Clearlight Video & Photography/ Lawrence Gerald

Oakland, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I also have a creative can-do attitude and a great sense of humor that makes working with me more fun.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Knowing I made my clients happy

Location

Oakland, CA 94612

Years in business

19

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

239

Reviews

135 Reviews
  • Rachelle C. Aug 13, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry took photos for my husband's Aunt and Uncle's 50th Anniversary. He captured great photos and put all the guests at ease.
  • Emily H. Aug 10, 2017
    Lawrence was on time, super friendly, and really wanted to make the video high quality and work for what I wanted. I will definitely contact him again for future training sessions that I need filmed!
  • Thumbtack Customer Aug 9, 2017
  • Leef S. Aug 2, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Thanks so much! Lawrence was very helpful and got some excellent photos of our low key wedding
  • Ric S. Jul 21, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was exceptional! He helped us plan our first look shots and beautifully captured our wedding ceremony at the SF city hall. After our ceremony Lawrence photographed our reception in our Westin St Francis suite. He's very personable and easy to work with. Great Photographer!
  • Kenetha O. Jul 13, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    This experience was great .... if I ever need a photographer in the future I will use him again always!!! Thank you so much!!!!
  • Lyle L. May 2, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We had a great experience with Lawrence! He respond very fast. Our photo session was scheduled in very short notice and we was very glad to find a great photographer. Will recommend for all!
  • Thomas H. Apr 26, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Exceeded expectations.
    Lawrence exceeded expectations in providing photography and video services for an 80th birthday celebration. His attention to detail and his passion for ensuring customer satisfaction during and after the event was truly outstanding. He arrived punctually at the beginning of the celebration, interacted with the guests in a professional and unobtrusive manner and remained later than the agreed upon time to ensure the capture of all important events of the celebration. He was easy to work with and takes great care and pride in his work. Highly recommended​.
  • George T. Apr 26, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was really great! He was punctual, very professional and at the same time very cool. He did a great deal to help us stay calm and enjoy ourselves through the whole process in the city hall. He was friendly and knew quite a lot about the right spots and angles for taking superb photos. He did an excellent job, he delivered on time what he promised to and it was very pleasant to work with him. He is a very nice guy to chat with and he is very knowledgable about his trade. We didn't have to worry about anything concerning the photo coverage of the wedding ceremony. I would strongly recommend him for covering any ceremonial event and especially weddings in the SF City hall. Thank you Lawrence!
  • Neha C. Apr 24, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome Work.
    Awesome Work.
  • Summer S. Apr 7, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Quality and Value
    I wanted a non intrusive capture of a special baby shower where guests were coming together from many walks of lives cities states and even countries...Lawrence did a great job! Photo quality was great as was the turnaround on receiving link to photos.
  • Josh M. Apr 5, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    A dazzle of Zebras - Taking pictures at a community event
    My non profit was the 5th largest in the Oakland Running Festival and Lawrence was there at 7am to take our group shot and photos over the next 2 hours which we could provide our runners. He was composed it a very chaotic environment (10,000 runners all trying to get somewhere) Thank you and I look forward to working with you again. https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-kmDD2j/
  • Holly N. Mar 31, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was great! He answered all of my messages quickly and showed up on time and got right to work snapping pictures! The pictures turned out beautiful and he had them edited and back to us within a few days!
  • Cleven H. Mar 13, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Photographers
    Lawrence did an outstanding job taking pictures of our pre-wedding and our wedding day. He knows perfectly where to take pictures, and he is very flexible, fun and easy to work with. He is also spontaneous to take picture outdoor, good to find a great place to take picture. Love it! Our photos were great, and I would like to hire him again if there is any occasion!!
  • Jordan K. Mar 6, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    friendly, professional, quick!
    Lawrence was very professional and super friendly! He understood clearly what we wanted (wedding photos, certain shots w/ family) and also brought some creative ideas of his own. It was a pleasure working with him and he was very quick with photo turnaround.
  • Ray L. Mar 5, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    OVER THE TOP SERVICE
    I wish I could leave 6+ stars. I think this was a tough photo shoot because the lighting was so bad. It was inside an auditorium and I wanted audience shots. Lawrence DID IT! He moved around the audience unnoticed. He must have come on stage because I have wonderful photos from there as well. Here is what I loved so much. His professionalism. He was there 10 minutes prior to the time he said he would be and he got RIGHT to work.
  • Saundra R. Feb 25, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Wow !! Amazing Video
    Lawrence was a professional and did a Great job ,Beyond expectations.He even stayed longer because everything ran a lot later then expected.I highly recommend him and his Talent you will be pleased with his work as we all where Thank You Lawrence for capturing a memory forever. Saundra and Family thanks you
  • Saroj A. Feb 20, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    An excellent friendly photographer
    Lawrence did a fantastic job with our wedding pictures. Would definitely recommend to more people. He is friendly, professional and a talented photographer. Our pictures turned out great and he has captured all the moments of the wedding. Just added one picture to show one of the ceremony captured.
  • Nancy R. Feb 18, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    yes, I would hire again
    Yes, I would hire lawrence again. professional, reliable and trustworthy. captured the moments.
  • Ankur S. Feb 1, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    brings out the best
    I couldn't be happier with the results. He brings out the best in your event for the character of the photo. He was punctual, attentive and had great ideas for shots. He did not disappoint, in fact, he over delivered.
  • Thalia H. Jan 8, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Fantastic!
    Mr. Lawrence did a fantastic job with our wedding pictures. Would definitely recommend to more people. Great person, positive vibes and overall patience.
  • Mimmo D. Dec 31, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent job Lawrence!
    Lawrence did a great job at the event. Her was very personable, social and he did everything we ask, along with spending additional time beyond the four hours. We can't wait to see all the pictures.
  • Amy G. Dec 31, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Flexible, professional photographer
    Lawrence photographed a 75th birthday dinner at a restaurant in San Francisco for my family. It was close quarters and he was quick, friendly, professional and unobtrusive. He got all the shots we wanted plus many more. The photos were sent to me in less than 24 hours. Awesome! Very easy to work with and we'll definitely use him again in the future.
  • Maria Z. Nov 30, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    25th Silver Wedding Anniversary - Thank you Lawrence
    Lawrence Gerald - We were lucky to have him as our photographer in celebration of our 25th Silver Anniversary. Very easy cool guy who took special efforts to take special shots of the event, From dancing,dining, special moment photography inside and outside of the yacht was very much appreciated. THANK YOU LAWRENCE for taking all unforgettable photos to celebrate our 25th Silver Anniversary , 5 Star ***** 100% well recommended for any future events. Cheers! Nick and Maria
  • Rita N. Oct 16, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Disappointed and regret
    He was very professional and focused on his work. But his work was not as we expected. Only less than an hour was recordred. Our main focused were on video because picture we needed just some. Not friends or guests pictures. Overall we are not happy we worked so hard and spent more on this first birthday party but we dont have good pics and videos to keep. Very Disappointed. Wont recommend this site to anyone.
    Lawrence G. Oct 16, 2016

