Cierra Boudoir Shoot | Madison Boudoir Photography | Madison Boudoir Session

Miriam Bulcher

I had reached out to Cierra to do a modelling session for boudoir as I wanted to some more portfolio work to show others and she was happy to oblige!

She came over to my studio and I asked her to bring a dress shirt with her, I wasn’t totally sure how I was envisioning the dress shirt but hey, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants occasionally. We started with hair and makeup which, she is naturally stunning so it made my job easy!

Another reason I do modelling sessions is so that I can try out new methods and new lighting techniques to bring my clients the absolute best images. I was so happy to try out a few new things and I hope you enjoy seeing them below!

All photos are taken at my studio located in Sun Prairie, WI.

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If you are looking to do a boudoir session or to get some updated headshots, send me a message! :) My studio is located in Sun Prairie, WI and it’s the perfect time of year to get some photos taken in the warm indoors!

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Boudoir Sessions for Valentine's Day | Madison Boudoir Photographer | Milwaukee Boudoir Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

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Valentine’s day gifts can be tricky if you’re running out of ideas. Many women are afraid of getting photographed with minimal clothing on, and often times the idea of getting photographed in lingerie is terrifying. Totally get it, which is why I don’t push lingerie at all!!

This year I am offering a simple sheet session where you can cover or show as much as you want. Every single woman I’ve had in my studio is has mentioned that they were nervous going into the session but felt SO comfortable towards the end and after the session was over.

All of my sessions include professional hair, makeup and wardrobe if you want it! Simple is best!

Until December 31st, you can get all of this including a few digital images for just $99! Click here to schedule your spot today!

Merry Christmas! | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Engagement Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Merry Christmas!

2018 has been absolutely incredible for our business. I couldn’t have imagined a better year especially since I thought that moving to a new state would mean 2 years before I could book anything here.

Well, that was the farthest from the truth and I’m so thankful to all my clients that have booked me for their 2019 wedding photographer. You mean so much to me and I hope next year looks as promising for you as it does for me!

Merry Christmas and enjoy this time with your loved ones! <3

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Give the gift of self love this Christmas | Madison Boudoir Photographer | Madison headshot photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Give it to yourself of course.

I’m being 100% serious. You might be asking, what on EARTH does that look like?

You’re going to acknowledge whether you want to love yourself or not. That might sound depressing but in order for this to work, it’s true, you will have to have a desire to love all of yourself, not just parts of it, but ALL of it, including the imperfect parts you may hate.

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Journal your thoughts & feelings towards yourself

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Start taking notes about how you talk to yourself, or how you think about yourself. It is always negative? Is there any positive in there at all? Is it worse at certain times during the week? Or maybe certain times during the month?

Keep track! This is important because only when you know how frequently and where your thoughts go is key in re-wiring your brain and your thought process. Get a cute journal, something that inspires you to write and start keeping it close. Keep a close eye on those thoughts.

For every negative thought you write, find something positive to say about yourself after it.

This will probably be the hardest thing you will have to do.

It will be hard, I know, and sometimes you might struggle to come up with something but you MUST TRY. That is what I’m asking, that you try.

Accept that it will be hard work, and it will take time.

Like all rewarding accomplishments, it will take time and hard work to rewire your brain to be more positive to yourself. That is totally normal!

The biggest takeaway here is that you accept that, and don’t get discouraged when you have a bad day. Bad days are bound to happen, journal it out!

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Take photos of yourself

The only way to get across a hurdle is to face it. If you’re scared of how you look in photos, take photos of yourself, either by you or someone else. Maybe this is the time to book yourself a photo session.

Print them out, put them in your journal, write across the top of them “I LOVE THIS BODY!” “THIS BODY EMPOWERS ME!”

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Sometimes in order to believe it, you have to keep saying it over and over and over again. If you’d like to book a session with me to increase your confidence, email me at info@miriambulcher.com! 563-676-3980

I KNOW you can do it. Love yourself this Christmas and the rest of your life! Let’s start now.

I’m currently creating a body confidence coaching program, if you’d like to know more about it when it comes out, put your email in down below! You’ll also receive more content like this about body positivity. :)

Emily & Tyler Galena Engagement Session | Madison, WI Wedding Photography | Milwaukee, WI Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Galena, IL Winter Engagement Session

When I connected with Emily, I had the pleasant surprise to find out not only are they getting married at one of my favourite spots (Galena) but that her fiance Tyler was Canadian! Woot woot!

You guys know I’m Canadian so to meet AND photograph another Canadian is just too exciting! I met with them this past weekend in downtown Galena to do their engagement photos and they are so cute together it goes beyond adorable.

