Photography has been in my blood since my dad gave me his workhorse Nikon F film camera with a broken light meter when I was in seventh grade. So I learned photography from him, using black and white film, spending many hours of my youth in our family darkroom. I discovered that I loved photojournalism at a young age, choosing the high school newspaper and yearbook to begin this journey that would become my college major, and my career after college.
Scott and I met while we were both in the photojournalism program at San Jose State, but it wasn’t until 6 years after I graduated and after Scott returned from his Associated Press job in Mexico that we reconnected and began this amazing life we now lead full of adventure, lots of laughs and of course a lifetime love.
After 3 years of our long distance romance, I quit my Bay Area small town newspaper job and moved to the Reno/Tahoe area where Scott worked for the local paper, and started my wedding photography business in 2002, thus the current name of our business, Photography by Monique. Scott finally quit his newspaper job in 2007 and joined my business, not as a second shooter but as the other half of our team.
I absolutely love weddings, and I feel so lucky to use my photojournalism skills to capture one of the happiest, most memorable days for each unique couple. It truly is an honor to tell their stories, capturing the moments from the getting ready through the reception.
And I also love this great, adventurous life that Scott and I lead. I am passionate about both my work and my life. Owning our own business and working out of our home gives us the time and flexibility to enjoy this amazing back yard we have – Tahoe, the Sierras, traveling. While I do admit summertime is jam packed with work, I make time for the things I love: backpacking, lake and ocean kayaking, yoga ( I am also a register yoga teacher, RYT, at the 200 hour level), skiing and enjoying a micro brew or two wherever we end up. I love to spend time with our families and friends, sharing dinners, games, and campfires. I am what some people call a bird nerd, my parrot Daisy is our kid, and I love bird watching in general, from our front yard to the Osprey nests near Emerald Bay. I roast my own green coffee beens, there is nothing compared to a small batch, home roasted and brewed cup of coffee, especially on those cold winter mornings. And just one more little detail about my life, I love making and wearing costumes, and have been doing so for one of my favorite events, Burning Man, since 1999.