    I tried to reach out to you after you posted this review but so far you declined to communicate. Saying you won't recommend this site to anyone is clearly an overreaction. There are many talented people on Thumbtack who offer their services including myself who has been rated as a Top Pro here. I would really like to hear from you as I value honest feedback. You wrote "but we dont have good picsI" is your opinion but not the truth. In the 400 photos taken there are many outstanding photos. Yes your young children were not looking at the camera most of the time and I was being patient to allow them to be candid and look at the camera. Your husband preferred to get it over with and was not concerned if they looked at the camera or not. I recorded 40 minutes of video which is alot considering you had only one entertainer. Other than the guests on line for food and children playing with balloons there was very little to video record especially since some of your guests did not want to be included on camera. Your primary focus according to your ad request was to have a PHOTOGRAPHER, and video secondary after I offered this additional service. I showed up a half hour early just so we could take many great photos of you and your family which we did. I had time to take photos of your guests and yet you never stipulated not to take their photos as you saw me taking photos of your friends and table photos where they were seated. Yes you put alot of time and care in making beautiful and fun decorations and preparations which were photographed but there were no speeches to video record, limited amount of dancing which was recorded, or action moments for video other than the birthday cake moments & the sole entertainer. I recommend the next time you hire someone you be real clear what it is you want to accomplish and make it easier on them by having more activities worthy of being recorded.

  • Nickie W. Oct 12, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Great photo, friendly and profession!
    Lawrence was great, friendly and very professional. Photos he shot captured the emotion of every moment, no matter whether it was guest listening to key note, having dinner, or having a drink and chatting with other guests. We had a great experience with Lawrence.
  • Stephanie R. Sep 29, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Great work ! Easy to work with!
    Extremely Nice Easy ! Great shots of the fun! Professional and I got the video on the spot. I wish he didn't leave early though. Thank you for shooting our video! We will always have something to remember!
    Lawrence G. Sep 29, 2016

    Thanks Stephanie! I actually stayed an extra half hour as the music & dancing was so much fun to record.

  • Pam R. Sep 17, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Napa Valley Wedding
    Lawrence was Awesome!!! He went over and above my expectations for our son's wedding. He took all the right pictures and was professional and courteous! He made our son and new daughter in law's wedding MAGICAL! I will refer him to everyone and use him again for any special occasion. Thank you Lawrence!
  • Caroline C. Sep 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Thanks
    Lawrence was very good in catching all the moments of the banquet. We really appreciate that he kept the event's details for us: our guests, the food, the setup, and decor, and all the fun and important moments. We wouldn't have the opportunity to see all those happenings if not for his photo records. Thank you Lawrence!
  • Beverly Y. Sep 7, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    60th Birthday Party 😣
    I was and am still a bit upset with the finished product to say he's been in business over 20 years. Sound was terrible in the beginning. The fact that the tape was hand written no photo on it was such a let down. To parties I gave prior 2 mine had beautiful photos of the guest of honor. I expected way more.
    Lawrence G. Sep 8, 2016

