Family Photographer captures sweet times.

When I set out to become a family photographer, I knew I wanted to capture the family unit by capturing the sweet times when kids are little and they still want to hug  your neck.   Planning a family session outdoors involves a lot of things, like hauling out props and furniture.  But during the winter, I like to keep it clean and simple.  This session I shot last week is just that – clean and simple in a modern way.

Here’s a great example:  Mom, dad and their two year old.  Mom is Mrs. Broken Arrow  (click on that link to read all about her and her amazing platform) and I can vouch that this woman is not only gorgeous, but beautiful on the inside as well.  Her southern accent is just so adorable,  I could listen to her for hours.   Dad is a chess pro and I always tease him that he’s an Muhammad Ali lookalike.  (Right?)   And of course, their son, whom I’ve been taking his photos since he was born.  He has such a big personality, I just love him to pieces.

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Simple white and jeans…. might seem a bit 1990’s outdoors, but indoors it looks fresh and modern – bringing the emphasis on the faces.

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Capturing them close together shows the tight connection of this little family of 3.

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Being a momma’s boy never looked so cute.
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Sharing a smooch with mommy…..
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then giggling about it…..

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then the delight of getting a smooch from your pretty momma….. what a sweet capture.

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Riding high on daddy’s shoulders is fun!  What little boy doesn’t love this?

When choosing a family photographer, look for one who’s portfolio  you love, who will be consistent in capturing images you will enjoy for a lifetime.  I have been in business since 1999 and I strive to give you memories that will always bring a smile to your face.

Please contact me so we can plan your next session.

Brenda

 

 

Valentines that will melt your heart.

Valentines that will melt your heart.  When I plan limited edition Valentine sessions – I know these are going to be fun, colorful images.

They always are.  Maybe it’s the fun, original backdrops from LemondropShop.    Or the  adorable props I borrow from my friend Stephanie, owner of The Party Darling.

From the littlest babies to the  tweenagers I’ve got you covered.   I carefully select card templates that stick with my style and branding, privileging you with super cute Valentine cards they exchange with their classmates and will surely gain all these parents a few envy texts!

Here are some of my favorites from this year.

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lots of love xoxoxox
lots of love xoxoxox

When you are searching for a photographer, please consider my 17 years of experience.  I would love to be your Tulsa Photographer!  Call me 918.704.4399 or email me at officebhp@gmail.com – I typically answer emails and phone calls same day.  Visit my website Brenda Horan Photography or find me on FB

Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan to keep up with all the latest happenings at my studio.

 

And as always, I want to appeal to all expecting momma’s and daddy’s – my specialty is newborns.  With attention to every detail, you can assure your newborn is in good hands, you will receive beautiful images to choose from and I will help you each step of the way preparing for a successful session.  Visit my Newborn Session Information Page to find out why choosing Brenda Horan is the right choice.   Nothing is more magical than welcoming a new baby into your family.  This is the best time to invest in photos of your child because they are only tiny for a short time.

It is a true privilege for me to preserve these fleeting moments for you.  I recommend you book your session before your baby arrives.

~ Brenda

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from Santa’s Workshop

Walking into Santa’s Workshop and hearing Santa greet you with a “Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas”  is just what you get when you come to Brenda Horan Photography.  To children’s delight, the studio is transformed into a rustic workshop where Santa can interact with your child during one of our yearly, Limited Edition photo sessions.

Nothing makes it more personal than having grandma or grandpa join them in this amazing experience.

Grandma tells her tale of the night she visited Santa's workshop when she was a little girl.
Grandma tells her tale of the night she visited Santa’s workshop when she was a little girl.

This year, one of my favorite little clients came in for his  first Workshop experience.  He couldn’t have  been more perfect either.  His expressions were just on  point.

The Workbench was given a new facelift this year, and includes vintage tools that took me several trips to antique shops to find.

Building a toy on Santa's creaky old work bench.
Building a toy on Santa’s creaky old work bench.

It’s always fun to sing a little song with Santa on magical musical instruments.

Jingle Bells Batman Smells
Jingle Bells Batman Smells

Playing a game with Santa can be fun.  Older kids love to play Candy Land.  But most boys love to play with toy trains.

Trains are always popular with little boys
Trains are always popular with little boys

When your name is on the “nice” list, you get asked “What would you like for Christmas this year?”   If you don’t have your list ready, you get to type it out on a vintage type writer!

Typing his Wish List to Santa
Typing his Wish List to Santa

In order for Santa to deliver toys to all the girls and boys around the world in a single night, he needs to use Christmas Magic!

Christmas Magic stops time
Christmas Magic stops time

When your tummy gets rumbly – out come freshly baked cookies and milk.  First we give thanks…

Praying to give Thanks.
Praying to give Thanks.

