Book Sprites: do you believe?

So..it’s that time of year again… You know what I mean. That time when the crazy creatures of lore come out to play!

booksprite2016bjn-logoThis little creature came to visit over the weekend…isn’t she adorable! Meet our shy book sprite. Would YOU like to come and play?? Call or email to Book Your Session NOW!

Let’s see who (or what) else will come to play in Broken Arrow, OK…it is the season for spooks, Fae, and don’t forget Cosplay!

The Tulsa Comic Con is happening Oct. 21st, 22nd, and 23rd which is only a week and a half away! Have FUN and book a session!

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Where were YOU when Autumn arrived?

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piles of leaves falling

The second season of colors. The world has blossomed and grown. The earth’s teen years of parties and fun have only just faded with that summer sun. And now, nature’s age of maturity….where were You when Autumn came?

The leaves turn colors, and change is in the air. Cooler mornings, fog, mist, pumpkins and day dreams of bon fires and football games!

Sports photographers can’t wait… Costume owners are in their busy season! And what about YOU? Where were YOU when Autumn arrived? What does this season have in store for you?

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Costume shopping! Cosplay! Halloween Photos! Dress your best and let’s have FUN! Don’t forget…shopping, Thanksgiving, family time! Family photos! Preparations for Christmas cards! Family photos!

Family photos can be traditional or YOU can add your own spice of life to the session. Cosplayer? Let’s get photos out there that are YOU! that you can share and have fun with! Want a unique Christmas card? One that is ALL YOU?! Let’s do a session and create your own card for your own unique look to share with YOUR family and friends this holiday season!

Autumn also brings the 13 days of Halloween!🙂

Check back with us for those posts!
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Tea Time Traditions

Tea Time Traditions are many.

Tea has a history in America dating back to the colonies when the Boston Tea Party took place. While I would love to shoot a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, I am actually offering a different setting that has actually become a quaint childhood right of passage for many young ladies through time.

Curious yet? I am actually talking of Tea  Time picnics in the garden or the backyard…or where ever your heart takes you on an adventure. Imagination IS the limitOne special young lady and I had Tea Time with Teddy by the pond.  She became princess for the day with tarts and cake and teddy by the “lake.” 

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Tea Time with Teddy.

Picnics are special for every young girl from the age of three to at least the age of seven…some hang on to the tradition a lot longer {like the child in all of us~Adventures are grand things no matter our age or status in life}. Throughout September and October, we would love to shoot a “Tea Time Picnic” with you or your princess (or prince)–or let’s make it a Family Picnic! There are many tea time options for every imaginative person reading this. Take a look:

  • Tea Time with Teddy (1 or more–up to 6)
  • Tea with Mommy and Me
  • Tea Time Princess with (Daddy) the King
  • Mad Hatter Tea Party (group of 2 to 8) … “Who Are You?” …{Alice, the Mad Hatter, Door Mouse, March Hare, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedle Dee/Dum, the Cheshire Cat, a Cards-men, Absolum-the caterpillar?}… 
  • Tea Time with Your Lovely Lady (couples)
  • Tea Time with Friends (group of 2 to 8) …friends can be your group of gal pals, gals & guys, a child and their doll collection (American Dolls ~for example)
**all adventures may be shot on location or in studio…
each setting and adventure is unique to you and your party.

Let’s have a Party!

Tea Parties are amazing times full of imagination. One of the many adventures that fit one individual or one amazing group of friends. What kind of Tea Party would YOU like to have? Let’s Plan an Adventure!! Follow a white rabbit to Wonderland OR find your fellow at the water’s edge at sunset… OR find your fair Lady on the lawn sipping tea and nibbling cakes… Adventure awaits YOU! What are YOU waiting for?? Contact us TODAY to set up YOUR adventure!

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Portraits and Photography

Portrait: defined by webster’s dictionary as:

  • “a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders”

  • “a detailed description of something or someone”

  • “a way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right”

Portrait: as most people think of it:

  • a photo of one person taken by a professional photographer meant to be displayed either at home, at work, or on social media (or all of the above–depending on the individual).

