My Least Favorite 4 Letter Word

BLOG. UGH I said it, okay?

I have never been a fan of blogging, but I have been told so many times that it is something I should try, so here we are (reluctantly)! As a photographer, I really feel that I express myself better through images than words. Plus, the idea of having my thoughts permanently on the internet freaks me out. That being said, part of me is excited to try this out, and I truly hope that you can relate to a brutally honest blog speckled with poorly crafted humor, bits of advice, and some of my most favorite photo galleries.

Since this the very first post, I’d like to take a little time to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me. My name is Monika, I am 26 years old, and I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Western Massachusetts. I have been loosely calling myself a “professional” photographer for about 5 years now, and I recently quit my job as an Executive Assistant to run my photography business full time this August.

This is me, in all my bad posture glory.

Throughout my life, photography has always been something I consistently loved, and I am incredibly fortunate that it has become my career. I have been MANY things along the way- an executive assistant, a hostess, a bird banding technician, a bank teller, a fisheries intern, and a pizza shop girl, just to name a few. Over the past 5 years, I have poured my heart and soul into building this photography business, and I can’t thank my incredible clients enough for their support, trust, and love that has brought me to where I am today.

In the spirit of growth and good old #transformationtuesday, I thought I’d share a photo from one of my very first photo shoots and one from a recent wedding. I feel reeeeal cringe-y about this, but mostly proud to have come such a long way.

LEFT- engagement session from 2013. RIGHT- wedding from 2018.

If your reaction is “yikes” to the first image, trust me I KNOW. My friends Heather and Sam are honestly adorable in the photo on the left, but my editing was NOT. The left photo was from 2013, and the one on the right is from 2018. I learned a lot more about editing, tone, color correction, and lighting in the past five years (thank goodness).

Before this becomes too much of a rant, I will wrap it up by saying welcome to my blog, and thank you for taking time to read my very first post!

Peace & love,

-Monika