New Backdrop Roller System Built!

Do you have a lot of backdrops?  I do, over 100 of them.  I love  Lemondrop Shop for my drops –  their poly paper is my favorite and their drops come in 5′ wide by 6, 7 or 8′ high.  Perfect for my Backdrop Rolling System by Studio Tools.   (More on them in just a minute).

Storing all these backdrops is easy thanks to these handy carts (which have wheels).  Each cart holds 21 rolled up backdrops.  I keep my drops taped to PVC pipe to keep them free from wrinkle free, easy to organize and ready to go.

Get your cart here:  Cart on Wheels



So, my handy husband has built me three backdrop systems – The first one I loved, then I realized I needed a platform to raise the baby/subjects up so I don’t have to kneel down.  He then built a platform that was 12 inches high and covered with wood flooring which was also on wheels, so I could move it around.  This system was made of steel and required welding, which made it hard for many people to build…… so we came up with a new system made of wood, that most handy husbands can easily build if they follow Studio Tools instructions.

Watch Video of it being used here:  Video on You Tube    (yes, my dog Marty follows me around all the time).

The latest version is awesome, has a FOLD UP platform, is super sturdy and I use it every day I shoot.  It eliminates a lot of wasted time because I can load up to 3 drops up in a matter of minutes and begin my sessions.




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folded up back side view ^

The platform is perfect for Lemondrop Shop’s floor drops, and we store our floor drops under the platform for easy access.  Just roll your desired drop down, clamp it to a baseboard (here we use one from Organic Bloom Frame Company.

I always say, other than my camera and lighting, this in the most important piece of equipment I have.  To order your instructions click on this link to Studio Tools etsy shop – it’s only $35 and you get an immediate download.  Included in the instructions is where to purchase items needed.

Costs on materials were under $300 which included the laminate wood flooring.

I’d love to see photos of your system in use.  email me at


Turning One is a BIG Deal at Brenda Horan’s Studio

Turning one year old is a big deal – and nothing makes me happier than a baby who loves cake!


bowtie from: Pink Elephant Bowtique

all backdrops used are from:  Lemondrop Shop


Let’s take my first set up with this baby – when he was a newborn he fit nice and snug on this little bed – now look how big he is!

baby bed:  Turtle Pond Works


Lately I am very into little sailor outfits – his had whales and I just new I wanted to put him in my S. S. Jack!



Welcome Aboard mate!


So now that he’s big, he had to try out my old Tricycle…. his older brother probably has one so this little fellow knew it was supposed to GO!


He’s having a baseball party, so we wanted to play a little ball with him.  Just look at those CHEEKS!




Happy little guy – I just xoxox him.


I want to be your baby photographer!  It’s so much fun to develop a little relationship with these babies, and create memorable images for the parents.   Once the baby grows up I know they will enjoy looking at their baby photos – my kids love doing that and they are 17 and 22!

Sometimes the first baby gets thousands of photos taken of them, but the next kid and the next not so much.  CHANGE that.  Make time to capture their sweetness.  They change so very fast.

Everything you need to know is on this link – Brenda’s baby information – check it out.  Tell someone you know who is expecting to check it out too.

I have a great referral program!

After being in business since 1999, I have established myself as the baby whisperer and I love doing silly things to make your baby smile, frown, give funny expressions, all while I’m capturing them be themselves.  Give me a call.

Brenda Horan   918-704-4399



Newborn Photography makes me Happy

When you specialize in Newborn Photography like I do, you learn that the baby is in control.   Yes, I have little tricks in my arsenal from the past 16+ years in business, but sometimes those tricks just don’t work, and having patience is the essential key to making it work.  This week I had one baby that was fussy and one that slept like a rock.  The difference really is in the experience level and patience of the photographer and how I can calm the mom down by reassuring her each baby session is different and for her not to worry, that I’m going to capture sweet images of her little babe.


With all newborn session,  I’m asking the mom what colors are in the baby’s nursery, then mom will pick out her favorite items from  everything I’ve selected for the session.   I’m really in love with my new, tiny teddy bears.  I have them in a range of colors and I just love the  texture they add to these sweet images.

