Exciting news! A brand new studio and rebranding to Fresh Focus Photography

2019 is here.  I have made the most of this cold, dreary weather by working hard to design my brand new photography studio with my friend and designer,  Julie Wiscaver.  The studio will be a mix of fresh, modern pieces and a little bit of refurbished antiques, (because you KNOW  I love to go antiquing)!!!   The new studio will open  in early March, and I can’t wait to invite you to see it, experience this tranquil, lovely setting while I capture your baby, family, boudoir images for you.

I’ve also taken this time to rebrand my business name.  After 20 years in business, I felt it was the right time to take a fresh approach to my business and I have actually had this name for about 10 years when I taught newborn workshops around the country.   I worked with a talented logo designer to get exactly the feel I wanted with my new logo and I hope you love it as much as I do.

 

Coming up with new and creative ideas as a photographer is what I love to do.  Always on the hunt  for new props that will delight my littlest customers and make their images special.  

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

I hope you will let all your expecting friends know about Fresh Focus Photography .  Newborn 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!!!

All these outfits are in my prop closet for clients to choose from.  Hats, headbands, and even this little vintage pillow are all added to compliment, not overpower, the baby.  The baby is expertly posed with care, always keeping your baby safe and secure.

One Year photos are a MUST – the baby is full of personality and I love to capture it all for you.  As I know personally, one day they are little, the next  day they are going off to college and you are left, crying on the driveway waving goodbye!

Mother with Child images are super special.  I love to keep everything really simple and clean for these types of sessions because I love the skin tones, shiny hair and to be able to just focus on capturing the relationship you have with your small child.

Toddler photography is one where experience is a MUST.  Children between 1-3 typically have their own agenda, so it’s important for me to have little tricks and props to entertain and delight them.  I have an extensive prop and wardrobe collection for my clients,  and over 100 backdrops to choose from.  

After being in business for 20 years, I can honestly say, I love my “job” and look forward to what 2019 has in store for me and my little customers.

All the best to you and your family,

Brenda

 

Digital Images Delivered In Style

It seems these days all my customers want digital images, so I wanted to have something stylish to deliver them on.

I just got these new custom USB drives from USB Memory Direct, which is a wholesale USB company.  They did a great job, were easy and friendly to work with and the wooden USBs are the perfect way to deliver images to my customer.  They have different styles and can customize anything.  This style is the Tower.  They added my logo and I just love the look of it.

I’m loving my new custom flash drives from USB Memory Direct!

First Days of your Newborn’s Life are the Most Precious

The First Days Of Your Newborn’s Life Are The Most Precious—Capture Them Forever With Photographs You’ll Cherish For A Lifetime


Newborn photography by Brenda Horan
“I have at least two walls in my house completely covered with Brenda’s photos of our family! She took our daughter’s newborn photos several years ago, and we haven’t used any other photographer since. She is especially patient with newborn shoots and any sitting that involves children. Somehow, she’s able to solicit smiles from all our kids and us at the same time, creating a gorgeous portrait for us to cherish forever…” ~ Cristen O.

There’s No Other Experience Like It

Nothing is more magical, emotional, or amazing than seeing and holding your new baby for the very first time.

The early days, weeks, and months of parenthood will be an incredible experience, but you may not realize how FAST those times will FLY by!

Every parent will tell you those early days go by in the blink of an eye.

The things you treasure so much—the smell of a baby’s skin, the feel of his or her little body cuddled against yours—become distant but cherished memories as your children quickly change and grow.

Before you know it, you’ve been carried along on the roller coaster ride of bringing up your adorable children, but the memories of those previous first moments with your new baby are just that—memories.

 

What One Mom Had To Say

 

Newborn photography by Brenda Horan

Brenda is one of the most dedicated and passionate photographers I’ve met. She’s been our family photographer for the last 6 years.

I noticed a beautiful card advertising her photography business at The Market in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I was pregnant with my first born. I viewed her website and immediately signed up for her Baby Cakes program.

This was such an important time to capture our new family beginning. Brenda exceeded all our expectations with gorgeous images that were perfection. I almost couldn’t believe these images were mine.

The images were so impressive that they brought tears of joy and happiness to many eyes, including my family and friends. I now have three children.

I loved Brenda’s work and style so much, I continue to use her with all three children and she continues to amaze me with her talent. I love her gentleness with newborns and her patients and playfulness with babies and children.

She makes each session look effortless, which takes talent!

Our home is filled with the most beautiful pictures that I’m so proud to display. The pictures are timeless.

Brenda has created memories for my family that will always be loved and cherished forever. I’m blessed to have found a photographer with such an amazing gift. Brenda truly puts her whole heart into her work, and I’m forever grateful…

~ Kimbra and Neil Mavis

 

Your Baby Will Be Here Before You Know It

Memories of always great to have, of course, but even memories can fade in time, and they’re hard to share with other people.

