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Sara Baillies smiling at twirling in a field of flowers.

Hello, I'm Sara.

I’m a wedding + portrait photographer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. I have always had a love for photographing people, and I am thrilled to be a part of so many precious moments from engagements to weddings to family milestones. I love every moment of my job, and creating something special that you can cherish forever. 

Ever since my very first wedding in 2016, I haven’t looked back. I absolutely adore everything about weddings and being surrounded by love and happiness. Weddings are such unique, fun, and collaborative events. You can count on me to be there, start to finish, capturing it all. Weddings are truly the most special day of your life, and after it’s all said and done, you’ll have the photographs forever. 

I understand the importance of documenting your day, and realize all of the hard-work and planning that you’ve put into it. For that, I am always flexible and prepared for whatever happens. I’m ready for it all, so you can relax and enjoy the moments. From those fleeting candid moments to setting up creative, stylish shots, I do it all.

 

As a photographer, my job is to not just document your day or any given moment, but to tell your love story. So no matter what your story is, you deserve to have it captured in a beautiful way!
 

Working with Me

When you book me, I’m there to support you every step of the way. Whether it’s planning a fun experience for your engagement session that’s unique to your love story, or assisting with a day-of photo plan for your wedding day to best suit your needs, I am happy to help. I offer suggestions if you need them, and enthusiastically support any of your ideas and preferences. I’m always an advocate for you as a couple, and what you want. 

My mission is to capture you + your loved ones in the best light. I want you to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Getting photographed is not something people tend to do very often, especially for extended periods of time. It can be nerve-wracking! During sessions, I offer guidance on posing and prompts that help you to forget you’re in front of a camera. I promise, none of the people you see in my portfolio are models! 

On a wedding day, I step back and let the moments unfold with minimal interruption and distraction wherever possible. I carefully capture all events, candid moments, and stunning details of your day. During portrait time, I work efficiently while gathering and guiding people as needed. And on the dancefloor, I always join in on the dancing! 

After that, I carefully back up, curate, and edit the photos, delivering images that are true to life, vivid, and timeless. I offer a sneak preview of galleries, because I know how exciting it is to get to see the first glimpse at the best moments of your life and share them with family + friends. The rest comes shortly after! 

Sara Baillies directing a wedding party.
Sara Baillies taking a photograph of a dress hanging in a window.
Sara Baillies posing for a test shot with her camera.

Inclusivity

Photos taken by Erik Weiss Photography. 

I am a big advocate for inclusivity and diversity. All couples and families are welcome at Sara Baillies Photography.

Sara Baillies and her partner, Dakota.
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Sara Baillies on top of a mountain at Big Sky, Montana.
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My Background

Since childhood I have been an art creator and a photo taker. I used to fill up my dresser drawers with drawings and computer hard-drives with photos of flowers and frogs. By the time I was in high school, I got my hands on a DSLR camera and was always convincing my friends to "model". That's when I started the first part of my business, taking senior portraits.

 

I spent time in college as a school picture day + sports photographer, and doing various freelance photography jobs. While at University of Wisconsin – Madison, I studied the perfect major for me: Communication Arts. I learned the art of telling stories, so naturally I found my niche as an artist telling love stories.

I still live in the Madison area, and I absolutely love this city. I have always been drawn to its people, food, markets, music, and bike paths. As much as I love Madison, I’m always down to travel and try something new.

Outside of Photography 

When I’m not taking pictures, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Dakota, and my pup, Phoebe. You can find me cooking/making messes in the kitchen, watching movies + television (our current obsession is Survivor), playing board games + bingo, dancing at concerts, and endlessly planning trips… some of which I actually go on! 

You've heard my story,

let's hear yours!

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