Emily + Tyler met in college and have been smitten with each other since, thank goodness for me! These pictures turned out SO good and I’m so stoked for their wedding next year!

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Contact us today to book your 2019 or 2020 wedding. Our dates are filling up quickly and we’d love to photograph your wedding! info@miriambulcher.com | 608-622-7752


Interview with To Di For Bakery | Madison Wedding Photographer | Madison Wedding Desserts | Madison Bakery

Miriam Bulcher

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I love supporting small businesses

I’m so excited to share this blog post with you! A few weeks ago I visited Diana, the owner of “To Di for” In Stoughton, she is a cupcake QUEEN and makes all of her own recipes, creates these stunning baked goods and has grown an incredibly successful business.

She sells her baked goods at Cool Beans on the East side of Madison regularly but her main bread and butter (see the pun I did there. :p ) is providing gourmet cupcakes for weddings!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, how did you get into baking and what inspired your business?

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I’m Diana Matthews, or "Di" of To Di For. I'm a 27-year old southern transplant currently thriving in Stoughton, WI. I live with my husband, Aaron, and our two sweet fur babies, "Remy" and "Macie", who might as well be our children. It's a winding road that has led me to become a self-taught baker and entrepreneur. I’ve always loved cooking and baking but I never thought that it would be my career! I have a degree in Biology and had hopes of being a Physicians Assistant. Despite my work in the hospital and various shadowing/volunteering experiences I was not able to get into PA school. To Di For was actually born out of this season of disappointment and confusion. I was still working full time in the Operating Room when Aaron encouraged me to explore my talent and to see what it would take to start selling my baked goods. So thats just what I did!

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When I started To Di For, the food laws in Wisconsin were some of the most stringent in the country. This was before the Cookie Bill had passed, so I had to come up with a Commercial Kitchen space to use before I could sell anything! This definitely taught me to be resourceful and creative since day one. I worked out of a church kitchen for the first 18 months that I was in business, and I've since transitioned to renting kitchen space from a restaurant that is only open for dinner. To Di For just celebrated its 2nd full year of business in November. I'm writing a business plan and excited about what the next months/years could hold!

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What type of baked goods do you specialize in? 

I specialize in gourmet cupcakes. To Di For carries all the classics but we REALLY enjoy drawing upon local and seasonal ingredients to inspire unexpected and creative flavors such as Peanut Butter & Jelly, Taste of Thailand, Hummingbird, and our newest Bourbon Butter Pecan. 


What areas do you service? 

Our kitchen (and pickup location) is in Stoughton, Wisconsin. We deliver to the greater Madison Area, and within a 2 hour radius for weddings. Delivery fees do apply! We also drop off cupcakes every Thursday at Cool Beans Cafe near East Town Mall. You can purchase our cupcakes there Thursday-Sunday. 

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What advice would you give to brides on deciding dessert options? 

I'd advise brides to keep it simple... meaning pair your choices down to around 3 flavors. I know it seems overwhelming when we have nearly 40 cupcake flavors to choose from, but honestly your guests aren't going to know what they are missing. They are going to be excited about the 2-3 choices that you give them!  I usually tell couples to have one chocolate and one non-chocolate option. If you do that, you are golden!!

My other piece of advice is to BOOK EARLY. It breaks my heart to have to turn people away because they contact me two months before their wedding and I've had their date filled up for months!

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What is your favorite cupcake on your menu? 

That is such a tough question. I feel like my favorite changes with the seasons. In the spring/summer its Lemon and Strawberry. Fall/ Winter might be pumpkin or Peppermint Mocha. There's one cupcake though, that carries a lot of sentimental value. Its my Grandma Imogene cupcake which is based on my Grandma's zucchini bread that she brought to every family gathering. I can't bake that cupcake without remembering her. I always have to bake myself off a mini. 

What's the best way to get in touch with you? 
You can find me on my website www.todiforbaking.com or on Facebook/Instagram @ToDiForBaking 

Email: ToDiForBaking@gmail.com

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Chocolate or Vanilla? 

I think I'm turning into a Vanilla! Don't tell my mother... she's a self admitted "chocoholic"

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Talented doesn’t even cover this lady’s skills. She is so amazing, please enjoy this interview and don’t just drool over the cupcakes, go pick some up and please go follow her on Instagram!

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Sierra & Nick Madison Engagement Session | Madison Wedding Photography | Madison Engagement Photography

Miriam Bulcher

High School sweethearts

Sierra & Nick have been together since high school, how amazing is that? Every time I hang out with couples who have been together since high school, it’s amazing to me because their communication is so effortless and they respect each other SO much. Not that other couples aren’t like that, but there is definitely something different about high school sweethearts.

