Why Your Photographer Loves What They Do | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer

If you have ever wondered what spurs on a photographer’s passion, you are about to find out. Below are just some of the many reasons your photographer wouldn’t change their job for anything in the world.

  1. Photography changes how you see things. You notice colors, textures, flowers, trees, people, shapes and light in a way most people never see them.
  2. You pay more attention to the beauty around you. Even the most mundane object can become beautiful when you photograph it in a creative way. Many photographers love their job because they develop a fascination with the world around them by viewing it through new eyes
  3. It’s an amazing creative outlet. You get the chance to put a little bit of who you are into each photo that you take. Anyone can click a camera’s buttons but not everyone can truly make a photo come to life
  4. It’s a challenge. Creating amazing photos that capture the magic of everyday life doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and imagination. There is always something new to explore and a new way to take the same photos. It’s a job that never gets boring
  5. You get to meet new people all the time. A photographer works with people from all walks of life. Getting to know someone new is a part of the process of bringing someone’s personality through in a photo. It also makes the job a lot more fun!
  6. The flexibility is great. Being a full time photographer means you get to work your own hours. This doesn’t mean it’s a laid back profession though. A photographer is always aiming to perfect their craft, taking on new challenges and helping their clients achieve the perfect pictures.


When you decide to pay for a professional photo session, know that you are hiring an individual who is passionate about what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to help you create beautiful photos that you can treasure forever.

Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota. She photographs children and their families on location and 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


Spring Break on Film | Palm Beach, Florida Vacation Photographer

That’s right, on FILM!  When we went on spring break this year I brought along my film camera.  It’s a Canon EOS 3 which means I can use all my current fancy lenses on this camera body.  I love this 35mm camera.  I bought it used on EBAY and it has it’s faults but I’m learning its quirks and for $75 I can’t complain.   This year I’ve really been focusing on film again and I have to say it’s really renewed my love for photography.  I think I actually love my vacation photos from my film camera better than my digital camera who would have known?  Ok I’ll break these out by film stocks because I shot 6 rolls of film all different stocks.

Fuji 400H

Agfa Vista 200

Ektar 100

Lomography 400

Portra 400

And for some funky fun, I cross processed Provia 100.  On a couple I liked what happened but on most I didn’t (learned lesson) but I changed a couple to make them more tolerable.  Still some funky goodness on film.

So which film stock do you prefer?

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs on location and in her studio which is location in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  She mainly shoots with a Canon 5dMarkiii but has taken up shooting film using a 35mm Canon EOS3 and a vintage Canon A1.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Three Best Tips for Taking your Own Family Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Want to take your own great family photos?  Here are my 3 best tips:

  1. Have patience.  I have been taking my own family pictures now for 8 years!  I’m telling you in the beginning I was always left in tears trying to get in the frame racing back and forth from the camera, getting my then 2 & 3 year old to participate and a hubby who had very little interest in my goal.  He just couldn’t figure out why it would be so hard.  Really?  REALLY?!!!  066-with-logo

  2. Embrace the silly.  Don’t strive for perfection it will make you crazy every single time.  Besides if you are anything like our family we aren’t perfect and we have a whole lot of crazy.059

  3. Go with the kids ideas.  Yes they are going to want to make silly faces or do something you don’t want to do but you know what?  If you do something for them they are more willing to do something for you.  It’s called compromise.071

    So there you have it what I’ve learned in 8 years.  Oh and if you plan on making it a habit to get in the pictures with your family and not just taking them yourself.  Invest in a remote trigger so you don’t have to run to the camera every second after you snap a picture.  They’re like $25 on Amazon.

    And if you want to see our crazy here’s a little 3 minute video: Welcome to our House 

    Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in photographing children and their families.  If you find it too daunting to take images yourself and you want to book your next session with Michele just send her an e-mail.  michele@mqnphotography.com or visit www.mqnphotography.com

Yearly Reminder to Back-Up your Computer Files | North Oaks, Minnesota Friendly Neighborhood Photographer

This is my annual plea to remind my clients, other photographers and anyone who owns a computer to back-up your files on a cloud service.  It doesn’t matter if you have a Mac or a PC at some point your computer will crash and you will lose all your files.  It’s happened to me so many times I don’t even count anymore.  BUT I don’t worry so much because I have cloud back-up and that has saved me.  I use Crash Plan but there are other companies out there as well; I’m  just not as versed with them.  But honestly I would recommend Crash Plan over a couple other ones.  Just e-mail me and I’ll give you my two cents.


I say cloud service because just having another hard drive saving your stuff is not going to cut it.  In fact my external hard drives have crashed just as much if not more than drives on my computer.  Sometimes they last 5+ years but sometimes you’ll get a lemon and it will last but a year!  It’s happened to me I know this!


Many of my clients choose a USB of their images which is great because you have something in hand but many more are choosing to get the digital download of these images now and I just want to make sure you are backing these babies up!  But even if you have a USB or DVD of your images you want to make sure you have those downloaded somewhere as well because who knows if you lose your USB or even worse fire or water damage.


So there is my reminder, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Back up, Back up those files, Back up those files now!

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  When she’s not photographing children and their families she’s yelling at them to back up their files (all files not just pictures) on their computers.

The Traveling Dress | North Oaks, Minnesota Fine Art Photographer

I was lucky enough to participate in a wonderful project that we called The Traveling Dress.  A few very talented ladies and I sent each other the same dress and photographed it.  Each of us had the dress for one week.  We didn’t tell each other what we were doing with it and it was a complete surprise until we published our images.  You can see the published post here at The Photo Sanctuary.  But I wanted to share all of my images from this session as well.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota who not only enjoys photographing children and their families but participates in many photography projects throughout the year.  To schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com