It’s Cake Smash Time at Fresh Focus Photography Studio

Hi again, everyone!

I have a hard time facing the fact that little Quinley is already a whole year old. But you know what 1-year-old birthdays mean? Cake. And smashing cakes, of course! 

Before I get to the fun circus themed photos I know you came here for, I have to share pictures from babyQuinley’s previous milestone sessions. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone!

At her newborn session, this photo of her with my mint wrap and matching headband from Custom Photo Props was just beautiful.

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Four months later – look at how much she changed…. a little butter ball full of smiles and personality.  Not to mention a perfect rosy complextion.

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Four month later at her 8 month session – she was laughing and sitting and just a joy for me to photograph.  This little vintage looking outfit is from Mia Joy one of my favorite clothing vendors for photography.

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And that, my friends, brings us to (his/her) 1-year photo session complete with smash the cake photos.  

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P.S. Want to learn more about my milestone packages? My BabyCAKES program is 4 sessions during the course of one year.  Sign up and don’t miss any of your baby’s first year.

 

Boudoir Photography with a Fresh Focus

Ooh la la! 

 

Today I have a very special boudoir blog post for you. It features multiple stunning, gorgeous, voluptuous women who have been an absolute pleasure to work with.  

 

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This shows off my style perfectly – a little Classic, Hollywood Glamour.

 

When a client comes into the Fresh Focus Photography Studio for a boudoir session, they typically are quite nervous.  Understandably so!!!  It’s my job to make they feel comfortable and confident.   It all starts with getting a great hair and makeup artist to come into the studio to work with the client before the photo session takes place.  I work with two extremely talented HMA and they know what needs to be done to produce quality photos!  Clients walk in with clean hair and clean face, and walk out looking like super models!  I’m not kidding!

 

Once clients are finished getting pampered and perfected, we begin the shoot.  There’s no need to worry,  I show each client how to pose in ways that suit their body.  As a result, I am able to camouflage things about their body they might not want to feature with lighting and specific posing.  This is how I am able to differentiate myself from other photographers.   So after about five minutes, the client is not nervous at all and actually having fun!

 

This is key to any boudoir session – making the client look good, feel good and so they will be thrilled with their image collection at the end of the session.  

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I have a few rules:

no men will be in the studio while shooting,

no nudity,

every pose is classy,

and client permission is required for me to use any images for promotional purposes.

If you are interested in booking a Boudoir Session please contact me at 918.704.4399.  I will be happy to discuss the details with you.

 

A Krispy Kreme Cake Smash

Hi everyone!

I have a hard time facing the fact that little Jayda is already a whole year old. But you know what 1-year-old birthdays mean?

Cake. And smashing cakes, of course! 

In this case, I thought it might be fun to do a donut theme. Since Krispy Kreme’s  green color sort of matches my studio couch…. that is where I drew my inspiration.

Before I get to the fabulous photos I know you came here for, I have to share pictures from baby Jayda’s previous newborn session. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone!

NewbornPhotographer TulsaBrendaHoranThe star is, of course, sweet little Jayda, who was born last year. I’m doubly excited, though, because her older sister, Jenavieve was also on the scene. Having them both there made for so much cuteness I could hardly stand it! See for yourself!

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So back to the here and now:

As you can see, Jayda had so much fun at her smash cake session. (Who wouldn’t, am I right?)

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You do not want to miss the other photos we shot before she got all messy with donuts!

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P.S. Want to learn more about my WatchMEgrow sessions?  Just send me a message on my website.
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I’ll be in touch with you right away to start planning an amazing milestone session for your baby!
~ Brenda

 

All backdrops and floordrops used are by my favorite backdrop company:  Lemondrop Shop

Blue Headband and baby bathtub by Custom Photo Props.

 

Introducing The New Fresh Focus Photography Studio | Tulsa Newborn Photographer

The New Fresh Focus Photography Studio is now open!

And I couldn’t be more excited to share this studio with you!

