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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.

Jennifer and Nate, Madison WI wedding photography, Michael Mowbray

Krystal and I had a blast with Jennifer and Nate and their crazy wedding party!

Watch the highlight video below and enjoy a handful of images from the day in the gallery further below.

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Vintage Kids are here! Michael Mowbray…Madison WI photographer

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Vintage Kids “Little Knickers”

I’m bringing my Limited Edition Children’s Portraits back in style with Vintage Kids. Adorable and timeless, these portraits charm your heart and immediately find a permanent spot on your wall.

My current inventory of outfits includes:

  • Little Knickers: sizes 24m, 2 and 4
  • Old Tyme Baseball: sizes 2, 4 and 6 for boys, and size 4 for girls. These are the real deal…handmade flannel uniforms (don’t even ask what these cost me…you don’t want to know!)
  • Little Sailor Girl: sizes 2t and 4t plus a lovely matching blue sailor beret
  • And of course, you are welcome to bring your own outfit(s), too!

Session Dates:  March 25 – April 5; available weekdays only!

Session Investment:  $49; portrait packages begin at $149

Call 608-846-5319 or book online.


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Winner of “Best of Show Wedding” and “Judge’s Choice” awards, Michael Mowbray, Madison wedding and senior portrait photographer

I’m proud to announce that for the sixth time in the last seven years I have been honored with the title “Best of Show – Wedding” by the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association.  The winning print is titled “Beauty through the Ages” and it features bride Caryn Seed from her Overture Center wedding this past summer.

Overture Center bride portrait

Beauty through the Ages. Winner of the 2013 WPPA Best of Show – Wedding.

I was also honored by receiving a Judge’s Choice award.  This is given by an individual judge to the print he or she most enjoyed during the competition.  The winning print was “Brassy and Sassy” featuring Julia O’Donnell during a portrait session from last June.

mural art portrait

Brassy and Sassy. Winner of the Judge’s Choice award

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Daniel J StollerFebruary 27, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Such a nice wiener you are. Congrats. I am fortunate and glad I got to know you. Keep up the great work.

Continue the dream…DeForest Boys Basketball Poster

How do you get 17 members of the varsity basketball team all perfectly posed with the right expression for a killer sports poster?  You photograph them individually, then spend a day (yes, a DAY) digitally cutting them out to build the composited folder.  (On a side note:  the worst thing to ever say to a photographer?  “Can’t you just do that in Photoshop?”) In this case, it was the best way to do it.  But folks have no idea how long it takes to do something like this the right way.  But that’s how I do it here…always the right way.  Cuz that is how you get coolness.:)

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