brand stories that share your ethos

Because really, the most effective branding isn't necessarily logos and colors. It's the ability to the tell the story of why you do what you do, and how it betters the lives of your customers. And there's no better way to tell that story than through images that help share your story.

You're getting the photographs of your dreams. 

What They Say

My best friend said she could look at the photos and see how much we loved each other.

Teesha getting ready with her girls, and laughing through the awkwardly hard parts of getting into a wedding dress.

I cannot begin to express how much of a joy Makayla has been to work with. Right from the beginning her kindness and talent made us positive she was the right choice for our wedding. Makayla did our engagement and wedding photos and I can say with absolute certainty that I adore them. They're gorgeous. So many of the pictures are of me and my husband laughing and having a good time together. My best friend said she could look at the photos and see how much we loved each other. Makayla is able to capture the emotion in every moment. She is so talented and has the most amazing style. There was never a dull moment with her. Especially all those times she laughed as my dog barked at her camera. We both loved working with Makayla. When I saw our photos for the first time, I cried because they had perfectly captured the emotion in every moment. I can't thank her enough. If you're looking for a fun loving and extremely talented photographer, Makayla is the one for you. Oh, and she LOVES dogs.

—  Teesha, 2019 Engagement + Bride

values

truth

There are so many in-betweens that are somehow lost in wedding photography - my goal is to bring back the truth of your event and the reality of what it was like for you that day. This is delivered in the form of photographed all the little things to help you remember the places you went and the things you experienced.

meaning

The things you chose to incorporate into your marriage party have a reason for being there - and that meaning matters. I'm here to photograph the multiple layers of things you've chosen to surround yourself with, to bring back value into your photographs.

intimacy

Without connection, a photograph can feel lost. By using a documentary truth-telling approach, I'm able to hone in on you and your guests to begin to understand who they are and how they interact with each other. Whether that includes huge happy laughs or tears from a harder feeling, every intimate moment is valuable enough to be captured.

the inspiration

It's pretty simple - it's you. It's the hugs you dole out and the soft touches on each others' backs. It's your parents squeezing you so tight it's like you're young again. These are the things I find home in.

And I'll use those to make art for you.

I believe that your story is important and worth telling: as-is. 

I might not take a single photo of you looking at the camera, sorry in advance.

But these aren't just photos of you: they're about you.

Photographs are no longer a sit still look pretty notion. They can be filled with energy and light and warm goodness like never before. And we're going to make that together.

I'll shift my focus to the things you value most: your family, your village, the people you're willing to feed because you love them so much. And I'll spend less time photographing the plates or decor - if at all. Okay, maybe one.

Because ultimately, on your wedding day, you're there to love people. And I'm there because I completely agree with you and want to make sure that's what you have the biggest pleasure of remembering.

FAQ's

Q: Okay, that's cool, but what if we're really awkward in front of the camera?

A: To be in front of my camera, all you have to do is exist. Your hand doesn't have to go in specific places, your dress doesn't have to be perfectly splayed out, you don't have to be anything you're not. What you're doing right this second is perfect. It's honest enough for me.

If you're worried, I can help you along. But I think you'll find it comes more natural than you expected.

real moments

investment

Branding images start at 500 for a single session, with subscription based services starting at 1600/year. Most branding coverage is customized, so the best fit for your company may be higher or lower.

I recommend reaching out and having a conversation to see what will fit you the best, to make sure your company photographs spread your message and your ethos perfectly.

Where to next?

A wedding and portrait photographer based in Duluth + Minneapolis MN, traveling outward.

A believer in the honest and a photographer of the true moments that surround your life.