Madison Baby Photographer

Serving Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Monona, McFarland and surrounding Madison WI areas.



Lifestyle newborn photography sessions are the perfect way to document the details of your brand new baby. Come as you are -- no need for props or themed outfits, the goal of a lifestyle baby session is to document real and tender moments that focus on the essence of your growing family, just as it is.

Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your home and focus on natural, baby-led poses, where baby settles naturally into your arms, crib or bed, but of course, I'll be there to offer gentle guidance along the way.

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As a mom of three myself, I am constantly inspired by motherhood and the profound connection that we have with our children.

And I can tell you first-hand that time slips by faster than you can ever be prepared for. Our babies grow and change day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month. And in the {beautiful} chaos of it all, we sometimes don't even realize it's happening until we look back at our photos.

Then you're suddenly taken back to how tiny your baby felt in your arms, the softness of their skin, and the tiny fingers and toes you counted over and over again. You recall the first time you looked in their eyes, feeling a love so pure it left you breathless.

And for this, I feel incredibly privileged to be able to document these fleeting moments for you and help create lasting memories. As your newborn or family photographer, my goal is not only to give you beautiful photos, but to help you turn your cherished memories into tangible, heirloom artwork that can be enjoyed for years to come. 

A Madison Baby Photographer

Hi there, I'm Liz.

Image of Liz and her family by Enchanted Oak Photography

choose your collection


Three-ish weeks after your session, I’ll email you a link to see all of your beautifully finished photos and purchase your Collection. Choose from three Collections – each with a number of Digitals as well as an Artwork Credit.

I have worked hard to source only the best, heirloom quality artwork so you can rest assured knowing your investment will not only be so stunning, but also stand the test of time.

session day


We will meet during Golden Hour (the hour before sunset) for outdoor sessions, or mid-morning for indoor sessions. Just show up as you are, ready to love on your family, and I'll take it from there.

While I always try to get at least one "everyone smiling at the camera" photo, my goal is to catch those sweet in-between moments that are special and meaningful and tell the story of your family.

session planning


Once you've browsed around my website, go ahead and submit the Contact form so we can chat more about pricing and session availability. Newborn sessions book months in advance, so reach out as soon as possible!

Book either a single newborn session, or join The First Year Collective -- a membership option offering discounts for families who want to bundle multiple sessions over that first year, and a favorite among newborn families!

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After your session is booked, you'll receive a detailed Style Guide to help you plan what to wear. Or, Mama’s and littles are welcome to borrow from the Client Wardrobe!

You'll also receive an Artwork Catalog so you can start thinking about what you’d like for Artwork. Choose from a gorgeous Layflat Album (client fav), frame your favorite photo, or we can work together to create a custom wall gallery!

The Experience

Madison baby Photographer


A single Portrait Session is great for families who are looking for just a newborn photography session and includes:

- a welcome package in the mail to help you prepare for your session
- a comprehensive Style Guide with access to Style & Select, and use of Client Wardrobe
- an Artwork Guide to help you bring your photos to life with print
- heirloom quality artwork offerings and design services

Single Portrait session

The first step in booking your Madison baby photography session is to choose your type of session. Choose either a single Portrait Session or bundle multiple sessions with The First Year Collective membership,


the first year collective

From maternity, to newborn, to that milestone one year session... imagine your baby's precious first year, so thoughtfully documented. The First Year Collective is a membership option that offers discounts and perks for families looking to bundle multiple sessions and includes:

- Your choice of 2-4 Portrait Sessions to be used in the first 13 months of your baby's birth
- 25 complimentary birth announcements
- $100-$200  Collection discount, per session
- one membership fee, no additional session fees


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Babies grow and change in the blink of an eye. Never miss a moment by joining The First Year Collective -- a membership that offers significant savings for multiple sessions and is the perfect way to document your baby and all of their sweet details, starting in pregnancy and throughout their first year. 

Most mom's choose to document a maternity, newborn, 6 and 12 month session, but you can select 2-4 sessions from any combination of maternity, hospital fresh 48, newborn, 3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, or 12 month sessions.

why join The
First Year Collective

Madison baby photography

As early as possible! Newborn sessions can book out months in advance so reach out as soon as you’re considering a newborn session for up-to-date availability. Join the First Year Collective membership to gain priority access to my calendar!


let's talk

When is the best time to book a Madison baby photography session?

I have a client wardrobe with over 60 dresses for mom to choose from, as well as a growing wardrobe for little ones. We’ll work together to coordinate your family’s wardrobe so you can rest assured knowing everyone will look and feel their best.

Do you help us figure out what to wear? 

The First Year Collective membership offers significant savings for multiple sessions and is the perfect way to capture your baby and all of their changing details, starting in pregnancy and throughout their first year. The membership includes 2-4 sessions within 13 months of your baby's birth. Most mom's choose to document a maternity, newborn, 6 and 12 month session, but you can select up to 4 sessions from any combination of maternity, hospital fresh 48, newborn, 3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, or 12 month sessions. 

Is there a discount if I book a maternity and newborn session?

Typically within the first two weeks of birth since that’s when baby is still extra sleepy and snuggly but anytime in that first month can work! 

How soon after birth should we do our newborn session?

Yes! I strive to offer the best of the best to my clients, and I know that quality photography services are an investment. Together we can find a payment plan that works for your family.

I do! Sessions taking place in Madison and its immediate surrounding areas such as Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland do not require a travel fee, however, sessions taking place more than 20 miles from my home on the east side of Madison will be assessed a mileage fee. Be sure to mention this on your Contact Form and we'll chat more about specifics!

Do you offer payment plans?

Do you travel for newborn photo sessions?

My personal favorite is the velvet albums. I love that you can print so many photos from your session and enjoy them over and over again. Not to mention, the velvets are absolutely stunning and such a unique statement piece. But I also smile every time I walk past the framed portraits on the walls in my home. Every family is unique! And I can’t wait to help you decide the best way to enjoy your photos in your home!

What do you recommend for artwork?

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family & newborn photographer serving Madison, WI

Creating meaningful images and heirloom artwork