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Meet Trailblazer Madeline Barr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madeline Barr.

Madeline, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a New England girl, having grown up in Southern Maine and New Hampshire and then living in Boston for 10 years. Taking photos has always been something I’ve done, but after graduating from art school, I was totally artistically drained. My creative side took a break and I spent the next 4 years hugging dogs as a a veterinary technician. On a trip to visit my best friend in Seattle, I brought my camera and fell in love with it again as I documented the adventures we went on. As soon as I got home, I begged everyone I knew to let me take their photos and it all kind of snowballed from there. At some point, my guy and I packed up our truck and the dog and drove across the country for a couple weeks before landing in San Diego. The light here really is magic.

I’m a Disney freak who mostly speaks in Office quotes and really hates having her photo taken. Because I know how painful it can be to have your photo taken, I work really hard to make sure that whoever I’m working with is comfortable and at ease. If you’re into puns and terrible dancing, we’re going to have a lot of fun and get some rad photos!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Moving my business across the country definitely was not easy, but I have been incredibly lucky to find a lot of amazing, supportive and encouraging colleagues. Having a helpful, supportive and encouraging tribe has been paramount to any success that I have had. There are so many moving parts and things you’d never think to consider before jumping into this profession. Being able to ask questions and get opinions from creatives who’s work I love has been so huge.

The biggest advice I think I can offer would to be find your tribe. Find people who inspire you and support you. Find people who understand your vision and goals, and not just other photographers! Working with incredible florists and coordinators and installation artists has opened my eyes to so many different things and it is so fulfilling to work with people who inspire you.


Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Madeline Barr Photo – what should we know?
Elopements are definitely my jam, but I really dig photographing people in love in general! I’m a huge Disney freak and always looking for an adventure, so it makes sense that I photograph fairy tales.

Personally, I hate being in front of the camera. Because of this, my main priority is to make all of my clients feel comfortable so that we can create photos that speak about their specific dynamic as a couple. Most of my shoots end with a big hug and “I was so nervous, but this was a blast” from my client. With an arsenal of bad puns, terrible dance moves and a killer Target Lady impression, I promise you that we’re going to have fun. I’m up for anything and will wait with you for rope drop at Disney or climb a mountain at sunrise. I want to show you a good time and I’ll happen to also be photographing it.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
As women, we are constantly served the idea that we need to stay in our lane and keep to ourselves. Part of being a successful photographer, is really herding cats and giving direction to people who have put their complete trust in you. Not being afraid to speak up with my opinion or direction has done huge things for me and offers an incredible experience for my clients.

The wedding industry actually has such a strong female presence, which amazing! I have met so many incredible women through this industry and I feel so blessed to have found them. It’s so important that women continue to lift each other up and understand that we’re all better together. My work and business grew exponentially once I stopped viewing all the incredible women around me with jealous eyes. You learn so much more from supporting each other and finding that community is so so important.


  • I offer hour long couple sessions for $350
  • My average wedding client spends around $3300, but I love being able to create custom packages for all situations and budgets

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Photo of Madeline Barr by @britthayesphotography

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