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Early in my career I decided that someday I wanted the opportunity to photograph a birth.  I didn’t know how, when, or whom, but it was on the bucket list.  In the spring of last year, the opportunity presented itself: one of the loveliest humans I’ve ever met contacted me and asked if I would be interested.  YES!  Yes, of course I was interested.

Birth photography is not for the light of heart.  It requires a lot of patience and trust and comfortability between the expecting parents and the photographer.  Also, it is a huge commitment that is 99.9% unpredictable in most cases.  It’s kind of like signing up for an organized running event only not knowing whether you’re in for the 5K or the marathon until it’s over.

Lexia, the mother was AMAZING.  She had developed a pregnancy complication that required an induced labor, territory she was unfamiliar with.  It was a raw, difficult, brutal at times, yet an utterly beautiful experience; one of the largest honors of my life thus far.  I photographed from 3pm to 6am the next day (with a several hour break in there), capturing Lexia’s strength, her struggle, and the love that she and her husband share, all while working to bring their little girl into the world together.  Teamwork at it’s finest, enrobed with the essence of the miraculous.  Birth is indeed a great miracle.  Below is a sample.

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Lexia has graciously given me permission to share any of her pictures, so if you would like to see more of her birth experience, you’re welcome to find it here.

All of these images were photographed with black & white Ilford Delta 3200 and Kodak T-Max 400 photographic films using a Contax 645 & Canon 35mm cameras and ambient light only.

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

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Many thanks to The Wedding Chicks for featuring this elopement on their online publication recently.  That feature can be found here.

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Vendors:

Gowns:  Holly Stalder of The Diamond Sea Bridal

Floral Design:  Wildflower Portland

Hair and Makeup Artist:  Madeline Roosevelt

Wedding Cake & Desserts:  Decadent Creations

Jewelry:  Haunt & borrowed

Rentals:  Something Borrowed PDX

Table Linens:  Williams Sonoma

China:  Crate & Barrel

Bride’s Shoes:  Kate Spade

Concept and Coordination:  Marla Cyree

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This wedding elopement was photographed on with a Contax 645 and Fuji 400H film and processed by Pro Photo Irvine.

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

 

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Jay and Ashlie live in Houston, Texas and were coming to Oregon for a friend’s wedding in Bend over Labor Day Weekend.  Wanting to take advantage of the change in scenery and beauty Oregon has to offer, we coordinated a session for them while they were on their way back to Portland.  How can a Columbia River Gorge session be beat?!  I was so thrilled when Ashlie mentioned she wanted her session there!  We had fun adventuring all around this old rock quarry island and taking lots of film photos along the way.  Thank you so much Jay and Ashlie for choosing me as your destination photographer, I can’t wait for you to come back to the Pacific Northwest. xoxo

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All images photographed on film with a Contax 645 using Kodak Portra 400.  Develop + scanning from The FIND Lab. The beautiful dahlias were courtesy of Mt. View Orchards in Hood River, Oregon.

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

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Having the opportunity to partner with other local creatives is one of my favorite things in this business.  I LOVE working with my amazing clients, but when I work for others my sole focus is that couple or family and how I can turn their desires and dreams into reality.  With inspiration shoots or editorials, I have the chance to partner with other creatives and realize my own dreams.  It is amazing how creatively fueling it is!  Though this editorial shoot wasn’t my creative vision, I’m so thankful to my friend Jamie Rae for asking me to help with it and take part, it was simply beautiful and inspiring.

Collaborators/Vendors:

Concept + Design: Jamie Rae Photo

Florals + Styling:  Swoon Floral Design

Gown:  Claire La Faye

Hair + Makeup Artist:  Kim King

Rentals:  Something Borrowed PDX

Cake:  Little Red’s Bakeshop

Paper goods: Hey Halle

Jewelry: JES Design Studio

Model: Adrienne Speer with Ryan Artists

Location:  Portland, Oregon

All images photographed on film with a Contax 645 and Pentax 645 using Kodak Portra 400 film.  Developed + Scanned by The FIND Lab.

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

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I met Mike and Erin in the summer of 2014 while they were in Portland planning their Cannon Beach destination wedding and we had such fun with their engagement session (see it here).  What I learned about them during their session was that they were clearly in love; so excited to be getting married; and they are quite laid back and kind individuals who work hard and get out to play as much as possible.  We were a great fit for each other and every step of the way was a wonderful experience with them.  I’m so thrilled to finally share their wedding day!  This may be the largest blog post I’ve ever created, but Mike and Erin were a fantastic couple and their wedding day spanned longer than 12 hours.  So many beautiful moments created countless pictures!!

Erin grew up in the Pacific Northwest and her family spent much of her childhood in Cannon Beach, therefore it had become a very special place for her and even more so, now that she lives in Denver, Colorado.  She told me she immediately knew she hoped to be married in Cannon Beach when Mike proposed.  Planning a destination wedding for over 200 guests was a challenge, yet a great experience for Erin and her mother and it was really sweet to hear how much it meant to each of them.  On the day of the wedding, Erin and her bridesmaids shared  her family’s beach house to get ready, while Mike shared another house with his family a block away.  We met on the beach for the start of their pictures followed by a jaunt around Cannon Beach town and then finished at Hug Point before their ceremony at Cannon Beach Community Church.  One of the most touching parts of the day for me was when all the women in Erin’s family, including close family friends walked her from her parents’ beach house to the church.  All those ladies supporting and celebrating Erin on such an important day was really beautiful moment.

After their ceremony, Erin and Mike drove Erin’s father’s beautifully restored classic mustang to their reception at The Surfsand Resort where all their guests gave them a warm welcome.  It was an incredible evening full of joy and merriment, including lots and lots of dancing! They even ended their night on the beach with cozy fires to roast marshmallows with their family and friends.  Truly, a wonderful wedding with phenomenal people and I am so grateful I was invited to be a part of it.  Thank you to Erin and Mike and to Erin’s parents for being so generous while we worked diligently to capture such a lovely day.

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Thank you also to Andie  of A Visual Anthology and Chris Cyree for their amazing assistance that day!

This wedding was photographed hybrid, which means a mix of digital and film formats.  Film camera gear includes a Contax 645 using Fuji 400H and Kodak Tmax 400 film.  Digital gear is Canon.

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait 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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