Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew I would own my own business. Why, you ask? I’ve basically been a serial entrepreneur since elementary school. I remember when we first bought a computer back in the 90s, I printed flyers to promote my newly opened pet sitting business. My business eventually failed because my clientele was very limited due the fact that I wasn’t able to leave the street I lived on hahaha! Thanks Mom and Dad!
Anyway, so let’s talk about photography and how I got into that. You know how I was just telling you that I’m a serial entrepreneur? Well in college, I found myself designing jewelry. Nothing too fancy, but I ended up catching the eye of some local shops and eventually brides! At some point I told myself I needed to hire a photographer because I was taking product photos with my iPhone and then editing them on Instagram. That just wasn’t doing my jewelry any justice! After my first session with a photographer, I decided I wanted to invest in my own camera. It hardly took me any time to learn how to use it and I was really enjoying taking pictures of everything and anything! The next thing I knew, people were asking me to take their family pictures and photography accidentally became a part time job for me.
Business kept progressing year after year and I remember my friend telling me “you should do this full time” and I kind of laughed because I had never even considered that as a possibility. And then things just started snowballing from there. I was asked to do a couple weddings, I was flown to New York for an engagement session, and bookings just started pouring in.
In August of 2017, it was all coming to a head. I was having a very difficult time managing my full time job as a small business consultant and my photography career. I loved photography, but was it enough to pay the bills? Would I have customers next month? After many tears and conversations, I decided to jump ship and I haven’t looked back since.
Pursing photography full time has been a dream come true and I thank God every single day for blessing me with the ability and the opportunity. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
I was originally born in Seoul, but I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Well, I use the term “grew up” very lightly haha. As soon as I turned 18, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia with my sweet Mama. A few years later, I met by best friend and married him in late 2015. We currently reside right outside of Atlanta and have 2 fur babies together.
When I’m not taking photos, I still run my jewelry business. You can follow my insta or check out what is currently available here. Beyond that, I teach Pure Barre and love packing a backpack for a quick weekend getaway with my husband!
“Hiring Monica was probably the best decision I made for my wedding! Her photos are incredible and I am constantly getting compliments on my engagement and wedding photos! From the first time I contacted her, Monica has felt like a friend- super kind, responsive and professional. She’s a great communicator and really listens to your vision and makes it happen!
My wedding day was quite stressful and overwhelming and she really stepped up to the plate by taking initiative in rallying the wedding party and getting every photo I asked for! My husband and I are awkward in front of the camera but Monica made us feel relaxed and made us look like naturals in the photos! I love candid photos and she really captured what I hoped for! I really am so thankful I have found my forever photographer- we’ll definitely use her in the future for kids and holidays!”
"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
I’m obsessed with audible books by day and Game of Thrones by Night. I also love Jesus, but I do cuss a little (sorry mom).
My favorite things to eat are bibimbap, kimchi bibim guksu, kimchi fried rice, chicken makhani (butter chicken), and the #2 or #3 from Cafe Rakka in Hendersonville, TN. I also do love a fresh donut from time to time and if I order a pizza, it has to have extra sauce.