Generations Fall 2017 | North Oaks Child & Family Photographer

Autumn is here

Fall 2017

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in children and their families.  To book your fall session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail If you would like to get on Michele’s e-mail list to hear about special sessions and discounts e-mail above and simply write SUBSCRIBE ME!


6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.

From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.

  1. Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.
  2. Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.
  3. Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.
  4. Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.
  5. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.
  6. Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos.  If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset.  Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.

As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photo session, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also has a studio in the northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis that she uses when she’s not on-location.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks Family Photographer   or e-mail Michele at 





Newborn in the Studio | Twin Cities, Minnesota Newborn Photographer

Last week a most precious newborn came to my studio.   I just love newborns just the way they are, without strange poses and crazy get-ups.  You get to focus on them and let these little bundle of joys show us their true little selves.   I can’t wait to go through the rest of the images but for now here is a little sneak peek.  Enjoy!

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer who photographs newborns, toddlers, tweens, teens, seniors and their families. She photographs both on location or in her studio located in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail

Tips on Preparing for your Maternity Photo Session | North Oaks, Minnesota Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. It’s a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session.

1. Schedule your session between 31 and 36 weeks as your tummy should have popped and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in the pregnancy.

2. We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin.

3. Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy.

4. If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or onesies, bring them along as they make for adorable props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.

5. More and more moms are using their ultrasound photos in their photo sessions. If you aren’t too sure whether you want to use it or not, bring it to the shoot anyway and decide on the day.


6. Take the time to pick the right outfit for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape.

In Home Session | North Oaks, Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer

I love doing in home sessions.  Everything is usually so much more laid back and fun.  No stress involved.  This mama and her two beautiful daughters are such a treat to photograph. Grandma and Grandpa came to visit so we made sure to get some with them; as well as their nanny too.  There was lots of laughter and fun, just the way I want my sessions to go.  Here is just a sneak peek.  I can’t wait to show more favorites once I finish up the gallery.  Stay tuned . . .

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs on location as well as in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail