Mark Hanson + Weddings Fine Art Wedding Photography San Francisco Bay Area

Welcome to Mark Hanson + Weddings.

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Based in San Francisco, I provide editorial style fine art wedding photography services to the greater Bay Area including Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

APPROACH

I love working with couples to produce a unique body of work and presentation of their day. I approach each wedding individually from an editorial point of view, shooting in a very unobtrusive style, letting the day naturally unfold.  

STYLE

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My goal is to document your day in my own alternative, yet professional style. Some people have referred to my style as wedding photojournalism, some as fine art, some as interpretive. Regardless of the label, I try to move beyond the boundaries of traditional wedding photography by creating photographs that communicate not only the story of your day but also who you are as individuals.

PASSION

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Photography is such an important part of my life. It is not a job, it's a passion and a vital part of who I am. I search for the special moments that most people ignore, that go un-noticed. I want people to hire me for my personal vision and style, as that's what I put into every wedding I produce.

THE BIG DAY

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It's important to me not to miss any part of the day, to be able to create a story from beginning to end. I show up early to capture the days preparations, the decorating of the wedding venue, the bride and groom dressing, nervously preparing for one of the biggest days of their lives. From the pre-wedding frazzled nerves to the the big sigh of relief that happens after the ceremony is over. That look of serenity in the couples eyes knowing that they are now together forever.

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available for editorial life style weddings, engagement photography, portrait photography, alternative portraits, photojournalism wedding photographer in SF and more. To make an appointment visit our Contact >>

non-traditional portraiture, different artistic modern photography. Shot in Black and White, 35mm, digital wedding photos, headshots, fine art photography, retouching, digital imaging, fine art digital prints, plastic cameras, holgas, tilt shift photography, 4x5 specialty cameras. Black & White traditional film process weddings, B&W film, fiber based prints, custom created wedding boxes for prints or framed canvas. We love creative images imagery and make sure to work with you to make the most of your wedding. Artistic portraiture of the wedding couple will last for generations to come. Make it fine art photographer or event planners are a must for film weddings.

I've photographed weddings at these locations:

  • Cornerstone Gardens
  • Art Center
  • Art Institute
  • Olympic Club
  • sonoma county
  • san francisco
  • napa county
  • wine country weddings
  • celebrity weddings
  • destination weddings
  • the argent san francisco
  • Bar-Or ranch bar or ranch
  • marin art and garden center
  • claremont hotel in berkeley
  • bancroft hotel
  • tilden park
  • UC Berkeley Faculty Club
  • bodega bay
  • point reyes station
  • bolinas
  • beach weddings
  • hawaii and kauai
  • sebastopol
  • santa rosa
  • petaluma
  • windsor
  • novato
  • san rafael
  • sausalito
  • oakland
  • berkeley
  • Film Photography
  • B/W Negatives
  • Custom Albums and Prints
  • Polaroid Wedding Photography
  • Pinhole Wedding Photos

Some of our current Blog Posts:
Pinhole and Polaroid Wedding Images
Kristine + John
Gay Wedding Engagement Images Berkeley San Francisco
Michael + Andy
Engagement Images Presido San Francisco
Julia + Michael
Engagement Images Alameda & Sebastopol, Ca
Julie + Joe

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wedding floral arrangements, wedding vendors and more. I provide editorial style fine art wedding photography services to the greater Bay Area including Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

About


Mark Hanson + Weddings, based in San Francisco, I provide editorial style fine art alternative weddings or non-traditional weddings with b&w photography services to the greater Bay Area including Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Our intent is to capture the fine art of these weddings with our photography in San Francisco, Carmel, Santa Barbara & beyond California. We invite you to view our Weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as our destination weddings in Hawaii. Film photographer b&w black and whites are classic traditional process options that are timeless and non-traditonal wedding photographer SF.

Serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area with specialized wedding photography - Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Campbell, Capitola, Carmel, Cupertino, Daly City, Felton, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Marin, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Monterey, Mountainview, Napa, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, Wine Country, Woodside, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, the peninsula, South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Pacific coast, Central coast, Northern California, CA

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Information, mark hanson weddings and associates photograph in the following Wedding Locations:
Santa Rosa Country Club, The Argent San Francisco, Seascape Resort, Seascape Golf Club, Hollins House, Holman Ranch, Nestldown, Highlands Inn, Monterey Penninsula Country Club, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Carmel Mission Ranch, Bernardus Lodge, Post Ranch, Ventana Inn, Clos LaChance, Guglielmo Winery, The Ritz Carlton Halfmoon Bay, Byington Winery, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga Country Club, Chateau La Cresta, Maison du Lac and Gardens, The Forum, Marin Art and Garden Center, Ralston Hall, Kohl Mansion, Crow Country Club, Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral, Notre Dame Des Victorias, Old St.

