The New Yorker

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.

Charles,

Where to begin?

First off, let me say that I love that a few of your clients who I have photographed were regulars on two of my favorite shows… Orange is the New Black and The Walking Dead. I mean, it’s fun to see when a client books anything… a commercial, guest star role, independent film, etc… but when a client books my favorite shows, I geek out a little when I’m watching them. Thanks for that.

Now, besides sending me a lot of talented working actors over the past 8 years, there are 2 other reasons why I wanted to include you in this series.

Number 1… That time where you had me take photos of a client while I was on a layover at JFK airport on my way to Berlin for a vacation. I know it’s funny that this is something I wanted to specifically thank you for, but it meant a lot that you had such confidence in my work and instead of sending your client to a local photographer who was more readily available in NYC, you had him meet me at JFK where we walked to the parking garage to take photos.

Number 2… The many many times you allowed me to invade your artist loft in Brooklyn. Photo studios in NYC are freaking expensive and the ones that I could afford lacked any style. Your loft had style and a way better vibe than the photo studios I visited. Plus, since I’m use to shooting in LA with my dog by my side, having your pooch Moss there made me feel at home… So thanks to Moss as well.

Forever grateful,

Blake

The Story Behind the Shoot:

Charles made the move to LA when his management company merged with Circle of Confusion. His LA downtown loft is a mini version of his loft in Brooklyn where he use to let me shoot… both have a large sliding metal door, large industrial windows, and a great long wood table.

Charles Mastropietro - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Charles Mastropietro – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Charles Mastropietro - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Charles Mastropietro – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Charles Mastropietro - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Charles Mastropietro & Moss – photo by Blake Gardner Photography

Photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24-70mm lens and a Lensbaby Composer lens.

You can read more from my Forever Grateful project HERE.

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