The Woman Behind the Camera

3...2...1...Happy New Year!

I hope you woke up with a smile on your face and a good cappuccino in your hand to start the New Year off right.

So, who is this woman behind the camera? Let’s just get right to it!

I grew up in an Air Force family. Both my parents retired after more than 20 years and my sister proudly served for 10 as well. My childhood was full of adventure being able to travel the world since I was born in Europe, spent about 10 years of my life there total and a couple different states. While overseas, the thing to do is travel because it’s so easy. Since I enjoyed the military lifestyle so much, I decided to join myself.

I went to college in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Texas—and I mean that. The closest large city was 3 hours away and the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolis was about 4.5/5 hours away. Needless to say, I spent my college days swinging into a river on a rope swing and two-stepping at a local dance bar. But it was that that I earned my Bachelors and commissioned into the Air Force as a Logistics Officer.

The Air Force has brought me to some amazing crossroads, not only did the military provide my family with worldwide travel, that’s where I met my husband—we’ll save that story for another time! But he is a charmer for sure! We’ve had the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean, Europe and all over the United States doing what we do. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. And we have a wonderful little (although not so little) silver lab named Tahoe; side note, Lake Tahoe was where we got married. Cue a swooning sigh!

Now, how did I get into photography? I’ve always been creative and photography is an amazing creative outlet that doesn’t make you fat. Let me explain. I used to decorate cakes in college. While I was really good at it, I was normally that one that would decide to eat my masterpieces…definitely not good for the waste line! And Phil, my husband, doesn’t really eat sweets. Anywho, during our wedding I realized how amazing it would be to be the one that documented the day. There were so many important moments that we’re able to look back on and remember because we have photographs to show it. I knew that, that is something I wanted to be able to provide to others. Because the day is so intimate, I strive to have amazing relationships with my clients and only accept a limited number of weddings a year.

Also, I love photographing people. A photograph can show someone’s soul. How they are feeling in that moment, who they are and where they come from, thus: portraits. I enjoy making others feel their beauty and love for themselves. It’s surprising to me to hear how long it’s been since someone had their own portrait taken and all the excuses of why they don’t want to be or shouldn’t be photographed. Whatever your reason, that’s the reason you should be photographed! Whether it’s for personal branding, a gift to a loved one, to capture the love between you and a loved one, or because you want to feel beautiful and celebrate you, these are all perfect reasons. Trust me, I could go on for days!

So, now that you know a little about me, tell me about you in the comments below!

Join me this year on a journey to self-discovery in my 52 Selfies Personal Photography Project here!

Want to book a session? You can contact me here!

If you haven’t had a chance to enter to win a photo shoot with me, do that here! Over an $800 value! The winner will be announced on January 4, 2017.

As I stated in my first blog, thank you for investing in me, for that click here for a small gift of my appreciation.

Again, Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and yours!

Love,

Monique

Photo taken by wonderful husband!

Photo taken by wonderful husband!