For the past year, I have been clipping magazines and organizing my thoughts on a new studio. My obsession with New York definitely needed to be contained as it spread throughout our house.

Along with our designer, Michelle Workman, we decided to make my showing space a modern, yet vintage, New York-esque showroom. My ode to New York couldn’t make me happier.

A lot of sweat and tears, but my office is done!

Monika O'Deegan, studio, Manhattan Beach Photographer

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This past Saturday, I met the most delightful little six month old ever! She was just bursting with personality. Pearl’s parents wanted the photo session to be all about her and I can see why. A-DORE-A-BLE!

We started out at the Manhattan Beach Pier and discovered it was way too crowded and a bit too breezy for Pearl’s taste. We moved around to a new location and boy did she let us know how happy she was with our decision.

Here are a few of my absolute favorites. Can we talk about those leg warmers?

6 month old baby girl, manhattan beach, saturday, monika O'deegan

Thanks for making my Saturday morning so fun!

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This family session was very special. I met Leah and Dan when they were pregnant with Joseph. I shot their maternity session and each of Joseph’s three month milestones. I cannot believe he is one! It has been such a treat to watch this tiny bundle become a happy little guy.

family photography, one year old, monika O'deegan, Manhattan Beach


He is very proud of his walking skills. But, wait. What’s this? Sand? Sorry Joseph. Threw you a curve ball :)

one year old, manhattan beach, monika o'deegan


A little mamma love…

Manhattan Beach, Family photography, Monika O'Deegan


Nothing like a family shoot to get everyone together and enjoying eachother’s company.

Manhattan Beach Family photography, Monika O'Deegan


The last few weeks sunsets in Manhattan Beach have been so dramatic!

Manhattan Beach sunset, family photography, monika o'deegan


Thank you for a wonderful year and a half of photographing your family!

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It is rare that a couple’s love moves me to tears. This is one such couple.

They were so worried about being posed and what they should be doing for the camera. However, once I told them to get down on the sand, they became completely immersed in eachother and didn’t even notice I was there. They had so many beautiful moments, I was scared to speak and interrupt it.

This baby will definetley be coming into a very loving home.

maternity, Manhattan Beach, in love, Monika O'Deegan


Stacey and Kelly are living their dream. Growing up in Canada, it was always their goal to one day be living near the California sand and surf. Here they are, taking in every minute, and wanting photos of everything “California”.

Manhattan Beach, Pregnancy photography, monika odeegan


The sky darkened very quickly and we were worried we wouldn’t get their perfect sunset. Thank goodness, at the end of the day, a little patch of sun peaked through and gave us the most dramatic sunset of all!

sunset, manhattan beach, maternity photography, monika o'deegan


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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…

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



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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.

family pictures, maternity photos, monika Odeegan

My favorite picture ever…

professional family photos, maternity photos, monika odeegan

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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