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?

Magic Happens Every Day
2016 Alice &      The Hatter

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! 🙂

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Dancing in the Deep

The Life and Times of the Sea

Dancing with Sharks

Underwater Photography is an as yet unrealized dream…so is becoming a mermaid myself. I have always thought the idea of swimming (or as this beauty and her team put it) “dancing with sharks” would be exhilerating and exciting….and a little terrifying. 🙂

You may ask yourself why I would (as a photographer) post this on my blog. Well… we are all people and have dreams and aspirations even in the professional world. We also have those who inspire us to achieve goals and dreams alike. Well, this wonderful diver/mermaid/ sea beauty is an inspiration for me. As such the work she is under taking and the cause is amazing and should be shared. Her photographer and dive team and behind the scenes crews have made a wonderful and inspiring presentation. I want to share that presentation and inspiration with others. I hope she accomplishes her tasks at hand and can look back and see the inspiration she has been to others on so many levels.

So far this “mermaid’s” dreams have only been accomplished

Mermaid Dreams
Mermaid Dreams

through imagination, dreams and technology also known as photoshop. Alot of little girls dream of being a mermaid… or a princess…. or even a ninja warrior. Today those dreams can actually be something real and inspiring. Imagination in people is a wonder all its own. Visit any ren-fair, comicon, or steampunk festival and see for yourself. People have amazing ways in todays times for actually marketing their causes.  Blogs and websites and social media sites have given a way for people all over the world to talk, inspire, entertain, and advertise what is going on in their world. You can use it to shut out the world or embrace a much bigger world than you ever imagined! Life is an adventure! GO live it! 🙂 Enjoy your dreams. Reach for the Moon…even if you miss, you may still land among the stars…and that can be another twist in the road that carries you farther than you ever imagined!

Mermaid dreams circa 2009-ish
Dream….reach…and live the adventure!

Sirens of the Deep at OKRF

Sirens of the Deep…

Ladies of the Deep
Ladies of the Deep

Sirena: The Sirens …

The Sirens….

Ladies of the sea with voices to sooth, entrance, and capture the hearts and souls of men throughout eternity…. This is what I think of when I hear the word “siren”. Siren encompasses so much more depth and feeling than “mermaids”…and I don’t think all mermaids can sing.Castle Plunder and Pilage weekend 2014

Most people hear the word “siren” and think song, mermaid, sea, mythology. I saw a stage act at the Renaissance Fair at the Castle of Muskogee this May. Sirena. These three lovely Ladies embody the word “Siren.”

All three are beautifully enchanting in voice, appearance, and personality. Their music….to die for! It is captivating, hauntingly beautiful, and full of soulful passion. It sounds tribal with the drums (played by the Sirens as they sing AND dance!). It makes me long for the ocean waves crashing against the rocks…I would say crashing against the hull of a huge 10309735_751542471533919_2614705823734075108_npirate ship…but I must confess that I do not know what that actually sounds like outside of the movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.” However it does pick me up and carry me away to another time and place where mythology lives along with goddesses of the song and sea known as sirens… loved and feared by seafaring men worldwide and throughout time.

If you are fully curious and would like to know more about these Ladies of the Deep our modern day sirens: “Sirena”… please allow me to point you in a few different but well traveled paths of knowledge.

Sirena was on the cover of a renaissance magazine during the month of May in 2014-seen on a news stand coming out of Reasor’s….yet I have been unable to find the cover or the magazine since.

Theses ladies have Festival awards for “Best Music group” and “Best new cd”….They will enchant you. Aglaope (Amanda Ellis), Legeia (Tegan Elliott) and Raidne (Sam Nolte) are Sirena – sirens to love and enjoy while they sing to your very soul, should you dare to listen!

A couple of the influences on their music and style are Enya and Stomp… new age and celtic… with a touch of soul.

The Castle of Muskogee was alive with the invigorating music of the Sirens…. “Sirena” during the two weekends they were performing at the Castle on the Harbor stage. These beautiful and enchanting young women have voices that make their music come alive and are down to earth as well. It was wonderful to get the chance to see them at the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival.

As mentioned above, here are some other places to gain knowledge of these enchanting sirens of the new millennia. They have an official website. The trio has been together for about two or three years and have two cd’s out at the moment. You can shop for Sirena here to obtain your own memorabilia of “Sirena”. They are also found on Amazon.com with two available downloads. Their facebook.com site is a fun way to see photos of these lovely ladies at some of the past fairs at which they have performed.

Album Cover (NOT by Misha’s Photography) but a great representation of the enchanted Sirena and a good ad for their album (which I DO own).

And what music group as enchanting as this trio would not be found on youtube.com?

Muskogee’s Castle and Renaissance Festival was said to be a warm welcome to these beautiful Ladies. I know many people (both cast, vendors, and other stage acts as well as patrons at the fair) are hoping they revisit the Castle of Muskogee in May 2015. Look them up and discover some beautifully, soulful music….and the beauties behind it as well.

