Kate & Mike – Holy Family Cathedral and Jazz Hall

Mike and Kate were married recently at Holy Family Cathedral here in Tulsa followed by a reception at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The day was a bit different than our usual wedding days and I love it when couples break up their days like this. We arrived just shortly before the ceremony began and then had a large break between the ceremony/mass and the reception. This gave us a few hours to have a relaxed time for portraits and they had contracted a bus so we spent awhile driving to different locations around Tulsa. This was one of those weddings that, despite my feet and back aching after 10+ hours of working, I could have stayed shooting for hours more. Not only was it just a great reception with great music, great food, and great dancing but just watching Kate and Mike enjoy it so much was fun to watch.
Don’t miss the bottom of this post to see some of the fabulous vendors that were a part of this day!

Holy Family Tulsa

Holy Family Wedding Tulsa

Nervous Bride
I love this quiet moment right before Kate’s dad walked her down the aisle. I think they were both pretty nervous and fighting back a few tears.

Holy Family Tulsa Wedding
Gosh, they’re cute.

Catholic Wedding Tulsa
Holy Family is such a beautiful cathedral. I love getting the opportunity to photograph there.

Holy Family Cathedral Tulsa

Tulsa Wedding

Downtown Tulsa Wedding
I love that pop of color against the navy dresses. Kate & Mike had a fantastic wedding party. They were fun, a little ornery, and up for me dragging them all around the city.

Mid Continent Tulsa Wedding

University of Tulsa Wedding
Both the bride and groom are graduates of the University of Tulsa so we took a quick trip over to the campus for a few photos. Although I’ve photographed a number of weddings at TU I haven’t had a lot of chances for portraits there. It’s such a lovely campus!

Center of the Universe Tulsa
Last stop was the Center of the Universe. We kicked a whole crowd of people out of the way to get a couple quick shots before entering the reception.

Ms. Laura's Cakes

Wavetones Tulsa Wedding
The Wavetones can absolutely rock a reception! Love working with them!

Grand Exit Jazz Hall of Fame

They opted for a Snapshot Lounge for their reception and their guests were totally fun! This is how Snapshot Lounges should always be! Snapshot Lounge

Snapshot Lounge Tulsa

Cake: Ms. Laura’s Cakes
Band: Wavetones Inc.
Catering: Ludger’s Catering
Dress: Bridal Elegance

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AMP Boudoir Referral Program i.e. How To Get Free Stuff

Did you know I have a referral program for boudoir photos? Probably not because I’ve been pretty terrible about telling folks about it. Technically, I have referral programs for weddings, families, newborns, etc etc etc. (By program I of course mean Starbucks cards, free sessions, or whatever you want because I LOVE referrals!) I’m happy to chat with you about those some time if you’d like to know about them! Today though, we’ll be discussing our boudoir referral program. Everyone knows a photographer. You’re probably related to a photographer. There’s approximately 5,439,027 photographers in the Tulsa area so I’m sure you’ve bumped into one or two of them. Lucky for me, not all of them photograph boudoir pictures. The ladies that use me for their boudoir shoot tell their friends, and if they’re telling their friends they should be getting something from it. It’s my way of saying thank you. I literally would not have my business if it weren’t for loyal clients that brag on me.
The great thing about boudoir shoots is that they’re kind of addictive. You’ll have so much fun at yours that I can almost promise you’ll want to do it again. So many of my girls come back every few years for a new book. (I’d like to make a note here that even the most conservative budget-making husband is, without fail, always on board with a new book.) For that reason, my thank you for sending clients to me is by gifting you more boudoir pictures. I even promise not to make it complicated. Well, I’ll try at least.

  Boudoir Tulsa

  Refer 1 Client: If you refer one of your friends that books a boudoir session that automatically gives you a free mini session in the sheets. This is a 20 minute session where we’ll wrap you up in sheets and create sexy and flirty photos for you. The nice thing about it is you don’t have to plan complicated lingerie. For these we recommend a bra and panty set. You can throw on an oversized sweater, one of his favorite t-shirts, or kimono to add a little variety. Mini session are great for our Little Black Book products or it would also be appropriate for a 10×10 canvas for the nightstand.

Boudoir Photographer

  Refer 2 Clients: If you have sent us 2 new boudoir clients you earn a one hour photo shoot. This is the same shoot you’d get if you were just calling the studio for the first time for a session – all the bells and whistles! Be warned though, you’re going to want a gorgeous book to go along with the photos. But because you’ve been through this process before and you’re just helping your pocketbook out a little bit for your next session.

Boudoir Referral Program

  Refer 3 Clients: Here’s where it gets fun, if you refer me 3 clients you have some options. Basically you have $300 credit to use however you please! You can put it towards your session, you can put it towards products, or whatever you’d like. Let’s play!

Boudoir Referral Program

  Refer 4 Clients: Um…. if you refer me FOUR clients, just go ahead and tell me what you’d like. I’d be incredibly indebted to you. Boudoir session? Sure! Dinner for 2 at Mahogany’s? Absolutely. My first born child? We can talk.

  To get serious though for a minute, I can’t thank my clients enough. You trust me enough to send your friends and I appreciate it so much. I’ve been a photographer for 17 years (17??? What the actual hell??) and I can say, without a shadow of doubt, that I wouldn’t have a successful business if it weren’t for my clients. Some of you have stuck with me for a really long time. It’s not fun to admit, but there was a time when my customer service was less than stellar (understatement) and you continued to come back to me. If I haven’t told you thank you recently, please know I’m saying thank you now. (You know who you are – Basically everyone from 2008.) Some of you have moved on to some of the other 5,439,027 photographers, but maybe it’s time for a session that’s all about you. Either way, I’d love to take care of you.

