Studio Grand Opening | Madison Portrait Photography | Madison Headshot Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

I honestly didn’t think this day would come. I didn’t think that I would have my dream studio in 2019. I thought it would only happen 5 years from now and I would make do until then.

The universe had other plans for me clearly and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Thanks to ActionCOACH, the grand opening was a huge success! Emily Bissen planned all the food, ribbon cutting, sent out invitations, invited everyone and their neighbor to come which are huge tasks! My business wouldn’t be what it is without their help.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated with me, your support means so much to me and I look forward to sharing my space with you through more events held here at my studio!

Also, a shout out to Ashley Gries of Casa & Co who interior designed my entire studio and hand painted the bathroom!


Chantal Soumis won the makeup makeover giveaway + goodies too! Such a great evening. Thank you again to everyone for the support! It means the world to me!

Katie & Alex Monona Terrace Wedding Ceremony & Reception | Madison Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Katie & Alex met at University of Wisconsin and it was super important to Katie that she had the epitome of Madison as part of her wedding. It’s quite amazing and fitting because she had envisioned what her wedding would look like (downtown with the Capitol as the center) before she had met Alex. It was meant to be that they met at UW!

The wedding and reception were at Monona Terrace and it was a beautiful day! We really lucked out because it was torrential rain coming down the day before and the weather report was being inconsistent. Especially because it was planned to be an outdoor ceremony I was hoping for the best - mother nature really came through!

I hope you enjoy these photos. :)


Booking 2020 & 2021 weddings for Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago & beyond! Contact us today to get a quote!

Rattaya & Matthew Madison Wedding | The Loft Sun Prairie Wedding Reception | Madison Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Rattaya came to the United States from Thailand to be a nanny, she attended her sisters wedding, who’s husband is Matthew’s cousin. They spotted each other and started talking, what started as a friendship soon grew into something more. They started a long distance relationship as Rattaya lived in Texas and right after the engagement came to Madison to be with Matthew and to start full on wedding planning.

Last fall I photographed their engagement and civil ceremony to start Rattaya’s Immigration paperwork and it has been such a pleasure working with Rattaya, Matthew and family. They are of Hmong origin and it’s been so amazing to see the culture throughout this process.

It has been a wonderful journey and to celebrate Rattaya & Matthew’s incredible love for each other and the blending of families has been an absolute joy.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this day even more special!

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Katie & Colten | Ilinois Wedding Photographer | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Wedding

Miriam Bulcher

Starting the season off with an incredible couple.

With the crazy rainy spring we’ve been having and Iowa and Ilinois having insane flooding (literally record breaking) I was concerned going into the wedding weekend worried to actually see the Quad Cities and what the situation was like in case it would delay travel on the wedding day.


It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. The sun was out, the weather was PERFECT and there was no flooding in either of the locations for the ceremony and reception. Seriously incredible. It’s so fitting because it is a total reflection of Katie & Colten, they are so happy and joyous together that it makes sense it was sunny!

During the ceremony, the pastor mentioned so many amazing points that I want to share because they were just so beautiful.

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“Marriage is not the end of the journey but the beginning. “


“Be grateful to have each other, even when it gets rough. “

My husband and I have been married for 8 years, I’ve also heard this many many times and it didn’t click until this past Saturday when I heard it. Such great advice for married couples of any ages and years, it is so important and I honestly want to print this and put it on my wall.


There were SO many good points I might reach out and get a copy and share it all here with you because in all my years of photographing weddings, it was one of the best ceremony speeches I’ve heard with some of the best advice for newly married couples.

Katie & Colten, thank you, we consider it a blessing to have been a part of such a beautiful wedding day.


We are booking 2020 weddings! Contact us today to schedule your wedding photography! 608-622-7752

Your local Full Service Portrait Studio | Madison Portrait Photography | Local Portrait Studio Madison, Wisconsin

Miriam Bulcher

You know the great thing about JCPenney Portraits? You don’t have to worry about the weather except that maybe your options are limited in terms of custom lighting and a larger variation of backdrops, and what if want photos outside but the option to print?