Portrait: as I see it as a photographer:

  • a depiction of a person as they are in today’s present state or as they wish to be seen.

What do I mean by that (“as they wish to be seen”)?

  • people have many talents. Some are happy with a self portrait.
  • Others wish to be better photographed to catch a more flattering view of themselves than a selfie on a smart phone.
  • Others wish to showcase a talent or career or activity that they have a passion for…something that gives their life meaning. Some hear the word “portrait” and think of a Family Session. Others think of the old time portraits that were painted and hung on a castle wall…(such as depictions of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Richard the Lionheart, the Tzars of Russia, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa)…

For those that wish to be showcased in the talent or career or activity that gives their life meaning (be that motherhood, fatherhood, swimming, golf, baseball, cosplay, re-enactments, hockey, ice skating, skate boarding, botany, horticulturist, executive, non-profit leader, photographer, etc) it represents a challenge to represent that person in their passion. That is the portrait I love to help create. Portraits are a team effort for without the client there to share their passion, their career, their life, I have no canvas on which to create a portrait….

Such a creation should be shared. Most of us share EVERYTHING on social media. I love social media. It is a great way to share life and passion…especially with those you don’t see every day. However, it is not the ultimate goal. The goal of a photographer when wik_elizabeth-i_rainbow-portraitcreating a portrait is to help you create something that you can personally share with all who enter your home. Not just those who are on social media. To personally share art with those that matter, Portraits are hung in your home to show your Passion, your love for life, to showcase YOU, Your FAMILY, to show what matters to YOU.

For  this reason, cd’s are given with purchases of photographs purchased. Not given as a collection of an entire session to be lost in cyberspace. Art is not digitally stored on a device to get shoved away in a drawer or a box or a closet. Art and Love are meant to be shared… to be part of your home. So please understand when a photographer says “I don’t offer cd’s”…what they are truly saying to you is I want you to have something special for your home that shows the love you have for your journey through the adventure we call LIFE. You deserve something unique and something to display. Not something to hide on a device in a drawer or closet or box in that closet….because YOU are special.

More examples of past Art/Portraits from the past…which demonstrate art, presence, passion, and define WHO they were and HOW we see them….

Eleanor of Aquitaine (left) and Nicholas II-the last Tzar of Russia (right).

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Event: June Special

“To the Moon and Back”

Great Father’s Day gift…they aren’t little forever!

For the month of June…To the Moon and back is a beautiful way to showcase your love! Book your session NOW!

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Child in the sky

This setting has NO age limits…after all…you are among the stars! Boys and girls of all ages can reach for and sit among the stars on the moon or in the clouds beside it.  Let’s add MORE FUN to it and add DAD to the photo session!

Book Your session TODAY! Let’s have some fun and Adventure! Come and play among the stars and Dream with your family!

Book Your appointment by June 30th, 2016!

405-730-9188 in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area but travel all over Oklahoma! Call Today!
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WWII Veterans – the B-17

The Flying Fortress: B-17

Over the weekend of May 20th – 22nd, 2016, we had the chance to visit with some Veterans and a very special organization from Texas. There are apparently only ELEVEN flying B-1 bombers left in the world today. We took the time to change our weekend plans to visit the Texas Raiders B-17 Flying Fortress. Her crew is amazing and friendly, not to mention dedicated. This is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a small piece of history.

It’s also a chance to meet Veterans who served

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Misha-standing next to ONE engine of the B-17.

throughout history through the ages and brought us to our stance in freedom today. I never really appreciated nor did I particularly enjoy history as a child student nor as a college student. No one was ever able to make it personal or to create that personal connection. Here it is! That personal connection that makes history a wondrous adventure.

 

Check out the online gallery for a better view of our experience…or contact the Texas Raiders and find out when and where YOU can visit them. You can also find them on Facebook.

Thank You to those that have served throughout time!

Thank You to the Texas Raiders who keep history alive!🙂

 

 

Specials: the Day for Mothers

I know. Every day is special for mothers when you are a Mom. Moms deserve to be celebrated daily…but sometimes we take every day people for granted. Moms are special. Moms are the ones who are there for you from the first moment of your life up until the very last day of hers…No one can be what your mom is to you. Take the day to celebrate HER…in 2016…and include her Mom… Check it out!

