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, newborn, & senior photographer located in Grant, Nebraska that serves all of Southwest Nebraska (and beyond)!

I'm here for your energetic pups, sweet newborns, 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!

Photography & Films serving Dog lovers in Southwest nebraska & Beyond

"There are not enough amazing words I could say about Tripods and Tails! Mikki is one of the absolute sweetest humans I’ve ever met. I was blown away by our session, The pictures themselves are simply stunning and her attention to detail blows me away. By far my favorite pictures we’ve had done of our family and I can’t wait to have future sessions with her! She is professional, kind, talented and so easy to work with. I would recommend her over and over again!



"Mikki went out of her way to make taking photos a fun and easy family date. As if that wasn't rare and wonderful enough, her quick keen eye for the shot captured our best looks. We are so happy with the result, and the experience couldn't have been more personalized and professional. Family photos are about so much more than what you see as the end result, and Mikki appreciated that from the start. She customized our session to our family's likes, not just the shots we wanted but down to the music she played. Her patience and adaptability was a gift. Mikki is the perfect family photographer, a rare and talented blend of composition and compassion.


"Mikki is the perfect family photographer, a rare and talented blend of composition and compassion.



We might be a great fit if...

we might not be a match if...

You are looking for an organized photographer who loves earthy tones 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 experience for you!

You do not want outfit or location advice. I require my clients to receive some form of styling & location assistance as my editing style compliments certain colors & locations well. Plus, I have an all-inclusive client closet!

You aren't ready to snuggle on your dog/kiddos/spouse and give them tons of love while I capture authentic moments.

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 and provide a unique experience. I like to say you'll start as clients and end as friends!

To get more details on if we would be a good fit, please visit my about page & frequently asked questions (FAQ).

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 has faded 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.

Photography is poetry made through the beautifully imperfect human experience.