Hillary's, The Regency Building, Aqua Hotel, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Grand Cafe and Hotel Monaco, The Pan Pacific Hotel, Flood Mansion, Hamlin Mansion, The California Culinary Academy, Golden Gate Club or Presideo Officers Club, Log Cabin at the Presidio, Bohemian Club, SF MOMA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Omni San Francisco Hotel, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, The Westin Saint Francis, Swedenborgian Church, Palace Hotel, W Hotel, The Clift Hotel, Claremont Resort & Spa, The Brazilian Room, Viansa Winery, Elliston Vinyards, Cline Cellars, Savannah-Chanelle Vinyards, V. Sattui Winery, Hans Fahden Winery, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Auberge du Soleil, Chardonnay Golf Club, Beaulieu Gardens, Meadowood, St. Francis Winery, Hacienda De Las Flores, Ruby Hills Country Club, Black Hawk Museum, Wente Vinyards, Grand Island Mansion, Bacara Resort & Spa, Stone Manor, Calamigos Ranch, Beverly Hills Hotel, The Four Seasons Beverly Hills, St. Film wedding photography weddings. Alternative offbeat brides that use junebug green today's bride and the knott wedding registry.

Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Casa Del Mar, Catalino Room, Resort at Squaw Creek, The Lodge at Rancho Mirage, El Monte Sagrado, Ballroom at the Ben & the Crystal Tea Room, The Penninsula Chicago, The National Hotel, The Breakers, Bellagio, The Paris Hotel, The Venetian, The Halcyon House, Meridian House, The Chanler at Cliffwalk, The Plaza, Regent Wall Street Hotel, The Otto H. Kahn Residence, New York at the Park Avenue mansion, Barton Creek Resort & Club, Magnolia Room, Nottoway Plantation, Yellowstone Club, Casa de Campo, The Four Seasons Maui, Casa Sol de Oriente, Las Ventanas, Villa de Sol, La Casa Que Canta, Costa Careyes, Punta Cana Resort and Club, Orangerie in Holland Park, The Dorchester, Claridge's Hotel, Home House, Treetrops Lodge, Lago di Como, Villa D'Este, Vatulele, Turtle Island.

Wedding photojournalism and editorial style for the following Cities in the U.S. and Canada:


New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, Detroit, San Jose, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Marin, Columbus, Austin, Baltimore, Memphis, Boston, Washington D.C., El Paso, Seattle, Denver, Charlotte, Fort Worth, Portland, Tucson, Pheonix, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Long Beach, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Sacramento, Oakland, Costa Mesa, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Miami, Colorado Springs, St. Louis, Santa Ana, Pittsburgh, Arlington, Cincinnati, Anaheim, Toledo, Tampa, Buffalo, Saint Paul, Corpus Christi, Aurora, Raleigh, Newark, Lexington, Anchorage, Louisville, Riverside, Saint Petersburg, Burmingham, Jersey City, Norfolk, Baton Rouge, Rochester, Madison, Fort Wayne, Scottsdale, Montgomery, Shreveport, Augusta, Lubbock, Chesapeake, Grand Rapids, Richmond, Yonkers, Spokane, Glendale, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, and Quebec.

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serving the Four Seasons Hotels:

The Four Seasons Atlanta, The Four Seasons Austin, The Four Seasons Aviara, The Four Seasons Boston, The Four Seasons Buenas Aires, The Four Seasons Caracas, The Four Seasons Chicago, The Four Seasons Costa Rica, The Four Seasons Dallas, The Four Seasons Hawaii, The Four Seasons Houston, The Four Seasons Las Vegas, The Four Seasons Los Angeles,
The Regent Beverly Wilshire, The Four Seasons Maui, The Four Seasons Mexico, The Four Seasons Miami, The Four Seasons New York, The Pierre, The Four Seasons Newport Beach, The Four Seasons Palm Beach, The Four Seasons Philedelphia, The Four Seasons Punta Mita, The Four Seasons San Francisco, The Four Seasons Santa Barbara, The Four Seasons Vancouver.

