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Best Newborn Photographers in Madison, WI

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Madison Newborn Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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Madison, WI 53703 Rating

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5.0 (15)

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Tara Johnson Kuhlow is a modern lifestyle photographer based in Madison and has been in business for 12 years. Clients describe her as having a "uniquely keen and extremely creative eye." The photographer offers portrait sessions for all stages of life, newborns, family, and high school seniors. Tara is willing to travel, and also does professional headshots sessions. She prefers to shoot on-location in natural light and considers herself a modern lifestyle portrait photographer. Collections begin at $250.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Rating

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5.0 (119)

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Kaitlin Hansen Photo is based in Madison and has been serving customers for over ten years. The studio has experience shooting maternity, birth, and newborn sessions, as well as senior and family portraits. Kaitlin is a wife and mother passionate about capturing real-life moments as they happen. Mini sessions are available for $125, and full sessions cost $325 to $450. Customers can request rates for birth photography.

3241 Garver Green, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53704 Rating

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5.0 (3)

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Twig & Olive Photography is an internationally recognized photography studio based in Madison, Wisconsin. Bobbi Petersen and Courtney and Douglas Weittenhiller focus on editorial weddings, authentic families, and styled newborn sessions. Their brand emphasizes the experiences clients have before, during, and after photography takes place. They regularly travel, enjoying beautiful and scenic locations with their clients. Being also photography educators, they love sharing their techniques and business practices in mentorship, workshops, and speaking engagements.

McFarland, WI 53527 Rating

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5.0 (6)

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Serendipity Photo Studio is a newborn, children, and family photography studio in McFarland, operating from a beautiful 120-year-old Victorian home. Owner Susan and her team have been exclusive newborn photographers for Meriter Unity-Point Hospital for over 6 years, and they have photographed over 15,000 babies since. Newborn sessions range from $125 to $350, and there is a discount offered for bookings made before the baby is born. Customers receive their photos as digital copies, along with recommendations for where to have high-quality prints made.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Rating

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5.0 (188)
5.0 (78)

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Brenda Eckhardt is a photographer in the greater Madison area whose work was on ABC, ESPN, and other national outlets. The photographer's online gallery features images of babies, children, and families. Newborn and family sessions range from $350 to $800, while senior portraits are $225 to $425. Brenda has over 13 years of experience and offers digital packages of the completed sessions. Customers can book a session online.

Baraboo, WI 53913

Why choose this provider?

Christina Beam Photography is a high-demand photographer in Madison. The gallery showcases pictures from a range of experiences including maternity shoots, newborn sessions, engagement photos, and family storytelling sessions. Senior portraits are also available for graduating students. Christina is booked three to four weeks in advance, and customers can contact her through the website.

Madison, WI 53715 Rating

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5.0 (4)

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Born Archival Company is a photography studio in Madison that launched in 2013. Natalie specializes in newborn and child photography, and she was inspired to start the company after the birth of her son. The photographer offers family photo shoots twice a year, and infant sessions can be scheduled year-round. Prices begin at $175 and do not include the cost of digital files or prints. Natalie responds to emails within 24 hours.

Middleton, WI 53562 Rating

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5.0 (24)

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The goal of Katie Gardner Lifestyle Photography is to provide fresh and modern portraiture. All pictures are taken on-location in natural lighting for an interesting and beautiful result. Katie's specializes in maternity, family, children, and newborn photography in Madison. Milestone mini-sessions cost $145, portrait sessions cost $395, and newborn photos start at $495. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a date.

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Tara Kuhlow
Madison, WI 53703
Kaitlin Hansen Photo
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Twig & Olive Photography
3241 Garver Green, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53704
Serendipity Photo Studio
McFarland, WI 53527
Brenda Eckhardt
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Christina Beam Photography
Baraboo, WI 53913
Born Archival Company
Madison, WI 53715
Katie Gardner Lifestyle Photography
Middleton, WI 53562


  • Introduction

    Newborn photographers have the skills and knowledge to create enchanting photographs while ensuring the baby’s safety. They’re comfortable holding newborns and setting up captivating poses with care. They understand what’s comfortable for the infant and how various positions will photograph. 

    Props and unusual poses are often a part of newborn photography. Some newborn photographers specialize in creating unique and fascinating photographs.

    However, those methods aren’t essential for capturing a beautiful, engaging photo of your baby. Simplicity, skill, and experience can work wonders. A discussion with potential baby photographers and a review of their portfolio can help new parents choose the newborn photographer that best meets their needs.
  • When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?

    Newborn photography session scheduling can be challenging. Parents have a very narrow window after the baby arrives to secure those time-sensitive photos. But babies don’t arrive on schedule. So, it’s best to find a newborn photographer well in advance of your due date. Be sure they're flexible and available in the weeks prior to and after that date.

  • How soon should you have your newborn photo shoot after birth?

    Newborns are easily identifiable by their size and the tight fetal position they had in the womb. But they don’t maintain those curly poses for long. So, it’s important to have their photo shoot a few days after birth. Try not to wait over two weeks post-childbirth if you want the brand-new infant image for your photos.

  • How long does a newborn shoot typically last?

    The length of a newborn shoot varies. But expect it to take at least two hours, possibly three to four hours. The infant’s comfort and safety are the priority. Little ones are unpredictable, and the photographer might need to wait until Baby has been lulled to sleep. Plus, the infant will probably need to be fed and changed during the shoot.

  • How much does newborn photography typically cost?

    On average, professional newborn photographers charge between $100 and $300 per hour, and the photo shoot can easily take up to four hours. Those fees should include the digital images. Parents will pay separately to have them printed. Other photographers charge flat fees per session or per number of photographs. Most of these services start at $100 or higher.

  • Why do you photograph babies between 5-14 days old?

     A productive photo shoot is difficult with newborns younger than five days. They’re hungry and restless, as they’re not yet familiar with being outside the womb. Wait about five to seven days when they’re on a somewhat reliable feeding schedule and sleepy and relaxed for longer periods of time. But waiting longer than two weeks risks losing that familiar newborn look.