Vanderpool Studios | About

Vanderpool Studios is an award-winning portrait studio in Southeast Minnesota, owned by Heather Vanderpool. Located near Rochester and just north of Byron in a beautiful wooded setting near Oxbow Park, Vanderpool Studios offers both studio and outdoor portrait sessions on site, as well as on location. We specialize in high school senior and family portraiture.  

Heather Vanderpool has earned the elite designation of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through the Professional Photographers of America.  She is a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), SMNPPA (Southern Minnesota Professional Photographer's Association), TCPPA (Twin Cities Professional Photographer's Association), and is a current Board Member and former President of SMNPPA.  Heather continues her education in workshops around the country in order to continue to improve her craft.



  • 2012 SMNPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year
  • 2014 SMNPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year
  • 2015 SMNPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year
  • 2016 SMNPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year
  • 2016 Platinum Photographer of the Year at International Photographic Competition 
  • 2016 Top Ten Image in International Photographic Competition
  • 2016 earned her CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) through PPA
  • 2017 Bronze Photographer of the Year at International Photographic Competition 


Vanderpool Studios Senior Sessions

Everything About YOU!  3-4 hours, fashion-inspired, unlimited outfits and locations. $275. Professional hair/makeup available at additional fee. 

The Studio Choice: 2 hours, mix&match studio & location (both on site and your choice). Suggested 4-5 outfits/looks. $175

The Studio Plus: 1 hour, studio & outdoor on site. 3 outfits/looks suggested. $135

The Studio Mini: 30 minutes, 2 outfits, 2 backgrounds. Studio only. $75

All sessions include a pre-session consultation, session time, and your ordering appointment. Your yearbook image is included and will be sent directly to your school. No prints or digital files are included with your session fee.  A complimentary family session (to be completed by June of graduation year, after senior portrait order is placed and payment completed) is included for you as part of your senior portrait experience (all except The Studio Mini session).


Contact Heather today discuss your portrait needs at

507.315.9315 or