Classic Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Milwaukee wedding photography

For classic couples who believe in pictures, not hype.

Sturgeon Bay wedding bride and groom portrait with bridge at dusk
First Lutheran Church Wedding, Madison, Family Portraits
Hilton Milwaukee Wedding Photographer Chandelier Bride
Madison Marriott West Wedding Dad & Daughter First Dance
Let me help you with the dress
Cave Point Park Road Door County Wedding Party
Riveredge Nature Center Wedding couple in flower field
Villa Filomena Wedding Reception Etched Glass Photo
Richfield Historical Society Hartford Wedding Photographer

Classic like Hollywood classic

I'm Joel, and this isn't some hyped-up, raw and gritty, "we won't pose you," "it's about the marriage, not the wedding," bowl of fruit because that's all the rage.

It's puke-free, actual wedding photography, by someone actually trained in wedding photography, for couples who actually care about wedding photography and don't want to trivialize it to feel more politically appropriate among their peers.

It's wedding photography because I do what wedding photographers are supposed to do: help you get awesome pictures, not shoot over aunt Fanny's shoulder gunning for some clever composition that might win a Fearless Photographers award but leaves you wondering "why didn't he tell me my hair was sticking out all day?!"

I'm not a clever silent ninja. I'm a wedding photographer doing what I can to capture or create shots, as all weddings call for both capturing and creating moments. I use my air horn only when necessary.

Couples love my ability to bring a calm, decisive, creative approach to their weddings. They like knowing they can rely on some direction throughout the day rather than drift awkwardly through all the "what would like us to do?"--"just be yourself" moments.

And, if you're wondering, yes, you'll get pictures that look like what you see on my website. I've never done a "styled shoot" where vendors get together to fake pictures that showcase their work. What you see on my website spans the range from real couples who were stiff and shy to expressive and energetic, all at their actual weddings.

I also make the best albums in the industry. Or Finao does. I just design the one for your wedding, page by page, and Import it from New York, where Finao prepares and constructs it by hand.

Clients love the natural, crisp, elegant, dramatic and classic look of my pictures. That comes from how I shoot, which is creating the look in the camera -- like how it was done way back when photographers understood photography. Your pictures will be organic, crafted with the light, expression and beauty of your wedding, and then only gently developed, not processed with the "looks" other photographers are buying as presets and copying over and over.

I'm located in Horicon, which means I can easily travel anywhere in Southeast Wisconsin, but I don't stop there. If you're looking for a wedding photographer who can shoot in Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Door County, Janesville, West Bend, Beaver Dam, Sheboygan, Hartford, Kohler, Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Racine, Appleton, Delafield, Wisconsin Dells, then Joel Nisleit Photography is going to be your best choice.

Destination weddings

I travel throughout Wisconsin for weddings and into northern Illinois and Chicago.

Favorite Wisconsin wedding venues

Some of my favorite indoor wedding venues are Hilton City Center Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Villa Filomena, Wisconsin Club and the American Club in Kohler. If you're looking for a great location to have an indoor wedding ceremony or reception, you'll love those.

The best outdoor wedding ceremony locations include Camelot Golf Club in Lomira, Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, the American Club, Dutter's Gibbsville Orchard and many of the hunt clubs, golf courses and barn venues in Wisconsin.

I'm known for my ability to make magic at any location in any conditions, and I love that challenge. If you're having Milwaukee Art Museum wedding, Hilton Milwaukee wedding, Wisconsin Club wedding, I'm a great choice. I also love Lakeshore Park in Milwaukee, historic hotels and buildings, Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, any park with a mix of open spaces and trees, urban environments and buildings with a lot of character.

Photography reviews

I've been blessed with clients who love and care about their wedding pictures. You can check out my reviews on Facebook and Google. However, volume and recognition aren't my concern. In 2018 I moved away from mainstream photography to focus on only two wedding clients per year. You can review previous client experiences on my website and through real album samples.


I don't list all of my photography pricing details on this website, but get in touch and I'll be happy to provide an estimate after learning about you and your wedding.

My wedding gallery

I've designed my gallery to show you the variety of locations and conditions I've worked in, including harsh sun, cloudy and overcast days, dark churches and ballrooms, historic hotels, old and cluttered buildings and rooms, basements, bridal suites. No matter what kind of wedding you have, no matter what size your wedding budget is, you'll get magical pictures with Joel Nisleit Photography.

Other photography services

I've happily served corporate, sports, private and teaching commissions, including Widmer's Cheese Cellars of Theresa, DoMus apartments in Milwaukee by Mandel Development Group, American Family Insurance of Horicon, the City of Horicon and the Horicon Chamber of Commerce. I'm a member of the Horicon Chamber of Commerce and am currently pursuing my Certified Professional Photographer status with Professional Photographers of America.

Member, Professional Photographers of America