Mary Jean Murphy in Toledo Spain
Toledo, Spain

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.