We are Michaela and Tim (Mak & Timmy) and we met working at a wine bar, fell in love attending a wedding, and together, we believe in making an impact on your life. 
Why? Because we never believed in marriage until we met each other, it has changed us. We know that finding your person is not an easy task.

Furthermore, our wedding made us realize how important it is to have our favorite humans, our village, surrounding us as we made a leap of faith in each other, for everyone to see. Heart. Pounding. Here’s the thing- WE GET IT. We’ve lived it, seen it, calmed it. We have taken a genuine interest in helping so many couples breathe through those last-minute jitters, wedding debacles, essentially all the trials and tribulations of what it means to get married. Wedding celebrations create a beautiful rainbow of raw emotion, and we are addicted to this gorgeous and chaotic arc. Most of all, our greatest gift to you is capturing it all on camera. 

get to know michaela

get to know us

get to know TIM

My wife…
When you marry someone obsessed with cameras, horses, wine, and travel, you are in for quite a treat. I always did my best to flirt with her whenever I had the chance, and in 2011 she finally went out on a date with me.

Mak & Timmy 101...
Backing up a little bit, Michaela and I became friends while we were working together. Neither one of us could completely focus on our task at hand when we shared the office though. We always ended up talking about our dreams; living on a winery in Bordeaux, traveling the world with a Leica 35mm around our necks, owning a couple of Great Danes (or something smaller and easier to clean up after), oh and sometimes we would make the tongue-in-cheek exclamation, “If we are both 40 and single, we should just make it happen. I’ll meet you in France!” chuckles
In hindsight, we were subconsciously setting the foundation for a REAL life together. 

Take me back

Let Tim tell you about Michaela

BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS

Morocco

05

bali

01

02

argentina

australia

03

Portugal

04

After a decade of knowing each other, there are a million little things that make Tim the most awesome human. He’s a night owl who loves baseball, Fantasy Football, Jeopardy (he’s been trying out and one of these days he’s going to make it, damnit), music, karaoke, cooking, planning surprises and he’s one hell of a Sommelier.
 
He’s the yin to my yang. Basically, in a nutshell, I think our clients say it best… at every single job we photograph someone will comment that “Tim is awesome, hilarious, super-fun, the best, so easy to be around, kept us chill, made us excited, tall, etc, etc.” I just grin. Yup, that’s my Unicorn.

Take me back

Let Michaela tell you about Tim

BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS

argentina

05

new zealand

01

02

spain

jordan

03

japan

04

artist statement

Qualifications on paper: We learned our photographic craft both in university, and, more importantly, through mentorships with some of the most talented wedding photographers in the industry. We work in both film and digital formats. Film is our favorite medium, and digital gives us the security of having everything backed-up, twice, with another backup on another card, and our external drive, etc. Yeah, we are pretty neurotic about protecting every single moment of your day. We have degrees in art, and business, with a focus in hospitality. Ask Michaela about the first wedding she “photographed” at age 14, and Tim about documenting NYC as a teenager.

Michaela Joy Photography is honored to have received national and international recognition, as well as earning awards from our peers in WPPI, Rangefinder, The Knot, Junebug weddings, and many others.

Who you might be... besides having an appreciation for classic and artistic photography, you are a couple who values love, family, and kindness. 
Sappiness aside, you are not afraid to laugh, dance like your life depends on it, have little adventures, and maybe get your wedding outfit a little dirty (after the ceremony of course). Your friends might say you are a couple who do a day-long hike with your dog, have a picnic of locally- curated foods by a waterfall, and then spend the night at The Four Seasons after going to a metal concert. Okay, maybe that is what our friends say about us :) 

We have seen it all, from mountaintops to Cathedrals to beach sides, Elvis Officiants or city hall - it’s all a big deal, we take your story seriously. 
We believe in your love, and we believe you deserve to have the best day ever. Over the years we have been in business together, we have found that we are pretty fantastic at making that happen. (Horns tooted).

"Tim and Michaela fit right in with our friends and family who had traveled to Canada for this wedding. All of our guests adored them; and our guests have showered much praise for their work, gorgeous photos, and their great attitude and presence at the wedding. They truly captured the magic of that day, and we are forever grateful for the moments they captured in such gorgeous style."

-Ryan & Hannah, BRITISH COLuMBIA

"These two are magic makers! From our first conversation we were hooked. Their warm and enthusiastic personalities brighten the room and they made us feel so at ease through our welcome party and wedding. Oh yeah, did I mention we got married in Mexico? That's right, we had an epic destination wedding and have the most beautiful images to show for it thanks to them! Guys, your wedding photos are going to be one of your most precious memories, hire this power team and I promise you will be so happy you did!!! Thank you for sprinkling your magic on our day!!!!

-Chloe & Mike, Mexico

From our first consultation phone call, I knew I loved this awesome duo! Such an artistic, beautiful eye they have. Honestly, these two feel like long time friends. I’m a firm believer that your photographer is THE most important vendor you’re going to hire for your big day. Trust me and get this team on the books! Michaela even gives you great pep talks in the elevator right before you head down the isle. I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about this team. We are SO grateful to have been referred to them.

-Tammy & Rainier, SF City Hall