Urban Senior Portraits in Rochester MN

Urban senior photo sessions are one of the most popular requests we get as senior photographers. ¬†We are lucky that Rochester has so many great urban spots to use as backdrops ūüôā ¬† Downtown Rochester was the request for Mayo High School Senior, Sam.

I am always thrilled when families come back to me for a second time or more for senior photos. ¬†I had the pleasure of photographing Sam’s older brother Phillip last year. ¬†You can check out some of his urban session HERE. ¬†I always mix it up when shooting multiple family members so their sessions aren’t a carbon copy. ¬†With that in mind, we¬†took advantage of some of the areas north of the Peace Plaza for¬†our session.

In addition to our urban alley scenes, Sam wanted to get some unique swimming photos as he competes for Mayo High School.  We had plans to do some images at a pool as well, but he was totally on board for Swimming Urban Sportraits as part of his session.  I love the edgy feel of these and Sam definitely looks like someone you would not want to battle against in the pool!

Sam had four different looks planned for his photos. ¬†With all the great urban scenes, we were able to find the perfect spots to coordinate with each outfit. ¬†And of course, who doesn’t love sliding down a railing ūüôā ¬†We had fun on our session and even drew spectators at each spot.

I love the industrial feel of our final location for Sam’s senior photos. ¬†This building has gorgeous lines and the reflections in the windows gave a super cool aesthetic to our urban images. ¬†You can tell how athletic Sam is and he was totally up for climbing poles, running and jumping around. ¬†I mean why have stagnant senior photos when you can have fun playing around!! ¬†We even nailed some awesome urban silhouettes at the end of his senior pics ūüôā ¬†If Sam didn’t go home tired, I would be surprised! ¬†Thanks for another great evening in front of my lens Sam!
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Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and high school seniors in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

Epic Senior Portrait Experience | Stewartville MN Senior Photography

Senior portraits are important. ¬†It’s one last chance to capture and document everything about your high school experience. ¬†If you are like Libby from Stewartville High School, there are lots of sports and activities that are important to you. ¬†These activities had a vital part of shaping who you are today and will undoubtedly have an impact on your future direction in life. ¬†That’s why one simple session doesn’t always capture everything. ¬†For Libby’s ELITE Senior Portrait Session, we planned out multiple sessions throughout her senior year to document her favorite seasons, sports and incorporate multiple locations to enhance her personality and style! ¬†It was EPIC!

We captured 15-16 different outfits on three days of shooting and had so much fun doing it! ¬†(Ha, I told you it was epic!) ¬†Libby had a lot of options that captured her personality and brought the best accessories. ¬†I always say bring more outfits that you think we will need and I will do my best to capture as many of them as possible. ¬†With sessions on multiple days, we had¬†the luxury of additional time to photograph all of her favorites ūüôā ¬†We were also able to include so many locations which gave Libby a ton of variety to her session and so many more images to choose from. ¬†Libby describes herself as outgoing, athletic, casual, adventurous, sweet, academic and religious. ¬†I would say we completely nailed each of those descriptions!

During our pre-session consultation, Libby mentioned that she would like to have pictures with a tree swing.  Challenge accepted!  I found the perfect tree swing and they ended up being some of her favorite images!  I love when Seniors have suggestions and requests to make their senior portraits stand out from everyone else.

This photo ^^^^^ (above left) was Libby’s favorite from her session <3 ¬†Doesn’t that alley have just the most gorgeous light?! ¬†I have had so many people comment on how much the love that dress. ¬†I completely agree!Libby felt completely at home dressed casually with one of her many hats! ¬†She is totally a hat person. ¬†
Libby’s biggest accomplishment was winning state volleyball title as a sophomore! ¬†She is also the current team captain. ¬†We live in a town where volleyball is everything so Libby was completely on board for an urban sportrait session to give her images a completely different look. ¬†That colored fog is totally epic! ¬†Libby is always a bright smiley person so it’s hard to go long without her cracking a huge smile and laughing. ¬†We did get to see her serious side and her mom and sister loved that look!During the winter, we hit the Stewartville High School gym for another session capturing her basketball skills! ¬†The photo above was another of Libby’s favorites! ¬†#wearetigersI always aim to capture a variety of images during all of my sessions. ¬†Posed, action shots, dramatic lighting, natural light. ¬†You will see it all! ¬†As a three sport athlete, Libby is busy year round, but if you ask her which is her favorite sport, she will likely say track! ¬†She plans to attend Bemidji State University and compete in track and field next year. ¬†Libby runs hurdles, relays and high jumps for the Tigers. ¬†We had fun capturing these images highlighting her favorite events and she got a decent work out in too! ¬†Coach Dawn Miller would be proud ūüôā ¬†

Libby, thanks for selecting me to capture these epic senior memories for you! I can’t wait to see what your future holds.

