March Madness - Bartram’s Garden Philadelphia


“I am sly, cool, on top the the world on the outside but inside i am like AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! “

- Said every middle school boy

The days are short & light is limited for photos should we even take pictures? YES! So much life is lived & discovered in the winter months keep your camera warm by using it! I am here to help you capture the moments of snuggle, joy, & winter fill me in on your story of now, my camera & I can help you capture it even in the chill of winter! Lets talk!!

Marcks Family- Independence Gardens, Philadelphia Pa

The Marcks family have put down roots & bloomed in one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Bella Vista. This history filled neighborhood rests just south of Willam Penns favorite spot in the city, Independence Gardens. Sadie and Lucy have claimed these stunning gardens as their own! I had so much fun capturing Jo and Jen with their girls in the place they share so many beautiful memories of adventure discovery & shared history with our founding fathers! Nothing makes a better photo session then one with sisters who can’t hold still & the giggles keep flowing! Joe & Jen may you always remember this capture of life filled with adventure & laughter.

Happy New Year - Independence Mall, Philadelphia Pa

2018 was a mile-marker year: this year the Ayers family celebrated 10 years in Philadelphia, & it’s been a decade of grace & abventute. Our family here is framed by history, full of wonder, & connected deeply to this living breathing place. This year our family has pursued passions & made memories & started new adventures. We have loved family bike rides through out the city, cheered on the kids at gymnastics, wrestling, soccer and baseball. Our row home stoop is buzzing with neighborhood friends and trips to get water ice. My passion for story telling trough photographs only deepens for in moments like these I like to look back. As we look to a new year and a new adventure, from our home to yours Happy New Year!

#newyear #history #independancemall #oldworldcity #citykids #bigkids #cuprunnethover

📸Kristland Damazo thank you dear friend for letting a fellow photographer just enjoy, cherish & be apart of her own family shoot!

Olivia’s Senior Photos - Penns Landing, Philadelphia

Oliva is a Senior who is bursting with excitement for her final year of High School. As an artist & Photographer Olivia chose a brilliantly bright & diverse back drop for her Senior Photos, Penns Landing. This Conestoga High School Sr. loves photography so I was honored to work with her finding the most beautiful light as we took photos around the river, park and night lights. Every Senior should have a bucket list for their last year of High School. Olivia is well on her way to accomplishing that list. First thing on her list this fall was the Made In America Festival! For Oliva the fun of finishing well is off to a great start! Olivia, you are a talented, beautiful and brilliant young women! Cheers to your Senior year!

Monica would love to talk with you about Photographing your Senior Year or your Senior’s final year of High School through a unique and creative shoot. Click here to start a conversation!

First Day of School - Center City Philadelphia

All at school... after the flurry & madness of getting out the door to the first day I felt overwhelmed. As my fur baby & I walk I felt the wave of emotions of summer adventures discovered & now over, my kids stepping into the city with more freedom & me happy with sad grief to watch them age. One block from home we walked past the high school & felt that this beautifully wise sidewalk art below was a message from above... #citylife #findyouradventre #feelthefeels #doglife


Baby Benjamin & Baby Isaac

After sweeping his stunning Bride off her feet Nick and Elona have begun a life together in a sweet neighborhood in Princeton.  Elona & Nick were thrilled to discover that they were expecting.  The newly weds were then speechless with wonder when the news came that twins were on their way!  So much joy!  It was an honor to spend time with Baby Benjamin & Baby Isaac for their new born shoot.  The boys snuggled together, with mom & dad as Casper (the first baby, their sweet Lab) supervised the entire shoot next to me.  Casper made for a great second shooter!  A new born shoot is so special for never can the time just after birth be captured again for each baby grows and changes so quickly.  Words do not exist to describe the love, joy & contentment that came from Nick & Elona when they snuggled & talked about their boys.  Mom & Dad are a great team for they just laugh & roll with the challenges of two.  Congratulations Nick & Elona on the birth of Ben & Issac they are amazing!

Baby Simone - South Philadelphia

Simone arrived a few weeks early and her family could not have been more thrilled. New born 5lb Simone is Roger & Lessa's fourth baby & they could not be more smitten with the love that multiplied with her arrival.  We photographed her within the first week of life & she slept as the loud hum of the others buzzed around her.  This family has roots in California but their hearts have been formed with Philly love.  Life is a story, an adventure & the Dioxins are living it with glowing joy this summer.  Congratulations Dixion family Simone is breath taking!

Tips for Photographing your favorite people - Long Beach Island, NJ

Wendy & The Lost Boys (above)

Finally, it's summer! We're all are eager to vacate the hustle of everyday life and slip into the quiet of vacation.  I know our family craves it by the time our school year is over and the fact that work for us never seems to stop unless we leave it all behind.  The moments where were get uninterrupted time with our friends and family are the moments we want to capture to remember forever.  So, how do we do that?!

My very first photography teacher way back in high school started our class with "you should be able to take a good photo no matter what the camera. The story, and your care, are the frame that matters".  I've held onto that piece of wisdom ever since, so I wanted to pass along 3 tips for capturing photos of your family as you play this summer...

1.) Capture the Story.  I always want to have a story board of what's going on.  That means backing up & capturing the setting.  Step back & capture a wide-angle photo to set the story.  (Here, my crew is at the beach.)For candids you don't even need to say anything to those you're photographing- just snap as many photos as you can of the action that are close up or a few steps back.  You can go though & delete the ones you don't want later. Till now, for example, I haven't said anything to my kids about photos- I'm simply playing the part of photo journalist.  After the fun is done, just say "hey guys- let me grab a photo of you looking at me!" Since everyone is having a blast already, they lumped together and I snapped a portrait. My crew already thinks I take too many photos, so I save this request for the moment I really want to remember.  

2.) Clear away clutter!  If you have a moment, move those shovels, objects, trash, or extra toys out of the frame. Unless you're taking photos of action in a mess on purpose you want a clean area.  No one frames a cluttered photo.

3.) It's all about timing...  If there's one thing that the kids, babies, and families I've photographed over the years have taught me, it's that timing is everything. You stand a better chance capturing that timeless moment with a baby or a toddler, for example, after they've had a good nap or a meal- that way you're not forcing photos during a meltdown at the end of a day. On the other hand, big kids and adults may want their picture taken after the new adventure or big accomplishment; wait for the right moment, and don't miss it!

Bonus tip: Join the fun! Capturing great images of your family & friends is wonderful; but being a part of the experience is even better! So, don't forget to put down that phone, stash the camera, & join the fun! 

Mothers Day Bunny Shoot - Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

I had the honor of helping a few families celebrate mothers day with a sweet Blossoms and Bunnies Photo Shoot!  Kids and bunnies are an adventure of shear giggles and big smiles.  Young and old had a blast snuggling the sweetest bunnies as mamma watched and melted behind my shoulder as my camera snapped away.    The job of a mom is sweetly hard and it was a gift to just focus on the sweet in our photo shoots with the kids and teens.  Happy Mothers Day!