“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

Venue: Campagne Living Venue Pretoria

Hair and Makeup: Smitten Hair & Makeup

Clothing: Refinery & Smitten Sewing

Earrings: SALT studio

Portrait sessions are close to my heart, especially those we tailor according to the client’s personality. However, this session was extra special because I’ve known Nicola for the past nine years. Our relationship has developed from client to dearest friends. She’s also been behind the scenes on many of my previous sets as a hairstylist and makeup artist.

During the planning phase, Nicola stated that she wanted photographs that represented who she is now. Her words served as a reminder to me that a professional photo session might seem like a luxury item to many, but the experience is simply essential. A photograph can mean so much to someone, and that’s what brings me joy—providing my clients with an opportunity to tell their stories.

I have always been a bit uncomfortable in my own body, always critical of what others would think of how I dress or the size of my thighs. So I decided to let the negative thoughts and inner judgment go for a day, and booked a session with Monique. From the first click of her camera to the last couple of shots, I felt comfortable, confident and in love with my true self. Monique brings out the best in every person and every photo. Highly recommend a session for a boost of confidence. Thank you again for making me feel so beautiful.” – Nicola