San Francisco City Hall Grand Staircase Dance Dip

San Francisco City Hall Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase at San Francisco city hall is one of the central points of the whole building. Most visitors tend to collect in the area and also sit there to rest and look around. This fact, coupled with other wedding photographers wanting to take photos of the staircase makes it challenge to obtain an image such as the one above. A little bit of luck is usually involved plus waiting for the right moment for the crowds to clear out. We would also suggest you book your ceremony for late in the afternoon or early in the morning to have the best chance of getting an image like this one. The fortunate thing about this building is that there are many other beautiful spots to take fantastic photos. We like to wait out all of the brides and grooms going to the staircase during peak times. Then when we find an opportunity to get the picture, we head to the bottom and then work our way up, capturing images as we go. We really try to provide our clients with unique angles and background on the Grand Staircase. There are so many ways to photography this magnificent landmark and we love trying out new ideas for our brides and grooms. One of the unique angles we like to do if from up above, which highlights the amazing patterned floor. I think a lot of inexperienced city hall wedding photographers may miss this particular angle because it is less obvious. Of course, I love the grand view also, the one that shows the entire structure. So we provide our clients a little bit of both if time allows. Here are some options for photographing the Grand Staircase at San Francisco city hall:

  • Bride and Groom at the bottom showing entire staircase
  • Shooting down from the Mayors Balcony with the couple on the platform
  • Photographer and couple both on staircase looking up towards the Rotunda
  • Photographer looking down at the couple from the top of the staircase
  • Side views of the couple by the railing
  • Action shot of the couple walking down the Staircase together
  • 4th floor extreme high angle aimed down at the couple

San Francisco city hall wedding photographer - Exchanging rings