We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Alanis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monica, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
So far I have to thank my friends and past clients. They have booth been amazing when it come to referring me to others or reposting my work. 80% of my new clients have been return clients or referred clients.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I really like what I do. I try my best to not compare myself to anyone else. My photography has been evolving and maturing. As long as I am doing right by my client, I will continue to learn and grow my skills. Photography and trends are always changing. I can’t say I am the best in Houston or the best in Texas, I look at my network for inspiration! There is work for everyone and we all have our different styles.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On a long weekend when I am not shooting weddings and quinceaneras, I am probably out grabbing a drink or a bite to eat.

My top drink spots
Cypress for country dancing and ladies night- Whiskey River
Downtown Main Street for Latin dancing – Fabians
Washington Ave for drinks and hookah- Lincoln
Midtown for fun drinks and photo ops- Wonder bar & Unicorn disco

My top food spots
Elote at Mi tienda
Sushi- RA Sushi
Asian town- Cafe 101 followed up by 85 degree bakery
Queso birria tacos at the BLK truck
Waffle fries at The waffle bus
Ramen- Jinya

Things to do with family
Shop at HEB
Astros game
Museum of fine arts,
Walking our family dog along buffalo bayou
Watching a Movie at AMC30

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Id like to give a shout out to the venues that I worked for in the beginning of my career before I event realized I wanted this to be my career.

-Photomundo/ Pasadena Ballroom
-Irams Reception Hall
-Shafaii Broadway Events.

The master mentors that have been nothing short of an open book. I learned so much in their workshops and continue learning from them.

-Rick Davila
-Christian Macías
-Esteban Gil
-JLaplant/ Christian Cardona

My last shout out would be to Jodie Washington, the person that launched me into the Destination Wedding sector of Photography. She’s really taught me how to stay on my toes and be a quick problem solver. Destination events are not for the weak. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong… and has! Traveling for work has been the best.

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