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 or visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer

Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Before I get started I want to mention that this blog post has been edited to be included in a a blog circle.  At the end of this post click the link to see a beautiful Alabama wedding!

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.

Here are my top 7 tips for choosing a camera for your kid.

  1. Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

We have an OLYMPUS Underwater DIGITAL CAMERA that the kids love to use.

  1. Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner.

  1. When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight.

  1. Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.

And if you don’t want to go digital you can always go film (you can usually find an SLR cheaper than a DSLR)

  1. As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card.

  1. Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable will be an essential accessory (most camera’s should come with one).

If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead. Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older model camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements.

As promised I want to introduce you to Hillary Gamble  Visit her site to see the most beautiful Alabama Wedding: Wedding Photographers in Alabama | Rucker Place Weddings and then follow around the circle to see what photographers in Atlanta and North Carolina are up to as well.

Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota; she has a studio located in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis so she can offer both on-location and in studio sessions.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities, Minnesota Photographer  or e-mail Michele at

Roach Family Sneak Peeks | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

We had such a lovely end of fall session last week.  I can’t believe this weather had held out for so long!  And just in time to have older brother home from the Navy for a couple of weeks.  Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday this week.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  She enjoys capturing children and their families in meaningful environments.  To book your session e-mail

Just Us 12 Times ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

The final installment of the Just Us 12 Times has finally come full circle.  I had hopes that this month I would get into the pictures during Christmas.  Well that didn’t happen because I just didn’t take many photos.  I wanted to be in the moment instead of stressing over capturing it.  And I’m ok with that.  My hubby did take this on Christmas as we all cuddled up on the couch waiting for bed time.  Can you spy the lemon drop martini?



So instead of regretting not getting into many photos in December lets take a look at how many moments I did capture in 2014:

Remember this awesome pillow fight video?

A little Ice Skating action:


then sledding:

March 9 (4)

oh and here is me and my son at Easter!


and then one month Tyler took some pictures of me and Kendall for fun.  Here he is directing me and the final product:


This summer I managed to a picture with me and the hubby:


Here we are enjoying Duluth:


oh and on vacation in Santa Cruz California!:


I took the kids apple picking:



I think our family photos turned out great this year! (even though I messed up my settings, that Canon 5Dmarkiii really does handle large ISO wonderfully, thank you Mrs. Claus for that early Christmas gift that my hubby still doesn’t know about.  🙂 )


So all in all I think I missed one month because we were on vacation but hey I think I got at least 11 more photographs than I normally would have with me in them.  It was a fun year and I’ll be sure to keep trying to get in a few photographs every now and then.

This is part of a blog circle:  Please visit Anchored in Love to see her final installment as well!