I’m inspired by light and texture and this beautiful chaos we call motherhood.

I know how fast this time when our children are little passes by, and what I've learned is that no matter how hard we try to slow down and take them in, our babies change in the blink of an eye. And mamas are often the ones behind the family camera, rarely in front of it, so let's take this time to play, snuggle and adventure so we can freeze these fleeting moments with your family.

I strive to not only give you timeless images but to turn your cherished family memories into tangible, heirloom artwork that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

Madison WI Family Photographer

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

"I’ve done maternity and family sessions with Liz and could not be more pleased with the pictures and the overall experience. She provides easy directions to capture special shots, and helps make my little guy comfortable to really capture his personality. Absolutely love the colors, textures, and overall feelings shown through her pictures. She is so talented. Looking forward to many more family sessions in the future! Highly recommend.." 
                          - A

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My goal for your family photo session is to capture the joy, laughter and beauty that make up the story of your family. I capture meaningful images for moms who value real and tender moments over picture-perfect poses.

As a mom of three young children myself, I know kids can be a bit... unpredictable. But don’t let it stress you out! As a Madison WI family photographer I have tricks to help everyone feel comfortable and keep your session flowing along smoothly. And mostly, we'll just follow their lead. If they want to play, we play! If they want to stay close to you, we snuggle! If they want to explore, we explore.

Letting them be their true selves is when their personality shines, and most importantly, kiddos can feel your energy, so take a breath, let it go, and remember the best moments are the ones that happen in-between.

A Madison WI Family Photographer

Hi there, I'm Liz.

The Experience

Madison WI Family Photographer

choose your collection


After your session, you will receive your final images in a beautiful online slideshow! Watch the slideshow as many times as you wish, and then decide which Collection you would like to purchase. Because it's important to me that everyone walks away with some kind of tangible artwork, every Collection includes a number of Digital Images + complimentary Artwork Credit. Once you purchase your Collection, you can download your images, place your artwork order, and get excited to enjoy your beautiful images in your home!

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.

My style is a little bit posed, but mostly fun and laid back. I like to get a few shots of everyone smiling at the camera (the good ole Christmas Card shot), but ultimately my goal is to create meaningful images that tell the story of your family.

plan your session


Once you've browsed around my website and think we might be a good fit, submit the Contact form to learn more about availability, artwork offerings and pricing.

You can book either a single Portrait Session, or join The Milestone Collective, which is a membership option that offers discounts for families who want multiple sessions to document their new baby and all of their sweet details over their first year. 

inquire & book


Once you're booked your Madison Family Photography Session, we can start planning and preparing for your session. You'll receive a comprehensive Style Guide with access to Style & Select (virtual styling service), or you can borrow from the EPP Client Wardrobe!

You'll also receive an Artwork Guide so you can start thinking about how to bring your photos to life. Choose from a stunning Layflat Album (a client favorite), frame a favorite photo or design the Gallery Wall of your dreams!

Portrait session



A Madison WI family photography session is great for families who are looking for a single newborn, maternity or family photography session. A Portrait Session includes:

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

Outdoor family photo sessions always take place during Golden Hour – the hour before the sun sets. This is when the light is soft and glowy (and also the most flattering) and can give your images a little extra magic. Sessions take place on-location at one of my favorite outdoor spots around the Madison area. 


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Why are madison WI Family Photography sessions offered in the evenings?

Yes! I have a client wardrobe with over 70 dresses for mom to choose from, as well as a growing wardrobe for little ones. Or, since I understand everyone has their own style, I know you may want to style your own family and that’s also great! I have helpful styling resources you can take and make your own, so together we’ll 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? 

As soon as possible! I only offer outdoor sessions May - November, and my schedule fills up quickly so it's best to get my on calendar as soon as you're considering a session!

How soon should i schedule my Madison family photos?

Because I am committed to fully serving my families and providing them with the best experience, I no longer offer mini sessions. I have come to find that it can sometimes take a bit for families, especially children, to warm up to the camera, which can leave very little time to document your sweet moments. Without the time constraints, full sessions allow families to ease into the session and relax, which allows for a more well rounded gallery, mixed with both the traditional portraits and meaningful images that tell the story of your family. That being said, family's who are looking for just a few updated photos, or Christmas card shots may find my smallest Collection is a good fit! Reach out for more info!

Do you offer mini sessions?

Your Madison Family Photo session consists of a session fee + Collection. The session fee does not include any images, but because it's important to me that every family walks away with tangible family artwork, in addition to a set of Digital Images, every Collection also includes a complimentary Artwork Credit.

Are Digital Images included?

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?


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