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Azena Photography

2820 Walton Commons W Ste 131, Madison, WI 53718
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Owned by photographer Hillary Schave, Azena Photography offers its services to clients in Madison. The company offers family photography sessions that could either be quick mini sessions or lifestyle in-home sessions. It also offers engagement portraits which include sessions for couples, engagement, proposals, and anniversaries. Azena Photography's other services include boudoir beauty sessions, professional branding sessions, group corporate sessions, and quick headshot sessions. The company also provides wedding day coverage, with clients praising its efficiency and attention to detail.

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4.7
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5.0 / 5 (71)
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4.0 / 5 (33)

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Born Archival Co.

Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53715
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Born Archival Co. is a photography business that is owned by photographer Natalie Adams. It caters to customers in Madison and its nearby areas. Natalie specializes in photography sessions for families and newborn babies. She also offers a complete action bundle that includes options such as adding dimension, highlighting, sharpening, smoothing, and vignettes. Moreover, Natalie teaches editing and photography lessons through her Just Born Workshops program, which she founded in 2017. The workshop also includes studies on branding, client acquisition, and marketing.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (4)
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Brenda Eckhardt

6036 Town Hall Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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Brenda Eckhardt is a Madison-based social media strategist, consultant, and family photographer that caters to marketing professionals, realtors, interior designers, builders, artists, and all others with products or services. She offers photography sessions for families, senior girls, and senior guys. Her outdoor or studio sessions are all about the individual family member's unique personalities captured with an element of adventure. Brenda gets the family involved in the whole process to make the event a cherished experience.

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5.0 / 5 (188)
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5.0 / 5 (85)

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Creative Look Studios

3510 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562
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Creative Look Studios is a photography and videography company that serves clients in Madison. It specializes in family photoshoots for in-studio sessions or on-location appointments. The company can negotiate with clients about the session's theme, number of family members, image retouches, and choice of printed pictures. It also helps the parents of newborns, toddlers, and young children by keeping the environment comfortable for better shots and candid photos. The couple-owned company also covers photoshoots for engagements, weddings, seniors, and business headshots.

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5.0 / 5 (24)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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Crystal Berry Photography

955 Hillcrest Lane, Oregon, WI 53575
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Crystal Berry Photography is headed by Crystal, a passionate family photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. As a mother, Crystal is focused to cherish the fleeting moments of growing children and family memories through photos. Providing photography sessions to families, Crystal offers flexible sessions outdoors, particularly during or before the sunset. Families can expect a light, fun, and natural atmosphere each session. Clients handled by Crystal are grateful for her ability to make them feel relaxed during sessions.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Erin Haselwander Photography

997 Carnoustie Way, Oregon, WI 53575
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Erin Haselwander Photography is operated by Erin Haselwander, who offers family photography in Madison. Erin's interest in photography started when she took an introductory course in college. She is known for being great with children, for she is a mother herself. Erin makes the photoshoot fun and relaxing by telling clients to forget about the camera and have fun. She also gives clothing tips and style guides to her clients before the shoot to make each session easier.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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ilana natasha photography

100 South Baldwin Street, Madison, WI 53703
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ilana natasha photography is a photography service company owned and run by Ilana. She is based in Madison and ​is an expert at portrait and family photography. Her photographs can capture the fun and simple moments of families, and she strives to show the personality of each individual in her photographs. Ilana also specializes in wedding photography, and she has been photographing weddings for five years now. ilana natasha photography has won Madison Magazine's Best Photographer six times since 2013.

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5.0 / 5 (21)

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James Studio

245 Alden Drive, Madison, WI 53705
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James Studio is a family photographer serving clients in Madison and the surrounding areas. Clients can choose to have their portraits taken in the studio, outdoors, or at an event. Its portrait sessions are for families, kids, babies, individuals, couples, high school seniors, and graduations. James Studio has previously worked with West High School, Monova Grove High School, Erek Gilbertson Edgewood High School, and Dakovin Prather Senior High for their senior high school portraits. In addition, professionals can avail themselves of James Studio's business headshots for their profiles.

