I love stories. Great stories and everyday stories.
I started photography when I was 12. A friend gave me a camera because she thought I was "able". Then I shot stories, real or written.
I started my professionnal activity while I was finishing my studies in a great french Cinema School, a few years later I decided to make wedding photography and now it's my speciality.
In the last 6 years, I've done about 120 weddings photo reports (20 a year). Since 2013 I'm working with another French photograph, Damien Dohmen. The four eyes photo coverage is our speciality.
I love moment, and I love when I capture one.
I love instant and instinct.
I don't like talk about myself, my photographs are more talkative.
I'm french, working in Pau, Biarritz and worldwide.
I recently received a silver medal in the wedding category from the greatest french association of professionnal photographers (GNPP - Médailles de la Photographie Professionnelle Française 2014).
I'm 35, married, two daughters.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Sylvain. The following awards have been earned by Sylvain from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
“Heave-ho” just a few more times and he might land in Heaven, or maybe just a tad sick. Oh well… but whatever his fate, one thing for sure happened. A photographer happened upon the scene and made a very nice image. I enjoyed the angle of view and the lifted hands of the “tossing committee.” It has good composition and an undeniable peak moment, and the sun blasting through adds the right touch (or toss, or throw, or catapult).
This gorgeous image works on so many levels. The body language, wistful expression and the sumptuous black and white create a wonderful documentary image.
Photographer's CommentJulie is trying to relax. Her bridesmaid imitates her. Wedding in Sarlat, Dordogne, France ans Château La Fleunie.
I like the way both girls are mimicking each other in this image. They both have the same body language and expression.
Photographer's CommentThe relief after the ceremony... Winter wedding in the Pyrénées.
The following letters are from the clients of Sylvain Garderes.
Married: 2 years ago
Marina and Stéphane
Merci à vous deux d'avoir réussi à si bien capturer ses moments d'émotions, un vrai travail d'artiste! Quand on regarde vos photos, nous avons encore des étoiles dans les yeux. Avec votre humour vous êtes même parvenus a détendre la mariée!!!! (et le marié aussi d'ailleurs!), même les invités ont un super souvenir de votre présence! Que des éloges quant à vos photos et votre modestie! Merci à vous d'avoir partagé cette journée inoubliable avec nous, elle restera gravée dans nos mémoires grâce à vos jolies photos...
Married: 3 years ago
Alexandra & Benjamin
Magic moments … Those moments and pictures will be in our memory and heart all life long. Thanks to your photos, we'll live all this day again and again . You're a real professionnal, authentic and fascinating.... Only hapiness, thanks !