Best Wishes Sirena!

Captivating Creatures of Legend
Captivating Creatures of Legends

 

The music is hauntingly and beautifully uplifting with a tribal feel. You truly have to experience it for yourself.

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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.

Soar like and Eagle
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!)

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??

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

SJS Hospitality

On September 8th,2013–I had the pleasure of once again shooting the company picnic for SJS Hospitality. They are a local company involved in five local hotels in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area. I have had the pleasure of shooting the event for the past three years. I enjoy it every year. I even look forward to it. This year’s theme was “the West”….Thanks again ya’ll for having me to shoot up the place again! 😉

This post is “dedicated” to SJS Hospitality…a “Thank You” for inviting me year after year to be a part of something so fun and wonderful!

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Excel at ART at 73!

Retired Man becomes

One-of-a-Kind Artist!

This is an amazing story! I love that a 73 year old man who is retiring is also still looking into the future with a positive and tech-savy outlook! I wish more people would grasp that outlook! I know plenty of people who seem to think they are too old to learn.

New Artist using Microsoft Excel to paint Japanese Art at 73!

Mr. Tatsuo Horiuchi is a wonderful artist who uses Microsoft Excel to paint original Japanese art. He isn’t the first to use Excel to paint with….but he is the first to paint Japanese motifs with it. Way to Go!!! A new and fulfilling career as an artist at 73!

You, sir, are a role model and hero for all! I am so glad I ran across the original blog post on facebook.com. Please read it here!

May Day! May Days!

May is an AWESOME month!

A lot happens in May around the Tulsa and Broken Arrow areas.

May's schedule for the Tulsa area found here!
Tulsa News!

May 1st is May Day (or Beltane, if you travel the wiccan or celtic circles of life). This is the time to celebrate spring time, good crops, births and new life in general….though with this year’s record history of snowfall in Oklahoma in MAY(!)…spring might be hard to see at the moment.

May 4th, FREE comic book day! Don’t forget to visit your local comic book store such as Starbase 21, Vintage Stock for great deals! “May the 4th be with you”…..National Star Wars day! 😉

Star Wars, a New Hope
MAY the Force be With You!

May 5th, Cinco de Mayo….I know a lot of us will be celebrating Saturday night instead of Sunday due to work and church but celebrations are good and they usually include a healthy dose of FUN!

OKRF at the Castle of Muskogee

May 4th & 5th also opens up the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee for the 2013 season! YES! I knew that’s what you were waiting to hear, right? 😉 This year the fair (OKRF) runs through June 1 & 2….for a 5 week run! Each weekend is a different themed celebration at the Castle.

May 4th & 5th is romance weekend. May 10th is student day. May 11th & 12th celebrates Mother’s Day.  May 18th & 19th is Pirate weekend! arrgh! May 25th, 26th and 27th is Celtic weekend with a salute to our troops on Memorial Day (the 27th).  June 1st & 2nd is Gypsy Bazaar!

We absolutely cannot forget Mother’s Day which falls on May 12th this year. Mothers deserve to be celebrated. Don’t forget to let your Mom know how important she is in your life this year.

Graduations from High School and Colleges all over the state also take place in mid-May….so

Up…Up…and away….as high as the moon and stars….

congratulate your friends and family members for their accomplishments and enjoy the summer with them too!

Memorial Day!! (May 27th, 2013) That day that begins the swim season for so many…Bring on SUMMER!!! and don’t forget to remember our troops, the men and women who have served over the years so we can enjoy our rights and freedoms in our own way and in our own time.

Freedom isn’t free….all gave some, but some gave ALL. God Bless Our Troops….

Thank a Veteran…Hug a Soldier…or just say a Prayer for those who are currently serving & away from families of their own.

May is definitely a wonderful and busy month!

Leave a comment and let us know what you do with it!

Mr. & Mrs. Ingram

Congratulations!

Wishing you long life and happiness together always!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Ingram!

May the two of you be a balance to each other in all things….and find happiness in each other for the rest of your lives. Marriage is a wonderful occasion to celebrate.

Thank you for making me part of your union and celebration. I hope the photos will help you share this time in your personal histories for a very long time and with generations to come. Photos capture the treasured memories we all like to share (ok…and some we wish our parents wouldn’t share;)!

Congratulations once again.

Sincerely,

Misha

 

The Bachelorette

Celebration Time!!

Saint Patrick’s Day weekend was a blast! I got the chance to shoot a really fun bachelorette party. The Bride-to-be wanted to tour some Irish bars and celebrate the upcoming wedding in her own unique style.

Each Bride is unique. Each wedding event and celebration should fit her personality. Saint Patrick’s Day was her theme (of course) so naturally the party had to be held on St. Patty’s Day weekend. Thanks Girls…

for a wonderful night of celebrating the coming wedding….

and Congratulations to the Bride! 😀