A Mom Showcase | North Oaks, Minnesota Child and Family Photographer

Let’s hear it for MOMS!  Yes they are the ones that call to schedule their sessions.  They’re the ones that are hardly ever in images because they are always the ones taking them. With Mother’s day approaching I wanted to give a great big shout-out to all the wonderful moms and especially the ones I’ve photographed.  You are all amazing!

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To schedule your very own mommy and me session either on location or in studio you visit Michele here mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in the twin cities of Minnesota.  She works on location in the surrounding North Oaks area or in her studio located in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Contact Michele to schedule your next session.

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier | Minnesota Family Photographer

Top 5 Tips for Making a photo session with kids easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

  1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

  2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

  3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea.  If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
  4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

  5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in the twin cities area of Minnesota.  She photographs both on location and in studio sessions.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks & Minneapolis Family Photographer

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

Decorate with Family Images | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Want to beat the winter blues?  Here are some ideas for spicing up your home with portrait decor.   I’m talking framed prints or canvases.  I’m going to share some wall displays here but if you want an in home consultation please send me an e-mail or visit my contact me page on the website.  North Oaks, Minnesota | Lifestyle Portraiture.

Decorate with Family Images, how to display images from your photo sessions

The Fireplace

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You’d be amazed how much one dramatic piece above the mantle will make your heart sing.

A Large Wall

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Add a few or a lot of images to make large walls more homey.  You too can feel like you are in your own gallery with your lovely images.

Above the couch

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Another space for a dramatic family image is right where you cuddle up together whether it’s the couch or bed.  Always be reminded how special and loving your family is.

The staircase

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This is another location where you can really do a lot with and make your space feel more like home.  It’s the one place you walk by how many times a day?

Baby’s bed

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Yes your kids grow up fast but they are only this little once and the best place to put your newborn images is all over baby’s room so you can always remember how little they once were.

I offer up a guide to anyone who needs more wall display ideas.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota and has a studio in NE Minneapolis.  She loves to photograph children and their families and to make sure your home is decorated with all your lovely images.  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com