The Splash of Color

This is part of my Forever Grateful project.
As I was selling my home and placing my business on hi
atus 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.

Leila,

You’re what I imagine the love child of Wes Anderson and a Unicorn would be like… stylish, detail oriented, and magical. From your color palette to your love of ornate patterns, whatever you put in front of a camera is, as Mike Doughty described LA, “aesthetically pleasing, in other words, fly

When I’m left in control, my work tends to lean towards clean and simple images. Which is why working with you not only got me out of my comfort zone and added a great deal of pizazz to my portfolio.

From our first shoot…

Art Direction by Leila Fakouri - Photography by Blake Gardner
Art Direction by Leila Fakouri – Photography by Blake Gardner

… to The Morning Benders…

The Morning Benders - Art Direction by Leila Fakouri - Photography by Blake Gardner
The Morning Benders – Art Direction by Leila Fakouri – Photography by Blake Gardner

… to our shoot for BackStage’s feature on The Last Exorcism…

Patrick Fabian & Ashely Bell - The Last Exorcism - Art Direction by Leila Fakouri - Photography by Blake Gardner
Patrick Fabian & Ashely Bell – Art Direction by Leila Fakouri – Photography by Blake Gardner

The color and life in your set and prop design was candy to my camera’s eye.

And even when you simplified the styling for our shoot with Shailene Woodley, the textures and colors made this image shine.

Shailene Woodley - Art Direction by Leila Fakouri - Photography by Blake Gardner
Shailene Woodley – Art Direction by Leila Fakouri – Photography by Blake Gardner

You’re truly an original and I’m so thankful for every time we got to work together.

Forever Grateful,

Blake

The Story Behind the Shoot:

Leila recently moved into a brand new space, which was under construction when we scheduled our shoot. But it still had one of my favorite things from her old loft space, the telephone booth. She is a color genius and a tad bit camera shy, so she hid behind her swatches and I try to snag a few where we could see he lovely face.

Leila Fakouri - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Leila Fakouri – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Leila Fakouri - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Leila Fakouri – photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Leila Fakouri - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Leila Fakouri – photo by Blake Gardner Photography

Shot with a Canon 7D and a Lensbaby Composer Lens

Check out more of my Forever Grateful project HERE

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