Sweetness in the NICU | Children’s Hospital Minnesota NICU & Newborn Photographer

I’m so happy when families that I photograph in the NICU let us share their images and their stories.  It really helps to bring awareness to the wonderful opportunity that The Tiny Footprint Project offers to families living in the NICU.  I enjoy being a participating photographer with this organization I get to meet so many beautiful babies and loving families.  So let’s get to my newest NICU baby.

This blessing was born at 27 weeks and 6 days and she is doing amazing!  She greeted the world at 2lbs 8oz and 14in long!  With two big sisters they are all anxious to get home.


Michele is a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project.  This non-profit organization provides photo sessions for babies and families living in the NICU free of charge.  To find out more information on how you can help or to schedule your own NICU hospital session visit:  www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org.  To schedule your next photo session with Michele (because she can’t give back if she doesn’t work) visit mQn | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Photographer | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer

How long have you been a photographer?

The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is that it’s not just a hobby for them. I’ve been photographing children and their families since 2009; that’s going on 8 years!

This image was captured at one of my first sessions ever in July 2009

Which types of photography do you specialize in?

It’s uncommon for a photographer to specialize in several different types of photography as they often only specialize in one or sometimes two genres. For example, I specialize in children and families and while I do dabble in newborns and seniors I might not be the best candidate to shoot weddings but I do second shoot weddings so I do have a wonderful photographer who I will refer you to.

mQn Photography specializes in children and families

Do you have many repeat clients?

This is a great litmus test of not only the quality of a photographer’s work but of their customer service too. I pride myself on having so many repeat clients, I also believe many of my clients have become my friends over the years and I feel blessed because of it.

I have been photographing this beautiful family since I moved to Minnesota in 2013. I have actually photographed them 10 times in the last 4 years!

What is your policy on rescheduling a session?

An experienced photographer will definitely have a policy in place when it comes to a customer cancelling or rescheduling a photography session. A photographer with policies indicates that they have experience with different types of customers and situations and have created policies accordingly. I have many policies that I have to be strict on to keep it fair but I am very flexible when it comes to rescheduling or cancelling a session.  I certainly don’t want to go through a session if it’s not the right time for you.

Have you had any experience with (name your specific concern)?

If you have any specific concerns regarding your photo session such as the photographer’s ability to work with a special needs child for example, find out if they have ever handled that type of situation before. Do not dismiss a photographer and their abilities based on their answers to your concerns. If given adequate notice, an experienced photographer should be able to deal with any situation you present them. This is the hallmark of a true pro.

I’m honored to a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project. I photograph babies and their families living in the NICU free of charge. Many times these rooms are dark and we are not allowed to pose or use flash but the images always turn out beautiful. Sometimes these are the only professional images families get of their newborns.

Silent Question:

Use your gut to judge their personality and rapport. A photographer’s main job is to capture emotions and moments. If your photographer doesn’t mesh well with you on the phone or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your session and this will show in your photos.


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

NICU to ICC | Children’s Hospital Minneapolis NICU Photographer

I meet this little angel just a few weeks ago.  She was born 25 weeks gestation along with her identical twin sister on Saint Patrick’s day this year.  Unfortunately after a long hard fight with sIUGR while pregnant and a hard 49 day fight after being born her sister passed away. But this little beauty is still here working on breathing without oxygen and struggling to finish a bottle. They haved moved out of the NICU and into the ICC (infant care center) so hopefully they are on their way home soon.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She loves giving back to her community and with through the organization of The Tiny Footprints Project she is able to offer free photo sessions to families staying in the NICU.  For more information on how you can help or to schedule your own NICU session please visit www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org  If you would like to schedule your next photo session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Surviving a Family Photoshoot | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations.  Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

  1. Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.
  2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier

    Behind the camera we are playing peekaboo with his favorite toy.

  3. Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.
  4. It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.
  5. Plan ahead. Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.
  6. Keep those sugar levels up. If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it

Enjoy capturing your memories.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She works on-location or in her studio located in the northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session visit: mQn Photography | Minnesota Family Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

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