Category Archives: The McCartneys


We’re over-the-moon and almost in a state of disbelief about this one. We were recently invited to be a part of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book! For years we had our eye on their LBB and, about a month ago, an email popped into our inbox that literally made us jump out of our chairs! Head over to the Wisconsin wedding photographer section of the Little Black Book to view our profile and let us know what you think!





We are also proud new members of The Grey Collective: An assortment of Grey Likes Weddings‘ favorite wedding vendors from around the globe! Head this way to see our profile and explore the many talented vendors listed in WI and beyond. :)






Just a few weeks ago, Susan & Eric’s Minnesota engagement session was featured on Style Me Pretty! Obviously we are beaming about this feature as Susan is Kelsy’s aunt, and Kelsy was also one of her Matrons of Honor at their wedding earlier this summer! Come see their farmer’s market engagement!





Four little joyful popsicles walking around a farm together in western Wisconsin :) This just about sums up our time spent with Rachel & Gary last November for their engagement session. Except, their smiles and obvious love radiated enough to keep us all toasty! Style Me Pretty saw it too and featured their sweet session last month! If you missed it take a look here!





Stacey & Max’s backyard wedding was filled to the brim with personal details, gorgeous florals, and even canoes filled with homemade brews from the groomsmen! Rustic Wedding Chic featured their wedding last month and we are SO thrilled to see all of Stacey & Max (& their friends/family’s) hard work in the spotlight! Rustic-Wedding-Chic-Stacey-Max

Hello! Butch here. It’s no secret that my favorite subject to photograph happens to share a house with me… But since Parker wasn’t available for a spontaneous photo session, Kelsy quickly jumped at the opportunity (Buh! dum! dum!). Kidding! I got a new camera (since the Contax 645 seems to always be attached to Kelsy’s hands) and couldn’t wait to test it out. I definitely begged my lovely wife (and partner in photography everything), Kelsy, if she would model for me :) We added a Pentax 6×7 camera to the lineup and we couldn’t be more excited about it! We’ll be hitting the weight room a bit harder in the coming days to make sure we don’t wear out on a wedding day. This camera is a beast! We’ve only run a few rolls of film through it, but it’s quickly becoming my favorite! … Sorry Hasselblad!

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Earlier this year we had the chance to do a little exploring around Denver, Colorado, and we JUST realized that we hadn’t shared our adventure with you yet! This particular day was spent falling in love with a charming coffee shop/cafe, heading West to hike the Eldorado Canyon Trail at Eldorado Canyon State Park (with camera in hand of course), trying out a brewery downtown where Butch tasted his most tasty IPA of all time (big deal, folks!), and finally freshening up for a dinner at our favorite restaurant in Denver. SUCH a fun day – especially since it was a beautiful 60 degrees around Denver and Wisconsin was still buried in snow. ;) The mountains were absolutely beautiful and they left us wanting to come back for more!! Until next time, Colorado :)

Love | Kelsy & Butch

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Quite possibly my new favorite picture of all time of Butch!! :)

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All images captured on film with Contax 645 on Portra 400. 


With the help of my amazing Mom (thanks MOM!!!), we started planning a special day to get all of the ladies in our family together to celebrate with Susan before her & Eric’s wedding day. The day came in a hurry and it was SO wonderful having everyone over to our home to chat, cheers, enjoy delicious bites, and love on Susan!! A giant thank you to Eric for letting us steal Susan for the weekend, and of course to everyone that came and made this sunny day so sweet :)

Just over a month & a half and we’ll all be together again, celebrating the real thing!

xoxo, Kelsy

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With stunning flowers by Evolutions, a deeeelicious lemon poppy seed cake from Blue Dot Bakeshop and a few fun other elements, we had fun transforming our dining room into the “party room”. We also enjoyed operating like a small army while baking, slicing and dicing to prepare a little sweet & a little savory for everyone to enjoy!

PS – Doesn’t Susan look particularly stunning!! Absolutely love the makeup that Vanexa Yang dolled her up with :)

WOW, you guys!!! Today marks the end of our FIFTH year as two full-time photographers at The McCartneys Photography. Sure, there were years “on the side” before that. But, we’re counting our days and celebrating our anniversaries based on the number of years we’ve been relying on our photography to support our morning coffee and to fill Parker’s puppy bowl & provide him with more than enough toys :)

Starting tomorrow, we will officially be in our sixth year of business as a full-time husband-wife photography team and, if we’re being honest, that sort of blows our mind. We eat, live, and breathe moments together in this world of entrepreneurship and marriage and life with one source of income and share a passion so strong for capturing love & moments in the lives of others. And the best part? The moments we’re invited to photograph fill us with JOY!! They fuel us up. They light us on fire. They make us stop and feel so grateful, all at the same time.

We can’t help but feel especially grateful today. Without YOU, none of this would be possible. Without your support, your love, and your passion for creating a legacy for your family through photos, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love every single day. And that is so powerful, it completely warms our hearts!! Here we sit this morning, in our at-home office, enjoying our second cup of coffee, listening to our most recent happy tunes playlist with a cute fluffy puppy curled up behind us, and we’re sending you the biggest digital hug on the planet!!! THANK YOU for your love and support over the last five years!

Want to know the funny part? This September we’ll be toasting to our 5th wedding anniversary. SO, we’ve actually been taking pictures together for a living longer than we’ve been married!! Sometimes you just know and that can definitely be said about the two of us, in both love and in business ;)

We’ll be spending today celebrating, writing in our dream books, and cheersing with family at “taco night” this evening!! Here’s to five more years!  :D

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch


photo of us by the lovely laura ivanova