Viktoriya’s Philbrook Bridal Pictures

   Beautiful Viktoriya was married late this summer and I can’t miss showing her off on the blog! This bridal session was just to die for!! If you know me, you know I love an over-the-top fabulous wedding gown – and Viktoriya’s didn’t disappoint. This girl is so passionate and full of life and I wanted to convey that in her photos. She’s also a heck of a go-getter. She came to this country when she was 16 and is a poster girl for the American Dream – she had it all, and now she has her Prince Charming (and she’s super sappy like me so she won’t mind me saying sappy things like “Prince Charming”).
Bridal pictures should be more than a pretty girl in a pretty dress: They should tell a story about that bride. Viktoriya happens to be strong, vibrant, flirty, and fun (on top of being pretty) and I hope that shows in these photos.

Philbrook Bridal Pictures

Summer Wedding Tulsa

Fun Bridal Potraits

Dramatic Bridal Portraits

Philbrook Museum Wedding

Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress: Bridal Elegance
Hair & Makeup: Primp Hair & Makeup Studio

Christmas Boudoir Photos

   It is high time we chat about Christmas boudoir photos! It’s November and the time is NOW.  So often 1-2 weeks before Christmas and 1-2 weeks before Valentine’s day, we start getting tons of emails wanting to get in for a boudoir photo shoot. While we can definitely do a 1-2 week turnaround, it makes things very rushed and then the client has to take care of rush charges and such. If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ve probably read where I’ve mentioned the importance of being relaxed for your shoot so the earlier you can get in the less stressed you’ll be.

Are you looking for the perfect gift to put under the tree? I’ve yet to hear of a guy that was anything but thrilled with getting a custom designed album of his gorgeous lady! Or maybe you’re like me and you’re a self-proclaimed Christmas Queen. The most wonderful time of year might be a great reason for a sexy Santa photo shoot.

  Admittedly, the idea of Christmas themed boudoir pictures makes a lot of folks cringe – we go right to cheap and trashy Santa lingerie. But it doesn’t have to be like that. I’ve compiled a list of ideas that are Christmas themed without being cheesy.

Christmas Boudoir Pictures

  1. Red Satin Sheets. This needs no further explanation.
  2. Christmas sweater and leg warmers. Really any kind of oversized comfy, cozy sweater will do. I love the addition of leg warmers or knee high cable knit socks and a cute pair of panties.
    Cozy Boudoir Pictures
  3. Christmas props – but don’t get crazy.


    Props should be an enhancement, but they so easily take over a shoot. I don’t want your boudoir session to look like a Pinterest board threw up on your pictures. A candy cane, a cup of hot chocolate, Santa hat, or maybe a big red bow are all solid choices. If you’d like props choose 1 or 2 and let the rest of the session be about you.
    Santa Boudoir Pictures

  4. Think red. Red lingerie, red lipstick, red dress. You can’t go wrong with red. And speaking of dresses, got a fabulous and flirty dress? Bring it! They make a great addition to the session, especially for an image you’d like have turned into a print for the nightstand.
    Sexy Christmas Photos
  5. Christmas lights. This is my favorite way to bring a holiday flair into your photos! There’s something so magical about twinkle lights in photos. (sorry… Christmas Queen getting carried away there)Christmas Boudoir Pictures

Even if you’re not wanting Christmas themed boudoir pictures, you may still be wanting them as a Christmas gift. So just keep in mind that our turnaround for custom products is usually around 6 weeks. In order to avoid rush fees and have your pictures back by Christmas your session should take place by, like, now.

Have an idea that you’d like to try that isn’t listed here? Let us know and we can make that a reality! For more information on boudoir sessions check out our boudoir gallery.

Hair & Makeup: Primp Hair & Makeup Studio

Christmas Minis with Santa – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Santa Claus is coming to Andrea Murphy Photography! Our Christmas minis are now available and even though I just announced it this afternoon many of the spots are already reserved! These mini sessions are a great option to avoid the mall and get some fabulous photos for your Christmas cards.
If you’d prefer not to have Santa in your photos (or your kid is terrified of the jolly old fella) this set is perfectly Christmasy!
Email the studio at info@amurphyphoto.com or call us at 918/488.6180 to reserve your spot!

Tulsa Santa Pictures

Alisa & David’s Fairy Tale Wedding – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Alisa and David recently had a fairy tale wedding right here in Tulsa. And not “fairy tale” in that it was cheesy, but in that it was literally perfect and David and Alisa together are like a Disney Princess with her Prince Charming. I can’t work on their photos without singing tunes from Disney movies and saying every 2.5 minutes “oh my gosh they’re just so cute” (seriously it’s a problem). So, get ready for a lot of gushing. And if you read far enough you’ll get to hear my story about one of my most embarrassing moments in my entire life.

