Modeling Portfolio Film Session | Leah Levy by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

When Leah reached out about a film session, we were ecstatic and couldn't get her into the studio fast enough! ;) Creating together for her modeling portfolio was an afternoon of fun & laughter, and we were blown away by her confidence and poise in front of the camera. Leah, thank you for choosing us for this session! We loved photographing you on film and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you with Ohlsson Model & Talent!!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Model portfolio photography captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford XP2 film. Processed by Fast Foto.

Wausau Senior Photographer | Door County Destination by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

We've made no secret to how much we love photographing Brenna :) Just about a month ago Brenna and her mom, Debbie, met us in Door County for her destination senior session. It was perfect! We found our own private beach just north of Cave Point, played in Butch's parent's gardens & fields, played on the docks of Egg Harbor's marina, and created images that feel like they need to be in a fashion magazine. (Seriously, Brenna!) Don't forget to take a peek at the behind the scenes video at the end ;)

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Wausau Senior Portraits by the Water | Brenna, Wausau East Class of 2017 by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

If we could, we would do senior portraits by the water ALL THE TIME! And while we're at it, we'd like to take pictures of Ms. Brenna ALL THE TIME, too! Brenna is one of our fabulous senior reps from Wausau East for the Class of 2017. She has a relaxed confidence about her that absolutely shines in this session. She didn't even NEED to levitate at the end of her session for us to do backflips over her photos, but she did it anyway! Brenna, we can't wait for 'take 3' with you later this summer (Take a look at her Vogue inspired first session with us)!

Love you! -Kelsy & Butch

Senior Photographers in Wausau | Emily Witt by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

It seems like we just photographed Emily's senior portraits (last summer!) and now she's already a high school graduate. We love how well we're able to get to know our seniors – that is one part of our 'job' that we will never take for granted. We ultimately become the biggest cheerleaders & supporters of our seniors, and love seeing them take on the world! That's just how we feel with Emily & Natalie, as well as many other McCartney alumni!!

Emily is such a joy to photograph, we couldn't help but share a few extra individual portraits from her and Natalie's best friend session captured earlier this spring!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Best Friend Session | Riley, Maddie, Sydney & Kate by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Riley, Maddie, Sydney & Kate have been friends since middle school, and we had the pleasure of sharing an afternoon with them at our studio last week! From the moment they arrived the energy in our studio tripled, and their session was filled with non-stop smiles & laughter! We may have even broken out into a spontaneous dance party at the end... :) Loved our time with these lovely ladies!! Come visit anytime, girls!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

A little behind-the-scenes peek at their session! :)

Best friend portraits captured by The McCartneys Photography in downtown Wausau, WI.

NOW BOOKING CLASS OF 2017 SENIOR SESSIONS!

Playing with Paint with Ally :) by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

You might recognize this lovely girl who is our Senior Rep for Wausau West's Class of 2017 - see her rep session here! Ally is a creative, a thinker, and she brought an awesome idea to us for a just-for-fun session. We love ideas, we love taking pictures, and we love Ally. So naturally we immediately set a date and started planning!!

A giant thank you goes out to Ally for letting us splatter and drench her with paint. She was truly a human canvas for the day, and we shared so many laughs together! We cannot wait for even more time spent creating with this charismatic beauty this summer during her senior session. Until then, enjoy the results from this afternoon of playtime!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

**Can you believe Ally did her OWN hair & makeup?! She is such an artist! xo

Wausau Senior Photographer | Becca Young by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Becca booked her senior portrait session with us then decided she would like to be a rep as well! We were, of course, overjoyed to have her join our senior rep team for Wausau East's Class of 2017! :) After just three days of planning we had a concept for Becca's rep session, and couldn't wait to bring our vision to life with her absolutely stunning prom dress!! Becca's hair was done by Katie at Absolute Hair in a style that almost gave her the appearance of a greek goddess – she looked like royalty!! 

In photographs (and in real life) we absolutely love the warm glow of candlelight. While Becca had her makeup done with a dramatic eye and bold red lip by Mai Chee Moua, we created a grand scene using the antique mercury glass pillar holders you might otherwise find sitting atop the mantle in our living room. ;) We had the best time creating with Becca, and cannot wait for her session this summer! 

