Steph Shanks Photography

Steph Shanks Photography


What an amazing Autumn we have had!! Saturday will be our last day at the Farmers Market in Baraboo. It's been so wonderful to be out in the community.

Come and see us if you are in the area!

Photo credit: Steph Shanks Photography
**SOCIAL MEDIA TAKEOVER** This beautiful pic is Jen Farley aka Coach Jen Farley aka our beloved bottle rocket who is diligent about keeping our social media feeds 🎯. Thought we would take things over for the day and do some lovin up on Jen, one of the most thoughtful, fun, wise, brave, caring, badass, talented rockstars we know! Y’all know her as Bobbie McGee crooner but did you also know she has Rockstar Roadshow sessions you can listen to?! Where she interviews fellow badass rockstars who are doing their thangs with wisdom and passion? (She recently interviewed The Quebe Sisters - yes THOSE Quebe Sisters. The real ones.) She is also offering a Nature+Coaching event coming up this Sunday. There are still a few slots available. To learn more about this Sunday’s event and to listen to the Rockstar sessions, visit We love you, JFarlz! Beautiful pic by Steph Shanks Photography #gcbr #rockstarsessions #nature #badass #musicians #livemusic #coaching #welovejen
Steph Shanks Photography has joined the Chamber and opened a studio in North Freedom. Our Ambassadors welcomed her with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in conjunction with her open house Thursday. Steph specializes in family photography and portraits.
These beautiful photographs speak for themselves: Christmas magic! I cannot say enough about Steph, honestly.
Being a first-time "girl mom" after three (amazing) boys, Steph took the time to listen to my vision and my ideas shortly after I inquired about her photography.
While in her studio, we felt cozy and welcomed. She's doing all of the right things to be Covid-safe (sanitized, masks, distanced - the studio is huge!) Steph was kid-friendly, patient, and allowed me to fix hair, bows, and change little girl's outfit a time or two!
Thank you, Steph, for capturing these memories for us. Christmas with children is a magical memory that will live in my heart as a mother, and now I have these portraits to preserve that memory forever!
For Erin & Ted, their inspiration came from their florals, since weddings and hydrangeas go together beautifully. They're dainty enough to feel feminine and lush enough for a classic feel. Since Erin's bouquet made for a truly stunning arrangement, why not incorporate the flower into the invitation and day-of paper good's design?
Ceremony Venue: Luther Memorial Church
Reception Venue: Best Western Premier Park Hotel
Rehearsal Venue: Bonfyre American Grille
Photography: Leaning Tree Photography SC
Cinematography: Steph Shanks Photography
Floral: Simply Glamorous Designs At Oregon Floral
Reception Entertainment: Musical Memories
Confections: Craig's Cake Shop
Bridal Gown: Vera's House of Bridals
Ladies’ Attire: Brandis Bridal Galleria Etc
Gentlemen’s Attire: Nedrebo's Formal Wear
Bridal Hair: Trés.Chic Studio
Make-up Styling: Sarah Singletary
Wedding/Engagement Rings: Kesslers Diamonds
Transportation: Badger Bus
Stationery: Sugar Pear Design
Stationery Photography: Blu Moose Photography
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Our October event recap is here!

Thanks to our panelists for sharing photography tips and tricks including lighting and framing, hiring and communicating with photographers and copyright laws.

Our awesome panelists include: A&J Photography, Maison Meredith Photography, Steph Shanks Photography and

And thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen: DreamBank - Madison, Powderkeg, Metcalfe's Market, Suttle-Straus, Melissa Carlson Creative, A&J Photography, Nick Palkowski, Minuteman Press of Waunakee and Talent Insurance & Financial Solutions, LLC.
Beautiful pictures from a past Crystal Room wedding from Steph Shanks Photography!
Community First Bank is your locally-owned community partner for financial success.

We are proud to call customers like Balanced Rock Winery, The Bella Vita Cafe, Baraboo Bluff Winery, and DEZ Tactical Arms, Inc. part of the CFB family.

Hear what they have to say thanks to Steph Shanks Photography!