Mayo Wedding Tulsa
A dress like that deserves it’s own special photo shoot – and that’s exactly what it got. I have to mention how fantastic both Alisa and David’s family were. They were all so warm and I was greeted on the wedding day with hugs and lots of love. Kathleen, Alisa’s mama, planned this entire wedding because Alisa lives out of state and she did a fantastic job!
And how ’bout that veil shot?? It looks like they’re placing a crown on her head and I think its just magical. (thanks to April for the amazing shot and being the best second shooter around)

Groom Getting Ready
It’s extremely rare that I don’t meet a groom before a wedding day but that’s how it worked out in this case. It always makes me feel a bit nervous walking in and hoping they aren’t going to hate having their photo taken and thus hate my guts.
I immediately was put to ease when I met this guy here. He’s ridiculously nice and fun!! In fact at one point in the evening I told him he was a unicorn: kind, fun, good looking, and a doctor! 😉

Father First Look
I love father/daughter first look!

Y’all ready for one of the best first looks ever? You’ve been warned.

Best First Look Photos
I mean are you even kidding me?? So beautiful. So sweet. I’ve rarely seen a groom so excited to see his bride! I just can’t with that last picture!!

 Wedding Family Photos


First Baptist Tulsa Wedding

First Baptist Tulsa Wedding
So not only is Alisa’s family all ridiculously good looking and sweet they’re also crazy talented. Both her brother and sister sang during the ceremony and I was blown away!

First Baptist Wedding Tulsa
There was a bit of a struggle getting the ring on his finger. I love a couple that’s not afraid to have fun in the moment and just laugh when things go a little “wrong”.

First Baptist Wedding Tulsa
Their processional was led by David’s brother Ricky (who is officially my favorite groomsman ever) playing the bagpipes. Cause ya know, if we’re going fairy tale there better be some bagpipes!

Dramatic Fairytale Wedding

Downtown Tulsa Wedding Photos
We snagged a few minutes of photos in downtown Tulsa before heading to the reception.

Disney Princess Wedding
So ready for my most embarrassing moment ever? Okay, so maybe not ever because I have a habit of embarrassing myself. But it’s in the top 20. So as photographers we’re under pressure to do social media and constantly be updating so everyone can look at us and think we’re cooler than we actually are  we can keep everyone abreast of what’s going on in our businesses. So I asked them to let me take a quick photo on my phone for Instagram. Well if someone is looking at my phone and smiling it’s almost always my two young children. So I hold up the phone and just out of sheer habit I say “Okay, smile at mommy”. Now, that’s not the worst thing in the world, but I said in the CREEPIEST voice you’ve ever heard. I couldn’t believe it even left my mouth. Even now I’m blushing because it was so stinkin’ funny and awkward. The 3 of us were dying laughing and I look back at April and she’s nearly on the ground cracking up. But hey, at least it made for a memorable moment.

Fairytale Wedding Tulsa
Favorite. That needs to be an enormous canvas on their wall!

Mom & Me Events Tulsa

First Dance Oklahoma
As if they weren’t perfect enough, Alisa surprised David by recording her singing the song for their first dance and of course it was incredible.

Wedding Toast Photos
Best toasts ever!

Best Father Daughter Dance
For the father daughter dance Alisa’s dad recorded him singing. Hardly a dry eye in the place. And for the mother son dance David and his mama absolutely tore up the dance floor.

Ms Laura's Cakes

Wedding Reception Tulsa

Grand Exit Vintage Car Tulsa
I realize I’ve been over the top describing how this was literally a perfect fairy tale wedding, but I feel like I don’t even justify it. So many of their vendors (listed below) have told me how they wished all weddings could be like theirs. Alisa & David, just let me know when you’d like to do it all over again. I’m totally in.

Wedding Coordinator: Mom & Me Events
Videographer: Leslee Layton Films
Transportation: Old Urban Trolley
Florals: Garden Trug
Lighting: Lion’s Road
Band: Full Flava Kings
Cake: Ms. Laura’s Cakes
Wedding Dress: Isabelle Armstrong from JJ Kelly
Tiara: Twinkle Twinkle Bridal
Reception Shoes: Kate Spade
Accommodations: Mayo Hotel
Ceremony: First Baptist Tulsa
Reception: Sky Loft
Hair: Hair by Shawna Burroughs
Makeup: Adney Artistry
Caterer: Party Serve
Ceremony Florals: Brookside Blooms
Cocktail Hour Pianist: Donald Ryan
Invitations: Paper ‘n More

Plus Size Boudoir Photography – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Curvy Boudoir Photography

Let me start by saying that I don’t love the term “plus size”. I am bigger girl and I prefer to be referred to as “curvy”. Some people aren’t bothered by the term plus size but some are, and I’m afraid I can’t make everyone happy as much as I sincerely wish I could. The truth is though, even when I’m doing Google searches, I search for plus size. So for the sake of online searches, I’ll be referring to us curvier girls as plus size today.
One of my most frequently asked questions I hear is “Do you photograph bigger girls?” and the answer is resoundingly ‘yes’!! Just because you’re not a size 4 does not mean you don’t deserve a boudoir photo shoot! In fact, you may be in need of them far more than someone who has the “perfect” body. I believe that a boudoir shoot can build your confidence faster than almost anything out there. I want to put your mind at ease and I hope this information helps you a bit. I’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions about plus sized boudoir and am going to answer them as concisely as possible. Hold on tight, I’ll be throwing a lot at you today!

