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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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.
I arrived to the wedding location before the bride and when she pulled up and carefully slid out of the car, I may have gasped. Simona looked like Eastern European royalty. But one of the most amazing things about lovely Simona, is that as beautiful as she is on the outside, she is leaps and […]
When I initially received the inquiry if I’d be interested in traveling to Whidbey Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington to photograph a family on vacation celebrating a golden wedding anniversary, my initial reaction was one of complete joy and excitement. YES! Yes, please and thank you! I had a feeling it was […]
I had the pleasure of meeting Max and Megan in June and even though our session time together was short, it was such a pleasure getting to photograph them! Thank you Max and Megan, you two are just the cutest!! Images made using a Contax 645 and Kodak Portra 800 film. Marla Cyree of […]
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 […]