Yearly Reminder to Back-Up your Computer Files | North Oaks, Minnesota Friendly Neighborhood Photographer

This is my annual plea to remind my clients, other photographers and anyone who owns a computer to back-up your files on a cloud service.  It doesn’t matter if you have a Mac or a PC at some point your computer will crash and you will lose all your files.  It’s happened to me so many times I don’t even count anymore.  BUT I don’t worry so much because I have cloud back-up and that has saved me.  I use Crash Plan but there are other companies out there as well; I’m  just not as versed with them.  But honestly I would recommend Crash Plan over a couple other ones.  Just e-mail me and I’ll give you my two cents.


I say cloud service because just having another hard drive saving your stuff is not going to cut it.  In fact my external hard drives have crashed just as much if not more than drives on my computer.  Sometimes they last 5+ years but sometimes you’ll get a lemon and it will last but a year!  It’s happened to me I know this!


Many of my clients choose a USB of their images which is great because you have something in hand but many more are choosing to get the digital download of these images now and I just want to make sure you are backing these babies up!  But even if you have a USB or DVD of your images you want to make sure you have those downloaded somewhere as well because who knows if you lose your USB or even worse fire or water damage.


So there is my reminder, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Back up, Back up those files, Back up those files now!

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  When she’s not photographing children and their families she’s yelling at them to back up their files (all files not just pictures) on their computers.

Frequently Asked Questions for Family Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer


Are you ready for this?  I thought I would put together a bunch of questions that I frequently get asked about for family sessions.  I figured if a couple of people have these questions many more may as well.  So without further adieu  . . .


  • May we bring props to our session?

Props can add interest and personality to your photos.  If you would like to include props, please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly.


  • How long do sessions last?

Session time varies depending on the package you select. Mini sessions are approx. 30 minutes while regular sessions span average about an hour sometimes session can last over an hour if we are having fun.  Newborns can take anywhere from 1-3 hours!

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  • Will you suggest a location for the session?

I’d loved to share some of my favorite places! Don’t feel like you are limited to my suggestions. Also, please keep in mind that when kids are involved, it’s best to stick to one setting, such as a park or playground. Pick a place where they are comfortable being themselves.  I also have a location guide I send out once we get close to your scheduled date if you need help deciding.


  • How can we best prepare for the session?

Get yourself and your family excited about the session. Whether you go all out on a styled shoot or purchase new outfits for everyone. It’s great when you can involve the entire family.


  • When is payment due?

The session fee is due on the day of the photography session.  You may choose your collection either before or after you receive the password protected gallery.  All initial orders must be placed within one month.

  • I see a lot of ideas on Pinterest, can we suggest ideas for photos?

I’d love to hear about your vision for the session.  And I promise you we can discuss your vision and my experience. If there is an image from Pinterest that you love, bring it in and we’ll look at it together.


  • Is there a time that is better than others for outdoor photo sessions?

The best time for an outdoor photo session is either early in the morning or right around sunset.  I’ve found that the best light is usually 15-20 minutes before sunset and 15-20 minutes after.  I schedule my outdoor sessions 1  to 2 hours before sunset.  Morning sessions are held 1 hour after sunrise.


  • What is included in a session?

All sessions include travel to the location, my services during the shoot and basic editing of the images.  A set number of images are provided upon completion based on the duration of session.  For example, with an hour session you will usually receive a min. 25 images.  I offer two collections to choose from or a la cart ordering is offered as well.

  • What type of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

  • How long after the session until I see my photos?

Turnaround for photos is approx. 2 weeks.  I will usually post a sneak peak image to social media within 24-48 hours of photographing the session and a blog post with a few more images to share within the week, so make sure you are connected!  Michele can be found on Facebook or Instagram.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She enjoys photographing children and their families.  To book your next session please e-mail Michele at

In the Garden with the Extended Ferzoco Family | Como Park Conservatory Photo Session With North Oaks Photographer

With the winter chill in the air it’s hard to do a family session outside especially when you have two year old twins!  What’s a good solution when family is in town but the weather is less than ideal?  Inside the Como Park Conservatory, of course.  This location is such a beautiful place which changes every season.  Schedule the session before hours and the place is yours for a half hour.  It was a great option for this extended family session.  Enjoy!


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  While she specializes in children and family portraiture she does do a few on occasion extended family sessions as well.  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail