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Colors of Mardi Gras. What do they mean to YOU?

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Did you know that “Mardi Gras” means “fat tuesday” in french? Mardi Gras is also the last day of Shrovetide… a three day celebration of merrymaking associated with carnival. On Shrove Tuesday some reflect on wrongs and things to repent or of things to make ammends for. Then comes Ash Wednesday….Lent.

The colors of mardi gras are gold, emerald green, and royal purple. These colors used to have specific meanings and not just a representation of the “holiday”. Gold stood for Power. The Sparkling Emerald Green stood for Faith. Royal Purple stood for Justice. Beads of each color were given to those who represented the trait that color symbolized.

Which color would represent You? Which color would You like to represent You? (They are not always the same. Lucky YOU if they are!)

Well. . . Here is hoping you have a wonderful Mardi Gras. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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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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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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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.

Best of 2015-MPR-OKRF Pirates

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.

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??

Back To School: 2015-16

Back-To-School season is here. Everyone has passed that very busy “first day” and all the photos and shopping trips. Now you can relax and look forward to open house night and fall school photos.

Senior Portraits, Holiday Family Photos, Themed Sessions all are popular in the Fall season.
Senior Portraits, Holiday Family Photos, Themed Sessions all are popular in the Fall season.

Back to school also begins the holiday season activities for fall. The weather is cooling off and everyone is getting excited to see the heatwave that hits us during Oklahoma Summers pass by to be dreamed back up during the freezing spells that winter brings. But I am getting too far ahead.

Two things to consider right now:

  1. Fall Photos: These come in two varieties.
    1. The first is that family portrait everyone sends out with (or for) the Christmas Card season. Holiday portraits take time and energy to put together for a lot of families because this season is so busy. Back to school is over and then comes PTA; then Halloween planning; thanksgiving baking and Christmas cards (or holiday cards depending on your celebration/event); and then the yuletide shopping.
    2. The second is Senior Portraits. Senior Portraits can be done at any point in the school year but it is best to book them early. If you want Fall photos, you need to keep in mind the time change and when the daylight hours start getting shorter. morning and evening light are best if you are looking for an outdoor shoot. With the Oklahoma weather, we all know that the cold season can start anytime around mid October (or can wait until mid December)…IF you want an indoor, on-location shoot then the weather won’t really make a difference with regards to photos…however travel is still a consideration. Plan ahead and book early. Be sure to include the school activities you are involved in this year. 🙂
  2. Themed Photos: Why mention themed photos? Fall means cooler weather. Cooler weather means more outdoor, on-location comfort for those costumes that require a lot of layers and/or make-up. Oklahoma summer heatwaves can cause discomfort or at the least a bit of inconvenience when your theme requires layers of fur, armor, make-up, etc. Though you don’t want to wait for the winter months to set in either unless of course you require that white winter wonderland 🙂 though we can work on that during post process or during scene set-ups too.We would love to get together with YOU this Back to school season to have some photo-FUN. Give us a shout! You can find us on Facebook, online, or you can shoot us an email or text message. Come find us and book YOUR session TODAY!

Smash Cake Party!

Smash Cake Sessions are GREAT FUN for Everyone!

Young Mister Kolton had a great session on Sunday. He celebrated his first year which is normally what a smash cake session is for. Why do we call it “smash cake”?…If your a Marvel fan as both my children are, you have heard the quote “HULK SMASH!”

When you set a one year old in front of a beautiful work of art (the cake)…you never know what to expect…but the cake (artwork) usually ends up in a crumbled smashed up mess of FUN! When both of my children turned one, we gave them their own cake and had a separate cake for the guests. This has been a tradition in my family for at least three generations. Now you can enjoy this tradition on camera with delightful photos and a professional photographer to capture the memories you will have fun sharing for a lifetime.

Cake SMASH! :D
Cake SMASH! 😀

With a “Cake Smash Session” your child gets to enjoy a treat and some fun time and so do you. The celebration of having a one year old is something grand that each family member should enjoy for a lifetime…let’s book your session today!

Happy 1st Birthday Kolton!

Thank you for such an awesome, fun time! 😀

Check us out at http://www.MishasPhotography.com

(click on our Galleries link to see even more!)

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.

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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)

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Holiday Seasons!

Happy Holidays!

I know it has been a few weeks….but it was posted that through the months of November and December of 2013 YOU could get a free shoot….and here is a reminder on HOW to do just that!

