Arnold Family Sneak Peek | North Oaks, Minnesota Family & Child Photographer

Every year I look forward to photographing this family.  They were one of the first families to trust me with their yearly fall photographs when I moved here to Minnesota.  Sometimes we have a blast and sometimes they just want me out of their face.  lol  But whatever their moods I ALWAYS have fun!  :-)  Here are just a few from our evening…..


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  Photographing families in the fall seems to be her specialty but she enjoys it all year long.  To book your next session with Michele e-mail

A Boy and His Dog and a Mighty Cute Family Sneak Peeks | Carver, Minnesota Child and Family Photographer

This adorable peanut was a NICU baby I photographed a little awhile back.  (I’ll share their images at the end of this post, they were the ones with the corner room suite.) He has changed so much but yet still the same, big almond shaped eyes and his Mohawk hair and the best little disposition.    I just wanted to gobble him up!  This little guy reminds me of my son when he was a baby so I think I had some extra longing going on.  :-)  Anyway I just love this family so sweet and nice and of course Rufus; love him!  Here are just a few sneak peeks and I’ll be sure to post lots of favorites to Facebook once I finish up the gallery.  I think I’m going to have quite a few!  Enjoy!


and because I know you want to see this beautiful family in the NICU:


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota and the surrounding Twin City areas.  Michele enjoys photographing children and their families and also volunteers as a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project; gifting photo sessions to families staying in the NICU.  For more information or to book your next session with Michele please e-mail

An Education on Printing Images | North Oaks, Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer

I know it gets hammered into your head all the time.  Or maybe it doesn’t?  Do I tell people enough that they should print their images from their sessions?  I know when one of my client families purchases the digital images I usually put a little card in about printing.  But that’s probably all I say on the matter and then every so often I post about how you should print.  So that’s sort of what this post is about.  It’s about why you should print those images that are sitting on your computer.


Now don’t get me wrong, I think its important to have both the digital images and prints of those images, because I strongly believe in a back-up of sorts.  One of the things that sickens me the most is when I see families who have lost so much in floods or fires; those prints go away too.  I remember thinking in case of a fire I’d have to carry out all my photo albums.  Ya try doing that while holding your babies.  Not going to happen.  Thank goodness for online cloud back-up!  Now I don’t even have to think about it.  But this post isn’t about back-up because in all honesty if something tragic happened to my clients they don’t need to worry about their prints, I’ve got back-up!  :-)  So let’s get on with WHY print those images!


My computer houses at least 10 years worth of photos. I have a craft room upstairs that houses prints from years prior. FYI, this is my office the first week we moved in. It doesn’t quite look like this now.

How often do you go to your computer and just peruse through old pictures just because you want to see those adorable munchkins of yours?  My guess is rarely if ever.  Because let’s face it the only time you look through the pictures sitting on your hard drive is when you need one for a school project or celebration of some kind.  A photo album however gets looked at all the time.  If I put a photo album on my coffee table, it gets looked at not only by guests but my kids and even I will just start browsing through it.  Plus it will be handed down generations!  When my grandmother passed away I remember the only thing I wanted was her photo album that she and I would go through together.  I was not parting with it for anyone.  (That’s right mom, you weren’t getting it!)  :-)  I still have it and go through it with my kids every so often.  It’s a treasure that I’m glad I own.


Now when I got married I wanted the negatives to my wedding.  (This would be the equivalent of getting the digital images) But my photographer also gave me 4×6 prints of all the images and I put them all in an album that hopefully one day my kids will fight over who gets it.  We still look at it at least once a year.


Do you think my kids will one day fight who gets this baby?

But what if I never had prints made.  I’d be staring at negatives and that’s no fun.  Or I would be trying to find a business that would convert my negatives to prints and hope the negatives didn’t get lost in the shuffle.  Sort of like staring at your DVD, or USB that stores your images.  What happens when they go obsolete?  Because they will.  Do you remember floppy disks?  I actually tried to buy some to take a picture of and I couldn’t even find them.  Sure they had the hard floppy disks but remember the big floppy ones?  LOL maybe I’m just old.   Or worse yet you die and all these images are sitting on your computer for no one to ever see! ( OMG, I think I’m starting to stress myself out.  NOTE to self remind hubby to hand my hard drive over to someone to print all the millions of pictures I have stored on it!)  Handing down DVDs, USBs, or hard drives to our family members to extract the files on it is just an added expense and hardship that our family members probably won’t want to deal with.  But hand them prints or albums of the images of people they love and cherish and laughed with is heartwarming and welcomed.


Not quite the same looking these as opposed to prints in a book.

I know its an expense that not everyone wants to spend.  But you have to think of it like this; before digital cameras made it easy to take hundreds of images, we bought film took 24-36 pictures and then drove to the Kodak kiosk and paid to have it developed.  You saved your favorites and possibly tossed the ones you didn’t care for as much (or maybe you saved them all).  The point is our memories were an investment then and they should still be an investment now.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer who enjoys photographing children and their families in North Oaks Minnesota.  She also likes harassing her client families to print their images!

Gusaas Girls Sneak Peeks | St. Paul Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Many of you reading the blog know that I volunteer for The Tiny Footprints Project.  It brings me great joy to meet these NICU babies and their families and photograph them during their stay in the NICU.  About a year ago I meet this little one, she had just “chunked” up and was one of the biggest NICU babies I had photographed but she was probably the oldest as well.  I was so honored when this family asked if I would photograph them this fall.  It makes me so happy to see them again and see how much they’ve grown.


and who doesn’t like a before and after?


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks and surrounding areas of Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families.  She also is a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project; gifting NICU stay photo sessions.  For more information on TTFP visit their website: To schedule your next photo session with Michele please e-mail or visit

On the Trail with the Else Family {sneak peeks} | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Can you believe this location is basically in my backyard?  Ok, not directly in my backyard but walking distance from it.  We are so fortunate to have access to this that every time I’m on it I think I should utilize it more often.  It just feels nice to be out walking in the fresh air with nature.  Especially before the negative temps set in.  Anyway I had the pleasure of walking on this trail with one of the nicest families I know and here is just a sneak peek from their session.  I’ll post favorites on Facebook later once I complete all the images done; until then here you go . . . .


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She enjoys photographing children and their families in settings that have meaning for them and doing things they love.  To schedule your unique session now please e-mail Michele at