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.





Tulsa Photographer, Brenda Horan, gets married…

Last week, at the Red Bud Manor in Eureka Springs,  -   I married my boyfriend (he’ll always be my boyfriend) Kip Gurley in a private ceremony just for the two of us.




I’ll start with the photos of the actual ceremony at Red Bud Manor (check  out this adorable B&B  on FB here:

The Innkeeper, Randi, went above and beyond to make this a special day for Kip and I.  The cake was delicious and the atmosphere was serene and shady!


The owner of the B&B, Cat, was kind enough to use my Mark 3 to shoot some photos for me.  This was the shot I asked her to capture – it was most important to me to capture was Kip’s reaction when he saw me in my wedding gown for the first time.  Of course the minute I saw him I started crying… what a whimp I am.  But look how handsome he is!


It was a simple, Christian ceremony.


We gave our own personal vows to one another.



I love this photo above because you can see the  tears on my face.  I am very happy with this man!Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Wedding-9625

Gotta wipe off the lip gloss!

Cutting the cake – which was delish!Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Wedding-9638


Our champaign toast!Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Wedding-9664

My killer shoes – even with 4″  heels on I’m still a shrimp to this giant man!Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Wedding-9673


Now on to the photos Vanessa shot for us one week later at 7am (so we wouldn’t sweat!)  My friend Johnathan asked his partner Rob to loan us his SMOKIN’ 57 Turquoise Belaire… if y

ou know me, you know that I love the color Aqua and I adore classis cars!   I was so pleased that Rob and his darling wife were open to driving their car for me to utilize at 7am!  And if you know me, I had a plan, as I always do for photo sessions, so that we would only take 15 minutes (remember, Kip sweats)!


The full length shot – I just am in love with my gown which I ordered off the internet.  My sister Karen had to hem it (less 10 inches) which took her four hours – the lace was in panels and we wanted the lace to hit at certain parts of my legs – appropriate for a woman my age.  Thanks Karen!!!Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Wedding-257

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The bracelets I am wearing are from my Neice and Sisters line Matocha Rock Luxe – stackable jewelry that I wear pretty much all the time.  Check it out here:



My something Old = The vintage lace I wrapped around my bouquet.

My something New = The dress from Neimans

My something Borrowed = The 57 Bellaire

My something Blue – the necklace Kip  gave me for my birthday last year


I think this one is my favorite!

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I think this is my other favorite!


Love my Organic Bloom Frame!



While writing and posting this blog, it has made me a little sad I wasn’t a wedding photographer – then I remembered I love my weekends off!

I want to thank all the people who have prayed me to and thru this happy day.  God has certainly carried me along – bringing me thru a horribly difficult, abusive first marriage that only lasted one year.  He literally SAVED me from dying or being disfigured.  He has walked with me thru my life, helping me to regain my confidence in who He created me to be, and trusting men again.  He has given me a  wonderful life, career, clientelle, as well as good friends and an awesome family.  I hope that I can be an encouraging light to those of you who hope to find love…. even at 50, LOVE is just as sweet as ever.

As my cousin Paul loves to say daily PRAYERS AND PUSHUPS!   Love one another, as God loves you!


A Boy and His Tractor

Its a privilage for me to be able to go to a family farm to take priceless images of their two year old.  A boy who LOVES his Pappa and all the Tractors they have on their farm.

Thankfully, these clients has been coming to me for awhile, so I knew when they told me about their farm, it would be worth the 90 minute drive to and from – because these images would become a treasure to them.



Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Boy-13I can tell you that once Emmett saw his Pappa, he started getting so excited his mom could hardly  put his boots on him!  Then  once he heard the tractor start – it was all over – he wanted ON THAT TRACTOR!!!




I think these images with his great grandpa are PRICELESS!   And what a  beautiful farm!  They have about a dozen tractors in their barn – all sorts of colors and sizes.  No wonder Emmett  was so excited on the 90 minute drive to the farm from Tulsa!  The rolling hills, the lush land, it was just perfect.


What boy doesn’t like to climb on a fence?  Emmett sure did.

My favorite pic –  his little personality is just precious!



This is one of MY tractors – so I was happy to bring it along so he would have a pint size  tractor to sit on!



If you are contemplating a family photo session or just a fun session to mark the age of  your c hold – please call me at 918-704-4399 or email me at:  I would love to talk to you about the many options we have for locations here in and around Tulsa.  I have been in business for over 15 years.  My studio runs with great efficiently so you will see your images in an online gallery within 48 business hours after your session, and can order within one week.  My clients tell me they love a quick turn around time and I strive to give them the satisfaction of getting their images and portraits in a timely manner.

- Brenda



From Newborn to One Year in a blink

Time Flies – we’ve all heard that saying….. but it’s SO TRUE!  Last year when I was  restoring True Blue the 56 Chevy Truck I owned, the guy who was coordinating it all became a Uncle and asked me to photograph his new nephew, Jack.



Well Jack was about 4 weeks old and a chunky little guy!  I mean look at those thighs!

