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

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

Arnold Family Sneak Peek | North Oaks, Minnesota Family & Child Photographer

Every year I look forward to photographing this family.  They were one of the first families to trust me with their yearly fall photographs when I moved here to Minnesota.  Sometimes we have a blast and sometimes they just want me out of their face.  lol  But whatever their moods I ALWAYS have fun!  🙂  Here are just a few from our evening…..


Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  Photographing families in the fall seems to be her specialty but she enjoys it all year long.  To book your next session with Michele e-mail

Extended Family Session at the White Bear Yacht Club~White Bear Lake, Minnesota Family Photographer

I know catchy title huh?  Give me some slack I’ve been up at Elk River’s Girl Scout camp all week and trying to get some images together during the evenings to share for this wonderful family’s 50th wedding anniversary.  We did a little extended family session right before they started to celebrate at the White Bear Yacht Club.  When I went to scope the place out I brought my kids and now they are begging me to join!  It is a beautiful venue and I fully plan to harass my husband about it until we join.  🙂  In any event here are just a few sneak peeks from our session.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota specializing in children and their immediate family.  Though Michele does not normally specialize in extended family sessions she does enjoy meeting the whole family on occasions.