Michaela mader tully is a photographer for adventuresome folks in Rapid city, the Black Hills, Badlands and beyond

Rapid City
Family Photographer

I'm Michaela, a photographer based in Rapid City, SD. I love photographing families and parenthood with reverence for every life-stage, from becoming parents to growing extended families. I take a lot of care creating an incredible experience for my families, whether you're local or exploring the Black Hills and Badlands for the first time.

My name is Michaela Mader Tully, and I am so happy you're here. My work is deeply rooted in place and fostering connections between people and these places I love.

I'm super organized, incredibly patient, and have over twelve years of experience photographing families.

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Ready to book your adventuresome family session?
Here is what happens next:

the process


fill out my contact form

Reach out to me via my contact form and I will be in touch with some must-know info about my sessions. Once we have some key details worked out, I will send you a project proposal that includes contract and invoice.


Sign contract and
Pay retainer fee

To officially be on my books, I require a signed contract and $50 retainer fee with the rest due at the time of your session. You can pay everything online and set it and forget it! It's a piece of cake! 


plan your session

I want to make planning as stress-free as possible for you! You'll receive access to a site where you can get outfit ideas and create a style board from items that are perfect for photos, and share your choices with me so I get an idea of how to plan photos for your session.


Your session day

On the day of your session, I will shoot you a text to confirm we're on and to give you any other specific directions. I'll guide you through the session and get a mix of candid and more posed-for-mom's-mantle kind of pictures.


Gallery delivery

I'm sure you'll be anxious to see some sneak peeks, so I will post a few on social media or send directly to you within about 48 hours of your session. Your full session will be delivered in an online gallery within three weeks of your session date. From there, you can download your files, or even order archival quality prints, guaranteed to be incredible for years to come.




Extended Family Sessions

Classic Family Session

Up to 45 minutes of coverage anywhere in the Black Hills or Badlands.

Up to an hour and a half of coverage anywhere in the Black Hills or Badlands for groups of six or more.

Lifestyle Newborn

Up to an hour and a half of photographing your newborn and family with a mix of timeless images of your new baby and lifestyle images of the entire family.


$550 for first 6 people then $10/person above first six people



  • Personalized styling assistance
  • Digital downloads and print release of best images
  • Online gallery and print store with access to exclusive heirloom quality printing
  • Downloadable 4K slideshow

all sessions include