Clane Gessel is a true professional and artist. We are so grateful and feel equally humbled we had the opportunity to work with him for our wedding. I knew going into the wedding planning process I cared a lot about the photography- and in the Bay Area there is certainly no deficit of wedding photographers. Full disclosure- I am a personality type AAA and I researched several photographers (probably over 50), meeting with a dozen in person or on Skype before landing on Clane. Clane made us feel so comfortable, and he was equally excited about our wedding as we were – that truly was hard to find in many of the photographers we had met with.
What I really appreciated about Clane was his go-getter and no-nonsense approach on the wedding day. We had a fairly large wedding, with even larger personality in our wedding party and extended family. We wanted to get certain shots and had limited time – he got everyone organized quickly (which was the equivalent to herding cats) and told us something the wedding day that I really liked: “I am not here to please everyone, I am here to please you.”
If you’re looking for a phenomenal photographer, your search ends with Clane Gessel. He is such a gifted artist and his interpersonal skills make him a complete pleasure to work with whether it be during the initial consultations or the day of your engagement with him. He is a true professional and he will challenge you by pushing you out of your comfort zone in order to capture the most beautiful pictures. Trust him, believe him, and follow his lead and you will never be disappointed! He is worth every penny, and it is the best decision we made in terms of our wedding vendors. Clane will also encourage you to create a list of your desired photos so he can ensure that he captures every special moment for you. What I loved about Clane was that he asked us to revise our list three times – again, he really pushes you to think about what you want so that you aren’t disappointed. We were so thankful for his guidance which resulted in AMAZING, TIMELESS photographs we will cherish forever.
Clane is a consummate professional. From the time we met Clane, he made my wife and me feel like we were the most important people in the world. Our engagement photos are spectacular and he truly captured what we were looking for. When it came to our wedding, he was there every step of the way, from the engagement dinner to the reception. On top of being a great photographer, he is a great person. My wife and I consider him a friend and would recommend him to anyone we know.
Hiring a photographer for our wedding was by far the toughest decision. Mainly because there are so many to choose from, and many seem like they would do a good job. We chose Clane based on a referral and my initial choice was that I appreciated the questions he asked me up front about what was important to me. Even though I really didn’t care about engagement photos, he insisted this part of the package. And, I am SO glad he did. From engagement photos through the ceremony, Clane showed up with great energy, creativity and assertiveness. He gives small hints along the way to ensure the photos will look their best and had creative ideas of where and how to take photos. Let’s just say you don’t get bored with Clane. I was impressed that Clane drove 3 hours just to do a walk through of our wedding venue just so he could be more prepared when it came to our big day. Clane understands service, going above and beyond, and most importantly, he is a talented photographer. I recommend Clane Gessel for your next wedding or big event!
Clane is so awesome! I met Clane a few years ago and after seeing his pictures from his website, I knew he was the guy I wanted for a photographer. He takes the time to get to know you as a couple, which I think is so important to working well together. We were soooo happy with the photos and could not have had any better! If you want your memories to be BEAUTIFUL, then make sure Clane is there. THANK YOU CLANE!!!!!
WOW! That is the best word I have for my experience with Clane. Before starting he ensured he knew my vision and had clear understanding of what I wanted. Along the way he made sure I was happy with the shots and made all fixes accordingly. I could not be happier with the end result or the process as a whole. Working with Clane was worth every penny and I can not wait for the next time.
Clane took our engagement and wedding pictures and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!
Throughout the entire process of planning our wedding he was there if we ever needed an opinion on something about the wedding, a review of another vendor, or needed help finding a vendor. On the day of the wedding he was efficient with his time before the ceremony, he made everyone feel relaxed, he was excellent with all of our little cousins, and everyone in our family absolutely loved him!
He made sure to capture everything that we wanted and everything that we hadn’t even thought of.
Our pictures are amazing and we will make sure to have Clane take any other pictures for our life events.
We were honored to work with Clane as our wedding photographer. He is professional, passionate about his job and creative. Clane was able to capture exactly what we wanted in both our engagement photos and wedding photos. We have photos that we absolutely love and will continue to love over the years. Oh! Another wonderful thing is Clane had our photos ready within he 14 days that he promised so it was wonderful to come back from our honeymoon and have our photos ready to go. We would highly recommend Clane to anyone and hope that we can work with him again in the future!
