Oct
2013
31

Happy Halloween!! Love this holiday! Can’t wait to fill up my coffee mug with..um..coffee and watch my kiddo have the best night ever.

I just got home from a newborn shoot. Precious eight day old Frankie. Seriously, the cutest name ever. At the end, we decided to try our luck putting her in a Halloween outfit. We were able to get one before she said, “enough lady!”.

Here’s Frankie. You’ll see more of her in a week or two when I catch up!

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And her proud big brother Joseph…

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The lucky mamacita has two pumpkins this Halloween! Congratulations Leah!

 

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Mompreneur

Oct
2013
29

Patricia and I go way back. As in, 5 years back. That’s pre-kids for me, so it seems like a lifetime ago!

She was my prenatal yoga instructor at Yoga Works. She changed the way I thought about yoga, took care of my body, and eased my stress. She is an amazing motivator to push you harder, but also bring you to a place of relaxation. With this incredible talent her business as a doula and author have flourished.

I love celebrating hard working women, especially moms. Moms already have a full time job. And then to embark on a personal passion- amazing.

If you haven’t already met Patricia, here she is- the more serious business woman…

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The fun and carefree Patricia…

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I love this pic. Maybe the sultry Patricia?

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I’m sure being a busy business owner, instructor, and mother, it is hard to remember to practice what you preach. Even during our photo session, she was able to let go of trying to give that perfect smile, and relax. She went to another place for a second and I love how calm and peaceful she looks.

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Perfect qualities for a perfect doula. Feel free to check her out if you’re pregnant and interested in hiring a doula. www.serenitybirth.com

She also co-authored a book on prenatal yoga and natural birth. Check it out! poshpush.com

 

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Oct
2013
15

Hello and happy Tuesday!

The Fall weather has rolled in and so has the flu! Oh my how this time of year is bitter sweet! My poor poor pumpkins have been down for so long. Hopefully, this is the end of it and they are good until next year (wishful thinking, I know)!

On to less booger-y things!

I’m so excited to bring you this beautiful family! I have been working with Patricia, of Serenity Birth, for years and was ecstatic when she came to me to do her family portraits.

What a perfect way to start a Saturday morning! Sun, beach, love, and Kronuts! Well, the Kronuts came later. I treated myself when the shoot was over :) hehe Have you tried those outrageously delicious things???

Meet the Grube family…

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Their lovely son who humored me and did all of the crazy things I asked of him…

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Proud, beautiful mama love…

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And sweet love- love…

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Thank you for making me part of such a special moment!

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Baby

Oct
2013
01

“Let’s go surfin now, everybody’s learnin how, come on a safari with me!”

Sorry for the cheese! I can’t help myself! What a fun shoot with little 6 month old, Griffin! Being a surfer, dad bought this for the little guy and he took to it like a pro. He seriously looks like he is catching a wave. Ah! Love him!

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Had to also squeeze in some jersey time and mama tickles :) What a fun little fella!

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On a side note, a very fun and exciting side note- Do you notice anything different?? Perhaps a swirly, elegant and beautiful M?? The new logo is here! It will have its own special announcement soon :)

 

 

 

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Kiddos

Sep
2013
26

Happy Thursday! This Fall weather rolling in also brought a new mood. I think I have the post summer blues!

I need to mourn summer and by Monday I will embrace Target with all of its Halloween and Christmas decorations!

A few of you have asked for me to post some of my own munchkins on the blog. It is so hard to plan the time to do your own family. My kids don’t listen to me like yours do! haha! My oldest lasted for 1 fake smile (granted I only tried to chase him for 1 minute). Max doesn’t know any better, so he just smiles away. I need to cherish those toothless smiles. He’ll be running from me in no time!

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Sep
2013
12

I’ve been so excited to post this stunning high school senior for weeks! Finally her video and images are done!

I kind of want my senior pictures done. Hair, makeup, and your own paparazzi? yes please! Kaela and I had such a great time wandering around Hermosa Beach. She was energetic and oh so smiley!

Congratulations Kaela! You are so beautiful!

 

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Maternity

Sep
2013
10

One of the greatest rewards of being a newborn photographer, is growing with these families and their precious dumplings!

I met Dan and Leah when they were pregnant with this cutie pie. Now look at him! Soon to be a big brother, we gave him a lot of attention. I’m pretty sure Miss October will be stealing the spot light for a bit. Can’t wait to meet her!

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Baby

Sep
2013
03

Happy Sunny Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Could the weather be any better? Finally Manhattan Beach steps up the sunny days :)

This little man was pretty happy about his Valley Park photo shoot. Six months and nothing but smiles.

Hello Will :)

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Baby

Aug
2013
29

What an amazing summer of beautiful babies! I haven’t peaked my head outside much because of these little treasures, but it’s all worth it!

Time is going so fast! This little guy was our winner of Photos By Monika’s Best Of 2012! And now he is crawling!

Meet this adorable little man (for a 2nd time) and his mama…

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newborn

Aug
2013
19

A stunning little man was born into a beautiful family last month. My dear friend of over 15 years (yikes!) had her second baby and asked me to photograph him. I am so honored to not only be the one to capture such a beauty, but to have three hours of uninterrupted alone time with him! haha!

Please say “howdy” to this little 7 day old snuggle bug…

 

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