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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.

Harrison and Autumn, Lake Geneva Wedding

Woohoo!  What a great wedding, and we’re now 3 for 3 in dodging the rain for this year’s outdoor weddings. The weather was gorgeous if a bit breezy at Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva where Autumn and Harrison had their ceremony and reception. Check out the highlights from their wedding photos…

 


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Hilary and Mike, engagement session in Tenney Park

We all faced a time crunch on this one…rain was threatening, and this was the only time that matched up on our schedules before Mike’s upcoming ankle surgery (it’s no fun hobbling around for an engagement session in a cast).  But we came through like champions, snagged some great engagement images, and never got stuck in the mud.  Mission accomplished!

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Hilary and Mike’s engagement session in Tenney Park

Hilary and Mike’s engagement session in Tenney Park

Hilary and Mike’s engagement session in Tenney Park

Hilary and Mike’s engagement session in Tenney Park

Stone bridge at Tenney Park

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Olivia and Alex get married, Madison Wedding Photographer

I believe every wedding is special. But when it is one of your own getting married, it’s extra extra special.  Our own Olivia Lothary (Olivia Linden now) got married and Krystal and I had the honor of photographing the wonderful event.  Olivia was certainly radiant and beautiful, and Alex was dashing and handsome, as they tied the knot at the fabulous Madison Club, one of my favorite venues. Being a wedding photographer herself, Olivia knew all of the inside secrets to planning a perfect day…and it showed. Everything was gorgeous, and the schedule ran like clockwork. We started with getting ready photos at the Madison Club (check out our Little Mermaid photos and vintage Hollywood images of Olivia) then we limoed (is that a verb?) up to the Capitol to stage the first time Alex would see Olivia in her fab dress. I think we all got a little verklempt at the emotion and joy when they met. From there I had a couple of hours at my disposal to do whatever I wanted with them and the wedding party. We all thought “urban walkabout”, so we proceeded to weave our magic with the two of them. We had a blast! Then it was back to the Madison Club for the ceremony, dinner and dance. We capped the evening off with a little nighttime Capitol action. I’m at a loss for the proper words to describe how beautiful the day was; hopefully our images do a better job of telling the story. Enjoy!

For maximum viewing enjoyment, click the full screen button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player. 

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Samantha and Kyle, Madison engagement session

With all of the rain, cold and yuck we’ve had this spring we managed to luck out and get some sunshine for Samantha and Kyle’s engagement session.  After a tour of the Arboretum we stopped by the Memorial Union because we heard the chairs were out.:)

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