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Tad Meddaugh

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Backed by the excellence, integrity and unparalled service of The Studio, Tad has been a portrait photographer for over 21 years. While some photographers work on a very small scale, Tad is a full time professional photographer all year long, who owns and operates LaCrosse’s leading portrait studio.

Monday through Friday you’ll find Tad creating some of the area’s most outstanding and memorable high school senior, family and children portraits. On most weekends you’ll find him in the area photographing on location or at The Studio. Tad has earned the prestigious titles of Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. He has worked hard and, as a result, has become one of the areas finest and most sought-after photographers.

His work has been published in national, state and regional photography publications. He has also won numerous awards for his work, including Seven Fuji Masterpiece Awards, he has received photographer of the Year awards for His regional association and has been one of the top 5 photographers in the entire state of Wisconsin. He has also received the prestigious Photographer of the Year award from the Professional Photographers of America association .

With The Studio’s standards and reliability along with Tad’s artistic and technical ability, you simply can’t go wrong.

How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
“When I was in HS I wanted to be two things, One a Marine and two a photojournalist, (long story catch me later over a beer). I started out on my own learned as much as I could before I joined PPA and other associations. Darton Drake inspired me Scott Dupras “showed me the light”, Jon Allyn showed me how to correctly expose it. Way to many to keep listing I hope you all know who you are. Most all of the AD mentor work excites me and I’ll draw inspiration from movies, videos, magazines you never know what will inspire you until it hit you sometimes.”

From Tad:
“If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event, remember there is so much to learn, yet so little time. If you’ve never been to After Dark Before, bring your camera, light meter and prepare to be blown away.”

Tad Maddaugh

Contact Info:

After Darks Attended: 1
“Anything to do with Troy”

Fun Facts:

  • Canon Shooter
  • In Studio & On Location

Majority of Business:

  • 60% HS Seniors
  • 30% Children & Families
  • Promo, Framing, and Weddings fill up the rest


  • Mostly Natural
  • We Use It All

Top 5 Skills:

  1. Posing
  2. Lighting
  3. Composition
  4. Exposure
  5. Workflow