cedar city, utah photographer mandiimae is ecstatic about creating soulful images of the people she befriends: seniors, brides and grooms, & couples in love. please stay a while and leave as a friend:)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


On Saturday, many friends and family of the bride and groom gathered at the Heritage Center in Cedar City to celebrate their marriage that had taken place on Friday. It was a beautiful reception filled with joy, dancing, great food, and lots of laughs. I first met Michelle in 7th grade, nearly 9 years ago, in a mutual class. Then in high school Michelle met a certain boy named Matt and their story has been history ever since. :) Matt went on an LDS mission to Mexico City and Michelle went to Costa Rica. After 2.5 years of separation, they were finally reunited and soon to be man and wife. It was so fun to see these two finally married! We all saw it coming. ;) I loved the relaxed, fun vibe the day had since they were already married. No awkward dodging of each other preceremony, wedding jitters, or tight timelines. Just lots of reconnecting and hanging out. Michelle's sister Heather, is in the band Wilhelm, and they were so fun to dance to. Go check out their music! Matt and Michelle, congrats! :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015


I had the incredible opportunity to photograph Charley and Steven on MLK Day in Zion National Park. We spent the afternoon ascending the Angel's Landing hike, finding little spots to take pictures, climbing all the way to the amazing lookout on the top. They looked amazingly put together for having hiked uphill 5 miles. ;) It was Charley and I's first time doing the hike. Steven was experienced and coached us through. :) The last time I'd been to Zion was a couple years ago with my fam, but I had grown up going every year with the youth group. I love the comradery hikers have with each other. While clinging to chains and watching your foot placement, hikers coming down encourage -- "You're almost there! It will be worth it!" And worth it it was.

People were also so cute and kind while we were photographing, waiting for me to get the shot, saying their congratulations as they passed by, and commenting on how crazy adventurous and cool it was that Charley and Steven were doing their engagements on the top of a mountain! Cool points x100.

The views were incredible, the colors splendid, the lighting amazing, the couple perfect. :) I loved hearing stories of their favorite dates, crazy coincidences, and future plans. Their wedding date is July 4th and I cannot wait to see these two get married! I love their love for God and for each other. They both love the Lord and put Him first, and you can see that in their relationship. It was a joy to photograph you too! Thanks for having me along. :)