Lifestyle Photography Sessions Explained | North Oaks, Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer

“I don’t want my photos to look posed”, is a phrase I hear all the time. Enter lifestyle photography.

A lifestyle photography session documents real life milestones, moments and events and gives you images that are anything but posed. Lifestyle photography photos tell your story just as it is at that precise moment and are perfect for any genre of photography. Action driven details bring your images to life over and over again. 

So what are some of the situations where lifestyle photography can be used?

Kids Photography

Lifestyle photography is the ideal way to capture the beauty and authenticity of childhood. Make sure your children are well rested and that they’re comfortable in both their clothing and their surroundings. Patience is key during this type of session but this is when the magic happens. Bringing along a favorite snack, toy or book won’t hurt either.

Believe it or not, the most successful photos often happen when we let the kids lead the session. It’s all about making it a magical and spirited time where there is lots to take in. Sitting back and capturing those honest moments will ensure beautiful images that you’ll love for decades.

Newborn Photography

Lifestyle photography naturally lends itself to newborn photo sessions. True to life, crib and bassinet shots taken through the slats make for stunning photos. Then there are of course the shots with mom, dad, brothers, sisters and even the family pet. Moments that may seem mundane now such as bathing, feeding or even changing a diaper, from a distance of course, make for creative shots that you’ll love for years to come. Playing with and rocking your baby are also moments that you definitely won’t regret taking the time to capture as it gives you fond memories to look back on in the months to come as your baby grows and their routine changes.

Family Photography

There is nothing quite like having the family together. The laughing, games, meals and memories are truly something to treasure. A lifestyle photography session is the perfect excuse to get your family together and capture different generations spending quality time with each other. Why not shoot a family lunch or time spent playing outside in the garden? Capturing moments between siblings or grandparents and grandchildren are photos you can treasure for years to come.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer.  She specializes in capturing natural moments in families but always makes sure she gets the shots grandma wants too.  To schedule you next photo session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

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The mQn Photography Newsletter Coming to your e-mail | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Starting this year will be a newsletter sent out to all clients and potential clients.  Meaning if you have had a session with me in the past or have even requested information from me you are automatically enrolled.  If you decide you don’t want one more thing added to your e-mail because YES I get that!  You will be able to simply unsubscribe and I won’t even know about it so it won’t even hurt my feelings.  If you don’t get the newsletter but would like to . . . you can subscribe here: SUBSCRIBE TO mQn PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER

I’m hoping this will be full of helpful information, some discounts and maybe something you may have missed.  Feel free to share with friends and family who you too think would love to see it.  Remember I offer a great referral program!

Here is the first newsletter:  Short and sweet!


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

How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet | North Oaks, Minnesota Pet Photographer

For many people, pets are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that they want to include their pets in their photos. Including your pets in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is certainly doable.

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your pet.

To make this work, you will need to get your pet to sit still and behave. Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

If you know that your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. You won’t be able to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your pet photo session. If you really want to keep your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable such as your garden or a park.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals. This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer who enjoys and highly encourages you to include you pets in your photo sessions.  To book your next session with Michele whether with your pet or not, please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

Bloom Lake Barn with Matilda Jane | Shafer, Minnesota Family Photographer

Last week we held an afternoon of mini sessions at The Bloom Lake Barn. It is such a beautiful wedding venue but we got to use it for our sessions and it was perfect! I’ve mentioned before I love these sessions and it’s not just the cute clothes the girls wear but these sessions aren’t always about the clothing either. This time I was even fortunate to photograph a couple of handsome seniors. It’s fun to mix it up. Anyway here are a few sneak peeks from the day. I can’t wait to post my favorites on Facebook. Stay tuned . . .


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs on location in many cities in Minnesota.  She also has a studio in northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Unique Photo Session Ideas You’ll Love | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

There is nothing quite like capturing memories with your loved ones. Are you someone who enjoys taking beautiful pictures of you and your family?  Then you are probably always on the lookout for inspiration for your next photo session. Before I show you some unique photo ideas I want to share a special surprise at the end of this post!  I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine.  We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they’re up to. This month, I’m linking to a wonderful wedding photographer in Coffs Harbour, who’s sharing images from her recent wedding.

Now, below are some unique photo ideas that you’ll love.

  • Family history. Are you a fan of the photos that your grandparents or even great grandparents have taken? Why not replicate them yourself? If you have access to an item that’s been handed down the generations then bring it to your session. Whether an old car or a vintage dress, we could have fun!
  • First and last day of school. To commemorate the first day of school, how about a school themed sessions.  These sessions go over really well before school starts because this is when the kids are getting excited to start back up.  I have these awesome vintage desks that kids love to play with.  I use them every first day of school with my own kids (and last day) You better believe we are doing those pictures until the day they graduate!  
  • Pregnancy pictures. There are many fun ways to show your progress through pregnancy and documenting it with photos is the perfect way to capture this time in your life. Years from now you’ll be able to take your child through your journey before you got to meet them and share that special moment with them.  This is also a good time to do a gender reveal.
  • Pet portraits. If your pet is a member of your family then capturing memories with them is just as important. There are so many great ways to take some amazing photos whether it’s outside at a park or in the comfort of your own home.

    Oh and don’t forget to follow along the blog circle.  There’s a group of five of us this month, and next up is my friend Claire from Coffs Harbour.  Click here to check our her blog post: Coffs Harbour Wedding Photographer


    Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also has a studio in the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood.  To schedule your next session with Michele visit: mQnPhotography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com