How to Decide What to Wear to Your Photo Session | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Top tips for getting the most out of your professional photography session.


If you are prepping for your first photo session you probably have a couple questions about what to expect. A common concern for people having their photos taken for the first time is what to wear.

7 Top Tips for Deciding What to Wear for a Photoshoot

  1. What is the purpose of the photoshoot? This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. Choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and something that suits your personality.
  2. Keep the location & season in mind. Where is the photo session taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place.
  3. Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photo session but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family photo session for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the shoot.
  4. Make your photos timeless. You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but will your photos stand the test of time if you wear that item of clothing?
  5. What to do about makeup. This would depend on the type of photos you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or portrait shoots, keep your makeup natural and to a minimum.
  6. Fit is more important that you think. If you already have an outfit in mind for your shoot, try it on before the time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type.
  7. Try not to go brand crazy. Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos.

Remember to have fun on your photo session, be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for guidance.


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

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer | Twin Cities Minnesota Photographer

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Do their services fall within your price range?
  2. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  3. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  4. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.

Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. If you are searching for a wedding photographer it’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos.

It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.


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

Mommy and Me in the Studio | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer

Had a fun and highly energetic session at the studio the other day.  The last time I photographed these beauties was when the youngest was newly born and now she’s 3! Seriously how does that happen?  Not only do my kids grow faster than I ever imagined but so do other peoples.  Anyway I was so happy to get the chance to photograph them again because these girls are so much fun!  And the oldest has grown into such a fine young lady and she’s only 6.  Anyway I could go on and on but let me show you some sneak peeks, I’ll be posting more favorites up on Facebook once I complete the session. Enjoy!

To schedule your Mommy and Me session in the studio please visit mQn Photography | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer


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

Posing and Your Newborn Session | North Oaks, Minnesota Newborn Photographer

Posing is one of the most critical aspects of newborn photography.  Posing an infant requires extra care and handling. I know that your baby’s neck and body are not fully developed. Your precious baby’s comfort and security are first and foremost, so I will be very patient and dedicate enough time to capture images based on your baby’s mood. Whether an in home lifestyle, studio or fresh 48; I take every precaution to ensure a very comfortable setting, both for the parents and newborn.

With twins or multiple newborns, I take many of the same measures with the exception of adding more time to the session. It can be challenging enough to get one baby to cooperate, and with two it does require extra posing and handling. It helps if you have an extra set of hands to accompany you on the photo shoot when multiple babies are present.

Ultimately these are your most lasting images to preserve the moments in time that can never be replaced. These timeless images will become a family treasure and one that your child will also love to see when he or she becomes an adult.

Life is all about special moments. What more important moment can you think of than the birth of the very life that you created? We look forward to being part of your family’s important newborn photo session as your professional photographer.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota where she works on location.  She also has a studio in the northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis.  If you would like to schedule a session with Michele please visit: mQn Photography | Minnesota Newborn 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