NICU to PICU | Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer, Minneapolis Minnesota

I’m so excited to share another NICU session from the Minnesota Children’s Hospital.  I know I say this every time but I just love love love meeting these little fighters and photographing them.  I really feel honored to be welcomed into their lives for 30 minutes and then I get to go home and look at their precious little faces for at least a month while I edit them.  The only downside is I’m not allowed to snuggle buggle them.  I think I need one of those baby snugglers job.  I’d be really good at it.

In any event, take a look at this absolutely adorable baby!  This little guy has been in the hospital since he was born in October.  They spent a week in the NICU and he had his first heart surgery at 1 week old.   Soon after they were moved to CVCC.   Poor little peanut struggled to get off of his breathing tube so ended up having to get a trach because of his underdeveloped lungs.  When I visited they were now on the PICU. They have been in there for over 4 months and I’m so blessed to be able to take his pictures since he hadn’t had any yet.  Meet my newest TTFP NICU to PICU baby:


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks and Northeast Minneapolis Minnesota.  She photographs mainly children and their families.  Michele is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project photographing babies in the NICU with gifted sessions.  For more information on TTFP please visit the link above.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Minnesota Photographer

Unique Photo Session Ideas You’ll Love | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

There is nothing quite like capturing memories with your loved ones. Are you someone who enjoys taking beautiful pictures of you and your family?  Then you are probably always on the lookout for inspiration for your next photo session. Before I show you some unique photo ideas I want to share a special surprise at the end of this post!  I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine.  We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they’re up to. This month, I’m linking to a wonderful wedding photographer in Coffs Harbour, who’s sharing images from her recent wedding.

Now, below are some unique photo ideas that you’ll love.

  • Family history. Are you a fan of the photos that your grandparents or even great grandparents have taken? Why not replicate them yourself? If you have access to an item that’s been handed down the generations then bring it to your session. Whether an old car or a vintage dress, we could have fun!
  • First and last day of school. To commemorate the first day of school, how about a school themed sessions.  These sessions go over really well before school starts because this is when the kids are getting excited to start back up.  I have these awesome vintage desks that kids love to play with.  I use them every first day of school with my own kids (and last day) You better believe we are doing those pictures until the day they graduate!  
  • Pregnancy pictures. There are many fun ways to show your progress through pregnancy and documenting it with photos is the perfect way to capture this time in your life. Years from now you’ll be able to take your child through your journey before you got to meet them and share that special moment with them.  This is also a good time to do a gender reveal.
  • Pet portraits. If your pet is a member of your family then capturing memories with them is just as important. There are so many great ways to take some amazing photos whether it’s outside at a park or in the comfort of your own home.

    Oh and don’t forget to follow along the blog circle.  There’s a group of five of us this month, and next up is my friend Claire from Coffs Harbour.  Click here to check our her blog post: Coffs Harbour Wedding Photographer


    Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also has a studio in the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood.  To schedule your next session with Michele visit: mQnPhotography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

A Mom Showcase | North Oaks, Minnesota Child and Family Photographer

Let’s hear it for MOMS!  Yes they are the ones that call to schedule their sessions.  They’re the ones that are hardly ever in images because they are always the ones taking them. With Mother’s day approaching I wanted to give a great big shout-out to all the wonderful moms and especially the ones I’ve photographed.  You are all amazing!

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To schedule your very own mommy and me session either on location or in studio you visit Michele here mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in the twin cities of Minnesota.  She works on location in the surrounding North Oaks area or in her studio located in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Contact Michele to schedule your next session.

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier | Minnesota Family Photographer

Top 5 Tips for Making a photo session with kids easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

  1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

  2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

  3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea.  If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
  4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

  5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in the twin cities area of Minnesota.  She photographs both on location and in studio sessions.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks & Minneapolis Family Photographer