I support the rights of all people to be married, and am happy to offer my services for commitment ceremonies, civil unions, as well as religious weddings and celebrations.
I feel very deeply that it is an honor and privilege to document such an important date for my clients. Every ceremony is unique, I like to work closely with you to make sure that the photography coverage I provide of your day is exactly what you have in mind.
Currently I am taking bookings for the 2014 season, feel free to contact me with inquiries about package options, pricing, and to secure your date. Include information about your ceremony and budget, I’m happy to work with you to create a custom package that will best fit your needs. Please take a moment to read my reviews from past clients on Yelp.
Jemima: Tristan recently photographed my wedding at the Fairmont. Tristan did a fantastic job. Wedding photography is expensive, but Tristan was worth every penny. In fact, considering the quality and quantity of their work, I considered them an extremely good value.
Tristan shot more formal portraits of me and my husband, but she also caught a lot of candid moments between us and guests at the reception. Some of the candid shots were our favorites! Throughout it all, Tristan was reliable, professional, and an all-around pleasure to work with. Tristan addressed our individual concerns and preferences and before the wedding, came up with a plan that suited us as a couple. All our family and friends were really pleased with the pictures.
Weddings are expensive and stressful, and I feel so fortunate to have had Tristan taking care of us. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.
Frequently asked questions
Do your packages include high-resolution files?
My standard package includes a free engagement session, wedding day coverage up to eight hours, a gallery of your images hosted on my website with easy print-ordering options, a blog post on my website featuring the very best images of the day, as well as a Thumb Drive or digital download of the high resolution images for you to keep. I provide files in both high-res and web-ready sizes so it’s as easy as an upload to Facebook to share your photographs with family and friends.
Can I get copies of every single image you shoot at my wedding? How many photos will I receive?
You don’t want every photo, trust me! I shoot upwards of 3,000 photographs on a day long wedding, and there are even more with a second shooter. Afterwards, I spend hours of editing to choose and retouch the very best images. Actual numbers vary depending on the size of your wedding, but generally I deliver between 400-600 final images. To give you an idea, an average printed album will contain 50-80 photos, only the very best of the best!
I know Photoshop, can I retouch my own wedding photos?
All of my final images are retouched for contrast, color correction and exposure balance. My contract states that I am the only photographer to retouch my images, as they are my personal branding and represent my work. In our initial consultation we’ll discuss your preferences for style – color or black and white, and I offer extended retouching services at a reasonable rate should you prefer more extensive retouching.
What if I want a large print order, or a custom album?
I offer discount rates on large print packages, and am happy to assist you with a custom album design. I have several vendors I use for albums, and am experienced at designing albums to be printed through Blurb.com or other online printers to make your album available for purchase to family and friends.
What type of gear do you use?
We all have our brand loyalties! I shoot with professional Canon camera bodies, lenses, and flashes, as well as the Fuji X mount system. I do bring backups in case of emergencies (haven’t had one yet, but you never know), and I carry liability insurance.
Do you charge extra for destination weddings?
Short answer, no, although I require that all costs be covered including air fare, meals, rental car and hotel room (I’m happy to stay in a guest room as well to cut down on your costs). I generally fly in the day before your event to ensure there no issues due to flight cancellations. I will travel for free within 50 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area, after which I charge mileage.
Ever book two weddings in one day?
Never. I put a great deal of energy into photographing a wedding, and I will never double-book shooting your wedding, or hand off a job to another photographer.
What is required to get married at San Francisco City Hall?
There are two simple hoops to jump through – obtaining your wedding license, and making a ceremony reservation. Both can happen on the same day, but make sure you leave about an hour in between – just in case (I have never seen it take longer). You can register online for your appointment, the license can be obtained up to 90 days in advance of your ceremony and costs $95. Go to room 164 on the first floor of the building. It takes about 20-30 minutes for the license, documents can be printed out from the city website and filled out in advance. Once you obtain the license, your ceremony will take 5-10 minutes and is administered by a County Clerk, the fee is $77. Schedule your ceremony online as well at this link. You’ll also need at least one person to witness, this can be anyone, a family member, random stranger, or even your photographer in a pinch.
Where is the best location to be married in City Hall?
The ceremony will take place where you choose, provided they aren’t over crowded. Some holidays, such as Christmas or Valentine’s day can be very busy, take this into consideration if you’re intending to be married on one of those days. A popular location is the Rotunda, at the top of the main staircase of the building. Nearly every location in City Hall is beautiful, so don’t fret if the Rotunda is overbooked on the day of your wedding. You will be allowed 6 guests, plus your photographer.
The city charges an additional fee should you wish to be married on the 4th floor or the Mayor’s balcony, this allows you more guests (up to 100) as well as time for a toast or reception afterward.
Our city hall ceremony went by so quickly! Can we take photographs in other parts of the building?
The civil ceremony is quite lovely, but it is extremely quick! There are a number of beautiful locations around the City Hall, with plenty of room for photographs of you, your family, friends, and witnesses. I like to start with some portraits on the top floor, with the dome as a backdrop and beautiful light, and there are a number of iconic views of the city around City Hall that we can also explore – or jump into a cab or car to go elsewhere for some portraits.
After the wedding, how soon can I expect to see my images?
People are so excited to see the photographs from weddings, and I do my best to turn around each job as quickly as possible. I guarantee file delivery within one month of your wedding, and generally you’ll get them sooner, depending on my shooting schedule.
Do you shoot GLBT weddings and commitment ceremonies?
Absolutely. I’m personally queer-identified and support the rights of all people to be married, partnered, or committed to one another in the way they choose. I believe in freedom of religion and personal expression, and that my job is to document each ceremony with regard for the personal and religious beliefs of my clients. I have been blessed with a diverse clientele, and look forward to each unique ceremony.