Baby Jude | portland oregon newborn photographer

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All images photographed on film using a Contax 645 camera and Kodak Portra 800 and TMax 400 films.

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer.

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Gabel Family | Portland Oregon Newborn Photographer

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Robin found me through Instagram through one picture (here).  Until earlier this year, I didn’t really understand the power of Instagram in helping clients find photographers, I didn’t even realize people might search via that social media avenue.  So even though I am not super active on other social media platforms, I’m intentional about posting to Instagram and it has led to several really wonderful client connections, this one included.

When I arrived to the Gabel home, I met two little girls and two awesome parents.  It was dark and peaceful inside their home and we shot film (one little lady especially loved the sound my camera made when it clicked and would sneak attack the button!), found the light, and documented their tender love for their newest family member.  It was a super sweet afternoon and I’m so grateful to the Gabel’s for having me into their home that day.  Additionally, can I just say how much I am in love with these black & white portraits?!  The elegance of black & white film in newborn portraiture is unmatched in my opinion.  Every time I develop black & white film from a newborn session I am always struck by the tangible emotion and raw beauty.  It moves me.  Hopefully it moves you too.

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Images made using Contax 645 & Canon Elan 7 with Fuji 400H, Fuji Neopan 400, and Ilford HP5 films.

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer.

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En-Shao + Michelle | Columbia Gorge bridal and engagement photography

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En-Shao and Michelle are a lovely (and brilliant) Taiwanese couple who found me this summer when looking for a film photographer to create engagement and bridal portraits for them.  First of all, I just love it that people are looking for film photography specifically.  Secondly, I love when people find me for it. =)  This particular couple are getting married in Taiwan in December very traditionally, which they explained includes a certain type of photography they aren’t very excited about.  It was really important to them to have not only engagement photos they would love, but bridal portraits as well and I’m so delighted I could help provide that to them.  When we were planning their session together, they really wanted somewhere outside of the city of Portland; somewhere a little secluded so they wouldn’t feel “on-display” for spectators to watch.  I suggested a spot in the Columbia Gorge that I knew would be a great fit.  The day of the session, the city woke up to an immense amount of smoke due to nearby forest fires.  It was so thick, I couldn’t see the downtown area as I crossed the Marquam bridge that afternoon and by the time I drove out into the Gorge, the sky had turned pink.  It was mesmerizing and certainly the most unique conditions I have photographed in thus far.  The sky was such a lovely shade of pink, the sun was diffused and red, and the reflection on the water was very peachy because of it all.  The film picked it all up so beautifully!  I’m in love with the outcome.  Thank you En-Shao & Michelle, it was such a pleasure creating these images with you.

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Images made with a Contax 645 and Fuji 400H, Kodak Gold 200, and Ilford Delta 400 films.

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer.

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Ladida in Bloom | commercial film photography

ladida header I haven’t blogged anything since January.  January as in 9 months have gone by… oops!  It’s not that I haven’t been working, actually it’s quite the opposite.  I have such beautiful work to share, but making time to share it has been severely lack lustre.  Here I am though, attempting to improve.  I can guarantee at least, that 9 months won’t go by without another post, THANKFULLY! I’m determined. These images come from an editorial shoot at the beginning of the year, partnering with some amazing creatives and I’m so pleased to finally share.  Thank you Julie Martin of Artfully Uncommon for the awesome concept and styling, Chas Thompson of Wildflower Portland for the beautiful blooms, Ladida for the loveliest children’s clothing ever, and Option Model & Media for these sweet, cherub faced models.  Working on shoots like these this past winter really reinvigorated my artistic soul.  If you’re a creative also, what do you do to replenish your artistic self after a busy season? ladida 8ladida 1ladida 4ladida 7ladida wide 2ladida 5ladida 6ladida 2 All images created on film with a Contax 645 & Fuji 400H film.

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Matthew + Simona | Private Estate Wedding in Wilsonville, Oregon

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I arrived to the wedding location before the bride and when she pulled up and carefully slid out of the car, I may have gasped.  Simona looked like Eastern European royalty.  But one of the most amazing things about lovely Simona, is that as beautiful as she is on the outside, she is leaps and bounds more elegant and lovely on the inside.  She is kind, gracious, thoughtful, humble, smart, creative, and giving of herself and her time.  She’s an amazing catch to put it lightly.  Matthew, also a great catch, is funny, charismatic, inviting, also very thoughtful.  They are simply gorgeous, but so much more than that, and so much more together.

There is a lyric to a song that goes, “I pray light will leak from our pockets, we’ll be drenched overcome.”  I think of this line almost anytime I think of Matthew and Simona because they leave bits of light everywhere they go almost like it just drips from their pockets.  I felt truly honored to be there capturing their wedding with them as they promised themselves to each other in front of their closest friends and family members.  And though there were lovely little details scattered though out the day and venue, their love for one another radiated so greatly that nothing else mattered.  Truly, the best.

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Images made with a Contax 645 using Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford Hp5 films.
Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer.
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