About Your SF Bay Area Wedding Photographers
Bay Area Photography Experience
Mike Dubnoff has been a San Francisco bay area wedding photographer for over 20 years. His images have been published in newspapers, brochures and national magazines. With over 1,600 weddings to his credit, Mike has the experience to make your wedding day go as smoothly as possible. His easy-going style will help you and your guests feel comfortable in front of the camera. In short, we provide you with more than just exceptional photographs, we act as your personal wedding consultants. Mike was recently named one of the top 10 San Francisco Wedding Photographers. We had one of our City Hall wedding photos make the international showcase recently and we are also featured on the J. Crew website. Our vast experience is also important because it has allowed us to photograph brides and grooms at many San Francisco destinations. Mike became one of the few approved "Featured Wedding Vendors" at San Francisco City Hall and can be found there shooting weddings at least 2 times per week. On the personal side, Mike is married with 3 beautiful daughters and was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. This local knowledge helps when it comes to finding unique and fun places to photograph. A rare San Francisco native and proud of it!
Team Approach to Wedding Photography
For all of his weddings, Mike is assisted by one of his Associate Photographers. We use the same photographers (Tiana Hunter and Toni Bailey) to shoot with us year after year. Toni and Tiana have years of experience shooting weddings on their own and with Dubnoff Photography. We never use outside temporary contractors so you can be assured that our photography team will be talented, courteous, and fun! Most of all, consistent! All of our associate wedding photographers are also available to shoot weddings on their own throughout the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area or even San Francisco city hall. If you are interested in booking any of them, please let us know. Both of them have multiple city hall weddings in their portfolio. Our main goal is to make sure you have the wedding pictures of your dreams. We are happy to share their websites with you if you are interested. We are also happy to introduce Lilly James to our City Hall wedding photography team. Lilly will be filling in during Toni's absence (see below) and has already photographed 40 weddings with Mike.
Wedding Photographic Style
All San Francisco Bay Area marriages are covered using a combination of photojournalism, documentary, and traditional wedding photography styles. During the pre-wedding consultation we ask the couple to give us their vision of how they want their wedding photographed. We feel that it's ultimately up to the customer to determine how they want their final wedding pictures to look. Many of our brides and grooms leave this up to us, but we pride ourselves on being flexible and accommodating. We don't project our vision of your final photos on to you without involving you in the process. We want to know as much as possible about your style preferences to be sure that you receive exactly what you want. However, we also understand that many of our clients prefer to leave it up to us and not be involved in the process. That works fine for us too! We have been doing this for a long time and would love to be your wedding photographers. Whether your wedding is in San Francisco or anywhere in Northern California, we are ready to help!
San Francisco City Hall Specialty
As mentioned in many places throughout this website, we specialize in San Francisco city hall wedding photography. Our style in photographing brides and grooms at this magnificent venue is to focus on the beautiful Beau Arts Architecture throughout the building. We frequently will show up with 2 wedding photographers which allows us to focus on obtaining plenty of close ups as well as the wide angle shots that show off the structure. With our experience at this venue, you can be assured that we understand the lighting challenges at city hall and also the best places to take our couples when it is very crowded. Please check out our City Hall Wedding pages to learn more about our friendly service and positive approach. We do everything we can to provide our clients with the utmost in professional city hall wedding photography. We have been doing this for close to 12 years at this beautiful building.
Meet the team... Mike, Toni and Tiana from left to right.
- Romance and Fun
Mike and his team are dedicated to capturing the romance and fun in your relationship. We do everything we can to record all of the magical moments of your special day. Your final images will display all of the laughter, tears, beauty and love at your wedding. We also want your day to be enjoyable so we keep your photo shoot light-hearted and stress free. Wedding photography should not seem like a job for the couple or the photographer. We want the time you spend taking pictures to be part of the fun of your special day! We accomplish this by not over posing you or rushing your around the building. It is not a race to see how many photos we can take. Instead, it should be a fun experience with a nice even pace. One of the great things about photographing weddings at SF City Hall is that all of the beautiful backgrounds available are all within a minute's walk.
