Sunday, July 10, 2011


Baby Kate has been missing for 11 days. She went missing from Ludington, MI, but she could be ANYWHERE at this point. Please keep an eye out. She could be the baby in front of you in line at the grocery store!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Neglect... and some news.

If you could see me now, I'm hanging my head in shame. My poor little blog has been so neglected lately!

To be honest with you, I have so much going on, and I have to have my priorities. My clients' sessions, editing, and so on have to come first. And when that is finished, it doesn't leave much time for blog updating, or anything else. Sometimes in life, you have to trim out some of the "not absolutely necessary" things to keep your sanity.

I think from here on out, I may only post an update with a link when I update the gallery. I know it's not as much fun, but it's better than being so neglectful.

However, just as a reminder, my website is always updated with my favorites from recent sessions. If you haven't stopped by in awhile, please do!

Also, I have started a Facebook page for Monson Photography. It is pretty fresh, so there are no photos on it currently, but I'll get there.!/pages/Monson-Photography/133967216680288

Also, a little tid bit... if you are planning a session this summer, please call soon! Summer tends to fill up extremely fast with seniors and beach shoots, and though I try to squeeze everyone in that needs a session, there are only so many hours in the day, right? So please, give me a call at 231-843-0134 and we'll book your date! :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pete & Repeat

Do you remember that dumb joke?

"Pete & Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?"


"Pete & Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?"


Ah... it brought endless entertainment to me as an 8-year-old.

Yeah... perhaps I need to take a break from the blog catching-up marathon before I fry my brain? I was trying to think of a catchy title that would relate to these repeat clients, and that's what I came up with. Pete and Repeat. Sigh...

If you're still reading after my public disply of lameness...carry on...

This family is one of my favorites. You probably recognize Brandi, Chad, Cayden, and Colby by now, as they have been coming to me since my first photography-biz days and usually do at least two sessions per year.

I had the great pleasure of playing with them at the beach again this year and had a blast with this sweet, happy family. Check them out... aren't they adorable?

Endless thanks to Brandi, Chad, and family for being extraordinary clients whom I love to spend time with. Your repeated business and friendship is more than I could ever hope for and I truly appreciate it.

Also, folks, don't forget, Brandi is an AWESOME hair stylist who owns a salon right on James St. in downtown Ludington, south of Sunsations. She has been doing my 'do for years and is a wonderful person. Give her a call today! 231-843-4678

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. -- George Eliot

Little Braden... All-Star Extraordinarre!

Braden came to me this summer all the way from Lansing. His Mom told me he was a sports nut and especially had his heart in baseball and football.

So after a few adorable "Mom-shots" in the studio...

we headed to Oriole Field for some shots that really reflected Braden's personality.

Babe Ruth in the making? I'd like to add this next one was completely unscripted and candid... Braden all the way! :)

(Now, seriously, give the kid some credit and stop laughing... he was totally serious....and totally tough!)

Thanks again to Braden and Mom Jimelle for traveling all that way for his photo session... I had so much fun with you both!

A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball. ~ Christy Mathewson

Sweet baby Raland

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing baby Raland back in October and absolutely fell in love with the little guy. He is one of the sweetest babies I've ever met, and was an absolute champion model.

Take a look at a couple of shots from Raland's first official photo shoot...

Now, when a baby smiles, most of the time, people will say it's gas or something. Well, I'm not sure what brought this next one on, but gas or no gas... well, just say it with me now...

"Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww". :)

Many thanks to Raland's proud Mama, Davi, who was kind enough to share this sweet little baby boy with me.

The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps- does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born . . .
-- Rabindranath Tagore

Aaron & Brandon, Christmas 2010

I really don't do many Christmas portraits... and that's okay by me. It's not that I dislike doing them - I love trying to come up with creative ways to express a "theme" session - but I'm so incredibly busy in the time leading up to "pre-Christmas" that I don't mind the lull in sessions in late November/December.

However, Aaron and Brandon's mom brought the guys to me in 2008, when I was first getting started, and though they didn't get a chance to pop in for a session in '09, Mom was dead-set on getting some awesome 2010 Christmas photos.

And with handsome guys like this, I couldn't possibly let her down!

We also took some non-Christmasy photos, which the brothers again rocked.

Thank you to Brandon & Aaron for not only being great models, but for bringing that radiant smile to your Mom's face. Thanks as well to Diane for trusting in me again this year!

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~Marc Brown

Mary... 2011 Senior

Hey folks... sorry I'm lagging so far behind in my blogging. It sort of went by the wayside during my very busy July-November season, which then led into Christmas and Jackson's 8th birthday in January.

I've tried in the past to sort of keep my posts in order by session, but I think I'll just go ahead and randomly post some photos from last "season" to keep this place alive.

Mary is a 2011 MCC Senior and is a spunky, artsy, full-of-life girl. She's a top-rated Forensics member, a sporty cheerleader, and a free-spirited artist, not to mention that she rocks out both acoustic and electric guitars. Talk about a multi-talented chick! Check out some of my favorites from her fall session:

We started off at the old school in downtown Scottville. I thought the school and the old desk I had bought awhile back would be the perfect setting for Mary in her cheer uniform.

We then traveled to West Shore and used their beautiful pond area as part of Mary's outdoor session.

Then it was time for a little urban action in Ludington.

You may have noticed that in the past year or so, we've had some "gang" activity in Ludington. (I say "gang", because, I'm sorry, but the thought of a gang in Ludington sort of cracks me up. What do they call themselves... the Beach Bums?)

At any rate, they've been leaving their mark all over downtown, vandalizing buildings that hard-working Ludington citizens have purchased for business use. When Mary and I saw such markings on one of the buildings we were using, we decided to turn it into something more positive. So, behold... Mary, the non-gang princess!

It was nearing dark at that time, so we packed our stuff and headed for the studio

where Mary channelled a rebellious rock star for the remainder of her session.

Many thanks to Mary for being such a great sport and being willing to try some "off-beat" things during her session, AND to Mary's mom, Becky, for bringing her to me and being such a wonderful person. Thanks ladies!

My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am." ~ Joan Jett