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Woodland Hills Bat Mitzvah – They couldn’t help but cry tears of joy. As Ken & Lauri attempted to convey how proud they were of their daughter, Sara, at the completion of her Bar Mitzvah service, they were overcome by emotion. This is a family I have known for a while, but as we prepared for Sara’s big day it was revealed to me how talented she truly is. In addition to the wonderful Bat Mitzvah service, Sara is a very talented baker. For her portrait session we stylized a kitchen where should could bake. And although the photos from the session are outstanding, what I’ve seen her actually create is truly amazing.

Sara’s baking theme continued into her event with cakes as centerpieces, mini rolling pins for place card holders, and a banner that said “Sara’s Bake Shop” over the dance floor. If Sara’s baking talent now is any indication of where she’s headed, she’s in for big things! Congratulations Sara!


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Temple: Kol Tikvah
Additional Vendors – Coming Soon

We live in a digital age, but digital is not the end all be all.  Since its inception, Silver Gecko Photography has believed in providing high quality physical products to our clients.  Wedding albums are always our first stop in giving life to your memories.  Something that can truly be cherished and shared for generations to come.  Technology changes, digital mediums become obsolete or worn out, but print lasts.  The tactile act of holding a book, feeling the pages, even smelling the cover (yes it happens), creates a deeper connection.  We all want to be able to share photos on social media, but everything posted to social media exists for but a moment, then is gone, replaced by the next thing.  And one day, those social media sites will be gone too and with it your memories.

Albums, prints, and wall art all create a tangible legacy.  Your legacy that will live on forever. Click here if the video is not shown below: Wedding Albums – A Tangible Legacy




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I love creating unique, creative art, but group shots are a big part of any wedding or event and shouldn’t be neglected! Here are three tips for better group shots at your event.

1. Don’t make one long line.
People have a tendency to stand shoulder to shoulder for a group, this creates a few problems. First, the photographer has to back up to get everyone in the image; the further back, the smaller everyone will appear. Second, as you increase the width of a photo you also increase the height. This means empty space above and below the group. Third, this creates a very flat, one dimensional image. It’s best to stay close together and create layers. Those taller should stand toward the back, with those shorter to the front.

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2. Angle toward the center.
For smaller groups, especially wedding parties and families, a line can work, but whether in a line or a layered group it is best to angle toward the center. This does a couple of things. First, it brings everyone closer together. Second it puts you at a more flattering angle, which means you look even more amazing!

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3. Don’t let your eyes wander!
This has recently become a bit of a pet peeve, because I keep seeing it happen. There’s a lot going on at the reception and you don’t want to miss out, but if your eyes wander away from the camera, the camera captures that and its obvious in the image. I’ve had clients toss out photos because Uncle Steve is looking off into space. Keep your eyes on the camera.

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BONUS TIP: Have fun with it!
It’s a party, have some fun. Get together for one or two nice group shots, then feel free to mix it up.

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Want to see these tips in video form? Check it out here and feel free to share and subscribe: 3 Tips for Better Group Shots – Video

Carlee did an amazing job at her temple service and the reception her parents threw for her was outstanding! This is a family that truly cares not only for each other, but everyone around them. I love when I have the opportunity to work with a family that doesn’t merely treat me as hired help, but looks to me almost as a friend. Someone who is there to help them through this day and who they truly entrust to capture their memories correctly.

Congratulations Carlee!


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Vendors
Temple: Kol Tikvah – Woodland Hills
Venue: Porter Valley Country Club
DJ: The Party Zone Entertainment
Videographer: Colin Pregent
Photographer: Silver Gecko Photography & Design

I first noticed it during their engagement session (Noelle & Andrew’s Disneyland Engagement Session), there is a particular way that Noelle looks at Andrew that says, there is no other for her. It is a look of true love and admiration. The first moment these two saw each other, prior to the ceremony, alone in Lafayette Square, there was that look again. Viewing this from the outside it’s quite amazing, I’d imaging from Noelle & Andrew’s perfective the rest of the world simply melts away.

My wife and I love to travel, something we share in common with Noelle & Andrew (in addition to our love of all things Disney). Having the opportunity to fly out to DC for Noelle & Andrew’s wedding was fantastic. These two are a lot of fun to photograph and an absolute pleasure to work with. There is so much to be said that it would take far too long to write. (Thankfully a picture speaks a 1,000 words and I went detail crazy with the images below). Have a look at their amazing DC wedding, overlooking the White House, filled with Disney details. Did I mention the extremely successful “Alice in Wonderland” themed after party, complete with Alice, the Mad Hatter and a rotating donut wall? Mad hats off to Danielle and the team at Magnolia Blue Bird Design & Events.

Side note: All the vendors involved this wedding were outstanding to work with! It’s so nice when we all come together as a team to provide the best for our clients.

Congratulations Noelle & Andrew! (I can’t wait to share these rest of these images with you, I had a hard time narrowing them down.)


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Vendor Information:
Venue: Hay Adams Hotel DC
Coordination: Magnolia Blue Bird Design & Events
Videographer: Bowen Films

More to come!

  • Linda Marie - Dear Silver Gecko Photography ~ Your work is simply fantastic! You captured the wedding in a way that brings all the magic of the evening to life once again through your photos. We will enjoy these visuals for decades to come!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - Amazing photos! Adam was a dream to work with. Everything went so smoothly and the pictures reflect that in great detail.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - These are gorgeous!! I love how you captured the bride’s happiness in all of the photos 🙂ReplyCancel