Author: monika

Newborn :: Rainbow Baby

It goes without saying that infertility is heartbreaking. You spend so much of your life trying not to get pregnant and then when you’re ready to take that leap, something fails you. The pain and suffering is tremendous. So many women experience this and yet aren’t able to talk about it. It is more common than you think. I hear the…

Cake Smash :: Wild One!

I cannot believe how fast time goes. I know we all say it, but it just blows my mind on the daily. I have been photographing this family since their first one was born. Now, its their FOURTH! This was baby Hunter a year ago. Sweet, angelic, little boy.   His loving family and not so happy Wyatt, getting bumped…

Cake Smash :: Eat the Cake!

Happy Fall everyone! Although it is still blazing hot in Manhattan Beach, the Fall sessions have started. I may be biased, but the cutest pumpkin patch in the south bay is in the Photos By Monika studio. The sweetest pumpkin of them all came in ready to go! Red hair and all! Check out the video of baby Emmett just…

Newborn :: Summertime Baby Bonanza

How is it already the middle of July?! I’m going to cry right now! So many beautiful babies also means that I’m inside a studio all day. It’s dark, quiet, calm, and smells like baby powder- couldn’t be better, especially during this heat wave. Here are some of the gorgeous babes that have kept me indoors this summer :) Baby…

Cake Smash :: Emme is One!

Hi All! Its been an uncharacteristically long time since I’ve blogged. Babies Babies Babies everywhere have me in the studio morning til night! I am so greater for all of my South Bay families and the beautiful children you bring into my studio. Thank you. Miss Emme shined in her one year cake smash. What a doll! The studio was…

Press :: Photos By Monika Featured On Voyage LA Magazine

Happy Monday! I hope all of you beautiful mothers had a wonderful day yesterday. I was so excited to wake up this morning and see that an interview I did with Voyage LA has been featured in this morning’s online magazine. If you’d like to check it out, please click and read! I would love to hear your comments, questions…

Newborn :: Sweet Baby Girl

Happy Friday! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I’m ready for summer! Ha! That has nothing to do with this post, lol, but I just needed to get it out there. Sweet baby Sienna was an absolute dream to work with. She came in at 10 days old with her glowing parents and brother. I absolutely love…

Newborn :: Baby Girls Are The Best!

Baby girls are the sweetest. They love having their photos taken, they love to dress up, they love to smooch, twirl, and pose. I love them. This was an extra special shoot for me. One of my best friends from college hired me to fly up to Norther California and set up  my studio in her home. It was such…

Newborn :: Baby Oliver

The best time to do newborn photography is  7-10 days after birth. Why? Because that is when baby is the sleepiest, most easily posed, and doesn’t have that dreaded “cradle cap” and baby acne. Is it possible to take newborn photos after that time period? Absolutely. Most likely, baby will be awake for most of the shots, but that’s ok….