Senior Session with Claire

I have been taking Claire’s photos for about 6 years now - it’s so much fun to have watched her grow up into this beautiful young lady.

So let’s start with how well these outfits work for these locations:

We paired her dress with an old vintage cowboy hat of mine, and some of her jewelry mixed with some of my own Matocha Rock Luxe (you can find it here: https://rockluxejewels.com)

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I love this serious face!!!

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And I love how the sun is framing her here – just highlighting her hair beautifully.

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I think she looks just like her mom in these close ups… something about her expression just makes me think of her mom.

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Another beauiful serious fa ce… Oh to be wrinkle free and 18…

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Change in locations and outfits – this RED shorts jumpsuit was perfect with her shoes and I love it paired with my vintage bike!

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And since we wanted some fun, artsy shots, we got a little sun flare photo for her.

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Back in the studio we shot a couple in a casual outfit – this really shows how beautiful her hair and makeup artist, Destry Davis, owner of Glamour Artz did.  (You can find Destry here: http://www.glamorartz.com

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All and all I love the vibe Claire brought to this session.  I hope she had fun galavanting around the river with me to capture some really cool images for her senior year.

If you have a High School student – please contact me to schedule your Senior Photo Session.

Brenda Horan

918-704-4399

 

Newborn Goodness

Boy Oh Boy this baby was a bundle of sweet goodness!  She cooperated with us so well that we got lots of great shots of her – here are some of my favorites from the session.

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Just look at those cheeks!

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We love our baby beds from Turtle Pond Works!

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I wish I could sleep like her – just so  chill.

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Get a look at those lips!  I bet her mom kisses her a million times a day!

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Perfect fingers, perfect toes.

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I really love the light on this profile shot.

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Fancy lace hot pants!

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Aqua bonnet from NRB Designs.

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Tassle Hat from Persnickety’s Knits

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NRB Designs made this awesome hat and wrap in one of my favorite colors!

If you are expecting or know someone who is – please give them this link so they can see Brenda Horan Photography’s work.

 

 

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.

Halo by Stirlings Flowers https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stirlings-Flowers/403716513053276

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

918-704-4399

www.BrendaHoran.com

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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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/129749310/backdrop-roller-system-on-wheels-holds-8?ref=shop_home_active_1

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.

 

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

 

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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These flet hats are crafted by Aprils Yarnables – super cute and well made!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilsYarnables

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Brenda Creates Santa’s Workshop – and Santa Shows Up!

If you build it, they will come….. so I shopped for weeks for antiques, worked with friends to create the perfect environment and then Santa enchanted every child that showed up for these special sessions we held on Saturday…. so much so, that if you are interested, please call me because we will be booking more appointments with Santa in the coming weeks.  Please contact me Brenda@BrendaHoran.com for more information.

Blogged here is a typical session – a fabulous time to interact with Santa that your child will never forget.  We build a story book around these images (written by the talented Jessica Swift Rice) that becomes a family heirloom and worth every penny.  Mothers cry when they see the story come to life with images of their children!    I hope you will enjoy! 1

Pop telling the children about his adventure when he was a little boy.

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Now it’s time for their dreams to come true.

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They wake up in Santa’s workshop – can it be true?

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The joy on a childs face when they meet Santa is priceless.

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Playing with toys in the workshop is something they will never forget.

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Building a toy for another child is how Santa teaches them the importance of giving of themselves for one another.7

 

Having Santa read your Dear Santa letter while your sister types her own Dear Santa…. just precious.

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Sharing Cookies and milk with Santa is the BEST THING ever!

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Then Santa explaines that in order for him to deliver gifts to all the children around the world, he must use Christmas Magic to stop time.

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The story ends with the kids back in their bed,  fast asleep, and Santa tucking a little something in their stockings.

I have put my heart and soul into this photo session – it’s something I believe every parent or grandparent should do with their kids.  You won’t  regret the money spent – and the Heirloom Storybook you receive will be cherished for your lifetime and theirs.

Brenda Horan

 

Bella gets Baptized at LifeChurch.tv – 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!

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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…

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I am so happy that I volunteer to take baptism photos at LifeChurch http://www.lifechurch.tv/locations/sto/

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