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: FIVE

This session was a lot of fun. Children don’t often have a long attention span before they are school age and sometimes this discourages people to take up projects like this one. Pets tend to have even less of an attention span…depending on the breed and personality.  This young lady is a ball of energy and “Toto” was too. We did have a LOT of fun shooting and my little model loved getting dressed up to go out and play. 😀 Meet “Dorothy and Toto…her little dog too”.

A Day on the Farm
A Day on the Farm

Model: Bailey

Canine Model: Rowdy

Photographer(s): Misha Lowther

Editing: Misha Lowther

Thirteen Days of Halloween: THREE

Phoenix Quest: A Harry Potter styled Event
Phoenix Quest: A Harry Potter styled Event

A Harry Potter styled event in Enid, Oklahoma…for Halloween, how can you go wrong with a castle full of witches and wizards and magical creatures great and small?

Photographer: Misha Lowther

Editing: Misha Lowther

Thirteen Days of Halloween: TWO

To Be or NOT to be...
To Be or NOT to be…

Here’s a portrait of a skeleton/girl. Perhaps she is considering which cemetery to haunt this year or whether she should join the zombie horde in their haunts this season…

Model: Sophie

Make up artist: Misha Lowther

Photographer(s): Misha Lowther

Editing: Misha Lowther

Pet Portraits-Suzie

Pet photography on RT 66
Pet photography on RT 66

Pet Portraits are fun and can show such unexpected adventure.  That adventure can be seen in your own backyard like Penny’s portrait or on location like Suzie’s portrait! It’s great to see your pet happy and having fun no matter where you are. During the fall, some even have a great time with dressing up their pet for trick or treat night! Does YOUR pet have a costume this year? What are you waiting for?? Let’s get together and have some FUN!

Thirteen Days of Halloween: ONE

The Murder Victim: because most teens like horror movies and zombies...
The Murder Victim:
because most teens like horror movies and zombies…

Most teens are into horror movies, suspense thrillers, and the walking dead (zombies).  Here’s a portrait of a crime scene or more to the point our project’s murder victim.  The girls had great fun thinking this one up and getting the make-up done.

Model: Sophie

Make up artist: Misha Lowther

Photographer(s): Misha Lowther & Raven Lowater

special effects make-up: Misha Lowther

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Pet Portraits

Did you know these could be done in your own backyard?

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Penny’s Fun Day!

Pet Portraits are fun and can show such unexpected adventure. It’s great to see your pet happy and having fun…and during the fall, it’s great when your pet will let you dress them up and do a photo session too! What are you waiting for?? Let’s get together and have some FUN!

Oklahoma – Catoosa -Rt66

Welcome to OKLAHOMA, USA

Welcome to OKLAHOMA: You are currently visiting Catoosa's historic site on RT 66
Welcome to OKLAHOMA: You are currently visiting Catoosa’s historic site on RT 66

Catoosa’s historic site was once an alligator farm…it was also once a swimming hole and water park where children celebrated SUMMER! If you have ever traveled RT 66 then you have passed this beautiful place in Oklahoma’s heritage and history.

They now have a gift store and take donations as the local historic site is kept up and run by the historical society (last I heard)….let us know if you’d like your next shoot to be at a cool historic site in Catoosa, OK.

Where will adventure take YOU next??

Themed Photo Sessions

What do you mean by

Themed Photo Session“?

Last week’s blog talked about what a portrait is and the “origin” (so to speak) of that definition. You may have visited my website and wondered “What is a themed session” so I wish to clarify that here.

Theme: the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person’s thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.  “the theme of the sermon was reverence

Theme (as defined by Webster’s Dictionary):  1. the main subject that is being discussed or described in a piece of writing, a movie, etc;  2. a particular subject or issue that is discussed often or repeatedly;  3. the particular subject or idea on which the style of something (such as a party or room) is based;

Let’s start with a subject. Some favorites today are “steampunk”, “ren-fair”, “Disney Princess”, “Star Wars”, “Road Warrior”, ….you can get as general or specific as you want. That is part of the confusion (in my opinion) which I hope to clear up with this post.

Pick who and what you want to be and Let's have some photo-FUN!
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Take “disney princess” for instance.What child hasn’t grown up with a favorite Disney character? We all have our favorites. My children both have had different favorites throughout the years…and all of my nieces and nephews too. I even have my own personal history of favorites. 🙂 Which one is YOURS?

Maybe you need a little more information on themes to get the bigger picture. Let me show you by providing a few examples we can all usually relate to.

Example one: a luau with characters such as lilo, stitch, Elvis, hula dancers, surfers…all of these would be a fun group session with Hawaiian theme.

Example two: the tea party. Can you see where this one is going? A tea party could be a traditional tea party with tea and cakes OR you could incorporate a Mad Hatter, a white rabbit, Alice in her blue and white version by Disney, a “dark alice”, (or another of your own creation).

Example three: Cosplay or ComicCon (yes this is very general). Take any cosplay character or comicCon character you would find at a cosplay or Comic Convention and build on it. This can include DC (or Marvel) Heroes, star wars, anime and other such characters.

Other examples:  Decades: 1980’s, 1970’s, 1960’s (pick your favorite era).

No matter what your theme choice. Be sure to provide your photographer with plenty of background information such as: Character; Setting; is it just you or does this session require a group of people? Is this a new thing or a passion since your childhood days? Please feel free to explain something new. 🙂 There is so much creativity out there and so many possibilities to have fun with that no one can keep track of everything. That’s another beauty of themed sessions. Each will be unique to the individual and the photographer. Life is an adventure. Photos should be fun.

