THE SHORT STORY
I've been a professional photographer since 2003. I specialize in Portrait & Real Estate photography and Promotional Videography. I'm a FAA licensed Drone pilot. 

 

THE LONG STORY
By nature, I am a storyteller. I grew up watching my father, a professional wedding and portrait photographer, create stunning imagery of the people he worked with. Although I grew up wanting to follow in my father's footsteps, I strayed away from photography and explored improv comedy and acting. It was a great time for growth where I became less introverted and more of a people person.

I started my photography business in Los Angeles in 2003, where my main clientele were comedians who wanted to look fun and quirky rather perfectly pretty. As I developed my photography and lighting skills, I began photographing celebrities for the covers of magazines. From the beautiful Keira Knightly to the amazing Pee-Wee Herman, I worked with all kinds of personalities and learned how to be versatile in any situation. As the years went on, my clients started asking me to photograph their weddings because they liked how comfortable I made them feel during our portrait sessions. This opened up a world of storytelling that I had not yet explored and I developed a photojournalistic style that blended well with my experience as a portrait photographer.

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My measurement for a successful portrait is when a stranger can look at the person in the photo and know what that their voice sounds like. To me, it's more than just a taking a pretty picture, it’s about revealing the authentic nature of my clients and catching that moment when you are who you are when you're with a friend and there are no cameras around.

What is my approach to photography? I start off by investing the time to get to know you, what makes you tick, your sense of style and personality. Devoting this time will also help us break the ice and help you feel more comfortable when it comes time to shoot. Together, we’ll review my portfolio and select the images that you love, the ones that drew you to me and inspired you to consider working with me. I’ll also ask you to point out the images you are not a fan of. I find this is a great way to cut through the semantics of the words we use to become more clear on the visual style you are drawn to. I like to think my work has a wide range of unique styles and what works for you, may not for another.

When it comes time for me to pick up my camera, all the guesswork has been taken care of so we can focus on simply being present. We will work together to co-create an environment that helps you be you. Every so often, I’ll share a few images with you to insure we are on the same page and will make adjustments when needed.

Afterwards, I’ll review all of the photos and deliver to you an online gallery of the high res, color balanced images.

Here are just a few responses I have received from clients recently:

"Blake made sure the atmosphere was relaxed and put me at ease during our photo shoots. All the details and creative set ups come natural to Blake. He is professional, patient, and funny. I really recommend his service and expertise for an extraordinaire experience which will give you photographs to be proud of. Thank you Blake!"
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Martine Lussier, Zumba Instructor

"I was initially drawn to Blake’s work because he doesn’t just take a picture, he takes a portrait of the person, the personality, the mood, and the story. He creates a whole world in each image. After actually shooting with him, I literally can’t bring myself to shoot with anyone else. He makes me feel comfortable, we laugh, he remembers my quirks, he’s always up for something new,  he’s a genuine pleasure to spend time with, and I’m always beyond pleased with our finished product. As always, I can’t wait to see what we do next!"

~Zoey Taylor, The Warren Tattoo Shop

"I have worked with Blake for years and when I needed new brand/lifestyle photos taken, Blake and I crafted a simple plan of looks that matched the theme of my business and the various pages of my website and social media . There is no one I trust more than Blake to take exceptional, high quality lifestyle photos. They have helped me to attract & create a deeper relationship with my audience. I couldn't have done it without Blake."
~Casey Zeman, Founder & CEO of Easy Webinar

"I used to photograph my real estate listings myself. I take good photos. But the difference I experienced with Blake Floyd Gardner Photography was tremendous. Buyers were drawn to the properties. Sellers were proud of how good their properties looked. Now I want Blake to photograph every listing."
~Ryan Flegal, Broker/Owner, PropertyMix, Inc.

"Never in my life have I had such a gorgeous picture.  It is, of course, a portrait, not just a headshot.  It's clearly a picture of me, but it's this version of me that will appear to people in dreams when I die.”
~Allen Riberdy

"I want to thank you for the great work and professionalism, the environment and energy was great and I hope I will get to work with you again someday.”
~Alonso Grandio

 

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