Then Santa pours a glass of milk…

carefully pouring the milk
carefully pouring the milk

Then we eat the cookies!

Yum!
Yum!

All the props in this set have been carefully selected to create what I consider to be an authentic, vintage workshop feel.  Everything is worn with time and love.  Creating a set that is sure to make you want to read this Christmas tale again and again, year after year.

At Brenda Horan Photography, Santa visits the studio in October, so if you are interested, it’s never to late to book your appointment as I only shoot 5-7 of these limited edition sessions per year.

From my family to yours, I wish you the most blessed Merry Christmas ever.

Brenda

The Ultimate Newborn Photo Session

2016 is approaching quickly, I will be taking some time off for the Holidays to refresh my mind and body so I can hit the ground running when I reopen for business in January – giving my customers the Ultimate Newborn Photo Session.  I always like to come up with new and creative ideas.  Always on the hunt  for new props that will delight my littlest customers and make their images special.  I will even break out my sewing machine and make some new baby clothes for newborn and 4 month sessions.

 

So today, I blog a few of my favorite images from newborn sessions shot in the last quarter. These images have really melted my heart.

I hope you will let all your expecting friends know about Brenda Horan Photography   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 also offer gift certificates – so if you are going to a baby shower – give them a gift they will think is PRICELESS!!!

Let’s start off with my favorite pose for newborns -where the baby face is  just so pretty and the hands and toes are also displayed so nicely.  All these outfits are in my prop closet for clients to choose from.  Hats, headbands, and teddy bears are all added to compliment, not overpower, the baby.Ultimate Newborn Photo

Ultimate Newborn Photo

Ultimate Newborn Photo

Ultimate Newborn PhotoNext up – one of my favorite props –  the tiny baby bed – hand crafted to perfection, complimented with vintage linens, knitted blankets and the softest fur rugs you ever saw in colors to die for.

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Ultimate Newborn Photo

Love sports – I can easily incorporate that into a session without it taking away from the baby.

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Another sweet pose I love is this one – and I can’t help myself by including these precious baby bears!  I just think it’s the sweetest!Ultimate Newborn Photo

Ultimate Newborn Photo

The perfection of a knitted bonnet, outfit or wrap make images of babies soft and sweet.  I have a variety of items to choose from.
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Ultimate Newborn Photo

Peace full sleeping, fat cheeks, chubby hands, the swirl of newborn hair…… Ultimate Newborn Photo

The number one asked for pose – done with the utmost care and composited by two photos put together so your baby is never at risk.

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A little back fat never hurt anyone!!!!  Here it’s so adorable.Ultimate Newborn Photo

Ultimate Newborn Photo

And lastly, the sibling session – FREE when you join the BABYcakes program.  Just sweet and adorable.

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Ultimate Sibling Photo

You can find more information on Maternity and Newborn Photo Sessions here:  CLICK HERE

As always, feel free to contact me directly thru my website contact page  I would love to be your newborn photographer.

~ Brenda

Beautiful Props Available at Brenda Horan Photography

Having a lot of beautiful props at Brenda Horan Photography is something I am known for.  Making it easy on the customer, not having to go out and shop is a perk.  Choosing between the variety of props is another thing…. not so easy.

I just got in some great new items that I haven’t even been able to use yet!  I’m super excited to have these items from the fabulous Mia Joy Studio Website Here  – her items sell out so fast that they are difficult to get!   The  details are just to die for!!!

SIX new Mia Joy Newborn Outfits!!!
SIX new Mia Joy Newborn Outfits!!!

There’s also a new vendor ~  Inspired By Adele Website Here  ~ whom  I’ve been getting items from.  I just adore working with her, she is producing great quality items for newborns and babies of other ages.   I like to have a variety of items on hand for babies at the 4 month sessions because they need to still look like a baby – and those times of items are sometimes hard to find.   She up-cycles things –  so I sent her a few of my shirts and sweaters….. the little chevron outfit is from one of my sweaters and I can’t wait to use it in a little hippy inspired set!

Super cute newborn and 4 month outfits.
Super cute newborn and 4 month outfits.

 

I love a good hat – I wear them often.  Babies in hats just make my heart melt.  When I found April’s Yarnables website here I felt like I met a long lost relative.  Her work ethic is incredible.  She is incredibly kind as well.  I hope to meet her one day because I think we would have a lot of fun.

Her hats are made from felt and they are super soft, fit beautifully and really made with quality.   She knits her hats first then felts them down to size – there is such a lot of work that goes into each creation.  And each hat comes with a detachable floral tie (not shown) making them easy to mix and match.

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A photo of one in use…. isn’t he cute?

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Now, when it comes to knitting, Nancy, owner of Ewe Baby, is my first choice!  Website Here .  Her work is perfection and she loves creating!

