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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   |

Category Archives: Destination

Melanie & OJ — Peace River, Alberta Canada

  Melanie and OJ met in northern Manitoba, but celebrated their love with their friends and family in a Ukrainian town called Peace River in Alberta Canada that is located about 5.5 hours north of Edmonton. The weather, fall colors, and landscape were a perfect setting for an incredible day. The celebrations even included traditional […]

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Oli y Lu – Switzerland

What a week! There were clowns, preachers, Kimonos, and mop-men…oh my!  But in all seriousness there were a week long of adventures of chocolate and cheese factory tours, skiing and skating, UN tours, live skating performances, and a ridiculously amount of delicious food. Beautiful to share in celebrating a couple that has so much love […]

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Ellen + Kyle (Florence, Italy)

Ellen and Kyle decided that there was no other place better than their beloved Florence (Italy) to affirm their relationship intimately with their close family and friends. It was a week long celebration of many events (i.e. walking tours, cooking classes, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, etc.) affirming and celebrating their union enhanced by amazing weather […]

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2010.01.30 Valentina y Mau

Valentina and Mau are two incredibly individuals with stunningly beautiful spirits. We first go to know Vale at UPEACE while living in CR. I was truly honored to be able to share in the festivities and celebration of their partnership with family and friends. The following are a few highlights. -mo Valentina was woken up […]

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Dominik and Jess’s Wedding 2.14.09

Morea’s older brother Dominik (also known as Dom or Nik) and Jess came to Costa Rica to visit and to elope! They stayed a few days in Ciudad Colon and then we were off to Puntarenas to an all inclusive Double Tree Hilton hotel. Because they (Nik and Jess) are still here in Costa Rica […]

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Dona Olga’s Wedding

Our host mom, Dona Olga, got married to Don Antonio on December 20th. We stayed with Dona the first month that we arrived in Costa Rica and even though we don’t get to see her as often, she has been a great Tica friend. It was so great to share in this special day. They […]

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