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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.

Cool new senior portrait option..Extreme Athletes…Michael Mowbray…Madison WI senior portraits

Extreme Athlete senior portraits

New for 2012:  The Extreme Athlete session option.  I’m proud to announce this exciting new option for senior portraits. It’s intense.  It’s edgy. It’s grungy. But most of all, it’s cool and unique.  Good luck finding this anywhere else cuz it’s home is HERE…and I’m protecting the house! (Well, I guess I really am, quite literally, but I digress.)  It’s doesn’t matter what your sport is…football, baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, track, tennis, wrestling, underwater ping pong…I’ll trick it out and make it awesome.  What’s this bad boy cost?  The tentative price is $49 to add this special session onto your regular session.  But I’ll let you know for certain soon cuz I’m in the process of finalizing all of my senior products and pricing for this coming year.  Stay tuned!

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It’s a major award!…Michael Mowbray…Madison WI Wedding Photographer

Best of Show - Wedding and Kodak Gallery Award

I won a major award!  And, no, it didn’t come in a wooden crate marked “FRAGILE”.  ;) For the 5th time in 6 years I won the “Best of Show – Wedding” award at the annual Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association print competition.  But the fun didn’t end there!  The same print, “Bridge Players”, won the Kodak Gallery Award for weddings, the Elite Award as one of the top scoring prints in the competition, and the ASP Distinguished Print Award given by the American Society of Photographers.  All of this comes on the heels of being named International Gold Photographer of the Year in January at the Professional Photographers of American annual convention and print competition.

Thank you again to my wonderful clients who give me the chance to create beautiful imagery for them. Let’s rock it again in 2012!  My other prints did well, too, so I’m looking forward to this year’s international print competition.

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Todd KunstmanMarch 7, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Congrats Michael! It must be from Italy, it says Fra gee lay!

HOT new product…Facebook timeline photo collages…Madison WI portrait photographer

Boy, do I have something cool for you if you have switched to the new Facebook timeline profile and have struggled to find just the right photo for the panoramic header.  Check out my new Facebook timeline photo collages!  Just pick 3 or 4 images from your session, wedding, engagement — whatever — and for a limited time only I will create a timeline collage for just $49.  That’s a steal of a deal, Camille (or Kristen…or…well, you get the point.) What’s the catch?  It’s for a limited time only…and the pics need to be from your package, which should be cool cuz they were your faves anyway and they’re already retouched!

Here are a couple of samples.  Your purchased timeline collage won’t have the big “Team Michael” logo on it.  That’s just for my high school senior spokesmodels.  Instead, it will have just a small, tasteful logo as is shown on the baby sample.  Orders yours today!  Just give me a call at 608-846-5319, or click the “Contact” button and send me an email.  

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Canvas PrintingFebruary 28, 2012 - 11:51 am

Timeline photos are a great idea!

Seeking Class of 2013 Spokesmodels!

Want some of the hottest senior portraits ever taken by the International Gold Photographer of the Year? (That would be me.) Want to be the first senior on your block to post Facebook images and make everyone jealous? Want to experience all of the fun of an ANTM photo shoot without the Tyragrams? Want to earn MAJOR discounts on your senior portrait package and have a chance to win a $500 scholarship? Then apply for my senior portraits spokesmodel program and you, too, could have a chance to join TEAM MICHAEL. Your initial session is FREE plus there are all sorts of goodies that go along with it: FREE proofbook, FREE accordion books, FREE Facebook pics and highlight video, FREE DVD…and much more!

To apply, just follow this link to fill out my online application. Tell me why you would be the bestest spokesmodel ever. If you’re chosen, we’ll schedule your studio session right away. That’s it. It really is just that easy.

In the meantime, check out a handful of images from some of last year’s spokesmodels. There’s also a highlight vid at the bottom featuring images from the Class of 2012.


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How to look your best on your wedding day.

Exciting news! Today is the official release of my new DVD “Body Language: How to look your best on your wedding day”. It’s a brief video that provides helpful tips to brides and grooms on how to look fabulous on the most important day of their lives. In this video I guide you through the 4Ps – position, pose, posture and poise – plus a whole lot more. How much does it cost? Here’s the best part… It’s FREE! I’ve partnered with Nedrebos, Marah’s Elegant Bridal, and The Petal Patch of McFarland to bring you this valuable advice absolutely free. Just stop by any one of our booths at this weekend’s bridal show to pick up your copy.  We’ll be at booth #417.  See you there!

Here’s a quick snippet:

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