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Welcome to my website, San Francisco Wedding Photography. I capture organic and natural wedding images that showcase your unique and amazing wedding. My goal is to tell your story with amazing imagery and powerful, emotional storytelling. I look forward to hearing all about your special day.

Welcome to Robert Valdes Photography. I am a San Francisco wedding photographer with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in Organic, Whimsical and Unexpected wedding photojournalism that is also very Natural, Elegant and Edgy. If you need San Francisco Wedding Photography and are planning a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area and need a wedding photographer please consider me.
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Here are my wedding photography and videography galleries by venue and location:

Most popular wedding venues/locations:

The Club at Ruby Hill Weddings | Dominic’s Restaurant at Oyster Point Marina Weddings | Flying Cloud Farm Weddings

Boundary Oak Walnut Creek Weddings | Stanford Memorial Church Weddings Weddings | Embassy Suites Burlingame Weddings

Mira Vista Wedding Photos |

North Bay / Marin Wedding Venues/locations:

Peacock Gap Golf Club San Rafael Weddings | St. Vincent’s School for Boys Weddings | Marin Country Club Weddings

Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club | Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa Sausalito | Spinnaker Sausalito |

Amazing San Francisco Landmark Wedding and Engagement Locations

Japanese Tea Garden | Palace of Fine Arts | Legion of Honor | San Francisco City Hall | Lands End-Sutro Baths Engagement Photos

Baker Beach |

Amazing San Francisco Church Weddings:

Grace Cathedral Wedding Photos | St. Ignatius Church Weddings | St. Mary’s Cathedral | St. Paul’s Church | Sts. Peter and Paul Church |

Amazing San Francisco Wedding Venues and Locations:

Omni Hotel San Francisco |

Sonoma/Napa Wine Country Wedding Venues and Locations:

Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa Valley, Wedding Photos |

South Bay Wedding Venues and Locations

San Jose Country Club Wedding Photos | St. Joseph’s Cathedral San Jose Wedding Photos | Silver Creek Valley Country Club San Jose

East Bay Wedding Venues [Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, etc.]

UC Berkeley Campus Engagement Photos |

East Bay Wine Country, Pleasanton, Livermore, etc.

Wente Vineyards Wedding Photos | Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery Wedding Photos | Murrieta’s Well Winery

Poppy Ridge Golf | Palm Event Center at Historic Ruby Hill Winery |

Weddings on the Bay! Empress Events, Commodore Cruises, etc.

Empress Yachts Weddings

Sacramento Weddings

Vizcaya Sacramento Wedding Photos

East Bay Wedding Photography and Videography

Dublin Ranch Golf Club | Brazilian Room Wedding PhotosThe Bridges Golf Course San Ramon |

More wedding venues and locations….

Oakhurst Country Club Wedding Photos

Thomas Fogarty Winery

Gay Wedding Photographer

Associate Photographer Galleries

Don’t forget about our Quinceanera, Cotillion, Debutante Ball, Sweet 16 and 18th Birthday photography and videography services.

My experience taking wedding photos at many of the wedding venues and locations in Northern California also makes me a great choice as your trusted Wedding Photographer of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have worked with, and know personally many of the wedding planners and banquet managers at some of the top San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues.  Half Moon Bay Golf Links,  Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento,  Click here for a list of recent wedding venues.

My website features images from weddings, engagement sessions, pre wedding portraits, rock the dress sessions, wedding photojournalism, behind the scenes and all other wedding and special event photos that I shoot in San Francisco, Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, San Jose, Sacramento, Marin County and beyond.

I also travel for destination weddings worldwide, as well as for more local destination weddings such as Sacramento, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

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You can contact me via telephone at 415-413-8541 or click here to email me.

Some of the most recent wedding venues I have worked at include Marin Civic Center elopement ceremony, Ruby Hill Golf Club, Cliff House, Stanford Memorial Church, Brazilian Room, Claremont Hotel, Golden Gate Club, Nestldown, Wente Vineyards, Franciscan Winery, Yank Sing, Sebastiani Winery, Poppy Ridge, Thomas Fogarty, San Jose Country Club, Marin Country Club, The Firehouse Restaurant, Casa Real at Ruby Hill and many more!

