For as long as I can remember, I have had a desire to use my creative genius to make the world a better place. Capturing special moments has been tied to my purpose since I was a teen girl. I remember being the one they called on when a picture was needed.
“Monica, take a picture of me.”
“Monica, do you have your camera today?”
Of course, I did. I have been carrying a camera in my purse since high school.
As a teenager, I worked at Winn Dixie in Lafayette, Louisiana. Every pay period, I would purchase a disposable camera or two. I needed to be prepared to capture the moments that people didn’t even realize that were important at the time. I was that person who showed the beauty of the world through a lens. Today, I am blessed to say that I am still doing the same.
I am Monica Blackshire. A devoted wife of almost 11 years and a mom to a 7 and 3 year old. I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, but currently reside in Houston, Texas. I am a proud graduate of an HBCU named Southern University and an active member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
I have been fortunate enough to have a plethora of opportunities to work on my craft.
When I am not capturing the essence of the world, I am educating and enriching the minds of 8th graders on their history and coaching staff on effective instructional strategies and practices. For a year or two, I have been fortunate enough to even teach photography to my students.
In college, I was a student athletic trainer and a part of the sports medicine team. Baseball was my focus, but trust and believe that there was a camera around somewhere. It drove the players crazy initially. Now that we have matured, being able to look back at our youthful memories is a gift. Many people that I knew in college have contacted me in hopes that I still had some of their fondest moments.
Documenting love has become one of my passions. It is the foundation of my photography business. Marriage and family are valuable components of life and I strive to show the world just how beautiful large families of two parent homes can be. Our children need to see what love looks like. They need to be encouraged through beautiful pictures of weddings and families. I strive to showcase this for the rest of my life. This is art. This is my legacy. This is my life’s work.
Thank you for making a decision to change the world with me. Your pictures, your memories, your love matters.