Happy Wednesday!

So happy to report Mr. Max slept seven hours last night! Woohoo! That means mama will be back blogging and photographing very soon :) Unless of course, last night was a total fluke!

I still have some favorites from week 1 lined up for posting. It’s much harder to weed out the mediocre ones when it’s your kid!

Here is one of my favorites of this snuggle bug…


One of my biggest regrets was not hiring a photographer to capture this time of ME with my boys. I love them so much and I know this precious moment is fleeting. For now, here is a self portrait with Max. Still working on one with James.


And this one. One of my favorites, not for artistic quality, but because it shows how young, little, and vulnerable he is.

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Hi! I’m back (I think)! Happy Valentine’s Day and Mid February. Can it really be almost Spring?

I thought photographing my own baby would be such a breeze. Haha. Very funny. Throw in a 3.5 year old and my dream photo shoot turned into a hot mess. Here’s what I got… Officially, here is Max, with a proper, non Iphone, portrait :)


And his very proud, protective, and emotional, older brother…


And the delicious cheeks I kiss ALL day long…


I have so many more to share. I’ll get them up next week!

If you’re interested in a photo shoot for your own precious-to-be,  I am now booking for March and April!

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Thank you everyone for your support and votes! It means so much to me. I’m sure the winning family will agree :)
All of these babies and families are so beautiful. This contest is really just a fun way to energize the new year and give someone 100 bucks :)
That being said, I would like to congratulate Rebecca, Clay, and BEAU on their winning portrait! I can’t wait to see this photograph blown up!
Yeah! Congrats!


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Happy New Year!

I am so excited that 2013 is here! The biggest reason of all- we are welcoming our 2nd child in just a few days! Woohoo! So many things to do before he comes. In the chance I fall off of this blog for awhile, you know why :)

One of my favorite parts of the new year, is to look back on “the best of”.  I love revisiting all of the wonderful families I have worked with. Every year, I have such a difficult time narrowing down to the top 5. That’s why, this year, I decided to make a video of ALL of my favorites. The contest will still be held, but here is the video just for smiles.



Now for the contest! Below are what me and my PBM judges believe to be the best five newborn portraits of 2012. They made us smile, laugh, and “ahhh”. Trust me, this was not easy!


The prize? Well, there’s two.

•$100 Photos By Monika gift certificate to the family of the winning portrait

•$50 Photos By Monika gift certificate to the winner of a random drawing from Facebook “likes”. Don’t live in the area and end up winning? Gift it to someone that lives in the Los Angeles area!


To enter the Photos By Monika giveaway, you must do the following TWO things:

• Leave a comment on this blog post with the title of the image you want to win. ONE entry per person. Only valid email addresses will count!

• “Recommend/Like” this post – (button is at the top right of site)


That’s it! Please be sure to spread the word about this contest via Twitter, Facebook, whatever!


Entries will close on Friday January 11th. We’ll announce our winner on Monday January 14th!














Thank you to everyone for all of your support the last three years. I am so lucky to have met so many awesome people! Can’t wait to see who wins!!

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Happy almost New Year’s everyone! I took a much needed break in December to get ready for the next addition to our family. Feeling more than prepared, I had to come out of maternity leave for this very special family and their 8 day new, baby boy, Beau.

I met Rebecca in prenatal yoga class a few months back. She reminded me so much of a client I photographed a few years ago. Come to find out, Its her sister! Ha! Small world.

It was so fun to dust off my camera and do one last final mini photo session of 2012. I was scared that my big, 39 week old baby belly, wouldn’t be able to do the job, but we had no problems :) Can’t believe I’m so close to my own!

Enough of me, meet this beautiful little boy.


I couldn’t resist capturing this little miracle with their gorgeous bedroom! Can someone make my house look like that? :)


AND like this glowing mamacita…


Congratulations and thank you for making me a part of such a special occasion!



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Happy Thanksgiving week! Very excited for the food and the short week!

Here is a fun Fall session. Seems that everyone is just dying for the season to change already. Sweaters, oranges and brown, leaves, trees.. Now if the temperature would just drop to a nice cool and crisp.

I love when my babies come back to me.  At the beginning of the year, I photographed this precious newborn baby girl, Anja.


And now, here she is at ten months, unable to contain her smiles…


And her big blue eyes. I didn’t get to see those in January!


Gotta melt with the mama love. I might be biased, but us mamas are so darn special ;)


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Nothing says the beginning of Fall like a Flu for 3 weeks. Seriously. Not. OK.

I’m back though! Ready to jump into the Holiday Season, of course, with one of my favorite families.

Remember this gem from last year…

Manhattan Beach Children photographer


Well, here he is, 18 months old, and beautiful as ever!

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About 10 months ago, I received a phone call from a potential client, Silvia. She said that she was nine months pregnant and wanted maternity photos as soon as possible. My first response was, “Congratulations! But… why did you wait so long to call me?”.  Two weeks isn’t a lot of time to work with, especially if baby decides to come early.

She began to tell me the story of how her and her husband had been trying for three years to have a baby. Their only results were multiple miscarriages and failed attempts at reproductive intervention. She didn’t want to jinx her only successful pregnancy. She hadn’t finished talking yet, and I was all sobs. So much heartache. It’s amazing how difficult it can be for some, and so easy for others.

Clearly, there was room in my schedule for this special couple. Here are two of my favorite shots of this glowing pregnant mama…


Now, fast forward ten months, to this week.

After many fertility struggles myself, I am now seven months pregnant with my 2nd child. I was in my favorite prenatal yoga class with Patricia Grube when I saw Silvia running up to me, giddily screaming my name. She had her son 9 months ago and then poof, she was pregnant again. No doctors, no emotional roller coaster, just a healthy baby in her belly. We hugged and congratulated each other. I so wonder why life puts you through the ringer sometimes, I really do. I couldn’t be happier for her and her family that they are able to add another member, with a little less heartache.

Seeing her really made my day. I felt like sharing in case it makes yours too :)

Congratulations Mert and Silvia!

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As you’ve noticed, I took a much needed break from the blog. Summer was crazy! I had to take a month off to get caught up on orders before the Christmas rush and maternity leave hit!

People have been really into albums this season. Square, sparkly, small, and large! The 6×6 is the perfect size to fit right in your purse (or grandma’s)!

Manhattan Beach Photographer


And of course canvases. My most favorite piece of art for your home. Modern, unique, and they come ready to hang. No need to worry about a frame! Love! You can do them side by side, 1 large one, or a whole collage.


2012 is fully booked but I am taking appointments for 2013 Spring newborns and high school seniors! Contact me for information!

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Hi!! If you saw my Facebook post last week, you’ll know that this little cutie won an honerary trophy  for “Best Baby Ever”. This little man slept the entire shoot and was so content. Only the softest of squeaks came out of him.

Meet nine day old, Keegan, and his full head of hair :)



“Like this? Ok. No problem. I got this pose.”



Sweet baby and his mama…



I try and buy new props for each shoot as it keeps it interesting for the readers and for me. I had NO idea that this family was Irish. When I showed up and put this little set together, Becky (his mama) told me.

So perfect! Cutest little Irish boy ever!



Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special time. I could have stayed all day photographing this little guy!

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