    No problem to fix audio & please call me for which photo you prefer on the DVD

  • Ranga K. Aug 31, 2016
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
  • Sylvia S. Jul 23, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence photographed our traditional Orthodox wedding ceremony and reception. He did an amazing job, captured all the important moments and even the smallest details. In addition, he was very friendly, outgoing, and patient to work with. Would highly recommend!
  • Marivic P. Jun 22, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
  • Florisa A. Jun 16, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    He came on time, did a great job taking pictures of all my guests, very friendly and accomodating. He didn't hesitate to stay a little longer when I asked him to , very pleasant to deal with. Thumbs up!
  • Winnie Y. Jun 6, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did a great job at our event. The location has very low lighting but Lawrence did a wonderful job making sure the photos turn out good. He is also very engaging and took many beautiful candid shots of the honoree and her guests. Very good coverage.
  • Anthony W. Jun 1, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    It went very well he took care of us completely.
  • Troy S. Apr 10, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Awesome job -- super responsive, flexible and exactly what we wanted.
  • Patrick R. Mar 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    He went above and beyond what I paid him for. His response time for finished pictures which he edited very well was very expedient.
  • Illa B. Feb 23, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawerence did a fantastic job at my daugther's sweet 16th party. He is professional amd curious. Thank you Lawerence for job well done.
  • Dimitri C. Feb 17, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    So happy with Lawrence's job! He was hired to videotape and edit our 50th annual crabfeed show ( Crabaret ). He showed up at the rehearsal a day before, discussed with our sound technician about sound options, talked to the director about the content, checked the lighting and received a list with names of performers and acts. He showed up very early ( few hours ) on the day of the performance and was perfectly ready when the show started. He produced a demo dvd for my review, made a small change as requested and delivered the final tape with several copies earlier than we expected. It is not very often that one meets a professional of Lawrence's caliber. He has produced the best video that we ever had ( in the past we used amature video, but also professional footage but we never had a great quality product like the one Lawrence produced ). We will definitely use his services, not only for our annual Crabaret, but also for other projects in our community. We are recommending Lawrence's services to anyone without hesitation.
  • Deepti B. Feb 9, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure working with Lawrence for my wedding in City hall San Francisco. He was very familiar with the area, and knew all the perfect spots for beautiful photos. He was calm and patient with all my guests, and with me, as I was struck with wedding-day nerves! Lawrence was with us for most of the day, taking pictures before the ceremony, during, and after. He captured all the family and friend shots we needed, and we were left with plenty of time for creative, artistic, and romantic shots as well. I didn't realize how lovely they would be until I saw them, LAwrence really has a great eye for a beautiful shot, and we will treasure the photos. Thanks so much Lawrence
  • Audrey B. Feb 8, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you for helping out with today's photo shoot
  • Abhijit B. Feb 3, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent person to deal with. Highly recommended.
  • Evelyn A. Jan 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing
  • Deborah O. Jan 14, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence brought enthusiasm, energy and fun to photographing our wedding.
  • Darcy G. Jan 4, 2016
    Lawrence was hired to cover our Holiday party. He did a phenomenal job. He was easy to work with in setting everything up and communicated well leading up the the event. I would highly recommend Lawrence and I will definitely use him again.
  • Kan Y. Dec 3, 2015
    Great photographer.
  • Victoria B. Dec 2, 2015
    Lawrence photographed our ceremony at SF City Hall and knew all the best spots for poses there. He also photographed us at The Palace of Fine Arts right after, spending almost 3 hours that day to make sure all the best shots were covered. He also returned the next day for our reception and managed to take some great photos of our families, despite the fact that the restaurant we had it at was filled with other patrons and the space very small and hard to maneuver around. He also created a nice 10 minute slideshow for us with photos we provided from childhood as well as photos from our ceremony the day before and found the right moment to play the slideshow even though it was chaotic and loud in the restaurant. We were very pleased with how the photos turned out and highly recommend him for any photo job that needs to be done.
  • Linda T. Dec 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence is a great photographer. He know how to take good pictures and he is always on time. I am very satisfied with his work.
  • Prudhvi D. Nov 26, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence came on time and quickly started on his task,very professional. Took so many really good candid photo shots and also very patient in taking all the still group photographs requested by me. Totally worth the money spent. I will hire him again for my next event:)
  • Kristina M. Nov 19, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry was fantastic - extremely affordable, showed up early even though he got lost, got plenty of "money shots," sent the edited image CD in less than a week and was able to keep my family on point and smiling!:) Thank you for a memorable day and photos to last a lifetime, Kristina
  • Jordan B. Nov 13, 2015
    Hired Lawrence for my wedding and was blown away by the quality of his work. Truly a top-notch photographer.
  • Karen Lynn B. Nov 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence photographed our wedding and truly captured the beauty, elegance, and majesty of our special day. He was professional, prompt, and worked well with all of our vendors. We would highly recommend Lawrence for any photography event. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding the most memorable experience possible.
  • Emily R. Sep 14, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did a great job, was professional and delivered the files when promised
  • Alice G. Sep 11, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence photographed our wedding on August 29, 2015. He drove all the way from the Bay Area to Shingle Springs, arrived early and stayed late! The photos (hundreds of them!) were beautiful, and his expertise is apparent. I highly recommend Clearlight Video and Photography for your special event!
