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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Happy Monday!! If you haven’t visited the blog in a while, WELCOME to the new site! This is my first post with the shiny, happy, new, Photos By Monika website. I’m so excited to have a little facelift. I would love to hear your comments! Tootle around a bit and make sure to check back on the white board for updates and promotions!

It’s crazy how time is just flying by. I say this every year, but it still just amazes me. New website, babies babies everywhere, parties, and now Christmas cards! Ah! Before I know it, it will be January and I will be welcoming my own baby! Very excited for that little monster to come.

Speaking of welcoming, check out new baby Karis. 14 days old and such a yummy little smoosh face.

monika o'deegan, newborn baby girl

And, her doting parents. They got a bit too comfy here and fell asleep. Had to let the new parents rest for a bit. Besides, it was just so sweet!

newborn baby girl, monika o'deegan

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl. Thank you for making me a part of such a special time!

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It is so crazy how fast kiddos grow. I met Natalia and Diego when they were pregnant. The anxious and excited parents-to-be. Now, all of a sudden, they have an 18 month old! Ack! How does that happen??

My two favorites from their maternity and newborn shoot…

Hermosa Beach, maternity, Monika O'Deegan,

Redondo Beach, Newborn, Monika O'Deegan


A year and a half later, this beautiful baby is walking, talking, and giggling up a storm. Even with her dear juice box, this is one of my favorite pictures of her.

18 months, manhattan beach, baby girl, monika O'deegan


Seriously. The little teeth and ear to ear grin are just adorable! Besos Besos for Martina!

happy, 18 months, family, manhattan beach, monika odeegan


Inspired by my own maternity shoot, we went back on this lovely path where Martina loved exploring.

walking, 18 months, manhattan beach, polliwog park, monika odeegan


Thank you for including me in these milestones! I love watching Martina grow!

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We sure did! Absolutely loving this hot weather in the South Bay. We can actually spend the day at the beach without a slight chill. LOVE!

Summer, vacations, work, and life have just been so busy. What’s new, right? Well, I thought I’d take five minutes and share some fun photos that my husband took of James and I. We’re very excited for the new addition coming January 2013!

Needless to say, James is so happy to be big brother and is in full training mode (insert Rocky music here…)!

maternity, big brother, monika o'deegan, polliwog park

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Holy cow is this heat intense! I’m not complaining though, I swear. The last two summers in Manhattan Beach have been less than stellar. So bring on the sunshine!

Precious ten day old, Fiona, sure didn’t mind the heat either. Cozied up and ready for her first photo shoot. Thank you for going easy on me, little one.

Please welcome, ten day old Fiona and her doting parents…

newborn baby, baby girl, manhattan beach, monika O'deegan, photographer


Love this little smoosh face!

newborn baby girl, manhattan beach, monika O'deegan, professional photography

Thank you again for letting me photograph your angel. She is pure sweetness!

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