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

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!


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 and  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.


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.


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.




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.


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.

Extended Family Session at the White Bear Yacht Club~White Bear Lake, Minnesota Family Photographer

I know catchy title huh?  Give me some slack I’ve been up at Elk River’s Girl Scout camp all week and trying to get some images together during the evenings to share for this wonderful family’s 50th wedding anniversary.  We did a little extended family session right before they started to celebrate at the White Bear Yacht Club.  When I went to scope the place out I brought my kids and now they are begging me to join!  It is a beautiful venue and I fully plan to harass my husband about it until we join.  :-)  In any event here are just a few sneak peeks from our session.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota specializing in children and their immediate family.  Though Michele does not normally specialize in extended family sessions she does enjoy meeting the whole family on occasions.

The Best Time to Photograph Your Kids ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Now that summer is here and many of us are spending more time with the kids; we want to document these days.  I’m going to be honest here, my kids are pretty tired of me “documenting their days” but I don’t let that stop me!  So when is the best time to photograph your kids?  Well if we’re talking the time of day then all my clients know that I prefer 2 hours before sunset.  You can do two hours after sunrise too but I’m usually still sleeping then.  :-)  I love golden hour.


But when is the best time to photograph YOUR child?  ANYTIME!  It is so important to document the every day and the special occasions.


Daily Life ~ I want to remember how my son would wait for his ride to cello practice in the morning once a week.



Special Occasion ~ We take this picture every year to celebrate the end of school (we also take a similar one on the first day of school to compare)

And don’t think you have to have a fancy camera to take pictures of your kids.  I LOVE my cell phone (and yes I have a small arsenal of lenses for it, lol) I use it for whenever I don’t feel like lugging my bring one around.


All taken at my daughter’s softball game using my iPhone.

So there is no perfect time to document your kids than now.  And if you want someone to get some pretty awesome images of your kids either during golden hour or a lifestyle session in your home just send me an e-mail (and I promise I won’t use my cell phone).

Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota when she’s not tormenting her kids with a camera in their face she torments her clients kids with her camera in their face.