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.

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.

  

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!!!

 

 

Petaluma-Bay-Area Senior portrait photographer-August 2015 Senior magazine

The Modern Girl Senior magazine is here!

Modern Girl Senior magazine is full of inspiration and tips for Seniors!

Here is what you’ll find inside… Or view it on http://issuu.com/maryjeanmurphy/docs/senior_magazine_august_2015

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Bay Area Boudoir Photographer/ Pin-up, Retro, Rockabilly boudoir shoot

Beautiful Sarah embodies the perfect retro, pin-up girl! With her luminous alabaster skin and rocking’ red hair, big blue eyes and retro wardrobe, Sarah was so much fun to photograph!!! If your thinking a doing a boudoir shoot with a certain look, I always recommend meeting for a consultation to discuss all the little details to make the photos extraordinary!      

Petaluma/Bay Area Senior Session/Audrey’s Retro editorial shoot

Retro, vintage, red lips and ever an airstream….. Yep, I’m on board!!!! Audrey is a dream to work with! Petite, lively and those eyes! I am fortunate to have her as one of my Senior models for the class of 2015! This shoot was photographed mainly at the Metro Hotel in Petaluma. Thank you so much to David for your hospitality! Audrey’s hair and makeup by “Dukes and Dolls” Petaluma. Audrey nailed her look for this shoot…The outfits where perfect ( I normally don’t like stripes, but they really work here) right down to those awesome blue pumps!

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Sonoma County Rustic styled wedding shoot / Bloomfield Farms

 

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Just off Hwy. 1 in Sonoma County, Bloomfield Farms sits quietly off Bloomfield Rd……Michael and his partner ( a CEO of a very popular clothing company) purchased this beautiful property for a get away spot. Somewhere to unwind, ride their horses and get away from their normally hectic city lives. Michael, an interior designer, had a bigger vision for the property and enlisted the help of Jennifer Terwilliger then Peggy Schmotter and “Bloomfield Events” was born! Here’s where I come in…..after meeting with Jennifer & Peggy we came with a plan to transform “Bloomfield Farms” into a rustic and chic Wedding venue!

Here are some of the fabulous photos that came out of our styled Wedding shoot! Special THANKS to all the wonderful vendors and models that made this day so fun and special! The bridal gowns are courtesy of Bliss Bridal!

 

 

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Petaluma Senior Portrait Photographer/ Madi’s Field of Dreams Photo shoot

Meet Madi…. One of my LOVELY Senior Models for the Casa Grande High School class of 2014! Madi styled photo shoot was photographed on historic  D Street and in a field on the outskirts of town. For the shoot, I made a lovely fresh flower crown out of daisies. I LOVE fresh flowers! Wardrobe by Ooh La Loft and yours truly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonoma county senior portrait photographer/ Marissa’s california beach shoot

On the most amazing beach day ….. that means sunshine and no wind, Marissa, Cindy ( Marissa’s Mom) and yours truly set out for Dillan Beach. We had been planning our shoot for several weeks and I had been busy making some props like the Indian Headdress and the teepee just for our shoot! We loaded up my mint green beach cruiser and tons of adorable clothes and accessories and headed out. Marissa seemed like she had been modeling forever and was a delight to work with! We styled quite a few different looks from Vintage with the beach cruiser, American Indian (super fun), Marissa in her bathing suit running down the beach (she runs track at school) and simply Marissa (her own style).

 

 

 

 

Senior Portrait Spring Photo Models 2013

Finally at LONG LAST…….. This SUPER FUN and EXITING spring senior shoot has hit the blog!  The BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP on all the girls was masterfully applied by MelissaTunzi.

I really wanted to tdo something a little different with the girls this year by focusing on the girls beauty and shooting some natural light/studio beauty shots. So it was important that each

girl look flawless and Melissa did just that. Ooh La Loft styled the girls with some of the adorable dresses! My dear friend and model Liza Nichayeva did hair and styled the girls.

Thank you to the Senior models….. Ysabella Esponda, Ashley Chavez, Kathleen Dargie, Kayla Kimball, Ella Higgins , Cole Boggs and Jake Ielmorini. Oh yes, and Hoss ( the puppy)!