music photography girl with fiddle

Fair on the Square in Downtown Baraboo

Each year, downtown Baraboo hosts a variety of events including this one:  Fair on the Square. The Baraboo Spring Fair on the Square festival  features 150 Wisconsin artists and crafters selling items like handmade pottery, woodworking crafts, garden art, soaps and more.




The fair  also hosts a farmers market, which takes place twice a week from May until October.


In addition to the farmers market and arts and crafts fair, the event brings food, entertainment and kid’s activities to the courthouse square. Some of the entertainment includes live music, martial arts demonstrations, and clown performances.


Many downtown businesses will offer special sales and promotions. There is also  family-friendly activities including fair food vendors, bouncy houses and face painting.


Check out all the images from the Spring Fair at my gallery:

Al Ringling Theatre girl in black dancing

About the Al Ringling Theatre

The Al Ringling Theatre was built in 1915 in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Baraboo is known for its very famous Circus history, as it was the winter home for the Ringling Brothers Circus.    The theatre was built by Al Ringling, one of the famous Ringling brothers from the circus.   The Al Ringling Theatre makes the perfect place for performances of all kinds, including this one:  The Just for Kicks 2017 Dance Recital.

About Just for Kicks Dance Studio

Just for Kicks Dance Studio was established in 1999 by Amity Dwars-Meyer. This dance studio provides a relaxed, comfortable and positive dance atmosphere.  Children from ages 2 and up are invited to come join in on the fun!  Because of all the dancers and all the sets, the dance recital runs for two days once a year. Each set features different dancers, different types of dancing and different music. It is a really fun event to watch.

Some of my favorite pics from this years recital

Here are some of my favorite pictures, but you can see all of them and order prints here:


These are some of my favorite pictures, but you can see all of them and order prints here:

picture of downtown Baraboo

About Baraboo Wine Walks

Baraboo Wisconsin started the first states’ wine walk in 2008.  Wine walks are held twice a year and are fundraisers. Money that is raised goes towards everything from advertising to flower pots,   In addition to raising money through ticket proceeds, local wine walks are a really fun way to check out shops and stores.    Because of the success of Baraboo’s wine walk, other communities around the state also do them also. To see more events going on in Baraboo, check out: DowntownBaraboo.Com

2017 Baraboo Spring Wine Walk

Tickets for this event went on sale on April 5th, 2017.  The cost per ticket for theSpring Wine Walk are $30. There were over 20 stops this year, each stop features two wines. Generally there is an option of a white or red.  Businesses bring in entertainment and lots of food.  On the day of the wine walk, ticket holders bring in their proof of purchase to Bekah Kate’s and receive a wine glass with a list of all the stops.  From 6 -9 p.m, Baraboo becomes a glorious array of wine walkers browsing downtown businesses.  Wine walkers are encouraged to sip wines responsibly.  Designated drivers can purchase a wine walk ticket at a reduced price.  Bar Buddies (a program that provides safe rides home from bars) and local taxi’s are also available.

About DBI

It wouldn’t be fair to write about the wine walks without talking about Downtown Baraboo Incorpoated (DBI for short). DBI  is the organization behind the wine walk.  DBI members are local downtown Baraboo business owners.  Their goal is to make sure that downtown Baraboo is sustainable and viable.  This requires time away from their family and friends, and a tireless grassroots mentality, not only from the businesses owners- but their staff as well. Each year, the wine walks and beer walks bring in $25,000 that is used to promote and beautify downtown Baraboo.

To see more images from the Spring Wine Walk 2017, check them out here:



American Advertising Federation photobooth

About the American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation is the oldest advertising trade association in the United States. The American Advertising Federation offers insights, connections and job opportunities if your in the advertising career.  Each year, the AAF hosts numerous programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism and summer Ad Camps for high school students. Check out more about this awesome assosication at

The American Advertising Awards – Madison

This show highlighted in this post is American Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards. This particular event was hosted in Madison, Wisconsin. The show is sponsored by the Advertising Federation and there are several levels of competition. The show in Madison is the first local level round. From there winners, move on to district and national competition. Advertisers, agencies, freelancers, and marketers from all over the Madison and Milwaukee area submit work. Categories include but are not limited to copywriting, art direction, graphic design, photography, website, social media and much more.

