coverage on our Gallery Page and in other areas throughout this website.  But we would like to take a moment to discuss some of the reasons you might want to consider having your San Francisco Bay Area wedding at this beautiful venue.  Obviously many of you reading this right now have already decided on a venue and plan on having a full scale wedding.  If that is the case, please consider us when you make the all important decision of choosing your wedding photographer.  However, if you are still thinking about where to have your wedding, we invite you to check out the following information:

Why Plan Your Wedding at SF City Hall?

  • To Save Money! - Lets face it, getting married in the San Francisco Bay Area is expensive.  We checked a number of sources and the average cost appeared to be right around $40,000.  There was a broad range of surveyed responses, but nothing fell below $28,000 and of course its quite easy to go above the average.  Can most young couples starting out afford those types of costs?  Certainly not!  Yes, parents will help and people figure out a way to get it done through loans, credit cards, etc.  Buy why start your life together in debt?  San Francisco City Hall costs $100 for a simple ceremony and $1,000 for a private location that is roped off for your privacy.  This means you can have your wedding in one of the most beautiful venues on the west coast for pennies!  Take your guests to a local restaurant and hire a city hall wedding photographer and you will still be under $5,000 for your whole wedding!

  • Convenience - One of the  best things about having your wedding at San Francisco City Hall is that so many things are provided for you.  You can obtain your marriage license the same day as your wedding right before the ceremony.  An officiant to perform your marriage ceremony is provided at no extra cost.  In addition, you have a safe, indoor, beautiful location to celebrate your wedding surrounded by family and friends.  You can easily hire a wedding photographer from the many available on the internet that also specialize.  You can walk to many fantastic restaurants nearby to celebrate with friends after.  Its all right there!

  • Beauty - City Hall is well known as one of the most sought after wedding venues in the United States.  People come from all over the world to visit and to get married in this incredible building.  Built in the early 1900's, city hall possesses old world charm with modern amenities.  The architecture is incredible and you are free to wander through the halls and consider all of the history that has occurred here.  Don't forget, Joe Di Maggio and Marilyn Monroe got married at San Francisco City Hall!

  • San Francisco - I remember as a kid, watching the Newlywed Game on TV and being surprised at how excited the couples were when they won a 1 week trip to San Francisco.  Big deal, I would think, I live here.   As it turns out, San Francisco is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the whole world.  It may not quite match Paris or Rome, but it's definitely in the conversation.   There is so much for a newlywed couple to do here it boggles the mind.  Some the of the best restaurants in the world are right here in the city by the bay.  Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Coit Tower, The Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts are just a few of the places you can visit and enjoy during your stay. 

  • Wedding Photography - You probably knew this was coming... Yes, city hall is an amazing place to have your wedding photography done.  A professional wedding photographer can you take you to any of the 4 floors and capture some amazing shots.  The architecture and lighting has to been seen to be truly appreciated.  There are a number of City Hall Wedding Photographers that will do an excellent job for you.  Before choosing one, be sure to check out their web pages to make sure they have lots of examples of city hall photography.  It takes some experience to capture the beauty here without being fooled by the lighting.

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Family History of Artistry

My mother is an accomplished artist and enjoyed painting our neighbor's Victorian houses in San Francisco.  You could look out my bedroom window and see these beautiful "painted ladies" and this helped inspire my mom to specialize in this type of art.  My dad loved photography and gave me my first Nikon Camera.  He had a great eye for photography and loved taking scenery photos with slide film.  I often tried to grab the camera away from him when I was kid and I think that's where it all started for me as photographer.  I photographed my first wedding in college and I really enjoyed seeing the happiness my photos created.  This made me realize that this is something I want to do for a living!  I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life and feel very lucky to be able to use wedding photography as a means to explore so many beautiful venues and meet some great people. 


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