Townsley Painted Portraits | Los Angeles Portrait Studio

Preserving human emotion, one painting at a time.

Townsley Portraits is a premium service, family portrait photography studio based out of Los Angeles, California. Our site showcases our expertise in portrait production and photography for families, while our Gallery shows off the quality of our eye and experience behind the camera.


”Location, location, location!”
William Safire

In business, they say that location is everything - that where you choose to build your business will 'make or break' you. 

The decision to open our family portrait studio at 1217 S. Holt Ave #1 some 10+ years ago wasn't so much about scoring a prime location as it was about connection. 

As a professional portrait artist, I have an artistic responsibility to create environments that allow the space and inspiration for emotional creativity.

It's the job of an artist to hone in on the emotional connection with not just their client, but with the emotion of the space they're in, in order to result in the absolute best work possible. 

Which is exactly why when it came time to find a location for Townsley Portraits, I knew the only choice was this unconventional spot known as building 1217 S. Holt Ave - more specifically, Apartment #1.


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1217 S. Holt Ave is more than just another residential living complex. 

Sam and Jessie Townsley, and Townsley cousins, standing outside S. Holt Ave #3.

Built in 1954, this 6-unit building - more specifically, Apartment #3 - soon became the family home of my grandmother and grandfather. 

Over the years, my grandparents would come to raise my mother and even me, until my grandmother passed when I was 18 years old.

This building is rich with family history and meaningful to me, not just as an artist but as a person. 

When I was a young child, our neighbor, Sadie, lived in Apartment #1. 

When I was a child, Sadie would give me Circus Peanuts. You know - those old peanut-shaped marshmallow candies; and I can remember how every time she offered the candies to me that they were always dusty. Each time I think back to Sadie and her candies, I can actually smell the sugar and dust from the candies. I’m not sure why that’s what I recall about Sadie, but there’s something really charming about that to me now.
Stuart Townsley

1962 | Stuart Townsley's mother (Linda) and grandparents (Sam & Jessie Townsley) sitting in the backyard - next to Holt #1.

Three generations of Townsleys have lived on S. Holt Ave. There are years and years of family history written on the walls and painted through the building walkways. 

Children were born here. Friends were made here. Lives flourished here.

Choosing Apartment #1 (Sadie's former apartment) was an easy choice. For years, when I was a young child, Sadie was a good friend to our family; she made us laugh, smile and was always kind and joyful to be around. 

Between the history, memories, and quaint charm of S. Holt Ave, it made complete artistic sense to make this building the location of our Los Angeles portrait studio. 

If I'm being completely honest, I realize that the emotional connection, history and impact the Townsley family had while living at S. Holt Ave is the very reason why I chose to specialize in family portraits.


The impact of S. Holt Ave will carry over into the memories I help preserve for you.
Stuart Townsley

Just as life moves forward, so eventually will Los Angeles family portrait studio, Townsley Portraits. 

We are planning to move on in the future to a larger capacity studio space, in order to accommodate both our growing staff and our flourishing client base. 

And while the move will signal a new chapter of growth and prosperity for the studio, it will be (admittedly) bittersweet for me. Having the emotional connection to so much history has made a profound impact on the work I produce as a portrait artist.

However, at the end of the day, I know that the move will be what's best for you - our client - and that no matter where our studio calls 'home', the impact of S. Holt Ave will always carry over into the quality of the memories I help preserve for you.

From all of us at Townsley Portraits, we truly appreciate your patronage for the last 10+ years and look forward to continuing to be the Los Angeles family portrait studio of your choice.

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