Thanksgiving portrait

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This session in the series of mother-daughter portraits happened on a beautiful fall day in Golden Gate Park.
Karen is the busy mother of three, who does not have much time to hang out with her eldest daughter, Emilia, other than the time she spends with her when they go all across the US to a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Emilia attracted quite a number of curious visitors when she gave us a small taste of her art.
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Later on we settled down to some more quiet portraits first at the Music Concourse and then in the Botanical Garden right across the street.

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Mother-daugher portrait in Golden Gate Park by Gabriele Lange

A portrait session can be the perfect time to catch up with each other and find out more about what is happening in the busy life of your teenager. These precious images will stay with you when your teen is long gone off to college!
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Mother’s Day Portraits

“You said to lean on your arm
And I am leaning
You said to trust in your love
And I am trusting
You said to call on your name
And I am calling
I’m stepping out on your word.”

Maya Angelou “Letter to my daughter”

Portrait by Gabriele LangeIt’s almost Mother’s Day and you are thinking feverishly about something special to give to your mom/ wife/ sister or best friend that is healthy and fun and useful and may be even beautiful. How about the gift of a nice portrait?

Mother’s Day Portrait Session

    Up to 8 family members starting at $450. The session usually lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. We will meet at an agreed upon location in the Bay Area. You will be given at least two professional files and/or prints, additional prints upon request.

Gabriele Lange Photography 2015

Push-Me-Pull-You-Portrait Session

Additionally I would like to continue promoting the special Mother daughter project (also called Push-Me-Pull-You-Portrait) for all of you who are lucky enough to live with teenage daughters under one roof. Please refer to prior blogposts on this platform for more information.

Cost:

    starting at $350. You will be given at least two professional files and/or prints, additional prints upon request.

 

Visitors from the Past

Thanks to our not so secret lives in the internet age I was able to reconnect with an old friend from high school. Annette and I hadn’t seen each other for about 25 years when she came for a visit to California with her 16 year old daughter Paula in tow. The mother daughter team went on their first solo trip together and were taking in the breathtaking beauty the Bay Area has to offer. Very quickly they agreed to participate in the mother-daughter portrait session, also called the Push-Me-Pull-You Portraits.

Mother daughter portraits by Gabriele Lange
Annette and Paula at the Legion of Honor, a great spot for portraits.

We combined the “Best of San Francisco site seeing” with their portrait session. The Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park was one of our first stops.

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Annette is working as an elementary school as a physical education and theatre teacher. She loves the idea of role playing with your kids and has some whimsical ideas of how to portray our ever changing relationship with our teenagers. annette2015_11

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We reconnected really well and will hopefully stay in touch in the years to come. The last trip we did together was to Sardinia when I was dating her older brother and she met her future husband – 30 years ago.
It’s about time we come up with a new voyage through Europe!

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Annette and Gabriele, the photographer, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Childhood Portraits

On days such as today, when we find out about sudden tragic accidents like the German plane crash in the south of France we become shockingly aware of the fragility of life. Ultimately nobody will ask what fortunes you made at some far away place (your office, the stock market, fill in the blank), but how present you were in your kids childhood.
Being a mother probably made me a much better photographer. It has taught me compassion, patience and appreciation for those little moments, when all of a sudden you understand what in the world is going on around you.
So I’d like to encourage you to take the time and sign up for a unique and worthwhile photo session to record what is special to you. The moments are fleeting, the photographs are there to last.

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

A rainbow in someone’s cloud

One reason why I love doing the mother- daughter portraits is the notion  that I can give something lasting to my clients. In our fast moving world of constant selfies and short, one or two word messages I am daring to take the time with you, the person in my portrait and create an image that will outlast facebook, twitter, instagram and all the other apps. Don’t get me wrong, I am using them all, but still I believe in true black and white negative film and anticipate a big comeback. That is the gift I can give to others.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud…Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity. (Maya Angelou, Letter to my daughter)

Portraits with Hamantashen and Spectacular Views

I met Missy and her daughter Sara on a stormy day in San Francisco. We started our photo shoot in the kitchen which provided a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with excellent natural light. As a mother-daughter team they are spending some quality time together in the kitchen experimenting with Jewish recipes. Because this photo shoot was scheduled just before Purim, they were all set up to bake Hamantashen when I arrived to take their portraits.

The second half of the photo shoot took place outside on a steep hill top around the corner of their house which was chosen by Sara. We were greeted by billowing thunderstorm clouds, but luckily no rain! Perched on a high hill overlooking San Francisco we got some great shots on the granite rocks as a natural backdrop. Sara loves to come out here with and without friends to take in the epic views of the Pacific ocean.


While every photo session is unique, this one had it’s own twist, as I met Luna the pig, who lives a happy live in a kosher household. Receiving a beautiful basket full of Hamantashen as a take home gift was an additional big plus.

Black and white portraits are very classy

Create real family heirloom pictures by taking time out of your busy lives and sign up for your mother-daughter portrait. Lately I have picked up my classy Hasselblad 500 C,  the medium-format camera of choice for generations of professional photographers. It is almost as old as me, but works like a charm and creates high quality images that you can’t achieve on your little Iphones (sorry kids, no selfies here). These images beg to be matted, framed and put on someones wall or desk.

© Gabriele Lange 2015
More images from the mother-daughter portrait session with Georgia and Lola. © Gabriele Lange 2015 

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The posting of some of the images this week was a test to see how well Postbot works. Well, it works well, but you have to make sure you go into your scheduled posts BEFORE they get published, so they don’t end up having intelligent titles such as “photo for monday” and get up pushed on a Friday with no other hint what they are about.
The advantage is you can schedule as many as 50 images, which is a great idea if you wish to post while traveling and not connected to the internet on a regular basis (gasp!). Just as long as you can master the little details before you push the GO button.

Photo for Monday, 19th May
Point Reyes National Seashore with a view of Limantour Beach in the background. Carrying around a medium format camera catches a lot of attention, so I try to go to places that are very quiet and remote. © Gabriele Lange, 2013

Twenty years in California

In May of 1994 I relocated from Berlin, Germany to Los Angeles, California. Although it is called the Golden State it took me a while to get used to the never ending sunshine and easy disposition of it’s inhabitants. After all the Berlin I left behind was just undergoing to biggest transformation since the end of Second World War — the fall of the Berlin Wall.

When I moved to San Francisco in one of the rainiest winters and started to work on a masters program in photography I started to seek out some local photographers of German heritage. Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006) was already well into her nineties when somehow I got permission to interview her for a German newspaper in her elegantly appointed apartment in Pacific Heights. The article never got published, but the visit with her was very quite remarkable.

Ruth inspired me to keep looking at what speaks to me and “never say no”. At some point she made money photographing people’s pets and dolls, and even those she somehow turned into art.

Doorknobinlight The illuminated doorknob was inspired by the work of Ruth Bernhard. Beauty is in everyday life.