Sneak PEEK of my new Love,Monika Photography Website!

My new website is coming together quickly and I cannot wait to put it out into the world! Here is a sneak peek of one of the pages of the new Love,Monika Photography site.


Photo Safari.

I went on a photo safari to focus in on what my eye is attracted to, to get more of an idea of what my taste is, and to apply this to my overall branding. Here are images from that project. I am working on a new website and some of these elements will be included in the finished product. Stay tuned!

Photo Safari

Happy Birthday Dad!


Dad-Happy Birthday :)


Stories read before bed-you wanted one more just as much as we did.

Balanced breakfasts made every morning for us even when we only had time for a couple bites.

Walking along the path to elementary school while you waited and waived to me until I couldn’t see you anymore.

Swing dancing lessons to learn a dance for the song “Rockin Robin”

And most recent (photo below) going to the Grease sing-a-long movie. So dorky I know! We loved it!

I love you so much!



It’s easy to get into the mode of wanting to do more, start more projects. I am always humbled and grateful when I take a moment to look back on accomplishments and experiences. 2012 was an amazing year! I had the opportunity to work with lovely couples, local businesses within the wedding industry, and I met some incredible people through various shoots!

Brian & Pearla

Brian & Perla’s Napa estate wedding. Photographed with [b]ecker


A photo shoot with my basically sister Mariette!

Tony & Tamara
Tony & Tamara’s gorgeous Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay wedding!
G.W. & Holley

G.W. & Holley’s engagement photos. The wedding is coming up in March!

Kirk & Jackie's Wedding

Kirk & Jackie’s Carmel, CA wedding!

Beauty at 90

Celebrating my pretty Grandma’s 90th birthday!!


Did I mention golfing?

J.C. & Diane

J.C. & Diane’s Chateau La Joye wedding in Half Moon Bay. Photographed with Yuliya M.

Yuliya's Photos

Getting photographs taken by the talented Yuliya :)


REALLY enjoying marriage :) :)

Dana & Apollo

Playing on the beach with friends :)


Anthony & Eva’s classy Ritz Carlton Truckee Wedding!


Tom & Kasia

While on a trip to Paris I was so excited to meet with a photographer there who follows my blog.

Casey & Natalie

Casey & Natalie’s vintage Los Gatos Maison Du Lac wedding.


Lots of time spent with the family and talking about the new addition :) (see bump on right)

Meeting with best friends!!

Meeting with best friends!!

Ben & Jennifer

Ben & Jennifer’s rustic Sacramento wedding. Photographed with Yuliya M.


Having one of my original songs featured on Yuliya M.’s engagement slideshow :)

Justin & Danielle

Justin & Danielle Monterey CA couples session.

Peter & Caitlin's Wedding

Peter & Caitlin’s Santa Clara wedding. Photographed with Yuliya M.

CoLab 2012

I attended a workshop called CoLab with these fine and talented photographers in Sunol, CA!

Stuart & Madison

An anniversary photo shoot in Carmel, CA with Stuart & Madison.

Golf with Adam

Golf golf and more golf with the husband :)

Adam in Seattle

A trip to Seattle with my husband Adam to visit good friends of ours.

Jasmine Star

Being models forĀ Jasmine Star’s CreativeLive workshop in Seattle while visiting there!

Noah & Leah

A couples photo shoot with Noah & Leah!

Noah & Leah


ReSTART is about a group getting together.” -Jasmine Star at her ReSTART workshop

Four wedding photographers and I came together to hold a workshop within a workshop. We watched CreativeLIVE’s workshop featuring Jasmine Star while creating a structure for ourselves to make the most out of what we learned.

We have no choice to but to be accountable to each other and having a community within our industry allows us to have incredible friendships, and gets our creative and business juices flowing. I am thankful for them!

ReSTART restart