Fall Family Sneak Peeks | North Oaks Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Had this adorable session the other weekend.  Poor little guy was not feeling well but I’m not sure looking at these images you could tell.  He could be the happiest sick kiddo and then in less than 2 minutes time the saddest.  He still managed to tolerate me for the most part and hug me at the end of the session so it was all a success.  Hopefully he’s feeling better now . . . fall is always so beautiful but everyone starts getting sick!  Time for those flu shots!


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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Mini Sessions Explained | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

Mini sessions are a scaled down version of my regular photo sessions.  They last approx. 15-20 minutes and do not include outfit changes.  Around this time a year I get a lot of requests for family mini sessions.  I do not offer these for fall foliage sessions.  Believe it or not mini sessions take me the same amount of time to process than a full session and fall is just too busy of a time to fit them in the schedule.

I do offer mini sessions year round for 1-2 children ONLY on location.  This mean no adults.  This is a kid only session and only focused on the child or siblings.

Family sessions in the STUDIO can also be booked year round.  These make great heirloom portraits.

Snow Sessions.  Enough said, right there.  It’s too cold to stay out any longer.

Themed sessions.  These are the fun sessions like Halloween, back to school or lemonade stands.  These are great 30 minute play date specials and will be announced on facebook or instagram if they are taking place.

The exception to the above rules is when I host a day of mini sessions.  These discounted mini sessions are set-up by you.  We pick a day and a place that works and you invite your friends.  There is a non-refundable fee for booking but this is the time to get discounted mini sessions for the whole family.  I do these once or twice a year with a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper.  She invites her clients and I photograph children, seniors, families and we do what we can in 20 minutes.  If you have a few friends that would be interested in something like this let me know and we can set up a day.

If you’d like to be notified when sign ups begin for any upcoming mini session event, please let me know and I will add you to my waitlist.

And just added is this year’s last minute holiday sessions!  Sessions will be held in the studio on November 5th & 12th 2017.   Backdrops will include fall and Christmas styled as well as heirloom (think grey and white walls only)  These are being scheduled now and times are still available.  If you are interested e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families on location or 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

Last Minute Holiday Mini Sessions | Twin Cities, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

OMG…  November is right around the corner!!

Have you been meaning to set up your family photo shoot for months and feel like you’ve run  out of time?

Are you wanting photos for your Holiday cards?

Were the kids’ school pictures just terrible this year and you really want a great photo of their cute little faces to hang on the walls?

Or maybe your parents ask you for photos every year for the Holidays and you’ve decided that this is the year you’re going to make their dreams come true!

Whatever your reason is for needing new photos, I’m here to help!

This year I’m offering in studio mini sessions and they will be held on November 5th and 12th, and there is still room!!!  My studio is located in the Northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  

As always, mini session are fun, fast 20 minute photo shoots.  This year the session free is only $50.  That’s half the price of a regular mini session!!   And you can add digital files, albums, prints and even holiday cards to your session! (Which FYI, I recently learned that my holiday cards are better priced than Minted, Shutterfly or Tiny Prints!) Think one stop Holiday shopping… you’re welcome!

Follow this link to sign up for your appointment today! Holiday Mini Sessions

See you soon!


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

Hill Farm Fun Family Sneak Peeks | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

You would never guess by looking at these images that just 2 hours before, it was storming!  I thought we were going to have to call it a re-schedule or at the very least a very gloomy session.  But by the time we met up the skies cleared and the ground was only a bit wet.

These twins had me on my toes the whole session.  I think 3, well ok & 2 year old’s too, are the hardest to photograph.  They don’t necessarily want to pose they want to keep busy and play.  Which is what I love about lifestyle sessions, they get to do that.  It’s definitely all about the family bonds and that’s ok because they are only this little once.  Enjoy their enthusiasm!


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

Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.

  1. Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly. 
  2. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.
  3. Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow. 
  4. Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day. 
  5. Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves.
  6. Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.

Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit: mQn Photographer | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com