Plus Size Boudoir Tulsa

What do I wear?
Okay, this alone is our most popular question spanning all sessions, but when you’re a curvy lady it may cause a bit more anxiety than others. You’re called curvy for a reason and a boudoir session should be all about showing off those amazing curves! Tons of women pay for boobs like yours and you’ve already got them. That’s a win right there. Once you’ve booked your session, we will set up a pre-consultation where we will talk about wardrobe significantly. Today though I’ve compiled a few of my favorite things for ladies to wear.
1) Bra and panty sets are always a solid choice no matter what size you are.
2) Shapewear can be sexy and oh so flattering! True story.
3) Oversized sweaters, chambray shirts, or lacey robes are great to play with and can be used to conceal areas you may not be comfortable showing off.
4) Corsets. They show of those ta-tas and give you the tiniest waist.
5) Nothing. Yes nothing! If you’re creating this album for your husband I promise you he won’t be sad that you did a few shots in nothing but your birthday suit.
The most important thing when making purchases for your boudoir session is properly fitting lingerie. Many times what feels comfortable in your every day lingerie, may not be the best choice for your boudoir session. This is especially important for a plus size lady. You don’t want panties that are cutting into sides causing an unneeded bulge at your waist or an ill-fitting bra that might appear too large.
There are a myriad of other suggestions I have for you and I can even give you some ideas of where to shop for these items in your pre-consultation.

Plus Size Boudoir Pictures

What if I don’t like the way I look in the photos?
Let me just put your mind at ease right now: You will. I’ve photographed women of all sizes and they are always thrilled! What I need from you is total trust and for you to put your insecurities aside. The more you realize that you’re a sexy vixen, the more you’ll love your photos. If you lack confidence, this session will give it to you. If you already know you’re a goddess, then you’re going to love the images more than you can imagine! You might be considering this session for your hubby or fiance, but it will turn into an experience as much for you as for him.
Posing and lighting is what I do best, and for that I’ll need your trust. We joke that boudoir posing is just sexy yoga and you may even be a little sore the next day. As I’ve said before, I’m not a small girl, I never have been, and I think that gives me better insight into photographing curvy women. I’m not at all afraid to tell you to pull in your tummy or push your chin out a bit because it’s how I would want to be photographed. I’ve spent most of my adult life studying how to flatter women in photography so that’s my utmost concern on the day of your session.
What I’m about to say I need you to understand that I’m saying this in the most gentle way. You need to be realistic about your body. You aren’t tiny, and that’s okay. You won’t look exactly like some of the women you see featured on my site. But ya know what? You’re going to look curvy and fabulous and gorgeous and the all of the other things that make you fierce! Own that!

Plus Size Boudoir Pictures Tulsa

How should I prepare for my boudoir session?
I’ve written 2 blog posts about what you should do to prepare for your session here and here. Those will answer most of your questions. The big question of “should I lose weight?” may be weighing on your mind. (weighing. Ha! Pun fully intended) The answer is no, you don’t need to lose weight because you’re beautiful just as you are. However, I know some of you reading this may be dead set on dropping a few pounds. If that’s the case, here’s a few tips. Get the session on the books now! We will set it for a few months out and that will give you a goal to work towards. If you lose some weight great, if not, the session is still happening and you’ll love the results. When you’re waiting until you’re the perfect size or to look a certain way it just delays the opportunity. I can’t tell you the number of women that tell me they’ll book a boudoir session with me as soon as they lose some weight. Ugh! Let’s do it now! Work what you’re working with and get the opportunity to feel gorgeous in the skin you’re in. If you’ve already booked your session – please no crash diets! If you’ve only got a couple weeks until your session up your water intake significantly and add in some more veggies. If nothing else it will make your skin all the more gorgeous! Also, eat on the day of your session, just keep it light.

Tulsa Boudoir Photographer

Do you have more plus size boudoir sessions I can see?
For sure! As always, our client’s privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site just shoot us a message and we’d be happy to share with you some private galleries of shoots we’ve done of curvy girls.

Plus Size Lingerie Pictures

I consider it an honor that you’re considering me to photograph your boudoir session. I want to do whatever I can to put your mind at ease and to assure you that you will love your photos. Now that you’re ready to book, just contact us and we’ll get you all set!