A Lifestyle, Branding and Wedding Photographer based just outside of Toronto in Kitchener-Waterloo.

I'm deeply inspired by creating time capsules of priceless memories to be cherished by you and your loved ones for years to come. What sets me apart from other photographers is my ability to bring out the most authentic ‘you’. My cheerful nature has allowed me to develop long, trusting relationships with my clients, and they will tell you that my outgoing and energetic personality allows them to be their most confident self in front of the camera.

When you look at my work, I want you to feel the emotion coming from the photo. You deserve to not only have magazine-worthy portraits, but also a great mix of candid and spontaneous moments in between that bring back a flood of memories. I want to get to know you and your story. It gets me in the feels knowing I get to be the one capturing some of the best images of you, especially of a significant milestone.

By the way, I LOVE to travel. Fun fact: My first ever wedding was a destination wedding! I’ve been a photographer for over a dozen destination weddings in locations such as California, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and more.

I'm also very passionate when it comes to branding sessions for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners. Working in this industry has allowed me to connect with some incredible people over the years and just like photographing a lifestyle session or wedding, I get such joy from knowing I have a hand in assisting incredibly talented entrepreneurs with building their brand.

Meet your 

Photographer

For Fun-Loving, Sentimental People

Hi Friend, I'm Sandra Monaco

My Story

From the beggining

Ready to take a trip down memory lane with me? This is how the journey all started and what I've been up to over the past couple of decades.

2005

2007

2009

Wore a "camera phone" on my lanyard and took photos of everyone and everything around me (Hello Sony Ericsson).
My love for photography came naturally.

Got my first "real" camera for Christmas (Pentax)  and started self teaching.

Walked into the small business centre with a friend who was registering their business. I randomly picked up a “Business Grant” flyer - That’s when I decided to open my company and it snowballed from there.

2011

2012

2015

2016

Booked my first wedding ever - a destination wedding, and started taking things more seriously. I put every dime I had into my first "proper" wedding gear.

Working 40 hours at my regular job and spending every other minute of my days learning and shooting as much as possible for years to come.

Quit my corporate job to pursue wedding photography full-time. The best decision of my life.

Met (and started dating) the love of my life, Gary. He has been such a huge part of my life! He's inspired me to grow in so many ways and pushed me to dream big.

Dreams do come true

2017

2018

2020

2022

Started offering personal branding photography and began niching down to weddings and branding.

Became a preferred vendor for Pearle Weddings and over the following years became preferred for Harding Waterfront Estate, Langdon Hall, Cellar 52 and The Timberbarn.

Opened my studio in the middle of a pandemic. a week before the second lockdown might I add.

Started mentoring creative entrepreneurs  to help build their businesses.

and on.. still loving every minute of my journey and the incredible clients I get to work with.

Everything in my house is white. I love the crisp clean feel especially with my ridiculous amount of plants. Have you ever bought one succulent.. and then ended up with no space left in your house because you thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a nursery? Same. 






I speak in gifs. I think it’s the funniest and best way to communicate your emotions online. 

My coworkers mean the world to me, and by co-workers, I mean dogs. Two Chihuahuas to be exact. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen a million stories about them. :)

but Let's be real

What I'm all about...

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I prefer salty snacks over sweets. I would much rather have a bag of chips or fries instead of chocolate and cakes.


Speaking of food, I definitely over do the sauce part. I’m the friend that makes ordering at a restaurant "embarassing" with all my sides. #sorrynotsorry

I love thunderstorms. I watch the radar like it’s my day job.. basically I could be a meteorologist.

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ELDERBROOK / GIOLÌ & ASSIA

Listening to On repeat

I PUT IKEA FURNITURE TOGETHER RIGHT THE FIRST TIME..
*HAIR FLIP*

SECRET TALENT

SPICY CAESAR OR PEACH BELLINI

COCKTAIL ORDER

REDBULL / SHOPPING AT HOMESENSE

AIRPODS / MASCARA

Guilty pleasure

COULD Never LIVE without

ENNEAGRAM THREE

PERSONALITY TEST


I’m all about Tech House, Electronic, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Rap, Lo-fi & Indie. I blast it the second I’m in the car until the moment I’m out.. sorry neighbours. 








I was born in the Netherlands and lived in Vienna & Budapest for the first few years of my life, grew up in Vancouver BC and moved to Ontario in middle school.

After doing a 23andme DNA test, turns out I’m equal parts Hungarian, German and Romania with a little Polish sprinkled in. (I lived my entire life thinking I was only Hungarian! Imagine my surprise haha) 

Music is life.

I never watch cable.. ever. But I love to learn, so I binge watch documentaries, personal development and educational interviews. 

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Gary and I have been together for 6 incredible years. We call each other "Bunches" .. short for honey bunches of oats. I honestly don't even know how that happened because we don't eat cereal.. but it stuck. 




I basically live in sweatpants and oversized sweaters. Comfy life is the best life. 

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fun-loving

Fun-Loving

ADJECTIVE. ENJOYING LIFE IN A LIVELY, LIGHTHEARTED WAY; SPIRITED; PLAYFUL.

Go for it

"I STRONGLY BELIEVE IF YOU WANT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT. Because five years from now you will be more grateful for the things you did than the things you didn’t. "

WORDS TO LIVE BY