Check out the latest work as well as some of my favorites from the archives on insta!


Boudoir Diaries

The Boudoir Diaries

.       The boudoir diaries are blog posts featuring boudoir photo shoots


boudoir photo with pink sunglasses

nothing makes a

woman more 

Beautiful than the belief 

                                                         that she is beautiful


Senior Stories

Bay Area Senior portraits

Sophie’s Spring Countryside Session

Photographed in the beautiful Sonoma County countryside with spring wildflowers, billowy clouds and a stunning sunset set the scene for Sophie’s senior session….

Jullie’s Wine Country photo shoot

Her Grandfather did the stunning masonry work at Ledson! Funny story…Once we arrived at Ledson, Jullie locked her keys (with her wardrobe) in the car. Another set of keys was at least an hour away. However, just before I left for the shoot, I grabbed a beautiful maxi dress just purchased from OOH LA LOFT, just in case. So that saved the day and was perfect for the interior shots at the winery! Jullie’s wardrobe from OOH LA LOFT. Makeup by MAC.


Check out the latest work and some favorites from the archives on Insta!



About MJM

There’s one thing I know for certain…… I was born an artist! Living life to the beat of my own drum. My photography career started about 28 years ago. Yikes! I can’t believe it’s been that long. As a young Mom, working as a waitress to help pay the mortgage, my life was definitely missing something. That something was art. We had lived in the city before moving to Petaluma. San Francisco had always given me opportunities to express myself as an artist. Petaluma was a great place to raise kids, but at that time, a bit of a hick town. After a couple years, I did some soul searching and decided on photography as an artistic outlet. I studied with some amazing photographers such as Barbara Bordnick of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Joyce Wilson and Douglas Kirkland who’s photography career includes iconic images of  Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, John Lennon and so many more. 

A trip to Paris last year, where I visited the Louvre, was eye opening and gave me a new appreciation for the masters. I look for inspiration everywhere and try to keep my work and style fresh. 


Before all photo shoots, I recommend meeting for a consultation to discuss ideas including location, wardrobe, styling, hair & makeup etc…. I love working with inspiration that you might have as well, so feel free to bring along your favorite images from Instagram or Pinterest!



Photo shoots can take between 1-5 hours depending on locations and wardrobe changes. It’s important that you feel comfortable and relaxed in order to get the best images. So feel free to bring a friend or family member along, or a bottle of wine……


In about one week your proofs will be emailed to you. The gallery images will be password protected. Directions for ordering images will be mailed to you at this time. I recommend meeting and going over your favorites  together and choose your final images. All images that are ordered will be retouched to your preferences.

Contact MJM


Mary Jean Murphy Photography

2220 Mari Lane, Petaluma CA. 94954 P: 707-778-9043 


Monday-Saturday: 10:00–5:00 Sunday: 11:00–4:00

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