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IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH.

You realized this isn't just about portraits or perfectly posed images. This is about stories. This is about packed dancefloors and last hugs with family and that late-night pizza.

You saw real connection. Real moments. Photographs that showed the real story of what went down, and not a perfectly curated version of it.

You want to be able to focus on your people, your party, get your drinks and immerse yourself in your wedding day - and you're looking for a photographer that won't ask much of you. That won't interrupt you. That creates images out of the magic that already happens.

This matters. And you're in the right place.


you're still here - which means you saw something different.

Photographs that look and feel like the memory they represent - with little to no memory of the photographer that took them.


the approach

You'll get to hang with your family, your friends, do all the things you're looking forward to at your event.

And I'll be there, photographing it. Up close and personal. Intimately. But with no constant giving of direction, no "do that again". Only the way things unfold.

We'll create magic of the things as they are.

Photographs that look and feel like the memory they represent - with little to no memory of the photographer that took them.


the approach

You'll get to hang with your family, your friends, do all the things you're looking forward to at your event.

And I'll be there, photographing it. Up close and personal. Intimately. But with no constant giving of direction, no "do that again". Only the way things unfold.

We'll create magic of the things as they are.

FILM IMAGES ONLY

BOTH FILM AND DIGITAL IMAGES

wedding collections are available in digital formats, with film add-ons

Each of these images shares a real-life event, a truly lived story -  all with absolutely no direction from a photographer, bystander, or the like. Each of these stories was given as much attention and care as the next, and will live on to remind people of the happenings for long after we're gone.

Imagine all the incredible things that are going to unfold on your marriage day - if only you're there to experience them.

HUMANITY DISPLAY

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We can if you would like to! The key thing here is that we'll only spend the length of time that you want on this. No need to spend hours doing portraits of you, your family, your wedding party. Just be a part of your party - that's it.

Most wedding days my couples opt to spend less than 30 minutes total on any sort of "formal" portraiture. But this amount will vary based on how many posed images you want. Some couples have longer lists that take about 45 minutes, some couples opt to have zero posed images at all, and we don't even need to make a schedule, we keep it so candid. We can individually discuss your needs and what you imagine your event day experience to be.

do we do any formal portraits? What about family photos?

Every couple thinks this ahead of their wedding day. Being photographed is an intimidating process.

By getting to know you and the things that matter to you, we'll focus our attention on things with meaning. Combined with beautiful light, real emotion, and your good side, we'll create images that you'll love.

The truth is, you may only believe yourself to be awkward or not photogenic by a weird modern standard. I believe your quirks, habits, facial expressions, the way you love and the way you laugh are all things unique to you - and inherently incredible to photograph. 

What if we're awkward or not photogenic?

The world has thrown some pretty hefty curveballs lately, and everybody has learned to think on their feet because of it.

I want you to know that your event and collection with me is safe. We can change dates, postpone, adjust collections, whatever it is that we need to do to continue to make your event exactly what you envision.

what if we have to adjust/postpone our plans?

Together, we'll create a collection based on what's important for you to have photographed. I'll take all the information you have about your event so far and create a photo timeline for you so we can make sure that everything is covered from getting dressed to last dance.

How will we know how many hours of coverage we need?

I want this to be the easiest process ever for you. Reach out via the inquiry form and let's get started.

How do we sign up?

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How do we sign up?

How will we know how many hours of coverage we need?

what if we have to adjust/postpone our plans?

What if we're awkward or not photogenic?

do we do any formal portraits? What about family photos?

Frequently Asked

Mary B., 2021 Bride

"I am so thankful I chose Makayla to capture my wedding. She truly captured every moment ! When I look at the photos, I can truly say I remember the moment just the way she captured it, and viewing the images brought tears to my eyes. Makayla was so kind and patient with us through out the evening that she felt more like family than a photographer. I could not be happier with her or the photos! If you are looking for a photographer to capture all your moments she is definitely the photographer for you."

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Adam S., 2021 Groom

"So I believe the conversation about the wedding photographer started with, "I'm sorry, you want to pay how much?" I have to say that this is one of the few times I will admit I was wrong and say that Makayla was very much worth it.

Flash forward two years to the wedding (Makayla worked with us rescheduling due to COVID). She was able to capture moments that I did not even know happened due to the craziness of the day and being pulled in five different directions at once. Moments like my wife looking at her dress, the brides maids playing CAH while getting ready and her family seeing her for the first time in her dress. There are many other moments during the night that she noticed but those were my favs. We did very few posed pictures and the ones we did do went quickly and turned out amazing. I can honestly say that she does care about you on your wedding day and it shows through the photos. I am not an overly emotional guy but I end up tearing up looking back at these and most likely will for years to come. Thank you Autumn Dog Studio and Makayla, for capturing not just our wedding, but who we are as people."

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Elle L., 2021 Bride

"There is not enough I could say to properly describe the gift that Makayla has. My jaw was on the ground when M revealed our photos to us, because I just couldn’t believe the moments she saw. She was so inconspicuous that I hardly noticed she was there on our day, but her product showcased that she was there for every little moment. She captured not only the special moments between my husband and I, but also between the small group that shared our day with us. Makayla also goes above and beyond in the small details both before and after the wedding day that aren’t even related to photography, which just goes to show how deeply she truly cares about the couples she works with. I would recommend Makayla without hesitation. Hands down one of the best decisions we made for our day."

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Anna J., 2019 Bride

"Choosing Makayla as our photographer was the best decision we made. She understood our needs without even asking. She danced and celebrated us at our reception. Our photo album has made us cry, laugh, and remember moments that we may have forgotten. We are forever grateful for Makayla and what she creates in the most beautiful and personal way."

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Megan B., 2020 Bride

"Makayla is phenomenal! Everything about our wedding had to change due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, and Makayla showed such understanding and flexibility in everything she did. I am IN LOVE with our photographs and cannot stop showing them off! They are true works of art and capture my relationship perfectly."

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Evelyn C., 2019 Bride

"We chose Makayla because we felt her style of photography, which captures the REAL moments of the day, would be the best fit for us. She surpassed all expectations. I would recommend her to anyone that wants to look back at their photo albums tomorrow, in 10 years, or 50 years from now and remember each real and amazing moment she captured."

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MORE KINDNESS

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don't just take it from me:

These images aren't just for the "right now".
They're answering the future question of
what the hell happened that day.

the big "why"

When you've been married 10 years and your lives together feel like a blur.
When a friend brings up a wedding day memory that you don't remember.
When you're old and grey and get to tell these stories to children about their crazy grandparents/aunts/uncles.

Wedding photography is sometimes distracted by the flashy, by the gorgeous, by the latest trend in landscapes and colors and you-name-its.

But at its core, it should only be this: telling the real-life story of what the hell happened that day.

It might feel impossible to know what matters to you now. But decades from now you'll know. And you'll either have images that truly tell the story... or you won't. And wish you did.


Let's get started

Marriage party coverage starts at $450/hour, with 2022 couples investing an average of 4500. Nearly all wedding day coverage is customized, so you'll have only the best fit for you.



I recommend reaching out and having a conversation to make sure your wedding photographs are something out of your dreams.

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