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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.
Portland Elopement Photographer, Modern Wedding, Simply Splendid, Kylie Sallee, Elopement Inspiration

“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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Travel Photography Oregon Film Photographer Xiamen China Nanputuo Temple Buddhist Agfa Vista Marla Cyree Simply Splendid pagoda 2

When I was younger I remember wondering what the Great Wall of China looked like in person. I had only seen pictures of course, but I tried to imagine the scale of it and what it would feel like to be there and yet at the same time, even then, I never really believed I […]

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Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Dollface by Jessica Lee Hellebores Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Contributing Vendors Venue:  Deepwood Museum | Salem, Oregon (also known as Historic Deepwood Estate) Furniture: Something Borrowed Portland Floral Design: Wildflower Portland Chocolate Bunny + Frogs: Alma Chocolate Doll: Dollface by Jessica Lee Models: Option Model + Media Clothing Linen Dress: Tortoise + The Hare White Dress: J. Crew Cardigan: GAP Kids Velvet Shoes: Joyfolie This inspiration shoot was also featured on Babiekins Magazine […]

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    Many thanks to The Wedding Chicks for featuring this elopement on their online publication recently. That feature can be found here. Super 8 Wedding Film by Kel Ward Photography   Alice in Wonderland inspired elopement from Kel Ward on Vimeo. Vendors: Gowns: Holly Stalder of The Diamond Sea Bridal Floral Design: Wildflower Portland Hair and […]

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Nestled amongst hazelnut groves and small farms in wine country, this remarkable one room schoolhouse turned venue offered so much charm and character to M+C’s wedding day. The bride’s family were the most wonderfully helpful group of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while and were all busy as bees […]

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