- The Best Camera Equipment
We proudly shoot with Nikon equipment and use some of the sharpest lenses ever made We prefer fast Nikon prime lenses including the 20 mm 1.8, 50 mm 1.4, 85 mm 1.4 and the legendary 180 mm 2.8 (oldie but goodie). We also use some of Nikon's best zoom lenses to make sure we capture every important moment and occasion. These zooms include the 24-70 2.8 and the 16-35 4.0. We also occasionally use our 80-200 2.8 zoom lens for certain nuptial celebrations, especially church weddings where we can't get too close. Large umbrellas are used when possible to create soft light, but we also are skilled in the use of natural light. Your wedding reception will be lit with unobtrusive room lights to create dazzling highlights during the first dance and other important events. Our Camera bodies include a Nikon D780 and a Nikon ZII mirrorless. We also have additional back up cameras included a D800. We come to every wedding with a full array of backup equipment, including extra Nikon and Sunpak flashes, camera bodies, etc. When we photograph marriages at San Francisco City Hall, we bring portable professional lighting that we frequently bounce off of the neutral walls to create amazing and dazzling light. Off camera lighting adds special dimension and contrast to your images.
- Multiple San Francisco Bay Area Venues
Our long tenure as a San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer has enabled us work at the majority of the major wedding venues in the region. This is an important factor to consider when choosing your photographer. Have they ever shot a wedding at your venue? Chances are, we have! We are also one of the most recommended San Francisco City Hall photographers with close to 600 events photographed there. Click San Francisco Bay Area venues to see many of the locations where we have photographed wedding celebrations besides City Hall. We have been to most of the major San Francisco reception sites and many of the ceremony sites. If you are having your marriage at one of San Francisco's old Catholic Churches, ask us, because we have probably been there too! St. Mary's, St. Ignatius, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Agnes, St. Brigid, and St. Brendan's to name a few. I even had my first Communion at St. Agnes!
- Courteous Service
Above all, we provide our clients with the utmost in courteous and friendly service. We feel that one of the most important things on your wedding day is to enjoy it. I know this sounds obvious, but sometimes things can get stressful. It certainly helps if you enjoy the vendors you are working with. So for that reason, we strive to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. This also will result in both of you taking better pictures because you will be relaxed and at ease! This cannot be overstated, we find that one of the biggest issues our clients have with other wedding photographers is how they behaved themselves at one of their relatives or friend's weddings. They let us know that a courteous, but helpful wedding photographer is very critical to them! Obviously everyone wants great photos, but why not have a superlative experience as well! When we ask new clients why they didn't go with a referral from a friend or relative, we are frequently told something like this: "My sister's wedding photographer took very nice pictures but everyone hated him, including the bride and groom". Is that a trade off you want to make? The answer should be no, because you can actually get both! Courteous service AND great wedding pictures. That's what we proudly offer our clients. San Francisco city hall is the perfect place to work in this style because it is such a beautiful building and offers so many options for backgrounds and lighting. If you read our Yelp Reviews, you will see what I mean. Our clients frequently comment on our demeanor and not just photo quality.
- We never use Subcontractors or Temp Photographers We are very lucky to have worked with the same second shooters and assistants for a number of years. You can rely on our helpers because they have all worked for us numerous times. Some San Francisco wedding photographers use subcontractors or temps to help them with their weddings. You can find them on Facebook or other social media advertising for Second Shooters to help them. We never do this and always provide our clients with an experienced city hall wedding photographer who is well known to us. We have not strayed from this philosophy and feel it enhances the overall experience of the couple. I would never dream of going on Facebook or Craigslist to search for a photography helper for the most important day of your lives. If I know in advance that neither one of my second shooters is available for your wedding date, I will tell you up front and we can make other arrangements. We will honest and transparent about this process and hope that this provides another layer of comfort and confidence.
"Mike and Toni were great to work with and made us feel very comfortable. They definitely know great spots to shoot in city hall and knew how to avoid crowds so our pictures look even better. We were not used to some of the poses they suggested, so some of the pictures look a little odd to us, but we absolutely have a bunch of pictures that we love. And even though it was the day before Christmas, Mike and Toni were generous enough to work a little overtime to make sure we got all the shots we wanted. They are true professionals, and we were extremely glad we used them rather than rely on pictures from our family."
Steve H., San Francisco, CA
"Mike and Toni are fantastic! They are so talented, professional, and easy to work with. Mike was very responsive through the whole planning process. I felt confident that I would get beautiful photographs, and I definitely did. You can tell they have been shooting weddings for years: they know exactly what shots to take and are really good with people. I was slightly nervous about getting my large family to cooperate for pictures after the ceremony, but with Mike and Toni's help, everything went quickly and smoothly! They were a pleasure to work with and I would recommend them to anyone!"