  • Noah F. Sep 3, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Clearlight Video & Photography captured the best of my wedding. Lawrence is professional, kind, outgoing, curious, thoughtful, and takes the initiative to get the perfect shot. He calmly and tactfully directed our guests into the frame to get all the compositions we asked for (and more). Lawrence has a natural ability to capture real emotion and personality from strangers, such that many of our best photos are his candids. Moreover, all of our guests complimented us on his professionalism, friendliness, and ability to get people in the shot to compose good images. Lawrence was easy to work with throughout the process. We negotiated a price easily, even though my situation was fairly unique. Lawrence also allowed me access to his RAW files, something many photographers refuse to do. When I was unable to transfer the files to my computer after the event, Lawrence made additional arrangements to ensure I received them. Lawrence even continued to work on some of my images after the event had completed and he had been paid in full, sending me his alterations gratis. In sum, I speak for all of my guests in saying we were incredibly impressed with Lawrence's work. Measured by quality, I can see the services of Clearlight Video & Photography easily costing in excess of $2,000, especially in the Bay Area. I consider Lawrence's photography services to be the best bargain of my wedding, and give him my highest recommendation.
  • LISA N. Aug 25, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry provided outstanding photo and video coverage of our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. He was professional, and captured precious moments other photographers would have missed.
  • Peggy H. Jul 27, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence is very independent and quick to response, he understand what needs to be done And friendly but professional. Thank you Lawre ce for an excellent job.
  • Judy M. Jul 24, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    My wedding is on a tiny budget and cant afford photographer foe thousands of bucks but Lawrence made a good deal for our budget and we hired him. our photos turned out beautiful. Even though my wedding is a little messy and not organized. But it doesn't show on the photos. It was really beautiful and i liked it and that was important because photos lasts a lifetime. Thanks you so much. Lawrence and God bless u
  • Danielle J. Jul 24, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing job not only was he early but he helped get everything ready in the hectic setup. Lawrence was not just my wedding photographer but he seemed to always be there whenever anyone needed a hand. The photos were great and I received them quickly! I would definitely recommend him to friends and family, he is easy going and was smiling throughout the entire event!
  • Brooke E. Jul 14, 2015
    Lawrence is a great photographer. He took the pictures for my wedding, and we were all very impressed with him. He was very thorough with his pictures, capturing all the important moments and my large family. He is understanding of many different groupings of family photos and styles for the bride and groom. The photos are very beautiful and professional. And he is a friendly person. If you need a photographer, I highly recommend him!
  • Genette C. Jul 9, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    He was on time! He did an amazing video. He gave both a CD and thumb drive. He was not too pricey (both video and photos). He was always available. He agreed to work with another photographer who he did not know. I really appreciate his service! Thank you so much Lawrence!!!! You were awesome.
  • Karen M. Jul 8, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did an excellent job photographing my daughter's wedding! He was so incredibly nice and very professional. He drove all the way from the East Bay to Santa Rosa. We love the pictures! we would definitely recommend him as an awesome photographer!
  • Alok M. Jul 4, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence recently photographed our son's first birthday party. He was very punctual (in his responses via email and phone) before the event and also on the day of the event (showed up 30 mins before). He was easy to communicate with throughout the party. He was able to satisfactorily capture most of the candid moments of everyone at the party (not just the hosts). The outdoor group photo was one of the highlights of the party. The photos were shared promptly within a day via a drop box link and was very easy for me to access. Needless to say that the quality of the photographs were excellent. Would definitely recommend Lawrence to my friends in case they were looking for a photographer.
  • Jackie F. Jun 13, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence handled the photography of our wedding with energy and enthusiasm. His outlook was as if our wedding was the only wedding in the world. When my wife was talking to him about the food we were serving, Lawrence listened politely and I could see an idea was taking shape in his mind. When my wife finished what she was saying, Lawrence raised his camera and said "Could you remain right there in front of the rose bush for a moment?" This man lives, sleeps and dreams photo angles. The unending quest for another perfect shot, with the perfect lense, under the perfect lighting. When Lawrence heard that my wife and I met in a dispute over my sappy walnut tree, Lawrence searched the ground in my backyard to find a couple of black walnuts left over from the tree that had been removed ten years ago. I knew nothing of this until I watched the slide show he made for us. As the last guitar chord faded away, the display showed our wedding program, with the story of the black walnut printed on it. At the base of the program were the two black walnuts that Lawrence had retreived. Photography is more than a job to Lawrence Gerald, it is his passion. His artistic nature is evident in his photography. The theme of our wedding was a 1930s themed wedding. I rented a cutaway coat, top hat , cane and white gloves. My wife wore antique pearls. Mr. Gerald started our slide show with a creative photo of my top hat , cane and gloves on the table. Draping down from my hat was my wife's pearl necklace, which framed a napkin we had printed with our names and an art deco design. A white rose was arranged on the hat and both of our wedding rings were in the foreground at the base of the hat. This 1930's style photo captured the essence of our wedding theme. Lawrence's work did not end with the wedding. He went through thousands of photos he took and gave us the best 1,500. Our families and friends were included in all of the group shots. His personable nature made it easy to gather around him for posed photos. I would look no further for an excellent photographer to have at an important event. Lawrence is an amazing individual and photographer!
  • Erika V. May 30, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I posses from the party were from the back of the head, the movie won't open and only some were photoshoped....very cheese
    Lawrence G. May 30, 2015

