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.


    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.

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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Meet the first mother daughter duo

On another warm, sunny and glorious winter weekend I met up with Georgia and Lola for the first “push-me-pull-you” portrait. We met in their sun-filled house in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco and took some time to contemplate the appropriate location for each of the portraits.

Brainstorming for the first mother-daughter portrait. What to wear? Where should we go?
Brainstorming for the first mother-daughter portrait. What to wear? Where should we go?

Georgia picked her artist studio, The Mud Room, as her favorite place to hang out with her daughter. Georgia Hodges is a San Francisco based artist. She owns and manages The Mud Room at Ocean Beach, a small ceramics cooperative.

Georgia working on a clay sculpture while Lola is hanging out.
Georgia working on a clay sculpture while Lola is hanging out.

Lola loves to come and hang out with her mother, drinking out of her gigantic tea cup, which is of course handmade by Georgia. Here they can spend some quality time together.

Lola on the hand choose to go to the beach for her mother-daughter portrait. The eighth grader is an avid rower and surfs several weeks every summer in a junior life guard program in Santa Cruz. We reached the dunes just in time for a spectacular sunset. The two huddled up together in the fading light and shared a brief moment of peace and quiet.

Mother daughter portrait by the beach. © Gabriele Lange 2015
Mother daughter portrait by the beach. © Gabriele Lange 2015

Push-Me, Pull-You – a special mother daughter portrait project

Is your daughter at the stage in her life where she is either not talking to you AT ALL or texting you every other minute to help her troubleshoot some small detail? Alright, full disclosure, I am the mother of a teen myself and know firsthand what kind of weird animal I am talking about here. Or as friend of mine once said, you never know what person is going to come downstairs today, the same as yesterday or a totally different one.

Looking for a new personal and professional project to immerse myself in for 2015 I developed the idea of the “my daughter myself” portrait. It is aimed at moms and their teenage daughters. Through photography I would like to illustrate what the tender relationship is about.

Remember the magical creature from Dr. Doolittle?  My new photography project is borrowing it's title  from this idea.
Remember the magical creature from Dr. Doolittle? My new photography project is borrowing its title from this idea.

My goal is to give both sides of the relationship a voice.  One part of the portrait will be set up according to the daughters ideas and the second part according to the moms preference.

Both of the subjects should really want to participate.

Who should apply:

All Moms who believe that this is the time to take some classic portraits of themselves and their teenage daughters (we can discuss taking pictures with multiple children during the same session). The kids should be from tweens to young adults.


You and your daughter have to commit to a photography session of approximately 2 hours. We will take two portraits to illustrate your relationship. One set up or location is chosen by the daughter, the other by the mother. Ideally they won’t be too far away from each other. I will also offer some shots in a studio setting on a day TBA.


    $225 for the first three people to sign up
    $350 and up on a sliding scale for everyone else. You will be given at least two professional files and/or prints, additional prints upon request.


Mother’s Day Portrait Deal

Mothers Day is coming up and here is the deal: All portrait sessions booked in the month of May are $100 off.

When was the last time you took a really good portrait of all of you? Not just one of those instant Iphone photos that all of us have.

Let’s create some lasting memories worth hanging on your empty walls (okay or laptop screens).
Book your session today and tell your friends! Every new client referral get’s an extra free print.
Call 415.407 8840

On location family portrait

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Sometimes it is more fun to do an outdoor portrait session! If you are living in the Bay Area there are many great locations to choose from. We could start at the Legion of Honor with it’s great architecture and than move on to Baker’s Beach. If that is too San Francisco for you, tell me your favorite location and we will work there. By the way, it could even be your own backyard.
Do you have family in town over the holidays? Give them the gift of a great family portrait, they will appreciate it more than a new gadget (or sweater that they will promptly return).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fun Family Shots on 11/11/11

Fun kids photography by Gabriele Lange.

As a photographer I feel most appreciated when my “old” clients return to me year after year to document their growing families.

Family Portraits by San Francisco based photographer Gabriele Lange.

Amber was one of my brides  a couple of years ago. In the meanwhile she and her husband had two handsome boys. But like all moms she is the one who is constantly taking the family pictures and therefor hardly has any photos of herself with the kids. And as you know – the years go by very fast when the kids are so young.

Now is the time to create some photographs of the entire family for those calendars you might want to create and the holiday cards you are planning on sending out in a couple of weeks.
So book a session either at the studio, in your house or some outdoors location. I would be happy to advise you on what might best for your particular family.

Fall Family Portraits

Fall is the perfect time to do your next set of family portraits. The Bay Area offers a wide range of portrait locations including beautiful parks and beaches.

Yes, your children are already in the next grade level (entering Preschool, Kindergarten, College, you fill in the blank) and when was the last time you took a decent family photo of them?

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On September 11 this year I was invited back by my former bride and groom Jennie and Nick (wedding Oct 2005) to photograph their lovely young family. We went to a local park in Berkeley and took pictures under majestic redwood trees. The kids were adorable and cooperated really well. The slideshow is a small fraction of the images we took.

Call the studio to set up your portrait session. Portrait packages start at $450.