For More Information On our Packages and Options

visit our Packages page.
Wedding photojournalist Photographer serving The Ritz Carlton:
The Ritz Carlton Phoenix, The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey, The Ritz Carlton Pasadena, The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles, The Ritz Carlton San Francisco, The Ritz Carlton Colorado, The Ritz Carlton Aspen, The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, The Ritz Carlton Naples, The Ritz Carlton Naples Golf, The Ritz Carlton Orlando, The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, The Ritz Carlton Sarasota, The Ritz Carlton South Beach, The Ritz Carlton Atlanta, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, The Ritz Carlton Maui, The Ritz Carlton New Orleans, The Ritz Carlton Maison Orleans, The Ritz Carlton Boston, The Ritz Carlton St. Louis, The Ritz Carlton Las Vegas, The Ritz Carlton New York, The Ritz Carlton Battery Park, The Ritz Carlton Central Park, The Ritz Carlton Cleveland, The Ritz Carlton Philedelphia, The Ritz Carlton Georgetown, The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, The Ritz Carlton Washington D.C., The Ritz Carlton London.

Contact mark hanson + weddings at 415-302-4781.

Address: 2325 3rd St., #201 San Francisco, Ca 94107


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How It All Started

I’m not sure if I can pin point a specific time or event when I became interested in photography, but I do know it was at an early age. Recently I discovered probably the first roll of film I ever shot. I believe it to be from 5th grade with my Kodak Instamatic 110. Evidently I had a concept because every one was flipping the bird to the camera. It’s pretty hilarious to be honest.

In high school my friends and I used to create make shift darkrooms in our garages. We would have all day print sessions doing funky things under the enlarger. I think much of my relationship with photography has been a bit of experimentation when we get right down to it. I love the excitement of seeing something that wasn’t necessarily intentional or can’t really be replicated. It makes the image all the more unique and magical.

I did end up going to art school and yep I have a BA in photography. I pushed boundaries in school and probably pushed a lot of instructors buttons too when I would take a concept and turn it upside down. I loved it when I would hear from another student that an instructor would use one of my projects as an example before an assignment. It meant the work that I did made a difference or an impression.

Oddly enough I never ever thought I would shoot weddings at all. The style of wedding photography in general can be down right cheesy. My start began when a friend pretty much forced me to shoot his wedding. While that wedding will probably never see the light of day, what I found to be the spark for me is I started shooting personal work at weddings. I shot the kind of work I wanted to see and that I could envision as being art on someones wall. Working like this lead to me finding a love of shooting weddings.

A wedding for many is one of the most authentic times we can experience. I feel lucky being able to be part of that, a witness to this authenticity. I love being a fly on the wall and seeing the nerves, the joy, the happiness and the relief after the ceremony. It’s what makes it all worth it to me.

Working With Me

I try to be easy and roll with the day as it unfolds. I find that no matter how spelled out an itinerary is, there is always a curveball thrown during the day. I expect it and I work with it. As I’m shooting, I’m more the unobtrusive fly on the wall type of wedding photographer. I feel like for me, shots present themselves throughout the day and I capture them. I make them ours rather than trying to constantly set things up or make something that looks forced.

As such, I approach weddings from a very nontraditional view point. Some call it wedding photojournalism, some call it editorial style and some simply call it fine art. Whatever it is, I want people to hire me for my personal vision and style, as that’s what I put into every wedding I produce. I go through each file here in studio to adjust, color correct and burn/dodge. My style is largely dependent on the cameras and processing techniques utilized - both traditional and digital.

Camera Options

I have a wide variety of cameras in my arsenal including plastic medium-format Holgas, 70's rangefinders, top-of-the line Canon 35mm (film and digital), Mamiya and Bronica medium format as well as Toyo and Speed Graphic 4x5 large-format cameras. I can integrate specialty cameras and film depending on your tastes/desires.

Additional Services

I print all specialty enlargements here in the studio and can print up to 60” wide on a variety of archival cotton rag papers, stretched canvas and photo base papers.

I use only the highest quality materials for the prints and portfolio boxes that we create. There are several custom options to display wedding images after the day is done - including custom frames, acrylic face mounted prints, prints on canvas, portfolio boxes and albums.

All in all, my sole purpose is to work with you both as a couple to produce a really unique, interesting, well crafted body of work from your special day.