As a teenager, Monica studied literature, photography, journalism and book arts in college. Those multiple passions still fuel her : )
Monica became a full-time magazine writer and editor in the 1980’s, writing for national food magazines. She switched to freelance writing and photography while she raised four children, curious to explore a broad range of topics. At one point she was writing cover stories and columns for six different sections of the Chicago Tribune, addressing sustainability, women’s issues, gardening, business, architecture and food. Her research into the revival of vintage recipes was so compelling that it became Monica’s blog, lostrecipesfound.com. In turn, the process of researching, preparing, propping, food-styling and photographing the recipes for each story launched a professional photography venture.
Monica obtained a BA in journalism & English literature. She studied photography and book arts with Susan Kae Grant at Texas Woman’s University and followed her to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a letterpress printing apprentice to Bruce Beck at the Turtle Press in Evanston, and continues to learn letterpress techniques from experts on the north shore.
Monica specializes in natural-light photography, augmenting with artificial light as necessary, shooting in her home studio and on location. She has three antique platen printing presses–including a Chandler & Price and a Heidelberg, at the home studio and a separate studio and office at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.
Monica’s first book collaboration, with Chef John Coletta Risotto & Beyond published by Rizzoli March 13, 2018. Monica wrote the book based on interviews with John and with rice experts while she was in Italy photographing the rice fields. After testing the 100 recipes, she’s learned more about Italian rice than she dreamed possible. Buy your copy today!