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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Happy Monday! I hope all of you beautiful mothers had a wonderful day yesterday.

I was so excited to wake up this morning and see that an interview I did with Voyage LA has been featured in this morning’s online magazine.

If you’d like to check it out, please click and read! I would love to hear your comments, questions and feedback!


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Happy Friday! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I’m ready for summer! Ha! That has nothing to do with this post, lol, but I just needed to get it out there.

Sweet baby Sienna was an absolute dream to work with. She came in at 10 days old with her glowing parents and brother. I absolutely love the soft whites, pinks, and gold in her session. This little cherub moved from set up to set up without a fuss.

Please welcome, Baby Sienna

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And one last one of this adorable, proud, and sooo excited, Big Bro…

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Baby girls are the sweetest. They love having their photos taken, they love to dress up, they love to smooch, twirl, and pose. I love them.

This was an extra special shoot for me. One of my best friends from college hired me to fly up to Norther California and set up  my studio in her home. It was such a treat to have this extra snuggle time with her adorable babes.

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The best time to do newborn photography is  7-10 days after birth. Why? Because that is when baby is the sleepiest, most easily posed, and doesn’t have that dreaded “cradle cap” and baby acne.

Is it possible to take newborn photos after that time period? Absolutely. Most likely, baby will be awake for most of the shots, but that’s ok. I love seeing those beautiful eyes staring back at me!

Baby Oliver was 4 weeks at his newborn session and he was a champ! Happy awake and  happy asleep!

What a little lover!

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Two boys and.. A GIRL!! I don’t know about all the other boy moms out there, but I have always wanted to hear these words. I love my three boys more than anything in the world. However, if I had endless energy and youth, I’d go for the girl :)

Everyone was so excited and so fun to photograph. It really showed throughout their entire session.

Please welcome Baby Lette and her adoring fans…

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Boys! Don’t squish the baby! lol

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