December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you are celebrating Christmas today in peace and harmony! I'm all filled with happiness and I hope you are too!

Spending time with my little family is simply the best and seeing my girl's excited faces makes my day (one was up at 5 am, she was so thrilled, lol). With my older one bordering on teenage hood I'm really soaking up every moment... she didn't ask for any toys this year, but her sis still got her a LIV doll and she said she secretly wanted one all along =). They have been dancing to "just dance 3" most of the morning, oh my, I had no idea how funny this game would be!!! I was busy taking videos all morning and I might just have to put together a little movie... we heard the perfect song on the radio yesterday, that actually started the idea of a movie. You'll just have to wait and see!!

Now we're off to a friend's house. In pajamas =D!

Enjoy your holiday celebrations. Sending you hugs!

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December 18, 2011

Mini Session Giveaway *Winner*

Thank you all so much for entering my little giveaway! I used to choose a winner...

... and here's the lucky one that came up on top of the list.

Congratulations, Cori Litke!!!
I'm very excited to give you a mini session!!!

Please contact me at =).

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December 16, 2011

The "C" Family *Suisun City, CA Family Photographer*

Such a lovely mama and her beautiful kiddos! I love that they were adventurous and willing to try a location that I've been dying to shoot at =).

Enjoy! And tomorrow is the last day to enter my giveaway, check details here!

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December 13, 2011

i heart faces * furry faces *

Oh, furry faces... how I love them!! I had the hardest time deciding on a picture this week... see, I love my doggie just as much as my non-fur kids... which means she's in front of my lens A LOT ;-).

So thanks to "i heart faces" I spent an hour browsing through Claire pictures. Which made me realize how fast puppies grow up, and well, I could not resist her little puppy face. This was taken October 2010, she was three months old.

Go check out "i heart faces" by clicking the icon below. Maybe even enter your own furry friend?
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December 9, 2011

Mini Session Giveaway

Spreading the love a bit more with a giveaway for my local friends.

If you live anywhere between Sacramento and San Francisco (or have a visit planned to our beautiful Bay Area ;-)
you're in luck!

How to enter:

1. "Like" Monika McSweeney Photography on Facebook.

2. Tell me how you spread the love during the holidays!

3. For an extra entry, follow Monika McSweeney Photography on Pinterest.

Leave a comment for each task, which gives you three chances
of winning!
Please leave your email address along with your comments, otherwise I don't have any way to contact you in case you win. And if you're already a fan on Facebook and/or follow me on Pinterest, just say so in a comment.

Giveaway closes on December 17th at midnight PST. Winner will be announced on my blog December 18th.

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December 8, 2011

WINNER * Matilda Jane "Gift of Happiness" Giveaway *

I know you are all anxious to hear who won this fabulous giveaway! Thank you all for your wonderful comments, I enjoyed reading them, cried a little, smiled a lot :). Here's how we picked the winner. I printed all the comments, cut & folded them and put them in a bucket. This is what 133 comments look like, lol:

This morning, bright and early, I let my daughter Grace pick the winner. Then she read the comment to us... and boy, it couldn't have been more perfect.

Here's the winner!!!

Congratulations, Rosie (hey look at what i did)!!

In case you can't read the comment in the pic above, Rosie wrote:
"My favorite holiday childhood memory would be the year that I picked out & begged for the Breyer Horse barn for my toy horses from the Sears catalog. Instead "Santa" made me one from his workshop, I was so thrilled to get it & moved my horses in right away. In reality I learned later that my dad made it in his own Santa's workshop & I still have it at their house. Someday I'll bring it home for my own kids to play with :)."

My Grace happens to be a HUGE horse lover and has a Breyer collection! What a fun coincidence =)!

Rosie, please send an email to with your full name & address.

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December 6, 2011

Chickapee Creations

I had the honors to photograph some headbands for Chickapee Creations. I love Heather's work, each headband truly is a piece of art. Go take a peek at her etsy store!

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December 5, 2011

i heart faces * on your feet *

Chalky feet = happy kid!!

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December 2, 2011

Matilda Jane *Gift of Happiness* Giveaway

It's no secret, I'm deeply in love with everything Matilda Jane... love the cheeky clothes, love the people who create all the yumminess, love how they spread the love in many ways. They truly have hearts of gold.

And this holiday season, lucky me gets to be a little Matilda Jane elf... and YOU just might become one too!!

One lucky reader will get chosen to receive


The winner gets to keep one of the dresses for their own darling and then spread the happiness even more by gifting the other two to little cuties in need of a some holiday cheer.

To enter:

1. Simply sign up for Matilda Jane's newsletter. The link will bring you to the right place =).

2. Come back here and tell me one of your fondest childhood holiday memories.

3. Smile at everybody you come across for an entire day =D!!! Spread the love, give happiness!! Ok, so this really isn't part of the contest requirements... but try it anyways ;-).

Winner will be announced on December 8th here on my blog!

Winner will receive 3 dresses in different sizes. Winner picks 1 dress to keep (in their child’s size, or closest to their child’s size or just the one they like best) and get to give the other 2 away to whomever they please.

Matilda Jane or Monika McSweeney Photography will not be taking any requests for size or style and dresses are non-refundable or exchangeable.

Good luck!! Can't wait to read your childhood holiday memories =)!

P.S.: If you comment anonymous, please leave your name with your comment, otherwise I have no way of identifying you =).
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November 28, 2011

i heart faces * bust a gut *

This week's theme is "bust a gut" and needs some good honest belly laughs =D!!

I'm entering this image from a recent client session... I can't help but giggle myself when I look at it and I hope it does the same for you. Little Timmy was laughing so hard when his sisters attempted to smooch him goooooood ;-). Note how I say "attempted", he was pretty good at fending them off, lol.

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November 24, 2011

Thankful * Suisun City, CA Children Photographer *

Thankful, that's what I am every single day. But I guess today is the day to shout it from the roof top =).

I'm thankful for my little family.
My husband, who gets me and accepts my stubborn ways.
My two girls, who amaze me more and more as they grow.
My dog, my constant companion that never fails to make me laugh.
My cats, who keep my feet warm at night.

I'm thankful for my friends, may they be near or far.
Especially the ones that have stuck with me through the years even though I never call and forget to answer emails.

I'm thankful for my clients.
Without you this adventure of mine could not go on. I hope you all know that I cherish every minute spent with all of you.

I'm thankful for many things. Every day.

Thank you!

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November 22, 2011

M. Family * Vacaville, CA Family Photography *

Oh, the M. Family... so full of love & laughter. Totally fell in love with them!!

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November 13, 2011

i heart faces * autumn splendor *

Fall is probably my favorite season for pictures! I love the rich colors, the pumpkins, the hay bales... everything about it! Which made it hard for me to choose just ONE image. I ended up coming back to this fun candid moment. My girl tossing hay up in the air with such joy.

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