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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.

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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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing for the Patton Family several times now, but this particular time made one of my photographer dreams come true–to photograph multiples in the newborn category. Initially I was thinking twins, but really why not just dive right into triplets! And triplets it was. All cute, sweet, small, with different […]

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Photographing Mahalia and her lovely parents was my first experience shooting an entire session on film alone. I did bring digital gear as backup, but aside from 3 shots in the beginning that I didn’t end up using, these pictures are a collection of the 4 rolls I used that morning to tell their new […]

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