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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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! 🙂

 

 

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.

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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.

United States Flags throughout Time

the first flag of the united states…just after the revolution “Continental Colors”

Our Flag has changed many times throughout history…it seems each flag had it’s own name. I never knew that. But Memorial Day 2012, I learned something new. Imagine still learning about history long after school is out 😀

I wish history had been more personalized in school. I think I would have enjoyed it more….like children enjoy science fiction today.

Our FIRST flag was namedGrand Union by George Preble in his 1872 history of the American flag. And now you are asking “WHO is George Preble?” right? George Henry Preble was born in February 1816 and was an American naval officer and a writer. He was noted for taking the first photograph of the Fort McHenry flag that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner.

“the Betsy Ross” flag of the United States

Our SECOND flag is the one we all think of as the “Betsy Ross” flag…You know the one with the circle of thirteen stars…. As a child, I always thought this was our first flag. That was always the impression I was given. There is so much history to teach and so little is actually given in schools…not to mention most students seem to be under the assumption that history is just a bunch of stories and names and dates that don’t matter any more….or that is the direction we come from in the fourth and fifth grade when the memorization becomes more of a mandatory thing. Is that where your point of view came from?

The Star Spangled Banner with 15 stars…

History was never really personalized enough for me to take a really good interest in it. I never liked memorization and couldn’t relate…so…there is a lot that I missed out on.

Then there is the “Star-Spangled Banner”….and while I know that most despise wikepedia as an information source and that’s ok. Please feel free to find another source and post it (whether opposed or not to the information here).

And for those that want to see the “rebel flag” or the “stars and bars” aka ” dixie flag and flag of the south….here’s a few things to look at through our history as well. While I realize

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things become something more than what they were intended and can be twisted over time, we still missed a lot of history and life’s lessons along the way. I find these small facts fascinating now…more so than I ever did in school. However I also am able to look at things from many different perspectives than I could have as a student in primary and secondary schools. I think that truly matters. I also believe that life is many shades and often we try to make it just black and white.

The Stainless Flag (second national flag for the confederate side)

Life in a black and white photo contains many shades of grey and white. Try ordering a wedding dress and telling “them” you want a white dress…. ivory, champagne, eggshell white, ecru, ….so many choices and sometimes very confusing…as is life.

The confederate side had national banners flown during the war and though I don’t remember that being a topic covered in history, I find it very interesting to view today.

The Confederacy and it’s flags.

History holds many stories, many secrets and many many things to learn from. The one thing I find very interesting about history today is the personal lifestyles of the people we can read about.

Their lives were so very different and yet our country’s history takes place on the very ground we walk on today. Watch re-enactments. See the clothes they wore. Tour a historic home as it was then. Read about the cultures that evolved from our roots and contributed to our attitudes and our lifestyle today.

What one person would YOU most like to know more about from US History?

Share your tales of History and the people that lived it HERE!…Who have you read about lately? How were YOU inspired by this person? Let us know when YOU like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and check back for more photo blog posts HERE! Thanks for reading.

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2015:

How did YOU spend Mother’s Day? It has become almost a tradition for my Mother and my Daughter to spend the day at OKRF on Mother’s Day. Three generations together at Fair. A great time enjoyed by all.

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day at the Castle has it’s favorites….there are always “must see” acts. While we enjoy OKRF, we do have our favorites. The Jolly Rogers, The Brothers Dimm (also known as the Mud Men), Karma Dogma Show, and usually the birds of Prey show…however we missed that one. Royal Gauntlet used to do the show and now it is Knight Wing. We visited the Italian quarter and saw Tribal Circus. We tried Wulgamut but the echo inside the cave made it too loud to enjoy so we weren’t able to stay long. This doesn’t affect everyone and they are worth the listen…if the cave gets to you then catch them at pub-sing at the crown inn towards the end of the day.

If you got the chance to spend the day with your Mom…then you had a very special day indeed. IF you did not, don’t think you missed out. Make a date and spend the day with her any day! Mother’s day can be any day regardless of your calendar. Mothers are special and any day is a great day to spend with MOM. ❤

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the Moms out there…and God Bless each and every one of YOU!

