Nora | Southeastern Minnesota Newborn and Family Photographer

There is nothing I love more than capturing the sweet little details of a newborn baby!  Seriously, I have the best job in the world 🙂

It’s even better when the whole family comes along and I can capture their excitement for this new little life.  The sleepless nights are quickly forgotten as parents beam with joy when they talk about their adorable little ones.  Even the proud older siblings that get to take on a new role and help out as much as possible.

When photographing newborns, I always aim to keep our sessions simple and neutral so the focus can be on the babies and the connections within the families.  I want to create images that will remain timeless that families can display proudly in their homes. 

It’s also very important to let the older siblings know that just because there may be a new baby in the house soaking up all the time and attention, that they are not forgotten! When moms take a break to feed their newborns, I get the siblings in for some one-on-one time. It’s fun to make them feel like the session is not just about the baby 🙂

Seeing older siblings in action with their new brother/sister totally warms my heart!

After family images are captured, I will move on to the baby only images. That gives older siblings and parents a break and they can kick back and relax.

When photographing newborns, I prefer to do the sessions within the first couple weeks of life. That is when they are their most sleepy, curly and posable.  That doesn’t mean I won’t take on sessions of older babies.  I love those too!

Newborns change so rapidly. That is why it is so important to have this stage documented. It’s impossible to remember those tiny details like their squishy little lips, thin peeling nails, adorable back rolls, perfect profile and sweet baby toes!

While I always aim for timeless, neutral photographs, I love to incorporate props and other special pieces that are important to the families as well. This dad made cool plaques to celebrate their family heritage. This is the one representing Nora’s Irish background….how awesome is that?!

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Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns, seniors, children and families in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

Danika | Stewartville Senior Soccer Pics

I cannot believe that graduation is right around the corner!  The time when seniors are wrapping up their high school careers and looking back at just how far they’ve come, the friends they’ve made and remembering the fun they’ve had!

My most favorite thing to do is sit down with my seniors and their parents prior to their portrait session and find out what is unique about them.  What activities really shaped them and played an important role in their lives.  What places are special to them.  Then we tailor the session around that information.

With Danika, Stewartville High School Class of 2015, it was easy!  She is an avid soccer player so of course we had to head down to the fields to capture her in her natural element!  Using some off camera flash, we were able to get a variety of looks for her and create some drama! I love incorporating some edgy sports images with my sessions 🙂   

Anyone who has been in front of my camera before knows that I will totally make you perform an action shot over and over again until I feel like we have achieved the perfect image! Danika was such a trooper practicing her awesome soccer skills again and again, even when the rain moved in! We had the best looking skies so I would say it was completely worth it!

As you can tell by looking at her, Danika is not someone you want to mess with out on the soccer field!

For the second part of our session, we hit up some of my favorite secret locations.

I am a huge proponent of safety when it comes to my sessions. No shot is worth risking serious harm or injury. It is for that reason that I typically will not shoot on any train tracks what-so-ever. After a discussion with Danika and her mother, I did a lot of research to arrange this location to accommodate their requests. We took all the necessary precautions and had a spotter on hand the whole time.

Finally, we wrapped up in this cool spot! Danika is also very active in the Band programs at Stewartville High School so we made sure to get some images with her drums and sticks.

This location also made the perfect back drop for a few Harry Potter inspired photos. We had so much fun capturing all of these images from her session!

Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns, seniors, children and families in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.