Charlotte & Abe/ Senior portraits/ A girl and her horse

Senior portrait with horses

Meet Charlotte and her horse Abe! Charlotte is an Ambassador for Mary J Murphy Senior Portraits from Petaluma High School . We met at Chocolate Horse Farm where we both ride horses a couple of years ago. Several months ago I saw her at St. Vincent’s Senior prom all done up in a beautiful dress with hair and makeup. I had know idea who she was but I knew she was someone I knew. Normally I see Charlotte in riding breeches & boots with her hair tucked into a helmet. It took a couple of hours until I realized who she was.

Abe is Charlotte’s 6 year old warmblood horse. Together, Charlotte & Abe compete in Three Day Eventing. A breathtaking sport that includes Dressage, Stadium Jumping and Cross Country Jumping. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Charlotte & Abe were photographed at Chocolate Horse Farm in Petaluma!

 

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Senior Photos 2018/ Julia from Sonoma Academy

boho styled Senior portraits

Meet Julia! 2018 Ambassador for MJM  Senior Photos from Sonoma Academy! Julia is so much fun to work with. She is involved with preforming arts as an actress and has the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen!  Julia’s photoshoot was done on two different days. I really wanted to photograph her in the mustard fields with the beautiful yellow skirt designed by Altana Danzhalova San Francisco ( http://www.altanadanzhalova.com).  Julia was leaving for Greece so we had just enough time to photograph her in the mustard fields while they were still in bloom.The rest would have to wait a couple weeks.

The second half of the shoot was all Julia! Photographed in the studio and in my pool house, then to a special spot I found off the beaten track. A small snake was there to greet us, YIKES!!!  Good thing her Dad was there to remove it for us. Thanks Chris! Julia’s Mom Katherine is an AMAZING lady! She runs the Facebook Page “Nasty Classy Women” and is very involved in the resistance! I admire Katherine for her passion and dedication to this historic challenge our county is facing. Check out Julia’s photos below and see her for more information about Mary Jean Murphy Senior photography 2018!

XOXO,

Mary

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Bay Area Boudoir Photography/ California Girl Claire

Boudoir photography with a natural modern vibe

Claire and I met before her boudoir photo shoot to discuss what style of photos she was interested in doing….I always like to meet with my clients before hand to get a sense of what their all about. Also to discuss location, wardrobe, hair & makeup etc. I find this complimentary consultation priceless.  Anyhow, while chatting with Claire, I totally got her totally chill, classic California Girl style. With that gorgeous sun dipped hair and rocking’ body. She had done body building and had the abs to prove it! Hair and Makeup by Brittney Lee  https://makeupbybrittneylee.com 

 

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SF Bay Area Lifestyle Boudoir Photography with Calvin Klein, Coffee & Gucci

Liza, my favorite Muse graces my website…..and why not? We have been working together for about 8 years! We inspire each other and always have fun during our photo shoots. She’s like a Russian doll complete with the Red Sparrow accent. Sorry sweetie, I still hear it! From our “Marilyn” shoot to “Gypsy Queen”, “Bandit Babe” and everything in between, here is part of our latest collaboration! Just Liza…. 

Jeans- Madewell

Sweater – Ooh La Luxe

Calvin Klein underwear- Urban Outfitters

Pink faux fur coat- Forever 21

 

 

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Couples Editorial Boudoir photography

Bay Area Couples Boudoir

     Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amy and Andrew’s steamy boudoir photoshoot hits the blog! Amy contacted me about a couples shoot she wanted to do as a gift for boyfriend Andrew. Although I had never done a couples boudoir photo shoot, I had plenty of experience with couples and boudoir. Just not together. We gathered inspiration from Pinterest and other social media sites to come up with an original session. The couple was photographed both in my home/studio and on location in Petaluma. Check out their matching Cartier bracelets!

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Sonoma County Equestrian Senior Portraits/ Hannah and her Arabians

This is a photo shoot I’ve been meaning to share for a while……There are just so many photos I loved, it was hard to narrow down.

