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.

High School Forever

Following my path to the Future...
Following my path to the Future…

No I don’t mean High School is forever…but the one thing that seems to be forever, is that Senior Picture that sums up your High School life. This is the one portrait that is sure to be how you, as a senior in high school, are remembered. Why do I say that?

Most Seniors purchase a yearbook, a class ring, and graduation memorabilia. The ONE YEARBOOK sure to be searched through again and again and to show up at every reunion to come is the Senior Yearbook.

Why is this important? Your senior year is the beginning of your future and the end of high school but seems to last eternity. So? Have FUN with it and be yourself! Be WHO YOU ARE….in your photos! 🙂

So…what are you waiting for? Let’s book YOUR SESSION now!

Visit Misha’s Photography on the web or on Facebook!

Senior Photos

Seniors 2015!

A new school year is here and that means a new group of seniors nearing graduation. It is SO EXCITING!

Each school year is unique and each student is even more unique. Each circle of the calendar brings in more changes and new things to find, discover and explore. We, as individuals, all have different interests and talents. Each student’s senior year is about exploration and learning. It’s discovery time…find your self and that mysterious path to the future…ANYTHING is POSSIBLE.

Dream BIG! Find your passions…and let’s explore putting those dreams and goals into your senior pictures! Create and share your dreams and your memories with friends and family. This is a wonderful time full of life and possibilities! Embrace it.

Let’s go have some FUN!

freeze that moment in time!
Graduation, Senior Year – a once in a lifetime experience!
Freeze THIS moment in time!
Senior Photos

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!

 

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.

Watch This Teaser!

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

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!

Welcome Two Thousand Fourteen

Welcome Two Thousand Fourteen!

Pictured above was the last adventure for 2013. My Family and I took a Midwestern Ski Trip to Weston, MO. Yes, you did read that correctly. I said “midwestern ski trip” to Missouri. 🙂

 

Snow Creek Resort is a wonderful little place located in Weston, MO that is perfect for a weekend ski trip for a family of any size. It isn’t a resort in the sense of week long visits to a lodge on a mountain side. But it is a great little mini vacation location when you don’t have time to spend a week at a Mountain side resort in Colorado or Arizona or further away.

 

Twenty-Thirteen was a good year. It had many good points and is now part of the past. With that change in numbers from 2013 to 2014 comes a new beginning. With that new beginning also comes room for new adventures. That is the part I look forward to. Adventures are what life’s journey is made of…we each have our own to experience and hopefully share. Some adventures are great successes and others we’d rather had not happened. They each make up who we become and help us discover what we want and where we want to be or where we want to go in the future.

 

May “twenty-fourteen” offer you many new adventures of the successful variety and may many more dreams come true!

 

Happy New Year!

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.”

Holiday Shopping

This time of year we have an extra agenda:

SHOPPING!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Holidays!

No matter WHAT holiday you celebrate this time of year, celebrate it with those you love… Treasure the holidays past! Photos can make great Treasures for the future, great gifts to give this year, or just a beautiful and loving way to decorate your home. 🙂

Here is wishing you a WONDERFUL Holiday Season!

Remember Us too. We are here for you!

 

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!