Brandes Portraits

A Family's Legacy in Art for the Home

While They Are Home For The Holidays

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we end up doing a number of family portraits when all the kids are back together under the same roof for awhile.  It’s always fun for us to celebrate with the family, especially if we have some history with them.  Fun to see the family grow up, right?

Why not take the opportunity to create a new family portrait over the holidays.  The time will come and go quickly, so make arrangements today!

Check out the special gift certificate offer below.  You’re welcome to use the gift certificate on yourself!




The holidays are a wonderful time to gather the family together, and what an excellent time to celebrate your family’s legacy.  Whether you choose to do your portrait over the holidays, or in 2018, we have an incredible opportunity for you.

For a very brief time, from now through Saturday, December 23, we are offering a 50% reduction in pricing on our gift certificates.  The certificates come in 4 amounts: $250, $500, $750 and $1000.  The fine print is this: these certificates are for new camera studies, are limited to $2000 (an investment of $1000), and may not be combined with any other offer of the studio.

Just call the studio, and we will get the certificate to you ASAP so it can be under the tree on Christmas Day.

805-367-8100 or 949-515-5140

You can also email Mark at

Grandpa’s train set

Earlier this spring I did a portrait of the Dundas family on their property in the Santa Rosa Valley, and what a blast that was!

Bill Dundas has spoiled the family (and especially his grandson, Ryker) with a train set to beat all train sets!  Bill has grown up with trains all his life, and is in the process of creating his own 20 acre train park for his family and friends.

How many grandkids can boast of playing with a train set like this?

You may not have your own full size train, but your family certainly has a legacy that deserves commemoration in a portrait, and I would love to help you capture that.

I’d be honored by your phone call: 805-367-8100 or 949-515-5140.

We create portraits all along the coast of SoCal from Santa Barbara down to San Diego.

Let’s put your legacy on display!

My Own Legacy


God has blessed me with such a wonderful family, and I’m so proud of each and every one of them.  Earlier this year, I took advantage of the beautiful scenery provided by our rains to update our family portrait, and I thought I would share it with you.

Our daughter, Kelly and her family are right here in SoCal, and our “daughter-in-love,” Bre, who came into our lives when she was 15, is finishing up college in San Francisco.

I’m sure you can relate when I talk about being proud of our family…especially if you’re a grandparent.  This is why I so enjoy creating three (and four) generation portraits, because the portraits make such a statement in a home.

Those portraits are a testimony to the beauty of family and the wonder of love.

If you would like me to help you capture your legacy for your home, please call me at 805-367-8100, or 949-515-5140.

Families Grow Up…Celebrate that in your Home!

I love to create portraits that really are a living legacy to the things we hold dear.    I can imagine no greater compliment than to see my portraits decorating client’s homes, making them smile, decades after I’ve created them.

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Mike and Tricia Berg have been clients for many years.  The portrait above was done at the Westlake Inn at a time when Tricia could hold Sophia in her arms.

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The Bergs moved to a wonderful new home in the hills above Thousand Oaks, and updated their portrait just right before Christmas 2013.  Don’t you just love Sophia and Francesca’s bright dresses?

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Francesca and Sophia are growing up so fast!  We wanted to capture just the ladies in the family for this most recent update.

Don’t let this year slip by without capturing this beautiful season of your life.

Get in touch with us today!

Los Angeles and Ventura Counties  (805) 367-8100

Orange and San Diego Counties   (949) 515-5140

I’m always happy to return to Westmont

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Westmont College in Montecito has always been one of my favorite places to create family portraits.  The last time we worked with the Stout Family of Santa Rosa Valley, we did a beach portrait down at Leo Carrillo Beach.

The family is starting to expand now…the oldest daughter is getting married soon.  What a great time to have an updated portrait created.

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Part of the beauty of Westmont is that there are so many locations on the property that we can use to achieve a number of different looks.  Overall, it has a wonderful European feeling that is quite hard to come by in Southern California.

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If you would like to update your family’s portrait, we would love to do that with you.  The Fall of the year is always such a beautiful time.

You can reach us at our:

Westlake Village Studio-805-367-8100

Orange County and San Diego County Studio-949-515-5140

A Different Beach Portrait

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Not all beach portraits have to actually be ON the beach.  Some can just have a beautiful view OVER the beach!

We recently did a portrait of Chad and Erica Reisser and their family on top of Point Dume looking south toward Malibu.  What a gorgeous day at the beach…the sand cliffs could inspire a plein air painting.

Erica did such a nice job of coordinating her family’s clothes with just the right blend of variety, color and character, and it paid off in such a big way.  I especially love their youngest son, Phoenix’s seersucker jacket.  Handsome little man, huh?

If it’s time for you to update your family’s portrait, whether it’s at the beach or elsewhere, we would love to help you celebrate your family’s legacy.

Call us at:

805-367-8100 in Westlake Village or                                                                                                  949-515-5140 in Costa Mesa

Introducing Our Conejo Mini-Session Portraits

We have been getting a lot of calls lately from past clients who would like to update their family portrait. Since the holidays are a time when families are gathering together, it’s often a great time to schedule a portrait session.

To encourage easy scheduling, we have designed our “Conejo Valley Mini-Session Portrait”. We are reserving a number of Saturdays and Sundays this Fall to do these portraits at several select locations, and you will have a choice of what area best fits your desires.

The Halperin Family at the Mission Door location:

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In the mornings, we will do the Lakeside scene at the Westlake Lake, and in the afternoon, we will do the Mission Door scene, and the Rustic Conejo scene, both done in the Dos Vientos area of the Valley.

The Walter Family at the Rustic Conejo location:

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 The Grobstein Family at the Westlake Lake location:

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The dates and times are limited, so call the studio soon for more information:


P.S. If you have an idea of a “custom” location like your home, or the beach, or someplace exotic, let us know, and we will apply this special package toward that sitting.

Looking Forward to Summer?

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Most portrait artists would probably get nervous about doing a portrait of a family of six with two horses and a dog, but it seems to make me rise to the occasion.  Maybe I’m just one of those who works best under pressure?

Don’t you think that Shelley Deady did a wonderful job of styling her family’s clothes…I take no credit at all. Of course, she’s done this a number of times before, so she obviously knows what she’s doing.

Summer is a great time for doing a family portrait, and I’m always up for a new challenge!

Bring it on…make me sweat…it will be worth it!

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Two Lovely Young Ladies!

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I had such a fun time creating portraits with these two little ladies!

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Their mom has been a client for quite a number of years, and knew just how to dress the girls for some wonderful portraits together as well as by themselves.


It’s always exciting for me to have so many options to explore in the portrait locations as well as in wardrobe…and it will result in some beautiful portraits for the walls of their home for years to come.


If you’ve been holding off on having your family’s portrait created for the first time, or you’re thinking about updating your portrait, there’s no better time than now.  


I know, you’ve heard that many times, but it’s really true, isn’t it?



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