Hannah was photographed last fall at her home and fabulous horse ranch “Hidden Gem Farms” in Petaluma. The name suites it perfectly! The idyllic ranch was recently purchased by the family and focuses on the Arabian breed. HGF Performance Trainer Donna Waggoner (Hannah’s trainer) came to Hidden Gems to work with the Arabians and her clients. Hannah, an accomplished rider, practices the riding disciplines of Saddle Seat and Sidesaddle! With Mom, Julie Scudder-Feldman in charge of putting together the stunning riding attire and props. Hannah pulling favs from her closet, the styling options were endless. I wish I could have photographed all of them! Not to mention, beautiful places to shoot at every turn.

Three different horses were used for the photo shoot. Malieka, a stunning mare, is seen in the Sidesaddle photos. Kaz was ridden in the Saddle Seat photos and Bogie (PS Huk Me Up) is seen in the first set of bareback photos with Hannah in the forest green sweater. Being a dressage rider myself for the past 15 years, I can certainly see the talent and beauty of Hannah’s riding and these exquisite horses. 

 

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San Francisco Power Couple/ Farah & Victor Makras

 Farah and Victor Makras have been named one of 2017’s power couples by “The Nob Hill Gazette”…….  Victor, a real estate guru and his beautiful wife Farah, a well known philanthropist, have been known to throw fabulous parties at their Marina mansion says the Gazette. 

We met on a foggy spring day at their SPECTACULAR Marina Blvd. mansion. I have always swooned over these homes with their iconic views and beautiful architecture. Seeing these homes dressed up for the holidays is something I look forward to every year! When I arrived, makeup artist Andrea Ortega Costigan, co-founder of Salt Spell Beauty in Marin was putting the finishing touches on Farah’s hair & makeup. As they were finishing up, I looked around the main floor for the best locations to shoot. With it’s wide open windows facing the Marina, there was plenty of natural light to photograph with. I was struck by some of the features in the home, like the fireplace that reminded me of a glass of sparkling rose’. Victor said it was made with metal tiles and glass that looked like pieces of amber that the flames burned through. The tiny bulb ceiling lighting is absolutely genius! And of course the iconic San Francisco views take your breath away.

Victor and Farah are an absolutely lovely couple inside and out. They met in San Francisco 20 years ago. Victor describes noticing Farah’s beauty and style first, but her laugh was a close second states “The Gazette”. Actually both Farah and Victor have impeccable style. 

While I was there, the Mayor called! Not surprising since the couple has close ties to City Hall. Victor has worked as a Commissioner for both SF Police and SF Fire. Dept.  Photos of Farah, Victor and their beautiful home below!

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Editorial equestrian photo shoot with London based model Ruby

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Ruby is a London based model, here on the west coast for a little R & R. This Croatian/Serbian beauty has quite a story! As a child she had to flee her country for her life because of the ethnic cleansing. She spends a lot of time traveling the world and considers herself a gypsy. My sweet boy “Oliver” is the handsome prince (Oh, I mean horse) in these photos. This B&W collection is something all always treasure and will remind me of the short but unforgettable time spent with this stunning, soulful and very wise young model! LOVE YOU RUBY!!!!! Hair by Angela Johnson Hinds.

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Bay Area Model photographer/ Josh’s studio session

I’ve known Josh since he was just a kid! He and my son Matt have been friends as long as I can remember. Josh has always been one of most genuinely nicest guys I know. ( Those are his Grandparents tattoo’d on his chest) How sweet is that???? Recently, Josh was signed to Scout Model & Talent agency and he’s doing some awesome gigs! He reminds me of a young Brad Pitt. Originally I wanted this collection to be B&W, but when I saw the beautiful skin tone and those piercing green eyes, I fell in love with the color. YOUR WELCOME! XOXO, Mary

Bay Area Senior Portrait Photographer/Alyssa’s San Francisco shoot

Girl in San Francisco with Cable Car

On a gorgeous San Francisco day in fall…..( Always the best time of year for the city in my opinion) Alyssa, Sharon & I met at iconic Alamo Square Park to start our shoot. This was the first time I’ve done a Senior shoot in the city! Parking was definitely the most challenging part of the whole experience. After shooting at Alamo Square Park we made our way downtown, pretty much winging it at this point. We ended up on Nob Hill which couldn’t have been more perfect! Cable cars and stellar views down every street, not to mention the beautiful Fairmont! Thank you Alyssa for such a FANTASTIC DAY!!!

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