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  • Kaia Calhoun Photography


    This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have a spunky baby girl (see more of her HERE), two furry children (see more of them HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

    I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

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    My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.

    The images below are from one of my favorite sessions.  In reality, I tend to love every session I do!  This one was a little special because whenever I get ideal weather and lighting I'm as happy as can be!

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    Upon arriving at our Milton High School senior photography location we glanced at the storm clouds looming just out of reach and hoped for the best.  I’m glad we stuck with our shoot time though because such dramatic weather makes for such beautiful scenery and lighting!

    For her pictures Rachel chose to feature her prom dress, cheerleading uniform, a classy black dress for her yearbook photo, and a pale pink sweater that has now made it into three generations of senior portraits!

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    What I loved about this session was Rachel’s natural model-like abilities, the changing dramatic weather, the cool niches we found around Milton High School, and the wardrobe Rachel chose.  Rachel was so sweet, gung-ho, and easy to pose.  She naturally fell into these poses with little to no instruction and I loved it!  I could have photographed this girl all night long! I am so excited about these pictures!

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  • Love & Ink Photography - Life in Still Time


    Life gets away from you, photographs do not.



    It wasn't too long ago I was tip-toeing out of bed in secrecy, being careful to miss that creak in the second floor board, to steal away with my camera and the sunrise. I think about how I started into this love affair with photography now more than ever. Chasing the glittering dust through the first beams of sun with my old polaroid camera are moments I forever cherish through my hectic days and overflowing calendar.

    Bridal photography brought back that glittering dust. It was this very engagement session that caused the monumental pivot in my portfolio. I had finally found my sunrise again, with people.




    Trends in photography come and pass as clothing does in the decades. And just as classic decade wear, a true photograph will remain timeless.




    Timelessness is best conceived without plan. When I prepare for a shoot, most of the time I feel it is "all for not" as some of my clients' favorite images are the ones we weren't planning.

    That was a big leap for me. Letting go of the preconceived notions of perfection in a photograph and focusing on the story I was telling through photography. So that's what I do now.

    I'm a story teller.




    And through my clients' own personal collections of love notes I am able to steal away the moment and save it for another day. And when they call on me to document the most important milestones of their lives, I am so grateful.




    I'll get to follow Ryann & Anthony (featured in these images) on to the "happily ever after", their wedding day, the ultimate storyteller's end.


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    So cheers to you, the newly engaged, and best of luck in all your wedding planning.




    ... and if you're still looking for your story teller, I'm always looking to chase my next "sunrise."


    - Amber Youngbrandt, Love & Ink Photography

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