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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

2014 was a big year for us personally. As most of you know, our families grew, and we both gave birth to baby girls this year! Considering we had our hands full with our toddlers + babies, we took time-off from photography to be “mommy” and enjoy our little ones Yes, we were very busy in other ways, but we […]

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I am now only days away from my due date, and I’m anxiously awaiting the birth of my daughter. Yep, I will have three kids under 3! This holiday season is going to be extra special for me! I have done A LOT of reflecting these last few months, and it is with a bitter sweetness that I […]

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  • December 10, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Carla Michelle Lutz - Wow! Didn’t expect that news! I wish you both happiness in your new journey. Melissa- if you ever need an assistant, please let me know.ReplyCancel

I have to admit that maternity pictures are not something I would normally invest in. I’ve had the privilege of taking some beautiful maternity pictures of glowing moms to be, but I am “that” photographer who does not like being on the other side of the lens (especially when pregnant). When Melissa offered to take some […]

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I could photograph this family ALL day long! I could not get enough of 3-year-old Sadie with her contagious smile and silly giggles. And check out her boots! Seriously, where can I buy a pair? The love of her adoring parents, Bryan and Charlene, was radiating throughout the session and I just couldn’t help but smile watching this sweet family […]

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  • November 2, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Kathy - All of the pictures are beautiful! I love every one!!ReplyCancel

After a very raining morning that turned into an even rainier afternoon, we were shocked to see the sun peek out as we drove to the Howard County Conservancy for Chris & Ashley’s engagement session. Thankfully, Ashley is a beautifully positive person who held out hope that the rain would clear up. She got even more than that…the most […]

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  • September 20, 2014 - 1:14 am

    Debbie Siney Adle - Wonderful pictures of my beautiful daughter and my soon to be son in law! Xoxoxo ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Kim Heaps-Hammel - Ashley and Chris these pictures are gorgeous! Just a glimpse at what a beautiful bride you are going to be.ReplyCancel

Josh & Julie had the perfect, romantic wedding on a surprisingly cool July evening at Shade Trees and Evergreens. This is the perfect outdoor venue that Julie embellished with all her unique, bright blue and purple details. These two made sure every element of their day was beautiful, starting with Julie’s fantastic Cinderella dress and […]

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