Putting it all together

It’s the wee hours of the night. The glow of my office light hitting the dark silence on my house, sweet banjo riffs spewing out of my speakers and I’m laid out on the floor with portraits, magazines, pinterest quotes and scissors. I am directing. 
Late night thoughts // the wind down
I am directing a life that provides a path of creativity and exploration.  I will never have the same schedule everyday, I will embrace change, I will lead as a role model for a younger generation of women,  I will create.
“Motivation and coffee have something in common, they both want more than what’s expected of them.”
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Mother & Daughter Gallery

Michaela Rae presents ||  Mother & Daughter is a photographic series of women from the same genetic tree that celebrates familiar similarities and differences. This series will strive to illustrate each unique mother-daughter dynamic by capturing their interactions, emotions and relationships with each other.


Thursday, October 6, 2016 || 6:00-9:00

Q.arma Building || 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis

Hair Artist meets Portrait Artist || Portfolio

Janet, Liz & Tina are the true artist in this scenario. The hair styles and the vision that each brought to this event as astonishing! True inspiration! Is this real life? All I can say is I can’t wait to post More! from these talented hair artist!

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Editorial Photographs || Krista Alexis

The pride I feel about these images is overwhelming. This girl is so passionate and dedicated at such a young age that I can’t help but be head over heels inspired by her.  She gets in front of my camera with such confidence and grace, her beauty inside and out is something I love to photograph.

Follow Krista Alexis to keep up on her posts about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. And see some pretty amazing images.

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you’re pretty!

x michaela

Class of Today | Leaders of Tomorrow

Michaela Rae Photo offers a full service Senior Photography experience.

Packages includes 2-3 hours on location and/or in studio, unlimited outfits, hair & makeup,        10 digital images with print release, 100 custom designed open house cards & an 11×14 mounted print  |  $875

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Labor of Love | family adventure

webSteve and I packed the car, strapped in the kid and loaded the dog and booked it out of town on Sunday.  We couldn’t go anywhere for a long weekend away so instead we took a day trip to Franconia Sculpture Garden & Taylors Falls, MN.      http://www.franconia.org/


I was really looking forward to this adventure.  Any adventure for that matter.  I have been oozing with creativity and hunting for inspiration. I wasn’t expecting the feeling I would have after being surrounded by all the wonder of this sculpture park.


Needless to say the adventure didn’t start out as well as I hoped.  Olive was crabby during breakfast, through a fit in the middle of the diner which in turn set the stage of my husband’s grumpy attitude the rest of the day.  Our hour drive was delighted with the screams of my 19 month old hating the car ride.  With great sarcasm I say it was wonderful!


When we finally arrived at Franconia Sculpture Park I was blown away.  I did not do any research so I could be a little surprised and I was overwhelmed with amazement.  It was wonderful, an open area to run, play and get inspired. I am not going to go into detail about the park, I want everyone to visit it for themselves. You won’t be sorry and it’s defiantly worth the drive, no matter how far.



After our inspiring walk we headed into Taylors Falls.  I have heard about this quaint little town and the amazing hiking trails so I was pretty excited to see what it was all about.  We were hungary and I knew Steve wouldn’t go for another restaurant so the delight in my eyes when I saw the amazing Drive-In Restaurant on Bench Street.  Opened in 1956 the nostalgia hasn’t changed.  The young man taking orders was so pleasant but yet direct.  There are only so many places to “drive in” so he was directing cars all over the place.  They do offer picnic areas that have waitress’ in poodle skirts!
The food! The food was wonderful.  Better than I was expecting.  We had a cheeseburger basket, fried pickles, Raspberry Malt and a Butterscotch Malt.  The cheeseburger was cooked to perfection with what tasted like a homemade bun.  The perfect bun, chewy with a good density but sturdy enough to hold the beef juices, ketchup and mustard without any sogginess. I was so hungry I didn’t take that delicious cheeseburger’s photograph but let me tell you, it’s another thing that’s worth the drive! By the time we were done eating Olive’s eyes were quite heavy and we didn’t want to risk a toddler meltdown, 3 miles from the car on a hiking trail, so we decided the hike would wait for fall.  I hear there is an apple orchard close by.  Fall bucket list item!

We took the scenic drive home along the St. Croix River into Stillwater.  It was a beautiful drive on a perfect Minnesota summer day.  It was nice to get out of town and not have to come home to 10 loads of laundry!  We hope everyone enjoyed their long Labor Day weekend and I hope all the kiddos had a great first day back to school.


Minnesota Sunset | nothing better

web1I’ve been photographing for close to ten years now, I have a decade of back log photographs that no one has ever seen.  This photography, in this post is were I started.  Granted I’ve come a long way since my first sunset and I still have a lot to learn but I feel proud of these images. I forgot how stunning a sunset can be, how simple but yet so beautiful.  Plus, I connected with fellow photographers and that in itself was very inspiring. It’s good to surround yourself with likeminded people.  I was the new girl, I’m always awkward as the new girl, but I look forward to many more photo group outings.