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Chasing the light. One of my favorite things to do.

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It’s been 4 years since I’ve shown my face on here so I thought it was time that I do a little intro to who I am and the new direction my feed will be taking in the coming weeks!

First things first: My name is Michaela but a lot of people call me Kayla. I’ve spent the last decade photographing over 120 weddings in 11 countries... When I’m not shooting weddings, I enjoy photographing adventure/travel imagery as well as humanitarian projects.
A few random facts about me: I used to tour in a band as a drummer, I’ve been to 40 countries/49 US states and I recently spent 3 years living in the fjords of Norway. My left thumb is notably shorter than my right thumb (born that way). I moved to Nashville a year ago and now spend my summers back in Norway photographing weddings/elopements and adventuring in the fjords. It’s also important to note that my love for God runs deep in my veins and every adventure I go on is part of my life-long pursuit of chasing His wonder across the earth…
Regarding my feed here, I’ve really enjoyed having an outlet for my landscape images over the last few years but given the direction my images are taking in this season, I’ve decided to add in more images that feature a good mix of beautiful couples, adventure, and other shots that bring me life. So basically, less fjords, more people and sometimes a mix of both.
I hope you’ll stick with me on this journey and drop me a DM to say hello. I think Instagram is one of the best tools for connecting with people and I’d love to meet more of you on here and dream up projects and collabs together! (Thanks to @micheleschiermann for capturing this image of me on the job shooting in the rain during a wedding in Ålesund!)
These colors. This place. My ❤️. So much happening around us. Take time to celebrate the beauty around you and the people that make it amazing. #norway #fromwhereidrone #visitalesund
When you photograph a photographer on a mini trolltunga. | Check out @georgmichaelis for some rad shots and life inspo.
Skageflå in the rain | Geirangerfjord, Norway | To get this shot, we took a ferry through the fjord to the base of the mountain and hiked up to this mountain farm, called Skageflå. This was by far one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. So amazing... #Norway #Skageflå #geirangerfjord
Goodbye beautiful Norway! Thanks for an amazing summer. I've enjoyed every moment and I'm already excited for what next summer will bring here in the fjords! To all my friends here in Norway, thanks for all the adventures... you will be very missed! To all my friends in the states, can't wait to see you... let's make this the most amazing year yet! | Here is one of my latest images from Sula, the island I lived on all summer. This place is so special to me. More images coming soon... #Norway
It's been an exciting few weeks getting to be part of the launch for @lonelyplanet's new trip sharing app called Trips! They have featured 3 of my travel stories including this shot from Iceland. See the rest of my story on the @lonelyplanet Trips app via the link in my bio. #lptrips #lonelyplanet
It's been a wild and beautiful summer so far here in Norway. Too many adventures to count... One month left photographing weddings, seeing friends, exploring and drinking in all this beauty... my heart is full and I am excited to share more updates soon. Changes coming here on my IG. For now... here's an image from one of my favorite fjords. #geirangerfjord
High five to the first person that can name this location...
Sometimes you show up at Giant's Causeway in N. Ireland to have your mind blown by other-worldly rock formations and then your friend whips out a red flowy dress just for kicks... okkk twist my arm, I'll snap a few. 😍👌🏼
Such a gift to be back in this lovely town for the summer. I snapped this on my phone this evening around 11:30pm! Can't get over the summer light here... #norway
Headed to Norway tomorrow after a week of exploring with friends and photographing in Scotland & N Ireland! Had the best time along the Causeway coast yesterday... This place is a dream. | Also, very excited to announce the winner of our trip giveaway is @p_elisabeth22! If you participated in the giveaway and would still like to join us, check out the link in bio and shoot me a message!
Currently in Edinburgh enjoying the sites and sounds of this city! | Just wanted to say THANK YOU to all who participated in our adventure photo trip giveaway with @norges_fotografer! We'll announce the winner soon... for now, here's one of my favs from last summer. Anyone else love the idea of daydreaming in the middle of a moss covered Norwegian forest? Take me there please... 🇳🇴😍
This. Light. = My fav. T-minus 10 days til I'm back in the fjords for the summer... But first: SCOTLAND & IRELAND! Boarding the plane now... ✌🏼Also! Just 5 days left to enter our trip giveaway! Link in bio for info!
Just 11 days until I'm back in this magical town for the summer! So excited for all the adventures that lie ahead... | Also, if you'd like to join me here this summer for your own adventure, check out my latest adventure project and enter to win one spot on our very first photo adventure trip! See my last post for details-- 6 days left to enter. 🇳🇴
G I V E A W A Y | L A U N C H! ⚡️
After 4 years of dreaming, I'm finally launching my first Nordic Photo Adventure trips this summer in the Ålesund region!
To celebrate, I've partnered with @Norges_Fotografer to give a trip spot away to one lucky winner for our first trip in July (valued at $1800 USD)! Trip is open to photographers & travelers alike. Giveaway Includes: 4 nights hotel in Ålesund, all ground transport, and guided photo adventures stopping at Geirangerfjord, Trollstigen and this incredible swing location seen here in the Hjørundfjord!
To Enter Giveaway:
1. Follow @Norges_fotografer & @kaylapotterbaum
2. Tag 3 friends on this post
3. Enter your email address (link in bio)

Giveaway ends June 10th. Click link in bio to see official rules. Good luck!
That look though. | Spicing it up tonight with my new fav thing: WATERFALL ENGAGEMENTS. 🙌🏼 Also trying my hand at some editing with my new #philchesterpresets. Still experimenting...
Some places were made for the dreamers... this place is one of them. 😍🇳🇴 Can't wait to return to beautiful Norway in just over a month! I'll be in the Ålesund area from mid June to mid August. If you're in the area and want to connect please let me know! Outside of weddings and workshops, I'll also be offering adventure & family shoots so be sure to DM if you'd like to book one! So looking forward to a summer back in the fjords... #norge
It's G I V E A W A Y time! Just 2 days left to join our @inthefjords workshop giveaway! Super excited to be running this adventure elopement workshop in Norway this summer with @annigraham!
To enter the giveaway:
1. Follow @inthefjords @annigraham and @kaylapotterbaum
2. Tag 3 friends on initial giveaway post on @annigraham's profile
3. Enter email at

Link in bio for more info! #giveaway #elopement
This past week I finished an eight month ministry school through my church here in Nashville. It was an amazing experience and easily one of the best decisions of my life. This week is all about reflecting and thanking God for the gift of life and the chance to live it out in this generation. Now is the time to pursue a life of overflow and abundance through thankfulness. What is something that you are thankful for? I'd love to hear... @gcsosl #thankful
GIVEAWAY TIME // Wedding photographers, this is for YOU! This August we're launching an adventure elopement photography workshop in the Fjords of Norway! To celebrate, we're giving away a FREE TICKET to the workshop!!!! It's going to be an experience of a lifetime and I can't wait!
1. Follow @inthefjords @annigraham @kaylapotterbaum
2. Tag 3 photographer friends you want to see there on @annigraham's IG giveaway post!
3. Officially enter with your email at (link in bio)

The winner will be announced May 5th! Good luck everyone!