The Photographers That Make It Happen...


Kris Ugarriza

(Lead Photographer, Manager, Photo Editor)
Boulder County, Colorado

My life as a photographer began as a boy growing up in Lima, Peru. As the son of a photojournalist and journalist, I was fully immersed in the newspaper and magazine lifestyle from the get-go. My mom’s talent exposed me to countless stories, images, and perhaps most importantly—her antiquated Pentax SLR. For me, that old camera was synonymous with a kid’s toy truck, and I’m forever grateful.

For me, the lens has always been about storytelling and the art of capturing connection. My work reflects this affinity through the shaping of natural and artificial light, personal passion, and years of experience.

During my college years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I worked as a photographer for the Daily Cardinal, The Badger Herald - the University’s newspapers. After graduating, I interned for the Wisconsin State Journal, and I have been happily freelancing as a photojournalist ever since.

My work has been published in publications such as the Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times, Madison Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Star Tribune, and numerous others.

As an avid rock climber, backpacker, mountain biker, dog lover, and novice snow-boarder, I am constantly finding peace and inspiration in nature. Every year during my off-season I travel with my dog, Kyra, who keeps me safe, around the US, Canada, and Mexico.

I currently live in Boulder County, CO, and am the lead photographer for Red Wave Weddings in Colorado and surrounding areas.

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Lukas Keapproth

(Lead Photographer)
Chicago, Illinois

Lukas Keapproth is an editorial photographer based in Chicago specializing in news, portrait, food, travel and wedding photography. His work has appeared in TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, ESPN Magazine and many others.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in journalism and history. After graduation he worked two years as a staff photographer at the Green Bay Press Gazette before moving to Austin for his masters degree at the University of Texas. 

His work has been recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press, National Press Photographers Association and Society of Professional Journalists, among others. He was also declared College Photographer of the Year for 2010 and 2011 by the Wisconsin News Photographers Association, becoming only the fourth student to win back-to-back in the organization’s history.

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Kyle Bursaw

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Currently a staff Videographer at UW-Milwaukee and a member of the Madison-based photo/video collective Red Wave Pictures, Kyle strives to tell stories in the most complete and unique ways possible by immersing himself in his subject and learning as much as possible about his clients needs.

A native of Stillwater, Minn. and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Kyle has been involved in visual communications since he first took a video production class in ninth grade. Creating visuals caught hold of him and he has not stopped since.

Kyle's work has appeared in the pages of numerous publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA-Today, The Arizona Republic, The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Appleton Post-Crescent, Wisconsin State Journal, Janesville Gazette, Capital Times, Isthmus, Draft Magazine, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Northwest Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Daily Cardinal and many more. 

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Ben Brewer

Madison, Wisconsin

Ben Brewer is a photojournalist, specializing in the fields of editorial, multimedia, and documentary photography. But, to be honest, I’m a bit of a contradiction.

Because  despite his work as a freelance photojournalist over the past decade, he actually graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry. Yes. You read that correctly. A photographer with a penchant for biology, chemistry, and neuroscience. 

After earning his degree, he honed his visual storytelling abilities around the country including working as a university Staff Photographer and interning at the Coeur d’Alene Press in Idaho and the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. After those early appointments had completed, he heard the siren song of the Midwest calling him home. He is now currently based in Madison, Wisconsin and freelancing for The New York Times, Reuters, and various editorial news outlets.

From professional sporting events to breaking spot news, He is a photographer who delivers skillfully-crafted, compelling imagery across a plethora of subjects with a creative and analytical mind.  Focusing on isolating peak moments of emotion, engagement, and access, he is an adventurous and motivated photographer that seeks to capture those minutiae that often slip by unnoticed.

His editorial and wedding work can be found at and video and multimedia at