Vanderpool Studios is an International Award-winning portrait studio in Southeast Minnesota, owned by Heather Vanderpool.  Located close to 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, family portraiture, and commercial headshots.

Vanderpool Studios owner and Master photographer Heather Vanderpool has been creating photographic art since 2007. Her work has been included in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection books and the Showcase Collection books. Heather earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer in 2016, and additionally, she earned her Master Photographer degree in 2019 in recognition of her superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession.



Professional Photographers of America (Elite member)

Southern Minnesota Professional Photographers Association

Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association



  • 2020 Team USA Member for the World Photographic Cup
  • 2019 SMNPPA Master Photographer of the Year
  • 2019 TCPPA Illustrative Photographer of the Year
  • 2019 PPA Platinum Medalist - International Photographer of the Year
  • 2019 2nd place Grand Imaging Award - General - International Photographic Competition
  • 2019 - Earned Master Photographer Degree
  • 2018 PPA Silver Medalist - International Photographer of the Year
  • 2017 PPA Bronze Medalist - International Photographer of the Year
  • 2016 PPA Platinum Medalist - International Photographer of the Year
  • 2016 Top Ten Grand Imaging Award Illustrative Category
  • Certified Professional Photographer - 2016
  • 2012, 2014-2018, SMNPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year


Vanderpool Studios Senior Sessions

Everything About YOU!

4 hours, unlimited outfits and locations. Can split into 2 days for varying hair/makeup/locations.  $275 

The Studio Choice

2 hours, mix&match studio & location. Suggested 4-5 outfits/looks. $175

The Studio Plus

1 hour, studio & outdoor on-site. 2-3 outfits/looks suggested. $135

All sessions include a pre-session consultation, photoshoot, and custom reveal/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.


Contact Heather today discuss your portrait needs at

507.315.9315 or [email protected]