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

Last Minute Snow Session Sneak Peek | North Oaks, Minnesota Child Photographer

We had such a blast with this very last minute snow session.  We weren’t even expecting snow and we woke up to a couple of inches and it was relatively “warm” out.  You know it wasn’t below freezing (well maybe by a degree or two)  It was the perfect morning to have it.  That’s the thing with snow sessions, they sort of have to be scheduled very last minute but if it works for you it usually works for me in the winter too.  I always have so much fun I don’t want it to end!  But the cold does get to us eventually.  In any event, can’t wait to share my favorites of these but until then, here is a sneak peek!


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families year around and especially loves photographing in snow!  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail

Matilda Jane Holiday Mini Sneak Peeks | Lindstrom, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

We had another fabulous Matilda Jane Mini session day.  We focused on the holidays this time around and I got to see some familiar kids and met some new faces as well.  My daughter did a great job helping me out this time too so she was able to join the girls in some of their group shots which she enjoyed doing.  So without further ado here are the sneak peeks from our day.  I can’t believe how much sun we got.  We totally thought it would be cloudy!  2016-11-18_0001

Can you believe all these sneak peeks?  Ok I have lots of work to do to try and get everyone their images before Thanksgiving!  Here’s hoping!


What I’m Thankful For this Thanksgiving | North Oaks, Minnesota Child and Family Photographer

Since it’s November and so close to Thanksgiving I thought I would write a blog post on what I’ve been thankful for this year.  When the kids ask why we celebrate Thanksgiving I don’t like to talk about history yet with them because what I learned in grammar school isn’t quite what I’m learning now as an adult.  So I like to just tell them it’s a good time to start thinking about what you’ve been thankful for this year.  So here goes:


Living somewhere where it snows.  I know I complain about the weather A LOT but I honestly love the snow and I prefer it to rain.  It’s so fun to watch the kids have a blast outside in it.   I always wanted snow when I was kid and we had to drive hours to see it so I do enjoy it.  (It’s the cold temps well into April/May that I don’t like)


My son’s passion for swimming!  I’m so thankful he is a swimmer and not a football player or wrestler (not that there is anything wrong with those sports) but I would be worried all the time about him getting hurt and well with swimming there is very little risk involved.


Vacationing in South Carolina with the kids!  Now that my kids are older they are so much more fun to travel with.  I really enjoying visiting Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Now if I can only get my hubby to move us here . . . .


For a hubby who kisses me every time he walks in the door.  (and who doesn’t complain too much when I sneak pictures of him like this).


For goofy kids!  Both my kids are pretty goofy but they make me laugh so much and I really feel like there isn’t anything better than having a good laugh.  And this girl pretty much takes the cake!


For the 13 years we got to spend with Jack.  I still miss this old man but I’m so thankful I got to love him for as long as I did.  I can’t even say much or I’ll start crying again.  Love him.


For music!  It might just sound like a lot of noise right now but crafting their love for music is such a joy to watch.  And I’m not going to lie a bit of a headache too.


Our California Vacation.  Three weeks in California was so much fun.  Tyler really enjoyed his lifeguarding camp and Kendall and I enjoyed bopping up and down the coast to different beaches every day.  What could be more fun than that?


For back to school!  I am so thankful for our wonderful school system here in Minnesota.  So even though we have such fun summers I’m always so thankful to send my kiddos back to school.  🙂


For photography conferences!  I felt so fortunate that I was able to head out to Seattle for a photography conference that I’ve been wanting to go to for 3 years.  It was so inspiring and uplifting and just what I needed plus I hadn’t been to Seattle in over 20 years I think!!!


And I am so thankful for our youth.  I believe in our future because I have hope in our children to do the right things.  They are the leaders of tomorrow.  “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” Frederick Douglas once said.  We may have to “question authority” for awhile and stand up for what we know to be true but in the end love always triumphs.

This may have been more of a recap of my year but I am really so thankful for everything in my life.  My kids, my family, my friends (near and far).  I really do try to appreciate everything because I know it can always be worse and I feel blessed beyond measure.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  To schedule your next photo session with her, please e-mail Michele at


Haunting Halloween | North Oaks, Minnesota Child Photographer

Every year I have a little themed photo session with my kids on their coordinating Halloween costumes.  This year; however, they could not agree on something even though they both wanted to “match” each other.  They love our photo shoot together; we always have so much fun.  This year they were bummed thinking they wouldn’t be having a photo shoot but I surprised them with a couple of masks from amazon and we went out and played.  We did some long exposures to get that ghostly effect though it didn’t work as well as I had hoped outside.  But I do sort of like the last one we did inside the house.  In any event I wanted to share our images from our brief Halloween session and hopefully next year we will be back to our coordinating brother sister costumes.  One mommy can hope anyway.  Enjoy the overshare:

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Long exposures create the “ghostly effect”

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Can you spot Wolf?


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  When she is not photographing her kids dressed up for Halloween she is photographing children and their families dressing their best under fall foliage or everyday attire in their homes.  To schedule your next themed or not themed session with Michele e-mail