About Me

& Crafted an approach to life and photography that sustain each other: 

Life is absolutely breathtaking with all it’s peaks and valleys. Moments move fast.  Sitting with each moment and looking it in the eye as it passes by us, allows us to acknowledge the beauty and pain as they are.  Acceptance of life for what it really is, creates space to exist and peace to settle into.  We can’t leave out certain parts without losing the power and beauty essential to the whole story. 

The whole story can be accepted, faced and told.

In the last ten years, I have:

 Navigated the sudden, dramatic and painful falling apart of my immediate family and loss of the relationships I had with my parents (we’re rebuilding these).

Moved through the last three years with my child through their persistent illness, diagnosis, surgery and recovery!

Survived kidney failure, PTSD, postpartum depression and two years of recovery relating to the birth of my first child and the subsequent struggle to process and come through the entirely unplanned pregnancy with my second child.

Left the religious cult culture and organization I grew up in. I’m continuing to de-construct years of deliberate conditioning to fear myself, my body and any rest, knowing and trust I might have settled into. I’m rebuilding my spirituality, intuition and safety in my own body and mind.

Emerged from years of emotional abuse, several years of parental addiction and an unsafe relationship through strong, painful boundaries. 

Hello! I’m Michaela Rai and I help people embrace the true story of who they are and how they're living by documenting it exactly how it happens so they can have ownership of their unique offering and experience to create true connection to themselves and those around them. 

I’m here to tell the story as it really happened.

How did I get here?
I have Also...

Traveled across an ocean. Created this business. Gained two indescribably wise, funny and lovely little people. Used dance to shake off shame and move into strength and healing after leaving the church and through recovering from the birth of my first child. Hiked up (and down) mountains. Met and kept incredibly wonderful, beautiful friends. Learned a whole lot about caring for myself, my health and body. Lived in the desert for a bit. Jumped in Lake Superior more times than I can count.

I’m here to help. 

I am HERE now. 
You are here. You are HERE now. 

Let’s document where you are NOW, together. 

If you prioritize choices that allow you to live in your true identity, you’re in the right place. 

Let’s create a space and visuals that support your embodiment, rest and an honest acceptance of who you are and what is. 

Tell Me About Yourself

Through all of this I now know: 

I am. I am what I am. I am who I am. It is enough. 

You are what you are. You are who you are. You are enough.

I want you to KNOW this, document it, internalize it and believe it for yourself.