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Spotlight Photographer: Monkey Face Photography

1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?


I have always loved taking pictures. My mom loved cameras and consequently I often got to play with them. I never thought it would be my career nor did I really have a clue what I was doing for a long time.

I entered college as an art major set on going into graphic design and had to take a photography class. It was a disaster to tell the truth. I hated it but not long after I got asked to put together some designs and couldn’t find the pictures I thought would work so I set out to take my own and soon after I was hooked. I had to figure out how to make this camera do what I needed it to and could envision in my head. I started practicing on anyone who would let me take their picture and soon people were asking me to shoot stuff for them. It spiraled into a business I never thought I’d be in! I opened shop in 2007.


2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?


I’m located in Saint George, Utah, which is just north of Las Vegas, Nevada and near Zion’s National Park. It is a gorgeous area! I have a studio space but also shoot on location every once in a while. 


3. Why newborn photography? Do you photograph anything besides newborns?


I’m not exactly sure how I got my first newborn shoot but I tend to be a very persistent and patient person. It just worked for newborn photography. It was just something I understood and loved quickly. Some things just are meant to be! I focus most of my work on newborns but also shoot maternity, kids and an occasional family.


4. How would you describe your style and where do you find your inspiration?


I would describe my work as crisp, simple, and emotional. I love story telling but I want the focus to always be either on the emotion or the baby. I find my inspiration in every day life and in the stories and people I work with. It is such a privilege to get to know my clients and help them share their own emotions of where they are at in life.


5. Have you taken any photography workshops and/or training?


I do a lot of education studying books and tutorials. I also just love to practice. I try hard to not be exactly like everyone else but what speaks to me.


6. Where do you like to shop for your props? Do you have favorite vendors?


I find a lot of my props in local antique shops.


7. Please share with us your top 5 favorite images! Why are they your favorites?


I love these five images because of their emotion. I love being able to see the connection between baby and either the camera or their loved ones.




8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?


When I started photography I had a long way to go. I was not aware of the marketing or business needs I would need to know and wish someone would have helped me along with that information. I think learning to run a business is a learning process but most of us tend to forget that we are running a business and instead just see how much fun we are having and see how fun it could be to get paid for doing that. It takes a while to understand the cost of everything and the extra work that you’ll have to put in to survive.


9. What is your photography site and url?


Blog  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile | Google+



10. What are your favorite things about


I love that we can work as a group on It is so nice to have a place you can go to get some honest and kind feedback as well as a group to go to for advice or thoughts when you have a question.


Would you like to be our next Spotlight Photographer? E-mail us at with the subject “Spotlight Photographer.” We look forward to featuring you!