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

Want to Know Your Next Favorite Photography Product~ North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

I am so EXCITED to announce a new product that I will be able to start offering to clients.

Awesome heirloom necklaces-my new favorite photography product

Is this not to die for!  I just love them.  They come in a few different charms now, the necklaces now come in different lengths and they also come in key chains (you know for the guys in our lives).  Charms can also be purchased separately.

heirloom charm keychain

And the best part of all this is they are so affordable!  I love being able to offer something great to my clients that they can actually afford.  These heirloom charms are going to be the best Mother’s Day gift, Father’s Day Gift, Birthday Gifts and Christmas Gifts EVER!  They do take approximately 2-3 weeks to arrive so keep that in mind when placing orders for special occasions.  (Mother’s Day deadline is April 21st)  Order yours today with images from a previous session or schedule you next session now and receive one free with a minimum order placed. (please mention this when you book your session).


For more information on these beautiful heirloom necklaces and charms e-mail Michele at

5 creative ways to display your images in your home ~ Minnesota Child & Family Photographer


I really feel the need to blog more so I’m going to try.  We shall see how this goes.  It might be a little slow going; I had wanted to get this out last fall but here we are almost springtime before I got to publishing this.  First off I want to share 5 creative ways to display your images in your home.  I’m using the term “creative” loosely here but I wanted to take your basic ideas and just step them up a notch.  Hope you enjoy!

  1. Organic Bloom Framed Prints2015-11-12_0001I’m not going to lie, I should have gone bigger with this frame and I actually meant to go bigger and I’m not even sure what I was thinking when I ordered it.  In fact originally I ordered prints that were larger so sometimes we make mistakes.  On the bright side I will just have to add more frames to complete the look!

  2. Lagniappe Canvases2015-12-21_0002Aren’t these gorgeous!  I just started offering them out this year.  Don’t mind the thumbtack holding it up on the wall (that’s what you get when you ask your hubby to hang up a canvas) The Lagniappe canvases are made with stunning matte canvas, reclaimed wood, jute and copper accents. The result is a beautiful vintage hanging poster unlike anything on the market.

  3. Albums (Coffee Table Books)2016-01-25_0004I just love these coffee table books!  They are the perfect piece to showcase all your favorite images from a session!  Hinged upscale paper is used which allows the pages to lay flat when viewing.  Custom covers with your color choice of linen backing make these books a must have!

  4. Barnwood Framed Fine Art Print2016-02-02_0001My favorite product is by far these fine art prints.  Those torn edges, the matte feel of the print; gorgeous!  Now put them in these barnwood frames and its just heaven!  I love how these frames show off those torn edges I love so much. And the reclaimed wood makes these perfect in both a modern or rustic styled home.

  5. Personalized Calendars2016-02-15_0001 Is this not the cutest?  Its the only thing I allow on my fridge.  You pick 12 favorite images and every month you can enjoy one of your favorites.  I only buy personalized calendars I think they are just one of the best gift ideas and one of the best ways to display your favorite images each month!

    Do you have a favorite way to display your images?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments . . . .