Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session | Moundsview School District Senior Photographer

It’s completely normal to feel a little awkward when taking senior portraits. Many seniors tend to feel self-conscious about their appearance because they feel uncomfortable taking photos on their own.

Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portrait with grace and confidence and leaving with photos that you will love for years to come.

Use your eyes.

Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what looks best.

Relax.

Great photos happen when the subject is relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of you photo session show through the lens as you take a moment and breathe, relax and just have fun. You may feel silly during this process but I will do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable.

Breathe.

This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to  practice taking a deep breath while smiling in front of the mirror.  Slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smile” by focusing on the apples of your cheeks pressing upwards. When in doubt, just breathe.

Move.

Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives us a variety of facial expressions to work with.

Beautify.

This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  She specializes in children and their families but takes on the occasional seniors in the Mounds View school district.  To schedule your next session with Michele email michele@mqnphotography.com or visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

  1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or me for ideas too.

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  1. Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.

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  1. Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.

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  1. How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

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  1. Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location

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Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.

For more information on locations for your session with mQn Photography.  Inquire about my Location Guide!

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota where she photographs children and their families on location.  She also serves the twin cities of Minnesota in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please e-mail her at michele@mqnphotography.com or visit her contact us page at mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer

 

Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer

Choosing the right props for your photo session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.

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  1. Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.timeless-cm
  2. Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.
  3. Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn’t detract from it.
  4. Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.enviornmental-portrait
  5. Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing. fall-slm

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also works out of a studio in Northeast Minneapolis where she photographs children and their families.  To schedule your next session with Michele, e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Interested in a Senior Model Program | Moundsview Schools Area Photographer

With the opening of the studio this year I can now take on seniors like I haven’t been able to in the past.  I’m excited to announce that I will  now be officially taking on senior sessions and I’m going to need to start with a Rep or two! Are you a junior in high school?  Did you know the summer BEFORE your senior year is the best time to get your senior photographs taken?  Want your senior photographs at a discount?

Become a model! Grads wanted for senior rep program. Free rep cards, senior discounts & more.  Limited spots, apply now! Moundsview & Irondale High School Rep Program


What are SENIOR reps?

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What I’m Looking For

I’m looking for stylish, outgoing, and motivated high-school Juniors to have their Senior portraits taken in the Summer before their Senior year to help spread the word about my Senior Portrait experience, in exchange for a free session, and access to many exclusive prizes – only available to our selected Class of 2018 Senior Reps.

Be Yourself

Being a senior rep means you’re a spokesperson for mQn Photography.  All it requires is showing off your awesome photos to all your awesome friends!!  Remember, this session is about you and letting me show who you are through your pictures.  So this means going to your favorite place for pictures, wearing your favorite clothing or having your favorite pet in your photos!  All you have to do is put a little effort into showing off your awesome pictures! And by referring your friends to mQn Photography you can earn fun stuff!!!


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Refer some friends | Earn some credit

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So What’s IN IT for you?

FREE Session

Reps receive 2 FREE sessions!!! 1 FREE group senior session during the summer before Senior Year + 1 FREE session during your Senior year!! Yep, you read that right. 2 FREE SESSIONS!! (some qualifications may apply for the 2nd free session)

FREE images

One 8×10 print from each of your 2 sessions. 5-10 water marked images for your Social Media.

FREE Rep Cards

50 watermarked senior rep cards to give out to your friends. Photos of your choice of course.

$100 Credit

Towards any additional products.


Refer Your Friends

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What DO I do now?

  1. I ask that you have a strong presence in your high school and community, and spread the word via your social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  2. Use any pictures from your gallery as your profile picture for a portion of your senior year.
  3. You may not model for, or represent any other Photography studio between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018
  4. Have your parent or guardian sign a release form.

Become a rep today!

Get in touch with Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com or visit the contact us page on www.mqnphotography.com to apply for the senior rep program.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota representing the Moundsview School District.  She also works out of a studio in North East Minneapolis.  To schedule your senior session e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

The mQn Photography Studio Space | North East Minneapolis Studio Photographer

I am so excited to announce my leap into renting a shared studio space in Northeast Minneapolis.  It’s such a beautiful space.

This month I’m participating in a blog circle with a few photographer friends from all over the globe!  At the end of this post, be sure to click my friend Hali’s link to follow the circle around.  Hali is from Rochester, NY.   You’ll get a glimpse of her getting in the frame on her blog.  It’s so important for us photographers to get in the frame too!  Which is way you’ll see me below too in my new studio space . . .

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If you are on Instagram then you may have already heard but I wanted to officially put it on the blog.   It’s the perfect space for families, newborns, babies or older children.  It’s just the perfect amount of vintage/rustic I love and also a great space for cake smashes and all kinds of other ideas I have brewing in my mind.

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And if the actual studio space wasn’t enough there are lots of common areas to access too which is great for older kids and seniors!

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I’m really hoping to be able to utilize the space most of winter when it’s just too cold to go outside and all other times in the year when a client’s home just isn’t what they want.  I will still be offering my services for outdoor/indoor on location sessions as well as in-home lifestyle and fresh 48 and NICU sessions at the hospitals. But for all the other times you can come see me here.

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And if you missed the Facebook announcement earlier.  You won’t want to miss out on this discount.

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I’m now booking spring (and summer) sessions for 2017.  If you’re interested in a session head over to the investment page on my website which shows sessions and pricing.  Be sure to contact me as soon as possible, as I only take a limited number of sessions per month.  I would love to talk with you!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow the blog circle around to Hali’s post here: Lifestyle Family Photographer in Rochester, NY

There are four of us in the circle this month, I hope you enjoy traveling along from Minnesota to New York, up to Toronto and then down south to Georgia.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer and whether she is on location or in studio she captures children and their families in meaningful ways.  To schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com or visit the contact us page on the website.  You can click here to get directed: Michele Quattrin Photography | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer