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Sylvain Gentile Photography

San Francisco , CA
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San Francisco, CA US 94102 (map)

PHONE

415-625-3902

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ABOUT US

Meet Sylvain...



Thank you for taking the time to consider my work! I am an international wedding and commercial photographer.

I have been shooting... Read more
Meet Sylvain...



Thank you for taking the time to consider my work! I am an international wedding and commercial photographer.

I have been shooting professionally for 8 years now and have traveled the world documenting weddings and editorial assignments for some of the greatest clients.

Outside of my love for photography, I am an active CrossFitter, marathon runner, golfer, Starbucks drinker, wakeboarder, apple geek, San Francisco Giants fan, and much more, just ask!

I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to be able to do something that I am passionate about and absolutely love for a living! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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James
Wedding:
11/29/2013
5.0/5.0
As a wedding planner / Coordinator for 30+ years in the Napa Valley, the comments from our couples have been great. Sylvain works closely with all of our brides and grooms to make sure their wedding day is special. He has a great connection with every couple that produces wonderful results. On the day of the wedding, he always goes beyond what we expect.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Wonderful! Artistic! Helpful! Talented! Sylvain is a great photographer who enjoys what he does. We had beautiful wedding pictures taken at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales Florida. The pictures look great! He really knows his instrument and has a keen eye for capturing great pictures! Very happy with them and having a hard time to choose from so many beautiful photos for the album!
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Michelle
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Sylvain was flexible, easy to work with and very laid back. He is always prompt and captured beautiful pics of us on the beach at sunset on our wedding day. We also did engagement pics on a rainy stormy night but they came out crisp, clear and had amazing back lighting. We highly recommend Sylvain for your wedding pics! Sylvain's work was also featured on many news sites such as Yahoo and Tampa Bay Times as our Epic Wedding Battle video went viral. Thank you Sylvain for helping us capture our unforgettable day!
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Kellen
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
It rained on our september wedding day! My bride was freaking out and Sylvain didn't miss a beat he was on it with cool umbrella themes and great ideas. Pictures came out great!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sylvain was wonderful to work with! He did the photography for our wedding in Napa last May. We have received so many complements on the quality of his work. Sylvain definitely made us feel comfortable and relaxed during the photoshoots which could have been an awkward situation, but was definitely not because of Sylvain's laid back demeanor and proffesionalism. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a high quality wedding photographer!
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Eamonn
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Sylvain was fantastic, very responsive and professional and the photos were amazing! I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Jonas
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how happy my wife and I were with Sylvain. Next to marrying each other, hiring Sylvain was the single best decision we made. Sylvain has the unique ability to not only capture the moment but also bring out the personalities of his clients. On the most important day of our lives, Sylvain was able to immortalize the day and we are instantly brought back every time we look at our wedding photos. Napa Valley is an incredible backdrop but Sylvain was able to make it look magical and make us look like the two happiest people in the world.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't acknowledge Sylvain's creativity and ability to connect with his clients. The reason his final product is so impressive is because he takes the time up front to get to know each couple. Part of his overall wedding package is an engagement shoot. He uses the engagement shoot as an opportunity to get to know his clients and ensure that everyone is comfortable working with each other when the wedding rolls around. When we spoke to Sylvain, we told him we didn't want to do a traditional engagement shoot. My wife and I met skiing on Mt. Hood in Oregon and after hearing out story, Sylvain suggested we do our engagement shoot at Squaw Valley. That was exactly the outside of the box thinking we were looking for and the results were absolutely amazing. Again, memories we will have for the rest of our lives.

