Newborn Sessions – book yours now

If you are expecting – now is the time to book your newborn session.  I typically take newborns on Tuesday and Thusday mornings at 10am when the light is beautiful in my studio and perfect for natural light images.  Once your baby arrives, the session date can be adjusted to make sure we photograph your baby between 7 and 14 days old.  Even up to 21 days old is okay.   Hiring an experienced photographer is very important.  It’s like a wedding – you only get one opportunity to capture these sweet, curled up images so do not  take the chance that it won’t be done safely and in a manner that produces quality images.   Typically you will be able to view your images in 48 hours and order the very next week!

I work closely with women who knit to provide the cutest, softest newborn props, hats and headbands that will embelish your images.  Every attention to detail is made to ensure you get the best possible images of your baby.

Here are a few examples of recent images.


dad’s a sports fan

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look at those lips!


dad’s a fire fighter.


Little princess rocking a big flower headband!


sweet fat cheeks you just want to kiss!


peacefull sleeper


pretty in pink


dad is a police man


I love pops of color


it’s all about the sweet little details


So if you are looking online for a newborn photographer – please contact me.  I have been in business since 1999 and look forward to  providing you with a great experience and beautiful images.  I consider it an honor to capture these special moments in time for you and your family to cherish forever.








Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan meets baby Alaska

Meet sweet baby Alaska. She was so sleepy and content for our session together – she just laid there zonked out while I posed her.  Chubby cheeks, pouty lips!  Such a beauty.  I can’t wait until her 4 month session!!  If you are expecting a newborn, please do not wait to book your newborn session.  Please call me today in order to get a spot on my calendar!


Brenda Horan Photography offers a special program to all of our clients with newborns, called the Baby Cakes Program.   $475 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 $375 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.




Brenda Horan




2014 Santa Workshop Session Review

Have you ever dreamed of a Santa experience that didn’t involve waiting in long lines, crying kids, impatient dads, only to get up to Santa and find him not Jolly at all?  Well I have.  I dreaded the yearly trek to the mall with my kids.  Then I hated the photos!

Fast forward to what I like to create each Christmas for my customers – a happy  experience.  Three years ago I started doing Limited Edition Santa Workshop sessions.  I shopped for tools, a workbench, a vintage typewriter, vintage toys…. all keeping in mind what I wanted to build – a magical set for Santa to interact with children for about an hour while I captured the precious faces looking at Santa in awe!  Plus who doesn’t love sharing a little milk-n-cookies with Santa?

This year, I ordered new wood backdrops from my favorite company Lemondrop stop

And I love the lodge feel of the set now.


The session follows a storyline written by my friend Jessica Rice and tweaked by me to fit each family album I create.  It’s a beautiful story and the album becomes a cherished keepsake.


We start building the set in early October and sessions begin late October.  Typically I run a limited number of sessions so if you are considering this for 2015 – you should contact me now to get on my waiting list.  Once I open session dates and times I give my current client base first chance at the dates, and anything still open I post on Facebook.

I hope all of you have a wonderful, safe Holiday.  We want to thank all of our 2014 customers for making this a great year and for allowing us to capture your memories.  I can speak for myself and Vanessa, it is a privilage to serve you and we look forward to seeing all of you again in 2015.

Be blessed.



Mathias Family – captured year after year

When a family shows me loyalty year after year, it warms my heart.  Yes, there are a zillion photographers in our area, but deveoping a lasting relationship and providing top quality images are what I strive for all my customers.

Meet Jessica and Jarod Mathias.

Jessica called me over 4 years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter.  They had a little boy already but she wanted some family/maternity photos.  I have been shooting their images ever since.

So, what I’m posting about today is the change children make in just one year.  It’s a good thing to do family photos EVERY year – especially around this time of year when the air is cool and you can wear layers.

In 2013 we did an urban session (photo below) when Aubrey was only 3 years old and still a little shy.  We used True Blue, my 56 Chevy Truck as a prop because Jarod loves Classic vehicles.


These photos are fun, colorful and really showcase the love and tenderness these kids have for one another.  Not to mention the affection mom and dad have for each other.  I just love that.   And I love that Jessica isn’t afraid of bold colorful colors.

Now, fast forward one year to last week’s session – the kids are older, bigger and we still capture the same love, affection and family unit in a park setting with little use of props during a mini session.  Clients chose a more muted color scheme to offset the bright green scenery.  I love the attention to detail Jessica has – from the hair accessories, to the boots on Aubrey with the leopard trim.  These details make portraits so much more interesting.


I still have a few Fall Family sessions available – specifically on November 22 and November 29th.  If you are wanting priceless images, please call me at 918-704-4399.




Designing your portrait layout is easy…

A lot of thought and preparation goes into each and every session I shoot at Brenda Horan Photography.  When it comes to displaying your images, I can help you come up with something that will look great with your home decor.

For a bedroom, I like three 16×20 images side by side for a nice balanced look.


For a Chasie Lounge with a clean modern feel, I love the look of a clean ledge with a simple piece of art (in this case I show a curvy vase in a great color) next to a 20×30 canvas.


For a living space – above the couch it’s a nice option to use a grouping, with a 30×40 in the center, flanked by four 20×20 images. Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Couch

Above the baby’s changing table, how sweet is it to have a grouping of newborn images to remind you of how small they once were.


Above a dresser, we love another grouping.  We always tell our customers to keep the colors of the room in mind when selecting their color pallet for outfits – this works beautifully together.


A modern couch with a great family collage above it  always looks beautiful.Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Living

Your baby’s nursery will always make you smile as you walk into it when you have  your favorite newborn images above the crib – even at 3am!  Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-nursery

Or  you could choose to collage photos from different sessions during the year of BabyCAKES sessions and frame them similarly to keep it cohesive.


Using the colors in your room/furintiure to keep it all cohesive is important.  You wouldn’t want a neon orange outfit on a little girl and hang that in a room with burgundy walls and formal furniture.  Take everything you love into consideration.  I happen to love the color aqua – so I borrowed this classic car as a prop for my own wedding photos and I wore a aqua necklace (my something blue).  It works well in my house and in this display.



Stairs are typically the place where you have a lot of wall space, but don’t quite know what to do with it.  A black and white image collection works beautifully here because we don’t always have coordinating colors and want to display our very favorite images of our kids from year to year.  Keeping the line of images moving upward really is appealing visually.



If you need help selecting  your wardrobe for a session, I  send you my What2Wear guide.  This helps you to pull together cohesive looks without matching.


If you have any questions, or would like to book a family session, please contact me at



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:



I love this serious face!!!


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



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






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



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






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



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:

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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