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Building this 850 square foot space out to work  as my creative space was a project I needed help on.  I called in my friend Julie Wiscaver of Wisecaver Creative Design.   She is very much like me – she likes to draw things out and plan. So we measured and drew and ordered a lot of stuff from Wayfair!  It was a lot of fun working with someone like her – she’s creative and smart.  I have to admit, we had a lot of fun AND she kept me from making bad choices.

I also need to thank Ken for all the help he gave (and continues to give) on this project as well as all the ideas that pop into my mind – he makes them happen.   Bella created my little Welcome sign that hangs from the vintage bicycle.    So this studio is a labor of love from several people and I appreciate them all.

The landlord might have thought I was crazy because I told him everything had to be painted white!  I feel like a white pallet lends itself to the clean and modern look I was going for.  It’s important to me that my clients feel welcome and comfortable when they arrive, and that this space is neat and clean.

I wanted my office area to reflect my personality, so I repurposed a grey armiore that was my son’s as a little boy, painted it white and added wallpaper to the interior to make it girly.  It’s the perfect place for my giant monitor.  I like that when it’s shut, it keeps the place looking neat and tidy.

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The seating area was the place I added pops of color – and these pieces will be used for senior girl and family sessions this spring and fall.

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All the little things I treasure so much are now on display on the gold/glass shelving units flanking the armoire – these were purchased from Wayfair.  A trip to Target and I found these great gold frames that make up my gallery walls.  The perfect way to display a lot of images is with similar frames spaced closely together.  And of course, Hobby Lobby has lots of little things that you didn’t know you were looking for that fill in areas that need a special something !

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Adding to my studio wardrobe took time and planning.  So many new items for newborns that are specifically made for photographers.  These little outfits fit baby snugly and are current with today’s trends.   I also have wardrobes for babies up to one year, and dresses for little girls up to age 10.  Maternity gowns are also available for use as well as anything you can think of for little girls hair.


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So, if you are looking for a professional photographer – please contact me.

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 20 years of experience in this field.

I promise you, I will give you 100% of my energy, creating art specifially for you.

What Should You Do Next?

If you like what you’ve read here, please comment, I would love to know what you think.

 

CALL TODAY

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 🙂

 

Fresh Focus Photography offers Princess & the Pea Mini Sessions

When I opened my new Fresh Focus Photography studio in March, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was offer Princess & the Pea Mini Sessions for my little clients.   I wanted to put a vintage spin on the set up.

Vintage sheets from Etsy shops were purchased.  Antique shopping began.  It all came together last weekend when several little girls entered the studio for hair and makeup.

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The first little Princess was only 3 years old.  I met her when I shot her newborn photos.  She was so sweeet and cooperative.  Her darling curls were accented by a beautiful Poppy and Cy headband  and a darling Joyfolie dress that’s part of my studio wardrobe.

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I was also the newborn photographer for the next little girl. She couldn’t have been any cuter or well behaved.  She’s rocking a romper from Zara that I selected for the session and a headband by one of my favorite vendors Blooms Burlap.  (I have a slight addiction to her headbands).  I just love her sweet innocence that has been captured.

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This next little girl is quiet and very much like what I would imagine a young balerina to be like.  I loved how well she listened to everything I was telling her and how naturally beautiful she is.  She’s rocking a Joyfolie dress and a Birdie Baby Boutique headband.  The telephone photo was one of my session favorites.  (THOSE LASHES)

The fourth little girl is the cousin of the 5th little girl.  I was able to capture a few of them together.  These girls have so much fun together.  I’m dying over how pretty the serious ones are, and the eyelashes!!!  

The last little girl has a heart of gold, and giant blue marble eyes.  Her smile is infectious.  I just want to hug her and take her home!  Every year her mom brings her and her brother in for photos and let me tell you – they are (AGAIN) so well behaved and  cooperative for me.  She is wearing a headband tied to her braid by Birdie Baby Boutique and a matching outfit like her cousins above.

