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  • Welcome to our blog!

    I’m Monique, and I’m Melissa,

    Together, we are MoniLissa…photographers who also happen to be best friends :)

    We’re not to be confused with Da Vinci’s infamous portrait; we are not as well known nor do we resemble her.

    We get REALLY excited about taking pictures, which includes oohing and aawing over things that other people may not find quite as exciting. This includes: fallen trees, brightly colored doors, dilapidated barns, and anything with a reflective surface (mirrors, windows, water…you get the idea)

    This blog is our visual diary, a place we can document and display the unscripted moments that we anticipate and then capture.

    Have a look around, and should you like what you see …give us a shout!

    *Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead Photography

Chris & Heather | Engagement | Old Ellicott City, MD

We kicked off our season with Chris & Heather for their engagement session. Even though it was a cold and windy March evening, these two remained relaxed and kept us smiling. We had a great time shooting in downtown Ellicott City, and we even found a lot of new, cute spots. This couple remained laid back and adorable, even as we subjected them to our overly excited enthusiasm (something that we just can’t help when there are a lot of great shots!). Needless to say, this was the perfect way to start a new year…

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Heather, you are beautiful!
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How cute is this shot?

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The sun, old stairs and some romance:)
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The sun peeped out again, just in time for that perfect sunset lighting:
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Chris & Heather, thanks for making our job easy! We’ll see you in June!!

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Meet Chloe | Newborn

I would like to introduce the 4th member of my little family, Chloe Lynn. I welcomed my baby girl into this world on the morning of January 18th in just under 5 hours of labor. It was love at first sight…for the 2nd time! Soon her big (2-year old) brother, Caleb, was finally going to meet his baby sister.

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Being in a 2-bedroom house, Chloe resides in our master bedroom. But, she officially has two corners of the room that I had fun decorating!
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I was inspired by this whimsical tree fabric for her theme. I just love all the colors! Thank you Colleen from Flee Fly Flown for the beautiful handmade blanket!

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2014-03-15_0009.jpgCraft projects #2 & #3: I used embroidery hoops with coordinating fabrics to hang above the crib. I was inspired by Pinterest and created a crib mobile using paint chips.
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Some (very adorable) baby toys that Chloe received adds a cute touch…

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Oh how I love Etsy! I ordered a custom crib sheet and boppy cover to match her decor.
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Me and my baby bump! Just 4 weeks before I met my baby girl…
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Sleepin’ sweet: 11 days old

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What’s more cute than baby feet?
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True story:
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  • March 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Teresa Daley - Congratulations!!! She is absolutely precious :) All of your decorating & Pinteresting-crafts turned out super cute. So happy for your family. Best wishes!ReplyCancel

    • March 20, 2014 - 2:56 pm

      MoniLissa - Thanks Teresa!ReplyCancel

2013: A Year in Review

Having wrapped up another year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect. 2013 has been our busiest year yet (both personally and professionally). We added a baby and a pregnancy (baby Hoffman #2 will be here any day now!!), mourned the loss of Monique’s VW, suffered some sleepless nights, eaten a few meals in front of our computers, and logged a lot of miles. There have been ups and downs…some tears but lots of laughs. In the end we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and our business, and most importantly we’ve gotten to meet and work with some really fabulous people along the way;)

We’ve come a long way since this business was just an optimistic hope…an idea that our husbands allowed us to humor. We are thrilled with the success that we’ve had, and we owe it largely to our brides and grooms. As a thank you, we’ve decided to put together a little slide show that showcases some amazing moments from the past twelve months. Looking at them makes us smile, and makes us feel incredibly blessed for all our AMAZING clients!

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We’d also like to extend a special thank you to our personal support systems: all our wonderful family and friends, for their help and backing during such a crazy year. To our husbands for allowing us to pursue a dream even when it means sacrifice for them, to our moms and mother-in-laws for their constant willingness to babysit, and to our friends for being willing to accommodate our spastic schedules. You guys are the best, and we love you sooo much!!!

 

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Jason & Ashley | Wedding | Anchor Inn | Pasadena, MD

We had the privilege of wrapping up a very busy season with the sweetest of couples. Jason & Ashley are adorable and so in love. They had a beautiful December wedding at the waterfront Anchor Inn, complete with snowflakes and backdrops of Christmas lights. This couple likes to be on or near the water (evident in their awesome engagement session), and even though it may have been a chilly night, their outdoor deck ceremony was warmed by lit torches- the perfect winter touch. Guests moved indoors for some heartfelt first dances followed by a lot of merriment, which included both good food and lots of dancing.

Ashley’s dress was beautiful, and her mother in law’s dressing room had us in awe…

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Melissa had fun with these sparkly details:
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Ashley’s “borrowed” headpiece was the perfect touch…
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Happy bride:)
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Sharing some heartfelt words and gifts:
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Getting pretty!
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Our favorite part…putting on the dress!!
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So sweet…

 

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We loved all of Ashley’s portraits, so we shared a lot of them:)
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These B & W’s are some favorites…
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We even got some shots in front of the festive x-mas tree:
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The men were relaxed and ready…
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Another really awesome first glance…

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You two are adorable!
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Love this candid…

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These smiles say it all:
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Ashley’s ribbons and dress added the perfect drama in the blowing wind…
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One of the previously mentioned torches, thanks for keeping us warm!
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Officially Mr. & Mrs…
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A beautiful first dance:
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Followed by a shared parents dance…
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You know how much we love mirrors:
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Ashley, your laugh is awesome:)
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We all braved the cold for some totally awesome sneak away shots!
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Jason and Ashley, thanks for making our first winter wedding a beautiful success! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness:)

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