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!

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!

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!

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)…

FireCracker 5K of 2012

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….

 

 

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!

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!

 

 

Meet Elissa Lewallen

Meet the Author of "Ice"
Meet the Author of “Ice”

“ICE” on Kindle!

I had the pleasure of a photo shoot with local author, Elissa Lewallen. If you haven’t read “Ice”…her first novel…then you should. Here is the perfect opportunity! Ice is available in Kindle formatfor $0.99! (but only for a limited time–>so hurry!)

Elissa is a wonderful Lady with a bright future and is currently working on three more books (at the same time)….talk about multi-tasking!

Let us know what YOU think about the new author and her book! Leave a comment here OR on our facebook page!…We would love to hear your opinions!

July Special 2013: Photo Opp

Photo “Op”

I spent about an hour at the park on Tuesday with some cool teens just having fun with nature. Here is one of the “photo ops” we took advantage of and had fun with. As you can see one of them is a big Star Wars fan!

Star Wars fans!
Star Wars fans!

Whether you are a Star Wars fanatic, a Trekkie, enjoy Cosplay, or medieval reenactments—Your photo opportunity awaits you!

Starting NEXT WEEK on July 8th and going thru July 19th —> Monday through Friday ONLY from 9am to 4pm… NO SESSION FEES!

Take this opportunity NOW! Call and schedule YOUR photo op during the day only (Monday through Friday) and pay only for your photos!

*All photo orders MUST be placed at our online store via our website “Galleries” pages**

**Appointments ONLY–that means time is limited.

***All Sessions will be taken Outside and On Location. Call for more information! Must be in the Tulsa County (and surrounding county) area(s).

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

 

2013: Let’s get this party started!

Ok…so we are all tired of hearing about the fact that it is a new year and it’s time to make all those resolutions and goals …..which never quite seem to make it past January. Well, Misha’s Photography and Restoration is making a “new year’s resolution”. We need YOU to hold us accountable. You get the winning end of the deal so there is something in it for someone besides us! Yeah! That’s the good news.

So….what is this new year’s resolution we are making, oh ten days into the new year? Glad you asked! This year we are offering a monthly special or drawing. You will have to watch the blog for postings on what is happening…and by all means, let us know if you (or WE) missed something…can’t have that!

specials or drawings offered Monthly
monthly calendar and holidays

January is the month of resolutions and ringing in the “new year”. Well, post your resolutions here in the comment section of our blog. Each post then becomes eligible to WIN! …..check back with us to find out more! A new blog should be posted weekly!

 

Happy New Year!

Celebration Time!

WE SURVIVED!…Was there truly, ever, any doubt??  How did you celebrate? The year 2012 has been interesting. I have friends that plan on watching “2012” to “celebrate” that the earth is still turning and 2012 was not the end of the world….Personally, I went out to dinner at one of my favorite Pubs with my best and dearest friend and had a cider….it’s always nice to add another memory with someone special….

“The things we have survived….”

That phrase means so many different things to many different people. In the year 2012, what does it mean for you?

The old year is fading and the new year is arriving! Usually that is a celebration that lasts all night. Some believe the way you ring in the new year and spend that first day is a foreshadowing of the year to come and how it will play out. However and whenever you choose to celebrate… have fun, stay safe, and keep your friends close as you make those memories for sharing later. 😀

Happy New Year EVERYONE!

Happy New Year from Broken Arrow and Tulsa OKLAHOMA....Now Go Celebrate!
Happy New Year from Broken Arrow and Tulsa OKLAHOMA….Now Go Celebrate!

It’s THE Long Holiday Weekend!

Thanksgiving!

Turkey Dinner! or Ham! …. FOOD!

Oh, and FOOTBALL!…I like the parades too.  However you celebrate this particular holiday, I hope it brings you lots of joy, family, and friends.

Run Turkey Run!!

I will be taking home photos of my daughter in the kitchen. I’m sure if there is a game on, it will be viewed in our house as well….maybe even a game of catch out in the front yard… Memories are fun to make. I am looking forward to time with my family…and I will miss the family members that are celebrating in other places.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Celebrate ALL that YOU HAVE!!