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Newborn :: Thambi

What a great way to start the week! A gorgeous baby and family. I even learned a special  word that worked its way into my heart. Thambi, a phrase in…

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Baby :: Dylan

Good Morning! I have an adorable, happy, chubby, four month old to share with you today. Quite a few people “missed” photographing the newborn stage and have asked to do…

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Newborn :: Brady and Lucky

I had my first photo shoot after a 7 week maternity leave last week and it was wonderful. Carrie called me up and wanted someone to photograph her one week…

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Newborn :: Snuggle Bug

Happy Wednesday! So happy to report Mr. Max slept seven hours last night! Woohoo! That means mama will be back blogging and photographing very soon :) Unless of course, last…

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Newborn :: Baby Beau

Happy almost New Year’s everyone! I took a much needed break in December to get ready for the next addition to our family. Feeling more than prepared, I had to…

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Family :: Baby Laughs

Happy Thanksgiving week! Very excited for the food and the short week! Here is a fun Fall session. Seems that everyone is just dying for the season to change already….

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Family :: Fall Fun

Nothing says the beginning of Fall like a Flu for 3 weeks. Seriously. Not. OK. I’m back though! Ready to jump into the Holiday Season, of course, with one of…

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Maternity :: A Beautiful Story

About 10 months ago, I received a phone call from a potential client, Silvia. She said that she was nine months pregnant and wanted maternity photos as soon as possible….

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Newborn :: Baby Keegan

Hi!! If you saw my Facebook post last week, you’ll know that this little cutie won an honerary trophy  for “Best Baby Ever”. This little man slept the entire shoot…

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Newborn :: Baby Karis

Happy Monday!! If you haven’t visited the blog in a while, WELCOME to the new site! This is my first post with the shiny, happy, new, Photos By Monika website….

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Kids :: Growing up

It is so crazy how fast kiddos grow. I met Natalia and Diego when they were pregnant. The anxious and excited parents-to-be. Now, all of a sudden, they have an…

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Newborn :: Baby Fiona

Holy cow is this heat intense! I’m not complaining though, I swear. The last two summers in Manhattan Beach have been less than stellar. So bring on the sunshine! Precious…

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Seniors :: Bella, Class of 2013

Wow! What an amazing July it has been! So amazing, I haven’t written on here in a while. Hehe. Family vacations, high school senior photo shoots, and newborn bliss. My…

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Babies :: 6 Month Old, Pearl

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…

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Family Fun :: In Manhattan Beach!

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…

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Newborn :: Welcome Baby Marlowe

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…

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Newborn :: Welcome To The World Heidi

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…

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Ten Years Of Bliss | Manhattan Beach Photographer

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…

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Newborn :: A Valentine’s Day Treat

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….

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Newborn :: Baby Colette

The last few months have been truly a miracle. Little angels keep appearing everywhere! In particular, this beautiful baby girl. Colette Foxen was born almost two weeks ago to one…

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Newborn :: Anja

2012 has blessed me with some beautiful new additions into this world. Meet this gorgeous baby girl with a name to match…

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Newborn :: Little Will

What a great start to a new year! So much fun voting for “Best Babies of 2011” and now the first Best Baby of 2012! This family was a dream…

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A Day At The Park | Manhattan Beach Photographer

A beautiful December day in Manhattan Beach! And what a better way to spend it than photographing this gorgeous family! The kids had a blast running around, snuggling up in…

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Christmas Card Faves | Manhattan Beach Photographer

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with love. If it wasn’t for the love, I don’t know how we’d get through the stress!…

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Newborn :: Baby Aubrey

Ok. Well she’s not mine, but close. I love her like she was mine. A friend from highschool, roommate from college, and a friend for life, gave birth to this…

Maternity

Maternity :: Glowing Baby Bump

Just when I thought the Christmas rush was over, I received a phone call from this beautiful couple. And I’m so happy I did! Silvia and Mert’s baby is due…

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Adorable In Plaid | Manhattan Beach Photographer

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll recognize this little pumpkin. I’ve been photographing Joseph since he was in mamma’s belly. I absolutely love watching this little guy grow. With…

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Cheeks | Manhattan Beach Family Photographer

I spent Sunday morning with this adorable 4 month old baby girl. Little Finnley was trying to figure me out all morning. With lots of dancing and funny faces, I…

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Family Fun | Manhattan Beach Photographer

I love the Holiday Season. I get to meet so many wonderful families and beautiful children. Lollipops and Candy Canes are a perfect bribe and there’s an extra bounce in…

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Newborn :: Welcome Baby Kaia

I have had such an amazing few weeks of photographing babies. Big doe eyed munchkins. But this is my first newborn in awhile. So sweet, so soft, and so tiny!!…

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Sweets | Manhattan Beach Photographer

I don’t know how I got so lucky to photograph three goregeous blue eyed babies in a row! Each little pumpkin is stunning and at 6 months old, already bursting…

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Baby Smooches | Manhattan Beach Photographer

A love that was found and nurtured in London has produced a beautiful baby girl, named naturally, London. This elegant and easy going family was a pleasure to photograph. We…

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Palacsinta, Palacsinta, Palacsinta!

