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    Master Photographer Michael Mowbray is a three-time medalist in the prestigious International PPA Photographer of the Year competition. Michael owns and operates Beautiful Portraits by Michael in DeForest, WI. Along with his team of 3 associate photographers, Michael serves Madison Wisconsin and beyond. Michael is best known as one of the Midwest's leading wedding and senior portrait photographers, but he also applies his talents to portraiture for families, newborns and children, fashion and model portfolios, and business headshots.

    Michael is the author of the new photography book Shoot to Thrill which can be found at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

    More info can be found on the main Beautiful Portraits web site. His dedicated senior portrait web site can be found here.

Hot and steamy like a latte at Century Barn, Madison WI wedding photographers

Given that Aubrey is a huge coffee aficionado, it was only fitting that her wedding day with Maxwell was as hot and steamy, like a latte.

They say a little rain on your wedding day is good luck.  With the rain falling off an on, let’s just say that they had good luck all day.  Aubrey and Max decked out Century Barn in Mt Horeb with beautiful vintage shabby chic decor.  I could hardly believe the amount of work and detail they put into it.

Here are a few images that show the wonderful details and several of my favorite images from the day.  Enjoy!



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Great Gatsby, what a beautiful wedding – Madison WI wedding photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing Andrew’s sister’s wedding a decade ago (was it really that long ago??).  I love it when I get to see a family again for a second wedding!

Erika and Andrew had a simple, elegant Gatsby-ish theme for their wedding. And she was gorgeous in her vintage-style gown. We kicked off the day in one of my favorite ways — location portraits with just the two of them!  I love it when I get some time at the start to tell the story of the couple.  Since the wedding was at the beautiful Luther Memorial Church, we chose to photograph around the UW campus near there.  I think it worked out well, don’t you?

We wrapped the day with an elegant reception at Cherokee Country Club.

Please enjoy some my favorite images from the day!

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Best Wedding Images – Madison WI Wedding Photographer

The stockings have been taken down, Ground Hog’s Day is right around the corner — must be time to get caught up on blogging from last year!  LOL

In all seriousness, I focused on spending my time editing weddings quicker and delivering them sooner than ever before this past year — in as little as 10 days! In general I averaged between 2 – 3 weeks, cutting my delivery time in HALF from 2013. In getting wedding images to my clients sooner, I had to cut out time-consuming items such as blogging. To me, it was more important to be client-focused than to be marketing/blog-focused. And my clients would agree.:) So, that’s why I’ve waited until the off-season to get caught up on blogging weddings, high school seniors and other fun stuff.  Look for a blogapalooza over the next month or so.:D

To kick things off, we put together two highlight shows of what we thought were some of the best wedding images we created this past year. By “we”, I mean the weddings where I was the lead photographer, and the weddings where my super-associate, Krystal Lamberty, was the lead. We photographed weddings all over Wisconsin, including: Madison, Milwaukee, Oconomowoc, DePere, Manitowoc, Mt Horeb, Poynette, Potosi, and tons of other places.  By no means are these all encompassing — we’d have to put together a feature-length film to cover all of our favorite wedding photos.  This is just to give you a feel for what we do, what we like, and our overall style of wedding photography.

Michael’s Highlights:

Krystal’s Highlights:


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Best Wedding Photos from 2014: Part 1

1046_8x10I’ve been posting my favorite wedding images from 2014 over on my Facebook biz page, one per day, to kick off 2015 right.  Head on over, like my page, and check out the wonderfulness that was 2014!

Later this week I will also be posting my 2014 wedding highlight video both here and on Facebook.  Lots of great stuff to come!


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Clowning around at Circus World Museum

I recently had the honor of being the only photographer invited to shoot inside of the new Circus World Museum exhibit “Caught in the Act” prior to its public unveiling this week.  A creative shoot with circus exhibits, clowns, and the Ringmaster? Where do I sign up!

The shoot also gave me a chance to further field test my new array of Neewer tt850 studio and location flashes as well as some other new gear I have.  The end result?  Circus magic!  Plus, I am sure that some of this work will grace the pages of the book I am currently working on as a follow up to my newly released Shoot to Thrill.  But enough words…I’ll leave the writing for the book.

Thank you to my intrepid circus performers/models:  Greg and Karen the clowns, Erin Thomson the circus performer and tiger tamer, David the Ringmaster, and Scott the Museum Director.  And special thanks to my location team of Krystal Lamberty, Callie Strouf and Bill Johnsen.

Let’s check out the pics!


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