American Advertising Federation Awards

About the Silver Medal Reception – Andy Wallam

Prior to the American Advertising Awards show I photographed the Silver Medal Reception. Andy Wallman was the recipient of the Silver Medal Award. The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award Program  recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. (In case you are wondering)

American Advertising Federation Silver Medal

The Photography Shoot: Union South

The American Advertising Awards Committee contacted me to cover this event.  It took place at the Union South in Madison, Wisconsin.  The first part of the event was the Silver Medal Reception, followed by the awards themselves.  My job was to capture and photograph  both events.  I highlighted the people, the food and the general event as it took place.  It was an honor to be around such creative and innovative people!

American Advertising Federation Awards

Kalahari Resort Award

About the Kalahari Resort

The Kalahari Resort and convention center in the Wisconsin Dells is the perfect place to host an awards show.  Along with hosting awards show, it bosts over 100,000 square feet for large conventions, trade shows, family reunions and much more.  The Kalahari Resort opened in Wisconsin in May of 2000.  It has since grown to other cities including Sandusky Ohio;Pocono Mountains, Pennyslvania and soon Round Rock, Texas.  So you’re ready to check out the Kalahari for your next big event? Check it out here:


About American Family

I photograph a lot of events, so walking into a room full of strangers and asking them to smile as I get up in their face and take their picture is nothing new.  I really enjoyed this particular event because everyone was really nice and super accommodating to my requests. American Family Insurance is a Wisconsin Company, in 1928 its first salesman opened the doors in Madison Wisconsin. In case you are wondering, American Family Mutual Insurance Group is the nation’s 13th largest property-casualty insurance group, 8th largest homeowners insurance company and 9th largest private passenger insurer.

Kalahari Resort Event


About the  Event

Every year American Family Insurance recognizes the best of the best at the awards show.   The awards not only showcase agents who have been successful in their business, but also recognizes those who are passionate about making a difference in the world.  I think the Kalahari Resort is a great place to have such an event.


groups of award winners at the kalahari Resort


Event Photography

So why not just use your iphone to take pictures at your next cooperate event?  Phones take great pics these days, right?  In my experience, the hardworking crew that puts these events together for their cooperation’s are very busy. If you aren’t being pulled in a million different directions during an event like this, its easy to pull out your phone and take a picture.  Hiring a photographer is the easiest way to make sure that your event is covered!

awards ceremony at the Kalahari Resort

About Trappers Turn Golf Club

Every year, Trappers Turn Golf Club hosts the Grapes and Gourmet event.   Trappers Turn Golf Club is far more then just a golf course, I should know because I don’t play golf and have been there numerous occasions.  Besides the breathtaking views,  the facility is really sophisticated and accessible.  Because the restaurant area has so much natural light, it never feels claustrophobic or stuffy (even when its full of people!)  The event specialists really put a lot of effort into creating a one of a kind atmosphere. You can learn more about Trappers Turn Golf Club by clicking here.


Friends of Campus Foundation

First off, I will tell you a little bit about the Friends of the Campus Foundation, this is the organization behind the event.  They were started in 1974, and their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for the UW Baraboo. Their annual Grape and Gourmet Gala is one of their main fundraising events for scholarships.  If you are interested in learning how to donate, go to:

wine glasses and table settings


Grape and Gourmet Gala 2017

Trappers Turn Golf Club has hosted the Grape and Gourmet Gala since I have been photographing it (about 4 years now.) Live classical music plays during a unique gourmet dinner created for this event – each course paired with a selected wine. Gala sponsor scholarships will be presented that night before the live auction begins. The gala is an elegant and entertaining charity event.  You can see all the pictures here



Because of the Grapes and Gala Event, UW Baraboo is able to give 25% more money in scholarships each year.  During the event, some of the recipients of the scholarships co mingle wtith guests.  A few are chosen to give a keynote speech during dinner.  Some of these students are the first in their family to go to college. They wouldn’t have been able to attend without the assistance of scholarships.

guests at an event at trappers turn