Photos By Monika


Happy New Year!

It was so nice to take a much needed vacation. However, trying to get up for school, work, and life today, was rough!

Thank you to everyone for the best year ever for Photos By Monika! I met so many amazing families, kiddos, and little miracles. I did not have time to post so many of these shoots on my blog. Instead, I have put together a little video. I hope you enjoy!

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Happy Holidays to all! Thank you to everyone for making this the busiest, craziest, and most wonderful year for Photos By Monika. I am officially done for 2013 and soooo grateful!

I am way behind on blog posts. Rather than trying to play catch up (which I have to do on Christmas presents), I will be posting all of my favorite images from each session in one post. Be on the look out next week!

So, being the efficient, gotta- get -crap- done- the- fastest- I -can, type of person I am- I used my own kids for the Photos By Monika holiday card. I received so many comments on “how sweet Max is looking at his brother”. Well, this 11 month old is HUNGRY and wants his ice cream. Nothing tame about this little fella.

Here is the card, followed by the outtakes. Enjoy and once again, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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Happy December! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I had to take a little break from Christmas cards to introduce this angel to you.

Meet 5 day new, May…

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Happy Monday y’all! Boy, am I am feeling the pending holidays! The parking lots are packed, trees are up, and holiday beanies are on!

I couldn’t resist adding a few ornaments to this little guy. Please welcome 10 day new, Brett.

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He looks like a snowboarder already!

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And those little piggies! Come on now. They are so cute!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a basket :)

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! For months, I have been anticipating working with the famous newborn photographer, Keri Meyers. Well, today is the day! I am off to Seattle to do some exciting work! I cannot wait to come back and share all of the goodies from the trip!

In the meantime, I have one of my favorite families to share with you. I have been working with these peeps for years and am so excited to announce the 2nd addition to their family.

Eight days new, Miss Frankie:

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Congratulations Leah and Dan. She is beautiful!

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Hi! I am so excited to share this little guy. Five month old Chase was rolls of fun! harty har har har

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Do you think he loves his daddy or what?!

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What happens after all of this excitement and laughter, when you’re five months old?

Well, you take a nap of course. Right in the middle of the shoot!

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They were bummed that they didn’t do a newborn shoot with Chase. Well, we got one! Who says you can’t pose a baby! I say, they got lucky and got a two-fer :)

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I know it’s a little late to post this, but I thought, “ah, what the heck. Why not?”.

It is so hard to get my munchkins together and smiling. Even a photographer is not immune to the stubbornness of their own children!

Happy belated Halloween! Although, it is Halloween/dress up day in our house everyday!

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I love my little bat vampires!

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Happy Halloween!! Love this holiday! Can’t wait to fill up my coffee mug and watch my kiddo have the best night ever.

I just got home from a newborn shoot. Precious eight day old Frankie. Seriously, the cutest name ever. At the end, we decided to try our luck putting her in a Halloween outfit. We were able to get one before she said, “enough lady!”.

Here’s Frankie. You’ll see more of her in a week or two when I catch up!

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And her proud big brother Joseph…

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The lucky mamacita has two pumpkins this Halloween! Congratulations Leah!


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Patricia and I go way back. As in, 5 years back. That’s pre-kids for me, so it seems like a lifetime ago!

She was my prenatal yoga instructor at Yoga Works. She changed the way I thought about yoga, took care of my body, and eased my stress. She is an amazing motivator to push you harder, but also bring you to a place of relaxation. With this incredible talent her business as a doula and author have flourished.

I love celebrating hard working women, especially moms. Moms already have a full time job. And then to embark on a personal passion- amazing.

If you haven’t already met Patricia, here she is- the more serious business woman…

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The fun and carefree Patricia…

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I love this pic. Maybe the sultry Patricia?

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I’m sure being a busy business owner, instructor, and mother, it is hard to remember to practice what you preach. Even during our photo session, she was able to let go of trying to give that perfect smile, and relax. She went to another place for a second and I love how calm and peaceful she looks.

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Perfect qualities for a perfect doula. Feel free to check her out if you’re pregnant and interested in hiring a doula.

She also co-authored a book on prenatal yoga and natural birth. Check it out!


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Hello and happy Tuesday!

The Fall weather has rolled in and so has the flu! Oh my how this time of year is bitter sweet! My poor poor pumpkins have been down for so long. Hopefully, this is the end of it and they are good until next year (wishful thinking, I know)!

On to less booger-y things!

I’m so excited to bring you this beautiful family! I have been working with Patricia, of Serenity Birth, for years and was ecstatic when she came to me to do her family portraits.

What a perfect way to start a Saturday morning! Sun, beach, love, and Kronuts! Well, the Kronuts came later. I treated myself when the shoot was over :) hehe Have you tried those outrageously delicious things???

Meet the Grube family…



Their lovely son who humored me and did all of the crazy things I asked of him…



Proud, beautiful mama love…



And sweet love- love…



Thank you for making me part of such a special moment!

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