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Welcome to an expression of creativity: where each frame tells a story, each click captures an inspired moment, and every picture paints a treasured memory. Embark on a journey through visual wedding narratives, intricate photo compositions, heartfelt personal projects, and delightful glimpses into the tapestry of this creative life.

Whether you're a fellow artist seeking inspiration, a couple in search of the perfect storyteller for your special celebration, or simply a soul drawn to the beauty of film photography--please feel welcome to explore, engage, and be inspired by a simply splendid perspective.

Musings of a photographic artist

I’m Marla
Sprinkled throughout this journey are the little joys, moments of inspiration, and snippets of life that add color to our human experience. Join me as we embrace the beauty of imperfect perfection, the magic of a beautiful moment, and the endless possibilities of creativity.

By the end of 2012 I was feeling quite worn out from constant editing. It was a great thing to be busy enough to feel that way and I was grateful, but dreading and loathing the editing time of my job. I also realized that though I was taking pictures of my daughter, I was […]

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    Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona Contax 645 with Iford HP5 & Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400 films Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer. She loves to travel.

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