Monni knew she wanted to be a photographer since high school. In 1972 there weren’t many women photographers. When she needed a passport photo, she went to a portrait studio in Oceanside, CA. A woman answered the door and welcomed her inside. Monni couldn't believe she owned the studio. She encouraged her to study at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Then, in 1978, she graduated from Brooks with a degree in photography and had dreams of becoming the greatest photographer ever. However, when she got married and pregnant that same year; she put her dream on hold while she raised her four children. She continued to hone her craft while cataloging their lives, their friends' lives and her world through her photographs.
As soon as her youngest received her driver’s license, she embarked on her career as a photographer. Having come up with the idea of “Naturally Photography" while at Brooks, she was finally able to make it a reality. In February 2015, the Professional Photographers of America certifiedMonni as a Master Photographer.
Ed Westwood is an associate photographer at Naturally Photography. In 2014, he joined the team, as an invaluable asset with over 35 years of experience. A Master Photographer, he serves on the Board of Directors for both the Professional Photographers of Michigan and the Great Lakes Institute of Photography. Having earned numerous awards at local, state, and international levels, he shares in Monni’s vision of fine art portraiture.
Afolake is an associate photographer at Naturally Photography and the newest addition to our team. She holds an MBA in project management and is currently continuing her appetite for learning with New York Institute of Photography. She has over 10 years of experience in photographing portraits. Her experience, creativity and passion will be a great asset to Naturally Photography.
Alaina is an established freelance makeup artist and licensed hairstylist with over 7+ years of experience in the industry. Her passion and love for makeup and hair began at a very young age, in 2012 she decided to make it a career and attend Protégé Academy. Alaina has done makeup and hair for weddings, proms, special events as well as a variety of photoshoots including boudoir, headshots, creative, senior and family portraits. She joined Naturally Photography in 2018 where her passion for making clients look and feel their best continues to grow.
Lori is the General Manager/”Finance Minister”/ Keeper of the Books and one of Monni’s biggest fans (and a good friend).
Lori has been working with Monni and Naturally since its inception and handles accounts payable while working with the company accounting firm to insure a smooth and professional accounting process.
She is the go to person for business management and managed her husbands marketing company finances for decades as well.
Jan is the Studio Manager at Naturally Photography. Since 2014 she has excelled in all areas of running the business, from greeting our clients on the phone, meeting with them in making the portrait selection process run smoothly, to troubleshooting any issues that arise. Jan met Monni over 16 years ago when she was Monni's sales rep at the Jewish News. They became colleagues/friends and that relationship continues to grow.
Camille joined Naturally Photography in early 2017 filling the role of Digital Artist at the studio. She is a graduate of College for Creative Studies with a focus in painting and furthered her education through Macomb Community College’s Media and Communications program. With her knowledge in painting, she lends her experience of detail and color theory to her work at Naturally Photography by upholding it’s standard in fine art portraiture.
Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from College for Creative Studies. In 2016, she started working as a Digital Artist for Naturally Photography, specializing in retouching and graphic design. Her passion for the art of photography, lighting, stylizing, and design drives her obsession for detail while delivering customer satisfaction.