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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.

Maternity Portraits, Madison Wisconsin Photographer

Yes, I do indeed photograph maternity sessions!:) I just realized that I haven’t blogged one for a long, long time.  So here’s a great one to kick off with…a recent maternity portrait session that is also one of my all-time favorites. I’ll be following up shortly with the newborn sessions for little Miss Tobi Lynn, too!

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Senior Portrait Athlete Collages are HOT!

I just realized that it has been awhile since I blogged, and for good reason…it’s been a very busy fall!  Still not enough time for a long post, but I just had to share one of the hottest portraits I have been doing this summer and fall for high school seniors.  It’s called the Xtreme Athlete Collage, and it is absolutely killer.  Plus many of my clients are ordering them as HD Metal Wall Portraits which make the depth and the intensity of the colors and design scream off of the wall. Check out several examples below.

If you are bummed that your senior portraits from “another place” were blah, there’s still hope.  Call and book a stand-alone Xtreme Portrait Session. Complete packages including a session and a collage wall portrait starting at $279. 608-846-5319.



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Barn at Harvest Moon Pond with Chandra and Michael

It was blazing hot but glorious day for Chandra and Michael’s wedding at the Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. Thank goodness they have a wonderful AC system there in the Barn! LOL. Although the duck release didn’t quite go as planned, every other piece fell in place for a wonderful wedding day capped off with a sparkler lit exit.

Enjoy their highlight video and photos!

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Liz & Michael’s Lake Windsor wedding

It’s no secret that Lake Windsor Golf Club is one of my favorite wedding venues.  Great staff, excellent food, wonderful facility…etc, etc. So when Liz and Mike mentioned Lake Windsor in their consultation, I said “Count me in!”  What a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding.  Plus we had excellent entertainment from Jukebox Bandstand and delicious cupcakes from Cupcakes A-Go-Go. Perfection!  Enjoy the photo highlights from their day.


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Colleen & Aaron, engagement session with cars and old buildings

Colleen and Aaron’s upcoming wedding is not only a union of their human families, but it’s also a union of their car families. So it was only natural that we incorporated their cars into their engagement session.  We picked a cool location. too.  Check it out!


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