 

I will be doing these mini sessions again in late May.  If you are interested please call me at 918-704-4399.   The mini session includes 4 digital images of your choice.

 

First days of your newborns 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

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.

I have a fully stocked studio –  outfits created specifically for newborn photography will fit your baby snugly and show off their cute little bodies.  Tiny, hand crafted props will enhance the images, not take away from your baby. 

Tiny bats, balls, guitars, bears are all items I have personally selected and you will get to select from a vast supply collected by me over the years.

 

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.

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 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

What to Wear to Your Family Photo Session

What makes Brenda Horan the right choice as your Tulsa family photographer?  Her attention to detail, the way she poses the entire family, and helping her clients in making wardrobe selections so you know what to wear to your family photo session.

So you’ve decided it’s time for a family photo. Spring and Fall are great seasons to have family photos taken. The weather is usually beautiful and the temperatures are great for being outside. After you book your session, the next step is figuring out what everyone will wear. This is often the most stressful part. Styling for photos can be a bit overwhelming. I wanted to take some of the guesswork out of the process for you.

Deciding where you will display the portrait of your family will help with the wardrobe color scheme as well as choosing the location for the photo shoot. You don’t have to match your family’s wardrobe with your sofa but you don’t want them to fight with each other either. After deciding where your family portrait will be displayed and discussing the location of the photo shoot, you will have some insight as to the color options for your family’s wardrobe. You don’t want to blend with your surroundings but you want them to compliment each other.

Neutrals, like cream and gray, are always great choices because they are so versatile. If you choose to go with a neutral palette, you will want to use varying shades of gray, beige, and cream. Too much of the same shade can cause the photo to look like a big blob. Layering of different shades of the same color palette is a great way to add interest to a family photo. Also think about using different textures for visual interest.

Different hues of denim can also be a great choice in family photos. Steer clear of really pale shades of denim as darker hues are more timeless.

Timeless colors and textures

 

Let’s talk about patterns. Not everyone in the photo should be wearing a pattern. You don’t want too much busyness fighting for attention. A great rule of thumb for patterns is to choose a coordinating plaid and or a complimentary floral for a little girl. Pull solid colors from the plaid shirt to choose the wardrobe colors for the other members of the family. Remember, layering with scarves, vests, and hats can add lots of interest to the overall feel of the photo. Sticking to a color palette of three base colors is usually a safe bet for a combination that is pleasing to the eye.

Add just a little bit of pattern for visual interest.

If you need to shop for your family’s wardrobe, many stores like Gap and Old Navy will have coordinating clothing for each member of the family. Don’t forget to shop your own closet for accessories.

Pay attention to shoes as well. It’s best to stick with a neutral brown, black, or gray. You don’t want your feet to steal attention from your beautiful faces.

When you have gathered everyone’s wardrobe together, it is helpful to lay the outfits out on the floor or bed to get a visual feel. This will enable you to see how it will all flow together. It’s really helpful for me to see what you will be wearing as well.  So I’ll request that you send me a picture.

Don’t forget about comfort. It’s really important that you all feel comfortable and natural during your family’s photo shoot. If your little one is wearing scratchy, uncomfortable clothing, we will be hard pressed to get a smile out of them. That goes for the big people too. Uncomfortable clothes will show on your faces.

At the end of the day, you want your family photos to portray the distinct personality of your family. Allow for your individual personalities and style to shine through when choosing your wardrobe. Just stick to the same color palette and you will succeed in capturing the essence of your family at that moment in time.

A pop of color is always nice on a little girl.

We can also discuss even more stylized options to capture your family’s distinct personality at the time you schedule your photo shoot.

Family photos don’t have to be a dreaded event. I want it to be an hour of you being together as a family, having fun, and enjoying each other.

I look forward to working with you to capture your family’s photos.

Dates are filling up for Spring, so call soon to reserve your appointment.