Brandes Portraits

A Family's Legacy in Art for the Home

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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.

Berg Living Room-Blog

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.

Berg Dining Room-Blog

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?

Berg Family Room-Blog

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

The Pompillo Family’s Latest Portraits


I love when I get to create portraits for the same family many times over. We first met the Pompillo family when I was a wedding photographer 25 years ago! Last week, we had a fantastic afternoon at the beach with the entire family. It was so much fun and as the sun set that afternoon, I knew they would have beautiful portraits from another important time in their life: Their oldest grandson is about to head back east on a baseball scholarship at Villanova. He will be the first one to leave the area in all this time!

Can’t Wait for the Paint to Dry!


We have just completed this portrait of Gary and Ferryn Melton’s children, and can’t wait for them to see it once the paint is completely dry. The Meltons have a beautiful collection of fine art paintings, and we’re proud that this painting will soon be displayed in their home as well.

Private Classes w/ Mark Brandes :: Beginning Sept. 26!

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Private Photography Class
with Mark Brandes

Mark Brandes, the owner of Brandes Portraiture
in Westlake is offering a 7 week class
in Beginning Photography.

Although Mark has lectured for photographic
seminars internationally, he has never before
offered to do a class like this in his studio!

This class is intended for digital photographers who own a manually
adjustable digital camera (both shutter speed and aperture are able to be controlled).

Subject matter covered in the class will include proper digital exposure, manipulation of shutter and aperture for desired effects, as well as lighting and posing people in photographs. See dates and more information on back. Cost: High School Students, $95. Adults, $145.

Class is limited to 15 students, and will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm at Mark’s Westlake Village studio.

For more information or to register, call: 805.367.8127 or email:
markbrandes [at] brandesportrait [dot] com

Details:
Week 1-September 26
Introduction to the camera. Operation of shutter and aperture.

Week 2- October 3
Review of 1st week’s assignments. Optics. Impact of depth of field

Week 3- October 10
Review of 2nd week’s assignments. God’s Light and Man-made light

Week 4- October 17
Review of 3rd week’s assignments. Photographing people

Week 5- October 24
Review of 4th week’s assignments. Photographing people

Halloween Week Off

Week 6- November 7
Review of 5th week’s assignments. Photographing in new, and fun ways (shutter drag, panning, nite shots)

Week 7- November 14
Review of 6th week’s assignments. Photographing events

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