Winter Wedding // #MaryxRyan

Winter weddings hold a special place in my heart. I was married in the winter. When the Groom (longtime friend) approached me to shoot their winter wedding at the same venue that I got married at, I could not say Yes! fast enough! The day was filled with love, laughter and a whole lot of nerd-erific decor, handmade by the Bride. Including her shoe details!! To see true love is what makes a wedding photographer’s job so easy, the love they have for each other filled the candle lit room. Their guests and families had bellies full of tacos and laughed with and at the newlyweds! I personally had a great time, being able to witness your friend commit his life to his perfect gal is life’s greatest gift! I am so happy they found each other!

Venue // Sweeney’s Saloon

Cupcakes // Uptown Girl Cupcakes & Desserts

Unity Stamp // made by the Bride

Bouquets // The Vintage Owl

Cake Topper //  Chick Design Boutique 

Groom’s Vintage Blazer // Bright Closet 

Wedding Dress // ModCloth

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We did a thing! || Gallery Opeing

My buddy, Yvonne and I collaborated a gallery opening to honor our beloved friend, Alyssa.  Alyssa and her unborn daughter, Sutton were taken to early on a cold December morning in 2014. I struggled thru grief and heartache and inside that sadness, Mother & Daughter was created. With encouragement from each other and our loved ones,                          Yvonne and I did it!

You’re Pretty!

Thank you WHCC & Perfect Posters for your generous sponsorship. Thank you Q.arma Building for your encouragement and the experience. Thank you Wild Acorn for seeing a vision and contributing your woodworking talents. Thank you to everyone that participated in the creation of Mother & Daughter, without you my story would have never been told. And thank you to all that attended, we are so humbled by the kindness and feedback from you all!

Immersion Mag | Seed

Editorial : Immersion Magazine

Band : Seed

Art Director/Photographer : Michaela Rae

Fall Inspiration

Nothing like a well made vision board to get you in the mood // Pew Pew

Thank you Pinterest for always having what I need // ❤

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.

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

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

Father of the year.

It was Steve’s first Father’s Day this past weekend.  He didn’t want any gifts, he just wanted to see the new Superman movie.  So while O and I were at his sister’s on Friday he took a half day and went, Happy Father’s Day Dear.

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On Sunday, we went to his sister’s house for lunch and to hang out.  It was a beautiful day.  O woke up in a great mood and Daddy dressed her.  I wanted to make some Olive art.  So for the dads we painted the kids feet and pressed them on canvas.  Brandon got his three kids, Grandpa got all four kids and Steve got Olive’s masterpiece.  I love it!  It’s now framed in our stairway.

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Olive seriously has the best daddy!  He is very hands on and very attentive to her.  When I first started dating Steve I questioned his paternal instinct.  But back then we weren’t having kids we decided so I moved on.  I could have never expected or asked for a better man to raise a baby with.  I know I am a better person because of him but it makes my life complete knowing that Olive will be a great human because of him.

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Happy Father’s Day, Babe!  We love you!

The best things in life lessons by Michaela

1.  Finding out that the little things in life are meant to giggle at.

2.  Eating good food makes every tummy happy.

3.  Hugs.  Even word hugs are nice.

4.  For every day you worry and stress, you miss something awesome.

5.  Even bratty kids are sweethearts.

6.  Work hard to pay for the life you want.  Live hard to give thanks for want you have.

7.  Finding out that dancing when no one is watching isn’t as much fun.

8.  Respect thy neighbor.  Unless he’s rude then be thankful he isn’t family.

9.  Change is a friendship that will only disappoint you if you allow it.

10.  If you love yourself first, then anyone can love you.