Lower Photography & Studio also has an outside portrait park and is a full service studio discreatly hidden at the edge of a residentilal area on the the corner of West River Parkway and 9th Ave in Rochester, Minnesota. We are a Certified Professional Photographer, on staff, and do all of the following: Art (fine and Giclee), Aerial, Architecture, Baby, Business, Commercial, Copy, Event, Family, Group, HIgh School Seniors, Kids, Model, Passport, Pet, Portrait (all kinds), Restoration, Visa, Wedding (at our studio in outside portrait park).




Lower Photography & Studio loves the people that enter our doors. We want you to know that you will feel relaxed knowing your satisfaction is guaranteed. Howard and Bev believe that they have a given mission to serve each client by counseling with each before any image is created. Howard is the photographer and technical person. (He is certified as a professional photographer, too.) Bev, is the assistant and office manager. Both have one objective and that is to create the best images of you that has ever been created. ... With your help!



It starts with your phone call perhaps like the following 'real client'.


Know that we work with you to provide the best package by insuring you only purchase what you want then make sure you are happy with your payment plan (we  also take credit cards). Did we mention that most also get an additional 30% off print prices? Ask! We want everyone to know that we are here to support you in your time of need. Ask!


 All of what we do is to make your experience positive in all ways. See what many have written at the bottom of this page at the  "HERE".



Sonja writes:


Sonja studio grey background"First, let me start by telling you that I am the most simple person I know. I don’t wear makeup, go shopping, wear dresses or high heels and most importantly – I am shy!


Modeling is something that I have thought about for a while, but it has been just that… a thought. Finally, I said to myself that while it is way outside of my comfort zone, I might as well try it instead of thinking about the ‘what-if’s’. I started by researching and writing down numbers of local photographers. LOWER Photography was my first and ended up being my last call.


When I called, I was greeted by Bev who was patient and understanding with me. I explained to her that I had no idea how to accomplish what I needed to do but laid out for her what I wanted. She recognized I planned to create a model comp card and asked me about outfits I might consider as well as makeup. I wasn’t sure what to use, so we decided that I should bring several outfits with me and choose them together at the session time. I told her that I didn’t even own any makeup and certainly didn’t know how to apply it. She walked me through what I needed to buy and told me that she would even teach me how to use it once I got there.


I also communicated that I was shy and I preferred a female over a male toSonja studio barn door bkgrd photograph me. And she replied that I should not worry - that a male (Howard) was going to take my portrait, but she would be there. She added, “By the time you’re finished, you’re going to be all smiles from having fun!” I think she could tell I was nervous and that it took a lot of courage for me to have even called to set up an appointment.


I will say by the end of my conversation with Bev and her ‘guaranteed great time’ that I was comfortable with the concept of modeling and happy with my decision to go with LOWER Photography!


When I showed up, I was nervous just because it was something new for me and I was meeting them for the first time. First impressions are very important to me, so I made sure I was early and that our first conversation went well. They (Howard and Bev) took time to get to know more about me. We discussed my outfits and chose backgrounds appropriate for each. Then I underwent a crash course about makeup application. Bev was amazing! She taught me some tricks for a sleek look as well as offering me what she had and even let me keep some new eye liner.


Sonja studio barn bkgrd with slight blue tintThen it was time for me to produce and show off that smile! It took some getting used to since when I have taken professional pictures in the past, they didn’t want me to move! I was instructed to ‘just be myself!’ Easier said than done! But, actually, very easy. Howie was super friendly and helpful not to mention educational. As we went along, he would point out reasons as to why things are done, the proper way to place/show your hands, etc. I learned a lot about not only modeling, but what he does as well. We then viewed the images when the sessions were finished. This was extremely difficult for me, but made easier with their help. It was nice to get their point of view. I thought all my images were good, but artistically some were better than others and Howard has the perfect eye for that part as well! I was guaranteed a fun day and can honestly say, “I had a blast!”


Howie sent me the images that night and called the next day to explain that both he and Bev lost sleep thinking about my shoot. Something was missing from the previous sessions, but they weren’t sure if I was going to be willing to do what they were about to suggest because they knew it was not me at all. They wanted to take me shopping and get a dress and heels to make my comp card complete! With a dress image, the card would be complete with athletic, casual and close-ups. They told me what I had chosen was good, but this would make it great! So I said, “Sure! Why not? All or nothing!”


Sonja lifting 15# weightThe next day, Bev called and said her appointment for that day had canceled and wanted to know if I wanted to go shopping. So I said that would be okay, and we went on our next adventure together. We went dress shopping and found some heels as well as some accessories! When we started our adventure, Howie said that by the end of the day I would say that I had fun dress shopping. Let’s remember that I don’t care to wear dresses and heels, let alone shop for them! I will say that 5 hours later, 4 dresses and a pair of 5” heels later, I could happily say those dreaded words to Howie who laughed at me and said, “I told you so!” Then he shared his plans for these outfits with me and I was yet again scared!


We had the session on Saturday afternoon to photograph in the dresses. We went to a beautiful location where I made a point to prove that I could walk gracefully and ‘keep up’ with him in those heels! It was a hike, but a fun voyage at the same time. Then we headed to what I call the ‘dreaded place’ Howard chose … DOWN TOWN!


However, once more, Howie prevailed and it was not as bad as I thought it wouldSonja at historical library outdoors door be! The constant laughter and great conversation along the way helped take away from the ‘task’ at hand. It was a full day of wearing those dresses, but like he said, “It was fun and well worth it!”


I am very happy with my decision to go with LOWER Photography. They both were incredibly helpful and patient in every aspect. It made the experience for me fun since I was way outside my comfort zone initially. With a little bit of encouragement, kind words, and caring, it was effortless to step into that uncomfortable zone. With Howie and Bev it was incredibly easy! Sonja on back of model compcard- 5 imagesThey both went out of their way to make me feel relaxed because they knew how I felt. We were able to share days of laughter and joy together and that relationship helped me get at ease with Howard so it was more like taking a walk and snapping some shots with a friend instead of a photographer.


Throughout the whole process, they both were amazingly helpful, generous and thoughtful. They listened to my concerns and addressed them and then gave me reassuring words. And let me tell you since it is now all said and done, I can quote Bev’s exact words: “I guarantee you’re going to have fun!”


Sonja lifting easily 2 - 15# weights -front of comp card



Our Reward

This, friends, is exactly why we do what we do ... to make a difference in someone's life is the best reward we can ever receive. We believe there is no better way to effect someone's life in a positive way than through the art of photography. We hope to hear from you soon.



Another Testamonial

We strive to do the very best for each person we work with.   Below is a testimonial by another one of our clients. See the menue at the top of the page for more information and many more images.


Pat A. says: "Both of our children had their Senior Portraits done at Lower Photography and we were extremely pleased with the results. Both Howard and Bev work hard to make it an enjoyable experience with exactly the kinds of shots you want. Whether formal or informal, indoors or outdoors, our biggest difficulty was narrowing down our choices! They are thoroughly professional and also friendly and easy to work with. We were very happy with the results and will certainly go back to them for future photography needs."



More Testamonials

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Lower Photography & Studio

3509 9th Ave NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Phone: 507-282-2534


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