Words cannot express how pleased I am that we chose Clane for our wedding. Wedding photography is nothing to take lightly and if you want to ensure complete happiness, I HIGHLY recommend using Clane. From day 1 he was amazing to work with and I always knew exactly what to expect from him throughout the process. He has an incredible ability to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and ensure that the photos look natural and not posed. Additionally, he took the time to make sure that we got all the shots that we were hoping for. He was patient with the photos that we wanted done and also full of ideas of other great shots we hadn’t even considered. Not only is he a great photographer, he’s an incredible human being and a ton of fun to be around! The photos turned out incredible and I have had endless compliments from family, friends, and complete strangers on how amazing they look. Thank you Clane so much for helping to capture our day perfectly!
Clane was the photographer for my wedding this past June and he was the absolute best. He captured the day perfectly and the photos are truly beautiful. So much so that two bridal magazines asked to publish them for their real wedding feature. This was such a wonderful compliment and unexpected bonus. It is also the perfect testament to two of my favorite things about Clane’s work. 1) His skill and ability to make a couple feel comfortable and appear unposed before the camera. 2) His unquestionable mastery at transforming scenery and detail into distinctive and artistic imagery. In addition to Clane’s unmatched expertise, I would be remised if I didn’t also comment on Clane, the person. I have found him to be genuine, passionate and practically luminescent when he talks about his work and couples. Clane receives my highest recommendation. I couldn’t be happier with our wedding photos or imagine another photographer capturing the day more perfectly. And yah, did I mention our wedding photos are going to be published in a magazine?
Clane was absolutely AMAZING! He was a pleasure to work with, and he promptly send us all the edited photos a week later. I couldn’t have imagined a better photographer to have be apart of our big day. He captured the joy from the evening in every photo, and I swear they are straight out of a magazine. You’d be a fool not to try and book him for your wedding.
As the mother of the bride, I was fortunate to have an instrumental part in helping my daughter plan her wedding. I knew that, apart from marrying her groom, what was most important to her was the aesthetic of the wedding photographer and the quality of his work. Upon seeing Clane’s portfolio, I knew that the magical dreamscapes he was able to capture and create were exactly what she’d imagined for her day. We were completely enchanted by the other-worldly visions of beauty we found on his site, but I wondered….could he really cast that magic for our daughter and her groom? As it turned out, the answer was a resounding “YES!!”
From the moment we met Clane, he put us at ease with his positive energy and professional demeanor. He helped my daughter and her groom feel completely comfortable throughout the entire process…instructing them on just how to pose for many of the shots, but always coaxing from them a completely natural and genuine interaction with each other. The end results were breathtakingly beautiful. While the stunning location of the ceremony and wedding dinner were on full display, his photographs always allowed the bride and groom to outshine all else. He lead us through the family groupings with an ease and good humor that turned what could have been stressful for a ‘camera shy’ person such as myself into a lovely, completely painless experience.
Clane went far beyond capturing the sublime beauty of the bride, the devotion on the face of her groom, or the joy of family members witnessing the event. His photographs are portals through which we can step back in time and revisit the sweetness of that day…feel the blissful love between the bride and groom…revel in the glory of their union. Our daughter’s wedding was a fairy tale come true, magical and enchanting in every way… And thanks to the supremely talented Clane Gessel, we shall always have the glorious pictures to prove that her dreamlike day had been real!!
I feel indescribably fortunate to have benefited from the artistic and discerning eye of the incredibly talented photographer Clane Gessel. As a bride-to-be, I had quickly determined that my highest priority would be securing a remarkable wedding photographer to adequately capture the beauty, love, and importance of what would surely become my most precious memories. One look at Clane’s website, and I was hopelessly drawn in – the breathtaking quality of his romantic imagery would not leave my mind! Needless to say, I was ecstatic when he agreed to shoot our special day.
Ours was a very intimate, elegant wedding (8 guests at Auberge du Soleil in Napa), and Clane fit in perfectly. The moment he arrived, as I was in a flurry of final preparations, he was able to put me instantly at ease; I knew I was in good hands. Clane definitely has a wonderful way with people. Every moment I spent with him was both confidence-inspiring and genuinely delightful. He was open to our ideas and requests but just as easily took charge when needed; my husband and I loved how he could so effortlessly (and literally) mold us into picture-perfect models. Truly, he was just a fun, friendly person to be around and enhanced our experience of the day. For example, when my husband mentioned that he’d fairly recently gotten into photography, Clane immediately handed over his newest camera and showed him all of the new features and let him play with it – who does that?! Clane did.
