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 the journey that would become my college major, and then my newspaper 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, the Reno Gazette Journal. I started this wedding photography business in 2002, thus the name of our business, Photography by Monique. Scott finally quit his newspaper job in 2007 and joined me, 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 background to capture one of the happiest, most memorable days of a couple’s journey together. It truly is an honor to tell the story of each and every couple I have worked with for the past 16 years!
Owning our own business and working out of our home gives us the time and flexibility to enjoy this amazing back yard we have – Lake Tahoe, the Eastern Sierra, and the remote Nevada desert. Some of the the things I love to do are backpacking, lake and ocean kayaking and SUPing, yoga ( I am also a registered yoga teacher, RYT), skiing and enjoying a micro brew or two wherever we end up on our road trips. I love spending time with our families and friends – sharing dinners, games, and campfires. I am what some people call a bird nerd, and love bird watching in general. I bring my binoculars and life list wherever we go! 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 the first time I went in 1999.