NICU to PICU | Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer, Minneapolis Minnesota

I’m so excited to share another NICU session from the Minnesota Children’s Hospital.  I know I say this every time but I just love love love meeting these little fighters and photographing them.  I really feel honored to be welcomed into their lives for 30 minutes and then I get to go home and look at their precious little faces for at least a month while I edit them.  The only downside is I’m not allowed to snuggle buggle them.  I think I need one of those baby snugglers job.  I’d be really good at it.

In any event, take a look at this absolutely adorable baby!  This little guy has been in the hospital since he was born in October.  They spent a week in the NICU and he had his first heart surgery at 1 week old.   Soon after they were moved to CVCC.   Poor little peanut struggled to get off of his breathing tube so ended up having to get a trach because of his underdeveloped lungs.  When I visited they were now on the PICU. They have been in there for over 4 months and I’m so blessed to be able to take his pictures since he hadn’t had any yet.  Meet my newest TTFP NICU to PICU baby:


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks and Northeast Minneapolis Minnesota.  She photographs mainly children and their families.  Michele is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project photographing babies in the NICU with gifted sessions.  For more information on TTFP please visit the link above.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Minnesota Photographer

A Girl and Her Tractor | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer

I got to see another one of the NICU babies I’ve photographed.  I just love when I get the opportunity to see these little ones again.  This little country girl is turning one on the best day ever to have a birthday!  (hint hint we share the same day!)  We held the session at my new studio location and my kids had to be there because they didn’t want to stay home alone (long story short dad had to go out of town).  Well for those who have had sessions with me you will know that my kids are NEVER with me BUT this might be changing for future sessions because let me tell you we went from this face:

to this face:

with just my rugrats playing peek-a-boo behind me.  She just ate them up.  So if they are going to be my little snake charmers I might have to make them work more often.  They work for chocolate so it’s a pretty good deal on my end.

This little one is just too precious for words so without further adieu here are a few more sneak peeks:

I’m not sure why I didn’t include more smiley ones because we certainly got them.  I guess I just love all her little curious looks too plus I can only pick so many for a sneak peek!  Stay turned to Facebook to see my favorites once I finish all the images.

Want to see how far she’s come?  Here are a few of the NICU images I took:


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer; her studio is located in the Northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Lifestyle Portrait Photographer Minnesota or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is also a volunteer photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project, gifting photography sessions to babies living in the NICU.  For more information on this amazing service please visit TTFP!

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

Lil’ Slugger Studio Session | Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

From NICU to the ballpark, this lil’ slugger turned one!  I had such a fun studio session with this cutie.  We took some portraits, had some fun and smashed a cake, just what turning one is all about.  I can’t wait to go through all the images but I wanted to post a few sneak peeks.  Enjoy!  To view my favorites from the session follow me on Facebook where they will be posted in a couple of weeks.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  Michele photographs on location or in her studio located in Northeast Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Minnesota Child & Family Photographer