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5.0 / 5 (28)

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K Jay Photos Photography

1613 Brookside Lane, Waunakee, WI 53597
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K Jay Photos Photography is a photography business serving Madison. Established in 2006 by Kimberly Arneson, the studio specializes in portraiture, including family and children's photography. It utilizes the relaxed atmosphere of outdoor scenery as well as the formality of indoor studio settings to help clients create treasured moments with their families. As a photographer, Arneson likes to tell stories and portray her subjects in a way that displays their natural emotions and candid spirit.

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Kayla E. Photography

200 East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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Kayla E. Photography is operated by Kayla, a family photographer capturing memories in Madison. She also specializes in wedding, maternity, and senior photography and conducts mini sessions for Sunflower, Mom & Me, Spring, and Wildflower. Kayla loves all things boho, beautiful light, and bold colors, aiming to document honest and raw emotions to create timeless images. Her studio gives off a mix of modern and boho vibes, as it was constructed in 1911 and renovated in 2019.

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5.0 / 5 (42)
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5.0 / 5 (20)
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Kristi Heiser Photography

2873 Interlaken Pass, Madison, WI 53719
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Kristi Heiser is a photographer that shoots portraits for families in Madison. Specializing in maternity and newborn photography, she helps new parents capture family moments and turn them into albums, prints, and image boxes. Kristi also travels to her client's home and likes to use natural light during photo shoots. As a mother of four children, Kristi knows the techniques required to calm a crying baby. She is likewise dubbed by her clients as the "baby whisperer" in her dealings with infants.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Miriam Bulcher Photography

5310 Wall Street, Madison, WI 53718
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Miriam Bulcher is a full-service photography company that serves residential and commercial clients in Madison and its surrounding districts.  It covers a diverse range of photography services, including women's portraits, family portraits, as well as branding and headshot services for business professionals. The firm's owner, Miriam Bulcher, is a professional photographer offering seven years of professional photography services for all types of needs and occasions. Miriam Bulcher also provides makeup and wardrobe rentals and photo storage and backup services.

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Nick Wilkes Photography

2018 Jenifer Street, Madison, WI 53704
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Nick Wilkes Photography is a Madison-based creative that takes different types of images, including family portraits. Wilkes focuses on capturing simple, uncontrived, and raw moments between family members, which is why he encourages families to do activities they enjoy during portrait sessions. Each photo shoot lasts for around 2 hours, and Wilkes' services include post-processing of the photos and storing high-resolution images in a disc. Albums and prints can be purchased separately. The photographer also takes children and newborn portraits.

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4.0 / 5 (20)
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4.2 / 5 (5)

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Oh Shoot!

7627 Fernglade Cir, Verona, WI 53593
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Oh Shoot! is a photography company that caters to clients in Madison and the surrounding areas. Its photographer, Natalie Senecal, takes portraits of families of various sizes and dynamics. She works closely with clients in choosing their ideal location and taking into consideration the age of the children, their preferred season, and any particular mobility issues or special interests. She can also take photos of extended families. Senecal's previous clients commend her professionalism, even having to work with children who were having meltdowns.

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Paul Toepfer Photography

330 Military Ridge Drive, Verona, WI 53593
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Paul Topher Photography offers creative photography sessions for clients residing in Madison and its surrounding suburbs. His studio specializes in family pictures, wedding photography, high school senior portraits, commercial headshots, and sports photos. In any session, clients are encouraged to select any creative theme that best portrays their families or individuality. Chosen settings can vary, whether in a studio, the home, or the outdoors. The studio also provides framing for clients' portraits.

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4.0 / 5 (33)
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4.9 / 5 (29)
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Twig & Olive

3241 Garver Green, Madison, WI 53704
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Established in 2015, Twig & Olive is comprised of a team of photographers that specializes in family and wedding photography. Serving clients in and around Madison, the studio offers a range of photography services, including maternity, newborn, family, and couple photography. The team travels to scenic locations worldwide as part of its branding, and clients are welcome to check the schedule on the company's website for reference. Founders Courtney, Doug, and Bobbi have over 10 years of experience in photography and design.

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4.0 / 5 (55)

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Ueda

100 S Baldwin St Ste 100, Madison, WI 53703
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Ueda is a photography studio that launched in Brazil more than 50 years ago. It is currently managed by Romulo Ueda, a professional photographer based in Madison. In his family portraits, he takes a documentary approach, capturing authentic expressions or actions. He photographs his clients' everyday lives as members of their families in their raw or natural state. Other special occasions he captures are weddings and engagements. Romulo is available for headshot, event, and editorial photography.