I see a trend going on lately, with more wrapped and dressed little babies, so I have a dozen or more little baby outfits for both boys and girls for mom’s to pick from, that add just the right amount of coverage to a baby so they aren’t all naked in every image.  These outfits are selected for softness and fit and work perfect for newborn sessions.  Easy on and easy off so the baby is less likely to wake up during changes.

Choosing a newborn  photographer should not be based on price, it should be based on the style and experience of the photographer.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture your baby as the sweet an innocent babe that they are.   Believe me when I say that they grow very fast, and before you know it they will be crawling and laughing and before you know it going off to college!

Sessions are typically done between 7-14 days old.  Booking during your pregnancy is wise, as most of the best, experienced photographers have their schedules planned out well in advance.

I love helping customers plan our their nursery design by utilizing wall design programs I have on my computer, that will show them exactly how their wall layout will look in their room.  It’s important to me that the money they spend with me is money well spent and enjoyed for years to come.

Please contact me at for more details.

~ Brenda



Tulsa’s favorite child photographer

When it comes to choosing between all the child photographers, Brenda Horan knows what it takes.  Working with children is something she has worked on for over 16 years, photographing hundreds and hundreds of children in around the Tulsa area.

Creating a fun, colorful and bohemian styled shoot for two sisters has been in the works for some time.  The weather did not cooperate on the session date, so we moved it into the studio.  What’s missing is the swing, the tent and a lot of fun vintage props…. but I still love these images.    Floral headbands by APP Design

Sisters – these are twins –  there’s no greater bond.

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Shopping for little props is so much fun – these vintage doll clothes makes a perfect banner.  The dresses are from and are just so beautiful.


So here’s twin #1 – she’s the older one, so she got to pick her bohemian burlap style headband from Stirlings Flowers first….  Stirling makes such beautiful things for me – these were specially made and I’m just loving the boho feel.


This is twin #2…. equally as beautiful and photogenic.  She reminds me of a  young Brooke Shields.   Both girls have amazing personalities, are well behaved and can tilt their heads to the perfect angles.  Dad might need to load up on ammo now.

So, even tho I couldn’t set up my boho camp with all my vintage lanterns, linens, ironing board,  tent and quilts, it was still fun, and I really love the simplicity of the photos.  After all, it’s about the faces I photograph and these are truly beautiful faces.

If you are looking for a photographer and live in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, please contact me.  I specialize in newborn, family, child and boudoir photography.  My staff and I strive to make each experience a memorable, stress free session, with excellent customer service, timely orders and we love your referrals.

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Organic Bloom Baby #3 Arrives

My friends, Jason and Andrea, owners of the Organic Bloom Frame company, just had Baby Bloom #3 – it’s their third baby in three years.  And lucky me, I got to photograph all three as newborns.

Here’s Poppy….. she looks a lot like Jason’s mother if you ask me.  Same shape face.  She was a little doll baby for our photo session.

I’ll start by posting my favorite images from her session – this is one of my favorite colors.  The sweet fluff is from Oh So Fleeting and this color is to die for….  It goes beautifully with the little bubble (from one of my sweaters – repurposed)  and headband from Stirlings Flowers.  The great thing about Stirling is that she custom makes items so if you love quality headbands, message her.


Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Pretty In Magenta

The next photo is one I call Oatmeal Fluff –  more of this super soft fluffy  stuff, an adorable as can be romper with coordinating headband….. isn’t she just SQUEEZABLE!?

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Oatmeal Fluff

This next prop image features a sweet bed from Turtle Pond Works (super sturdy and high quality) and some vintage finds I probably got with Andrea on one of our many antique shopping trips.   The little baby pants are from Post Box.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Baby Bed

The next image features a sweet, delicate headband from Stirling – just precious with this multi colored wrap from  Nicole at Persnicketys Knits – she is wonderful at what she does.


Another delicate wrap from Persnickety’s, with a darling little headband.  Simple and sweet.BHP_0260

Sweet little Poppy wearing a little Hippie Headband by Stirlings Flowers…  just look at those cheeks!

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Stirlings Flowers

Poppy looks great in color – this purple suits her beautifully.  She’s like her sister Ellie – likes to be wrapped up tight.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Wrap Me Up!

Lastly, another pop of color – one of my favorite colors – deep aqua.  This hat was made by Nancy who owns

Ewe Baby – another fabulous knitter who I get the majority of my knitted goods from.  She makes quality and loves to

work on new designs with me.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Ewe Baby – Aqua

There are more images of little Poppy – but these were my favorites.  I hope you enjoyed them.