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Sierra & Nick have this beautiful dog named Baxter, he will of course be making an appearance at the wedding too, but I was so excited to photograph him in some of their engagement photos too! He is seriously a beautiful dog, and though he didn’t seem to inclined to like me when we met, he warmed up after a while (thank goodness cause I desperately wanted to pet him!)

We took to the cold weather at Vilas Park and then over at UW for some super adorable engagement photos. I am so stoked to photograph your wedding next year, Sierra & Nick!

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How to find your wedding photographer amongst the sea of photographers | Madison wedding photographer | Madison engagement photographer

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how to find your wedding photographer

If you’re newly engaged or maybe you remember searching for photographers, overwhelming doesn’t even begin to cover it when searching for a wedding photographer. I’m going to cover some basic points that you should look for that will help you narrow down your photographers and help you find the right one for you!

  1. Find your style

Light and airy or a dark & contrasty editing style? There are those who land in between but this will be the first thing that will help you narrow it down. If you aren’t sure, keep browsing Instagram or interest to see which one catches you eye. Think timeless as well, will you love this editing style in 20-30-40 years?

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2. Reviews

Reviews are extremely important because this is first hand feedback on how well this person operates their business and how they function during the day of a wedding. If you can, narrow your selection down based on reviews.

3. Pick 5

Start with 5 and go from there. Prioritize who you want first - don’t email them all at once. It can get too overwhelming and can send you running in the other direction not wanting to book your photographer at all right now!

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4. How quickly do they respond?

If they don’t respond within 3-4 hours, move onto someone else. This is the quickest way to scratch people off that list and move on to the next person! Those who are serious about YOU will respond immediately. You should be prioritized, you are potentially giving them your money.

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5. What questions to ask

  1. What is their turn around time? Turnaround time is HUGE. Do you want to wait for 4-5 months for your wedding photos? Many people may not see their sneak peaks for 1 month after their wedding (please note, this is not our process!)

  2. What is their shooting process like during the day? Do they make up a timeline for you (this is essential for a smooth seamless - stress free day!)

  3. Read body language, are they asking about you? Reiterating your needs?

  4. Ask about items that are important to you, maybe it’s an album or an engagement session, a canvas or a longer time of coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

  5. Do they offer an online gallery? Where you can share with your family members.

  6. Are they flexible with coverage?Or are you locked in? (Note, you want someone who is flexible because somethings things come up at the last minute that you might want photos of!)

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Miriam Bulcher is a professional wedding photographer that photographs weddings with her husband, Paul. She based out of Madison, WI but serves all Milwaukee, Chicago, Galena, Dubuque and the Quad Cities + destination.

Posing and why it's a deal breaker | Madison Boudoir Photographer | Madison Headshot photographer

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Fashion photos wouldn’t be fashion without posing

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Kind of a crazy thought isn’t it? That without the way fashion photographers pose their models, it wouldn’t even be considered fashion and you subconsciously think that it’s fashion at all if you saw it any other way.

Why posing matters

Now that I have your attention on posing, and you know how important it is for fashion photos, how come posing isn’t crucial for any other type of photographer? Posing can make or break photos, it can be the difference between someone loving their photos or not loving them. No two woman are the same, and no two photographs are the same. Therefore a woman should not be posing the same as another woman (to some extent)

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Have you ever been photographed and thought “oh great, I’m going to look so awkward!” Then you see the photos and your thoughts get verified? HOW HORRIBLE IS THAT?!

I recently photographed a few women (in a non portrait related setting) who stated right away that they loved that I was posing them. Why wouldn’t I pose them? I’m a photographer and posing is crucial to how the photos will look.

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How come posing is a lost art?

Photography has become all about the camera, and the editing that we so often forget about our subjects. How ironic is that?

Why posing matters to you

When you get photographed, how important is it that you KNOW that you will look good and feel good about yourself when you view these photos? I say it’s pretty important, and it’s important to me that when I photograph you, you feel that way.

I’ve written up a guide that where you can learn how to pose yourself whether it’s for family photos or maybe you’re in a wedding, you can work towards looking and feeling your best in photos. Get that by subscribing to our mailing list here! :

If you’re interested in booking a session, contact me at info@miriambulcher.com!

Miriam Bulcher is a professional portrait photographer specializing in photographing women to rid the fear of being photographed. She offers curated headshots, mother daughter, best friend and boudoir sessions. Her studio is located in Madison, WI and services Milwaukee, all of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.