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

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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!



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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!!!

Girl in San Francisco with Cable Car

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.

Jullie B/Cardinal Newman High School/wine country Senior photography

Deep in the Kenwood area of Sonoma’s wine country you’ll find some of the most beautiful winery’s and Inn’s…….This very special photo shoot was for Cardinal Newman’s beautiful Jullie Bundesen! Jullie is one of my 2017 Senior models and was featured in the “Road Trip” photo shoot. The photos were taken in 2 different locations in Kenwood…..The Kenwood Inn & Spa and the Ledson Winery. We had special access to these 2 AMAZING locations because of Jullie’s family ties. 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.



Santa Rosa Senior photographer/ Julia’s fall winery session

Julia’s photos were taken at a BEAUTIFUL winery in Sonoma…..She wore the most adorable feminine floral vintage style dress for the first look. Mom, Leslie made a floral crown to add to some of the photos! And those purple lace up heels are to die for! Julia is the youngest of 3 sisters ( Emily and Maddie) and all three girls had there Senior photos done at this winery by me. Each of them very different but yet with enough similarities that there is continuity. Leslie had this well planned out from the beginning. Check out all of Julia’s style below….Makeup is by the VERY talented Brittney Lee!


Petaluma Senior Photographer/ Andee’s Retro downtown session

Andee is a recent St. Mary’s college graduate and fellow photographer!!! The photo shoot took place in Petaluma’s historic downtown on an overcast day. I used to shy away from shooting on a day that was any thing less than sunshine, but I’ve come to really enjoy challenging myself to get beautiful lighting in any circumstance. Andee was an absolute delight to shoot with her super cool retro styles (love the wayfarers) and authentic, sweet vibes that show through in the images.


Petaluma/Santa Rosa Senior photographer/1970’s California Road Trip

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It was love at first sight when I saw the Native American trading post in Sebastopol on HWY. 116!!! Some of my favorite memories of being a child was driving to Montana to visit my Grandparents and cousins. It would usually take several days and along the way were Indian Trading Posts. They were always filled with treasures you’d never see anywhere else. Sebastopol’s “Native Rider’s” is the only Trading Post in between Arizona And Washington state. They have beautiful American made hats, furs clothing and exquisite vintage jewelry. (check out the squash blossom necklaces in this shoot) Definitely worth checking out! Thank you Native Rider’s for letting us shoot there! Or crash your establishment on Memorial Day! I can’t say enough about how wonderful these Senior models are! They include Makenna Mattei and Maddie Kenyon Mattei from Casa Grande, Ashley Ayers from Petaluma, Haley Antonini from St. Vincent’s and Jullie Bundesen from Cardinal Newman.Thank you so much!!! You girls ROCK!!!

We literally went on a little Road trip in Sebastopol hitting some awesome and funky spots for this shoot. The styling is by me with input from each model. The girls did their own hair & makeup for a natural “road trip” look. My inspiration and some of the clothes are from Spell Designs Australia, surprise,surprise! #Spelladdict



Santa Rosa Senior photographer/ Cardinal Newman Senior Charlotte

Charlotte is as adorable and sweet as she looks! She had so many fun ideas from the balloons, books and glitter to a beautiful bohemian chic look with a teepee. I love working in a studio setting and the bubble gum pink background was a perfect match for Charlotte’s  girly, girl looks. The lovely floral, bell sleeved dress and bohemian looks were photographed “on location” in Petaluma. These brought out a more reflective, chill vibe.  Charlotte with be attending college in South Carolina this fall. WAY TO GO CHARLOTTE !!!!!

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Bay Area Senior Photographer/ Tess’s Modern/Vintage photo shoot

First, Let me tell you there are LOTS of photos in this blog. 60 to be exact! Maybe it’s because I find it difficult to edit myself…LOL. But……. I fell in LOVE Tess’s photos! This photo shoot was done just before Christmas on a stunningly beautiful winter day. About an hour into our shoot I asked Tess if she ever considered modeling…..She laughed and said ” you probably say that to all your clients.” ” No, no, I don’t” I replied. I’m serious! Tess said she was too shy and awkward to consider modeling. I disagreed with her saying, she may be shy, but the awkward was more quirky, and only in the best possible way! The kind of quirky that makes you stand out as an individual. I’m always looking for that special spark in the people I photograph, that thing that makes them unique, that makes them who they are. That’s when you find a person’s true inner and outer beauty!

Tess chose to GLAM it up for her shoot. She wore a FABULOUS red vintage dress with a white tulle skirt to add fullness. A simply glamorous forest green gown that made her look like a 1940’s movie star. The wool cape with the cutoffs is a vintage piece that was made in London that I picked up at OOH LA LOFT. The adorable, super feminine ruffled strapless dress was paired with one of my favorite pieces, a white faux fur from FOR LOVE and LEMONS.

Tess was photographed in Petaluma, on the historical west side. Yes, I found the new mural in the alley and I LOVE IT!!!