Maren & Mitch | Southeastern Minnesota Engagement Photographer

Maren and Mitch agreed to travel down to Lanesboro, MN for their engagement shoot.  If you haven’t been there, it is a beautiful little town with so much to do.  There are lots a great spots for photos, especially when you have a couple that is as willing to play along as these two.  They were totally on board with everything I asked of them, even though it was so warm and sticky out!  “Maren, I am going to need you to sit on the broken glass.”  or “We don’t care if Mitch is comfortable, as long as Maren looks good!”  Oh yeah, and I am going to need you to kiss at least 3,000 times…LOL!  Not only are they so much fun to be around, but they are both beautiful inside and out 🙂  Here’s a quick sneak peek from their session!

Watermarking Images

Watermarks are words or logos that photographers place on their images.  You will frequently see them when looking at photos that are posted online. 

People are always asking me why I watermark my images.  Well, frankly it’s to protect my rights to the images, but even more importantly it protects my clients as well. 

Nearly every day in the past week I have seen posts on facebook about stolen images.  Not only is digital photography extrememly common, but it’s very easy for people to take a screen capture or right click on photos that are found online. 

Some common areas of theft include:

  • Clients stealing images because they can’t afford or do not want to pay for reprints
  • Clients stealing images to share online
  • People buying one image and then making their own copies of it
  • Vendors stealing images that may have their products in them such as those adorable newborn hats and headbands, wedding cakes, clothing,  etc.
  • Vendors stealing images that may display examples of their locations/properties
  • The worst of the worst is people that steal other photographer’s images, claiming them as their own to help build their business clientele.   

It makes me sad to see this happen, especially when I know how hard photographers work at their craft.  When people steal images, the photographers are not getting the compensation, nor the recognition they deserve.   Not only that, but could you imagine seeing your face or even worse, your child’s face on an ad that you didn’t give permission for?

When we watermark images, it makes it harder for people to use them inappropriately or without our permission.  In addition to watermarks, I get permission from my clients before posting their images online.  Trust that I am taking the neccessary steps to ensure your images aren’t being used in ways that you would not approve of. 

On the bright side, watermarks are great for brand recognition and if you like an image you see online, it makes it easier for you to find the owner of that image! 

One final thought:  If you are a client of Nicole Mathison Photography, you will receive complimentary low resolution watermarked files of any image you purchase to share with your family and friends.  Many photographers have an additional charge for those 🙂

9 Days Old! | Southeastern MN Newborn Photographer

Just a quick sneak peek of my first newborn session with Miss Ava today.  She is 9 days old and pure sweetness!  Loved every second of our shoot today.

If you or someone you know is due to have a baby soon please contact me at:  I have a special incentive going on for custom newborn sessions right now!

Med-City Marathon | Rochester, MN Event Photographer

I had the opportunity to photograph my first marathon last weekend.  It was so much fun!  Not only was there the traditional marathon, but they also held a half marathon, a 20 mile race and a relay race.  The day before, they held a kids run and a 5K.  The marathon started at 7AM on a Sunday!  That just shows my dedication to photographing the event…it also helped that my son ran the relay with members of his cross country team 🙂  My son is the one in the yellow shirt with the cast.  Yes, he broke his hand the week before the race, but he didn’t let that stop him!  Thank goodness the rain held off  and the weather was perfect for running.  The races started in Byron, MN and finished in front of the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.  Here are some of the photos I captured from that great event.  Enjoy!

What To Wear | Family Session

At a loss on what to wear for your session?  Look for clothing with fun colors and textures.  You don’t need to match, but go with clothing that coordinates well with each other.  Here’s a sample of a great look for spring/summer!