Generations Summer 2017 | A Client Magazine, North Oaks Minnesota Photographer

The summer 2017 magazine is available.  Click on the image for everything you need to know for your summer photography session.

Summer 2017


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio located in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

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 michele@mqnphotography.com 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 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