Michaela Potterbaum is an adventure wedding photographer based in Nashville, TN + Ålesund, Norway. In addition to weddings, she photographs commercially for Lonely Planet, leads adventure trips and offers photography mentorship.
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katelyn + aaron - nashville, TN wedding & engagement photos
"I was very impressed by Michaela’s collection of photos when searching for a wedding photographer for my Nashville wedding. Michaela’s photos were real, not fake and posed, and she had a very creative eye, which I loved. Since we weren’t doing a videographer, I wanted her to capture real moments of my wedding day, and she did that and more! Michaela did our engagement photos as well, and she had this great idea of hiking to a waterfall in Tennessee. The pictures were absolutely gorgeous and she made us feel as if we were the only ones there, even though there were hundreds of people watching us. Our wedding was held at the Belle Meade Plantation, and Michaela captured the gorgeous scenery as well as the entire day giving us memories to look back on for a lifetime. All of our photos turned out stunning, and we have hundreds to choose from. I highly recommend Michaela for her beautiful and creative work, her friendly personality, and her ability to capture your individualized special moment!"
eero & claudia - wedding portraits in norway
"Working with Michaela was literally a dream come true! I had seen her stunning work and loved it, but as a camera shy person I was a bit intimidated about the process. Michaela is so professional and creative, she created such a fun and relaxed environment for us and we absolutely loved the photo shoot, it is was quite the adventure and we were amazed by the pictures!"
Molly & scott - indiana wedding
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Michaela's photos truly speak for themselves. No matter what she is capturing, each one is exquisite. However, in addition to her incredible talent as a photographer, Michaela is also an incredible person. Michaela photographed our wedding in October; we had communicated with her via email and phone, but having never met her in person, my husband and I were not positive what to expect. She exceeded all expectations. Michaela is kind, calm, and happy—easily said, but a very difficult balance to strike. We would also like to mention that on the day of our wedding it stormed, and not a light drizzle, but a full on thunderstorm. Yet, despite everything, Michaela remained kind, calm, and happy. She was even willing to capture some remarkable photos on the beach...in the rain! The combination of her talent and personality is unparelleled. We truly could not have imagined a better photographer and feel very blessed that we found Michaela. We absolutely recommend her!"
Brandee & albert - Nashville, Tn wedding
"From the first moment I saw Michaela's work, I knew I wanted her to be our wedding photographer. As an artist myself, it was important to me that our photos were authentic and timeless, rather than trendy, as well as beautiful. Michaela has a knack for capturing the beauty in real moments instead of just posed or contrived scenes. Our wedding day was full of emotion and our photos tell the story perfectly. They conjure memories and emotions every time I look at them, and I can't wait to show them to our kids someday. Michaela herself is genuine and an immediate friend! I felt completely at ease in front of the camera (which is not usually the case), because of her easygoing and confident nature. She's someone you can trust as a friend to be close by you on your wedding day, and as a artist who is beyond excellent at her craft. Our day was definitely enhanced by her being there. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
therese & saul - norwegian/congolese wedding in congo
"As a bride getting married in culture such as Congo, it was hard to know what to expect on our wedding day being so far from home. Michaela was up for the cultural experience and photographic challenges that Congo brought and she proved to be 'thinking on her feet' while making quick decisions as the wedding unfolded. We definitely needed someone energetic who takes initiative and we could not have wished for a better photographer than her! She has a good sense of humor and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Thank you so much Michaela!''
"I live to tell the story of us. Lovers, dreamers, and everyone in between. Stories of hope and romance wrapped deep inside of wonder, and wild adventure."
In the summers, you can find me in Norway photographing mountaintop weddings, elopements or leading adventure trips deep into the fjords. Other seasons, I can be found mentoring photographers or chasing the light for Lonely Planet shoots all over the world. No matter who I’m photographing, my goal is the same: to create an atmosphere where story collides with intimacy. To put people at ease, and create eye-catching images in the most incredible places on earth.
Aside from my summers in Europe I am based in Nashville, TN where I run my photo business as well as Promise Mountain, a full-service elopement company which services Norway & Nashville with adventure elopements & vow renewal packages.
If you have a wedding, travel brand or any other project that you would like photography for, shoot me a message and let’s chat! If you’re a photographer interested in mentorship or joining an adventure trip to Norway click the highlighted links or contact me for more info.
Chasing wonder together…
12 years behind the camera.
120+ weddings photographed.
40 countries explored (50 by 2020)
Have a specific date in mind or simply curious about pricing? Drop me a line and let's chat!