Ch-ch-changes! Newborn and Senior Photography in Stewartville, MN

You’ve probably noticed that things have been pretty quiet around here and my other social media sites.  I have been busy behind-the-scenes prepping for another amazing fall senior portrait season!  Every year, I re-evaluate my business.  What is working well?  What can be approved upon?  What do my clients love about the images I create for them and the value of the services I provide?  What can I do to overall improve my customer service?  Does my pricing allow me to run a successful, profitable business that can be sustainable?  What images did I create in the past year that truly made my heart sing?  How can I further my education to keep providing my clients with the best photographic products and images?  Where did I completely fail and how do I push past that?

When you are a small business owner, you wear many hats.  For me, the least amount of time is spent actually photographing sessions.  I could easily pump out session after session, throw a preset on your images calling it “editing”, and place the images online, on a CD or even a USB drive and give them to my clients.  Where is the joy in that?  How is that providing I get my greatest satisfaction and customer service to my clients?  Are those images ever going to be printed and displayed in the way they were meant to be?  When I am able to sit down with my clients, help them to plan a custom session, create images they love and help them to select timeless products that they can display in their homes, that is everything!

My favorite sessions in the past several years have been newborns and seniors.  Why?  They are each major milestone events in life that cannot be replicated.

Your baby will never be that tiny and new again.  Even a couple weeks later, your baby will look completely different.  Newborns grow and change so quickly, but it’s important to document their delicate little features, how angelic they look, how proud and amazed you are that you created this perfect little being.  After sleep deprivation sets in, you can hardly recall those details.

Senior year is full of lasts.  Your last first day of school, your last time to play on your home court, your last prom and homecoming.  Senior year flies by the quickest of all of them.  It’s important to take time to enjoy the little moments.  Cherish the friendships.  Embrace the struggles and celebrate the successes!  These moments only come once and before you know it, senior year is over and they are expected to have it all figured out.

These are the moments I want to focus my greatest energy on!  As a new mother (again) to a 1 and 3 year old and a mother to a 2015 senior, I have experienced the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with these milestones.  I am so glad that I made the decision to take the time to document them properly.  My home is filled with images of my children.  When my three year old looks up at the wall, she points to the photos and says, “That’s my framily!”  LOL!  We have already established the importance of family and belonging <3  My oldest, even though he is away at school, understands that he is still an important part of our family.  We miss him dearly, and even though life continues on, he always has a place to call home.  That is the magic and power of what professional photography can give you.  All of those memories and emotions come flooding back to that time in your life when you walk past your favorite image displayed proudly on your wall.

With this re-evaluation of my business, I realized my current branding no longer represents my style of photography and the message I would like to portray to my clients.  I create timeless images and products with a clean look that are not going to go out of style.  I invest an incredible amount of time with each client, from first contact to product delivery and beyond.  I want to focus on the little details so you don’t have to.  I want to be there each step of the way, to answer all of their questions and find the absolute best way to showcase their imagery.  I am not going to be the photographer for everyone, but if you are family driven, want something that sets you apart, busy and active and want only the best, I am the photographer for you!

Thank you to everyone that has supported my business the past 6 years!  Special thanks to Tiffany Kelley Design Company for bringing my rebranding to life.  I love the new look!  If you would like to see more from my rebranding, check out her blog post HERE!

Stewartville MN Senior Photos | Aaron | Class of 2015

I had so much fun taking Aaron’s senior pictures last month!  Those eyes!  Wowsa!  Can’t wait to share more images from his session!

It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session!   I still have some fall dates available.  Just in time for the beautiful colors!  Contact me today for information:  nicole@nicolemathison.com

10 on 10 | Nicole Mathison Photography | Blog Triangle

In January I took a workshop on macro photography with my friend Jen (she’s up next in our blog triangle).  Macro is all about seeing things differently.  Taking your time and really thinking about your shot.  Capturing details that would normally be overlooked.  I have always been drawn to the beautiful macro images I’ve seen and I have been dying to get a macro lens of my own for years.  I am so glad Jen encouraged me to do it!  The workshop opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the world 🙂  I have hardly picked up my camera at all this month, but I did take the time to photograph the beautiful bouquet of flowers that Brian bought me for Valentine’s Day.  From the stems and buds to the flowers in full bloom, here are my 10 images this month:
Next up is Jen.  Check out her how she spent her day.  Her kids are too adorable for words!

10 On 10 | Nicole Mathison Photography | Blog Triangle

What’s a typical Sunday like at our house?  For this month’s 10 on 10 I thought I would give you a little view at my morning.  Emi gets up at the crack of dawn and goes like crazy until her poor sleep deprived mom gets a break when dad rolls out of bed… roughly around noonish!  Actually, we were lucky this weekend and dad was up around 11 🙂  When Emi refuses to nap and I can’t get anything done, I decide to set up a little photo shoot for her because she LOVES the attention!  She is so full of smiles, but I love her silly little faces too.  She looks so sweet and innocent here and I am a total sucker for a little ruffly baby butt <3

Emi is a mover and a shaker…er, roller and a drooler!

When all else fails, it’s the exersaucer to the rescue!  I love how she spins around and plays with each item.  She’s having a blast exploring new things with her fingers.  We even had to raise it up a notch because she’s getting so long.  She loves to stand and wobble around.

If you noticed her outfit above, Emi is Gopher ready.  She just needed to wait for her daddy to get up so we could watch the #3 ranked Gopher Wrestling team face off against #1 ranked Penn State.  It was a huge match up and turned out to be quite the nail biter.  Emi loves watching wrestling, but notice the look of terror on her face in the second picture!  Dad was getting a little too wild for her so mom had to put the camera down and rescue her.  Dad was just happy that she was awake so he didn’t have to be too quiet while cheering them on 🙂  The Gophers pulled off an amazing win to become Big 10 Champs and Emi got to enjoy calmer snuggles with her dad afterward <3

Thanks for taking a peek at my weekend.  Follow along to see what my friend Jen was up to this month!