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Be sure to watch this fun little video for look a behind-the-scenes look at Becca's senior rep session!

Wausau Senior Photographers, The McCartneys, created images with Nikon D800 // Contax 645 on Ilford 3200 film. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Best Friend Session | Emily & Natalie by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

These ladies are two of our most favorite human beings on the planet. :) We had the pleasure of getting to know Emily & Natalie last summer when we photographed their senior portraits! (See Emily's session here and Natalie's session here). Together, Emily & Natalie are overflowing with joy, not afraid to have spontaneous dance parties in front of the camera, and miraculously able to go from smiling to serious in .2 seconds (but it only lasts a moment before they burst out into smiles & laughter!!). They are also two of the most accomplished high school students we know, as they are both in the International Baccalaureate program at Wausau East. Getting to know our seniors, like we have with Emily and Natalie, is hands-down one of the best parts of this business we are blessed to call our 'job'! :) These two lovely ladies came into our studio just a couple weeks ago for their friends session and, as you might be able to tell from their images, we had a BLAST (as did Parker!!). Emily & Natalie are both naturally beautiful, and we loved capturing their friendship during this exciting time, as they are both just about to graduate. To these two gems who we will miss dearly when they head to UWEC and the U of M next year, thank your for not only being two of the sweetest ladies, but for adoring us and Parker James as much as we do you! We cannot wait to see where your future takes you and are happy that you'll still be with us in our studio in the form of giant 48x65" canvases while you're off taking on the world!!

Giant hugs and so much love to you both, Kels & Butch :)

We dare you to not smile while watching Emily & Natalie's behind-the-scenes video!! :)

Wausau Senior Photographer | Fun with the Class of 2017! by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

There has never been a better time to be a Wausau senior photographer! The style these kids are bringing into our studio is out-of-this-world on Fire! It's our first season in our new studio on the 400 block of Downtown Wausau, and it's impossible to tell you how much fun we are having with the Class of 2017!! So, we're going to show you instead. :) We have senior reps from Wausau East, Wausau West & Tomahawk High Schools, and our list of seniors we'll have the pleasure of photographing this summer is growing by the day – now is the time to book! Take a look at this video for an inside peek at the fun we've had in our studio so far... LOTS more fun to come this summer!

To our reps & seniors who have taken pictures with us at our new studio, THANK YOU! We're so energized and inspired by you!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Want more?? See more behind-the-scenes videos of our senior portrait sessions here! :)

Wausau WI Senior Photographers | Ally Cleveland by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

There was absolutely NO warm up period needed with Ally! We dove right in and from the very first photo, she was a rockstar in front of our cameras!! We could have photographed her ALL night long, and nearly did, HAHA! Ally did her own hair & makeup for her Senior Rep Session and we were blown away by her talent in that are as well – absolutely gorgeous!! We couldn't be more excited about the outcome of this session and the images we created together. The three of us had a blast collaborating together and we WAIT for more time with beautiful Ally in front of our cameras again very soon! :)

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Be sure to watch this fun little video for look a behind-the-scenes look at Ally's session!

Wausau WI Senior Photographers, The McCartneys, created images with Nikon D800 // Contax 645 on Portra 400 film. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Wisconsin Senior Portraits | Madison Krueger-Brown by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Madison visited our studio for her Senior Rep session earlier this month – she's part  of Tomahawk High School's Class of 2017, and we had the best time creating together!! As we were planning for her session we had an artful idea and thought Madison would be the perfect rep... AND when we presented it to her, we couldn't have been more thrilled she was completely game. :) A huge thank you to Stacey at Evolutions in Design for creating this glorious headpiece, and to Madison for playing with us all evening!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch 

Be sure to take a peek at the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Madison's session, too!

