Couple Words from Clients


"We won 3 awards in 2 categories for Rodeo and Highlands North at the ASID awards over the weekend. We appreciate the magical photos that assisted in our wins. We had a toast to you in celebration!

All the best!"

- Amy Schwab, ASID, NCIDQ, Creative Partner,

"We highly recommend Mona Makela Photography for all your photography needs. Her photos of our vacation home were amazing! We would definitely use her again. Thank you, Mona!"

- Cindy Spears Faulkner, Floresville, Texas

"I hired Mona to take head shots of me and photograph Broadstone Rodeo. She did an amazing job both times. I would highly recommend her."

- Lori Montoya, Santa Fe, New Mexico


"Mona took a series of fabulous photos for our bed and breakfast in Adobe & Pines Inn in Taos New Mexico! you can see them all over our website Mona is very talented and totally professional! She can do architectural photos and landscapes that spare stunning. Our Inn never looked so amazing in photos before! She really knows how to capture the sense of place and ambiance!

I highly recommend Mona!"

- Christine Scypinski, Taos, New Mexico

"My siblings and I got head shots from Mona and they were fantastic. We drove a little over an hour one way and I would do it time and time again! Such a pleasure to work with her! Very professional and proficient."


- Brianna Otero, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Mona Makela came highly recommended by a friend to do all my photographs for my vacation rentals and gallery, Lumina Fine Art. I have been in business for 32 years and I found Mona not only highly professional but also highly disciplined. She loves her craft, which I see only in very seasoned artists.  Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” And that is what Mona does, she sees clearly with precision and  her images are strong, dynamic and breathtakingly stunning. Mona helps people see in a different light and a different perspective that only she has and that is what Art is all about.“

- Felicia Ferguson, Lumina Sculpture Gardens and Vacation Rentals

“Mona photographed our hotel at the beginning of the ski season and we were blown away by the results. Her photographs encouraged our website visitors to book and on many occasions they commented how beautiful the images were and how true they were in relation to our property.”

- Austing Haus Management – Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

"Mona went above and beyond the scope of the project. She is a pleasure to work with and takes high quality professional photos. Mona was responsive, delivered ahead of schedule and provided very informative advice. Highly recommended!"

- Elan Ben-Oni, New York City, New York

"Mona did a fantastic job photographing several rural properties for me.  She was thoroughly communicative - letting me know her status throughout the process. Her photos were excellent. I will contract her again when the opportunity arises."

- Stuart Mullins, Dark Sky Land, Frisco, Texas

"Mona took pictures of our heating panel products which are difficult to photograph as they are all white. But she was up to the challenge and we are quite pleased. She even picked the panels up at our warehouse and dropped them back off. The pictures are just what we wanted and look very nice."

- James Beebe, Ducoterra, Olympia, Washington

"Mona did a great job for us and was very flexible on our project. She communicated well and was a pleasure to work with. She values quality that we appreciate."

- Ryan Geertsen, Parade Craze, South Jordan, Utah

“I called Mona based on a recommendation from our design team, we were very time pressed, and Mona never hesitated to deliver what I needed before she left town early the next day. She worked, it seemed, all hours of the day and night to get the shots I requested. Mona is truly a great example of a  professional who loves what she does and is proud of her work, it shows in everything that she did or communicated or delivered to me. I watched when her critical eye scanned for just the right shots, just the right light, and the shots were truly brilliant!”

- Ann Perinchief, Co-owner of Whisk, Bellevue, Washington

"Mona is exceptional! It was a pleasant surprise when she told me she had researched our brand – and by doing that she could provide exactly what we needed. She had a very fast turn around on getting us our images and communicated daily until delivery. We highly recommend Mona – she’s a first class photographer and we look forward to working with her more!"

- Angelique M. Saffle – Founder, Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare

"Absolutely pleasure to work with Mona. She was utmost professional and delivered excellent photography work very quickly. She seems to work day and night to meet her customers needs. We loved the finished work and are utilizing them in many different ways for our business."

- Lisa Lent, Founder & CEO of Vitalah, Creators of Oxylent Multivitamin Drink


"It was a pleasure to work with Mona. As a food manufacturer I need my products to look good enough to eat. Mona not only accomplished that but she made my plastic packaging look as soft and sexy as silk! - thanks Mona!"

