MKE Beard book

$5 from each book sale benefits No Shave November.


MKE Beard Book 


The MKE Beard Book is a photography project by Photographer Jessica Kaminski. It was photographed around the city of Milwaukee and in her studio, The Refinery Photo Studio. She was assisted by her producer, Kate.

As a Portraitist Jessica is galvanized by the ability to capture a cross-section of people at the height of their cultural zeitgeist, so we’re starting right here at home with Portraits of the many dynamic bearded men of Milwaukee(MKE).

Jessica believes that midwestern men are the inspiration for the resurgence of the beard movement. While Milwaukee has its fair share of stylish gents, we are also home to the blue collar worker, the bearded Harley Davidson rider, and to men who simply want to keep warm during our endless winter months.

The photography shoots for the book took place throughout the city of Milwaukee, while some portraits were captured in Jessica's downtown photography studio. Portraits range from rich black and whites, to colorful images that pop. Some portraits show the environment of our city, while others are purely headshots showing off the vast colors and textures of the hair.

In addition to documenting the men of her hometown, Jessica wanted to give back to the community. With every purchase of the MKE Beard Book, $5 will be donated to the non-profit men's health organization, No Shave November.


Jessica Kaminski / Photographer



Upcoming Events:


September 1-3, 2017

2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships

We will be an official vendor at the 2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships in Austin, Texas!

For more information, and for the event schedule, please click HERE


November 26, 2016 6:30-11pm

Official Photographer of Whisker Bash at the Bay Restaurant (324 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay, WI)! 

Sign up from 6:30 - 7:30, Event Starts at 8pm.

100% of the proceeds go to The Riverwest Food Pantry.


Thursday October 20th, 2016  7pm

Artist Talk - UW-Milwaukee Mitchell Hall Room B51

Free And Open to the Public! 


Look Where We've BeeN:

Saturday November 28, 2015 All Day

Small Business Saturday at Boswell Book Company! 2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, 53211

Boswell Book Company is excited to welcome you to shop local and support indies with festivities for this year’s Small Business Saturday, an annual campaign put on by American Express to encourage national spending in local markets. Shop and dine at participating local small businesses, invite friends to join you, and share your #ShopSmall stories online. And don’t forget kick off your holiday shopping at Boswell where we’re hosting a celebratory day of local author signings!

December 3-5, 2015

2015 Alumni Art and Design Sale at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 273 E Erie Street

Preview Night: Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 - 9 p.m., $20

Friday, Dec. 4, 5 - 9 p.m., Free

Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 - 5 p.m., Free

Jessica on site on Dec 3th and Dec 5th

December 4th, 2015 5-7pm

Belle Fiori 2014 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 

As part of Belle Fiori's Holiday Showcase weekend, Jessica will be on site with her MKE Beard Book, ready to autograph a copy just for you!

While you're there, you can also pick up some other manly holiday gifts such asMANdles (soy candles for men), while sipping on an adult beverage. Free gift wrapping will be available from the gorgeous ladies of Belle Fiori. 

December 10th, 2015 6-10pm

Pop Up Shop at Scott Free Salon 726 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

December 17th, 2015 7-10pm

Whiskey and A Shave night at Kit and Ace 315 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Jessica will be on hand with her book, ready to autograph it as part of the Whiskey and a Shave night at Kit and Ace! There will also be a straight razor demonstration from the ladies of Groom, some delectable treats, and some sweet vinyl music filling the air. 


February 25th, 2016 6-9pm

Artist Talk at the Waxwing Featuring Photographer Jessica Kaminski. Free and Open to the Public!

Save 15% on all Milwaukee Beard Book purchases during the event AND enjoy live music by local band, Thriftones! Every purchase of $25 or more will enter you to win a FREE book that night at the event!!! (*must be present to win)

Thursday, February 25

at 6 PM - 9 PM

The Waxwing

1800 E North Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202


MARCH 8th, 2016 6-9pm

Photographer Lecture at CoPA (Coalition of Photographic Arts), Members of CoPa only

 801 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202


June 16, 2016 7pm-9pm

Photography lecture with book signing to follow at PhotoMidwest in Madison. Free and Open to the Public!

700 Rayovac Drive, Madison, WI 

The MKE Beard Book is available at these fine establishments

Our Studio: The Refinery Photo Studio - 229 E Wisconsin Ave Suite 906, WI 53202 (Pick up by Appointment or shipped)

Milwaukee Art Museum - 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (in Gift Shop or ONLINE )

M I L W O R K S - 143 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI · (414) 585-9496

The Waxwing - 1800 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sparrow Collective2224 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Or Online (international shipping available)

Please contact Jessica ( or 414-350-8943) if you are interested in selling the MKE Beard Book at your establishment. Wholesale and consignment opportunities available.