    No problem, will resend a new copy that will work for you and delete a few shots

  • Anna M. May 26, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry photographed my daughter's first birthday party. He was on time, very professional, and was very good about capturing spontaneous and posed moments. I look forward to receiving the images, which he is sending to me electronically (very convenient!).
  • Sam H. May 2, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I would recommend him was on time and stayed extra time with to take more pictures.
  • Mark S. May 2, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was great to work with. He stayed at my wedding longer than asked. Was very polite with everyone. His pictures were perfect. I'm glad I went with Lawrence. I would recommend Lawrence to family and friends for any occasion. My wife is happy. Happy wife , happy life. From my family and friends THANK YOU!!! Awesome Job!
  • Mary B. Apr 30, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was extremely professional and a joy to work with. Several of our wedding guests remarked that he was pleasant and unobtrusive. Additionally, the quality of his work was outstanding. He made us and our day look beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased with his customer service and the photos he provided us. Thanks again Lawrence!
  • Beatriz R. Apr 28, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
  • Stephen M. Apr 8, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    The job was an all day conference event that was photographed and captured on video. From bid to completion, the whole process took 2-3 days. Larry was professional and communicated well with both onsite and offsite partners. Delivered quality product and the turnaround was very quick. Would recommend to others and will work together again.
  • Travis B. Apr 7, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Gerald was very professional and on time. he took photos of our wedding at the Oakland California temple. he took photos that I've never seen taken by Photographer. he a great and new ideas. the slide show was nice and was played to the music we chose. the pictures and the slideshow were delivered promptly after the wedding. overall I feel that you want this guy doing your wedding or other events
  • Robbie W. Apr 3, 2015
    I have known Lawrence Gerald for over 23 years. I first met him in New York City, where he was the absolute go to person for music, documentary and performance videos. Since that time he has continued to grow and progress as an artist, always keeping on top of the latest technology and fully committing himself to his craft. Whether it was a professional headshot or a family photo / video needed, Lawrence came through with impeccable artistry and integrity. We are very thankful for his gifts and dedication.
  • Wendover B. Mar 12, 2015
    We hired Lawrence Gerald to photograph a reunion event (of past world class athletes) in an outdoor location with over 200 in attendance. The excellent photographs and video he produced are the treasures of that day. Lawrence easily connects with his subject, and brings art and magic to the final product. Highly recommend him.
  • Amanda M. Feb 25, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We recently spent the weekend celebrating my grandmother's 90th birthday. We hired Larry to be a "fly on the wall" and capture some great candid shots. He did just that. He spent time getting pictures of all of the guests, pictures of the garden and grounds, as well as characters of the 100 year old house that we were staying at! He captured great group shots and over all was very outgoing to help us remember a great day. He ran a little bit late initially, but stayed late to make up for it. The timeliness that he got the CD of pictures to me made up for it in the long run. Overall, he was very professional, kept himself busy getting all the shots he could, and was very helpful with getting the particular shots that we had envisioned. I would hire him again in a second. Thank you so much, Larry!
  • Julia B. Feb 22, 2015
    I hired Lawrence to do some videography and photography of a special event. He did a great job that exceeded my expectations in terms of quality and professionalism, and it was delivered to me in a timely manner. He was a delight for me to work with and was also well liked by others participating in the event. I therefore highly recommend Lawrence and would hire him again without hesitation.
  • Michael P. Feb 22, 2015
    I hired Lawrence Gerald to come do video audio and photos of my band.His services were above and beyond the call of duty. I was very impressed by his level of professionalism. I would highly recommend him for all your videography photos and documentation of your event! I hold him in the highest regard ! He has worked with high end clients such as Carlos Santana and Neil Young. He is top of the line in his industry! I would hire again based on the quality of his work! ...he is exceptional
  • Jel T. Feb 21, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence photographed our three day company retreat. While he was good at coming from location to location with us, his photos and editing were not high-quality or professional. The edited video that he put together is not something will ever use as it lacks professionalism, the video shots are blurry, it is shot at bad angles and the editing looked like it was put together quickly and not well-thought out. He also failed to follow instructions about video and photo editing even though we were very clear. We would not recommend Lawrence to do either photos or videos and will not be using him again.
    Lawrence G. Mar 2, 2015

    Actually, Jel, you were not present at any of the events, you were in the Philippines. You wrote that I was good at coming from location to location but you didn't let me know ahead of time that the hours were discontinuous that I had to make 4 trips to your locations 2 hours of driving for each day & 200 miles You were not there did to observe the difficulty I was facing in video recording an impromptu dinner event at a busy & noisy restaurant with lots of traffic by waiters walking in front of the camera which makes the videographer having to refocus, dish sounds & music blaring from the dining room ceiling speakers interfered with the sound quality. I hired a talented professional video editor to diminish the sound issues, created a nice title, transitions and edited from 80 minutes to the requested 5 minutes without guidance on your end what clips were preferred and I was given the wrong color logo and background music. If you were "very clear" on the instructions these ambiguities would not have occurred and someone from your office would have taken the time with me to go over the selected video clips. Also it would have been respectful to know ahead of time that you were not planning to reimburse me for 5 hours of video editing time because you were "over budgeted" I stand by all the photos they were professionally shot, I know what I'm doing, not all of them required editing. 20 photos from a dark bar in Truckee were requested to be lightened up and they were & delivered back on Dropbox.

  • Steve F. Jan 8, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence is an awesome photographer, eager and able to enhance and capture the optimal look of his subject. ...A true artist in photography!
  • Leng C. Jan 2, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was easy to work with even under pressure. He's prompt, resourceful, patient and understanding. Everybody can't wait to see the photos that he took during our 25th anniversary held in a beautiful venue in Napa, CA. Thanks, Lawrence :))
  • Frances N. Dec 31, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence Gerald always got back to me quickly. Our 50th wedding anniversary celebration took place at Embassy Suites, Milpitas, CA His photos were very clear, and he was easy to work with. He also added special effects to some of the unique photos. He was at the event from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. His fee was reasonable for the quality of work and number of pictures he took. I would definitely recommend Larry as a photographer for any event.
  • Lisa G. Dec 26, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Sayrena B. Dec 23, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Manny P. Dec 17, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
  • Shelly S. Nov 7, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    It was wonderful! Mr. Gerald seemed to get all the shots we wanted and more. We are looking forward to seing the pictures
  • Eric S. Oct 17, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was a great photographer for my engagement and ultimate wedding. He was very prompt and had a vision of what he wanted. All was well until we received the DVD of the wedding itself. The video was grainy and the sound was not good at all. Many times the sound was actually lost. The part where i had to kiss my bride was even lost due to movement. Although he captured soo many excellent shot, the video lacked extremely. I feel it would have been much better if there was a second person filming while he took photos or vice versa.
    Lawrence G. Oct 19, 2014

