Rochester Minnesota Senior Portrait Session | Urban and Country

Rochester is a great place for senior portraits!  There are so many options to meet the needs and style of every senior.  For Travis’ VIP Senior Session, we decided to do a mix of photos downtown near Mayo Clinic, then head out to a great secret location perfect for outdoor, country photos.  The weather was a little iffy and we had a hard time deciding if we should go ahead or reschedule.  Dodging rain clouds and showers made for a memorable experience!

One of the most iconic spots in Downtown Rochester is right in front of the Plummer Doors.  Each door is 4,000 pounds and 16 feet tall!  The ornamental patterns repeated on the doors are not only incredible gorgeous, especially for portraits, but they are filled with symbolism, perfect for a young man heading into the medical field.

Travis, a senior from Mayo High School, was active in Debate, Model UN and Knowledge bowl.  Seriously one smart kid to boot!  He has always had an interest in politics and volunteers his time to work with his local politicians and party.  Travis is also one of the most modest kids I know.  He’s so quiet about his impressive accomplishments.  He is definitely the type of young leader this country needs so keep an eye out for him in the future!

In addition to his academic involvement, Travis is also an avid runner.  He competed on both the cross country and track teams for Mayo High School.  I always look for a unique way to showcase each senior, and with Travis, I wanted to showcase him running through a field.  The last image in the set turned out to be one of my favorite senior images and it’s easy to see why Travis and his family chose that image for his senior grad banner!  This image highlights his quiet strength, confidence, determination and showcases someone who definitely knows where he’s headed in life!  Definitely a one-of-a-kind image 🙂

Loved Travis’ red shorts!
Of course, I had to include the image where Travis was photobombed by an ambulance!  LOL!

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.

Running is Life | Senior Photography for Athletes

I have known Chrissy for a long time through running via cross country and track & field so I was thrilled to say yes when she asked me to take her senior portraits! Of course, when planning her custom portrait session, we had to incorporate her love for running!

Chrissy really is the All-American girl next door.  The type of person, who the second you meet her, feels like you have been friends for years!  She is fun, adventurous, uplifting and has a kind, sweet personality.  She LOVES being outdoors!  So you will often times find her camping, walking her dog, Millie, hanging out anywhere near water and running.

As a student at Stewartville High School, Chrissy was active in cross country, track, National Honor Society and choir.  She was also Student of the Month, which is an honor for exempilary students in the senior class.  Chrissy served as a great role model to those around her and often led by example with her impressive work ethic!

For our session, Chrissy was game to try anything!  She ran in the dark, through sprinklers, waded through a river, crouched in weeds, jumped in a sketchy alley, wore high heels….you know, all the fun things that aren’t standard with every day photo sessions 😉  We had so much fun and Chrissy had so many completely unique images to set her session apart from her friends!
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Chrissy’s distance running coach, Mrs. T, would have been so impressed by the amount of running that Chrissy put in during her session.  I am not going to lie, I may have asked her to run back and forth over and over and over and over again, but I love the resulting images!  Silhouettes are hands down my favorite way to cap off a session!
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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.

Ryan | Stewartville Senior Class of 2016 | Multi Sport Athlete

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Ryan’s older brother for his senior portraits last year so I was excited to get to capture Ryan’s as well.  Ryan is a three sport athlete at Stewartville High School (football, wrestling and baseball), a great student, a christian and an overall funny, social kid.  I had a great time getting to know him better and look forward to following him throughout his senior year.

Our local football team was extremely successful last year and even though they graduated a phenomenal core of senior talent, Ryan said they are even better this year!  So far, they have been dominating their competition!  Go Tigers!

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.

Chrissy | Stewartville MN Senior Track and Cross Country Athlete

I have known Chrissy for several years now so I was honored when she asked me to be her senior portrait photographer!  She is a stand out runner for Stewartville High School in both cross country and track and field and one of my son’s former teammates 🙂  It was awesome to see them earn trips to state together in both sports and Chrissy is already picking up where she left off last season.  Of course we had to capture her in her element….running!  How gorgeous was this sunset?!


Chrissy was so fun to work with during her session.  She had so many great ideas and I loved meeting with her and her mom before hand to select her outfits, discuss locations and plan for her senior portraits.  It truly makes a difference!  I have so many great images, it’s going to be tough to narrow them down.  It’s hard to believe that just an hour or so before this next photo that there was a funnel cloud spotted not far from this spot.  Chrissy’s mom even saw it!  The weather this fall has been CRAZY!

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.

Chase | Stewartville MN Urban Senior Photos

Guys don’t always want to spend hours getting their senior pictures done…I get it.  Many times they are just going along with whatever mom wants to make her happy 🙂  That’s why I implemented a Senior Mini Session!  It’s the perfect session for people that either have limited time available or do not need a full session with multiple outfit changes and lots of different locations.

Chase took advantage of just that!  We were still able to capture a variety of images for him and created some awesome custom graduation cards for his party.

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.