- Matt Thomas, Matt's Bakery, Taos, New Mexico


"Ballard Seattle Photography captured the detail and color of my sterling and Thulite jewelry with crisp lines and accurate color of a pink stone that previous photographers could not grasp.  I was beyond pleased with Ballard Seattle Photography's work, I will certainly use their services again."

- Russell Droke, Taos, New Mexico

“I was very pleased with the photos Mona took of my paintings. All five paintings were accepted to the art exhibit that I needed the photos for.”

- Susan Simmons, Bellingham, Washington

"Mona was great, very easy to work with. She researched our brand and where she would be shooting, and explained how she liked to work. On site, she worked quickly and was able to adapt as things changed during the shoot. I highly recommend her."

- Jay Milton, Ivar's Restaurants, Seattle, Washington

"I fell in love with Mona's work based on seeing a link to her portfolio. Her work seemed out of the pages of Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, and similar magazines. She was very accessible when we were setting up the photo shoots. During the photo shoot itself, Mona was collaborative, focused, transparent, and above all talented at her craft!"

- Katie B. Wilkinson, K Public Relations, Inc., Seattle, Washington


"Our son requested that his senior pictures be somewhat unconventional and capture him in various outdoor settings.  Mona did an incredible job of capturing him standing casually on an old abandoned bridge against a backdrop of trees along a river, in a business suit in the flower garden of a territorial style building, and leaning against his car as the sun was setting.  We were very pleased with her work, the detail surrounding the natural light she photographed him in, and her professionalism.  We will seek Mona out in the future to photograph other important life events involving our family." 

- Paul and Myra Martinez, Fairview, New Mexico


"Mona was amazing. My daughter was auditioning for a talent agent and we needed head shots for her in THREE days. Mona not drove immediately to meet us, she rushed the whole process so that we could pick them up the morning of Shan's audition. And they were amazing. So pleased with her work. I would highly recommend her."

- Cheri Seiler-Stolle, Everett, Washington


"I felt very comfortable & at ease with Mona, this made the photo shoot a pleasant experience. She was extremely accommodating on a location, the poses, different clothing... She understood the professional image I was trying to express with my photo. She was caring & professional. The finished product was more than what I had hoped for, it turn out perfect. I plan to use her in the future for some family photos.

- Bobbi DeHerrera, Taos, New Mexico

"She was very thorough. Lot of pictures. An eye for what makes you look good."

- Roger White, Bellevue, Washington


"Brilliant Pictures! We hired Mona to shoot images for our bike shop website and marketing. She was so easy to work with--very kind and professional. Most importantly her creativity, attention to detail and expertise made for pictures we can use in many formats. We highly recommend her services."

- Jamie Rose, Beach Rose Bicycles, Block Island, Rhode Island

"Amazing shots! I tried couple photographers for my project, but Mona's were the best by a mile! Thanks for the magical shots!!!"

- David Sanders, Simply Essential, Seattle, Washington

"Mona Makela is a phenomenal photographer, an inspiring creative talent, and the type of professional worker that is difficult to find. I would recommend her services to anyone, and look forward to the chance to work with her again."

- Amanda Allalunis, Taos, New Mexico


"I am a dog trainer working in a highly competitive field. I needed the right photograph that made my brand unique. Mona turned up early I told her what I wanted and went to work. I was extremely pleased with the shots, they were exactly what I wanted, not a chocolate box cutesy dog photo but a photo that spoke of how I work with animals, if you want someone different and who thinks outside the box and sees the image before its taken then Mona Makela is your photographer."

- Jane Gerard, Owner,, Taos, New Mexico


"We hired Mona to take some 'before' and 'after' exterior photos of a home our business was hired to repaint, and she did a fantastic job. She's terrific to work with, and we were very pleased with the results. We definitely would hire her again."

- Katie Schweiss, North Pine Painting, Bellingham, Washington

"My best description of Mona is a dynamo. The experience I shared with her was during a fund-raising event to help build our community organization. The photographs were outstanding. Mona is a highly professional person and I would not hesitate to recommend her for your photographic needs."

- Andrea Kyte, Taos, New Mexico

"Mona does quality work and is prompt and professional. Somehow she was able to make a boring brick building look beautiful and interesting."

- Erika Freeman, San Diego, California

"Mona did what was asked and showed up on time and was responsive to our requests at a reasonable price. Highly recommended!!"

- Brent Hunter, Kirkland Church of Christ, Kirkland, Washington