Hi there! I'm Monique, a Southern California native. I currently reside in Orange County, CA. I can pretty much be summed up in just a few words: simple, nature, puppies, ice cream, photography.
I have 3 rescued furbabies, pictured on the right. Top is Moby, a Chihuahua/Poodle mix I adopted from a shelter more than 3 years ago. Middle and bottom are Daisy & Chewy, both Maltese that I rescued from a family who could no longer have them due to their children's allergies. These fluffballs are my everything.
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:
- Canon 5D MKIII (2)
- Canon 7D MKII
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L M
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L
- Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art for Canon
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!