Clane and his team were superstars! They showed up right on time, and no matter how crazy things were while I was getting ready, they stayed cool and got every important shot. I got married at a huge estate in the Bay Area, and they were running all over the property to capture every moment, splitting up to capture different locations at the same time. They were like ghosts when it came to the ceremony, capturing everything while being quite and not distracting anyone – like true professionals. They were all over the cocktail hour and reception, getting every important shot. They’re also so kind and have such warm personalities – Exactly the kind of energy a girl wants to be around on her wedding day when things are stressful. All our guests the next day were saying how much they loved Clane! I’ve never felt comfortable in front of a camera, but they made me feel so relaxed and beautiful. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.
Clane Gessel is the best photographer!
This was our experience:
1. Amazingly talented, each photo off the camera was amazing. He was so easy to work with.2. He’s humorous to help with the family and get them to smile.3. Super creative shots, you can see his background as a landscape photographer in each photo, he uses his skills to make each shot perfect. It’s consistent in our proofs too, each shot was truly artistic and memorable.4. He’s fast when working with family and bridal party, which is important when we’re working on a time schedule.5. Trish is great! His assistant made it fun to work with the whole time.6. He’s a great communicator up until and after the wedding. I’d recommend him highly to anyone that is thinking about getting married. He books out years in advance, be sure to book him ASAP.
If you want gorgeous, creative, amazing pictures that will capture your best day forever… BOOK CLANE NOW!!!! We were very lucky to work with Clane for our wedding last fall. He’s truly a dream to work. He doesn’t make you do old fashioned boring poses; he makes it FUN!!! Of course, some are conventional (come on you need and want some of those) but he has such a knack for creativity and vision that it was impressive what he did with us. On the day of the wedding he was nearly an hour early so that he could get to know the venue. He was very professional, but also compassionate and helpful and definitely had the calm, he has the reassuring vibe that you want in a person that will literally be standing next to you for your entire wedding day. I got my photos today, less than a month after the wedding, and they are so beautiful, and so vibrant and lively. Our family couldn’t stop complimenting how great working with him was. Overall he was just fantastic to work with fun, friendly, professional, and amazing. Seriously BOOK HIM TO PRESERVE YOUR SPECIAL DAY IN AN ARTISTIC AND FUN WAY!!!! Go now. Call. Do it.
Images for a Lifetime!
From start to finish, Clane was an absolute dream to work with. His vision and ability to capture our day is unlike any other – truly a league of his own. He made us feel relaxed and truly captured the most unbelievable images of our day. We are so grateful to him for his incredible work – we will truly cherish these images for the rest of our lives and couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing these special moments. I assure you he will go above and beyond and deliver images that you couldn’t have even dreamed of. Thank you, Clane and Team. We absolutely adore you. With love, The Smiths
I hope this does not sound generic but Clane is the single most AWESOME photographer if not in this country, in the Pacific Northwest. I have been to and seen multitudes of wedding photos in my years, and Clane by far exceeded the high standard I expected of him. I can honestly say that the best decision I made regarding my wedding, with the exception of the man I choose to marry of course, was choosing to go w/ Clane for our photography needs. Everyone who sees my photos comments on how great the photography turned out, and I always make sure to pass along his info so they can try to slot him in for their big day. I absolutely LOVE Clane, I have only rave reviews about him and his work. He is so creative and shot better photos than I even imagined possible. Go with Clane, I am not kidding, you will not be disappointed!
Clane was truly a god send. The quality of his photos is unmatched! I can’t count how many people have told me that my wedding photos are the best they have ever seen. He is always quick to respond via email or phone, and is professional in a way that gave me the confidence that he knew what he was doing, while also being personable enough to make the photo shoots fun! His photographs are priceless, worth every penny. Flexibility – wow! We changed our wedding date 3 or 4 times and Clane was so flexible through it all, that when we changed the date for the final time and the location to Hawaii he stood right by us throughout it all. He was the solid foundation to my wedding planning – one of the things I knew I could count on and didn’t have to worry about.
