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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.

These images come from an editorial shoot at the beginning of the year, partnering with some amazing creatives and I’m so pleased to finally share. Thank you Julie Martin of Artfully Uncommon for the awesome concept and styling, Chas Thompson of Wildflower Portland for the beautiful blooms, Ladida for the loveliest children’s clothing ever, and […]

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I’ve gotten to know Kylie pretty well in this last year since I’ve been able to photograph her 4 times now (see here) and my has this girl grown! I mean she started out this tiny little 5 lbs and some ounces ball of love and now she walks, laughs, and says a few words […]

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Lately I am feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes in a beautifully inspiring way, sometimes in a drop-you-to-your-knees with tears sort of way. Where is it all going? Toward good, I can only hope. I keep puttering along it seems, going about my days one at a time and then all of a sudden, I’ll take stock of […]

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Maybe not really a blizzard… but definitely snow for days which meant no school, sleeping in, hot chocolate, warm clothes, sledding, snow burned faces, and one thrilled little girl who was overwhelmingly excited about our spontaneous snow storm. A few pictures from our several days of snow all on film and two very vintage cameras. […]

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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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