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

Custom Fine Art Imagery and Sports Montages for Stewartville and Southeastern MN Seniors

Education in the photography industry is extremely important. ¬†I am constantly looking for ways to not only improve my photography, but to create completely original pieces of art work for my senior clients. ¬†Every senior is looking for something different to set themselves apart from their friends and classmates. ¬†Everywhere you look, there are new photographers and people with “nice cameras” offering sessions. ¬†They are shooting in the same locations, using the same poses and have the same look. ¬†As a professional photographer, I am not satisfied with doing what everyone else does. ¬†Every chance I get, I am pushing my craft, learning from the best in the industry and using professional gear and lighting equipment. ¬†I work with a limited select bunch of clients that are truly looking for something completely unique and fun!

The Last spring, I went to Wilton, Iowa for hands-on training with the #1 senior photographer in the country, Ben Shirk. ¬†The art work that he creates for his seniors and portrait clients is second-to-none! ¬†In fact, Ben’s work is so impressive that he has won countless awards and just recently was visited by NBC for a story about cutting edge senior photography that will debut on the Today Show later this month!

Here are a few of the custom art work I created under Ben’s guidance from his workshop. ¬†Dance is so popular right now so it was exciting¬†to think outside the box and find fun ways to capture Travernia in the studio! ¬†Any sport or activity can be used to create custom montages and fine art pieces like the ones you see below.
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Rochester MN Senior Photographer | Maddie | Fashion Ice Cream and Fun

Senior portrait sessions featuring Flapdoodles Ice Cream, Fashion and a whole lot a fun…yes please! ¬†Maddie contacted me for a one-of-a-kind Senior Portrait Experience showcasing her love for ice cream, super cute style and one of her favorite places to chill, Quarry Hill. ¬†I got to know Maddie over a planning session/dinner and we hit it off right away so I knew we were going to have lots of fun on her session.

We were blessed with another perfect weather day for her senior pics, which made our first stop for ice cream even that much more enjoyable.  We selected the perfect homemade scooped treat to match her white tank, pink corduroy skirt and brown strappy heeled sandals.  Maddie supplied tons of personality <3

Next stop for senior photos, John Marshall High School! ¬†Every time Maddie stepped out of the changing tent with a new outfit, I was more excited to photograph her. ¬† Her fashion was definitely on point! ¬†Maddie’s floral top, laser cut suede skirt, booties and floppy hat coordinated perfectly with the warm brick and black lettering on the building. ¬†Not only does she have a killer style, but she did her own makeup for her session too…that contour tho!!!!

Finally, our last location was Quarry Hill Nature Center. ¬†As all area photographers know, they have amazing grounds for photos. ¬†We captured Maddie’s senior portraits¬†at a couple of the usual spots, but then we made the trek deep into the park for her last outfit of the day. ¬†There she changed into her boho¬†chic inspired¬†look with a white dress, navy fringed laser cut duster, neutral booties and her own floral head piece. ¬†It was the perfect fashion for our flowery¬†field! ¬†We got to experiment with different looks from serious to sassy, incorporate motion, and nail some big gorgeous blue sky images. ¬†Senior sessions are so much more¬†fun when you think outside the box!
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^^^^^ ¬†Maddie’s eyes are completely mesmerizing!!!! ¬†^^^^^^

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

Senior Photos in Rochester MN | Dawson Lourdes High School Soccer Standout

Senior photos aren’t all just about the girls! ¬†Guys can have an awesome session showcasing their unique talents and personality too! ¬†We did just that for Dawson’s senior portrait session on the most perfect November fall day.

Dawson has a great sense of style so we mixed things up going from super GQ in a suit to relaxed and fun with a loose tie, rolled sleeves and glasses.  A downtown urban scene was the perfect backdrop for this dressier look.  We ventured through some alleys, the cool nook next to Hefe Rojo and Newts, Historic Third Street and Old City Hall.

URBAN SPORTRAITS!!!!

Next we hit one of my favorite spots to showcase his amazing soccer talent! ¬†Urban Sportraits are quickly becoming one of my favorite session add ons. ¬†Highlighting the sport, with a edgier look ūüôā ¬†Not only did Dawson get a workout, but we laughed like crazy and had so much fun. ¬†His soccer abilities allowed him to be one of the leaders on the Lourdes High School Soccer team this year and he’s also been involved with other teams outside of the school season. ¬†It’s easy to see why he’s a standout on the field!

While planning for his senior photos, Dawson and his mom had a great tip on a hidden gem of a location in Rochester.  I have so many places to suggest for senior portrait sessions, but I love it even more when my clients have places in mind that are different and fun.  I quickly realized that we hit the jackpot with this spot.  Beautiful fall colors, check.  River views, check.  Old run down building, check.  Park scenery, check.  Stone wall, check.  Bridges, checkity check check check!

Finally, Dawson got to top off his senior photos with a leaf fight and some photos with mom, which as you all know, I love capturing more than anything!

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