San Francisco Wedding Photographer

I am a self-described modern art film photographer in San Francisco – native San Franciscan, in fact! – and a classic storyteller of adventurous brides and grooms and families. Shooting film allows me to focus on the raw artistry of photographing people and weddings. Film is authentic and rich, a style that inspires and excites me.

“I want to bring something different to the table. I want to bring art. I think art has left the building and I want to bring art back into the building!”

The Art of Film Photography

When you consider the rawness of developing an unseen image of an epic moment, film photography just has more soul. Each frame immediately takes on a tangible form that you transform into an artistic representation of your life. You can’t take hundreds or thousands of photos in a day – the cost would be astronomical. Instead, the dozens that are carefully selected in the moment must have intent and thought behind them.

Artistic Wedding Photography on Film

Weddings and engagements come full of exciting planning, stories of romance, and fleeting moments. My welcomed responsibility is to let you be present on your big day while I capture your moments to add to your visual love story. This means that the time spent on your wedding day with your significant other surrounded by your loved ones should be spent grooving with the moment and making memories.

I’m here to tell stories and the best stories are told about couples with passion for each other and . My brides and grooms view their love story as an art and want their photos to express their artful love story.

Classic Family Portraits

For many, their romantic love story becomes the framework for another love story – the family they build and nurture together. And that’s often when life gets real. I work with families that prioritize capturing their relationships with each other over perfect posing. Real life is exciting because it’s unexpected. And that authentic realness is what gives a photograph personality.

I photograph families outdoors or in their home, in every season, and in every stage of their lives together to weave an extended story that’s personal and and so uniquely them.

About Steven Branstetter, Your Groovy Film Photographer

I fell in love with photography because I fell in love with art. I feel inspired by playing jazz guitar, watching French cinema, and photographing couples that want to emphasize sexiness, mystery, and romance in their photos.

I’m originally from San Francisco and have lived in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, places that have imparted their own distinct inspiration. I’ve been fortunate enough to live a love story of my own with my beautiful wife, two daughters, and two lovely dogs. More than art, my inspiration for romantic portraits and meaningful family photos is sustained by my family.

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