After ten short years, 150+ weddings, numerous in print features, dozens of online features, and accolades I still get excited before every single wedding. What started out as a portrait and family photography business quickly transitioned to a focus on portraits and weddings. I fell absolutely in love with the wedding industry and truly look forward to document this day for the Caynay Couple. Looking back though, it comes as no surprise as 27 Dresses, Father of the Bride, and The Wedding Singer were on a constant rotation when I was a teenager. 

I run my business with a hands on approach. From helping my couples build a timeline to their family formal list. There is a good chance that this is the first wedding you’ve had the honor of planning and I want to help you in truly anyway I can. Being with my couples for Every Step to I Do has been a foundational piece to my business and the way I approach each and every wedding.

Most days you’ll find me at home with my husband, Philip & our dogs Porter (golden doodle) and Norman (mini dachshund that joined our family after this photo was taken). I’m a self proclaimed music junky and active Peloton rider and Barre Code attender. We are huge homebodies so we definitely find happiness and comfort watching a true crime documentary on our couch with bowls of pasta.

Getting to celebrate one of the biggest days in a couples life is something I hold so close to my heart. Photographing those big moments alongside the intimate ones. From start to finish, each and every wedding is full of beautiful and memorable moments. It’s a job that makes me so unbelievably happy & I truly believe all couples deserve joy filled images. 


I'm Caitlin! A wedding & engagement photographers based in Madison, Wisconsin. I've lived here since 2012 and each day fall a little more in love with it.

Most days you'll find me at home with my husband Philip & our dogs Porter (golden doodle) and Norman (mini dachshund that joined our family after this photo was taken). I'm a self proclaimed music junky & an active Peloton rider. I'm a homebody and a lover of all things carbs.

I run my business with a hands on approach. From helping you build a timeline to offering up advice on what to wear for your sessions. If you have a question about anything wedding related, I'm here for you.

I've LOVE the opportunity to photograph your bid day. Let's make some pretty photos together.

meet cait

I am a wedding & portrait photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. I've called this city home since 2012 and each day fall a little more in love with it.

The same year I moved to Madison I started my business. 10 years & 150+ weddings later, I can confidently say I specialize in natural light portraiture that is full of vibrancy & light.

with you for every step to, I do.

currently listening to:

the 'focus' playlist in apple music

currently reading:

a kirstin hannah novel: my favorite author!

the absolute best day ever

november 19, 2021

When we were planning our wedding there was a few things we knew for certain.. We wanted the event to be classic, romantic, and intimate. We wanted our relationship to be the importance of the day and we wanted really really good food.

Surrounded by only 28 people, we celebrated our love & the relationship we have built. Philip is my absolute best friend.

Our wedding photographs will go down as some of my most prized processions. My job has always been important to me but it wasn't until this day that I truly realized the impact of a photograph.

The people we love most perfectly captured on one of the happiest days of our lives.

i'm left handed

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fun facts about cait

It's true. My right hand is essentially useless and isn't capable of much. Left handed people actually out number the righties on my moms side of the family. Philip is ambidextrous which i'm sometimes jealous of. Especially when writing with a pen on notebook paper #smudgelife.

that's not my name

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fun facts about cait

Caynay is actually what I nicknamed myself when I was a little girl. "Caitlin" was a bit hard to say so Caynay was born. When I was at the beginning of building my business, "Caitlin Stemper Photography" didn't have a good ring to it.. So Caynay Photo was born!

favorite moment

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fun facts about cait

The recessional or grand march. The energy is always electric and the smiles and love are always palpable. There is usually no greater thing to experience then everyone a couple loves cheering with a catchy song playing!

my go to starbucks order

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fun facts about cait

A grande caramel macchiato in a venti cup with extra ice... & a ham and Swiss cheese croissant because those things are so dang delicious.

places we hope to visit

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fun facts about cait

Philip and I frequently talk about places around the world we would love to see. A few of our top picks are Ireland, France, Spain, UK, and Japan. Definitely would not be opposed to shooting a wedding in any of those locations.

it's a fact: 

This tradition started the first year I started photographing weddings. After all the emails, your engagement session, following you on socials, and feeling like a small part of this journey... I am SO unbelievably excited to be celebrating you & your marriage. Getting the chance to grab a memento for myself means so much to me. By joining the Caynay Family you're not just gaining a photographer, but a friend.

I've taken a photo with almost every single one of my couples.

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