My favorite things are her hats with matching wraps, and her fun little hats.

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She makes so many of my favorite items, including this little sailor hat (my fav) and sweet little outfits for newborns. IMG_0091

When it comes to choosing a newborn photographer, please visit my site www.BrendaHoran.com and look for my portfolio on the Gallery  tab.

I would love to be your photographer of  choice.

 

Newborn to One at Brenda Horan Photography

This week, another one of my baby clients graduated from the BabyCAKES program – it’s bittersweet to celebrate their smash cake session because I’m just getting to know their little personality quirks.   Going from newborn baby to a walking one year old is captured and sealed in time with images you will cherish forever.  So will your child as they grow up.

Let’s start at the beginning – the newborn session:

Adding soft, delicate knitted items and a personal touch of their baby bracelet make this image just precious.  Tiny fingers and tiny toes, with the beautiful, sleeping face and carefully tied bow.  To me this is perfection.

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The profile of a chubby cheek baby is always my favorite.  Add the classic bow, and vintage linens and you have another beautiful image.

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Moving on to the next session at 4 months old, we want the baby to be able to make eye contact.  Sometimes we get lucky with a little spit bubble.  What I love most is their eyes are just full of wonder and delight, and their skin is pure milk and honey.

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Being able to grab their little piggy toes is another great shot at this age.  They giggle and think funny noises are funny.  Vintage linens make this classic outfit just adorable.BHP_7702

Next is the 8 month session – where babies are steady sitters, and  crawling about.

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Babies at this age love to stand and show off they are SO BIG so we love outfits that show off their baby chub and pair it with a vintage chair to hold on to.

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Finally, the 12 month session – where we take multiple outfits and then finish with a smash cake at the end.  Babies love musical instruments, the love their independence, and they love little things to hold on to and explore.  And what girl doesn’t love jewelry?  So when I saw this vintage jewelry box, I knew it would be a great prop for little girls.  It’s been a hit so far.

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So when the mom writes me this:

                                                             Brenda!!!! You’ve outdone yourself!! These are great!
                                                             Thank you!!😊
I feel that sense of pride that I’ve added something positive to this families lives by capturing their precious baby as she grew and it makes me all warm and gooey inside.  It’s a privilege I do not take lightly.
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I have put my heart and soul into this…

If you build it, they will come…..  a few years ago I shopped for weeks buying antiques, worked with friends to create the perfect environment and then Santa enchanted every child that showed up for these special sessions in my studio.  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.

In fact, this is a great gift idea for grandparents to give their grandchildren instead of toys… it will make a long lasting impact, even when you are gone.

Blogged here is a typical Santa Workshop 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!

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

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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.

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

Brenda Horan

 

What 2 Wear – Family Photo Session

The first thing I do when I’m building my family’s wardrobe for our yearly photo session is decide where I’m going to hang the portrait.  I want to be able to enjoy these images so I always hang my family portrait.  Once I  choose the location, I look around the room and take in all  the colors of my furnishings.  My house has a lot of aqua, grey and peacock blue.  So last year, this was our family image.  (yes, I know my husband is handsome 🙂

Brenda's Family
Brenda’s Family

So, my advice to my clients is to look around their home for color inspiration.  You wouldn’t want to wear a bunch of orange when you have green and burgundy in your home.  It would just clash.  The colors of your room will dictate what is going to look the best in your portrait.   Keep in mind that neutrals like cream and gray can match pretty much anything, and there are varying shades of grey so everyone isn’t in all charcoal – making the photo a big blob.

Different hues of denim can also be helpful, but I would suggest staying clear o really pale shades of denim, go for darker hues.  It’s more timeless.

Where to start?   I love pattern, but not  everyone should be wearing a pattern.  Little girls can easily wear a print, and mom can then start to coordinate everyones outfits around that.  Checks are my favorite on boys.  Men can stick to basics but layer for interest.  Stick to a color palette of three colors and you should be safe.

Tips to Remember:

Keep the location and season in mind.

Pay attention to things like shoes, hair and nails.

Accessorize with jewelry, hats, scarves and vests.

Bring hair brush and hair spray if it’s a windy day.

Look at these suggestions to get inspiration.

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Lots of stores, like Gap have clothing for the family and stick to the similar color hues in all their departments.  It’s pretty easy to pull looks together once you know what your color palette is.   Adding accessories you already have will make it more personal.

If you are considering a family session with me, I am happy to help you pull your looks together.  I have an array of things I can bring to stylized sessions that will add a bit of interest.  I just need to know what you will be wearing!

Visit My Portfolio of Family Images Here

 

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

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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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Front view ^

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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  HoranBrenda@gmail.com

 

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!

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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

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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!

 

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Welcome Aboard mate!

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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!

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

 

 

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Happy little guy – I just xoxox him.

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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