Please feel free to leave a comment – we love reading them.

If you are expecting or know someone who is –  I would love to take their maternity images as well as newborn images.

– Brenda


Fireflies, Sailboats & Swing Photo Session

When a client comes to me with a lot of fun ideas for a photo session, I get excited…  especially when her handy husband wants to build everything!  We wanted fireflies, sailboats, swings and a flirty tent.  It was time to get busy.

I have been photographing their daughter since she was a baby, so this little girl knows when she see’s Miss Brenda, she is going to have a fun time (and get a lollipop at the end for good behavior).

I’m just going to blog about a few of my favorite images from this session…

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Catching Fireflies

Catching Fireflies is one image I love because  you can see her chubby cheeks and I love her posture here…. nothing posed, just simple and sweet.  The dress and headband are just perfect!

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Swinging Big Girl Style

Here is the swing her daddy built and gave to me to use  for other clients.  I’m super excited to have this now because the swing  that  was previously in my neighborhood was ruined  so now we have one we can take home after every use.   I love the filtered light in this image, creating a softness that I know her mom loves.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Frilly Tent

So my husband built me this tent, that we use for boys and girls (just have to change the cover).  Kids love it because it’s a little pint size fort for them to play in.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan
Splish Splash

Here is the Huckleberry Finn raft her dad built – she had so much fun here that I have to show more than one of these images…

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan

This image just makes me smile – it’s so sweet and innocent, the simplicity of what she is doing naturally just caught my eye.

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan

I’ll end with my very favorite image – where the sunlight is hitting her just so beautifully.  Paisley is showing me her pretty dress and everything is A-OK until her mom spots a snake in the water just beyond her…  EEEK

I give her momma kudos – she calmly told Paisley to get out of the water and come to shore, which she did, and we watched the snake swim on by…  Of course I was wearing rubber boots up to my knees, so I could have saved the day, but thankfully this little girl behaves so I didn’t have to!


Child Photographer builds Fishing Camp on the Arkansas River

Nothing says summer is coming quite like an outdoor themed session.  If you have been waiting for a boys mini session – this is for you!   Child Photographer, Brenda Horan, builds a Boys fishing camp on the Arkansas River… it’s a limited time offered.  If you are in Tulsa, OK and looking for a photographer, you have come to the right place.


Now that the weather is nice, let’s take advantage of it.  Kids love playing outside.  While I love studio sessions, there is just something so special about getting to capture little personalities outdoors.  Creating a magical scene for them to play in is what makes this special.  It takes a creative eye, a lot of shopping and attention to details.  I still want the focus to be on the child, but I also want to create a scene that is interesting, has texture and will bring out the energy and wonder in your child.  They won’t be standing there saying “cheese” they will be playing and exploring, while I capture those sweet, tender moments.

“Look Mom, a  worm”

I think my favorite image is the one where he’s playing with the bug on his fingers!  That happened at the very end of the session and I think he named the bug before he let it go.

Getting the scene ready for this little boys fishing camp session was a lot of fun….  shopping for  props with an Americana color scheme,  my husband built this crate bench and I sewed the tent cover.  So much time and energy goes into a themed session but it’s always worth it in the end.

Brenda Horan Photography will be offering limited mini sessions for this boys fishing camp.  Sessions will last 30 minutes, are suitable for boys ages 3-7, and cost $100.  Packages will start at $300.

Boys love worms, dirt and being outside….. let’s let them have fun while I capture their personalities at this fun stage in their life.

Boys Fishing Camp
Boys Fishing Camp

Baby’s First Year – Meet Lydia Rose

So I blog about my BabyCAKES program a lot because I  really love photographing babies at all stages.  The reason I choose each stage is for a particular reason.

This is Lydia Rose – she is very special to me and I absolutely think she is perfection.  You’ll soon see why.

Newborn – this is the sweet age where we curl babies up into little poses and  capture their tiny little body.  Every attention to detail is taken, as well as keeping your baby warm and safe thru the entire session.  At Brenda Horan Photography, we have everything we need for the session – all you need to supply is the baby and the milk. :)Newborn

At four months, they are just about ready to roll over, they can lay on their tummy and hold up their head, they can sit assisted, so we use buckets and baskets to support them so they are comfortable and happy.  This is just about the time when they will smile directly at you and give you all sorts of cute expressions.


