Last Family Session of the Year | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

I’m not sure where the year went but it’s flown by and I’ve had the last family session of the year.  I love this location for November and December (January/February/March) sessions because it gives it a nice woodsy look even though there are no leaves on any trees.  Gotta love the evergreens!  Here are some sneak peeks from our session.  I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook as soon as I finish up the gallery.  Stay tuned . . . .


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

 

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All Pink in the NICU | University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer

I had the pleasure to meet this little beauty in the NICU.  She was born with a birth defect called Gastroschisis. The CDC describes “Gastroschisis as a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The baby’s intestines are found outside of the baby’s body, exiting through a hole beside the belly button. The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also be found outside of the baby’s body.”  Her surgery was already completed when I visited and I believe she was doing quite well.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project which provides free photography for families living in the NICU.  To see how you can help or to request a session please visit www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org

Quick Tips for Photographing Your Kids | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

A parent can never take enough photos of their children but sometimes it can be difficult to get a really great shot. Below are a few quick tips that you can apply the next time you take your camera out to capture a moment with your kids.

  1. Try and stay away from asking your kids to pose. Instead, be around to capture the emotions they display in a moment. If you’re patient enough and simply enjoy the time with your children, you’ll find it much easier to capture the essence of it. 
  2. Get down to their level. If you’re photographing very small children try and get down to their level to photograph them. This angle gives you a more interesting background too. 
  3. Have a conversation with them. Having a conversation with your child about their favorite superhero or their best friend at school will make for lovely facial expressions. You could even have them sing along to their favorite songs for extra fun photos. 
  4. Your smartphone is the perfect tool for capturing candid moments. Your children are probably very used to seeing you with your smartphone so won’t think anything of you keeping it close by. Have it ready when you’re out and about with them. You never know when they might give you the perfect shot.

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  5. Use unique locations to your advantage. If you have planned a walk in the woods or a day at the beach, take advantage of your unique surroundings to capture some great pictures. 
  6. Avoid midday sunlight. Lighting makes a big difference in photos so aim for early morning or evening light for outdoor shots and open windows and doors for indoor shots. 

    Michele is as lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  But she’s also a mom to two wonderful kids who have been photographed their entire lives.  If there is one thing she’s learned in the past 11 years is how to photograph your kids without them getting too angry at you.  If you’d like Michele to photograph your kids please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer to schedule your next session or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Baby it’s Cold Outside In-Home Session | Dellwood, Minnesota Family Lifestyle Photographer

Baby it’s cold outside!  So let’s have an indoor family session!  I love these.  The kids are usually so much more relaxed in their own environment.  Here is a sneak peek from my last session.  Where we stayed nice and toasty indoors instead of braving the cold.  I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook when I finish editing the whole session.  Stay tuned . . .


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Why Your Photos Should Be Printed By a Pro | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Professional printing makes a world of difference.

When researching photographers and their pricing, you might notice that some packages include digital photo files, or they may give you that option as an add on to your package.  This allows you to archive the images on your computer or share them on social media. But if you are planning to rush to the photo lab around the corner to have those photos printed, you may want to give it a second thought.

Yes, you have just paid a professional photographer to take your photos and you want to save some money but by not getting a professional to print your photos, you won’t be getting the full effect of the time and effort that went into those images.

So why should you get a professional to print your photos?

There is a reason that your photographer spends hours editing your photos. They aim to perfect the colors and sharpness of the images so that it is a work of art and not just another photo. They will also often have their monitors calibrated with the professional printing company that they use.  Your local photo lab is not a professional photo lab and the person who will print your photos most likely will not have a background in photography or a trained eye, and they have not been trained in color theory.

Your photographer has access to a professional lab and has built a strong working relationship with them. These professional printers use professional grade paper, inks and machines that you won’t find at a regular store, which is why they cost a little extra. Trained technicians also monitor the printing process to ensure that you receive the very best quality of images.  By investing a little extra in your prints with your photographer, you ensure that they last longer because better materials were used.

There is of course a place for your 1 hour-print labs but if you’re looking to print photos for the walls in your home then having your photos professionally printed is well worth the investment.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com