Photographing my own daughter

When I have inspirational ideas I typically ask my own 16 year old daughter to be my “model” so I can try out new lighting techniques, editing techniques and locations on her before I drag a client to remote locations.

This location I came across while I was on a walk with my husband, behind our house just a few weeks ago and I am in love with it… all except the mud. :)  We took these images just before sun set and I’m kinda in love with them.Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Bella-8408

Thankfully for me, my husband was willing to drag this tree to the exact location I wanted to capture this image.

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This Sunflare image was Bella’s idea…. I love the softness of it.  This will probably end up on a wall in my house.



This next location, well let’s just say it was interesting…. I absolutley love the graffiti slab, but we had to chase off a few kids smoking to have the slab to ourselves.  This is going to be one of my favorite GO TO locations for Senior Boys this year.


And this location was Bella’s idea.  There was  another photographer also in this area, and I’m sure they got a big laugh out of Bella and I tromping thru the thick to get here because she forgot her shoes (who leaves home without shoes?) and I had to piggy back her to this spot… we laughed so hard because we just knew we looked ridiculous.  Next time I shoot here, we are taking my husband’s jeep into the thick so I don’t have to worry about snakes!


If you have a teenager, or High School Senior, or just want really cool Engagement photos, call me – I’d love to be your photographer.

Brenda Horan

Brenda Horan Photography

Specializing in Newborn, babies, families, teens, High School Seniors and boudoir portraits.

Bringing a creative edge to photography with 16 years of experience as a Photographer and  Studio Owner.


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Brenda Horan’s new studio

A few months ago I decided to close down my big 4000 sq. foot studio and simplify my life.  Turning 50 does that to you.  When my husband and I found this house, we knew it would be a perfect studio atmosphere, I mean, we back up to a little lake and the River and have a to die for view!!!  The preserve right behind my house is a private area for residents with a 1/2 mile jogging trail – so many perfect photo opportunities right outside my door! Yeah for me! river

So, I knew that I wanted most of the upstairs of this home to be dedicated studio space – the game room has wood floors and is spacious enough for our main shooting space, with a great big window that let’s in beautiful light.

IMG_7380 IMG_7387My husband attached 6″ velcro strips to the walls at the 8 foot mark to hang our double and triple wide drops so we can create sets (like our Santa set).  He also built me this platform and the backdrop roller system (directions to build your own on my etsy site:

This entire system really works fantastic for me -it’s easy to install backdrops and quick to change out our little sets when we are photographing babies or children.  Plus having it elevated means I can sit, not kneel.  Having it on wheels makes it easy to move about the studio.



We love our Organic Bloom frame of color!  Everyone loves the quality and colors of the original maker of the curvy frames.


IMG_7395When we moved out of the retail space, I took my sign down and my husband was nice enough to  take it apart so that I could hang the facade on my walls with out the bulky electrical box.  Repurposed dresser works great as a changing station and a stash for our knitted hats and wraps.

The next images are our props and wardrobe – when we moved out of the big space into a smaller space, we sold off about 1/2 of the stuff we had… keeping our very favorite items.


The attic (not shown) is right outside this door to the right – it holds our props that don’t have to be climate controlled, such as chairs, crates, and suitcases.

This walk in closet holds things we use a lot and our wardrobe.



We love having a selection of cute dresses and bloomers for girls – Matilda Jane if one of our favorites.


We also like having a nice little selection of things for boys .


We have so many pretty things for girls – that it’s hard for clients to choose.


These flet hats are crafted by Aprils Yarnables – super cute and well made!




We have a bedroom that is our boudoir space – it’s got repurposed,repainted furniture and a vintage vibe.  Just like our last studio, we can mix and match our furniture, backdrops and bedding to create a one of a kind space.  Right now it’s plain vanilla, but we have so many options, I could do a blog on just that alone.

Maybe I will.


Now on to my office and where I give image presentations to clients.   We repurposed and painted my husbands grandparents king size headboard, added glass knobs and viola – a perfect spot to hang my vintage cameras!


Three of my prized possessions – my Florabella Canvas print, my English Crib and my dog, Marty.  He’s chillin like always.


Our Organic Bloom frames are on display – two of my favorite shapes, Ricky and Ellie.



And this dresser (also my husband’s grandparents) is used to hold albums, mini accordians, cards, and all sorts of paper goods.


So moving into a home based studio might make people a little hesitant, but we still offer great service, great images and 48 hour turn around with our images.  We want to be your photographer – if you live in the Tulsa area, please contact me for your newborn, baby, children, high school senior, family or boudoir portraits.





Bella gets Baptized at – Celebrate!