    My apologies Eric, I had technical problems with a new lavalier mic that somehow broke and I had an incorrect setting for the video and it wasn't showing up on the monitor. I've done both wedding video and photography before with great success but unfortunately I failed in this situation. I would like to do a future event for you down the road gratis. Lawrence

  • Gaurav V. Oct 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry was very prompt in response. He took good pictures of our daughters first birthday and captured the event very well.
  • Glenn Y. Sep 30, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did a superb job of capturing the memories from my Military Retirement Ceremony aboard the USS Hornet. His work was very professional and the photographs turned out great! To see the slide show he put together from my retirement - see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idJjtPeFlW0&feature=youtu.be
  • Shannon S. Sep 24, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I used Lawrence for my wedding and couldn't be any happier with the photography and video he did. I was very surprised with how much video he was able to get between taking photos. Lawrence was a pleasure to work with, he showed up earlier then excepted and stayed later to capture every moment of my wedding. I would highly recommend Lawrence and will definitely be using him again if I need a photographer or video!
  • Chera B. Sep 24, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was on time and very responsive and attentive to our requests. The photos/video came out fantastic. He really worked hard and he was polite and professional. I would recommend him!
  • Tricia F. Sep 10, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was amazing! He was on time which I was worried about since he traveled about 2 hours for our ceremony. Shot continuously throughout our whole event! He has gone above & beyond to make sure my hubby & I were satisfied with our pics. He's very easy to work with & very affordable! Thanks again Lawrence & good luck!
  • Poonie R. Sep 5, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry was awesome!! We hired him to shoot pictures for our daughters first birthday and he was excellent. I would definitely recommend Larry to friends and family.
  • Jessica S. Sep 4, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you Lawrence for being easy to work with and taking great photos of our wedding. You were impressively responsive as we coordinated our agreement and arrangements. You were on time and you got the shots we asked for---the quiet 'magazine' scenes before the ceremony and reception, the petal toss, the candids of our friends, the posed ones with family, and of our whole group together. We really do have nice pictures of everyone who attended. You were a gentle and complementary part of our day; we all enjoyed your easy way of getting 'just one more.'
  • Rao P. Sep 2, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry photographed at my kids first birthday event over this weekend.He was very patient, professional and stayed through the end of the late event and took time to review every picture carefully.He took all the photographs that we asked for, and even made guests feel comfortable approaching him.We haven't received the pictures yet,and believe them to be great like his attitude. Shall try updating this post later,otherwise thanks Larry. Rao
  • Mark R. Aug 24, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry is very reasonable and easy to deal with. He took some great photos for our reunion. I would definitely consider him again for future events and recommend him to others looking for a quality, no hassle arrangement.
  • Carrie L. Aug 24, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Lawrence based solely on the reviews and his amazing prices. I got married a few weeks ago and received my CDs about a week ago. Lawrence was very professional and quick to respond to any questions or concerns I may have had during the hiring process. His prices were far less than others listed on thumbtack and he did an excellent job with our pictures. I would highly recommend him for any special event!
  • Amanda M. Jul 12, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazingly incredible is the only thing I can say!! Lawrence and his partner did an outstanding job on our wedding and we got all the pictures and video back within the first week and a half! The pictures came out SO GOOD! My husband and I would highly recommend Lawrence for any photo shoot or wedding! Great prices that fit within our budget and great service and products!
  • Nancy B. Jun 25, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did an awesome job with my wedding photos. He arrived early, took photos of the venue while waiting for me to finish getting ready. Lawrence made sure to stay and photograph until I gave him ok to leave. Disc of photos showed up within 7-10 days as Lawrence said it would. Thanks Lawrence.
  • Jeffrey M. May 28, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was great!!! He shot my wedding with his assistant, and they were able to get many shots at different view points. Lawrence took all the photographs that we asked for, even a group shot of the wedding party and all 100 guests in one picture. The turnaround time to get the pics on DVDs was pretty quick, and although there was a little delay on the album due to a miscommunication, the look and feel of the album was beautiful and professional. I recommend Lawrence to anyone who is planning a wedding because he really gives you the best bang for your buck.
  • Laura L. May 28, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry did a wonderful job photographing our wedding ceremony at Muir Beach on May 10, 2014. I highly recommend him. He was timely and took a lot of amazing pictures. Scott & Laura
  • Elizabeth S. May 5, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry was absolutely wonderful!!!!! I will be recommending him to everyone from here on out. We got our pictures and video in the mail yesterday. We hired him for both and without him there wouldn't have been a wedding. The pictures are stunning and artistic. I will never go to another photographer again. Thank you soooo much for everything!
  • Harmanpreet N. Apr 29, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We had a rather late event (10p-1a) and Lawrence showed up on time, and stayed until the very event. The entire time, he was professional and did everything we asked. Most importantly, he took great pics!
  • Amanda V. Mar 14, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Unfortunately, I have to give Lawrence 1 star. I hired him to photograph my wedding and video record the ceremony. After the wedding, I found out that he forgot to record the ceremony. Needless to say, I was beyond devastated. I was hoping that the photos would help make up for the memories I had lost. However, realizing that he didn't pose us for a single shot, I wasn't hopeful. Unfortunately, the photos were what I expected. Almost every single picture had our feet cut off and there wasn't one single edited photo. Since there was no editing, I did get them back really quickly, so I guess that is one positive thing. He was also nice and he did give me half my money back because he felt bad about not recording the ceremony, but I'm sorry, I can't recommend him.
    Lawrence G. Apr 10, 2014

    Yes, I forgot to video record the event. I made a mistake and apologized. However I stand by the quality of the photos taken and the two Slideshows with added soundtrack that provided a re creation of the event. Over 40 photos can be found that cover head to toe. Many of the photos did not require editing as they were correctly exposed & the rest were edited where it was needed & cropped.