Next up is the 8 month session – where babies typically can sit on their own.  I love this stage because they are still chunky, and really want to stand and scoot.  Here Lydia is standing  to show off her cute little body in a Matilda Jane romper.


The last session is the One Year with a smash cake.  I love for parents to start introducing cupcakes to their baby a week ahead – so the baby gets used to the sweet and sticky  taste of frosting.  It’s hit or miss – some babies cry, but most love it and cry when we take  the cake away.

Cake by Frosten’s

Headbands: Stirlings Flowers



If you are expecting, or know someone who is – I would love to photograph their baby.  To find out more about my BabyCAKES program, please contact me by emailing me:





Brenda Horan h-e-a-r-t-s Maternity Images

The expectant glow of a soon to be momma…. nothing beats it.  So last week I set out to take some stunning images with a little bohemian flair.

Using floral crowns made by Stirlings Flowers

And some beautiful maternity clothing I had just purchased to keep in my wardrobe closet, I was ready to create some timeless pieces for my client.

The first few with the pink backdrop I just love because I think it makes her  complexion sing.  Just the softness of the images is what I am drawn to.





The next series done with a bone background and yellow floral crown were intended to do outside in front of a huge low hanging white bud tree that was in full bloom near my house, then we had those tornado winds last week and heavy rain…. so the white buds were either gone or already turned green… not exactly what I had in mind.  So I shot these in the studio  and kept it simple…. focus on the momma and her belly.









For this image I threw in a few pieces of my Matocha Rock Luxe jewelry made by my talented niece Monica.   If you haven’t seen her hand crafted jewels – you must click on the link above to see her very cool line of jewelry.AI0A9391


For this last series, I wanted a little more drama so I put up one of my very favorite backdrops and added a few of my own pieces of jewelry I just got from Sarah Gage who sells Chloe and Isabel jewelry paired with my super lush floral crown from Stirling.   I think this looks very regal.







If you are expecting a newborn – please call me so we can schedule your maternity session.  Let’s celebrate the life that grown within you.  I have a wonderful hair and make up artist that will make you feel pampered and beautiful, and I’ll capture your glow with beautiful images.

Please call me.  918.704.4399


Newborn Photographer Brenda Horan’s latest newborn – Max

Max really lived up to his uber cool name.  He’s a 2 week old that weighed in at 6 pounds and  has perfect features.  I really loved all the photos from his session, but these were my very favorite ones.

Let’s start with this image featuring one of my newest hats from Ewe Baby    Nancy knits such cute things and is really easy to work with.  We collaborate on so many things and it’s fun to design something that can be used two ways…. this can be tied under chin for a bonnet look, or behind the neck for a beanie look.  GENIUS!

Backdrop and floor drop from Lemondrop Shop.   where I get all of my backdrops.

Tulsa-Photographer-Brenda-Horan-Max-1This next image shows the same hat as a beanie…. and this little bear came from my trip to NYC’s Eloise store in the Plaza.  That’s another blog all in itself!)

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This little felt bear is also from Ewe Baby, Hat from Persnickety’s Knits who also knits beautiful, quality pieces  What I love about this image is his back peach fuzz…. and how his bottom lip curls inward.  These are little details that will finish quickly so I’m happy I captured them for his momma.

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This variation of the “frog pose” just makes me happy because every boy loves baseball and he’s just so sweet here with that pout.

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Traditional frog pose zoomed in tight to see all the little details of his face and all the wrinkles in his fingers and hands.

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This image will be hanging in my office – it’s just everything I hoped to capture when I ordered this jersey from  the Knitting Bitty and had my friend April make me this vintage football to just complete the look I was going for.

And I should add that this knit backdrop I got at Mood Fabrics when I traveled to NYC last month – it’s a cashmere blend and I am in love with the brown/grey color.
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This last image I love because it’s just beautifully lit, his little profile against his time hand, and the wispy bonnet ties laying across his back.  Sigh…..  Max can you come back every week?

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If you are expecting, or know someone who is, please share this blog with them.  I have so many new items coming into the studio on a regular basis, and love my job.