Who Keeps You Safe?

Have you ever seen a Fire Fighter Challenge Demo?

YOU are in Luck! The community of Wagoner County, OK is celebrating with an annual event again in 2017! Are you curious yet?

Check this out!

We attended last year’s expo and had a blast!! Do you remember these photos?EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO2-collage2016BLOGsm Last year there was A LOT going on! (click here for MORE PHOTOs of last years photos by Misha) We are going to attend THIS YEAR’s EXPO as well! Look for some exciting posts in March and April! AND Join Us at the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Expo in Coweta on March 25th, 2017.

Emergency Management related companies will be at hand for your fun and educational enjoyment. ASK them questions. GET information to share with Friends and Loved Ones. Find out MORE about YOUR Community and what it has to offer YOU! Find out MORE about being Safe and Prepared in an Emergency! Tornado season and storm season are coming up! Meet some of the Emergenc Responders and Volunteers that serve YOUR community both daily and during emergencies! Be Prepared Today!

Be sure to say “Hello” if you happen to see Misha there with her camera!

                WANT TO BE A PART OF THE EXPO? (Visit the Coweta Chamber Here!)                     Vendors AND Sponsors still NEEDED!

Here’s just a small part of what YOU will get to see and experience:

Vendors in 2017:

Watch Fire Fighters from Many Local Communities Compete!!

So come and Check it out at the Coweta Intermediate High School on March 25th, 2017!

Want to know who is sponsoring this AWESOME COMMUNITY EVENT?

Event Sponsors:

Platinum:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. Oklahoma State Fire Fighter’s Association
  3. News On 6

Gold:

  1. Arvest Bank

Silver:

  1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Combat Challenge Sponsor:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. BancFirst

Round 1: Water Combat Challenge sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 2: Hose Coupling Challenge Sponsor

  1. C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)

Round 3: Hose Capture Challenge Sponsor

  1. Oklahoma Law Enforcement Wives Network

Round 4: Bucket Brigade Challenge Sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 5: Dead-Man Drag Challenge Sponsor

  1. District 3 CommissionerDistrict 3 Commissioner

Round 6: Truck Pull Challenge Sponsor

  1. Arkansa Valley Health Centers

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Presidents and Lovers 2017

February 2017 is a wonderful month.

This is the month of presidents and lovers. Now before you go looking for a political post, or a scandalous post regarding some other topic, remember this is a photography blog.images-for-valentine-day I am talking of President’s Day, Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day…. what were you thinking?

February brings these dates YOU might be interested in:

February 4th & 5th: Always Potterhead’s Festival which takes place in Oklahoma City’s Farmers’ Market. Tickets are a must! Visit from 9am to 7pm each day. Have fun! Muggles welcome! If you are a Potterhead…and would like a Wizard Worldly Portrait session-Contact US NOW! We would LOVE to do a shoot with YOU! (Hogwarts, House shoot-Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Griffindor, Slytherin, Steam Engine settings, Platform 9 3/4 ….) This session would be either on location or in studio in Broken Arrow–NOT Oklahoma City unless you choose OK City as your “on location” site.

February 10th: Batman Lego Movie opens in theaters all over town. So Who is up for a Gotham Nights Photo Session?? All through the month of February, book a session to shoot a “Gotham Nights” session. Batman has been a big craze for a while now. No matter which version of the Dark Knight you love, let’s have some photo session fun!!

February 12th: President Lincoln’s birthday.

February 14th: Valentine’s Day… the day to celebrate the ONE(s) YOU love! Now why did I say “ONE(s)”….. well, the word “love” has several levels to it. In some language the word is represented by different words depending on what kind of love you are referring to. You love your family (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, sisters, brothers, cousins). You love your Husband, Wife, Girlfriend, Boyfriend. You love your friends….but not all in the same sense. Those of us here in the U.S. or the english speaking areas usually only know ONE name for that feeling and it’s “LOVE”. So when I say “ONE(s)”, I am talking about any person that may be close to you…NOT just your significant someone. This is the perfect time to get together with that significant someone or with someone dear to your heart because of who they are as a person…and create a memory that represents a celebration of your relationship. What better way to show how special they are to YOU.

February 20th: President’s Day The day set aside to celebrate our presidents.

February 22nd: George Washington’s birthday.

Not everyone celebrates the same day in the same way. However you wish to celebrate the calendar of events this month, let us help you. Book a session NOW!

 

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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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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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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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!

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: 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

Portraits

What is a Portrait?

Webster’s dictionary defines it this way:

1. a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders; 2.a detailed description of something or someone; 3. 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.orFull Definition of PORTRAIT:     1 picture; especially :  a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face;  2 a sculptured figure :  bust;  3 a graphic portrayal in words

What I consider a portrait:

“a portrait is a fitting likeness of an individual, place or thing which portrays the subject’s personality, lifestyle, and/or character through a photograph or a painting.”

Portraits can be taken of a home or piece of property, person, or a pet/animal. We commonly use “photograph” instead of “portrait” as the word “portrait” is more personal.

Portraits are used to measure changes in the growth of children, to capture lifestyles, and to capture a special occasion which one or more would like to remember for all time.

We like to celebrate and share moments like:

  • Baby’s first year;

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  • A teen’s last year of school (senior year);
  • A daughter/son’s wedding;
  • College Graduations
  • Parent’s silver anniversary;
  • Special Achievements
  • Military Service
  • Engagements
  • Reunions
  • Promotions

All of these are great things and wonderful moments to celebrate.We all wish to remember and share special times with loved ones. That is what portraits are for. . . . . . . What was your last celebration? When?

Family is always a good thing to celebrate as are friendships! So. . . what are you waiting for? Let’s take some Portraits!

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Haunting sights of Nature

I love a walk in the Nature Park in any season….but Autumn is my favorite season. As the season’s of life have past and changed, so have I. As a child, my favorite season was summer. I loved the adventure, not having to attend school, and the water! Swimming was life! Now if I can walk outside and enjoy nature in all its wonderous array of wardrobe…(colors)… I am content to enjoy nature.

a haunting sight in the park
a haunting sight in the park

There are things to see everywhere…though it seems as though few see them. I have a vivid imagination and sometimes one small (ish) thing in nature sparks an entire imaginary scene or scenario in the eye of the mind.

This tree and the month of October with All Hallow’s Eve just around the corner reminded me of all the pictures of haunted houses and bare spooky trees pictured in children’s story books. What would you see on an Autumn nature walk?

Share here in the comments section or post it on our facebook page! 🙂  Happy Haunting season!