  • Junyong H. Feb 24, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence is very serious about his work and produces high quality photos. We had him over for one of our annual events and we were all very happy about his work!
  • Terris L. Jan 15, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was prompt and courteous. The gig was challenging - photograph and film 14 children carolers on a public street and into nearby restaurants. I received a DVD with the original files within days of the shoot and without extra charge. The quality of the photos and video is excellent. I was able to share the files with other parents and my family without additional fees. I'll certainly hire Lawrence again!
  • Usha M. Dec 26, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry did a great job taking pictures at our son's Birthday party. It is not very easy to get our 2 yr old to look at the camera and pose for pictures, but Larry managed to get some nice close up shots. Larry had some trouble reaching the Party venue, due to detours and other traffic conditions and he was a little late. But once he reached, he was immediately in action taking pictures. Overall, we liked working with Larry and will definitely consider him for our family events.
  • Ernestine S. Dec 14, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was very nice to work with. He was very professional and seemed like he really cared about getting an amazing photo. He knew what he was doing and the pictures show it. Many of the pictures turned out nice and some were amazing. The only thing i didnt like was that his editing isnt amazing. My teeth arent the whitest of whites and he tried to fix that but you can see an obvious white strip running across my teeth. Most of his editing was great though. He was very fun to work with and i would recommend him to anyone especially people who are looking for headshots for maybe acting or modeling.
  • Jennifer P. Nov 22, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    There are so many good things to say about Lawrence. He's very kind and patient. I never met Lawrence until the day of our engagement shoot due to us living in another state. When we met he made us feel so comfortable and told us some really funny and interesting stories about his photo shoot experience with other people. He took us to many places around San Francisco and really knew his way around. The day of the wedding was crazy for us but Lawrence stayed calm and patient. He was there everywhere I turn trying to catch the important moments and that's what I liked about him. We got our pictures really fast too! I really recommend Lawrence. Thank you so much again.
  • Lenka U. Nov 18, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you Lawrence for joining our group, excellent service and friendly approach. Photos were fab!
  • Bradyn M. Nov 4, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was awesome! He showed up on time (early, in fact), and found his way through our university without an issue (am amazing feat). He was easy to work with and professional throughout his shoot.
  • Cyndi W. Oct 19, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Looking at all the snapshots we could not be more pleased. Loved the pool shots as well as the fun photo of the bride and groom at the wedding lamp post in the front. Thanks for the terrific work! We will remember you for our next event. Cyndi Wright
  • Siomara G. Oct 16, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence is a great photographer. He has a good personality and everything. Guest had good comments about him. He has amazing prices!!! The photos are amazing!! I love every picture he took, wished we had time to take more! I knocked off a star because I booked Lawrence for both photography and videography. Everything was great but since he was the one working both camera and video he wasn't able to get more video footage such as the guest speeches and personal interviews. But as far as photography he really does an amazing job getting good shots and poses. He has pictures and video mighty fast which is great! If you happen to have a problem with the CDs he is fast to fix the problem! Overall Lawrence was great!!! :)
  • Joanne M. Oct 13, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Lawrence blind as I live in another state and we were getting married in California. He had good reviews and his price was excellent so I decided to give him a try. I AM SO GLAD I DID! My photos turned out beautifully and he took more than the time allowed just to make sure we had enough photos for our special day. Anyone that hires Lawrence will not be disappointed. Thank you again!!
  • Rome M. Sep 30, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    He was invisible, professional and a produced great result. The finished product was exceptional and now have these memories forever and will be a tribute to this chapter of our lives together. He also did videography work at the church which will be forever cherished. He also made us a slide show to music, which was great, and he gave us digital copies of all photos. Highly recommended! Thank you Lawrence.
  • Alida L. Sep 19, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did a fantastic job on my wedding photography and video. His stills and video are all beautiful and very creative. Everyone who's seen our wedding photos want to hire him for their next event! In addition to having a great eye and skills, he was also very professional, friendly and accommodating. He even drove us to the Golden Gate Bridge for pics after the wedding and then to our wedding dinner! I could not recommend Lawrence more highly. Great photographer and great guy!
  • Norman S. Sep 9, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jennifer B. Aug 14, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent service overall. He was very punctual. He even did a video recording of the wedding ceremony without being asked! He made us a slide show to music, which was lovely, and we have digital copies of all photos. Highly recommended!
  • Mahnaz A. Jul 25, 2013
    Verified Review
    Lawrence did such an amazing job for my daughter's engagement party,The work was excellent. He worked with all of us and took picture of everything. Lawrence does an excellent job. I recommend him to everyone for any occasions. He is very professional and friendly. Thank you Lawrence, we really appreciate your great job.
  • Brandon A. Jul 10, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    When I first saw the price that was listed I was worried that the quality would not be what I wanted. When looking for a photographer I received around 8 proposals some ranging well over $3,500.00 what I received from Lawrence far exceeded my expectations. The work was excellent. He also included all pictures, a video of the wedding and a beautiful slide show that I have shown everyone I know. Lawrence does an excellent job. DonÂ’t be scared by the affordable price you will NOT be disappointed.
  • Carissa D. Jul 1, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Clearlight Video has provided me with EXCELLENT wedding photography services! I am SO glad that I found them before my wedding day, I was above and beyond satisfied with their performance and quality. If they lived closer to my area I would hire them again. Lawrence and Ian did everything to make my wedding day special.They even made me feel good about myself with the compliment's that they gave after they shot a photo. They derserve a large book of business if they don't already have it. In my opinion, they derserve a 5 star rating! I can't thank them enough for the amazing job and gorgeous photo's that they shot! I will always keep them in mind if I ever need photography services in CA again! Sincerely, Carissa Simmons
  • Oliver R. May 31, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was terrific at understanding exactly what we wanted and working with us to get the shots. He was a consummate proffesional, and we felt relaxed throughout. Great job editing photos at the end. Highly recommend.
  • Jeff B. May 28, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was terrific to work with. He went well above and beyond the initial request to provide me with an excellent experience and portfolio of photos to enjoy for the rest of my life. Lawrence took photos of a surprise proposal for my now fiancee. He offered to meet me in SF the day before the date of the event to map out the plan in person together. He arrived 30 minutes early on the day of the event and snapped 100+ excellent & candid photos of the proposal. He then stayed with us for another hour after the proposal to take more staged engagement photos, and even met us again later that evening to capture different lighting and allow us to change clothes. The initial quote was simply for an hour of his time on the day of the proposal.
  • Trisha H. May 20, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Lawrence to do my wedding at city hall. He met us there & we took pictures for about 3 hours. The pictures came out great and his prices are very reasonable. I would definitely hire again to take our pictures!
  • Theresa K. Apr 29, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Gerald's quote was within my budget. He was prompt, his pictures were better than I anticipated....and his company was most enjoyable. I would hire him again and I will recommend to my business colleagues and friends.
  • Katherine L. Apr 17, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    I engaged Lawrence to take interior and exterior photos of two condos which are for sale. He responded quickly, submitted a very reasonable quote, and came the next day. Lawrence was very easy to work with, and returned twice more to take additional photos. He was very concerned that we were happy with the final result.
  • Rosemary B. Apr 12, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    lawrence was great he got us the balcony in city hall which was a lot quieter away from the crowds the photo's were excellent managed to capture the beautiful architecture behind us I must admit I wasn't expecting much due to the price but he excelled i highly recommend this guy he was a pleasure nothing was to much trouble
  • Carissa G. Jan 26, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence took pictures at my 21st 1920's themed party of about 50 people for about 2 hours! HUGE thanks for an awesome job done! Great price and, get your pictures to you very quickly! Highly recommend!
  • Ryan J. Jan 7, 2013
    Verified Review
  • Faye P. Jan 6, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I was looking for an affordable, no frills, family photographer-- I received 10 bids thru thumbtack, and Lawrence's bid was LESS than 1/3 the cost of the others-- PLUS he gave us the DVD with all the prints (most photographers will only allow you to order prints thru them). He scouted out a location, met us the day after Christmas, and had our photos ready on DVD the very next day. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for high quality, basic family photos.
  • Kyle V. Dec 28, 2012
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Lawrence was awesome. He worked with us and was super considerate despite the craziness of our wedding. We were constantly running behind and he was a true professional and just waited for us every step of the way. We have had our pictures taken professionally before, but Lawrence is definitely the most artistic and caring photogropher we have seen. He was constantly looking for the perfect shot. I cannot say enough about his work and he should probably charge double what he does. :) Excellent! Thank you so much!
  • Carolyne R. Oct 20, 2012
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    All I can say is that Lawarence exceeded my expectations you get much more than you pay for. He was really easy to work with. He made me feel like it was my day and he was going to do his best to have memories that last a life time. I loved my wedding pictures and the video.
    Lawrence G. Oct 23, 2012