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5.0 / 5 (126)
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5.0 / 5 (7)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A family photographer is a skilled professional who uses artistic ability and a camera to take pictures of families. These professionals use photography equipment and photo editing software to create visually pleasing images of small and large family groups.

You can have this type of photo taken when welcoming a new family member, such as when a baby is born or a child is adopted. You can have family photos taken annually to show how fast your children are growing or to commemorate an annual event or favorite holiday.

Additionally, you can choose the type of setting and fashions that best fit your lifestyle for these photos. You can be as formal or casual as you like and have the pictures taken indoors or outside to suit your family’s preferences.

What is family photography?

Family photography is taking pictures of groups of family members. These can be small groups of immediate family members or large groups that include members of your extended family. Settings can involve casual or formal events that are held indoors or outdoors.

Why do you need family photos?

Family photos create a visual record of your family. These photos can create memories for you to cherish for a lifetime. Family photos also make way for future generations of your family to feel connected to you and your family.

What do family photographers do?

Family photographers help you choose a visually interesting setting. They also typically manage lighting to help your photos come out looking bright and easy to see. These photographers may work in a studio that you visit, or they can also sometimes come to a location you choose.

Why do people get family portraits?

People get family portraits to display at home and to share with loved ones. The photos can be used to commemorate the birth of a new family member and also be used to show how much family members change over the years.

How long should a family photo shoot last?

A family photo shoot can be as short as half an hour or take as long as a couple of hours. Things that affect the amount of time it takes to complete a family photo shoot include the number of outfit changes and background settings you want.

How many pictures are in a session?

The number of proofs you get from a family photo session varies based on the package you choose to buy. However, it’s common for a family photographer to provide a client with 35 to 60 images per session.

What do people wear for family photography sessions?

People typically wear clothes that represent the family’s lifestyle. For outdoor-themed photos, casual outfits in colors that stand out from the chosen background are common. For indoor or family photos to be taken at weddings, people typically choose dressier outfits.

Where to take family photos?

For indoor family photos, you can have the photographer visit your home or head to the studio. One advantage of the studio is the photographer can prepare the lighting and backdrop ahead of time. You could also head outdoors to a park or a location that’s significant to your family.

What should I look for in a family photographer?

First, look at a photographer’s portfolio to see examples of past work. If the photographer doesn’t have a portfolio, search the internet for information, such as ratings and past experiences, of other clients. Finally, check to see if they have any professional certifications from an educational institution or Professional Photographers of America.

How much does family photography cost?

Family photo sessions typically cost between $175 and $350. However, it can be much lower or higher depending on the photography package details. A photo shoot that involves several clothing changes or numerous locations can cost more.

Are you supposed to tip photographers for family photos, and how much?

If you’re having family photos taken at a studio in a retail setting, tipping isn’t typically expected. If an independent photographer takes your family photos at a location outside the studio, a 5% to 10% tip is considered a friendly way to thank your photographer.

Where can I print family photos?

Some stores that provide photo services can print your family photos. However, it’s important to discuss copyright with your photographer before you do this. If your photographer sells printed images, your photos are likely copyrighted. That means stores can’t print them without violating your photographer’s copyright.

How do I share photos with my family?

You can share digital photos with family or have them printed to share. Printed images can then be framed for display or placed in photo albums. Framed images can become part of the decor in a loved one’s home, and when placed in an album, the photos can be carried when traveling.

What can I do with old family photographs?

You can create a memory wall to display old family photos. You can choose favorite old photos to make into keepsakes, such as coffee mugs or pillows. If storage space is limited, you can have old family photos digitized, share them on a website, or upload them onto sharable flash drives.

How does someone become a family photographer?

While there are institutions that offer photography courses, many photo professionals learn the skill through practice or apprenticeships. To get started, photographers can pick up good-quality photography equipment and begin practicing. Photo editing is also an important skill to learn when becoming a family photographer.

How much can a family photographer make?

The median annual pay for a photographer, which includes family photographers, is $41,280. This breaks down to around $19.85 per hour for full-time family photographers. The pay range is from just under $11 per hour to slightly over $40 per hour.

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