A Girl and Her Tractor | Northeast Minneapolis Studio Photographer

I got to see another one of the NICU babies I’ve photographed.  I just love when I get the opportunity to see these little ones again.  This little country girl is turning one on the best day ever to have a birthday!  (hint hint we share the same day!)  We held the session at my new studio location and my kids had to be there because they didn’t want to stay home alone (long story short dad had to go out of town).  Well for those who have had sessions with me you will know that my kids are NEVER with me BUT this might be changing for future sessions because let me tell you we went from this face:

to this face:

with just my rugrats playing peek-a-boo behind me.  She just ate them up.  So if they are going to be my little snake charmers I might have to make them work more often.  They work for chocolate so it’s a pretty good deal on my end.

This little one is just too precious for words so without further adieu here are a few more sneak peeks:

I’m not sure why I didn’t include more smiley ones because we certainly got them.  I guess I just love all her little curious looks too plus I can only pick so many for a sneak peek!  Stay turned to Facebook to see my favorites once I finish all the images.

Want to see how far she’s come?  Here are a few of the NICU images I took:


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer; her studio is located in the Northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Lifestyle Portrait Photographer Minnesota or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is also a volunteer photographer for The Tiny Footprints Project, gifting photography sessions to babies living in the NICU.  For more information on this amazing service please visit TTFP!

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

Lil’ Slugger Studio Session | Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

From NICU to the ballpark, this lil’ slugger turned one!  I had such a fun studio session with this cutie.  We took some portraits, had some fun and smashed a cake, just what turning one is all about.  I can’t wait to go through all the images but I wanted to post a few sneak peeks.  Enjoy!  To view my favorites from the session follow me on Facebook where they will be posted in a couple of weeks.


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  Michele photographs on location or in her studio located in Northeast Minneapolis.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Minnesota Child & 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