Cake Smash


It seems like it was 2 seconds ago that I photographed this sweet angel as a newborn. Now, today, he is ONE! How does that happen? I have three boys and I still can’t wrap my head around the time.

Thank goodness for cake smashes! My precious newborn babies always find their way back to me, this time, for sweet treats!

Look at what a difference a year makes…

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After a few “clean” shots, we let Kai dive into his cake. We laughed through the entire thing. Not a bad way to start your day! Happy Birthday you sweet boy. I miss that giggle already!

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All cake smashes are custom designed around your colors and style. Set up, cake, and clean up are all included in your session. All you have to do is show up!

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I am so excited about the upcoming “Sending X’s and O’s” mini sessions! Christmas minis were such a blast, I just couldn’t bare to skip this sweet holiday. If you missed sending out holiday cards, this is your chance to get those sweet baby faces on people’s walls and mantels!

Mini session times will be announced later on Facebook. You must “like’ Photos By Monika to get on the sign up list. There will only be a few slots available.

Now it’s time to meet the models.

I photographed Stella and Chase as newborns. I couldn’t help but tear up when I saw what beautiful little toddlers they became. They were so cute that I indulged them with cupcakes, turning their valentines day photo shoot into a cake smash. Hey, why not? It’s great to be 1.5 years old!

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Seriously, Chase and Stella, your saucer blue eyes, curls, and precious outfits are just too much to handle!




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Mini Sessions


Sending X’s and O’s your way for a Happy Valentine’s Day treat!

I will be offering one day of Valentine’s Day minis sometime in January. Stay tuned for details!

How cute is this little sassy sweetheart? Love her and her sparkling personality!

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Happy Tuesday!

This little snowgal blew into the studio at 2 weeks old. So sweet and so precious!

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The aqua/purple color scheme of this photo session is just so fresh! I love it. All sessions are customized to each client’s color palette. I was so excited to run with Miss Chloe’s nursery decor.

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Happy new year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I feel well rested and ready to meet all of the sweet winter and spring babies that are on their way.

Here is a precious little snow angel who is near and dear to my heart. Sleigh bells were ringing in the studio with Miss Lily June.

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7 days new and just perfect!

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Lily had smiles for days. Her and her family were a dream to work with!

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Thank you for choosing me to capture this beautiful time in your life. I love you guys!



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Happy Holiday Season to everyone!

I have not blogged in such a long time. Partly because it is the busiest time of the year and partly because I didn’t want to spoil any holiday cards that haven’t made it into your mailbox yet!

Now, that most cards have been delivered, I get to share some of the most beautiful babies and families I’ve ever seen!

This scrumptious 10 day old baby, is very special to me. Wyatt is the third child of not only my college roommate but my dear friend. I loved spending a few hours with them and having my own intimate time with Wyatt.

There’s no doubt that this is my favorite photo from the session. I had envisioned this for months while Colleen was pregnant. It is so exciting to see that plan come to life!

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Wyatt, his beautiful family, and loving siblings..

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Thank you Colleen and AJ for choosing me to capture this treasured time in your family’s life. I love you guys.


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Happy 8 months to this very special little guy.

Move over hubs, there is a new man in my heart!!

I love you, Henry!

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Commercial Shoot


Hello everyone! I am back from my 6 week leave! It was heavenly to enjoy the hot summer, at the beach, with my kiddos. But Fall is here, kids are in school, and I am ready to hold all of the sweet babies that come my way!

I started back up last week with this wonderful shoot for Tickles and Toots, a Halloween costume line that attaches to your infant carrier! How cool is that? Why torture those little ones by putting them in a hot polyester costume, when they’ll end up in your Baby Bjorn or Ergo anyway?! Moms are so smart. What would we do without them?

Here are a few of my favorites..

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I think I get the cutest clients! Don’t you agree? Look at the personality on this kid!

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And this Brangelina look-alike? Come on now! I can’t take it!

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Thank you to Tickles and Toots for choosing Photos By Monika to capture your amazing line of infant carrier costumes. What an amazing idea! The same costume that attaches to the infant carrier can later be worn by a toddler (goes on like an apron)! So fun!

If you’re interested in purchasing, head on over to Tickles and Toots’ Etsy page.


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Hi everyone!


I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

As you know, I had my third son in February. So many existing clients gave birth around the same time, I went back to work right away. There was no way I wasn’t going to photograph their newest additions! Well, I’m pooped! haha.

I’ve decided to take the month of August off to spend some time with my own little munchkins. I will surely be continuing to work in the background, just not taking on new clients or posting to the blog.

Enjoy the rest of summer (how did that happen so fast?!) and I’ll see you in Fall!




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A girl, a girl!

We’ve had so many boys in the studio lately and then all of a sudden it just shifted! So fun to bring out fresh color combos like this aqua and pink. And what a perfect model. Avery was so precious, sweet, and malleable. She let me do it all!

Meet 7 day new, Avery…

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Thank you Fong and Angela for including me in this special time. I loved working with you and your adorable babies!

If you would like to book your newborn session, please contact me during your second trimester!

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