Generations Summer 2017 | A Client Magazine, North Oaks Minnesota Photographer

The summer 2017 magazine is available.  Click on the image for everything you need to know for your summer photography session.

Summer 2017


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

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

Tips for Gorgeous Outdoor Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Being outdoors in the summer sun is a great setting for some fun photos of you and your loved ones. In order to get the best results from your session, there are a few things to consider before you step in front of your photographer’s lens.

1. Wear sunscreen. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, especially with children, sunscreen is a must. It can however also make your skin look quite shiny. If possible apply makeup that has built-in sunscreen otherwise apply some powered concealer to spots that look especially oil.

2. Bring along some tissues & concealer powder. Unless it’s a cool day, you’re probably going to sweat. Bring along some tissues for dabbing off the sweat and your concealer powder for touch ups.

3. There might be bugs. Photos in the woods can be romantic and beautiful but depending on the time of day and the area you’re in, it could mean swatting away flies and mosquitoes. A little bug repellent can make your photo session a lot more pleasant

4. Stay hydrated. Posing for pictures may not seem like hard work but in the hot sun, you don’t have to move around much to be affected by the heat. Make sure you bring lots of water and other hydrating beverages, and drink up often.

5. Apply makeup sparingly. You want that fresh, sun kissed look in your photos so don’t overdo your makeup application.

6. What you wear matters. Choose clothing that is comfortable and fits your body shape. Feel free to incorporate accessories such as a hat but don’t let it overwhelm the photo.

7. Choose your time of day. Since midday can be scorching, plan your shoot early in the morning or just before the sun sets to avoid looking hot and flustered in your photos.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She also works out of her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next gorgeous outdoor session with Michele e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com or visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer

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

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