Hi, I'm Mieke (mee-ka) Strand, and I'm a photographer (and recovering architect) based in the Bay Area.
I photograph weddings in a fine art and documentary style, capturing authentic emotional moments as they happen.
I love photographing weddings because they are so emotionally rich. Every moment throughout your wedding day has the potential to become a fantastic photograph, and it gives me a joy and a thrill to create such images again and again.
The name Mad & Moonly comes from a poem I love by e.e. cummings, in which he says that love "is most mad and moonly". Those words have a magical ring to them that inspires me, and I bring that inspiration to my wedding photography.
"Mad and Moonly Photography was the BEST investment we ever could have made for our wedding! Mieke is incredibly talented and captured exactly what we wanted her to. Our wedding was one of the most exciting and fun nights of our lives and that's exactly what comes through in the photographs. Somehow she captured ALL the love, tears, joy and laughs that we experienced. She kept her photos really candid, and at our request really casual so that the heart of our event came through beautifully. At first, I was the bride who didn't feel it was necessary to have all these photographs from our wedding day, but I am SO GLAD Mieke knew better. I have looked back proudly on our photos several times since then and am so incredibly happy that we have each and every one of them. We have gotten more compliments on her work and Mieke's presence herself than any other aspect of our wedding. I would recommend Mad and Moonly in a heartbeat to any couple that wants to really capture the day."
"Mieke is incredibly sweet and makes you feel super comfortable taking pictures even uf you are not comfortable in front of a camera. She tries to be helpful in every way. Her pictures turned out beautifully. The price includes engagement shoot and 8 hours of wedding day"
"Mieke of Mad and Moonly is a wonderful photographer. We wanted to be sure that the joy and love was captured throughout our day more so than having alot of posed photos. Mieke definitely provided beautifully shot candid photos as well as posed photos with friends and family. Her pricing is very affordable and she is extremely kind and accommodating. "