Lawrence Gerald
Lawrence Gerald

Lawrence Gerald

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$100/hour
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Introduction: I have had a passion for recording audio, making videos and taking photographs since I was in my early teens that led me to study film and aesthetics at Sonoma State University. I learned a great deal there from excellent teachers about how to observe and develop perception skills using both natural and flash lighting techniques to create emotionally moving results with my camera. I later trained at a video production center in Port Jefferson, Long Island, worked on the TV film crew at 510TV, co-founded Clear Light Video Productions, and had the opportunity to develop my video editing skills further with the professional staff at the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley, CA. Over my 25 years of experience with Clear Light Video Productions, I have developed a special skill in creating event slideshows and capturing slow motion moments, such as a wedding couple’s “first look” or sports live action. I also have a great deal of traditional videography and photography experience in video recording and photographing special events, small business promotional projects, legal depositions and corporation functions, as well as individual or group portraits and real estate shoots. As you can see from my profile, the wide range of events I have memorialized include: weddings, engagements, baby showers, birthdays, proms, funerals, memorials, anniversaries, fashion runway events, quinceañeras, sweet sixteen parties, retirement celebrations and corporate events, in addition to theatrical, musical, singing and dancing performances. I really enjoy using my audio visual skills and background to tell a story that captures the spirit and mood of celebrations. Knowing that I exceeded my clients’ expectations and that they feel happy and satisfied with my work motivates me in bringing a project to fruition. Clients also appreciate my creative can-do attitude and my great sense of humor that makes working with me more like having fun. I also relish the empowering process of establishing good two way communication before, during and after each event so that project requirements get shared and met. Before I start on a project, I therefore aim to make sure my clients and I understand each other thoroughly and that I've earned their trust so that they can relax and enjoy their special events knowing they are in good and responsible hands. Contact me today if I sound like the sort of professional you would like to help with your project. Also have been twice vaccinated for COVID and Booster as of Dec 2021
Overview

Hired 471 times

Serves Oakland, CA

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3 employees

24 years in business

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  • Headshot Photography - San Francisco 2021

    Headshot Photography

  • Los Gatos Outdoor Wedding

    Wedding and Event Videography

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

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Brandi M.
May 24, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

I wish everyone was as responsive and easy to work with as Lawrence. He produced Great head shots of our employee, we will definitely be using him again.

Details: Professional / business • Outdoors • 1 person • No outfit changes • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

Headshot Photography
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Gail T.
Apr 21, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Lawrence was fantastic. Patient, easy to work with. It's tough to videotape a funeral but he listened to our needs and came through with a wonderful memorial of my brother's ceremony. It will be viewed by family and shown publicly again and again.

Details: Memorial service • 20 guests or fewer • Outdoors • Full feature video (30 - 40 minutes)

Wedding and Event Videography
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Radhika J.
Apr 7, 2021
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Lawrence was very professional all through the photo shoot. He has taken some excellent pictures. I will definitely use his professional services in the future as well. Thank You for the great experience!

Details: Solo portrait • Artistic (focus on composition, lighting) • High fashion (highlights style) • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Candid (captured in the moment) • Traditional / classic (looking directly at the camera) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Portrait Photography
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MAC P.
Feb 21, 2021
If you're looking for a reliable, responsive and wonderful pro for your photo and video services who cares about your input while keeping you on budget... Lawrence is your guy! He was an absolute pleasure to work with at a last minute wedding for a young couple from our church family. He was very prompt in replying to our initial inquiry and even set a date and time to call and discuss the details and expectations for the event and the project at hand. He communicated responsively back and forth via email throughout the whole process. He also showed up an hour ahead of schedule and he was respectfully geared up as per Covid19 protocols. We loved it how he under-promised yet over-delivered by sending us the photos and video e-file after 3 days when he said these would get done in a week! Although we had to do some minor editing on the video also because we wanted to add something else so it was a lacking on our part to express it beforehand. AND THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO... WOW! He truly captured and memorialized those special moments... they turned out wonderfully and we are so grateful. Thank you so much again, Lawrence! :)
Lawrence Gerald's reply
thank you so Much Marie for your Generous Review!
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Steven S.
Dec 9, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

He is the best! He is very professional! My wife loves the quality!

Details: Wedding • 21 - 50 guests • Indoors • Outdoors • Full feature video (30 - 40 minutes) • Music overlay

Wedding and Event Videography
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Generally 150.00-250 minimum, I make exceptions depending on the job. I am flexible on rates and can make deals that make both sides satisfied. I accept checks, cash, or paypal and venmo. Also please know that the photographers and videographers have to pay a Thumbtack stipend ranging from 10.00 to 50.00 when we contact you back. So please be in consideration of that when choosing a professional.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    If possible a phone conversation and or discussion via thumbtack, setting up the number of hours they want me for then price agreement, ask clients to indicate on Thumbtack that they are hiring me so other people will know and we can have a record of it on Thumbtack. Discussion about location of venue, editing prices , how payment is made, paypal, credit card, cash, check,

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Have taken many workshops in both video production and photography, lighting, love learning, Sonoma St. University, The Video Production Center of Port Jefferson, NY East Bay Media Center in Berkeley, CA

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