Seniors 2018: America’s Highway!

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The Mother Road.

America’s Highway.

This year, Misha’s Photography and Restoration has taken the Mother Road to the studio. Have your Senior Session done on location OR In-Studio and still bring a bit of History and Retro uniqueness to YOUR Senior Session. Rt 66 travels through 8 states total and connects Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California! Tulsa and several small towns around it were a big part of the Mother Road. Today, Rt 66 is still an amazing road trip full of adventure and nostalgia. Book your senior session Today!route66ok

Rt 66 runs through Oklahoma from the northeast corner of the state at the town of Quapaw, OK to the western edge not quite to the southwestern corner at the town of Erick, OK.

Quapaw, OK is a town in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 906 at the 2010 census, a slight decline from 984 as of the 2000 census. Quapaw is part of the Joplin, Missouri metropolitan area.

(Quapaw, Commerce, Miami, Narcissa, Afton, Vinita, White Oak Chelsea, Sequoyah, Foyil, Claremore, Verdigris, Catoosa, Tulsa, Oakhurst, Sapalupa, Kellyville, Bristow, Stroud, Davenport, Chandler, Warwick, Edmond, Yukon, ElReno, Geary, Hydro, Weatherford, Clinton, Foss, Elk City, Sayer, Erick.)

Erick, OK is the last Oklahoma stop on Historic Route 66 in western Oklahoma at Exit 7 on I-40.  Erick is located on a 20 mile continuous stretch of Route 66 from the Oklahoma-Texas state line to Sayre, OK.  Erick is also the home of singer / song writer / actor, Sheb Wooley (“RawHide“).  Visit the Roger Miller Museum and the 100th Meridian Museum. See a car show…have FUN!

Don’t have the time to drive to your Rt 66 location, but still want that photo on historic Rt 66? We can do that for you! We have been there! Choose your Historic Rt 66 background and Book Your Session Today!

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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
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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: 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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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!

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

 

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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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!

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!

ICE: by Elissa Lewallen

Elissa Lewallen: Local Author

If you haven’t read this book, you should! It’s an interesting story about a girl and a shape-shifter. Yes it is science fiction. Here is a small piece of the description from the back of the book (also listed on the author’s page):

After her parents’ deaths and a sudden move to Alaska, Christine feels like nobody could possibly understand her. Then she meets Kavick, a strange boy who is also suffering from the loss of his family. Attractive and free-spirited, Kavick helps Christine during the most difficult time of her life and the two form an intense friendship, and possibly something more.
But Kavick has a secret: he can turn into a wolf.”

Elissa Lewallen is a local author from Oklahoma.

I am excited to say that this beautiful Lady has asked me to work with her on the second edition cover. Thank You, Elissa, for such a wonderful opportunity! I am excited to see the project begin and can’t wait to see what we create together!

If you would like to purchase the book: ICE, please visit these places:

Decopolis: located in downtown Tulsa, OK on 6th and Boston

Elissa Lewallen: visit any book signing and meet the author in person as well as pick up a book –and get it signed 🙂

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!

Back to School is HERE!

Please remember to STOP for school buses and crossing guards.

Child Safety is of the utmost importance! Some schools started a week ago and some start the end of this week in our area….be watchful and leave plenty of time to travel when you need to be somewhere at a specific time!

Only eleven days left to get that “back to school” special on your photo sessions!

Remember, You get 60% OFF of your session fees during the month of August 2013!

Call now to make an appointment…

918-381-7972

or you can email: misha@MishasPhotography.com 

Whatever you are doing this semester–college, high school, middle school…let’s have some fun with “back to school” pictures!! Have a great day and visit us on the web!

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Senior 2013

You can also find photography by Misha Lowther at:

Misha’s Photography and Restoration

and on the Photo Blog here!

Cinco de Mayo at the Castle!

At the Castle for Cinco de Mayo!

How did you spend your weekend?

I spent mine shutter-bugging at the Castle of Muskogee! The Castle hosted it’s 18th annual opening weekend of “the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival”. The festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday from May 4th through June 2nd of 2013.  It’s a great place to experience new and old things alike. You can see craftsman that still do blacksmithing and ladies that keep the art of spinning alive. You can find jewelry makers, book sellers, clothiers, and all sorts of entertainers at the Castle this month.

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Come fly with us at the Castle!

You can see pirates, sword fights, jousting and dancing, a live chess match, belly dancers, and the children can get knighted or become ladies-in-waiting. You can visit the Italian quarter and see a tribal circus; visit Angus’ land and buy a kilt; take a carriage ride; see a birds of prey show; the possibilities are endless! 😀

If you saw the Birds of Prey show this weekend or you catch it any time this year during fair, PLEASE!–visit theRoyalGauntlet.com and leave some feedback telling the creators what you thought of the show.

….there is more to come….see what else we find this year at the Castle of Muskogee!

 

 

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!

Tulsa, OK Photos

Location, Location, Location!

Location is what it is all about…and Misha’s Photography & Restoration will shoot at YOUR favorite location anywhere in Tulsa….and most surrounding areas as well!

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Don’t have any idea where to have your shoot take place?? Let us help you with some wonderful location suggestions. Tulsa is a beautiful city with many opportunities no matter what your interests are!

Get in touch with us to schedule your next photo session today!

918-381-7972 or email us at misha@MishasPhotography.com !