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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 day you've been waiting for! Approximately 10 weeks after placing your artwork order, I will personally deliver your beautiful artwork to your door.



Your final images will be presented in a beautiful online gallery so you can enjoy viewing them in the comfort of your home. This is a time for you to sit back and enjoy your images and then decide how you would best like to display them in your home, whether it be a stunning album for your coffee table or a gorgeous gallery wall to walk by everyday. We can do your Image Reveal & Artwork Order together at your home or virtually. I’ll prepare design options so you can see exactly what your artwork could look like in your home. Digital images and/or printed artwork will be ordered and paid for at this time.



We will meet during Golden Hour (the hour before sunset) for outdoor sessions in the Madison WI area, 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, but ultimately my goal is to create meaningful images that tell the story of your family.



I know how stressful planning outfits for your family can be, so I have curated a Client Wardrobe with over 70 dresses for mom to borrow from, as well as a growing wardrobe for little ones. Once you’ve reserved your Madison family photography session, we'll get together for your Wardrobe & Planning Appointment. You can (but don't have to) select a dress to borrow and then the rest of the family will be styled with convenient shopping links so you can rest assured knowing everyone will be beautifully coordinated. We will also take some time to talk more about your session and also look through artwork samples.



The Experience

Madison WI Family Photographer

Booking Fee       300

A Madison Family Photo Session is great for families who are looking for a single newborn, maternity or family photography session and includes:

- session and wardrobe planning appointment
- complimentary client wardrobe and personalized styling
- custom framing and stunning heirloom album offerings
- in-person or online ordering appointment to help you narrow down the best way to enjoy your new family artwork.

Portrait session

To book your Madison WI family photography session you'll pay the booking fee to reserve your date(s), then artwork and/or digital images are purchased separately after viewing your final gallery.


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? 

I offer outdoor family sessions from May through the first week of November. Past clients are the first to know when my availability opens up for the year and have first priority at reserving a session, and then my email list is next. To be the first to know about family session availability, join my email list!

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.

Do you offer mini sessions?

Digital Images are not included in the booking fee – digitals and/or printed artwork are purchased separately after viewing your final gallery so you only order exactly what you love.

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!

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family & newborn photographer serving Madison, WI

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