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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.

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.

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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 […]

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Dear Eva, I often think about you throughout the day. I think about a lot of little things, like the look of completed bliss on your face as we hug or snuggle; the way you sit at the table just happy as a clam as you work on whatever project you have going on; how […]

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Preface Towards the end of 2012 I was extended an invitation to join a group of photographers in a year long project in which we would write letters to our children on a monthly basis.  Initially, I felt really honored by the individual who asked, but once I saw the list of other truly talented […]

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