At the end of the day, we could not give a more ringing endorsement of Sylvain. After our Engagement and Wedding shoots we consider him more our friend then photographer from Disco Bay. Like I said, it was the best decision we made and it was worth every penny. If you are considering hiring Sylvain, I'd encourage you to look at our photos and feel free to contact us, I'd be more then willing to speak over the phone.
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Spectacular photos, professional service, worth every penny!
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Jolie
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Sylvain is one of the most professional and great photographers. His photos are top of the line. I couldn't be happier with his work on my wedding day.
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Corey
Wedding:
8/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Sylvain is the best of the best. He was amazing to work with through the entire process, and the quality of his photos is more than we could have asked for. Highly recommend!!!
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Vanessa
Wedding:
7/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We loved having Sylvain photograph our wedding! We booked everything from a different state only seeing his pictures online. I would not have chosen another photographer if I had the option. Everything was perfect and we get so many complements on our photos!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our photos are amazing. Sylvain was professional in efficient and a pleasure to work with. We love our wedding album we received from him. Highly recommended if you want capture your perfect day with perfect pic's.
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Manny
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Great Pictures, great service!
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Cynthia
Wedding:
5/4/2012
5.0/5.0
When selecting a photographer, Sylvains work stood out among the rest. He is a true artist with the camera. His eye is truly a gift. He captured many beautiful moments and memories on my wedding day. I would highly recommend Sylvain to anyone, especially if you are looking for a photographer extraordinaire. I must add that he is a very easy going, flexible person. He made us feel very comfortable. I was never nervous about my photos. I was confident in his work. That goes a long way when you are planning a wedding.
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Jason
Wedding:
10/20/2011
5.0/5.0
We are very pleased with our choice to have Sylvain photograph our wedding. The quality of the photographs was fantastic and the locations he picked out were amazing. He's more expensive than other photographers in the but he's completely worth it.
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Christina
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Sylvain is hands down the best photographer. People compliment me on my wedding photography years later; I have one picture in particular displayed and individuals just stare at it in awe. My wedding book should be in a magazine. His pictures are beyond professional and extremely artistic. I wish he lived closer because his talent is not comparable to any other local photographer.
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/23/2009
5.0/5.0
Sylvain is amazing. So professional and his pictures are fantastic! He did our engagement and wedding and we couldn't be more pleased.
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Amazing! Our photos could not have been better. Captured our wedding perfectly! 4 years later and I still love looking at the photos. Super talented photographer that is very professional and fun to work with.
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Amy
Wedding:
10/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Sylvain Gentile Photography was our wedding photographer. Sylvain Gentile did our engagement photo shoot as well as our wedding day photos. Sylvain is incredibly professional and his work is exceptional. The photos of our wedding were very important to us and they are the lasting memories of our special day forever. The quality of his photos are amazing and he is very easy to work with. He knew the style of photos we were looking for and delivered on helping guide us to successfully get what we wanted. I would recommend him to any couple, family or business looking for photographs.
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Lisa
Wedding:
8/24/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on 8-24-08 in the Newport Harbor and were very lucky to have Sylvain be our photographer. Professional, personable, and has an amazing ability to create images that will last a lifetime. We highly recommend Sylvain, you will not be disappointed!
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Jeffrey
Wedding:
6/4/2010
4.9/5.0
Nothing but positive comments for Mr Gentile. My wife and I had the privilege of Sylvain's expertise for our pre-wedding photo shoots and wedding photos. We did a destination wedding in Napa CA and Sylvain was extremely pleasant to work with and very responsive. 4 years later, some of our best photos used on our walls and albums come from Sylvain's work - you could argue his pictures last a lifetime.
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/15/2013
4.8/5.0
Our wedding photos are amazing!! I could not be happier with our album. Sylvain captured our day like a fairy tale. He even gave us memories of my 82 year old grandparents. His eye for detail was unbelievable.
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Dom
Wedding:
6/7/2013
4.8/5.0
Sylvain Gentile is a very professional and talented photographer. My wife and I are from New Jersey and since we were married in Napa Valley, California and we gave him freedom to select most of our photo locations (other than our actual venue). We were blown away with the end result. The quality of the photographs are amazing.
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Katie
Wedding:
10/7/2012
4.8/5.0
Absolutely loved my photographer! I could not have found a better one with twice the money and twice the time. I had nothing but compliments on my wedding and engagement photos.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Sylvain was the photographer for our wedding in the Napa Valley in August 2011. Sylvain's pictures turned out great, and he was very easy to work with. Before our wedding, we did a "first look" followed by couples photos in several locations picked by Sylvain. He knows the area very well, and had some great ideas for unique locations to take the couples photos. We were very happy with Sylvain, and would definitely recommend him to a friend.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Very professional. Great photos. Noticeable difference in his work compared to others we have seen. And was very flexible with our ever changing needs. Thanks again!
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Helena
Wedding:
6/14/2013
4.3/5.0
Sylvain was fantastic. He was extremely flexible in arranging meetings prior to our wedding, which provided him the opportunity to get to know us, and most importantly, learn about our event and the types of photos we wanted.
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Amy
Wedding:
9/27/2013
4.1/5.0
Sylvain is very professional and his photography is beautiful. By and large, we were very happy that we chose to hire him for our wedding day. He made everything easy on the day of the wedding, and guests commented that they hardly knew he was there (exactly what you want). The pictures he took were beautiful, with the exception of few of the bride pre-wedding that looked a little washed out, although I'm not sure if that was his fault.

The one concern we had in working with Sylvain was that he moved after we had hired him and did not tell us. This made us very anxious when we found out from the venue. However, our fears were for naught and everything ran smoothly on the wedding day. The only impact his move had on us was that we weren't able to do engagement photos until the week of the wedding.

Overall, hiring is Sylvain to do photography for your wedding is well worth it. However, I would not chose to use his design team for an album or prints. Get the CD and do it yourself. We went back and forth with the design team for literally months on the album, and in each iteration found mistakes they made. My parents were so upset with the initial draft design of their album that they called and asked me just to cancel it (this was our wedding gift to them). Sylvain worked with us to correct the mistakes, but I strongly feel that Sylvain should select a different design team. We've now received both albums, and I feel that the picture quality of the album doesn't do Sylvain's photography justice. Some of the photos are blurry and detail is missing. We got several prints done from another vendor and the quality was much better (so it's not the photos, it's the printer).
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