I'm Mikaela, but most people call me Mikki! You'll find me in a braid and ball cap most days. I'm a dog mom of three and my artist husband's biggest fan. I'm also a family and senior photographer located in Grant, Nebraska that serves all of Southwest Nebraska (and beyond)!
I'm here for your energetic pups, wild barefoot toddlers, and all of those sun-drenched moments you wish you could slow down, pause, and freeze in time. After all, the hours and days may seem long, but the years that pass by are so very short.
I'm so happy you are here! I can't wait to meet you and love on your dogs!
You are looking for a lifestyle photographer who loves color and captures natural moments more than poses. I thrive on raw and authentic connections!
You're a pet lover and want to incorporate your dogs in photos. ME TOO!! Family pictures with dogs are my favorite!
You jive with an organized but laid back, stress-free experience. From the moment you book to the time your session is delivered (and even after), I'll answer any questions you have while planning a unique session for you!
You aren't open to receiving outfit advice. I find people are happier with their images with my styling help as my editing style compliments certain colors well. Plus, I have an all-inclusive client closet!
You aren't ready to snuggle on your dog and give them tons of love. Don't worry - you don't have to have dogs to get pictures done!
You aren't ready to communicate frequently leading up to your session. I truly want to know my clients so I can tell their stories better. I like to say you'll start as clients and end as friends!
Our old abandoned farm house where we all come together as family from across multiple states is a time capsule sprinkled with photos on the cracking lath and plaster walls. The dust and warm light fade the photos over time. I never got to meet most of the people in the photos, but I can feel their stories, read their emotion, and grasp that the figures in the images are human beings who loved, cared, cried, worked, and laughed. Some of the pictures on the walls aren’t even family. They’re friends, pets, the land my family has spent working for decades after my great grandparents built a sod house - the same house where my grandpa was born on the kitchen table.
Photography isn’t about me. I’ve begun to live by the motto “If you want a miserable life, think it’s all about you.” Photography allows me to live a life pouring into others which, in turn, makes my cup overflow. It’s about the mother who is grieving over losing a child, the senior who is scared to leave home for the first time, the dog who has been a loyal companion for 15 years and whose light is running out, the couple who finally found love despite adversity, the child’s fingers and toes that will never be that small again. I KNOW that life is fleeting. I’ve seen and experienced that raw truth through so many unexpected hurdles in life.
Photography is about truly getting to know and value other people who we share this earth with and the hurdles they have crossed too. It’s about connection - not only between the people in the photos but between all of us involved with the creation process. I want every person I have the opportunity to photograph to have images that tell their story so that long after they are gone, a family member, or complete stranger, can walk into that “farmhouse” in their life and know their story.