 

Cosplay and Costume Shoots

Fall is just around the corner! this is a great time of year to have some FUN!

WHY? ( I am so glad you asked that question!)

The costume shops are just opening up and everyone is thinking about “…what they want to be for Halloween” or the harvest festival. There are several conventions coming up this time of year too. Visit “Tulsa Comic Con” November 7th, 8th, and 9th of 2014. Visit the “Phoenix Quest in Enid this November 22nd, 2014. Visit “Izumicon” in Oklahoma City October 31st through November 2nd. Looking for a convention to attend?? Check these links out: “Geek City Guides“; “Oklahoma Convention Scene“; Wikipedia is even in on it.

Want a cool pic to post of you in your comicCon/cosplay costume?? Call or email and schedule an appointment! Or Visit us on Facebook and make a request there too!

Photo shoots are about YOU and about having FUN!

So find your costume, your favorite character outfit, or steampunk outfit and let’s get together. Photos are also for children of ALL AGES! (This means from newborn throughout YOUR entire LIFE!) The imagination should grow with you and everyone should have an opportunity for FUN! so…what are you waiting for??

Visit Misha’s Photography online:

the WebsiteFacebooktwitter, blog…YOU ARE HERE, photo blog, on Pinterest… See you soon!

 

Holiday Portraits: An Easter Celebration

I know you probably read the title of this blog and thought you were going to see a bunch of kids’ portraits for Easter, right? I hope you aren’t disappointed. I wanted to do something a little more original this year. I want to display a portrait of Easter.

Are you wondering what I mean by that? How would you paint (or create) a portrait of Easter? East conjures so many memories and so many meanings….each is different for ever individual person that reads this.

When I think of Easter, I think of the childhood memories with my familly…the new outfit my grandmother had made for me, the Easter basket with candy and toys, the church service that would be taking place that Sunday…and the dinner and egg hunt that would happen after church.

I also think of the symbolism (for me) and this may of course be different for you….we each have our own thoughts, images, and memories that make up what we believe and how we perceive things.

If I was to create a “Portrait of Easter”, I would start with a glorious sunrise filled with birdsongs on a cool but not chilled foggy morning…..though this isn’t  a foggy morning…it is a golden sun:

Golden Sunrise
Golden Sunrise

Add the warm feeling that (for instance) Thomas Kinkaid paintings create or that walk through your favorite park path or special quiet place gives you…. “Remember Me

then add the laughter of children with happy hearts and not a care in the world for anything other than love of the people around them and the moment (which no child ever consciously thinks about)…

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add the image of a golden egg (like Jack in the Beanstalk’s treasure when you first heard the story and imagined the scene in your mind)….with Warmth and love surrounding it (instead of the giant)….

Last…but not least, add a guide, friend, someone special to share this image/feeling with…

and NOW You have:

Easter’s portrait….

 

 

Book Covers and Photography

Photography is a wonderful field and an adventurous hobby.

I enjoy so many aspects of it. It relates to all things and all areas of life.

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People want family photos and images of celebrations and life’s little moments so they can be shared and remembered.

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Others need documentation for insurance, crimes, and job/projects completed.

FireCracker 5K of 2012

Others need maps and aerial shots that show more than you can see from the ground.

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view from the skies over Keystone areas

Documenting the animal life and the value of protecting our environment through programs like recycling are also necessary. And would you believe in mermaids without photographs??

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Photography also helps the novels you read (or any literature for that matter) come alive through the cover (and the occasional graphic novel)

Tulsa Author
Ice…by Elissa Lewallen

Oklahoma State Parks

Natural Falls State Park…

I had the wonderful opportunity to revisit a beautiful State Park here in Oklahoma.

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A fellow Photographer and I went on a beautiful photo-walk on March 22nd, 2014. What a beautiful Saturday it was for a walk in the park and for photography.

You may not know this but the movie, “Where the Red fern Grows” was filmed in this hidden treasure place among the State Parks of Oklahoma in 1974. Natural Falls State Park offers camping opportunities with full access to the park for overnight campers, lots of wildlife trails, beautiful scenery including a very tall and breath-taking waterfall… It is a beautiful place for a family day trip, romantic picnic or just a cool place to walk and enjoy nature. Many people like to visit this place of wonder…nature is a wonder.

