The BiCoastal Broads

This is part of my Forever Grateful project.
As I was selling my home and placing my business on hiatus for a period of time, I took portraits of about 30 people who influenced my career over the past 12 years. This was my way of saying “Thanks” and letting everyone know that I couldn’t have done it without their support.

Greta & Liz,

What a blessing you two gave me when I first started shooting headshots! BiCoastal Talent was instrumental in the beginning of my photography career.

Liz, not only did you send me my first paying client, Claire Berger (pictured below) but you also added me to the top of your preferred photographers list. Your clients we’re so receptive and supportive and many told their actor friends about me. Just like that, word of mouth (the best and cheapest advertisement) spread like wildfire and I started getting calls weekly.

Clare Berger - 1st Paid Headshot Client
Claire Berger – 1st Paid Headshot Client

Greta, about 6 months into it, I took a trip home to Orlando, FL and figured I’d setup a couple headshot sessions while I was in town. Between you and Yvonne Suhor, I booked 25 sessions over 4 days. Couldn’t have done it without you.

I returned to LA to find out my full time employer was starting to lay people off. With the influx of cash from my Orlando trip and the regular work from BiCoastal Talent in L.A., I knew it was time to take a leap of faith, find a live/work photography studio, and become a full time photographer.

With your help, my business went from something I did on the side to a full time progestin within 9 months. I will never be able to thank you two enough.

Forever grateful,

Blake

The Story Behind the Shoot:

Greta was my fIrst agent during my acting days in Orlando. She has always referred to herself as “The Old Broad” and has given me (and my friends) the finger many of times. When I moved to LA, Liz became my second agent. She is her mother’s daughter… a younger, less crass version of Greta. I don’t think she ever gave me the finger (to me face at least), but when I suggested it during the shoot, she didn’t hesitate.

All I know is that beneath their spunky attitude there is a kindness and love that knows no other.

Shot on a Canon 7D with a Lensbaby Composer and a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-70mm lens.

Liz & Greta Hanley of BiCoastal Talent - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Greta Hanley & Liz Hanley Raci of BiCoastal Talent – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Liz & Greta Hanley of BiCoastal Talent - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Greta Hanley & Liz Hanley Raci of BiCoastal Talent – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Liz & Greta Hanley of BiCoastal Talent - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Liz Hanley Raci & Greta Hanley of BiCoastal Talent – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Liz & Greta Hanley of BiCoastal Talent - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Greta Hanley & Liz Hanley Raci of BiCoastal Talent – photo by Blake Gardner Photography

You can read more from my Forever Grateful project HERE.

4 thoughts on “The BiCoastal Broads

  1. These women and BiCoastal are my agents, my friends, and yes, my family! Oh, and I need a new headshot. Probably ought to call you!

  2. Pingback: Forever Grateful |

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