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 often think to myself, “I am so, so lucky to work with the nicest people!” It’s almost like a pinch-me sort of revelation over and over again and the gratefulness I have because of it overflows. I remember when Emily reached out to me, I liked her immediately and when we had our virtual […]
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“Now that I have your heart by heart, I see.” -Elise Bogan In the Pacific Northwest, a winter wedding–even an elopement is typically indoors. With this wedding inspiration shoot, I wanted to work with other Portland wedding vendors to create a visual explosion of romance, vibrant color, and sweet, endearing love indoors. The theme […]
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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” -Osho Life often turns out a little differently than we imagine it to, doesn’t it? I think when we’re young and in our late teens through our […]
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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 […]
Contax 645 with Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 400 film. Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography in Portland, Oregon as an engagement and wedding photographer.
I met Aruna by chance. She was shopping in Crate & Barrel and I was there representing Simply Splendid for a bridal event. She stopped and complimented my photography and mentioned that she and her husband never had any professional photos taken and how she’d like to change that. Busy travel schedules prevented it right […]
Mt. View Orchards is an amazing family farm in the Hood River, Oregon area that we love to visit whenever a fruit harvest is at hand. Cherries in July, peaches in August, pears and apples late September into October, it’s always such a joy to visit the farm and pick from their beautiful bounty! This […]
My daughter and I have visited Sauvie Island Farms every year since she was three for our great pumpkin finding adventures. It is not the most popular farm on Sauvie Island, which is one of its great appeals… it is also very wide open, big, and beautiful. A real working farm, with a variety of […]