Playful Prop Ideas for Your Next Family Photo Session | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

If you’re not too keen on the idea of a traditional, posed family photoshoot, adding props into the mix adds an element of fun to the shoot. Props allow you to be playful during the photoshoot as the photographer captures genuine moments between you and your loved ones.

Below are some prop ideas for your next family photo session.

  • Get your noses in some books. Love reading? Have each of your family members bring along their favorite book that can be incorporated into some of the shots. Lay on a blanket reading or have each one of your family members peep over the edge of their book. 
  • Use the holidays. Christmas is a great time for your next photoshoot and there are so many options when it comes to choosing props. Have each family member wear a Christmas hat or wrap yourselves in Christmas lights for a warm and bright effect. 
  • Bring out the chalkboards. Write a date or message on chalkboards of various sizes to incorporate something personalized into the shoot.
  • Get cozy. If your children are still quite young, bring a few blankets along so that you can cuddle together as a family, share a few laughs and get some great pictures. 
  • Print out props. If you want to add some fun to the shoot and get your kids laughing, why not print out a few props such as mustaches, glasses, speech bubbles and hats that you can glue onto wooden sticks and use in the shoot. There are tons of free printables online so it’s a very affordable option too. 
  • Frame your faces. Get a few frames of different sizes and colors together that can be used to pose for your next family shoot. 
  • Keep it natural. If your family photos will be shot outdoors, remember that nature gives you so much to work with. Flowers, trees, grass and water all make for beautiful backdrops and add something extra special to your photos. 

Remember to always have fun at your photo session so your photographer can really capture the spirit of your family.


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

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Baby’s First Christmas in the Studio | Twin Cities, Minnesota Family Photographer

We all know how much I LOVE photographing babies, and how much I love photographing NICU babies especially.  But when my NICU babies get to come home before Christmas AND I get to photograph them again, well that’s just down right the best Christmas present ever!  I saw this little guy back in October and I just cannot believe how much he’s grown.  He’s weighing in at 10lbs now!  And the most chill baby, I mean his parents are pretty cool so I’m sure it’s in his DNA.  So anyway sharing some sneak peeks here and I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook and there are sure to be a lot!  Stay tuned . . .

and when I last saw them in the hospital . . .


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

Family Session in the Studio | Twin Cities, Minnesota Family Photographer

I had this lovely family in my studio for a few portraits this holiday season.  You might remember them from their lovely apple picking images last year.  I’m a sucker for a ginger so I love being able to photograph them.  Their youngest son cracks me up even if he doesn’t think I’m so funny.  And their oldest seems like such a kind soul.  In any event here are just a few images from our session.  I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook after I edit them all.  Stay tuned . . . .


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

Studio Mini Sessions | Twin Cities, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

I know just last week I posted the sneak peeks from the first day of mini sessions; now I’m posting the second day!  These were such a big hit that I’m offering ONE MORE DAY on November 26th.  There are only 2 more spots available and this will be it for the year.  I’ll post more information at the end of this post.  But for now I wanted to share these fabulous studio sessions . . .

As you can see we did a lot of heirloom type images and less holiday this round but the option for both is there.  If would like to get into one of the spots available on November 26th e-mail me at michele@mqnphotography.com or click here: Last Minute Holiday Sessions 


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

Holiday Mini Session Sneak Peeks | Twin Cities Photographer

Last week we had the first day of what I hope is annual last minute holiday mini’s.  They were such a success.  Today as this blog posts gets published will be the second day at the studio as well and rumor has it there will be a THIRD day by popular demand.  If you are interested in securing a spot contact me for details.  Otherwise keep your eye out for more information.  Here is how the first day went down and I’ll be sure to share the second day as well.  I’m really glad I can hold these mini sessions for clients in my new space.   And now I cannot wait until next year!


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