Celebrating your Family's remarkable narrative through earthy, genuine, and joyful photography in the Black HIlls, badlands, and beyond. 

Hey there! I'm Michaela, a photographer hailing from Rapid City, South Dakota! I am totally smitten with capturing the beauty of family life and parenthood. I have a deep respect for every stage of life, from the new parents navigating through the joys and challenges of parenthood to the grandparents watching their family grow and blossom.

My goal is to make sure that every family I work with has an unforgettable experience with me. Whether you're from the local area or just visiting and exploring the amazing Black Hills and Badlands for the first time, I promise to take extra special care in creating magical memories for you and your loved ones. Let's make some magic together!

Rapid City

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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Michaela is great to work with and we love all our photos! She is relaxed and professional, and put us at ease when taking our photos - even with a newborn that refused to nap! She helped us find a unique location in the Black Hills for our maternity photos that we had never been to before and it was perfect. I would highly recommend working with Michaela if you are looking for a photographer in the Black Hills.

Michaela is so easy and wonderful to work with! We are in love with our photos. We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding day.

Michaela is so easy and wonderful to work with! We are in love with our photos. We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding day.

Michaela is the most genuine human! We loved our experience with her photographing our family!

Michaela was a doll to work with and so very creative! We absolutely love our family photos!!

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

We'll spend a morning together photographing your newborn and family with a mix of timeless images of your new baby and lifestyle images of the entire family.


$650 for first 6 people then $10/person above first six people

Begins at $475


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

all sessions include