Motta Kids Sneak Peek ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Child and Family Photographer

Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph these great kids!  Well they aren’t so much kids anymore.  The eldest daughter is heading off to college (actually she may have just went) and I’m super sad to see her go because she was one of the best babysitters in our neighborhood!  My kids and all the kids love her!  But of course I wish her all the best.   And the other two are growing up too fast too!  STOP!  :-)  Anyway I think we had a super fun session besides the fact that we were eaten up by bugs and had to switch locations!  Seriously I had 17 mosquito bites on my booty!  And I promise I had pants ON!:-)  Anyway here are the random images selected for the sneak peek.  Can’t wait to share my favorites on Facebook once I’ve finished up the session!  Stay tuned . . . .

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Jumping Jack Quattrin of Menlo Park ~ North Oaks, Minnesota the Family Pet Photographer

Last month we lost our most beloved family pet, Jack.  My husband and I got him once we bought our first home in Menlo Park, California.  We were young and engaged and we wanted a dog.  So we did the stupidest thing we could have done at the time and got a black Labrador puppy.  We didn’t pick Jack, he picked us.  I remember looking at all the pups thinking they all pretty much looked the same so how was I ever going to pick one.  But there was this one that just wouldn’t leave me alone, he was in my face, licking me to death and jumping at my heels to pay attention to him.  I just looked at my soon to be husband and said “I think this is the one”.  We took him home to our brand new (1974) bungalow home.  He immediately tore the house apart; from eating the walls to digging up what tiny lawn we had.  He was the biggest pain in the ass and I was discouraged.  Planning a wedding and raising a puppy at the same time was not a great idea.  A tired Lab is a good Lab they’d tell me.  We took him on runs, we played ball where he would leap off the deck, he chased birds.  The problem is they never get tired.  Everyone said oh he’ll mellow out in about two years.  Two years came and went and he never mellowed out but he grew on us.  We moved to a different home where not only did the neighborhood have a dog park to meet new friends but we had a pool where he would throw the ball in himself just so he could go for a swim.  After 4 years he still didn’t mellow out but that was ok we were already used to his antics and our family started to grow.  He was the best “brother” to our kids who would try and ride him, pull his tail, feed him food they didn’t like (let’s be honest he liked getting the scraps).  We moved across the states and of course he had a flight too.  After 6 years he still didn’t mellow.  He would cruise the neighborhood, play with the construction workers, greet the neighbors.  Thank God for wireless fences!  We moved again and after 8 years he still didn’t mellow out.  We moved again and 10 years later still hadn’t mellowed out but everyone that knew him loved him.  He became an old soul you longed to see sitting on the front porch just watching the children play and greeting anyone making deliveries.  At about 12 years he mellowed out.  It took him a long time to sit and stand and he tired very easily.  We knew our time with him would be short now.  After watching him slow and his quality of life lessen for a year we knew what we had to do.  Not one day in the past month have I not thought of Jack; coming home from a three week vacation and not having him greet me has been one of the saddest times of him being gone.  Here are just some of the hundreds of snapshots I have of my little bugger though the years.


Jumping Jack Quattrin of Menlo Park; February 9, 2003- July 12, 2016

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks Minnesota who misses her loyal companion of 13 years so much.  The days are just not the same without Jack sitting by her desk while she edits pictures of children and their families.

Backyard Fun | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

I always have so much fun with the Quinn family and this session was no exception.  We had so much fun playing in the backyard.  We did cartwheels, we jumped from the swings, we played catch and then had Popsicle’s and ran through the sprinklers.  Seriously every session should go like this.  I’m pretty sure the kids were happy the whole time and we didn’t have any crabby moments or anything.  Even the little one who in the beginning said she wasn’t going to have her picture taken or mom would have to old her the whole time was running to me asking if she could do another cartwheel/somersault for me to take her picture.  It was super hot and we were all troopers.  Here is just the sneak peeks.  I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook once I return from my vacation.  Enjoy!

Backyard Family Session with mQn Photography in North Oaks Minnesota


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  She enjoys photographing children and their families throughout the year.  To schedule your lifestyle session please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

So You Got Digital Images, Now What? ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Family & Child Photographer

By far my most purchased item from clients is the digital images.  I know some photographers don’t like to sell the digital images but I think they are important to have and not just because we live in a digital age but because its a backup to the prints.  Prints are SO important but what if (God forbid) there is a fire or a flood?  What happens to those prints?  They’re gone!  But if you have the digital back-up then you can get them back and isn’t that a relief?  But what good is having the digital images if you don’t have them printed?  I hear it more often than not from clients that they wished they would have just bought prints after the session because a year later they still didn’t print images.  And who logs into their computer just to look at old images?  Ya me neither!  Clients you have invested in your photo session you should enjoy those images for generations to come, you will not regret it!

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Print those images baby!


So lets get into where you should go to print images on your own after you’ve bought the digital images.  I highly recommend ordering prints through me from your session but if that’s just not going to happen or you have old images from your camera that you want to print then the consumer labs I recommend are unitprints.com and mpix.com.  Please don’t use Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, etc.  These places have been know to darken your prints and lessen the quality.

I’m excited to announce that when you purchase to download the images from your session the website I use to host the download will now have the option for you to purchase gift prints at a heavily discounted rate.  It will be for a limited time while your gallery is open but I think it will be really worth it in the long run to make it easier for you to purchase prints from your session at rates that are affordable.

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Coffee Table books; my favorite item to get all your images from your session displayed in one place.

Coffee table books are the best way, in my opinion, to have all your images from your session.  Your kids will love looking at these books as well as grandparents and anyone else who comes to your home.  I use to love to scrapbook but Oh. MY. GOODNESS. does that take time I just don’t have.  These book are such a great solution.  LOVE THEM!

Another wonderful affordable option to have all your images from your session in my proof books.  These are so lovely.  They are small than the coffee table books, they don’t have a custom cover or a beautiful design inside but they are still wonderful in their own right.  Basically each 5×7 print is bound individually in a linen hard cover book.  A great alternative to the larger coffee table book.

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I hope this help with what to do after you get your digital images.  I know sometimes it can be overwhelming, but you won’t regret printing your images and looking back on them for years to come.  I promise you!


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota when she’s not harassing clients to print their images from their sessions she’s actually having fun creating those memories for her clients to have and share for generations to come.  To schedule your next photo session with Michele please email.  michele@mqnphotography.com

 

 

 

Micro Preemie Superman ~ University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer

This little guy was an micro preemie born 16 weeks early.  He has under gone 7 surgeries, 4 on his bowels, 1 on his heart, 1 laser surgery on his eyes and 1 hernia repair.  He is his family’s superman.

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  When she’s not photographing children and their families she volunteers as a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project photographing NICU babies and their families during their stay in the NICU.  Please visit The Tiny Footprints Project online for more information and to see how you can help.