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Hi there! I'm Monique. I like ice cream. And pastries. Anything sweet, really. I have 3 rescued furbabies, pictured on the right. Top is Moby, a Chihuahua/Poodle mix. Middle and bottom are Daisy & Chewy, who are both Miniature Poodles. These fur balls are my world.

In my spare time, when I'm not busy chasing birds, I volunteer my photographic talents to Bichon Rescue of Orange County. But most of all - being a right-brained, creative, and spirited photographer - I aim to capture and tell stories of life's happy little moments. Having a background in wildlife  &  landscape  photography, I tend to bring my love of nature into my portraits. If you are just looking for a photographer to take pictures of you posing, looking straight at the camera, and smiling, I'm probably not what you're looking for. I believe the greatest moments in life are best captured candidly. Let's create many more happy and beautiful memories together! Tell me your story!

I take pride in providing top photographic quality and sharpness. Being a Canon shooter, I only use Canon's highest quality camera bodies and glass. Here's a glimpse into my gear bag:

I also share my talent and passion for photography through my vibrant images of wildlife and landscape presented on fine art quality prints offered via my online shop at moniquedao.com/shop. My work has been displayed throughout Southern California - Orange County Arts Fair, Temecula Arts Fair, Temecula City Hall, Grace Mellman Library, Mission Viejo Library, corporate offices and personal homes all over the country. Swing on by, view my latest work, and who knows, you might love it so much that you'll want to purchase a print or two to decorate your walls!