Yelp Review - Seena F., Birmingham, AL
"Mike is an excellent wedding photographer who really enhanced our pre wedding planning, post wedding photo viewing, and of course, our big day. He is creative, efficient, and helpful. He's been in the business long enough to know all the "secrets" that can really help your day go smoothly as well as contribute to the beautiful pictures he takes. Mike and his assistant, Toni, were a pleasure to work with. We love our photos!! If you're looking for Bay Area wedding photography- Mike Dubnoff is your guy!! Our photos were beautiful and we were so happy that Mike was a part of our wedding process (and it really is a process, not just a single day, so you want a great team)!!!"
Yelp Review - Noe-Marie, Danville, CA
Mike's Awards /Accomplishments
- Top 10 wedding photographers in San Francisco
- Photos published on J. Crew Website
- International Pro Photographer Showcase Winner
- Widely published wedding author
- Masters Degree from USF
- 50 top rated reviews on Yelp (5 stars)
- Over 1,600 weddings photographed
- Successfully Mentored multiple SF Bay Area wedding photographers
- "Featured Photographer" - San Francisco City Hall
Biographical Information about Toni Bailey
Toni Bailey has been working with us here at Dubnoff Photography for over 12 years. She is much more than a second shooter, she is a wedding photography partner. When we work together on a wedding, we approach all of the tasks as equals and support each other. The most important thing about this is that as our client, you will receive seamless coverage no matter which one of us is working on a project or task. Toni has been a professional wedding photographer for over 12 years herself and has photographed over 800 weddings with me. She also has her own wedding photography business based in San Francisco and has well over 100 solo weddings under her belt. You are also welcome to book Toni as your primary wedding photographer if you prefer her. You can always find Toni smiling as she takes pictures, a true sign that she loves her work. In addition to her wedding photography skills, Toni is also an accomplished musician with experience on the Flute, Piano and Guitar. When Toni isn't photographing weddings, she can often be found on the San Francisco Bay sailing with her friends. She has been sailing her whole life and recently was a crew member on a boat that raced to Hawaii. Toni loves animals and has participated in the rescue of a number of dogs, including some from other countries. She currently has 3 dogs loaded with individual personality and one cat who rules over the whole crew. UPDATE: Toni is taking a sabbatical from wedding photography for a few months. She will be sailing around the world starting in the South Pacific. We hope she will return soon, but wish her well on this new adventure.
Biographical information about Tiana Hunter
The very talented Tiana Hunter is one of our associate wedding photographers. Tiana has over 14 years of modeling experience which helps her with posing brides beautifully. In addition to this experience, Tiana has photographed many weddings throughout San Francisco including over 50 working with us and many more on her own. Photographing and living in San Francisco, Tiana is a fashion, portrait and lifestyle photographer. She focuses on wellness, sustainability, and personal empowerment. Tiana receives fulfillment from meeting people and learning about what's important to them. She loves collaborating with them to make photos that express them in a dynamic way.
Book us for your San Francisco Bay Area wedding and see the difference it makes when you have a dedicated group of associate wedding photographers working with you. As mentioned, both of our associate wedding photographers shoot weddings on their own!
Experienced San Francisco Wedding Photographer
Dubnoff Wedding Photography has been photographing weddings in the San Francisco Area for over 20 years. We have creatively photographed over 600 weddings at San Francisco City Hall. As a wedding industry leader, Mike Dubnoff constantly strives to provide his clients with the best customer service humanly possible. If you have questions regarding wedding planning or San Francisco Bay Area venues, feel free to contact us. We our proud of the fact that over the years we have assisted many brides and grooms with their wedding planning before they even book with us. We have been told multiple times that our San Francisco City Hall information was very helpful to the couple and made the whole process easier for them. Again, we are happy to do this, whether or not you book our photography service. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or issues and we will do whatever we can to aid you. We fancy ourselves as pretty effective wedding planners so we would love the opportunity to guide you down the path to the perfect wedding. This is especially true in the San Francisco Bay Area as we have lived here all of our lives. We can guide you through every step of the process of getting married at City Hall from reserving the wedding, obtaining the marriage license and setting up your ceremony. We want to provide you with a full service wedding experience. Leave it in our hands!