Generation Portraits

are a wonderful gift for mother’s day.

What is that you ask? Well I posted a blog on that earlier but here’s a refresher: “Generation Portraits” are special portraits that include usually three or more family members from three or more generations. For example: my mother, myself and my daughter in one portrait together would be a “generation portrait” showcasing three generations of women in our family.

Generation-collage-02HartzellWomen-5gens-plain-logo-smThis is a generation portrait. What are the numbers for? The first lady in this portrait passed away some time ago. The photo of her was taken in 1973. Her daughter next to her passed away a few years later and her photo shown here was taken in 1983.  A photo of the matriarchal line to share with future generations was desired.  I put my artistic skills to work with the materials in possession. Here is that result. A generation portrait showing the women who have been key influences in someone’s life and of whom they are a direct descendant. Now…that special offer I mentioned…From Now (April 12th, 2016) through May 2nd, 2016–> Misha’s Photography & Restoration is  offering this style of generation portraits to YOU! May 2nd will be the LAST day for sessions to be done. Mother’s Day is May 8th, 2016.
IF you are interested in YOUR OWN generations portrait, please visit our contact page and make an appointment OR request a special order. Here’s how!

Special Order:

Fill out your name, email, phone,  and in the comments section write: “Special Order Generations Portrait”.  Someone from our office will contact you for more information within 24 hours of your contact form being sent to us (usually).

Thank You for visiting our blog.  Have a Blessed Mother’s day (May 8th, 2016).

to book your session NOW, visit us online or give us a call:

405-730-9188   –>Located in Broken Arrow, OK

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Generation Portraits do not have to be the female line. You can do a male generation portrait or even a mixed generation portrait. It depends on your family and your personal preferences.

Event: King Author’s Court

April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2016 marked the 40th annual medieval fair for Norman, Oklahoma. It’s free to attend this medieval fair and a great way to kick off the fair season in the midwest. We haNormanMedievalFairA-2016.jpgd a wonderful time. We met up with Frank Kieth and his wonderful sculptures. We saw Michelle and her lovely assortment of corsetry! We saw many, many vendors and some wonderful shows as well.

This fair is great for interacting with characters, people watching and even pet watching! We saw dogs of all shapes and sizes and even some in costume! There was also a bearded dragon and some Birds of Prey!
The live action chess game was absolutely wonderful!NormanMedievalFairB-2016.jpg Have you ever seen such a thing? Fear not! if by some misbegotten chance you missed Norman’s lovely fair and shopping opportunity, you can visit the Castle of Muskogee in May. They also have a live action chess match… though you won’t see King Author or Queen Guinevere. Though you could chance to catch a live action chess match and a mermaid grotto…

King Author’s court at Norman was a lovely day and the weather was altogether grand for the celebration. The food is wonderful and of great variety…and the people are many!

To catch your eye and the scope of possibilities for next year in Norman, check out our gallery of this saturday’s meanderings. See you in Muskogee!

Events: Emergency Preparedness Expo

We visited the Emergency Preparedness Expo this past Saturday (March 26th). Have you heard of it? Tis the season–tornado season — when emergency responders in Oklahoma are kept very busy. Between tornadoes, fires, and floods, spring creates LOTS of work for these crews and the volunteers involved.

It was a beautiful day to be outside. I know a lot of the families were out doing community Easter Egg Hunts–such fun for the kids…but there was a nice turn out at the Expo too. We had many of our Fire Departments compete in a “Fire Fighter’s Challenge” event to show YOU what they are trained for in a more fun and entertaining environment. EVENTS-FireFighterChallenge-collage2016BLOG-sm(Rolling Hills, Oak Grove, Wagoner Fire Department, Flat Rock, White Horn, Coweta Fire Department). These kinds  of events are great for you to get to know those who serve your community and for them to get to know you as well. Events like the Emergency Preparedness Expo also give you valuable information should you ever find yourself in need of it.