    thanks Carolyne it was a great event being with you and your families

  • Ken N. Sep 30, 2012
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry and Ian did a great job over and above what we expected. They took an extra amount of time in varying light levels and created a beautiful array of images. Our problem now will be to pick the ones we like the most, there're so many!!! Thanks Larry and Ian!
  • Gecsabel B. Sep 6, 2012
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Larry, I want to thank you for making my wedding event so awesome with your picture taking. The pictures are so natural, the video is also very nice to have, I did things I do not remember and the video is a great thing for my kids and grand kids to see. Thank you for being very considerate on the price and and thank you for staying later than planed. I would totally recommend you to be the photographer for any event. My family was impressed on how much energy and dedication you put in while taking all pictures and also ensuring that you were taking all requests from many people. You made a diffidence taking pictures of one of the my most important events of my life. Thank you so much:) Gecsabel Bardales
  • Chuck V. Jan 3, 2012
    Verified Review
    Gerald was far more than we ever could of expected.Personal,friendly, he made us feel like we have known him for quite some time. The photos and video he shot where once in a lifetime and we will cherish them always. I now consider him a friend and was very professional and welcomed our suggestions,along with incorperating his own style, just superb. A 10 in our rating......the whole time had a smile just a great job, by a great guy...Many thanks Chuck & Jeni

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