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

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

  1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or me for ideas too.

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  1. Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.

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  1. Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.

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  1. How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

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  1. Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location

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Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.

For more information on locations for your session with mQn Photography.  Inquire about my Location Guide!

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota where she photographs children and their families on location.  She also serves the twin cities of Minnesota in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please e-mail her at michele@mqnphotography.com or visit her contact us page at mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer

 

Generations | North Oaks, Minnesota Client Magazine Winter 2016-17 Edition

The winter edition of our client magazine, Generations, has been published. Click the magazine to read the full thing.  This is a great place to start if you are considering a photo session this winter with mQn Photography.

This month I’m participating in a blog circle with a few photographer friends from all over the globe!  At the end of this post, be sure to click my friend Johanna’s link to follow the circle around.  Johanna is from Berkshire over in the U.K.   You’ll get a glimpse of a newborn baby boy on her blog; I wonder if there is any royalty in his blood?

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I’m now booking winter (and Spring) sessions for 2017.  If you’re interested in a session head over to the investment page on my website which shows sessions and pricing.  Be sure to contact me as soon as possible, as I only take a limited number of sessions per month.  I would love to talk with you!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow the blog circle around to Johanna’s post here: Newborn and Family Photography Reading, Berkshire

There are four of us in the circle this month, I hope you enjoy traveling along from Minnesota to the UK, back over to Denver and then down under to Australia.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She schedules clients sessions all year long.  If you’d like to schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com or visit www.mqnphotography.com to view more of her work.

Last Minute Snow Session Sneak Peek | North Oaks, Minnesota Child Photographer

We had such a blast with this very last minute snow session.  We weren’t even expecting snow and we woke up to a couple of inches and it was relatively “warm” out.  You know it wasn’t below freezing (well maybe by a degree or two)  It was the perfect morning to have it.  That’s the thing with snow sessions, they sort of have to be scheduled very last minute but if it works for you it usually works for me in the winter too.  I always have so much fun I don’t want it to end!  But the cold does get to us eventually.  In any event, can’t wait to share my favorites of these but until then, here is a sneak peek!

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families year around and especially loves photographing in snow!  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Extended Family in the Snow, Sneak Peeks | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Family in from California, family in from Florida?  What’s a little snow?  We didn’t let it stop us from being outside.  I love snow sessions and since the temps were actually above freezing we didn’t even need coats on!  I can’t believe all this snow has already melted.  Come back please!!!!  Anyway I wanted to share some sneak peeks from this super sweet extended family session that we had the day before filling ourselves up with turkey.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  She specializes photographing children and their families.  To schedule your next session with Michele e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com