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Morea Steinahuer – Photojournalist bio picture

A little insight into Morea...

Whether it be documenting community actions, protests, or other social justice actions - or it be photographing the day in the life of a family, commitment and celebration of partnerships and weddings, or birthing stories, I believe that being able to tell someone's story is a powerful gift, especially doing so non-obtrusively.  I specialize in media and social justice work, but also enjoy documenting weddings, families, births, and daily life.

Based in downtown Manhattan, but born and raised on a family farm in the northwest corner of Minnesota and a lover of food, travel, and embracing new experiences.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in 2006 with a BA in American Studies and a BS in Individualized Studies in Photography Arts in Business and in 2009 pursued a masters degree in Gender and Peacebuilding at the UN Mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica).

I use my passions in photojournalism, mutual mentorship, and social activism to mentor and guide individuals to express their stories and life journeys. I have extensive experience as a photojournalist, providing support for students within university settings, assisting individuals with disabilities, and mentoring individuals through personal and professional growth and transformation (such as nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, etc).  My work within media and social justice has lead to collaborative projects within North & Central America, the Caribbeans, and locations like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti.  

But nothing makes my heart smile like when I get to photograph the celebration of love an union. Destination weddings have taken me throughout the USA (primarily in the upper Midwest, East Coast, and South), Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Canada with upcoming weddings in Australia, Egypt, and Mexico.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work ... and feedback always welcome! Contact me at: as I am always open to exploring potential collaborations and projects.  -m   |   701.388.0934   |

Monthly Archives: July 2009

Kamalu’s 3rd Birthday Party

On father’s day we had the opportunity to celebrate Kamalu’s 3rd birthday. Kamalu’s mom works with a good friend of ours at UNHCR. This young man is an INCREDIBILY tall (both mom and dad are really tall) and he is REALLY busy (as in hardly stood still, but more or less ran from place to […]

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Tina and Adria

Tina and Adria have really only been in our life since January; however, they have quickly become two very very dear friends that we adore and now cannot imagine life without. Adria is the awesome and amazing co-facilitator of the workshops for the project I (Morea) did for my thesis for UPEACE. In an attempt […]

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The continued cuteness of Mimi (& family)

Mimi is the adorable daughter of a Victoria (professor & friend from UPEACE). Because I’ve been taking photos of her more or less once a month, she has really started to warm up quickly during our sessions, which of course make the experience ALL the more fun for me. Enjoy a few updated moments of […]

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Alison and Elliot

Alison and Elliot have been featured on the blog before when they got their headshots done. They decided that that experience was so much fun to do another shoot as a couple. Here is a little taste of the fun that resulted. Being this fun is a little dangerous and resulted in a bloody lip.

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Additional Headshots

More lovelies going out into the world who are already doing great things! Madelaine Patterson (Canada) Sara Nadar (Egypt) Amy Schlueter (USA) Atsuko Watanab (Japan) Amanthi Wickramasinghe (Sri Lanka) Annemarie Vaeni (USA) Athena Stallcop (USA) Cecilia Ragazzi (Italy) Nick Martin (USA) Myriam Mamo (Ethiopia) Shazana Andrabi (India) Takhmina R. Touraeva (Tajikistan)

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More "Hire Me" Headshots

Veronique Vlahakis (USA) Tina Maria Saeteraas Stoum (Norway) Adria Scharmen Fuentes (Mexican/USA) Jules Handel (USA) Eliana Carvalho Mukherjee (Portuguese/USA) Janna Laitinen (Finland) Jenna Smith (USA) Elliot Waring (USA) Alison Fischman (USA) Aren’t they lovely?……Even with the job economy being less than ideal right now, they’ve all got success written all over their faces.

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Los Frijoles (aka "the beans")

In the not so distant past these three amigos were roommates in the apartments that were nicknamed “Los Frijoles” or “The Beans” by the ticos. So quickly these three became known as THE Beans as well. Gotta love Golda, Taylor and Elen!! Taylor O’Connor Golda Keng Elen Lempereur

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The many faces of Emily Zionts

Emily got her headshots done, which there are lots of nice ones like the one above — but there were also lots of fun faces too (like a few shown below). A big congrats should go out to Emily for she has obtained a fantastic job opportunity in California utilizing her Peace Ed skills!! Super […]

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UPEACE Headshots

As a way to raise money for my clases de espanol and for my thesis project with the Colombian refugees living in Costa Rica, one strategy out of many was doing professional headshots. Life has been really really busy since I’ve last posted some headshots, which just means that I have lots of beautiful heads […]

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Valentina and Mauricio

Our good friends Valentina and Mauricio are ENGAGED! After 9 years of dating, these two lovely ticos are getting married in January 2010 in Costa Rica. We are hoping to be able to come back to CR for the festivities.

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