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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!

805-367-8100

949-515-5140

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

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!

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

A new approach to classic portraiture

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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.

 

 

Why I Love Portraiture

I’ve always loved to find what is beautiful and noble in people I meet, and it’s been fundamental to my success as a portrait artist all these years. Early on, I created this portrait of April and myself, in hopes of showing the beauty of our relationship – as artists and as lovers.

This summer, we went to Uganda, and I photographed dirt-poor coffee farmers who were filled with hope for a better future. I especially love this one, because the father is dying of aids, and is passionate about teaching his sons how to carry on when he is gone.

I love classic portraiture, because it brings a level of increased meaning and value to the work.

I especially love the holiday season – in part because so many people come in for their portraits – formal, elegant, relaxed or urban. I continue to really enjoy creating elegant, classic portraits because they show that some things are worth slowing down and taking time to do.  That there are moments worth remembering for a long time.

I’m honored that so many new – and past – clients continue to trust me to create works of art they will enjoy for many years to come.

If you’re thinking of having a holiday portrait made, please call soon. While my creative energy seems endless, your time is running out. (805) 390-7513 or 949-515-5140. You can email me anytime at markbrandes@brandesportrait.com.

Wonderful afternoon at Chestnut Hill!

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Earlier this month, we had such a great afternoon photographing several young riders at the beautiful Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center where Shane Wireman is the owner/trainer.  Thanks to everyone who made it such a great day!  Each of the girls were so different from one another.  It was fun to do some images in their  traditional show clothes and others like this one of Faith DiMaria, in an outfit that totally captured her personality.

We’re starting to take sign ups for the San Diego Hunter Jumper Association’s Showcase Book.  Faith was one of the first people to be photographed for it.  If you’re in the association and want to know more, please email me at brandes.mark@gmail.com.

Ahhh, Seal Beach :-)

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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.

I’d love to visit this family again in 5 years!

Uganda Widow 2001

 

I’ve been to a lot of places in this world, but I’ve never been to a place that I felt so out of place as when I visited this widow and her family in the Rakai district of Uganda.

We were working on a video project to help the Celebrate Hope ministry, and we were interviewing this woman who lost her husband last November. He was to have been sponsored to be a coffee farmer thru Celebrate Hope, but he died before the plants were given, and left his widow with 5 young children.

The good news is that this coming September, she will plant about 300 coffee seedlings, and in about 4-5 years, she will be able to make $2500 a year on her coffee crop. You may not think that’s much, but the average family in this area lives on about $500 a year!

Why did I feel out of place? Well, for one thing, I was wearing clothes that were brand new, and the boys in this family may have no other clothes than what you see in this portrait. I may have been one of only a handful of white people they have ever seen in their life, and I held in my hand a camera that would cost this family 6 years of their total income.

Personally, I think feeling out of place like this was a good thing…a very good thing.

Slap me next time I whine about anything

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