Do you know what to do or who is involved in emergency situations? Well anyone who is, could be, might be were there at the Expo on Saturday. We enjoyed seeing the Air EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO2-collage2016BLOGsmEvac Lifeteam land their helicopter at the event. Saturday’s Air Evac team was from Muskogee. THANK YOU for being their Saturday! This is always great fun for the kids as they get to see the inside of a helicopter and even sit inside if they wish… The Air Evac Lifeteam is also on hand for questions and one on one interaction. Fun and Education all at the same time! Imagine.

On top of that we also enjoyed watching the canine rescue teams demonstrate their techniques. The rescue dogs are a joy beyond measure to watch and seemed to enjoy showing off their skills also! Emergency Management was there with literature and a trophy for the winners of the Fire Fighter Challenge. The trophy will travel to each winning station year after year! So be sure to come out next year to support your local station!

EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO-collage2016BLOG-smWe visited with the Broken Arrow Police Department and got to check out their “Share the Road” program which is about motor cycle safety awareness. Many Police departments all over Wagoner County attended the Expo. The DAV had a mobile unit set up as well as the Oklahoma Blood Institute and the American Red Cross. Water Safety was also there. Storm Shelter companies like Atlas Safe Rooms were there. If you haven’t seen them, you can find them at Woodland Hills Mall now. The County Sheriff was in attendance as was AEP. It was a great time to wander and ask questions and learn about emergencies when there isn’t one in progress. Often times we don’t bother until it is needed and then we miss a lot of necessary information. I am hoping next year is bigger and better! Check out our photo gallery of the event! Coweta American was there and also has a gallery. I am sure that we didn’t catch everything there so Check out the Chamber and the Newspaper. Visit the links and the facebook pages. This is an annual event so please, check out the companies here and bookmark their links. Visit and support them as part of your community. Keep in touch and visit the Expo in 2017!

Portraits: Generations

Generations…what do YOU think of when you hear that word? Do your thoughts stray to family? tradition? someone special?

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Most people do family portraits that include their immediate family. Generations Portraits include more than just the household family we normally include in our holiday cards. Usually it is Grandma, Daughter(s), Granddaughter(s). These are lasting memories treasured by several generations to be shared for generations to come. They touch a heart (or two) and are extra special when you lose a generation.

Have you ever had a generation portrait done? Contact Us NOW! We would very much enjoy visiting your home, local park, or having you in our studio for a generation session TODAY!

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Specials: Month of Love

February is the month we all stress about Valentine’s Day and what to get that special someone…or what to do if that special someone has not yet appeared.

Special Someone doesn’t have to be the Lover in your life. It can be your Mother, Father, Grandparent, Son, Daughter, or any Special Person that means the world to you and you just can’t imagine life without them there by your side.

Some People have the opinion that giving a photo of your self to someone is vain. That may be true….but having a photo session WITH that person makes it special and loving… instead of all about vanity. So…what are YOU waiting for?

 

Make Your appointment with that Special Person TODAY! Valentine’s Day may pass you by…but it’s never too late! That person in your life is always going to be special. Tell them. Contact us. Let’s get your session set up today! Mention this blog post when setting up your session and get a free 8×10 portrait from your session!
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Portraits: TWEEN Time!

Being in the middle is usually a rare place that most of us try to avoid. Being a “tween” isn’t something we get to avoid. That is a special time when your child is growing out of being a kid… and yet that craved for time of being a teenager just isn’t here yet either (and for them–can’t get here fast enough).

SL-TWEENtimes-2016blog.jpgBeing a “tween” is a special time for today’s youth. It’s a time of beginnings of preparing for that teenage life. This is the time when self image needs to be nurtured and so do relationships. That tween time with my children was what helped all of us through the teenage years. Building on your changing relationship now in positive ways is an awesome way to start off the teen years ahead as well as a re-connection to the child that is still inside all of us but is outwardly growing up (faster than most of us are ready for).