I am so thankful we found Clane to photograph our wedding! He has an amazing passion for capturing the moment and it shows in his dedication to creating magical photos! He was so easy to communicate with for the entire year leading up to our wedding. As well as working with him after our wedding on editing and getting us all our photos in such a timely manor! We would highly recommend him to anyone trying to capture the candid true moments that only an artist could accomplish! He was amazing!
Fred and I discovered Clane’s work at our local farmer’s market and were thrilled to find out he could shoot our wedding in San Francisco! He was extremely professional, a great value for the cost and his pictures are amazing! Everyone who has seen them has been really impressed by them. We are thrilled! He takes the time to get to know you as a couple and really get in touch with your style. A free engagement photo session is included and those photos turned out wonderfully also. We even used several of the engagement photos in our invitations and wedding decor! I would highly recommend Clane as the photographer for everyone’s wedding. You will have unique, stunning pictures that will help you remember the best day of your life for a lifetime!
I found Clane throug a friend at work. He had done her sister’s wedding, and after seeing the photos for her wedding and his web site i was hooked! He has this unmatched style of capturing each brides unique personlity and having jump out of the picture at you. He is unconvetional in all the right ways when posing the couple to captue the moment between the two of you that best fits your personality. He was fun to work with, professional in a relaxed way that made everything so fun that you lost track of time and you stopped posing for the pictures and started being real. Thats what makes him great. He worked with us to make everything work for us. His time, effort and what your end is, is unsurpassed by any i have seen. Everyone has gone on and on about the coffee table book we got from him. How absolutly beautiful the pictures are and how they captured the moment perfectly. I can’t begin to thank him.
We can honestly say we could not have asked for a better photographer. From day one Clane went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and comfertable with the camera in our face. We have both been photgraphed before for various reasons and neither of us have ever been comfortable with it.We were blown out of the water by Clane’s ability to break the ice and have a great time while still creating PHENOMINAL photographs. He not only made us happy on our wedding day and the days leading up to it, but he also hit it off with our bridal party, guests and even other vendors. We have recieved so many complements on his talent and personality since the wedding day its amazing.
I could not be happier that we chose Clane Gessel as our wedding photographer. I was most nervous about the picture taking at the wedding because I hate to be in front of the camera. However, Clane made me and my fiance feel perfectly comfortable. He had great ideas for unique and creative shots and also made sure that we were getting shots that we really wanted. He really tailored his style to fit our wants. Even during stressful picture taking moments, he stayed calm and collected and got the job done. He was great with our large wedding party and 400 guest wedding. He captured all of our key moments and we have the perfect pictures to prove it! I have had countless people comment on how beautiful and fun our photos are. I am so happy that we went with Clane for our wedding and I would recommend him to anyone that is getting married!
Clane was a wonderful photographer. His style is very creative and the quality of his pictures is excellent. I want to frame most of the pictures he took! He really captures people, and takes the time to get to know them. He is easy to work with and very professional. He did everything I asked him to do, and got me my pictures in a timely manner. I have told everyone I know about him, and I would recommend him to all of my family and close friends. Overall a fantastic experience. I’m so glad I didn’t settle for anything less.
Clane Gessel was our photographer for our wedding last October. This man takes awesome pictures! He was really easy to work with. He was able to gather the family for group pictures and take them really quickly (with our family, that’s the equivalent of herding cats). He also gave us a choice of an engagement session or a bridal or TTD session and we chose the latter (which involved him being on a surfboard without any previous surfing experience – talk about love for your work!). He was always very responsive with his communications, even taking the time to scout our wedding location a couple of months prior. Besides his pictures, the part I liked best, the previews were ready in 10 days and I got the disc in a couple of weeks.
Clane was absolutely wonderful! He was friendly and professional right from the start. He was able to make my husband and I feel comfortable where we could be ourselves in front of the camera. Also, I loved how Clane was open to do almost anything and at the same time he provided creative ideas. Being new to the area it was great to look at his previous weddings to get ideas on poses and locations. Also before the end of the night he made sure we were satisfied with the photos he took. He definitely helped make the night perfect. Along with providing great service, his photos are phenomenal! I love how they don’t look like typical wedding photos. Instead they capture the moment in a unique artsy way. Plus everyone is complimenting me on our wedding photos.