Emily + Ian || Overcast Golden Gate Bridge Engagement Photos

A true love, an ocean breeze, and a bunch of laughter. That’s what Emily and Ian’s Golden Gate Bridge engagement photo session was like! With Karl the Fog out and about at Cavallo Point, we made the most of the overcast weather. When a couple inquires about the best Bay Area couple photoshoot locations, I love to suggest Cavallo Point—one of my personal favorites for iconic San Francisco engagement spots. Together, in their blue-hued outfits, we brought their timeless coastal engagement session vision to life.

Did you know that overcast weather is actually one of my favorite types of weather to shoot in? The soft, diffused light from a cloudy sky creates perfect conditions for stunning, evenly-lit photos. No harsh shadows, no squinting—just beautiful, natural light that makes every shot look amazing. Plus, the moody atmosphere adds a unique touch of drama and romance to the pictures. As a Bay Area photographer specializing in engagement sessions, I know the weather at our beaches can be unpredictable. But you can still frolic around the beach with your love and get some stunning portraits. During Emily and Ian’s engagement pictures, we contended with 50-mile-per-hour winds. It was a bit chaotic in the moment, but we embraced the wind, which made for some amazing movement and drama in our pictures.

When is the best time for Golden Gate Bridge photos?

I’ve found that the best time to take Golden Gate Bridge engagement photos during the summer is typically in the early morning or late afternoon. The hour after sunrise, around 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM, offers soft, warm light. If you’re not a morning person like me, opt for the hour before sunset, from about 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This time provides beautiful, warm light that enhances the colors and features of the bridge.

So, next time you see clouds rolling in, don’t worry about rescheduling your Golden Gate Bridge engagement photos—embrace the overcast magic for your session with me. Whether it’s at an iconic San Francisco engagement spot or in the crisp fields of the Bay Area, it’s all about the unforgettable experience we’ll have together! I want your experience working with me to feel as effortless and organic as the love you share for each other. Read more about what the experience looks like on my website!

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