Portraits can be a fun way to remember kicking off the teen years with the TWEEN Times. Build your relationship and their self image in a positively FUN atmosphere. Portraits are all about YOU! What you like to do; places you like to go; people in your life; Let’s make them extra special! Call or email today to set up your TWEEN Time Portrait session!

Welcome 2016

Check out our year in review of 2015.

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2016…Good-bye to 2015. With photos, there really isn’t a “good-bye.” Photos help you remember and share all those FUN times as many times as you wish to relive the moment (or share it with as many friends and family members as possible).

Let me share with you the best memories from Misha’s Photography & Restoration of 2015. This includes events, portraits, etc. I want to say Thank You to all who purchased event photos, to all those wonderful people who had portraits done, and to those who revisit us every year for MORE photographic adventures.

Best of 2015-MPR-RHFD

Rolling Hills Fire Department (RHFD) is a wonderful group of men and women who devote A LOT of time to their community. It is a great opportunity to help them by photographing some of their community events since 2012. Thank You RHFD for all that YOU DO!  :)

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Here is a look at some of the Orchestra concerts for Broken Arrow High School. This includes Freshman Academy. I try to shoot at least one photo of every teen on stage. The display here is just the panoramic view of the entire stage area for each orchestra category.

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This is a display of some of the visitors at Oklahoma Renaissance Festival from May of 2015. These are NOT the Castle’s “best of” choices. These are the best choices within Misha’s Photograph & Restoration. Visiting the Castle of Muskogee each season has been very enjoyable. I adore people and photography. This community event is a great time to have fun with a camera and capture a variety of adventures.

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Best of Pirates. This display is mostly Acts that you will see at the Castle. Pictured above are members of “the Jolly Rogers” and members of “the Musical Blades” with a couple of extras peeking in for a visit. For more information on these pirate groups, check them out on Facebook: The Jolly Rogers and Musical Blades.

Best of 2015-MPR-OKRF Comedy

Angus is an all time favorite. OKRF would not be OKRF without this wonderful Scotsman stopping visitors and passers by through Angus Land. The Brothers Dimm has always been a favored stop on Mother’s Day and what would fair be without a Tribal Circus and the Jester Rejects? These are by no means the only comedies available at OKRF. I did not make as many shows as planned so please, check it out this coming May in 2016 and Maybe I’ll see you there (or here in next year’s “best of” post).

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Here’s is one more OKRF display…wonderful things to see at the Castle: The Mermaid Grotto, the Memorial Day Parade (a tribute to Veterans); The Joust; Dancing; and much, much more!

 

 

Weddings are always a favorite. People starting out on a brand new life-long adventure. Those are Memories we all want to keep and re-share over and over and over throughout time.Best of 2015-MPR-WED

Weddings are wonderful whether they are great day-long or week long events OR just a couple of hours with just a few people. Not one wedding should be without photos to remember and look back on throughout your life together. It’s an adventure like no other!

Best of 2015-MPR-Portraits

Portraits are FUN too! The options here are limitless. You can go traditional studio style; on location; life style; dress up; cosplay; You Name IT!

Portraits are meant to share the personality of those in it. It tells a story of who you are. Who are You? What would you like to share with the world (or your world? your family?)….The possibilities are endless. Let’s make 2016 absolutely Unforgettable! Contact us! 405-730-9188


We are located in Broken Arrow, OK. We are willing to travel though distance traveled changed the costs as we incur more costs. All prices on website are subject to change. Contact us via phone at:405-730-9188 or via email at: misha@mishasphotography.com. Text Messages are also welcome at the phone number given here in this blog post.

Holiday Cards 2015

Yes! It really is that time of year (again). But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Check it out! If we have taken your photo and it is in one of our galleries online, then you can make a custom Christmas Card for the holidays!

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Haven’t had your photo taken? It’s not too late!

Want to send out cards any way? See what the galleries have to offer! There are some beautiful nature photos and landscapes which you can use to create cards with as well! Happy Holidays!

Thirteen Days of Halloween: Four

Yes I know I skipped day four so here it is.😀 This is a concept that I am hoping to expand on for next year…If you would like to do a 13 Days of Halloween session, Please contact me. I would be glad to work with you on any style portrait session.

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