Decorate with Family Images | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Want to beat the winter blues?  Here are some ideas for spicing up your home with portrait decor.   I’m talking framed prints or canvases.  I’m going to share some wall displays here but if you want an in home consultation please send me an e-mail or visit my contact me page on the website.  North Oaks, Minnesota | Lifestyle Portraiture.

Decorate with Family Images, how to display images from your photo sessions

The Fireplace

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You’d be amazed how much one dramatic piece above the mantle will make your heart sing.

A Large Wall

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Add a few or a lot of images to make large walls more homey.  You too can feel like you are in your own gallery with your lovely images.

Above the couch

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Another space for a dramatic family image is right where you cuddle up together whether it’s the couch or bed.  Always be reminded how special and loving your family is.

The staircase

White stairway in the modern house. 3d render.

This is another location where you can really do a lot with and make your space feel more like home.  It’s the one place you walk by how many times a day?

Baby’s bed

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Yes your kids grow up fast but they are only this little once and the best place to put your newborn images is all over baby’s room so you can always remember how little they once were.

I offer up a guide to anyone who needs more wall display ideas.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota and has a studio in NE Minneapolis.  She loves to photograph children and their families and to make sure your home is decorated with all your lovely images.  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

The mQn Photography Studio Space | North East Minneapolis Studio Photographer

I am so excited to announce my leap into renting a shared studio space in North East Minneapolis.  It’s such a beautiful space.

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If you are on Instagram then you may have already heard but I wanted to officially put it on the blog.   It’s the perfect space for families, newborns, babies or older children.  It’s just the perfect amount of vintage/rustic I love and also a great space for cake smashes and all kinds of other ideas I have brewing in my mind.

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And if the actual studio space wasn’t enough there are lots of common areas to access too which is great for older kids and seniors!

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I’m really hoping to be able to utilize the space most of winter when it’s just too cold to go outside and all other times in the year when a client’s home just isn’t what they want.  I will still be offering my services for outdoor/indoor on location sessions as well as in-home lifestyle and fresh 48 and NICU sessions at the hospitals. But for all the other times you can come see me here.

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And if you missed the Facebook announcement earlier.  You won’t want to miss out on this discount.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer and whether she is on location or in studio she captures children and their families in meaningful ways.  To schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com or visit the contact us page on the website.  You can click here to get directed: Michele Quattrin Photography | North East Minneapolis Studio Photographer

Three Best Tips for Taking your Own Family Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Want to take your own great family photos?  Here are my 3 best tips:

  1. Have patience.  I have been taking my own family pictures now for 8 years!  I’m telling you in the beginning I was always left in tears trying to get in the frame racing back and forth from the camera, getting my then 2 & 3 year old to participate and a hubby who had very little interest in my goal.  He just couldn’t figure out why it would be so hard.  Really?  REALLY?!!!  066-with-logo

  2. Embrace the silly.  Don’t strive for perfection it will make you crazy every single time.  Besides if you are anything like our family we aren’t perfect and we have a whole lot of crazy.059

  3. Go with the kids ideas.  Yes they are going to want to make silly faces or do something you don’t want to do but you know what?  If you do something for them they are more willing to do something for you.  It’s called compromise.071

    So there you have it what I’ve learned in 8 years.  Oh and if you plan on making it a habit to get in the pictures with your family and not just taking them yourself.  Invest in a remote trigger so you don’t have to run to the camera every second after you snap a picture.  They’re like $25 on Amazon.


    And if you want to see our crazy here’s a little 3 minute video: Welcome to our House 



    Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in photographing children and their families.  If you find it too daunting to take images yourself and you want to book your next session with Michele just send her an e-mail.  michele@mqnphotography.com or visit www.mqnphotography.com

Coffee Table Books, a Favorite Product | North Oaks Minnesota Family Photographer

I got an e-mail the other day from a client that said “I had a mini panic attack in the van a couple days ago thinking I never THANKED YOU for the book!  It’s awesome, thank you SO much.  I’m so grateful that you offer the coffee table books for people.  It’s such a great way to look back and see how the kids have grown, I love them!”  It seriously warmed my heart.  Her book turned out so lovely that I wished I had photographed it but I was in such a hurry to get it to her before Christmas that I promptly put it in the mail.  This is her second book and both of them are so lovely.

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These coffee table books I offer are so affordable I wish all clients would forgo the digital’s and just get this.  This year I have made some changes and created some collections that I hope clients will take advantage of instead of a la cart digital files.  I understand that digital files are a hot commodity and they are important to have but if you aren’t going to ever look at the images once they are on your computer then what good are they?  I mean seriously?  But these books!  I personally have 7 myself and my kids love love love going through them.

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But even if these are a little over price point then I offer proof books that are really fantastic especially for the price.  I have multiple of these too of course.  I wouldn’t recommend something to clients that I wouldn’t want myself.

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This year too by popular demand I’m going to try out payment plans.  Sort of like a layaway for your wanted photography products.  I know photography can be a big investment so I understand that smaller chunks might work better for some families.

If you want a copy of the new 2017 Session Guide just send me an e-mail and I’ll be happy to send it over.  Lot’s of great information on the new collections and portrait sessions being offered this year.

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families all over the Twin Cities.  To book your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Generations | North Oaks, Minnesota Client Magazine Winter 2016-17 Edition

The winter edition of our client magazine, Generations, has been published. Click the magazine to read the full thing.  This is a great place to start if you are considering a photo session this winter with mQn Photography.

This month I’m participating in a blog circle with a few photographer friends from all over the globe!  At the end of this post, be sure to click my friend Johanna’s link to follow the circle around.  Johanna is from Berkshire over in the U.K.   You’ll get a glimpse of a newborn baby boy on her blog; I wonder if there is any royalty in his blood?

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I’m now booking winter (and Spring) sessions for 2017.  If you’re interested in a session head over to the investment page on my website which shows sessions and pricing.  Be sure to contact me as soon as possible, as I only take a limited number of sessions per month.  I would love to talk with you!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow the blog circle around to Johanna’s post here: Newborn and Family Photography Reading, Berkshire

There are four of us in the circle this month, I hope you enjoy traveling along from Minnesota to the UK, back over to Denver and then down under to Australia.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She schedules clients sessions all year long.  If you’d like to schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com or visit www.mqnphotography.com to view more of her work.