I’m so happy to be your full service portrait studio. I truly mean full service, I offer in home wardrobe consultations for not just you but your entire family so that you are not fretting about how it all looks. There are lots of clothes that look good on camera but a lot that don’t and how the colors will look after editing is crucial as well.

Hair, makeup and photography by Miriam Bulcher.

Hair, makeup and photography by Miriam Bulcher.

Continuing with the full service, lets not forget the hair and makeup process, it is included in your session fee along with the in home wardrobe consultation, so we are ensuring that you look your best and you don’t have to go scheduling separate hair and makeup appointments or travelling from location to location. How easy is that? In addition to that, you can have manicures and pedicures as an add on while you are getting your hair and makeup done!

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Now onto the shoot itself

My studio has everything you need for you to be relaxed as well as your family if they choose to come with you. Kids corner, food, beverages, tv, plenty of space to lounge in, bathroom and plenty of space for onlookers to watch while other family members are getting photographed.

My studio is located right off of the interstate 94 so it’s very easy to get to and there is plenty of parking available.

There is enough room to fit up to 20+ persons in my studio so bring the whole family and some friends if you feel like it! Have a great time and be sure to book a night out afterwards cause you will look and feel absolutely amazing!

Contact me to schedule your full service luxury portrait session 608-622-7752 |

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Five steps to Wedding Planning if you're newly engaged | Madison Wedding Photography | Milwaukee Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

YAY you’re engaged!! How excited are you?!! This is the most exciting time of your life and I am thrilled for you! I’m also here to tell you that wedding planning is not as scary as it seems and I’m going to show you how to navigate starting wedding planning!

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Here are the first five steps to wedding planning if you’re newly engaged:

  1. Get your date set. What season would you like to get married in? How soon do you want to get married? Do you want your ceremony at a Church or at the same place as the reception? Just a tip too that you can get married on a Friday or a Sunday as well.

  2. Book your venue. Look for venues that have the most natural light, lots of windows, and venues that have white walls, and white or neutral colored floors (or you can look orange if the walls are wood!).

  3. Try and get step 1 and 2 down as quickly as you can because wedding venues book up very quickly.

  4. Book your photographer. Having your photographer booked early actually saves you a lot of trouble. The reason for this is because you can consult your photographer on other wedding planning decisions that drastically affect the outcome of your photos. Having your photographer’s advice along the way will truly give you the best photos that you will have FOREVER.

  5. Next up are Catering, cake maker, florist, invitation designer/maker, rentals (chairs, decor etc), dj.

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Your venue will have a preferred vendor list, however, that preferred vendor list might not know how to make your photos look amazing. I strongly suggest getting a preferred vendor list from your photographer, the reason for this is because the photographer works with every single vendor on the wedding day, and those vendors will get some photos of your day too.

The photographer is similar to a wedding planner in that they connect everyone together at some point throughout your wedding. Your photographer gets up and close with the DJ, see’s all the details in the flowers and the cake, photographs your invitations and notices everything. They know good vendors when they see them and work along side them most often. Their preferred vendor list is the way to go.

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Getting their preferred vendor list saves you a lot of hard work and trouble. It also alleviates having to ask around as your photographer should cut out some of the work for you and ask if they are available for your wedding date.

Once your dates have been set aside with all your vendors, you can go dress shopping, narrow down your design for the reception decor, do cake and catering tastings and so much more.

I hope this was helpful! Contact me today if you are looking for a wedding photographer: 608-622-7752 |

What is a Women's Legacy Portrait Session? | Madison Head shot Photographer | Madison Boudoir Photography

Miriam Bulcher

What exactly is a portrait session?

A portrait session is a 3 hour pampering session where you will get to choose from my studio wardrobe, or get wardrobe styling on the clothes you do have, get professional hair and makeup, and a 1.5 hour photography session either indoor at my Madison studio or outdoor.

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Empowering women through photography

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Are you terrified of being photographed?

As a society, the advertising industry has done an incredible job to lower the self esteem of every single woman on the planet.

I’m here to tell you that you deserve to feel beautiful and loved right now, TODAY regardless of how much weight you want to lose or that you’ve already convinced yourself that you shouldn’t exist in photos.

