Little Warrior in the NICU | Children’s Hospital Minneapolis NICU Photographer

Giving back in the NICU is my absolute favorite thing.  I get to meet so many amazing fighters and families it just warms my heart.  Meet this little guy he was born severely premature and growth restricted; he has severe Chronic Lung Disease and pulmonary hypertension and has a tracheotomy and gtube. I took this family’s little warrior’s picture at 5 months old but he is a former micro preemie born at just 27 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 lb. 12 oz. at birth. His mom warned us that he was a “charmer who captures the heart of everyone he meets!” and boy she wasn’t lying.  The hardest part about my job is that I can’t kiss them all up.  Because seriously look at his lips and cheeks!  I can’t stand his cuteness.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also has a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  Michele serves many of the surrounding cities in the Twin Cities area.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com.  For more information on the The Tiny Footprints Project and how you can help or request a session please visit:  www.tinyfootprintsproject.org

 

Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer


Before I get started I want to mention that this blog post has been edited to be included in a a blog circle.  At the end of this post click the link to see a beautiful Alabama wedding!


If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.

Here are my top 7 tips for choosing a camera for your kid.

  1. Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

We have an OLYMPUS Underwater DIGITAL CAMERA that the kids love to use.

  1. Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner.

  1. When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight.

  1. Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.

And if you don’t want to go digital you can always go film (you can usually find an SLR cheaper than a DSLR)

  1. As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card.

  1. Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable will be an essential accessory (most camera’s should come with one).

If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead. Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older model camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements.

As promised I want to introduce you to Hillary Gamble  Visit her site to see the most beautiful Alabama Wedding: Wedding Photographers in Alabama | Rucker Place Weddings and then follow around the circle to see what photographers in Atlanta and North Carolina are up to as well.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota; she has a studio located in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis so she can offer both on-location and in studio sessions.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities, Minnesota Photographer  or e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

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

A Girl and Her Tractor | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer

I got to see another one of the NICU babies I’ve photographed.  I just love when I get the opportunity to see these little ones again.  This little country girl is turning one on the best day ever to have a birthday!  (hint hint we share the same day!)  We held the session at my new studio location and my kids had to be there because they didn’t want to stay home alone (long story short dad had to go out of town).  Well for those who have had sessions with me you will know that my kids are NEVER with me BUT this might be changing for future sessions because let me tell you we went from this face:

to this face:

with just my rugrats playing peek-a-boo behind me.  She just ate them up.  So if they are going to be my little snake charmers I might have to make them work more often.  They work for chocolate so it’s a pretty good deal on my end.

This little one is just too precious for words so without further adieu here are a few more sneak peeks:

I’m not sure why I didn’t include more smiley ones because we certainly got them.  I guess I just love all her little curious looks too plus I can only pick so many for a sneak peek!  Stay turned to Facebook to see my favorites once I finish all the images.

Want to see how far she’s come?  Here are a few of the NICU images I took:


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer; her studio is located in the Northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Lifestyle Portrait Photographer Minnesota or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is also a volunteer photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project, gifting photography sessions to babies living in the NICU.  For more information on this amazing service please visit TTFP!

Giving Back | Minneapolis NICU Photographer

Many of my friends and clients are aware that I am a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project.  It’s definitely a program that is dear to me.  Both my babies were born early and though they didn’t end up in the NICU I was scared and worried about their health.  There is so much that these families and babies are fighting for and sometimes the first thing to come to your mind is not taking pictures, especially if you aren’t a photographer.  Photographing in the NICU has a ton of challenges for photographers let alone if you aren’t one!  The Tiny Footprints Project offers FREE photo sessions for families with babies living in the NICU.  The program is national so if you know someone anywhere with a baby in the NICU send them to The Tiny Footprints website:  www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org.  These are images that will be cherished forever.

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Welcome to the NICU.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota and a Studio in NE Minneapolis.  She is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints project.  Photographing babies, children and their families is her favorite past time.  To book your own session with Michele e-mail at michele@mqnphotography.com.  If you would like to help TTFP please visit their website on ways to donate either your time or money to a beautiful cause.