Nicole Mathison Photography | 13 from 2013

As one of my photography projects this year, I will be participating in a blog circle with an amazing group of photographers from all over the country!  We met while attending The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International University in 2011.  Sheesh, that’s a mouthful!  It’s so much easier to use the initials WPPIU 🙂  Basically, WPPIU is a 2 day photography workshop for emerging professionals.  I am all about getting my photography education on so I hopped on a plane to Atlanta, GA to attend!  Education is so important in our industry.  It is really something that sets you apart from the sea of photographers out there 🙂  WPPIU exceeded my expectations.  The information from the speakers was mind blowing, but more importantly I got to meet so many talented photographers who were in the same boat as I was.  I am proud to call them friends and it’s wonderful having other professionals to bounce ideas off.  Our goal with this blog circle is to practice our skills in different areas of photography.

This month we are starting off with our favorite images from the past year.  It’s a great way to introduce y’all to the type of imagery we create.  While I really love creating timeless images for my clients, I took a lot of time this year taking workshops to improve my photography skills and shooting for myself.  Some of my favorite images came from being pushed out of my comfort zone and trying new things, especially with lighting.    While my commissioned work tends to be bright and fun, my personal work is more dramatic and darker toned.  Without further ado, here are my 13 favorites from 2013!

Favorite Client Shots:
I love this one of Miss Ava.  She was so cooperative with her composite shots and of course I love studio lighting for newborns.

How fun is this shot?!  I love the motion captured here with my studio lighting.  This image was used by to promote their studio lighting workshop last year 🙂

Favorite Self Portraits:
Waiting For Baby

This image was taken midway through my pregnancy with natural lighting from a smallish window in our bedroom.  The evening light was streaming in.  I love the dimension and tone variation in the blankets.  It kind of reminds me of water and has a calming peaceful feel.  This image was also featured on Evoking You  as the image of the day.

Maternity Lace

This was another studio lighting image that was taken very late in my pregnancy.  I wanted to emphasize the size of my belly one last time before our baby was born.  In addition I wanted to capture the emotion of carrying a baby, contentment, protectiveness and love.

Favorite Model:

James sitting for some dramatic studio lighting practice.  I am really loving the partially desaturated edgy look for guys portraits.

James gave me 10 minutes outside for this timeless portrait.  We were emulating a classic movie feel. So fun 🙂

Favorite Pet Images:
Spotty is an important member of our family too so he gets photographed just like everyone else.  He also has his own gallery wrapped canvas in our house 🙂  When I am looking for practice and can’t find a willing model, I can always count on the dog.  For this image, I really liked how the light was illuminating him.  I used an extra gritty editing style to emphasize his age.

I love the rim lighting here from the kitchen window and the composition with his head placement framed with the cabinetry behind him.    It works perfectly with the black and white edit.

I love a good silhouette.  I was able to capture a connection between dog and owner here and the colors of the sunset were gorgeous.

Favorite Sports Image:

I capture a lot of running events since I have a runner in my house and I am one of the official photographers of the Med City Marathon.  The backlighting in this image was awesome.  This image was also featured on for member submitted favorite sports images.

Favorite Images of My Own Baby:

I had wonderful intentions on capturing my own newborn photographs.  Luckily, I booked a newborn session with another talented photographer as seen HERE because Miss Emi just did not want to cooperate.  This image is representative of almost every attempt at capturing my own baby…Miss Emi at 13 days old.

This was captured around the three week mark.  It is hands down one of my favorite images ever.  I am obsessed with her sweet little feet, especially in contrast to dad’s big rough hands 🙂

And finally, my favorite image of 2013….Miss Emi at 2 months old.  Not only did she actually cooperate, but I was able to capture her sweet happy personality!  We have two gallery wrapped canvases of this image.  One in our living room and another at Brian’s work.  This image was also selected to be part of the favorite 2013 photos on

I have said it before and I will say it again, surround yourselves with images of the people you love!

Now that you’ve seen some of my favorite images, continue to browse through the rest of the blog circle…. Kiersta is up next!


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