Wisconsin Senior Portraits by The McCartneys. Images captured with Nikon D800 // Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Ilford XP2 and Portra 400 film. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Central WI Senior Photographers | Emma Walters by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Emma's session was SO classic and we are in love with her images!! She's one of our Wausau East Senior Reps for the Class of 2017, and she's an absolute sweetheart. After having her hair done by Casey at Absolute Hair, she came to our studio where Mai Chee Moua did her makeup so beautifully. Emma was stunning! We're already looking forward to more playtime this summer during her full senior session. :)

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Be sure to take a peek at the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Emma's session, too!

Wausau Senior Photography by The McCartneys. Images captured with Nikon D800 // Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Ilford XP2 film. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Senior Portraits in Wausau | Jay Stahl by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Jay Stahl is as energetic, FUN, and joyful as they come. Basically, the kind of person you want to surround yourself with and hang out with as much as possible. As a Junior in high school he is already quite accomplished as a writer for MTV Voices and more. We feel so lucky to have Jay as one of our Senior Reps for the Class of 2017!! His rep session was filled with laughter and he blew us away with the most fabulous GQ looks as well. From a tux to casual attire, Jay rocked it all, and we loved spending the afternoon creating together and cannot wait for more playtime this summer for his full senior session!

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

Wausau Senior Photography | Brenna Urmanski by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

We consider ourselves the luckiest photographers in the state to get to photograph Brenna! She is part of the Class of 2017 at Wausau East, and is one of our senior reps for this year. We wanted to create a fun concept for Brenna's rep session and when we asked if she would be up for an editorial Vogue–inspired shoot, she was on board right away!! Casey at Absolute Hair in Washington Square styled Brenna's hair into this masterpiece, and Mai Chee Moua did Brenna's makeup right in our studio, as you may have seen.

Brenna's outfits and her gorgeous look had us so inspired, we miiiiiight have taken her picture for an extra hour or two longer than we had planned. We honestly could not stop photographing her!! Even our Cavapoo pup, Parker James, got in on the action! :)

Brenna – thank you for such a fun shoot!! Your beauty & confidence shined, and we're already looking forward to creating with you again this summer during your senior session! 

xoxo, Kelsy & Butch

*Be sure to take a peek at the behind-the-scenes video at the end!

Wausau Senior Photography by The McCartneys. Images captured with Nikon D800 // Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 & Ilford XP2 film. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Wausau Senior Photographer | Natalie Magnusson by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Natalie Magnusson, Wausau East Class of 2016. Natalie is both joyful AND triumphant! Honestly if you can keep from smiling around Natalie you have some serious will power! We bounced all around Wausau with Natalie as well as played in our studio! Really REALLY hope we get to photograph her again soon! So lucky to have been Natalie's Wausau senior photographer!

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Wausau East Class of 2016 | Emily Witt by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Emily Witt, Wausau East High School Class of 2016. Some people just radiate happiness and light up the room with their smiles. Emily is one of those people and we feel extremely lucky that we were her Wausau senior photographer! We started her session in our studio where she made us feel like we were kings of comedy (thank you, Emily, for laughing at our ridiculousness!) and then ventured to her home where the most perfect wooden swing and arching path of twisting trees awaited us! Emily, we adore you!

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Wausau Senior Portrait Inspiration | Kelly O'Malley by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Kelly O'Malley, Wausau East High School, Class of 2015. Sometimes we get the urge to create. We wanted to play with beautiful flowers, a dress, the falling sun & some shoreline. We asked Kelly if she was up for it, and away we went! We had already done Kelly's senior portraits a few months before, so this was another chance for us to get together and get creative. Love what we made together! Thank you for being up for anything, Kelly!

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Wausau Senior Portrait Inspiration captured on film with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 cameras + Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford XP2 films. Scanned by Fast Foto.

Wausau Senior Photographer | Paige Kocourek by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Paige Kocourek, Class of 2015 at Newman Catholic High School. We love when we are able to photograph high school seniors in a place that is meaningful to them, and that's just what we were able to do with Paige! We hopped around her parents property in Rib Mountain and it felt like we could create with her all-day-long! We adore Paige, and have since had the opportunity to photograph her again with a new puppy along with her mom, Linda! Thank you so much for choosing us as your Wausau senior photographer, Paige!

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