Unless you decide TODAY to forever preserve these treasured times with professional newborn and baby photographs before time marches on with you caught firmly in its grasp.

This isn’t a decision you can put off any longer because the window of opportunity to get this done is SMALL.

Your baby will be here before you know it, and will only be a “newborn” for a very short time.

If you’re still expecting, that’s fantastic because there’s no better time to plan newborn photographs.

In fact, the best time to think about getting your baby’s first photo session on the schedule is actually around 2–4 months before your expected due date.  My preference is to have the baby in the studio 7-14 days old so they are able to  do all the curled up poses for me.

If you delay this until after your baby is born, you’ll have a lot on your mind, and selecting a professional newborn photographer after the fact might not be the first thing on your to-do list.

Once your little one makes his big entrance, simply let us know the awesome news, and we’ll coordinate with you to choose the perfect day for the photo session.

It goes without saying, your new baby is beyond priceless, so you won’t trust just about anyone to capture those critical first photos, right?

You want a photographer with experience, who knows exactly what to do, which is exactly what you’ll get with me because I’ve accumulated more than 18 years of experience in this field.

I promise you, your tiny babe will be gently posed, with care and love, creating precious images of your new bundle.

Newborn photography by Brenda Horan
“So many amazing things I can say about Brenda Horan Photography. She’s been taking photos of my kids for a few years now and I’m amazed every time I get the proofs! Her creativity, talent and patience go above and beyond! Her backgrounds and vintage props are one of a kind. I’m so thankful to have found a photographer who can truly capture such special moments!” ~ Jennifer Wright

What Should You Do Next?

If you like what you’ve read here, you know how important and time-sensitive this is—your baby will arrive before you know it, and the sooner we can add you to the calendar the better.

 

CALL TODAY

Because I have LIMITED spaces in my schedule
it’s IMPORTANT to make sure I’m available to capture your new bundle of joy.

Call me TODAY at (918) 704-4399 for a friendly chat

We can make sure we have an available opening for you.

I’m so excited for you, and look forward to talking with you 🙂

 

Regroup, rethink and recharge with Tulsa Photographer Brenda Horan

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any blogs but I’m going to catch you up on the past 6 months right now.  January was my month to regroup, rethink and recharge myself.  I took a little vacation to Seaside, Florida which really helped me clear the air on what I wanted 2016 to look like.   Most people don’t even realize this, but I quietly divorced my husband in March and am ready to move on.  Living in personal turmoil is not something I have interest in doing, so I decided to move on with as much dignity as possible.  The critics  are always eager to pounce, but I have found solace in the most unexpected places and people. It has actually given me a new perspective on friendship – what it means to be one and what it means to have one.  There were many days in March and April that I had to rely on the Lord for strength and patience.  I don’t like to show weakness, but I was weak and He answered me in the most beautiful ways.

So 2016 has started off with a lot of change but I’m not afraid of change.  I have friends that I have known since grade school that are solid friends, but I also have friends from Texas, Maryland and Florida (all places that I have lived) that I continue to correspond with, pray for and keep up thru social media.  I’ve lived in 4 different states over the course of my life, built homes, sold homes, re-established my photography business three times since 1999.     I’ve had home studio’s, a converted barn studio, a 4000 sq. foot custom studio, and back to a great home studio that I adore.  My current home is on the market and I have found the cutest little cottage that I hope to buy which will make a great home for me and be able to continue to offer great photography services to my customers.

This year both of my children  graduated in May – one from Oklahoma State University, the other from Metro Christian Academy.  Both of my kids have grown into people I admire, they have a strong love for the Lord and they respect  others.  I feel I have done my job when it comes to parenting and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

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Travis graduating from OSU

Right now, I’m in Vail, Colorado, looking out the window at this incredibly beautiful town while my daughter recovers from another hip operation.  The love friends and family have shown us during this time has made both of us cry.  It’s overwhelming really,  it just reminds me that WE ARE ALL the body of Christ and this is normal in the Kingdom so it’s as close to being on Earth as it is in Heaven that I may see in this lifetime.  Thus the overwhelming feelings I get when there are texts offering prayers,  hope and love on my phone or FB inbox.  It means everything to me.

