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

Giving Back | Minneapolis NICU Photographer

Many of my friends and clients are aware that I am a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project.  It’s definitely a program that is dear to me.  Both my babies were born early and though they didn’t end up in the NICU I was scared and worried about their health.  There is so much that these families and babies are fighting for and sometimes the first thing to come to your mind is not taking pictures, especially if you aren’t a photographer.  Photographing in the NICU has a ton of challenges for photographers let alone if you aren’t one!  The Tiny Footprints Project offers FREE photo sessions for families with babies living in the NICU.  The program is national so if you know someone anywhere with a baby in the NICU send them to The Tiny Footprints website:  www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org.  These are images that will be cherished forever.

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Welcome to the NICU.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota and a Studio in NE Minneapolis.  She is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints project.  Photographing babies, children and their families is her favorite past time.  To book your own session with Michele e-mail at michele@mqnphotography.com.  If you would like to help TTFP please visit their website on ways to donate either your time or money to a beautiful cause.

Gentle Giant in the NICU | Masonic Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer, Minneapolis Minnesota

This little big guy was born with a complex Congenital Heart Defect that was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation.  Scheduled for at least 3 surgeries in his first few months of life he has shown his family that even the best laid plans can change at a moments notice.  Weighing more than 9 pounds he stands out against the majority of his peers in the NICU but his battle is just as big and it was my honor to capture this family’s sweet little hero’s brave story.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She is also a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project photographing NICU babies and their families during their stay in the NICU.  For more information please visit www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org on ways you can help support.

Identical Twin Boys in the NICU ~ Minneapolis Children’s Hospital & NICU Photographer

Since I was on vacation for so long I didn’t have a chance to share these adorable identical twin boys in the NICU!  Born at 29 weeks gestation, these two are just as adorable as they come!  Their birth weights were 2lbs 13oz and 2lbs 9oz and are overcoming every challenge they face.

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer who is a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project; offering free sessions for families staying in the NICU.  For more information please visit www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org.

A Beautiful Rose NICU Session ~ Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer

This beauty was born at 36 weeks and was growth restricted so she weighed just 3lb 4oz.  During the last 3 weeks at Children’s she weaned off oxygen and dextrose and started learning to eat from the bottle.  She is this family’s first baby and she couldn’t be loved more!

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  When she’s not photographing children and their families she is volunteering as a participating photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project photographing NICU babies and their families during their stay in the hospital.