Check Facebook.com to find out where a shoot is already taking place…if it is posted…and YOU can get to THAT location….YOU can get a 30 minute free session. This is just a session…it does NOT include any photos, extra’s or additional times or locations. IT is just a shoot session. Find us on Facebook!

Photos make the perfect holiday gift also. Pick a nice frame, add that current portrait or family photo, then pick a few snapshots from the year that might be a favorite for someone special….and you have a unique gift to give someone special this holiday season. 🙂 Memories are priceless! Share one with someone close to you…what are you waiting for?? Want a new Canvas Portrait to put on your wall? Contact us…we can help with that too!

 

 

Winter Wonders

Will Wonders Never Cease!

This winter I have a special deal for ALL! I will be posting on facebook where I will be shooting and when. IF you are in the area and want to have a session done, then call me…Your shoot is FREE —IF you are in my area and you come to me…

 A 30 minute FREE SESSION

for just finding me out shooting in YOUR area.

How cool and convenient is that??

This special offer begins in

November 2013 and goes through January 2014

….so….

Be sure to check out my facebook page and follow up each day to see where I will be so we can meet up and have some fun!

NOTE: This offer does NOT include picture orders, special locations, or changes in wardrobe. Void with any other offer.

This offer is for an “on location” single session shoot for roughly 30 mins of my time full of fun for all for FREE! No CD’s are included. You will have to meet me on location…You will have to order your photos online…You will have a great time! 🙂

I love shooting….I love people…and winter is an awesome time of year! Join me…and let the memories last forever!

Costume FUN!

What will you be this Halloween?

September’s end brings in a new season….Autumn! I love the changing of the seasons. Fall has always been one of my favorites as an adult. The colors and the change in hustle of life during this season is a bit slower and yet full of vigor and excitement. The children love it because it brings Halloween, trick-or-treating and CANDY! Can you blame them?

As a photographer, dressing up around this time of year is a GREAT time to take photos that are unique to each individual who wants a fall portrait in costume or in regular every day outfits. The backgrounds are awesome at this time of year when the leaves start changing and different things start blooming…. and that is to say nothing of the desserts that come into season during the fall! 🙂

Call or email and get your Halloween or harvest photo session done today! And don’t forget to check out the local haunts of the season either!

Castle of Muskogee: Haunted Castle

Hex House

Don’t forget the pumpkin patches and hayrides…..and all those FUN things we love this time of year!

In Bloom…

Look around you…it is one of the most beautiful times of year.

Spring is here!

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Life is Blooming…

The trees are budding, flowers are blooming and nature is providing a very colorful background for any kind of photo session your heart desires!

Senior pictures, family photos, updated business portraits, engagement sessions, pet pics, ….the possibilities are endless!!

Look around you…see what you enjoy…and lets go shoot some photos!

March SPECIALs

It’s March!

Yeah!

March means spring time, flowers, setting your clocks ahead an hour (more time for photo shoots), and Saint Patrick’s Day!…oh yeah…and SPRING BREAK!

What did I do?
Squirrel Vision

So WHO is eXcItEd!? ME….ok…so I am excited. Spring weather leads into summer….and during that lead in, graduations and seniors grow into a new stage of life much as the seasons change. It IS exciting!

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white flower, dark water

SO…this month’s special is:

*Like “MishasPhotography&Restoration” by March 17th and get a FREE 8X10 when you have a photo session**

Visitors of the Garden
Fun times in the garden
*Session will be good through August 31, 2013. Any and all orders for photos and photo-products from that session must be made and purchased online. Must schedule and keep your session and actually have photos done to get free 8×10. Session must also be paid for in order to qualify. Session must be done within the Tulsa County area or within a 30 minute drive time radius of Tulsa, OK. HOWEVER…you can trade the session in for another option. **IF you “unlike” our facebook page then you are automatically withdrawing yourself from the contest and the prize.
…..please email  if you have any questions.

 

School?? What??

Wow! Where did our summer go? I feel like this year has blasted through time and is more gone than here…hmm.

Well, photos are great at helping you remember those memories that time passes in front of you so fast if you blink, then you might miss it.

School is a great time and a great place to create memories and yet we all look forward to holidays and time off….

Once school starts you know the holidays come quickly to visit…Fall break, then Halloween with its costumes and trick-or-treats, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas, then the year is in review and we are all celebrating the NEW YEAR…wow! Time flew away again.

Speaking of fall and the holidays…everyone likes to send postcards of the latest family photo for Christmas….so call and let’s make an original postcard this year!

Also remember to book your senior photos early so you can choose the time YOU want. Events are also something you can have photographed if you wish! Call for more information…Let’s take some photos!