Petaluma Family Portraits / The Del Toro’s Chic Equestrian Style photos

Equestrian style family photo

     The Del Toro Family has a special place in my heart…… They are truly such a beautiful family inside and out.  I’ve known Jeanny since she was about 10 years old, as she grew grew up a couple house down from me with her 2 sisters and parents. We’ve kept in touch over the years and I’ve watched her grow into the beautiful, confident woman she is today! Jeanny & Erik wanted to do something classic and beautiful for her family portrait that included horses. We photographed at Hidden Gem Farms in Petaluma, a beautiful Equestrian facility that specializes in Saddle Seat with their stunning Arabian horses! I’ve had the pleasure of riding and photographing on the property and knew it would be perfect.  The outfits Jeanny chose for the family gave it that classic chic Equestrian style, very Ralph Lauren. Little Miss Valentina stole the show, I mean come on, she’s a real life doll! JP was such a delight and gentleman, greeting me with a warm hug and totally bonding with the horses. 

Equestrian style family photo
children's photography


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!


Sunset with a girl and horse
image of girl making a wish
girl riding bareback in a field
girl walking in forest

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 (  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!



Senior girl in mustard fields
boho styled senior photo
girl with long hair wearing a hat
Senior girl image



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 


Boudoir photography with a natural modern vibe

Sophie’s Spring Senior portrait Session

Photographed in the beautiful Sonoma County countryside with spring wildflowers, puffy clouds and a stunning sunset set the scene for Sophie’s Senior portraits. In this series, I love how the many sides of this beautiful young woman are displayed. From sweet to fierce and everything in between. Thank you Jennifer and Sophie for having me as your photographer!

girl in field of flowers

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



playful boudoir

Editorial equestrian photo shoot with London based model Ruby

Petaluma Boudoir image

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.

Petaluma Boudoir image
Petaluma Boudoir image
Petaluma Boudoir image
Petaluma Boudoir image

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 Fashion Photographer/my favorite Russian muse

This editorial fashion photo shoot at the Hotel Petaluma with beautiful Russian model Liza was absolutely wonderful! After several years of absence in my life, I heard from her…….Liza reached out to me because she had some free time in between jobs. I was beyond thrilled to hear from her! Liza has always been my favorite muse. With her self described “Fabulousness”, her amazing wardrobe, rockin’ body and that Russian accent have made for my most favorite and memorable photoshoots. We met at The Hotel Petaluma after Megan Murphy (my daughter in law) of Urban Elements Salon had styled her hair. Liza had 2 gorgeous boho maxi dress from Ooh La Loft, an amazing maxi skirt by Alice and Olivia which we paired with the sequin crop top, the peach colored formal dress is one she wore as a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. Also used for styling was a white faux fur from “For Love and Lemons” and some battery operated twinkle lights. 


Bay area senior portrait photographer/ Blue Velvet Valentine

The blue crushed velvet and Carmel’s eyes were absolutely mesmerizing……. this is only one portion of the photoshoot which was perfectly planned during a break in this crazy rainy season. Valentine’s Day is this week and these photos capture the fun and fashion of the season. The blue velvet dress is from OOH LA LOFT. Makeup by Mandy at Sensational Skin Petaluma, Hair by Rapunzel’s. It all came together like perfectly at the French inspired hotel ,The Metro. This is a style I like to call Modern/Vintage! A perfect combo of the new and the old, the trendy and the classic. This shoot was so special because ,when Carmel was three, I had the pleasure of photographing her during a family portrait shoot! Carmel is now a Senior attending  St. Vincent’s High School. It’s just amazing seeing the little girl I photographed 15 years ago all grown up and so incredibly beautiful, both inside and out.