Have a wonderful day…and check back often to see where else we have traveled….or the people we have been fortunate enough to photograph along life’s journey. 😀

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If you would like to read more about what others think regarding this scenic wonder, check out the links below:

Daytrip with Cathy Cummings

TravelOK.com is a good information site too.

Explore the Ozarks...right here in Oklahoma 🙂

Wellsphere by Ken C. nature runner…

Now let the world know what you think…HERE! (leave a comment!)

Soaring like Eagles

Soaring…Flying…Dreaming!

I had a wonderful experience this weekend. I got to fly in a small Piper airplane. Now I am horrible at remember types of planes and automobiles alike…but I am working on getting better at identification. Reading–I have LOTS of new reading materials–will help.

I can say that the couple I met in trying to find a family pet are a really cool dynamic duo.

They both fly, teach, and love animals.

She used to race airplanes and he loves aerial acrobatics. Flight instructors. Animal Lovers. People who give back to their community in so many ways and they are as down-to-earth as you please. My weekend has been very interesting and exciting!

We started off in Collinsville and flew into Pogue Airport in Sand Springs. Then flew a little further west and I got a glimpse of the Keystone Lake and Dam from the air. I have traveled across the Keystone Dam my entire life and now I have seen a new perspective at a very interesting time…as the Dam is under repairs…or at least the road across the Dam is under re-construction. Everything is different from the air. It is amazing, beautiful, and I was directionally challenged I will admit. 😀

It is easy to pick out huge land marks from the air, like the Dam…but roads and rivers and water ways have no street signs for the passengers of an airplane. It is amazing though and I enjoyed every minute of it!

While experiencing my first aerial photography trip, I actually got to fly higher than an eagle…we did fly right over one. 🙂 It was amazing to see things from that perspective!

Soar like and Eagle
view from the skies over Keystone areas

Aerial photography is a new chapter for my photography experiences and I am so looking forward to seeing how this new area fits into my journey of photography….and how new friendships will grow.

“Thank You!” to ALL  who made this wonderful experience possible.

Frozen Fun

Welcome to the mad-hatter’s winter tea party 🙂

Warm tea to relieve the chills and the madness of imagination in the snow…this is my playground today.

Imagination made real
Imagination made real

Where will your imagination take you today??

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Have Fun with Misha's Photography!
Have Fun with Misha’s Photography!

Mardi Gras is always a fun time of celebrations and confetti! So let’s celebrate Fat Tuesday (the day before Lent – “Ash Wednesday”) Downtown Tulsa, OK at the Blue Dome District with the 5th annual Mardi Gras Parade.

Tue Mar 4, 2014 7pm – 10pm Central Time

Find your Masks, those colorful beads and boxes of confetti…and let’s have some FUN! I am looking forward to shooting photos of the parade this year! Join me! And if you would like a special Mardi Gras shoot all your own, let’s talk session date!

Wonderland of Frost

Frosted Wonders of Winter

Oklahoma has had a real winter so far this year. Snowed more times than I can keep track of and iced over and all the school’s snow days have pretty much vanished with this year’s abundance of winter weather and road conditions.

I love the snow. I am not so fond of the cold but they sort of go hand-in-hand. I like the white coating of powder and ice and crystals that make our every day worked into something entirely new.

It’s like looking into a real photograph and actually being able to walk through it into another world…like a book, a painting, or a picture come to life. Something you can actually experience. Magical. Wondrous. Different and yet not different at all…

I hope you get to enjoy some of the winter wonderland Oklahoma has been showered with over the last two weeks. 🙂 whether it is with photos, sleds, experiments, or a book and a nice warm fire…Have Fun 🙂

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Snow Fairy

ICE: edition 2

“Ice” by Elissa Lewallen

Well, the cover project for and with author, Elissa Lewallen is now complete.

The results you have been waiting for….

Back Cover, edition 2 of “Ice”

Don’t forget to read more about the author on her website and blog…and be sure to check out her book “Ice.”