Fast forward to this year, and  Jack comes back for his One Year photos – he looks adorable, bright eyed and happy as can be!




Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Baby-Boy-11And of course, no one year session would be complete without a fun CAKE SMASH!  After the initial taste, I think he loved it.




He’s giving us the THUMBS UP!



Brenda Horan Photography offers a special program to all of our clients with newborns, called the Baby Cakes Program.   $425 BabyCAKES – 4 sessions + a 30 minute parent/newborn session (studio)  FREE 8×8 album at the completion of the program. * minimum purchase of $250 at each session.  It’s a value of OVER $1140!!!  All for $425.   Call the studio to schedule your baby’s first photo session at 918-704-4399.  Typically we like to have newborns between 7-14 days old.

We also have the WatchMEgrow program which is suited for babies 6 months to kids  up to 5 years – it’s $275 and you get three sessions during the course of a calender year.  There is a minimum of $300 at each session.


Please contact me at 918-704-4399 or to speak to me directly.

I’d love to be your photographer.





Dawson Family – Urban Style

Last months I had the privilage to take Urban Family Photos of my Pastor and his family – The Dawson’s.  And in true Life Church fashion, Tome was “on a time clock”.

I am are very picky about the locations I choose.  I’m  always on the look out for good texture, good lighting and a good vibe. The details are ALWAYS so important to both Vanessa and myself!  We feel it’s important to stylize your session so that your images will be beautiful, coordinate with your home environment and represent who your family is.     From pose to pose, we make it easy for you and your family to have fun at your session, knowing we are all working towards the same goal.  Beautiful family portraits with a variety of poses, and lots of images to choose from!





Not only did Nicole really do a great job on the wardrobe, but everyone was super photogenic!





It’s important to me that at every session we capture the family unit, individual shots as well as mom and dad with their kids individually as well as together… I just loved these images.

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If you are considering a family photo session this year, please give me a call:  918-704-4399 or contact me via  email:   I would love to  talk to you about your vision for the session so that I am able to meet all your expectations.  I have been a Photographer for 15 years and have fun a successfull studio here in Tulsa for the past 7 years and  am dedicatted to excellence.

Each appointment is an opportunity to build relationships and lasting friendships with my wonderful clients. As a mother to two incredible kids, I depend on the Lord for everything!  A few years ago, the Lord spoke these words into me – “Giving God Glory through God Given Talent” – I thought He was giving me a “tag line” of sorts, but since then, He has shown me that this is more like my life motto – my life goal – to do all things with grace, kindness and love.  Through this, I will be showing others honor, and giving Him Glory in all that I do. I’m not perfect, I have my mishaps, but it is my life goal.  Looking through the lens of my camera, I am constantly reminded that I am capturing His children.

As a self proclaimed antique junkie, my studio guarantees each client a one-of-a-kind session.  My studio is filled with lots of fun stuff – colorful backgrounds, props, vintage clothing and princess dresses, knitted hats, cocoons, flower pins and headbands, tutu’s, ties, and all sorts of antiques. (Did I mention, I’m a antique junkie?).  Everything to make this experience into a story for you and your child.



Brenda’s Engaged! Photo session with Houston Photographer Christina Diliberto-Sizemore

It’s true, I’m rarely on the other side of the camera.  I do try to get family photos in every year – much to my kids (16 & 21)  dismay, but this year, I’m  getting in front of the camera few extra times.  

I recently got engaged to a truly wonderful guy named Kip Gurley.  Even though I would schedule engagment photos on my calender for Vanessa to shoot, something kept coming up.  So when we planned a quick 4 day trip to Houston, I contacted Christina Diliberto-Sizemore and she made time in her schedule to shoot our engagment photos for me.   Thankfully we caught a slight break in the hot, humid Houston weather and my hair didn’t go completely wack.


I hired Christina  as my assistant about 7 years ago – she was so much fun to work with.  Not only is she a great friend, but a talented artist in several medias.  When she and her busband,  Bill moved to Houston, I was extremely hesitant   to hire a new assistant.  As most of you know, Vanessa and I work seemlessly together, so it all worked out. :)

Back to the engagment pics – and my dilemma – outdoors, urban,  field, fancy, casual…. OMG now I know what my clients go thru.  What to Wear was easy –  I loved this shirt on Kip so I had to find something to coordinate with it  and of course, Antropologie website had several options.  IMG_1721e

My sister even created special jewelry for me from her  Rock Luxe Jewel line

Here are all the images we loved!  I hope you will all say a prayer for our upcoming wedding – we can’t wait.


You don’t know this by looking at the photo – but I was laying on top of a black berry branch and thorns were in my thighs!

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So, these are all on the romantic side of things – which is just what I wanted.  I’m so happy  that I got to spend  an hour on the other side of the camera, with my man, across from my dear friend  Christine.  If you live in the greater Houston, Spring or Woodland area, please contact her to take your photos.  Here is her contact info:

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