Hi Lovely,
I'm Mikayla!

A free-spirited helper by nature; you can find me where the light is.

Who I am

Born and raised in southeast Michigan, I’m a high-spirited empath, always looking for the best in people and every situation. I’m a lover of a Jesus, sunshine, travel, historical architecture and pretty much any outdoor setting. I’m also married to the absolute sweetest man, Andrew. And in my day to day, you’ll most likely find me hanging out with him, connecting with friends over a meal or chasing a sunset.

A few fun things about me:
- My favorite movie is "First Wives Club" from 1996. Besides the fact that I love Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn, I'm a sucker for a good 90s movie. Especially a clever and witty rom-com like this one. It's easily one of the only movies I could watch on repeat without getting sick of it. If you haven't seen it, run don't walk!

- I worked in fine dining for 5 years, which is something I feel gave me a leg up when it came to my photography business. I learned a lot about working with all types of people, keeping a level had in stressful situations and always providing quality service. Sometimes I'll still have moments where I miss it, but I wouldn't trade what I'm doing now for the world!

- My favorite season is summer! I feel like this is almost an unpopular opinion in Michigan, at least amongst my 'fall girly' friends. But there's nothing like the summer-season in my opinion. The warm air and sunshine on your skin, the bright blue sky and vibrant colors from the trees and flowers. My absolutely favorite summer things to do are going to Belle Isle, day trips to Lake Michigan, and going for drives with the windows down and music turned up. Immediate bonus when ice cream is involved!

- I’m an enneagram 2w1. If you're unfamiliar with this type, the personality traits are a mix of loyal, dedicated, warm-hearted and loving, to name a few. This is where the title of "helper by nature" takes play. I love unconditionally and have always been the one to be there for and take care of my people when needed. My friends have labeled me the mom of the group for many years now, which I proudly accept!

What made me fall in love with photography?

I remember being eight years old on a family vacation in Maui. We were going to be there for two weeks and my parents bought me two disposable cameras to take photos. Within the first afternoon, I filled up the entire first camera. I was taking pictures of quite literally everything, and wanted to remember our little piece of Hawaii exactly how it was. My goal was to capture it all, and capture it right. And 18 years later, I still feel like that little girl, eager and excited to document life’s beautiful moments, big or small.

I believe in the importance of an honest connection.

Photos are some of most important treasures we possess. They hold our memories close and connect us to the loved ones we lost too soon. They showcase who we are and how we want to be remembered, opening the door to revive some of our most precious moments. They are a tangible piece of our legacy. And in order for me to truly capture the essence of who you are, we first need to build our connection. What I offer is an intentional & personal experience, wanting you to feel as if I’m your friend on special day, not just another vendor. 

With an elevated editorial look, in both digital and film formats, I serve those who cherish the timeless and romantic. It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to not just capture your wedding, but to share in telling your story and help you relive those memories for years to come.

Why I shoot Hybrid

Both mediums have their own advantages. Digital allows for me to capture the quick moments in real time without missing a beat; however many photos it takes to get “the one.” While film encourages me to slow down and be more intentional with my shots as there’s limited exposures to each film roll. I see the beauty in both and love what each format provides to my couples. 

My work is film inspired, regardless of format. And my desire is to convey soft and classic photographs. Rich in color, tone, and feeling. 

Let's make magic together

"Che Bella"

I chose Che Bella to be my company name back in high school, well before I was even a real business, because I loved what it meant. Che Bella in Italian means How beautiful. And that’s what I’ve always strived for, photography that’s not only beautiful, but more importantly, makes you feel beautiful.