#cfbankwi #firstforyou #firstforourcustomers #firstforourcommunities #bestbankinwisconsin Member FDIC
A favorite past wedding, shot by Steph Shanks Photography!
Inside and out Al Ringling Theatre has some great photo opportunities. Steph Shanks Photography this senior portrait is incredible.
Hello Friends!! Hope you are Enjoying your Week! Don’t forget to stop in and see all things comforting at the shop!
Open Monday-Sunday at 10 am.

Will be CLOSED July 4th 🇺🇸

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Creating beautiful, one of a kind images is my passion. I am a Wisconsin photographer specializing in portrait and family photography Steph Shanks Photography is a full-service photography studio located in the tiny, picturesque village of North Freedom.

Stephanie specializes in helping create amazing, lasting images that you can cherish for years to come.

Operating as usual


Ukraine Benedit concer starting now! Come listen to Gin, Chocolate and Bottle Rockets!

Come celebrate love, humanity and togetherness tonight! Music starts at 7 pm.


Currently booking 2023 senior portraits! Before the summer gets too busy, make sure you get your soon to be senior's portrait session checked off the list!

June is the perfect time for senior portraits! Call for more information Today!


Amazing Woman Alert!

Marjorie Cutting is an artist living in Baraboo. You can go check out her studio which is located right next to the Coffee Bean Connection. She writes books, creates comic books, sews, paints, and a million other creative things! The most amazing thing that I took away from Marjorie and her story is that she is absolute badass. She owned her own business in San Diego creating costumes for theatre productions.

Part of what made this so interesting to me is that she owned her own business when women weren’t supposed to. She couldn’t even go to a bank to get financing when she needed it, just because she was a woman. She laid the groundwork for us women to own her own businesses, homes, ect. If you have time to stop in and chat with her- she is seriously inspirational! I am so glad that she came into the studio for the over 40 project!


When was the last time you updated your business headshot? If it's been over two years, it is time! Give yourself a boost of confidence with a heart-felt professional mini headshot session this Wednesday, April 20th.

What's included?

Pro Hair and Makeup Artistry

1 Hour Portrait Session

Multiple Outfit Changes

2 High Res Digital Files

Special Price $390


Why I love photographing women over 40?!
Confidence can be seen and felt a mile away, and no confidence radiates more strongly than that of a self-assured woman who knows who she is and what she wants in life. We gain that confidence through life experience and getting older, and that self-assurance will make you that much more attractive — and not just in a physical way.

Confidence can be seen and felt a mile away, and no confidence radiates more strongly than that of a self-assured woman who knows who she is and what she wants in life. We gain that confidence through life experience and getting older, and that self-assurance will make you that much more attractive — and not just in a physical way.

Does this speak to you? Are you ready for a heart-felt photography experience? Contact Me Today!


Mini headshot Sessions are a great way to update those team photos, as well as, having a new headshot for individuals!

It's a lot of fun and an important way to unify your business and brand!

What's included:
• Professional Hair and Makeup Artistry or Grooming for Men
• Multiple Wardrobe Changes
• 50 min Portrait Session
• Image Selection right after the photoshoot
• 2 high-res fully edited images delivered digitally

Special Pricing $390


Opening past what we see in our lives to create our heart's desires is not an easy task. What we have in our lives is a direct result of our old manifestations and thought patterns. We become our parents not through our DNA but through our thoughts and desires.

Unconsciously, we create our lives based on the lives we see and feel around us. All of what is right now are things that have been taught to us. The thoughts and ideas of our parents, our family and our friends are what we align our truths with. Choosing to step out of that- to create a new business or new desire takes courage. You will be required to trust, to imagine, and have determination. Imagining yourself with a life that which everything you are passionate about is open and available to you is uncomfortable because we haven’t been taught to do so. This is why coaches and mentors are so important. They are the first steps to living our truest potential because you can see what is available to you through their experiences. This is also why traveling is so important because you get to see and experience a place that you dream about living.

Nothing in your quest in life is too good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to happen to you. We so often put others first, because it is what we have been taught. You must first give yourself love, attention, and affection. The easiest way to start is by choosing the words you say- to yourself and to others. Finding words that fit the description of the life you want to live is just as important as making sure the electric bill is paid. Open your mind to health, wellness and prosperity and it will happen.


Oh it’s National Hug Your Dog Day?!? I don’t need a holiday to hug my dogs. These little legged pups bring me so much joy! Where ever we go, they put a smile on peoples faces.

