With such great natural light, San Francisco City Hall offers stunning backdrops for photographers and visitors alike. This article highlights five great spots for taking pictures, and to helps provide people with a sense of familiarity with the building prior to their visit.
* NOTE - NO PARTICULAR ORDER *
1. FRONT OF CITY HALL
A true must-have for anyone getting married at city hall. This sign is located above the middle door of the main entrance on the Polk Street side, and offers the perfect cover to any photo album. This spot is relatively easy to access and usually doesn't require a wait (Except when protests or demonstrations are commandeering the front steps!)
2. GRAND STAIRCASE
The grand staircase leading to the rotunda is one of the first things you'll see once you pass security and enter the main building of City Hall.
This is arguably the most difficult location to photograph since there are often dozens of people trying to get the same shots. However, with a little patience and luck, great shots await.
3. GOVERNOR'S BALCONY
Staring out at the rotunda and the vast beauty of City Hall, the Governor's balcony is a perfect location for couples and group shots alike. While sometimes difficult to secure unattended, it highlights the architectural beauty of City Hall.
4. THIRD FLOOR WINDOWS
These windows are an absolute must for couples visiting city hall. Not only does everyone have a blast here, the photos turn out incredible. Further, since most people avoid exploring the upper levels of city hall, these hallways are usually empty.
5. FOURTH FLOOR
In order to truly appreciate the magnificence and grandeur of San Francisco's City Hall, one must venture up to the fourth floor balcony. Here you'll fine beautiful light for group and couples shots alike.
* TREE GARDEN *
Technically not inside of City Hall, the trees lined up outside the front entrance make for even more great photo opportunities. Living above a massive underground parking lot, these trees offer a great spot for people to capture SF City Hall in a different light.