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

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.


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 michele@mqnphotography.com

Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session | Moundsview School District Senior Photographer

It’s completely normal to feel a little awkward when taking senior portraits. Many seniors tend to feel self-conscious about their appearance because they feel uncomfortable taking photos on their own.

Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portrait with grace and confidence and leaving with photos that you will love for years to come.

Use your eyes.

Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what looks best.

Relax.

Great photos happen when the subject is relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of you photo session show through the lens as you take a moment and breathe, relax and just have fun. You may feel silly during this process but I will do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable.

Breathe.

This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to  practice taking a deep breath while smiling in front of the mirror.  Slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smile” by focusing on the apples of your cheeks pressing upwards. When in doubt, just breathe.

Move.

Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives us a variety of facial expressions to work with.

Beautify.

This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  She specializes in children and their families but takes on the occasional seniors in the Mounds View school district.  To schedule your next session with Michele email michele@mqnphotography.com or visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota

Spring Break on Film | Palm Beach, Florida Vacation Photographer

That’s right, on FILM!  When we went on spring break this year I brought along my film camera.  It’s a Canon EOS 3 which means I can use all my current fancy lenses on this camera body.  I love this 35mm camera.  I bought it used on EBAY and it has it’s faults but I’m learning its quirks and for $75 I can’t complain.   This year I’ve really been focusing on film again and I have to say it’s really renewed my love for photography.  I think I actually love my vacation photos from my film camera better than my digital camera who would have known?  Ok I’ll break these out by film stocks because I shot 6 rolls of film all different stocks.

Fuji 400H

Agfa Vista 200

Ektar 100

Lomography 400

Portra 400

And for some funky fun, I cross processed Provia 100.  On a couple I liked what happened but on most I didn’t (learned lesson) but I changed a couple to make them more tolerable.  Still some funky goodness on film.

So which film stock do you prefer?


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs on location and in her studio which is location in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  She mainly shoots with a Canon 5dMarkiii but has taken up shooting film using a 35mm Canon EOS3 and a vintage Canon A1.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Interested in a Senior Model Program | Moundsview Schools Area Photographer

With the opening of the studio this year I can now take on seniors like I haven’t been able to in the past.  I’m excited to announce that I will  now be officially taking on senior sessions and I’m going to need to start with a Rep or two! Are you a junior in high school?  Did you know the summer BEFORE your senior year is the best time to get your senior photographs taken?  Want your senior photographs at a discount?

Become a model! Grads wanted for senior rep program. Free rep cards, senior discounts & more.  Limited spots, apply now! Moundsview & Irondale High School Rep Program


What are SENIOR reps?

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What I’m Looking For

I’m looking for stylish, outgoing, and motivated high-school Juniors to have their Senior portraits taken in the Summer before their Senior year to help spread the word about my Senior Portrait experience, in exchange for a free session, and access to many exclusive prizes – only available to our selected Class of 2018 Senior Reps.

Be Yourself

Being a senior rep means you’re a spokesperson for mQn Photography.  All it requires is showing off your awesome photos to all your awesome friends!!  Remember, this session is about you and letting me show who you are through your pictures.  So this means going to your favorite place for pictures, wearing your favorite clothing or having your favorite pet in your photos!  All you have to do is put a little effort into showing off your awesome pictures! And by referring your friends to mQn Photography you can earn fun stuff!!!


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Refer some friends | Earn some credit

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So What’s IN IT for you?

FREE Session

Reps receive 2 FREE sessions!!! 1 FREE group senior session during the summer before Senior Year + 1 FREE session during your Senior year!! Yep, you read that right. 2 FREE SESSIONS!! (some qualifications may apply for the 2nd free session)

FREE images

One 8×10 print from each of your 2 sessions. 5-10 water marked images for your Social Media.

FREE Rep Cards

50 watermarked senior rep cards to give out to your friends. Photos of your choice of course.

$100 Credit

Towards any additional products.


Refer Your Friends

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What DO I do now?

  1. I ask that you have a strong presence in your high school and community, and spread the word via your social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  2. Use any pictures from your gallery as your profile picture for a portion of your senior year.
  3. You may not model for, or represent any other Photography studio between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018
  4. Have your parent or guardian sign a release form.

Become a rep today!

Get in touch with Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com or visit the contact us page on www.mqnphotography.com to apply for the senior rep program.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota representing the Moundsview School District.  She also works out of a studio in North East Minneapolis.  To schedule your senior session e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

Backyard Fun | North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

I always have so much fun with the Quinn family and this session was no exception.  We had so much fun playing in the backyard.  We did cartwheels, we jumped from the swings, we played catch and then had Popsicle’s and ran through the sprinklers.  Seriously every session should go like this.  I’m pretty sure the kids were happy the whole time and we didn’t have any crabby moments or anything.  Even the little one who in the beginning said she wasn’t going to have her picture taken or mom would have to old her the whole time was running to me asking if she could do another cartwheel/somersault for me to take her picture.  It was super hot and we were all troopers.  Here is just the sneak peeks.  I’ll be sure to post favorites on Facebook once I return from my vacation.  Enjoy!

Backyard Family Session with mQn Photography in North Oaks Minnesota


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks Minnesota.  She enjoys photographing children and their families throughout the year.  To schedule your lifestyle session please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com