I have also recently photographed weddings at the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, San Francisco City Club, San Francisco City Hall and the Fairmont Hotel.

I spent my entire career taking some amazing pre wedding, engagement photos at the most famous San Francisco landmark locations including Japanese Tea GardenPalace of Fine Arts, Legion of Honor,

Another specialty I offer are Cultural, Traditional and multi-ethnic weddings. I shoot many Indian Weddings, Persian Weddings, Chinese Weddings, Greek Weddings & Jewish Weddings. I have shot numerous South Indian weddings, North Indian Weddings, East Indian Weddings and am well experienced with the traditions of the Baraat, the Sangeet, the Tilak and the Mehendi . I have shot Hindu, Muslim, Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali and Gujarati weddings.

Some of the more typical weddings that I shoot through-out any particular wedding season are Traditional Korean Weddings, Asian weddings, Chinese weddings, Filipino weddings, Vietnamese Weddings and Catholic weddings. Click through to the links below for ethnic specific wedding photos.





Here are additional areas of the San Francisco Bay Area that I shoot in.






There are many different styles of wedding photography that you might be wondering which style of wedding photography will best suit the needs of the bride and groom. Here’s a quick crash course on the many different styles of wedding photography you might see as you are shopping around for your San Francisco Wedding Photographer.


As the name implies, traditional style of wedding photography is more of a posed, look here and smile style. This is the original style of wedding photography that harkens back from the days when studio, portrait photographers left the confines of their studios to do on location photography at wedding venues. Back then, photographers were only use to taking pictures of still subjects, thus they made sure the bride and groom were static and still. The traditional wedding photographer also incorporated what they did in the studio, which was basically having the subject stare into the camera lens. A traditional wedding photographer will often shoot from a list given to them from the bride, or a list that they have developed through the years. Old school, traditional wedding photographers often took forever to set up poses, and often missed out on the more spontaneous moments of the wedding day. For the reception, the traditional wedding photographer would often pose a picture of the bride and groom dancing, as well as posing the bride and groom cutting their wedding cake. Today, modern photographers incorporate traditional styles of wedding photography in a more modern form, often doing relaxed poses or doing staged portraits that look more natural and organic.


Wedding photojournalism started at around the same time that wedding videography began. Suddenly, you had photographers who were doing photojournalism in other areas, realize that they could capture a wedding in much the same way they could capture any live event or ‘real time life happening’. The confines of setting up poses shots were now gone, and the photo journalistic photographer was no longer restricted or relegated to taking still, portrait photos of family and the wedding guests. These types of photos are also referred to as candid wedding photographs. The journalistic wedding photographer will tell the story of the wedding as it unfolds in front of them, and not rely on a pre planned shot list. With wedding photojournalism, the instincts and how the wedding photographer reacts to the action around them, are crucial to the success of telling the wedding story. Also, photojournalistic wedding photographers often rely on natural light which can add a grainy, lifestyle aspect to the wedding images


The reason we are telling you all this is simple, Robert Valdes Photography combines the very best of TRADITIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY along with WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM to bring you a style that is at once timeless as it is modern. What’s more, Robert also brings an amazing, modern and innovative illustrative style of wedding photography to the table. This style incorporates the setting and takes advantage of unique angles and backgrounds that lends a very ORGANIC nature to your wedding photos. This style is very artistic and one in which Robert is extremely experienced with. Robert also uses the  Illustrative wedding photography style for his engagement and pre wedding session pictures.

Here are some links to my most recent Winery weddings.

The Mountain Winery Saratoga | Thomas Fogarty Winery | Wente Vineyards | Sebastiani Winery | Fransiscan Winery | Hans Fahden Winery | Cline Cellars | Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | Clos LaChance Winery | Murrieta’s Well Winery | Chateau St. Jean Winery |

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Additionally, please think of Robert Valdes when you are having one or more of the following: Napa wedding photography, Calistoga wedding photography, St Helena wedding photography, Wine Country wedding photography, Sonoma wedding photography, Rutherford Wedding Photography, American Canyon, Oakville, Pope Valley, Yountville Wedding Photography.

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