All Pink in the NICU | University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital NICU Photographer

I had the pleasure to meet this little beauty in the NICU.  She was born with a birth defect called Gastroschisis. The CDC describes “Gastroschisis as a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The baby’s intestines are found outside of the baby’s body, exiting through a hole beside the belly button. The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also be found outside of the baby’s body.”  Her surgery was already completed when I visited and I believe she was doing quite well.

Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail

Michele is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project which provides free photography for families living in the NICU.  To see how you can help or to request a session please visit