I can summarise this topic in one simple sentence: The best thing about being a photographer is the fact that I am photographer. In a funny way, photography chose me. I was always the one who was asked to take the photos. Whether it was a quick phone snap or for a big scale event […]

October 9, 2023

The Best Thing About Being a Photographer


After the surprise of our first pregnancy, we decided to plan and be prepared for birth this time. LOL at “be prepared”. It’s virtually impossible to be prepared for pregnancy or the birth of another life. The best you can do is what feels right for you and your’s at any given moment. Personally, I […]

October 2, 2023

Pregnancy: The Second Time Around


If you didn’t know this about me already, I’m big on setting goals, planning ahead and manifesting. I think it’s sort of the default for many entrepreneurs and creatives, and ends up being the way we partly manage our lives, success and growth – all in a nice healthy dose of course! So here I […]

December 31, 2022

My Year in Review – Top 5 Moments with The Little Pop-Up Studio


I’ve been on my photography business journey for nearly 4 years now. What I’ve noticed is that when amazing opportunities land in your lap, you shouldn’t question why or be too surprised that it’s come about. All your hard work is always being noticed. Whether you’re getting the credit, likes, shares or tags at the […]

December 30, 2022

Creative Photography Workshop with FUJIFILM INSTAX


Which Photo Sessions is best for you and your Family? Choosing a Photographer to capture special family moments in time is a very personal decision. But a lot of what you’re after stems from the type of session you have your heart set on. My Little Pop-Up Studio is small but mighty and caters to […]

October 31, 2022

What Type of Photo Session is Right for You?


After the gruelling hot summer we’ve had, I am SO ready to take in some favourite Autumn pastimes. From layering up with cute jackets and cardigans, drinking hot chocolates with marshmallows and crunching on the brown leaves whilst kicking conkers. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t my favourite season. I’ve offered these sessions […]

September 29, 2022

Woodland Pop-Up Sessions


I was 6 years old at my first carnival. The excitement of loud music, elaborate costumes and the waft of Caribbean food in the air. I remember not dancing much, but instead soaking it all in from my dad’s shoulders mostly. So it’s hardly surprising that almost 25 years later, I felt very similar to […]

September 5, 2022

Notting Hill Carnival Behind the Lens

Documents people on the streets during Notting Hill Carnival


If you had asked me a year ago to photograph a wedding, I would’ve quickly changed the subject. The very thought of wedding photography made me feel overwhelmed and sick with worry. Not to mention imposter syndrome showing up dressed in a full tuxedo. It felt like something that was so out of reach. But […]

May 9, 2022

Shani Monica Love Stories – My Journey into Wedding Photography


Haringey People Magazine – February – March 2022 Edition It was a casual Friday morning. Wrapping up all my loose ends in time for the weekend when I received a WhatsApp message from my Mum. It was a picture of Haringey’s People Magazine with my image on the front cover! She had just received her […]

February 8, 2022

On The Cover of Haringey People Magazine


It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t do my Christmas TV Guide blog post now, would it?! Admittedly, I haven’t exactly got the inside track, but I’ve made it super easy for you to see what’s on the telly and when for your little people during the haze… I means days during Christmas break. Screenshot […]

December 22, 2021

The Little Pop-Up Studio – Christmas TV Guide


More often than not, I’m forced to step out of my comfort zone as a photographer. At first it feels terrifying, but afterwards I’m always so grateful for the experience. It means that I can play more, get creative with lighting, editing, composition etc and most importantly learn something new. Throughout all the winding paths […]

October 11, 2021

Something a Little Different


Just because Love Day is in Lockdown doesn’t me our love has to be… Wait, stay with me! I am convinced that Valentine’s Day this year will teach us a few things. Don’t get me wrong, a day dedicated to love is just that: lovely, but the need to celebrate it with spending lots of […]

February 11, 2021

7 Family Activities for Valentine’s Day


See London’s Christmas Light by Black Cab this year Proud Sister Alert! My brother worked so hard to become a London taxi driver. As most people know, they endure hours of studying and intensive exams. Yet unsurprisingly and like a lot of industries, Covid-19 has hit them hard. That’s why I’m so proud to support […]

November 15, 2020

London’s Christmas Lights Tour


I’m going to put myself completely out there and confess that this day was my very first-time strawberry picking.  In fact, my partner and I had both never been! So it’s safe to say that we might’ve been (definitely were) more excited than baby girl! We drove to our nearest PYO Farm, which was Parkside […]

July 15, 2020

A Family Day Out Strawberry Picking


I love a birth story Throughout  pregnancy, you tend to become a magnet for them. I had heard it all by my third trimester. The drama, the emotions, the intensity, and yet I still hadn’t put much thought towards how my own might go. I had a very loose idea in my head, but the […]

August 20, 2019

Labour and Birth with Kathy Burke


Are you introducing the dog to your baby or the baby to your dog? Telling the family you’re pregnant often invites a lot of emotional responses, but I distinctively remember when telling my brother we were pregnant, his honest-to-God first question was, “What about the dog?!” It wasn’t the first thing on my mind I […]

April 14, 2019

What About the Dog?


I wrote this over a year ago just before my first Mother’s Day. It’s lovely to re-visit old blogs as often they’re like little diary entires. So here I am, sounds so full-of-wisdom, when in actual fact I was still very much winging it! I thought I’d share my 10 Things Nobody Told Me About […]

March 30, 2019

10 Things No One Told Me About Becoming a Mother