Oh how I’ve waited so many years for my 16 year old daughter, Isabella, to make the decision for herself, to make the public  display of accepting Christ and be water baptized.     Today was the day!


I knew the minute Bella walked up to paster Tome and locked eyes on me (behind the lens) that the emotion of this life  changing event would hit her…. and it did…IMG_4561

The minute her eyebrows knitted together, I was crying along with her…



I am so happy that I volunteer to take baptism photos at LifeChurch

because I was able to capture this raw emotion in my own daughter…. while tears streamed down my face.  BEST. FEELING. EVER!


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Today we celebrate the amazing love Christ has for all of us.  He gave his life freely for us so that we may be free ourselves.  I am so proud of Bella, and thankful for the over 30 people who came to church today to celebrate this with us.  For her Leadership Teacher, Mr. Davis who brought the entire Metro Leadership Team to be there to support Bella, and for our many friends and family who joined us.

God is VERY good.

<3 Brenda




Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan Captures Newborn Twins First Year

Twins – nothing could be cuter!  I just love when a mom calls me expecting twins…. the creative possibilities for me is endless.


In the image above, I ordered this bunk bed and banner to coordinate with this old quilt I cut up to fit these tiny bed mattresses …. Hew & Harry look so peaceful, don’t they.

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It’s important to me that I capture newborn twins together in a variety of poses (as well as individually) to show their connection.



These sweet little hats were the perfect way to show these babies are different, yet linked from the start.  I hope they grow up to be each others best friend!

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This sailor photo  has to be one of my all time favorite images.  I love the hats created by NRB Designs… she did such a great job.

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Preparing for a twin newborn session – or any twin session after that, takes a lot of time and consideration. I plan  ahead – trying to coordinate our props with the nursery design.  My many vendors who send me props, knits, etc. work to make all of this come together as I envisioned and it’s a pleasure to work with ladies that create quality, beautiful items for me.



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The 1 year old CAKE SMASH – let’s just all say YUM together!  It’s the most fun session we do – what’s better than cake and chubby babies?

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Capturing their individual personalities is always important – these guys were just happy as they could be.  Their mom, who looks like a super model, follows the Babywise plan.  For those of you having babies, it’s something she highly recommends.

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Working with a client from their maternity photos to their baby’s first year – it’s a very special time for me – the connection we make with our clients is why I do what I do.  People are important to me, relationships are the MOST important thing to me and capturing images that make them smile as they go thru the next decade – well that’s priceless.

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At we specialize in newborns.  Please call us to schedule your newborn session!  918-704-4399




Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan – Newborn Program


Brenda Horan Photography offers a special program to all of our clients with newborns, called the Baby Cakes Program. The Baby Cakes Program includes four sessions during the baby’s first year plus a bonus mini, indoor family session. The sitting fee is $425 and covers the sitting fee for each of those five sessions. PLUS you will receive a FREE 8×8 album at the completion of the years sessions!  That’s over $1000 value in sessions and the album combines – all or only $425!

This blog will show you what a typical year in photos looks like – it’s a priceless time in your baby’s life that you will want to have  documented by experienced photographers.


1The first being the newborn session. The newborn session usually lasts about two hours. We have our clients arrive with their baby ready to eat. This is to ensure the baby will be good and asleep for the session. Everything you see on Brenda’s website and blog, we have here in the studio. From the adorable knit hats to the cute props. There is no need for our clients to bring anything extra with them. We enjoy taking care of the details.

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Groves Family Newest Addition

Ever since I moved here eight years ago, my dream was to continue building customer relationships that would allow me to capture their family year after year.  I had that in Annapolis, MD. and I had that in Melbourne, FL.  So it was important to me to continue the tradition.   There are so many families we have  had the pleasure serving over the years here in Tulsa and hope to continue to do so.

When my clients Noel and John told me they were expecting their fourth baby – of course I leapt for joy.  Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Baby-9

Here is their beautiful baby girl, who if she takes after her two sisters and brother, will be sweet, shy and beautiful with amazing eyelashes.




Here are some of the newborn photo session images that I just loved.

Noel brought this adorable little butterfly set and I think she looks so sweet!


This aqua (my favorite color) hat is from  NRB Designs – Nancy is a pleasure to work with and makes quality knitted items for me all the time.

Another beautiful NRB Design –  bright colors look amazing on the baby!  This is the softest wrap and  bonnet and I’m in love with the color!


John is raising another princess!


Another NRB design.

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This tieback is from Aprils Yarnables


and so is this adorable felt hat!


As you can see, a lot of work goes into newborn photography, and I fall in love with the images from each and every session.  Brenda

If you are looking for a photographer, I would love to speak to you directly.  Please contact me at 918-704-4399.