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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.

Amanda and Nate…Urban fun…Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Amanda and Nate told me to skip the Capitol and all that “normal” Madison wedding photography stuff.  They wanted cool, urban creativity.  And I was more than happy to oblige!  From a gritty warehouse to traipsing through the heart of the Willy Street Festival (that was interesting), they were game for anything.  Check out the coolness!

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

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Ashley & Nick…Starting off with a bang, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Nick and Ashley have so much in common…a love for hunting, the great outdoors, the Badgers…that it only made sense that they have their wedding at the picturesque Milford Hills Hunt Club.  Gunfire filled the air when we showed up for the big day (Nick and the guys were shooting clays before the wedding).  I had no idea how large the grounds were, but we soon found out as we went on a walkabout around the acreage to create some very cool outdoor portraits of Nick and Ashley.  Brilliant blue skies abounded right up until the reception, then a quenching rain moved in after everyone sat down for dinner.  What a great day it was!

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

 

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Sue MoeOctober 11, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Your pictures capture the beauty of the day. You both look so happy and in love! Beautiful!!!!!

Angela and Brad…A Nature-lover’s Canvas, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Angela and Brad are avid outdoor lovers, so it was only fitting that we scheduled a special day-before-the-wedding sunrise session at Lussier Heritage Center. The scenes were gorgeous as the sun illuminated the natural prairie.  And Brad and Angela definitely looked in their element. The next followed with the ceremony at the beautiful (but warm) Grace Episcopal Church, followed by the reception at Overture Center.  It’s some of my best work this year…check it out!

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

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Jennifer and Nate…An urban engagement session, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Folks who know me know that I love to shoot urban, gritty fashion-style imagery.  Especially for couples because I like the contrast of “pretty/love” with the gritty, raw texture of the urban landscape.  So when Jenn and Nate asked it that would be okay for their engagement session, I said abso-freakin-lutely. So I took them on one of my patented Michael Walkabouts in downtown Madison; went to some of my favorite spots, and worked with some new ones, too.  The result?  Much coolness!

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

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Joe and Kate…Sunset on the Lake, Michael Mowbray, Madison Wedding Photographer

Man we’ve had some beautiful sunsets this past month. The evening that Joe and Kate picked for their extended-play engagement session was one of the best, too.  I like the sunset pier shot so much I plan to order a print for the studio!:) Joe and Kate were fabulous to work with and were game for whatever I threw at them…even when I had them pose in a parking garage stairwell — a very cool shot, indeed.

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 complete session, visit their online gallery.  Plus, you can order a DVD of the highlight video for just $95.

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