Brandes Portraits

A Family's Legacy in Art for the Home

Category: Multi-Generation Portraits

BIGGEST HOLIDAY DISCOUNT EVER!

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 Thursday, December 21, 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 markbrandes@brandesportrait.com

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.

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:

805-367-8100

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.

A new approach to classic portraiture

The Olewiler Siblings, Mark Brandes

When April asked me to create a portrait her siblings, I envisioned an updated approach to my classic portraiture.

It occurred to me that our family has countless fun and spontaneous images, but what about the other parts of their personalities?  I wanted to create a significant portrait – one that becomes more valuable through the years.  The Olewiler siblings are strong minded, competitive, and individually successful.   Part of that is because their common bond of those values were shaped when they were very young children.

For me, I can think of no better way to embody these elusive visual statements than with a classic approach.

Many of our past clients agree.  When we created their first portraits, it told the beautiful story of younger lives, as their individual personalities were still emerging.  These new portraits are sort of like bookends, that show where life has taken them.

What about you and your family? Who are you becoming?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a significant portrait of this stage in your family’s story?   Let’s explore what that might look like, and create something uniquely you.  Call me today at (805) 367-8100.

 

 

Ahhh, Seal Beach :-)

Seal Beach Pier in Winter
Last year, we lived for a few months just around the corner from the sand in Seal Beach. It was terribly romantic for April and me, and it was a pretty incredible experience for me as an artist as well. The crowded, urban nature of the pier, the weekend beach-goers with their umbrellas, picnic lunches and even the big berm they put up every winter to keep the storms out – they’re all beautiful elements that tell the story of both the beach and the people who love it.

Maybe it’s because of my fond memories, but it’s definitely become my favorite beach to create our client’s portraits. Besides…it gives us a chance to debate over going to The Abbey or Beachwood BBQ for dinner afterwards ( they’re both GREAT).

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If it’s time to update your portrait, let’s meet in Seal for your portrait … maybe you’ll be seduced by this happy beach town as much as I am.
Mark

Call the studio at 949-515-5140 in OC or 805-367-8100 in Ventura County.

Following My Passion…

Remember film?  Back in the olden days, I was a wedding photographer when there were no easy-to-use digital cameras. The challenges were completely different, and few people dared to be photographers. We typically shot between 180-200 images at an entire 9 hour wedding.  We had to plan ahead, to think carefully and to know before we even clicked the shutter exactly what the end result would be.  Things were so different then

Those years of experience shooting weddings launched me into what I hope is a lifelong career in portraiture.  From the very beginning I’ve been blessed.  I’ve had incredible opportunities to create innumerable portraits of people all over the world.

And, I get to do what I love most.  My passion is for families:  especially families with grandparents, little children and everyone in between.

I also love the equestrian world that has welcomed me so graciously.  I’m experiencing an intensely creative time of doing individual portraits.  Some of these are young children and “soon-to-be adult” young men and women. I’m collaborating with April in painted portraiture.

It’s a time of great experimentation that’s based on years of experience with you, my kind and trusting clients.

It may be time for you to update your portrait.  Heather Hawkins and her family came back last year and we created this gorgeous portrait.  Wouldn’t it be fun for you to have something equally interesting – and beautiful – made this year?  I hope to hear from you soon.

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