"Give me the wild children with their bare feet and sparkling eyes. The restless, Churning climbers. The wild ones using their outside voices, singing all the way home. Give me the wonder-filled glorious mess makers dreaming of mountains and mud, aching to Run through a field of stars.

-Nicolette Sowder, Wilder Child

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  • Gallery of high resolution color edited digital images (number depending on package)
  • High resolution black & white edited digital images
  • Complimentary access to the client closet
  • Photos of you and your immediate family (up to 7 people)
  • Basic retouching (minimal blemished & fly-aways)
  • Styling guide, outfit planning assistance, and prep guide
  • Print release & access to online print store
  • Location within 45 miles of Grant, NE (other locations can be used for additional mileage)
  • Pet-friendly photography! Pets are never an extra charge :)

        + Heirloom family film available (see below for details)

Packages begin at $450

Extended Family Packages Available

What's Included:

Despite all of our struggles and short-comings, there is still beauty in being who we are at this very moment with the people we love. The little moments are the biggest memories we will look back on years to come.

Family & Maternity Photography

What's Included:

  • Gallery of high resolution color edited digital images (number depending on package)
  • High resolution black & white edited digital images 
  • Complimentary access to the client closet
  • Multiple outfits & multiple locations (number depending on package)
  • Basic retouching (minimal blemished & fly-aways)
  • Styling guide, outfit planning assistance, and prep guide
  • Print release & access to online print store
  • Location within 45 miles of Grant, NE (other locations can be used for additional mileage)
  • Pet-friendly photography! Pets are never an extra charge :)

+ Heirloom film option - see below (great for displaying at graduation parties)

Packages begin at $475

This is for the senior who knows that the struggles & successes they have experienced have all led to this moment, and senior photos are more about telling a story rather than just smiling at the camera.

Senior Photography

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Couples, Engagement, & Wedding Photography

A photo session is about more than just getting photos. It's about laughing, dancing, loving, embracing the moment, and above all  having your story told as authentically & truly as possible.

What's Included:

  • High resolution color edited digital images (number depending on package)
  • High resolution black & white edited digital images
  • Complimentary access to the client closet
  • Multiple outfits & locations available
  • Basic retouching (minimal blemished & fly-aways)
  • Styling guide, outfit planning assistance, and prep guide
  • Print release & access to online print store
  • Location within 45 miles of Grant, NE (other locations can be used for additional mileage)
  • Pet-friendly photography! Pets are never an extra charge :)

+ Heirloom family film add-on

Packages begin at $450
Weddings Begin at $2,200

Want to know if I am a good fit for your wedding? Tell me in my contact form that you are inquiring about wedding services, and I'll send you my pre-booking questionnaire to see if we are a good match!

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Newborn Photography

Pictures of mom and the little one because little toes don't stay little forever, and before long your little one will be outgrowing the snuggles of your arms and getting ready to take on the world. 

  • High resolution color edited digital images
  • High resolution black & white images
  • 1-2 minute artistically edited heirloom film of session put to music
  • Up to 1.5 hours (happen mid-morning)
  • Use of swaddles, headbands, & motherhood dresses in Mikaela's client closet
  • Basic skin retouching & smoothing
  • Print release & access to print shop
  • Pictures of newborn & a few motherhood photos (mom & baby only)
  • These photos are lifestyle newborn photos and are not posed beanbag photos (such as the froggy pose, etc.). Please see the photos on this page as examples


Newborn sessions happen in Mikki's downtown Grant, Nebraska location.

Please Inquire for pricing.

What's Included:

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Milestone Sessions

This is the closest thing to freezing time as your newborn grows into a toddler. Milestone sessions are offered for 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, and one year sessions. We also offer a heavily discounted Maternity through 1 Year package!

What's Included:

  • High resolution color edited digital images (number depending on package)
  • High resolution black & white images
  • Up to an hour of shooting time
  • Options for outfit changes
  • Use of outfits in Mikki's client closet
  • Basic skin retouching & smoothing
  • Print release & access to print shop
  • These photos are for one individual only (age 3 months to 1 year)

Packages begin at $300

Milestone Sessions are indoor & happen at Mikki's Grant, NE studio location

Heirloom Films

Reliving belly laughs, piggy back rides, and wet dog noses long after your session


•2-3 minute video of session
•Licensed background music
•Can be shared on social media

Heirloom films are built into sessions and are not offered individually.

The Experience

1) Planning

Getting to know you is the most important part (and my personal favorite part) of the entire experience. I want to tell your story through images and films that can serve as heirlooms for generations to come, not just take pretty pictures. After your $100 non-refundable deposit is paid, I will send you a questionnaire tailored to you so I can plan a photography session that showcases who you truly are.

The Experience

2) Location & Style

Between booking your photography session and heading out for pictures, a lot of prep work happens behind the scenes. Based on your questionnaire, I will decide upon a location for the shoot, and I will help style your outfits. If you have a location request, please put it in the session questionnaire. Every session receives a style guide, access to the client closet at no additional charge, a styling consultation with me,  a prep guide, and more. 

Not sure what a client closet is? Check it out HERE!

The Experience

3) Your session

My goal is not to capture staged poses but real, raw emotions that remind us of the power and beauty in the everyday importance of the love of family.  While I will start sessions with a photo of everyone looking at the camera, eye contact is not what I focus on. I focus on movement, emotions, and connection. This is a time for kids to be kids and pups to be pups - let them run and play. The greatest moments are the ones we least expect. 

