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    Master Photographer Michael Mowbray is a five-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 best-selling photography books Shoot to Thrill and The Speedlight Studio 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. If you are interested in his lighting products, you can find those at his online store.

Winter Wedding Wonder at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

When Emily and Paul scheduled their winter wedding who could have guessed that the temperature would have topped out above 50 that day?  Certainly not even Bob Lindmeier could have predicted that!

Here’s something new that I am trying for 2016 weddings: photograph on Saturday, sneak-peek previews on the blog by Monday.  Wish me luck.;) Here are 24 quick sneak-peeks from Emily and Paul’s winter wonderland wedding at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. Note to future grooms: be careful when you get boisterous at the first kiss…don’t let the bride take a digger. LOL.  Great recovery, guys!

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Class of 2016 Senior Model Search

model_searchIt’s time for our Senior Class of 2016 MODEL SEARCH! Apply now to join our 2016 model crew and get some really cool benefits, discounts and free stuff. Apply online now at http://senior.beautifulportraits.com

Also, check out our highlight video from the awesome Class of 2015 Seniors! We feature seniors from DeForest, Madison, Waunakee, Stoughton, Portage, Poynette, Lodi, Middleton, Sun Prairie — from all over!

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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:


Let’s chat about your upcoming wedding! Just shoot me an email or fill out the contact form above.

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