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.