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China

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia

When I was younger I remember wondering what the Great Wall of China looked like in person.  I had only seen pictures of course, but I tried to imagine the scale of it and what it would feel like to be there and yet at the same time, even then, I never really believed I would go.  I’m a traveler at heart, but life realities and adulthood responsibilities take hold eventually, one might be inclined to make a bucket list of places they hope to go someday and China wasn’t at the forefront of mine.  I still haven’t made it to the Great Wall, but somehow I found myself IN China this year with my daughter in tow, thanks to a gigantic life/work change of one beloved best friend and her family.

We traveled to a “small” island city called Xiamen for Spring Break; home to 5.5 million people, which is approximately 1 million people more than my entire state of Oregon.  Overwhelming wonderment is a good way to describe my reaction to the culture change and population density.  Color, textures, food, buildings, people…oh so many people… all in quantities I never could have imagined.  But the rhythm in which all these things and people exist in together; the hum of life in Xiamen is like some sort of marvelous choreography.  The best way to describe it is constant merging.  I don’t know how they do it, but I suppose when so many people live in one set amount of space, the people adapt; they figure out the correct cadence of life necessary to make it work.

Its rained buckets the entire trip. I intended to photograph a lot more than I did, but because of the rain and dark gloomy skies I was significantly more selective.  Film and water do not mix, but there were two things in particular that had me doing whatever I could to photograph as much as I could while we were there experiencing them.  The first was a ferry trip to a tiny island called Gulangyu, less than 1 square mile of space and home to 20,000-ish full time residents.  I was mesmerized and could have stayed days exploring it all.  Someday I’d love to go back.

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

This is Gulangyu from the highest point with Xiamen across the water (on the right).  A fun fact from Gulangyu is that there are no combustion engines allowed on the island.  We did see a few golf carts transporting guests to a few hotels along the waterfront, but people mainly walk the maze of streets and stairs that span the island.

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Gulangyu

The second awesome outing was to visit a Buddhist temple called Nanputuo.  All the colors and carved wood collectively made this temple one of the finest manmade creations I’ve ever beheld.  I mean truly, it is astounding what can be created by human minds and hands.  In the case of Nanputuo, it’s taken centuries to get it to the point it is today but the sacredness to its people and care to which it is taken care of is remarkable.

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

All images taken with either a Pentax 645nii camera with Kodak Ektar 100 film or Canon Elan 7 with 35mm lens and Agfa Vista 200 film. Developed and scanned by The FIND Lab.

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

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Easter Tea at Historic Deepwood Museum

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Marla Cyree Simply Splendid

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Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

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Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Historic Deepwood Estate ALMA Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography ALMA Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower Something Borrowed

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla cyree Spring quince

Contributing Vendors

Venue:  Deepwood Museum | Salem, Oregon (also known as Historic Deepwood Estate)

Furniture:  Something Borrowed Portland

Floral Design:  Wildflower Portland

Chocolate Bunny + Frogs: Alma Chocolate

Doll:  Dollface by Jessica Lee

Models:  Option Model + Media

Clothing

Linen Dress:  Tortoise + The Hare

White Dress:  J. Crew

Cardigan:  GAP Kids

Velvet Shoes:  Joyfolie

This inspiration shoot was also featured on Babiekins Magazine blog, see the feature here.

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All images created on film with a Contax 645 and Fuji 400H

 

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

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Birth | Oregon Film Photographer

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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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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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Christian + Ashley | Elopement in Wonderland

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Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

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Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer Elopement Inspiration Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Film Photography

 

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

Super 8 Wedding Film by Kel Ward Photography

 

Alice in Wonderland inspired elopement from Kel Ward on Vimeo.

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 + Ashlie | Columbia River Gorge Anniversary

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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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Autumn Inspiration | Portland Oregon Wedding 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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