emotional  wedding  +  portrait   photography

Duluth, Minneapolis, Madison, Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Hey, thanks for being here.


When my dog was young, she'd love nothing more than to run around in the brisk fall air.
She'd sprint around quickly, eyes wide - she had 
this unbridled joy. Excitement. This momentary fearlessness.

That is exactly what my clients find in their time with me.

You are meant to feel every bit of your excitement and nervousness, of your anxiousness and joy. You are meant to feel every feeling to the fullest extent.

My goal is nothing less than to create art that accurately reflects exactly that. To show the beauty and aesthetic, but also the relationships and the feeling. To be present in every moment with you.

Whether that's through a wedding day, an in-home session, a self-love session, you name it. Together we'll do this thing that stops you in your tracks just for a moment to say "damn, we're in love" or "damn, I'm resilient" or "damn, I've got a great thing here".

Because whatever that is, wherever you find it, however it manifests in your life, that's a thing worth celebrating.


The Manifesto

I will photograph you the way your best friend would. Together we will make something that is so much more than just wedding photographs. Together we'll make your legacy


And every step of the way you need a photographer that know what matters and focuses on that - and nothing else.

And that person is me.

And we're going to do this together.

It's  so  great   to meet you xx

Hey, it's Makayla.

I'm a Minnesota native who lives in a perpetual state of autumn and windblown hair. The light that streams through trees is the juiciest light of all, and the tiny details that you will bring into our time together are SO important.

We have a lot to talk about. I'll go first.

“Makayla has a way of making you feel like you've known her your entire life. When you hire Makayla, you gain a friend. She is warm, energetic, adventurous, and authentic. I didn't have a single moment of doubt or hesitation during our engagement session. Makayla helps you create intimate and genuine moments. She doesn't direct you, she lets you be yourself and creates a really fun experience. We are blown away by the photos. She captured the essence of us. We will treasure these photos forever. We can't wait to have Makayla at our wedding, not only as our photographer, but as our friend” 

—  Anna, 2018 Engagement, 2019 Bride

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