Part II of our European tour was to Budapest, Hungary. A culture I grew up with, a language I speak, and a cuisine I love. I always thought growing up…

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Baby Dylan | Manhattan Beach Newborn Photographer

Welcome to the world beautiful Baby Dylan. A rough start, but three weeks later, here you are, perfect as ever. Everything down to the little peach fuzz on your back…

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I’m Outta Here! Danielle Mica | Class of 2012

Yes! I can finally introduce you to my senior model number two! Danielle Class of 2012! What a shoot! Three outfits, three locations, three completely different looks. We started our…

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Favorite Products | Manhattan Beach Photographer

The last few clients have really purchased some fun products and I can’t resist sharing. Beautiful people, beautiful portraits, and really cool ways to display them. Check out some of…

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Upside Down and Moving Forward

Hi all. I have really dropped the ball on blogging! Everything is upside down right now but somehow moving forward :)                   …

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“Where Eco-Sense And Style Meet For Lunch”

I am very fortunate to live in a community full of inspiration and support. Every time I turn my head, someone nearby is creating something that I didn’t know I…

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Class of 2012- Be A Class Rep!

Photos By Monika is now accepting applications from the High School Class of 2012 to be a Rep! Tell your friends to apply too! It’s such a fun experience and…

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Back To The 80’s

‘Last Saturday I had the joy of working with Pennekamp Elementary school. Man, what a night! I can’t wait til my son is in school so I can dress up…

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Out Of The Nest

‘With the start of the new year, I of course, had many resolutions. Growing my business, exercising, and finding more time for myself were and still are at the top…

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Mommylicious Maternity!

‘I am so excited to share with you the first Savvy Mom post of the year! Mommylicious Maternity! This mother of two is busy busy busy! She launched Mommylicious Maternity…

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And The Winner Is…

‘Yeah! I am so thrilled at how many participants we had in this year’s vote for “Best Photo of 2010”! Thank you. It was a very close race for first…

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It’s A New Year, Part II

‘Now that our Christmas tree is out and everything is tightly packed away, I am finally able to sit down, sift through endless bills and paperwork (yipee), and revel in…

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It’s A New Year, Part 1

‘Happy New Year! Sorry that I’m about 10 days late with that! How fast the new year is already going! I have to say, taking a few weeks off of…

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Ava And Her Smiles| Manhattan Beach Family Photography

‘It definitely feels like Christmas is around the corner! The parties are nightly, photo sessions daily, and parking lots packed- even on a Monday afternoon. I have three awesome photo…

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Tis The Season…

‘California style!! While the rest of the country is dealing with blizzards, we’re dealing with “66 degrees and sunny”. Ha! This is my 2nd winter here in California and I…

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Engagement Photos | Ryan + Lauren

‘Saturday was a very special day for me. My best friend since junior high is getting married and they chose me to capture their engagement session. Ryan and Lauren met…

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Prince and Princess Night Out

‘Attention South Bay Parents!! Color Me Mine in Manhattan Beach is having a Prince and Princess night out. That means for your little ones and for you! For $25 you…

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Trick Or Treat!

‘Halloween is my favorite holiday. I absolutely LOVE dressing up and forcing others to do the same. If you caught  last week’s episode of Modern Family, I am Claire. I…

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Mystery Boudoir Shoot

‘A few weeks ago I posted about a secret boudoir shoot. I couldn’t reveal the beautiful lady as the session and album were a gift for her soon to be…

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Not Your Nana’s Bag

‘ A couple of weeks ago I posted about a very popular doula here in the South Bay,  Patricia Grube. This creative and talented woman follows everywhere that inspiration strikes….

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What Is Boudoir Photography?

‘”A boudoir is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning “to pout”.” Ok. That’s giving it to you straight,…

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Benzie Onesie. You Gotta Have One.

‘I love my fellow MomPreneurs! So much creativity, ambition, and beauty comes out of these women! This Particular mom is a full time working designer. She has been in the…

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Ooh La La Boudoir

‘Shhh… Don’t tell. It’s a secret. A very lucky someone is getting this boudoir session as a surprise! Red Leather bound and on fire this is one hot gift (and…

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Toddler Class of 2011

‘Times are moving quickly. My little pumpkin butt and I are enrolled in a toddler class. Kinda like a pre- preschool or a preschool where moms are allowed to stay….

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Our Wedding Dance Hits 2 Million!

‘Ok. Never ever in our wildest dreams, through our sweat and tears, did we ever ever ever think this would happen. We did it for us. For our guests. It…

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Water. Flow. Nature. Breath.

‘Inhale… Exhale- Ahhhhhhh, and let peace take over your soul. That is Patricia’s calling. To bring you peace, serenity, and strength. Not just to you, but to your spouse and…

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Stand Out!

‘Hi All! Tomorrow, craziness begins. We kick off the day at Disneyland! For what? A senior portrait session! Can you get any cooler than that? I don’t think so :)…

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Stamp The Ones You Love

‘The pictures are self explanatory. This local Manhattan Beach mom, Brooke Chun, has created these charming, simple, sentimental, everyday wearing necklaces that I am in love with. Really, she can…

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A Neighborhood Oasis

‘If you follow this blog, you’ll notice that I fell off the Earth for a bit. The summer was busy, Christmas season will be busier, and I needed some down…

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Splish Splash!

‘Part of mommyhood is hosting play dates. Last week my two best friends from childhood came up with their munchkins. We planned the play date for wednesday, which Ms. Jillian…

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Tutu Part Two

‘Wednesday’s photo session with Taylor was going so well we decided to meet up again and do some more ballet shots. I love her jumping on the beach and pirouetting…