You deserve to feel beautiful and experience a model like session.

This is what I provide. Who doesn’t like to know what it would be like to have a photo shoot like a model? That’s every woman’s dream right?

Well let’s get you in the calendar, with beautiful dresses, hair and makeup, I can make you feel how you SHOULD feel every single day, because you are beautiful and you deserve it.

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I also offer boudoir photography for those that want to be more comfortable with their bodies or perhaps want to mark a milestone in weight loss OR you want to give this as a gift to a significant other (these make great Christmas gifts!)

Professional hair, makeup, lingerie or more risque dresses are all provided so there is no need to worry about spending additional money for the session.

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All session fees include hair and makeup.

Book your session!

ISelf love comes in many forms and I help women to embark on a journey of loving themselves. It’s hard to see how amazing we are until someone shows us. Contact me today to book your session: 608-622-7752 |

Reasons to have a (destination) Elopement | Destination Elopement Photographer | Madison Wedding Photography | Wisconsin Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

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Wedding Planning is stressful, but what’s even MORE stressful than wedding planning is trying to please both sides of the family.

If you consider yourself in this category or you don’t have a large family and don’t care for the large party experience I would highly suggest an eloping and here’s why.

  1. Eloping doesn’t have the same meaning it did back in years past. Here’s the old school definition of eloping: noun: an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married. Elopement doesn’t carry the same meaning so much nowadays. It simply means that you want to have a small intimate ceremony with just your parents and witnesses or just the two of you.

  2. Low cost. Compared to that of paying for all the flowers, food, dresses, decor, you can put it into your own outfits, and saving it for travelling to a destination to do the ceremony, in addition you’ll have some left over to travel afterwards!

  3. Cutting out potential drama. Only you know your family, but in many instances, this solution of having an elopement actually saves relationships that might be strained with wedding planning.

  4. You love to travel. So simple. You love to travel and you want to get married in one of your favorite spots in the world. Elope! It’s significantly easier to plan for just 3 people than 300 if you’re doing it in a different country.

  5. You can always have a reception party at home after you return from your elopement. Want the party without the all the formal details? Host a reception party when you come home!

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Have the absolute time of your life with the most incredible memories that you could only dream of.

Don’t limit your reality to just your dreams. Eloping is so simple, and yet so intimate. I love elopements because the emotion you feel could be cut with a knife in the air. It’s so intense, and so amazing. I know you can envision it as I write this. With just the focus on the two of you and the love you have, it makes for amazing memories and amazing images.

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Quick note: Just don’t pick a spot that you’ve seen from Instagram or Pinterest. Go with a location that means the most to you and your partner, because it’s about your relationship, not what’s trending right now on social media!

Contact me today to schedule a free consultation if you have questions about wedding photography! 608-622-7752 |

New Studio in Madison! | Madison Portrait & Family Photography | Madison Senior Photography | Madison Luxury Photography

Miriam Bulcher

I can’t believe I get to share this with you all! I am so excited to have a new studio space that’s is located in Madison, not Sun Prairie and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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It’s super exciting for a multitude of reasons:

  1. I can photograph large and extended families up to 20 people!! So you can bring your grandparents and your family in for a whole shoot! Plus Grandma can have her makeup done too, how amazing is that?

  2. I can host events, and actually i’m having a beginners makeup class on April 27th!

  3. There is a whole other separate room to hang out in for loved ones/family/kids so that you can bring them along with you while you’re getting photographed. I will have a kids play area as well as a tv so there’s something for everyone!

  4. Private entrance. No more confusion on where to go! I have my own door! No missing me now. :)

  5. Easier parking.

  6. You get a better experience.

The last point is really why I got this space. I want my clients to literally have the best experience possible when they come in for a photoshoot. That’s why I started this portrait business and the studio is a huge part of that!

It’s located at 5310 Wall St. in Madison, WI. Stay tuned for a grand opening! It’s going to be amazing! In the meantime, go follow me over on my Facebook page, and my Instagram to see updates on me furnishing it!

Also, now is a great time to schedule a family session/extended family session, maybe as a gift for Mother’s Day? Contact me today to book yours! | 608-622-7752

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