Happy Monday! As a work from home mama, I love Monday’s! My weekends are usually crammed with shoots and meetings and of course family adventures, so Monday’s feel very refreshing to me. A new week, a new day, a fresh start! As most of you know, I have been planning on hosting a one day workshop for months. The initial goal was to do a shoot about two months back, but the cards just didn’t align, and so I decided to put the entire idea on hold. Well! After chatting with @sueblueevents all morning, we are back on and better than before! So, before spilling out all the ideas and details, I want to get a head count ish for who might be available on Wednesday feb 28th! It’s going to be epic! Education, food, friends, networking, editing, and a live styled shoot that’ll blow your minds! It’ll be all day, in Albany, Oregon. Price $550! Let me know! We’re only taking 10 photographers!
Yesterday was spent driving along the Oregon coast, hiking up sand cliffs, and photographing these two love birds in 60 degree weather. Seriously! Sunny, clear, no winds, and 60 degrees in Oregon, in Jan, at the beach. What?! It was actually just as perfect as it sounds, and we ended the evening by getting in the ocean! The man in this shot, his name is Markus. He and my husband have been best buds since elementary school. He was a groomsmen in our wedding, he’s helped us move out of countless homes, and he was by our side for some really trying times. A few years back he met the love of his life, Ashley, and here we are, celebrating their engagement and day dreaming about their upcoming wedding! Life is so fun, guys! Also... @jennakutcher ‘s Goal Digger podcast is AMAZING. Thank you all for the suggestions! Once I finish her series, I’ll definitely try more of your suggestions!
Heading to the beach for today’s engagement! One of my favorite things about Oregon is that I can be in the snow one day, and at the coast the next! So much versatility and I feel so blessed to get to see and do so much in our little state! I wanna listen to a podcast on the drive. Any recommendations? A friend of mine suggested @jennakutcher ‘s series, and I’d love to hear your favorites!
89% of people voted on my last poll that it’s not necessary to post every single day. The 11% who voted yes mostly said it was to fight the IG algorithm. Which, really, is what it is. So, I’ll just continue to post when it feels relevant and when I have something to say! Because most of the time I’m just sitting here in my sweat pants thinking about blizzards or macaroni and cheese. And let’s be honest, you don’t wanna hear about that haha. So happy Friday friends! I have five shoots this week, all over Oregon! So, I’ll be sure to post some sneaks, at some point... ;)
Today consisted of my son sleeping in until 9am, Dutch bros coffee, a perfectly healthy and clear 22 week anatomy scan of baby girl, then one of my besties + basically sis in law and her son (my nephew) came and spent the afternoon with me and Parker! After twenty min of the boys (both 2 years old) playing in the playroom, we decided we better spy and make sure they weren’t into any trouble. What do we see? Two perfectly sweet little boys playing together like little besties 😭 the best day. I also finished my taxes! Basically it was just a day where I had one of those “I’m so blessed to be in this moment” realizations.
Last night, at nearly 10pm, I was “craving” (🤰🏼😉) a milkshake. My superhero of a husband drove to sharis and brought me the most delicious cookies and cream shake I ever did have, and I just had this great moment of appreciation for him and all he does to make me/our family so happy. Marriage really is the best, and being married to your best friend is pretty unbeatable. Pregnant ladies (past or present!) what was your go to craving? So far mine has been cutie mandarins! I eat about five a day! And sweets. Always.
A new blog post?! And guess what? It’s a full wedding! Who am I?! I’ve heard your requests and I am so excited to start blogging more. And not just styled shoots, or workshop shoots, but REAL weddings and engagements and elopements! I work with the most amazing people, and this job has introduced me to some lifelong friends. I’m excited to share more of it all with you! So, head on over to my bio and click the link to read all about Michael and Danae’s summer wedding! (Ps. I almost stepped on a snake!) http://moniqueserraphotography.com/2018/01/peterson-wedding-monique-serra-photography/
Had the best mini vacay with my family, even if central Oregon is seriously lacking in the snow department! Got home and was able to get quite a lot of work done while Parker slept, so tomorrow I’ll have some good stuff ready for you all! Stay tuned for blog posts, wedding package deliveries, lots more before and afters from my presets, and two beautiful engagement shoots this weekend! Ps. I need another indoor industrial modern shoot like this. I will never get over this surprise elopement!!! . . . photog: @moniqueserraphotography / planning: @peachykeencoordination / florals: @alibdesigns / boutique: @merrime_bridal / hair: @meghansnowcavanaugh / makeup: @jlm_artistry / video: @featherdanielle / calligraphy: @bridgetowndesignstudio / handmade details: @clinkandkiss / cake: @saint.like.sweets / rentals: @poppiesandtophats