For more boudoir images and information check out our gallery!

(Hair and  makeup on these images by Primp Hair & Makeup Studio and Tulsa Bridal Beauty)

Alisa’s Bridal Session Part I – Tulsa Garden Center

Alisa’s bridal session at the Tulsa Garden Center and Philbrook were stupid pretty. So pretty that I need to split them up into two blog posts because one blog just can’t contain all the pretty. If you know me you know I love dramatic lighting, and that’s so conducive to the Tulsa Garden Center, so I was thrilled that we got to do some of her photos indoors. (Note: Brides you are always welcome to choose 2 locations for your bridal session. If you need some suggestions we’re happy to help!) Alisa’s dress is the kind of dress dreams are made of (at least my dreams are) and when I first saw a photo of it I started planning out her bridal session in my mind. I’m so excited to get to show them off! Alisa’s Cavapoo, Penny, even made an appearance. Penny was a good girl and played along with Alisa’s and my requests and we got some of the sweetest bride and dog photos!! My brides this year are so excited about their bridal sessions and are adding touches that make them unique and beautiful and I am LOVING it!! Look for part II of this session coming soon!

Tulsa Garden Center Wedding

Dramatic Wedding Photos Tulsa

Royal Bridal Photos

Bride with dog

Dramatic Bridal Photos Tulsa

Makeup: Adney Artistry
Hair: Hair by Shawna Burroughs
Dress: JJ Kelly
Flowers: Petal Pushers

How to Prepare for a Boudoir Session – Part 2

In part one of this blog series we began going over for some tips and tricks for preparing for your boudoir session. I wanted to break up this blog into two parts simply because it can get overwhelming. Knowing that my clients are making a significant investment in this shoot – I want them to be as well prepared as possible. I don’t know about you, but the more I know going into something the better I feel about it. That’s the main reason I’m putting such a focus into boudoir sessions this year. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on the day before and the day of your boudoir photo shoot.

tulsa boudoir photographer

1) Pack your bag.
I suggest packing all your outfit choices the night before if at all possible. If the boudoir shoot is a surprise for your hubby or fiancee you may have to be a bit sneaky about this one. When you’re packing don’t forget accessories and shoes. Sometimes a hat or jacket can be the perfect item to totally change the appearance of an outfit. The more of these items you come with the better. I love having a stack of jewelry and shoes that we can play with during the shoot. It would be a huge favor to me if you can go ahead and cut the tags out of all of your see-through lingerie. Don’t forget to bring a robe! You’ll want something you can wear between sets and we may even add it as an accessory to one of your outfits.

plus size boudoir pictures

2) Moisturize!
After a nice, relaxing bath moisturize everything – Especially your legs and your booty. Legs are an obvious one, but you might be surprised that the badonkadonk (is that how you spell badonkadonk? Is there an actual correct spelling for badonkadonk?) might need a once over as well (eta: I’d like to add here that I realize I have a very weird job when I’m recommending ladies moisturize their backside. But alas, it’s how I roll!) Go ahead and pack your lotion to come with you to your photo shoot. If your skin starts to look a little dry it’s nice to have it handy!

ideas for boudoir pictures

3) Wear loose fitting clothing.
Where oversized or baggy clothes when coming to your boudoir session. Please no tight jeans or tops that will leave lines on your body that will need to be removed during retouching. Don’t forget about socks and shoes as well – sock bands are some of the worst culprits. If it’s not too chilly outside flip-flops are probably your best best for footwear. A button down top is loose and you won’t have to worry pulling it over freshly styled hair. Plus, who doesn’t love comfy clothes? You’re about to be in all kinds of clothes that, most likely, aren’t the most comfortable in your closet. If you’re coming from work or someplace you’re unable to wear loose fitting clothes, we’ll just have you wear that robe you packed while you’re having your hair and makeup done.

What to wear for boudoir pictures

4) Don’t be rushed.
Give yourself time before your shoot. Don’t schedule anything close to your shoot (both before and after) so that you’ll be able to get to the studio without stressing. We don’t want you to feel rushed. Make sure you know where the studio is located and how long it will take you to get there. (hint: it’s less than 10 minutes from almost anywhere in Tulsa). If you’ve gathered and packed your bag the night before it’ll be easy to throw it in the car and go.

Tulsa Boudoir Pictures

5) Relax, relax, relax!
But really…. Just relax. The more you’re relaxed the better your photos will look. I know boudoir photo shoots probably aren’t something you do most days and it’s easy to get stressed about them, but I’m going to ask that you trust me that it will be an amazing experience. When I say you’re going to feel like a hottie and feel empowered and sexy and all those wonderful things I’m not just blowing smoke up your skirt. Put your worries aside – You’re not too fat or too old, you’re not awkward, and you will look lovely in these photos. But I’m going to need you to trust me that I can bring out your very best. Let us pamper you and create an unforgettable experience.

I hope these last couple blog posts have helped you in planning your boudoir session. We’re here to help, so if you have any further questions just let us know. Call the studio at 918-488-6180 or email us at info@amurphyphoto! In the meantime take a look at our gallery of boudoir images for a bit more information.