Hello there and thanks for stopping by! I'm Monica, a fine art wedding & lifestyle photographer and seeker of spontaneous, joyous moments, wrapped in romance and warm light. I'm a self-proclaimed old soul with a pesky knack for tearing up behind the camera. I'm passionate about crafting beautiful imagery that is emotional, organic, romantic, and timeless. To me, the best photographs are authentic and evocative of that moment in time.
When I'm not gasping for breath attempting to chase the last bits of sunset, you can usually find me running, traveling, baking, or playing with my Pomeranian, Fatty.
I am based in San Francisco, CA but I'll gladly travel anywhere in the world to celebrate you.
Ever since I was young, I've always heard about my dad having this whole other life before immigrating to the United States. It had been many years later when I discovered that he had been a field reporter for a prominent newspaper in Hong Kong. Then at the age of 10, my dad passed, and everything changed. Ever since then, family photos have taken a whole new meaning for me. Through my dad's photographs, I saw bits and pieces of his life before I had fully gotten to know him; I saw him as a teenager playing soccer in Hong Kong, or how he wore a black bell bottom suit on the day he married my mom, and how empty the rooms looked in my childhood home from when my family first moved in.
I became a photographer because I too, want you to have these photographs. I want you to have the photographs that can tell a story for generations to come. I want you to look at a photo and remember how wet your dress got after dancing in the rain, but it was your wedding day, and you didn't care. Or how that first kick inside your belly made you feel excited, scared, and blessed all at once. Or how much sand the kids dragged into the car from the beach that day but it was such a fun day. If that's something that speaks to you, I'd love to meet you.
The way to my heart is a large cup of Philz Coffee: Tesora, 1 cream, and 2 sugars thank you!
One trip to Vietnam and I've been obsessed with mastering the art of pho ever since.
Specifically, pink peonies. In Chinese mythology, pink peonies symbolize love and beauty in marriage. Coincidence? I think not.
Some of my favorite places that I've travelled to are Mexico City, Vietnam, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Brazil, and Japan. Check out my travel wishlist to see where I want to go next!