Both pups are rescues.

Photo by Shannon Watts Hill
Hair and make up 'Martha Olivares


Portrait Sessions are best shared with loved ones! Hold onto the legacy of your family! This image is such a beautiful representation of 4 generations of strong women. Thank you for spending time with me in my studio!


Love this image of Barb! I was so excited when she contacted me about being part of my over 40 project! She is truly an inspiration to other women because she decided that her old career wasn't working for her anymore, and boldy stepped into a new career. Along with making this decision, she found more confidence! Let's hear it for Barb!


Take some time today to be in receiving mode. We cannot give unless we receive. Go for a hike, ask for guidance, take some deep breaths. Do one thing to remember that you exist and you are vast.


Practice Self Care Wherever You Are!

Take some time throughout the day to reflect on one thing in your life that bring you joy and happiness. It might seem that this small act will not bring you peace, especially with the endless violence we see and hear on the news. But by simply feeling joy in our hearts, we raise the vibration of love and kindness in ourselves and to those around us.


I can’t wait to see some of my lovely Instagram friends in the studio for Mother’s Day photos!


Looking for a Mother’s Day Experience?

This is the perfect way to celebrate your mom!
Your Moms deserve to be pampered, and she deserves beautiful photos that they can cherish forever!

When? April 24th, 2022
Where? Steph Shanks Photography Studio in North Freedom, WI
Who and how are we helping? $100 from each sitting will be sent to Ukrainian refugees

What’s included? Light Hair and makeup for two! 2 fully edited favorite pictures of your choice and more to purchase if you wish!

Who is invited? Moms, grandmas, and children! (Sorry, no dads- you will have to wait until Father's Day!)

Cost? $395 (and remember best of all - $100 of that money goes directly to women and children in need in Ukraine!

Only 3 spots are available!
Are you ready?

Book your session today!
Call 608-697-1419 or email [email protected]


Are you planting the seeds for growth and potential this month? Here are some seeds that I am planting!

1. Mindfulness. I am being mindful of my thoughts and actions- especially when it comes to self-criticism and self-doubt. When I find myself in this space, I will pause and find places of love and gratitude to speak my truth.

2. Releasing. I am releasing old stories and experiences that no longer serve me and replacing them with ideas of wealth, joy, and abundance.

3. Responsibility. I am responsible for my thoughts, actions, and beliefs. I am responsible for the seeds of thought that I sow in my garden 🌻

What are you planting?! :)




Oh gosh! Bonnie and Brian were so much fun to have in the studio! I am loving the teams that have been coming to me for new and updated headshots!

On a side note: Brian is the co-president of sleep in heavenly peace. An organization that builds beds for children who are otherwise sleeping on the floor. If you know of a child in need of a bed in the Portage, Baraboo area or are looking to volunteer- please get ahold of either of these amazing individuals!

Bonnie Dixon and Brian Scheibach - First Weber Realtors


Before I left for sunny California, I was able to photograph Melissa and Charlie Kirk! They are not only a powerhouse couple, but they are a realtor team out of Portage, WI!

We had a lot of fun photographing these two! I wish them all the best in their real estate endeavors!


Rebecca Hamilton Hildebrandt came into the studio for my 40 over 40 project.

She came into the studio absolutely nervous. The first thing she said to me was "I wanted to cancel this so bad, this is completely out of my comfort zone. But, I decided to come anyway." This level of vulnerability and courage is freakin' amazing. I loved getting to know her, I loved photographing her. Everything!

Thank you so much for coming and being brave!! You are stunning!

About Me

Hi there!

Thanks for stopping by! I have owned and operated Steph Shanks Photography for over 11 years now! Boy, photography sure has changed since I began! When I started, phone’s had cameras- but images turned out grainy, blurry, ect. Now - you can take amazing pictures on your phones- and everyone has one!!

This has left me in a bit of a pickle with my full time photography career!

While I love to take pictures of families, I realize that the photography business is changing as a whole. No longer do you need a ‘professional’ to take great pictures, although- it is still relevant in a lot of situations.

I am now shifting my focus to teaching classes on photography, including phone photography. Helping businesses increase traffic and awareness through great photography and videography, ect. is also a goal of mine.

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