There are many themed activities today. Laser tag sessions have themes. Just look at a few options in the Tulsa area. Family entertainment venues have themes. It’s today’s “thing”. So grab that train and let’s take an adventure trip to your favorite destination!

Think a “theme session” is a wonderful idea but don’t have any idea how to put one together? or what theme to choose?…Contact us.  We’d be happy to walk you through it.

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

first confederate flag

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.

Out West

Out West….in the lovely mountainous state of Wyoming.

Love Wyoming Summer on the road to the West
Love Wyoming Summer on the road to the West

I spent the last week in June in the mountains. That is such beautiful country. I could spend an entire summer there and not get bored….not to mention NOT see everything there.

Jackson Hole, WY is a lovely vacation spot for active families in the summer or the winter! 😀

They have horseback riding, river rafting, trail hikes, nature (bison, deer, elk, birds, etc), biking, mountains, rivers, and lakes as big as you please!

Love Wyoming Summer in the Mountains
Love Wyoming Summer in the Mountains

All this is found just south of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park….and from Lamar to Jackson on the highway, there is a scenic loop where you can see wild horses!

Beautiful country!…. It’s as close to nature without all the city life as I have seen in a while…sometimes I wish more of our cities saw the benefit of preserving nature at its most wondrous. Manicured lawns and everything all neat and tidy has its place and creates order and a wonder all its own. Nature however orderly is also chaotic and holds a majesty we tend to overlook due to the currents of life washing away the hours faster than we care to realize.

Wyoming in June of 2015 was a wondrously fantastic adventure that I would encourage anyone to take on at least once. 😀

Conquer your Mountain and take on an adventure!
Conquer your Mountain and take on an adventure!

Whether it’s nature, history, or adventure you seek, Wyoming is awesome! My visit was in summer but I have heard wondrous tales of skiing and the resorts they have available in winter. Summer is a great season for me…but I am interested in a Wyoming Wonderland too… Maybe there is another trip waiting for me in the future…

Love Wyoming Summer
Love Wyoming Summer

I hope there is one for you! I hope you have someone wonderful to share it with as well…for life is more when you share it.

Share your adventures!…where have you been lately? 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!

 

Castleton Realm – OKRF 2015

Welcome to a long over due post and update from your local Broken Arrow Photographer, Misha. OKRF is in full swing and I had the chance to attend on opening day.

What is OKRF? the OKlahoma Renaissance Fair….and what can you see and do there?

Dragon's Eye....visit B.A.G.S. in the Pirate Cove.
Dragon’s Eye….visit B.A.G.S. in the Pirate Cove.

Step into another realm…filled with pirates, fae, and royalty. A joust. A mermaid grotto. Wine. Wenches. Kings. and Queens. Are you curious yet?

Oh and I did mention Pirates right? well what would the other realms be without rebels and rogues to make the scenery interesting and entertaining….

 

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The Jolly Rogers

 

 

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A Tribal Circus of acrobats and whirling fire….daring feats to entertain you await you in the Italian Quarter….Will you visit the inhabitants of Castleton this day?

 

 

 

 

 

2015wknd1OKRF-0844-smLOGO Did I mention Faeries and Goblins and such most think are only in fairy tales?

You do remember this is the realm of Castleton, right?

Visit B.A.G.S. across from the Pirate stage.
Visit B.A.G.S. across from the Pirate stage.

Walk past the pirate stage and BAGS shop into the realm of faeires and mermaids and make believe. You may even see Peter Pan and Wendy. (think “other realm”…it does require some mischief and a little imagination but I think you can manage those)…

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Hear the Sirens’ songs …many a ship has sank due to the siren song….but I think the pirate stage will interest you once you listen…”Sirena” (pictured left) will be taking 2016 off so see them this year at OKRF while you can!

opening day, last joust.... Ye Knights of Ole.
opening day, last joust…. Ye Knights of Ole.

Oh and do NOT forget the Knights of Ole…for a joust is held at castleton and what passersby doesn’t want to see the champion of the day?

What do you think of Castelton and the 20th annual Opening Day of OKRF?

Check back for more! It is my goal to visit castleton once each weekend throughout it’s 20th run. Posted here will be the sights I see….so YOU can enjoy them too! Maybe I’ll even see YOU there. 😀

If you would like to see MORE photos of Castleton’s opening day, please visit our Gallary.

Community Volunteers

Warm weather is almost here and schedules are getting busier by the minute.

I want to take a moment and say Thank You to some really important people. We all have volunteers in our community. Most Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) are made up of volunteers. Some Fire and Rescue teams are made up of volunteers. Though our Police, Fire, and Military are not volunteers, their pay is not nearly equal to the time and efforts some give on a daily basis.

I had the privilege to give back to my community this weekend and will again next weekend. I write this not to communicate my efforts but those whom I get the opportunity to photograph in their efforts. This is my way of saying “Thank You” to those who volunteer and give more than most realize. Sometimes we all take for granted those things which are right in front of us…(myself included) and sometimes a thank you can make the hours, days, months of volunteer time worth every second. 🙂

“Thank You” to Rolling Hills Fire Department and to Air Evac Lifeteam of Claremore for all you do for our communities in and around Oklahoma and all over the nation.

For those of you reading this, if you have time, support your local volunteers and if you are around Catoosa on Saturday, April 4th, 2015–come and enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt that Rolling Hills Fire Department is hosting from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.