Last week Kristal and Kimberly of Pier to Peer asked me to photograph them for their revamped website. Having worked with these girls before, I was thrilled.

They are bursting with energy, ideas, and laughter. Very refreshing after struggling with my two year old to get him to school on time. We met for Coffee in downtown Manhattan Beach. However, it wasn’t coffee I was longing for. Haha. Kids. Gotta love ’em!

If you are first hearing of Pier to Peer, you must go check them out. ¬†These two savvy moms spend their time writing about what’s happening in the South Bay. Top baby products, tastiest happy hours, fun DIY crafts, delicous recipes, and even best candy stores to sample from. You name it, they’re writing about it.

Which fun photo should be on their website? You decide!

Pier to Peer, Monika O'Deegan, Manhattan Beach

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Did I mention how much I love my job? On a weekly basis I get to meet and snuggle these little miracles.

About a month ago, I met this family when we did their maternity shoot. And now, here is this perfect package.

Please meet Baby Marlowe. 8 days new and so so sweet. Look at this big smile for the camera and those tiny petal toes! Ah! Love!

newborn baby, baby girl, manhattan beach, monika odeegan


Marlowe was warmly welcomed by her big sister, Mahdi. She takes her job very seriously and was so gentle with her new little addition. 

big sister, newborn baby girl, redondo beach, monika odeegan


During a newborn shoot, there is a lot of down time while mom is taking care of the baby. However, on this shoot, Mahdi kept me very entertained and very busy as she bounced around on the bed to Rihanna. This girl has some energy and some amazing moves!

Big sister, toddler pictures, redondo beach photographer, monika odeegan

Thank you so much for making me a part of such a special time in your lives!

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Please meet Baby Heidi. Five weeks new and beautiful.

A little more alert than a brand new- newborn, but so patient. It’s usually difficult to photograph a newbie when they are awake. This little princess however, was just so calm…

manhattan beach photographer, newborn baby photos, monika o'deegan


She let me play with her, she slept for me, and she showed off those gorgeous blue eyes that are hopefully here to stay. Such a sweet baby girl…

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!

It has taken me a week to figure out which photos I was going to post from my latest family shoot. I love them all! What an absolute pleasure it was meeting this loving trio.

Mahdi was one of the happiest two year olds I have ever met. She picked flowers for me, laughed and giggled, and gave kisses to baby sister- to-be all morning.

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My favorite picture ever…

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So much love between this family. Baby number two has no idea how lucky she is!

professional family photography, maternity photos, monika O'deegan

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Happy Monday!

What a wonderful weekend! Not only was it sunny and 80 degrees, but I had two wonderful shoots with two beautiful families.

Robert and Silvia have been married for ten years and decided to treate themselves to a photo shoot. Their chemistry was magical. I took them on a wild ride and both of them were such good sports going on such rocky terrain with me.

I think it was worth it, don’t you?


love, ten year anniversary, monika o'deegan


After the treacherous journey, Silvia and Robert were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and eachother.

10 year anniversary, monika o'deegan photography, love, engagement, Palos Verdes


An ispiration for sure. Their love is amazing. Congratulations you two!

manhattan beach photographer, anniversary photographs, love, marital bliss

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I’m feeling a little lovey and a wee bit sentimental.

I put together this video montage of a few of my favorite images. See the special promo offer at the end!

This is the perfect opportunity to purchase that gift for the mom-to-be in your life!

Book in February for any future date to receive the discount. 

*New clients only

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inner glimmer, manhattan beach massage, masseuse, monika odeegan, michelle hummel


Just a glimpse into the relaxing, heavenly, and magical touch of Michelle Hummel. 

I met Michelle three years ago when I was pregnant. She was a masseuse at the spa at Equinox. She melted away all of my prenatal pains and I have been loyal ever since.

Now, this entrepreneurial woman has branched out and is now working for herself, right on Manhattan Beach Blvd! Using the best products for facials (trust me. I have the most sensitive, dry skin on Earth!), the yummiest oils for massage, and the most organic and pure  potion for spray tan (yes, everything is completely safe for pregnant women!!).

I personally vouch for her talent and encourage you to go check her out. As a courtesy to my friends, fellow yoga mammas, and me, Michelle is offering $30 off her normal fee. Book this week and you will receive a 60 minute massage for $60!! It is unbeatable and truly amazing. Maybe even ask your sweetheart for a Valentine’s Day treat! Be sure to mention Photos By Monika/ Monika O’Deegan! Enjoy!

Michelle Hummel


manhattan beach masseuse, prenatal massage, michelle hummel, monika o'deegan


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The last few months have been truly a miracle. Little angels keep appearing everywhere! In particular, this beautiful baby girl.

Colette Foxen was born almost two weeks ago to one of my dear high school friends. I’m already in love with her first daughter, Finley, now my heart is twice as big.

Baby Colette, welcome to this world. You have no idea how much you are already loved.

newborn baby girl, monika O'deegan, manhattan beach


Monika O'Deegan, newborn baby, manhattan beach


I couldn’t get enough of this awesome blanket on Finley’s bed. So fun! Thanks big sister for sharing :)

Monika ODeegan, newborn baby


I’ve been dying to use this dinosaur prop. Finally a sleepy sleepy baby that would really let me do anything with her :)

dinosaur baby, newborn, monika odeegan


If you’ve been following this blog the past two years, you’ll surely remember this picture of Finley. If not, here it is again. Have to make sure big sister still feels the love too :)

apples, baby in box of apples, monika O'deegan


They make some pretty babies, wouldn’t you say?


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2012 has blessed me with some beautiful new additions into this world.

Meet this gorgeous baby girl with a name to match…

newborn baby girl, cocoon, monika O'Deegan

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What a great start to a new year! So much fun voting for “Best Babies of 2011” and now the first Best Baby of 2012!

This family was a dream to shoot. So chill, wearing pajamas (ok. I wish I looked like Sarah fresh out of bed, with a newborn, wearing pajamas), but anyway- you get my point. Will was not interested in sleeping whatsoever, but he was happy as a clam, so no complaints here either!

Meet Will, ten days old. Can we say, ‘Raaaar!!”?

newborn baby boy, lion hat, Monika O'Deegan Photography


With amazing team work, mom and dad were able to get him to sleep for a few minutes. Ha! Will- You’re gonna give your parents quite a run for their money! You little turkey, I mean, lion :)

newborn baby boy, new mom, Monika ODeegan Photography


Precious little guy. Ahhhh….

newborn baby boy, sleeping baby, Monika O'Deegan Photography

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