After almost five months + 118 revisions (not kidding, I checked), my website is LIVE!!!! What a process, but man oh man, I am proud of this labor of love. Making this website made me realize, even more than I already did, how insanely blessed I am to do this. To photograph people in love, be surrounded by undeniable joy, tell stories, stop time, travel the world, teach and inspire, and make so many new friends. My job means more to me than I ever even knew could be possible in a professional world. I genuinely love what I do and not only that, but I’m so damn proud of how hard I work and the fact that my kids get to watch their mama chase her dreams. I’m just really excited about this, you guys, and I hope you all can feel that! Also, my website looks best on a desktop or laptop, so if you can, look there. And lastly, thank you @kalenrivers for helping me create this photo and your beautiful calligraphy, and @sadieblakecreative for my new logo! www.moniqueserraphotography.com
Happy Valentine’s Day loves! My little guys is going to his first ever Valentines party today (he was SO excited to pick out cards + treats for his friends), we’re gonna make some cookies, then Alex and I are going to do an at home date night with a home cooked meal and some good ol red wine (I’ve never been a fan of going out on Valentine’s Day because it’s always way too busy). How about you?! Any fun plans today?
Spent my afternoon getting a chunk of my hiney cut out for a skin cancer biopsy. I have a massive bandage making my 🍑 look three times it’s size haha all that to say, don’t tan, wear sunscreen, and protect your body. Healthy skin >
This @styledyou_ shootout was totally outside of my comfort zone, and I was ridiculously nervous about it! Not that I don’t enjoy a steamy love sesh (heck, I do boudoirs all the time! I just don’t ever share them), but photographing a passionate valentines shoot, among a dozen other girls, in a small space, seemed a little nerve wrecking to me. If we had a couple running through a field, sunset light, and lots of space for movement, I would’ve been so in my groove. But the thing is, if we want to grow, we HAVE to push ourselves. No questions asked. You cannot grow or move forward if you’re too scared to step outside of that safe little box you put yourself in. I kept joking last night that I was “modest Mo” and this was so different than what my followers were used to, and I was nervous. But this is 1000% what we need, as artists, to get more confident, knowledgeable, and creative. So, thank you to @styledyou_ + @maeandco_creative for continuing to push me (and every other person who attends your shootouts!) to be the best photographer I can be. Love you so much, Manda. And shoutout to @thedocumentarist for being such a babe, and @styledbymal_ for the amazing hair and makeup. What a flipping dream team! Not sure how I landed a spot on this lineup of amazingly talented creatives, but each time I get to be apart of these events, I feel so humbled and grateful!
Trying to launch my website on Valentine’s Day, and working my behind off to get it all ready! I’m seriously so excited!!!!!! Gonna bury myself in gallery uploads, blogs, and coding for the next few days. I promise, I’m not avoiding taxes 😬
It’s another SNOW DAY in Oregon and although I’m living for it, this photo has me so excited to head back to Palm Springs in April!
Take me back to Alaska, please.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get from fellow creatives, photographers, and workshop attendees is if I shoot details. Which, at first was mind blowing to me. Because of course I do! In fact, I really enjoy it! But what fuels me is emotion, and so I’ve built my brand around human connection and genuine joy. But the truth is, even if a bride isn’t going to frame a huge photo of her silverware or centerpiece, SO much intentional time, thought, and money went into picking those pieces. Pieces that they feel best represent them, their love, and their day. So, after talking to a friend about why I never share details, I’ve decided to share some here and there! The ugly truth is these posts always get little to no interaction. Which, in the IG world, cuts engagement. And heck, throws off the aesthetic cohesiveness of a feed. But these details ARE important, and I want my brides and even the people I’m educating to know that I can shoot these special hand picked pieces (and very much enjoy it!). It’s all a part of the overall story, and I’m just here to tell yours in the most honest way possible!