Feliz Cinco De Mayo South Bay!!

What is everyone doing today? I think it’s safe to say that the entire South Bay is down at the Beach Life Festival in Redondo. Am I right? Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!

Well, Miss Alia has different plans. She’s celebrating in style, by turning one, eating cake, and getting loot out of a piñata! I just loved this theme! So so fun, colorful, and festive!

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Get it, girl!! haha! Love her!

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I just love love love this cake smash! It is so timely with all of the super blooms going on. The plum color is gorgeous and Baby Mila is the cutest!

She just giggled and ate, and then, giggled and ate some more.  Pure joy came out of this baby girl. So much so, that I had to share her session. It will leave you feeling good and singing Tom Petty the rest of the day. Who doesn’t want that?!

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You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

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Right? I told you!

Cake smashes are booked when baby is 9 months so we have time to plan, order, and plan some more! It’s amazing how much little humans grow in one year!






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Yes! You read that right! I just had the honor of photographing the most special cake smash of all- 100 years young!

This striking young man snuggled with his grandchildren, laughed, read, sang (Amazing Grace, btw. sniff sniff!), and ate some cake. It was hard for me to see through the camera with all of the tears in my eyes.

What a beautiful day it was!

Happy Birthday Tom!

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HIP HIP Hooray! Personal Branding by Photos By Monika has officially launched! I have a team of two other ladies that are by my side making sure everything runs smoothly.

I spend so much time talking to moms during their newborn session. Listening to stories, some happy, some sad. But most of what I hear is how they have lost themselves or are unsure what to do next.

I love all of my mamas with all of my heart. I have formed so many beautiful relationships with all of them. That’s why I’m here to help! To take care of the ladies too (not all are mamas!).

No matter what you want to do, you have to start with a clean, clear image of yourself. Showing off your best assets, remember who you used to be, and having a good time investing in you!

The first event will be held this Thursday, March 21 at the studio. Music, hair and makeup, photos, and champagne! Can you think of a better way to take that first step?

I can’t! There are only a few spots left. Register via my contacts page!


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It goes without saying that infertility is heartbreaking. You spend so much of your life trying not to get pregnant and then when you’re ready to take that leap, something fails you. The pain and suffering is tremendous. So many women experience this and yet aren’t able to talk about it. It is more common than you think. I hear the devastating stories in my studio and cry along side these lovely women.

Sometimes, the storm passes and a rainbow appears. This such family was gifted with a gorgeous rainbow baby after much devastation. It was an honor to photograph them and something that will stay in my heart forever.

Meet gorgeous baby Ryūkō…

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OMG! The most beautiful snowflakes of all have been in the studio this year!

Little Sophie, is one of them. Just a delicious sleepy little babe.

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I cannot believe how fast time goes. I know we all say it, but it just blows my mind on the daily.

I have been photographing this family since their first one was born. Now, its their FOURTH!

This was baby Hunter a year ago. Sweet, angelic, little boy.

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His loving family and not so happy Wyatt, getting bumped from the baby position. LOL!

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Santa makes a surprise visit for this special guy!

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And then, in a blink of an eye, he is ONE! What the heck? How did that happen?

Still perfect, angelic, and oh-so- adorable!

Happy Birthday Sweet Hunter!

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Happy Fall everyone! Although it is still blazing hot in Manhattan Beach, the Fall sessions have started. I may be biased, but the cutest pumpkin patch in the south bay is in the Photos By Monika studio.

The sweetest pumpkin of them all came in ready to go! Red hair and all!

Check out the video of baby Emmett just going for it! I love him!



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Don’t wait to book your baby’s one year milestone! Spaces are limited and its sooooo fun (and delicous)!

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How is it already the middle of July?! I’m going to cry right now!

So many beautiful babies also means that I’m inside a studio all day. It’s dark, quiet, calm, and smells like baby powder- couldn’t be better, especially during this heat wave.

Here are some of the gorgeous babes that have kept me indoors this summer :)

Baby Abigail…

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Hi All!

Its been an uncharacteristically long time since I’ve blogged. Babies Babies Babies everywhere have me in the studio morning til night! I am so greater for all of my South Bay families and the beautiful children you bring into my studio. Thank you.

Miss Emme shined in her one year cake smash. What a doll! The studio was decorated in beautiful pink and peach flowers. She fit perfectly into our own little flower field :)


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