Whether you are living in Milwaukee or just exploring the city of breweries, consider taking the time to get your family together for a little photo shoot. Walk the river with your kids, or gather your siblings and head to one of the many famous breweries for which the city is known. Lake Michigan, the biodomes, a trip through the historic corridor, or a night out on the town - a pro photographer can help you find the perfect place.

Ready to start your search for family photographers in Milwaukee, WI? Check out this list of some of the city's top talent to find the best match for your fam.

little x little photography

A family throws some fall leaves in the air [little x little photography]

Melissa, the owner of little x little (“little by little”), wants to make some magic with you. As a tea-drinking yogi mother of three, she is one of the hardest working photographers in Milwaukee.

Melissa’s portfolio of images has a cinematic feel, with families that are full of life and spending it for a moment in nature. She shoots in black and white, as well as color, and specializes in gathering up some of the best natural light pics of kids we have seen. She can also operate in-studio, in your home, or at your location of choice.

Heather Cook Elliott Photography

A pup meets the newest family member, in black and white [Heather Cook Elliot Photography]

Heather understands just how important space and place are to the people that we become. An all-purpose photographer, she works with families frequently, connecting with them and delivering stupendous galleries.

Heather Cook Elliot and her team have a studio in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, where they can take natural light photos of you and yours together. Or you can travel out to a location or through the natural landscapes of the Wisconsin area. Primarily focusing on weddings, engagements, and family photography in her business, Heather formerly traveled the world before returning to the U.S. to pursue her passion.

Van James Studio

A family of four sits and smiles by the stream [Van James Studio]

Van James Studio (formerly Caroll Studios) was founded in 1969 and now has over 50 years of excellent service in the photography business within Milwaukee. This studio focuses on portrait photography of all kinds, in-studio, in nature, or with stylized green screen backgrounds. They work with businesses and schools, as well as families or individuals looking to upgrade their portraiture.

Jim Schoonover heads up the studio’s operation and has a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America. His style of portrait showcases families in brightly lit poses, naturally backdropped by beautiful places familiar to them.

Kellie Roman Photography

A father and mother lift their child into the sky [Kellie Roman Photography]

Kellie Roman is a full-service photographer with a boutique style to her work. Photography was a foundational hobby and art for her growing up, from high school and onwards, through college in Wisconsin and Southern California. She now works the craft as her career in order to bring families the same joy that it has brought her all these years.

As a family, child, newborn, and senior photographer, Kellie works throughout the Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha, and Kenosha areas. She often scouts beautiful outdoor settings to show to clients. She also has a studio located in the Historic Downtown Greendale Village, for quaint indoor sessions.

Fresh Frame Photography

A little girl rides on her father’s shoulders [Fresh Frame Photography]

Fresh Frame creates everyday images worth celebrating. Family photography is one of the team’s specialties, working out of Milwaukee and servicing the surrounding area.

Maternity, infant, and family work make up their portfolio, which is full of candid shots that jump out of the screen. Fresh Frame’s artists seek out the intimate details within every interaction, made clear from their fantastic family galleries.

Christa Berg Photography

A family of four looks at each other in the golden sun [Christa Berg Photography]

Christa Berg is a Milwaukee-based wedding and family photographer available for travel worldwide. As a native Wisconsinite and country music-loving foodie, Christa is ingrained in the local community and her photography helps to highlight these relationships.

She does family, wedding, baby, and newborn photography as a passion, alongside traveling the world on her own or for clients. Christa’s work has been featured on The Knot, a prominent wedding publication. In the end, her goal is to make your family feel as comfortable as can be within her frame.

Karen Ann Photography

A family of four spends time together during sunset [Karen Ann Photography]

Karen is known as a hybrid family and wedding photography, working through the major metropolitan areas of Wisconsin. With a style that is candid and relaxed, she is a self-proclaimed romantic that loves natural light photography most of all.

Patience is the key with children, and Karen has more than enough of it to get the best sessions with the whole family. Her portfolios are full of bright settings and well-defined people that appear to be in their element. Karen thrives in non-traditional environments and photographic setups.

Chelsea Matson Photography

Parents playfully swing their child by her arms [Chelsea Matson Photography]

Chelsea aims to capture passionate connections through her photography work. Between families, couples, and “passionate people” of all kinds, she operates the magic of her camera. She seeks out people in their real state, where they are most fun and comfortable, with the joy of family life on their faces.

A mother originally from New York, “Chels” loves love itself and that dedication shows out in her portfolio. Families, wedding celebrations and children at play all grace her galleries of people displaying the best of themselves. She even has a gallery featuring herself on her site, her story through chronological images.

Hello Little Photography

Kitten and baby cuddle up [Hello Little Photography]

Hello Little believes everyone has “a life worth documenting and a legacy to build.” Led by the artistic couple of Erin and Theresa, they work together with families to build galleries - while also managing their chaotically charming household of 2 kids, 8 dogs, and 5 cats. Alongside 15 other professionals, they work with families through Hello Little Photography.

Their portfolio is full of newborns, milestones, maternity shots, and family ensembles in natural light, up close and beautiful. The main goal of Hello Little is to capture families in the moment they are in, focusing on the details that make them all special.

Katie Derus Photography

A mother laughs while her daughter has a moment with the camera lens [Katie Derus Photography]

Katie is a born-and-raised Milwaukee gal who grew up with a camera in hand and a dream of one day becoming a photographer in mind. Primarily working as a wedding and family photographer, she says her favorite part of the job is getting to meet so many amazing people.

Katie has families and couples “roll with it,” as she says, working through the awkward moments and big belly laughs during a session. Such candid shots often come out as the best parts of a gallery. Her portfolio is rich with dreamy imagery, of people settling into their environment alongside one another.

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