Mikaela Helane is an image maker and writer since 2004, creating and weaving narratives through her photography. Utilizing both natural and studio light, she enjoys being creative with lighting and color in her images—all choices she makes in order to best complement her model, product or client’s brand. While her work is driven by a love of fashion, creativity, authenticity and empathy, her drive and optimistic outlook assist her on even the hardest of projects from her clients all the while staying true to the integrity of the project and brand.
Currently, Mikaela resides in Chicago and attends Columbia College Chicago; she will be completing her Bachelors in fashion photography and journalism in fall 2020. Prior to transferring to Columbia, she completed her Associates in Liberal Arts of Science in the honors college at Ivy Tech in Indiana. While there, she was named to the Academic All-Star Coca-Cola Indiana team and also received the Coca-Cola silver scholar award.
Mikaela’s most recent awards are all portfolio based with four awards in 2019, including the prestigious Fogelson Foundation Scholarship for her work in documenting early onset dementia in her mother. So far in 2020, she has received the President's Endowed Scholarship as well as the Peter Thompson Photography Scholarship; this now means Mikaela has received every scholarship at Columbia that she is eligible for (click below to see every scholarship she has received at Columbia). Mikaela is presently expanding her portfolio in fashion photography but still works on documentary projects in her spare time.