"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… 

-Michaela (@kaylapotterbaum


12 years behind the camera. 

120+ weddings photographed. 

40 countries explored (50 by 2020)