Missoula, Montana photographer specializing in families, love stories, intimate weddings & elopements. 

San Francisco City Hall Bridal Session

I met Madison and Brennan on an early Tuesday morning right outside of San Francisco City Hall. I was there with several other photographers for a bridal session with this lovely couple, and the hope was to arrive early enough to have the place to ourselves, and avoid having to ask people to step out of frame or do the dreaded post-session photo shopping of multiple people.  And, most importantly- we wanted to create an intimate moment/feeling for these two throughout the session.

Oftentimes the term “ Bridal Session” can be confusing for people, with an unclear picture of what exactly it is.  A bridal session is a cultivated time between the bride and groom for their portraits- this can be done on wedding day, post -wedding day, or oftentimes couples do this as a beautiful anniversary session. In this case, it was a post-wedding day session, allowing for Madison to have a variety of looks- and to have a great- low stress session. My personal favorite aspect of a bridal session is that all the wedding jitters are gone, you are totally relaxed, and you get to have a little more fun with your wardrobe! (Take a look at her amazing ensemble by Rime Arodaky.)

Because this session was more relaxed, I was able to play more with double exposures, gels, and dramatic composition- all while focusing on the most important thing- Madison and Brennan’s connection and love for one another, and well, let’s be honest- the amazing dress as well.

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I photograph adventurous, fun families and couples throughout Montana, including Billings, Bozeman, Glacier, Red Lodge, and Missoula.

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