Sessions take place during golden hour. I do not shoot during direct sunlight due to my editing style, and I do not reschedule for tardiness.

The Experience

4) After your session

You will receive a sneak peek of your photos 1-3 days after your session, and your full gallery will be delivered within 3 weeks (weddings are delivered within 6 weeks). Photos are delivered in digital format via email in a password protected gallery and remain open for one week in order to share and download photos. An online print store is attached to each gallery for your convenience. You can also order from your favorite print shop.

There is nothing I love more than delivering your galleries and hearing your reactions! After your photos are delivered, show them off and tag me on social media!

"I can’t recommend Tripods & Tails enough! My husband and I had such a fun session with Mikki - we felt so relaxed and comfortable the entire time, resulting in beautiful candid photos! (I usually do not love photos of myself, but these are definitely going to be printed!!) I LOVED the dress I borrowed from Mikki’s gorgeous client closet! She is creative & suggested prompts that had us all laughing so hard, creating natural smiles! Tripods & Tails is professional & dependable yet down to earth and caring, doing whatever it takes to create photos you’ll love forever. Mikki is the absolute best photographer and we can’t thank her enough for these photos we will cherish for a lifetime.

-Sophia & Levi

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-Cora & Levi

"We absolutely loved our time with Mikki! she made our pictures out to be the cutest and best thing ever. Our photos are timeless and heart warming. We will be going back to her forever!

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"Mikaela Stephenson is the type of photographer that makes everything out of nothing. She is a master of the camera. She didn’t just want the perfect shot, she wanted the perfect session. And she made it happen. 

You will start your session with your photographer, Mikaela, and end it with your friend, Mikki. Mikki is intelligent, kind, energetic, and hard-working. She even consulted with our outfit choices. She loves being outdoors, and is always able to catch “golden hour” just right. We couldn’t have found a better photographer or friend for our family photos! We are so grateful for the memories she has provided us with, and are looking forward to having her continue to take our family pictures for the years to come. 


-Kara

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"We LOVE Mikki! She makes every experience amazing! She communicates so well and makes you feel beautiful in every session! She does an amazing job with the pets and is so patient! We would choose her over and over again for every moment of our life that needs captured!

-Ashley

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"Mikki was so welcoming and friendly as soon as we met up. She made the whole experience super fun and enjoyable. Mikki really goes above and beyond to get the perfect photos, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

-Tegan B.

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-Larissa

"Mikki took such good care of our sweet little girl during her newborn photos! She was only 3 days old during her session and Mikki so meticulously captured the beauty of those special newborn days that fly by so quickly. Our baby girl is already growing up so fast which makes me forever grateful for Mikki's ability to capture every little detail from her tiny fingernails to her short little toes. This session was the best way to freeze time just for a moment. Now we can always look back and be reminded of those first few days with our first baby that forever changed our world. It will never be the same again, but in such a wonderful way!

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"Mikki goes above and beyond. She took my husband and I’s engagement and wedding pictures. She helped me get my wedding dress pinned up when the bustle broke. She also helped us create our wedding timeline and find the perfect location to take our pictures. She is so responsive, easy to work with, and FUN. She made us feel so comfortable in our own skin. Mikki had lots of fun prompts that created genuine smiles and laughs. We had the best experience and received the most beautiful pictures. We will definitely be booking more sessions with her!

- Kaley & Jace

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What is a client closet?

My client closet is a closet full of dresses and outfits from different boutiques and designers that I specifically purchase for my clients to use at their photography sessions free of charge. The majority of my closet focuses on moms and seniors, but I do have clothes for children and men as well. You simply look at the options online and choose the ones you love. We will schedule a try-on or I will bring multiple options to the session for you to try on. After the session is over, I take the outfits home to clean and prep for future sessions! All of this is included in your session and is no additional fee. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Natural storytelling with bold colors! I like to capture life as it happens rather than through poses. I find that candid small moments are always the most cherished, and the session is more enjoyable when you can just love on your family and pups while I capture the moment. 

How do you describe your photography style?

Frequently Asked Questions

Galleries are delivered within 30 days after your session takes place; however, this time fluctuates depending on my current session workload. Galleries can be expedited (3-5 days) for an additional fee. 

When will I receive my photos?

Frequently Asked Questions

My photography style is made up of candid moments and real emotions that cannot be reproduced through poses. The majority of the pictures I take are not traditionally posed images. However, I do start each session with one posed shot to get the "Christmas Card" style photo. After that, we let things flow naturally while you play with your kids, love on your pups, etc.!

Do you take any traditional posed shots?

Frequently Asked Questions

All of my RAW images are shot in color. I do the majority of my editing in color as well. After I am satisfied with all of my color images, I turn photos into black & white images based on what you get in each photography package!

Do you photograph in color or black and white?

Frequently Asked Questions

No, but here's why: while you receive many beautifully edited images after your session, there are photos that I do not include in galleries because they are not flattering and do not reflect the quality of work that I provide to my clients. For that reason, you do not have the option to receive any unedited images, and you will not receive every image I take at your session. I carefully choose the most powerful images to deliver in your gallery.

Can I get all of the photos/RAW photos from my session?

Frequently Asked Questions

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