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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.

Tips for Surviving the Bridal Show, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Here are some helpful tips to make the bridal show more enjoyable and effective for you.
1. Bring a water or buy something to drink. It’s really dry in there and after walking around and eating cake for a bit you will be parched. Plus water helps keep you energized…true story!
2. Look at the map for the vendors you are most interested in. Get to them early because dates go quickly and you would hate to lose yours to the person who came in a little ahead of you.
3. Keep your posse small. It gets crowded in there and a large posse will slow you down and clog up the works. Plus everybody will be giving you opinions, and it all becomes noise in your head very quickly.
4. We’ll offer consultations at the show, but we’re also scheduling consultations for the next couple of weeks. It’s a chaotic atmosphere, so if you’d prefer to stop in, say “Hi”, and then schedule a consultation for after the show, that is totally cool.:)
5. If you’re not interested in the fashion show, that is the best time to chat with your target vendors. It’s quieter and you can spend more time with them.
6. Take some notes on who and what you like…it’s all a blur after the show.
7. Have key questions jotted down. It will help you in the chaos.
8. Be ready to share your date over and over again. Many of us can book the date only once (in our case, twice), so we want to know that we’re even available.

I hope to see you at the show!  We’re in booth # 417

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Best of 2012 Weddings…Michael Mowbray, Madison WI Wedding Photographer

2012 was a fantastic year for weddings, making it very difficult to pick the “best of” images for the year.  But after much deliberation, here is my highlight video showing the “Best of 2012 Weddings”.  While many of these were Madison WI weddings, quite a few were from outside the area, including several Fox Valley weddings.  Enjoy!

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Neil van NiekerkJanuary 7, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Stylish and imaginative work shown here in this selection. Very well done, Michael.

adminJanuary 7, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Thanks, Neil!

Join us at the Wedding Planner & Guide Bridal Show!

Be sure stop by both #417 to check out our great images and album samples.  Krystal and I will be there all weekend, so chat us up…we’re really kind of nice! See Gigantor — the world’s largest wedding album (well, it could be). Plus you can pick up my sweet FREE DVD on “How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day” (see below for a snippet). Also, the pricing for Krystal and the Associate Team will be going up by $250 after the show.

So don’t hesitate…book now!  Dates are already disappearing quickly!

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Keri and Derek…engagement session…Michael Mowbray, Madison wedding photographer

Madison Engagement Session

Highlight Video:

For maximum viewing pleasure, please select the “full screen” viewing option in the lower right hand side of the video player.

To view and purchase prints, visit their online gallery.  Plus, you can order a DVD  of their highlight video for just $95.

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John and Lindsey…Clubbing it Madison-style, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

What a great way to close out the beautiful month of September.  You remember September, right?  Warm…blue skies…anyway.  I had a great time with John and Lindsey as they gave me full rein to do my thing.  My good friend  Kathleen Caylor joined in to help out as we covered everything from getting ready at the Madison Club to a classic “walkabout” around downtown Madison.  John and Lindsey were even game to follow me down a sketchy alley. As John said when he quoted Jack Black, “You’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore!”  The result was one of my favorite wedding images from this year.  Then we finished off the day with a awesome party mixed up by master DJ Geoffrey Sandler from Celebrations Entertainment. Check out the initial highlights!

For maximum viewing pleasure, please select the “full screen” viewing option in the lower right hand side of the video player.

To view and purchase prints from the wedding, visit their online gallery.  Plus, you can order a DVD  of their highlight video for just $95.  The complete wedding will be posted to the online gallery in approximately 3 weeks.

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