So, what do I have planned for the rest of 2016?  Since it’s almost half over I want to make the very most of it.   My plans are to continue with my photography business, because that is my gift and I love doing it.   I also want to mentor young women who need encouragement.  My life has been full of blessings, but also has had a lot of rough patches in it.  I want to use those rough patches to encourage others that even tho someone might beat us down, that we can stand up and be who God created us to be and not believe the lies the enemy is trying to convince us is truth.  I’ve not shared much of my past with most of you, but I feel the urge to say this… in 1993 I was at the lowest point of my life.  I had a brand new baby boy, but a husband that was abusive in the worst ways to me.  He had convinced me that I was fat (at 98 pounds), ugly, worthless and never going to get anything better than the life I had with him.  It was a horrible time, yet it was a beautiful time because I was a mother to the most happy little boy who never cried and was always giggling.  It was my baby boy who gave me the strength to find a better life for the both of us, to break the cycle that this abusive situation was normal, and once I divorced my first husband I had a very hard road ahead in becoming who I wanted to be.  One friend dragged me to Al Anon meetings 4 times a week for an entire year – that changed my perspective to what an addict can do to their loved ones and gave me the courage to be victorious and not have a victim mentality.   Another friend convinced me to go to Arizona and attend a one week, in depth survivors workshop, which opened my eyes to what I could become if I let the Lord into my life on a deeper level than just attending church once a week, that week allowed me to forgive and not let the past control my future.  Another friend supported me financially so that my son and I could live in a safe place where  husband #1 wouldn’t be able to harm us.   Eventually, life became more “normal” and life got good.  Seeking the Lord with everything you have every day is a must in my life.  Without Him, I would be nothing.

I say all this to encourage someone, somewhere to find a quiet place, turn on some worship music and just listen.  Let the lyrics wash over you, and let the Lord minister to your heart.

Life is short – live it to the fullest.

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.

 

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

 

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 http://ewebaby.bigcartel.com    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. https://lemondropshop.com/en_us/   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  http://persnicketysknits.bigcartel.com.  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 http://www.theknittingbitty.bigcartel.com and had my friend April make me this vintage football to just complete the look I was going for. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilsYarnables?ref=si_shop

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.

xoxo

Brenda

 

Tulsa Baby Photographer loves chubby babies!

Oh My Goodness – you just can’t stop smiling when you look at this sweet, chubby baby.

Meet Emma Kate.  She is a 4 month old over achiever who not only gave me perfection during the session, but she can sit really, really well.  I am hoping that when she comes back for her 8 month photos, she isn’t already walking.  SLOW DOWN Emma Kate, you will be a teenager soon enough.

So, I’m starting out the blog with a image that just makes me super happy.

All backdrops on this blog post are from Lemondrop Shop  http://www.lemondropstop.com

Headband by Maya’s Curls.  Check her out on Facebook.

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Next up is Emma Kate wearing a darling romper by Matilda Jane  http://www.matildajaneclothing.com

paired with a headband from The Pink Elephant Boutique  http://PinkElephantBowtique.etsy.com
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Capturing a little smile sure makes everyone in the studio sigh…..

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Another fabulous headband by The Pink Elephant Bowtique.  One of my favorite headband vendors.  All her items sit well on the head, which is actually important.BHP_0269

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I love my little baby beds from Turtle Pond Works – well made and super sturdy.  http://www.turtlepondwoodworks.etsy.com

Headband by The Pink Elephant Bowtique.

BHP_0296This is another one of those AWESOME shots that when I download on my computer I give a little leap of joy….. Look at her beautiful complexion, her sweet smile,  her perfect hair bow from Stirling’s Flowers (check her out on Facebook).  Again, this bow sits perfectly on the head and is made from leather.  
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another cute little nudie – which I just can’t get enough of.BHP_0328

Lastly, a photo of her in front of one of my newest big props – wearing a headband from Nancy at Ewe Baby  http://ewebaby.bigcartel.com   We did this set up especially for her grandma Denise.  xoxoBHP_0348I hope you enjoyed these little 4 month old baby photos as much as I did writing and posting about them.  I love babies and kids of all ages – and would love to be your photographer.  Please call me at 918-704-4399.

Tulsa Baby Photographer

Brenda Horan

www.BrendaHoran.com

 

Brenda Horan loves babies… it shows in her work.

Yes, I love babies.  I had two of my own who are now 22 and 17,  so having a “job” where I get to play and entertain babies for a living is so much fun.  Besides, who doesn’t love dressing up a baby in a cute outfit?

Today I wanted to write about my BabyCAKES program.  This is what I consider the BEST DEAL IN TULSA for having your baby photographed by a photographer with 16 years of experience, fantastic equipment, colorful backdrops and a big variety of props suited for little kids.  I even have a wardrobe closet in case you need a cute, little outfit for your baby or child up to abut 7 years old.

The BabyCAKES program is $475 and includes the newborn session, as well as 4, 8 and 12 month old sessions PLUS at the end of the year you receive a beautiful album compiled of your favorite images from each session.  It’s a value of over $1118 if purchased individually.  

Here is little Camilla, whom I photographed all year – we just celebrated her birthday with a Smash Cake Session…. she’s a living doll.  Curly black hair and blue eyes and a smile that melts you!  These are just a few of my very favorite images from each of her sessions.

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If you are expecting or know someone who is, please call me!  I would love to capture your baby in photos for you to remember how sweet and innocent they are with photos you will cherish.

To view more of my work, please visit my website at:  www.BrendaHoran.com or follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BrendaHoranPhotography

 

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

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And I love the lodge feel of the set now.

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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.

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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.

Brenda