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  • I'm Angie Monson, a portrait photographer located in Salt Lake City, UT. Just a gal trying to make a living while pursuing her dream. I am a mother of three sweet babies that keep me on my toes. I started Simplicity Photography in 2005 and this is my journey, it's all here on this good ol' blog. Hope you enjoy what you see! Pull up a chair and stay a while...

It’s Christmas!

Wait, is it? I forget. Honestly, this time of year is a doozy for photographers, most years I don’t get to enjoy it much because I am working like a mad woman trying to get everyone’s images sparkly and pretty for their Christmas cards! Every year I try to make time to photograph my own kids and this year I almost skipped it because I was so grouchy. Ahem, ok incredibly grouchy! BUT, last minute I decided I cannot skip this tradition. It makes me so incredibly happy to photography my own. The ones I love more than anything. They are my world. They are why I work so hard. They are everything.

I have to add that ALL 3 of my kids were SO SO good at the shoot and we all left with smiles on our faces (and each kid $10 richer;)).
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Angels, I tell ya.;)

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December 13, 2014 - 4:06 am

Angela Lang - Beautiful as always Angie!! I cracked up at the one of them being angels. :)

December 13, 2014 - 4:14 am

Christy Martin - Oh, boy. Um, yeah. These are perfection. No wonder you’re so stinkin’ happy about them! Wow.

December 13, 2014 - 4:33 am

Michelle Guzman - Your family is ridiculously gorgeous. Best of all, they seem to really love each other. :) Such great Christmas photos!

December 13, 2014 - 4:39 am

Jessica - I love the photos with the kids framed in the arch. I wish my kids would let me photograph them together like this. Beautiful work!

December 13, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Christina - Beautiful! My goodness…they are all gorgeous!

December 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Jennifer - I know your heart is FULL! Beautiful children and pics!

December 13, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Lynda - Thank heavens you found the time & energy to take these pics. They are GORGEOUS and you will never regret that you did it. My sons are all grown & these images left me aching for ones like them … enjoy. They’re beautiful. Such treasure … and thank goodness they all cooperated! <3

December 15, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Jessica Downey - I have never seen such beautiful cuteness in all my life!


I have decided to sell 5 family mini sessions to use for 2015. This is a great gift for Christmas and I rarely offer a discount on family sessions!


  1. This is for a FAMILY MINI SESSION- 45 min session (location of your choice, but must be within 20 minutes of SLC, UT)
  2. Immediate family ONLY. Up to 4 children.
  3. You will recieve 15 fully edited images from your session, digital download only.
  4. Session needs to be scheduled in 2015 anytime between April and November!
  5. Price: $495 plus tax (normally $695)


Happy Shopping!

**EDITED: SOLD OUT! Thanks to all that purchased! I will be emailing you shortly to schedule.



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December 1, 2014 - 8:36 am

Erin - Just booked it! Yay! Can I pay for two extra kiddos? Or have no parents in the photo? Please don’t penalize the crazy 6 kids families ;)

December 12, 2014 - 9:01 am

Kerryrosephotography - Such a memorable moment of life, which you have captured in your photos. Really great work… :)

Black Friday- 50% off



50% off EVERYTHING. Best sale of the year!

Use code “blackfriday” at the very end of checkout (if you are using paypal go through their site and then enter code after).

Good news, same code works for both sites!!!

Templates & Marketing:
Editing videos:

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Beautiful fall

I hope everyone is enjoying this GORGEOUS fall weather! Utah has been so good to us this fall.

I had to quickly post this session because it was so much fun to shoot this family. They were so patient getting in and out of the car, shooting after dark, helping me find my cell phone (I am the worst, I lose everything). My clients are THE BEST.2014-11-06_00022014-11-06_00032014-11-06_00042014-11-06_00052014-11-06_00062014-11-06_00082014-11-06_00092014-11-06_00102014-11-06_00112014-11-06_00122014-11-06_00132014-11-06_00142014-11-06_00152014-11-06_00162014-11-06_00172014-11-06_0018




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November 7, 2014 - 3:20 am

Kristin - This whole shoot is just magical, Angie! Love it so much!

November 7, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Tara - YOU are like the BEST photographer I’ve ever seen.. LOVE love love all of your images! Do you just use camera or do you have any special little secrets for lighting? I would also LOVe to see some before and afters some time if you would be interested..
Anyways, you are very inspiring!!!

Take Care

November 10, 2014 - 12:52 pm

kristi - everyone in Utah IS gorgeous……….;) beautiful family, beautiful images

December 10, 2014 - 2:12 am

Mark Motive - That last shot in the dark is epic!

I also really like the one where it looks like the boy is flying.

Orange County California Workshop!

Orange county workshop

I am so excited to announce this 2015 workshop!

This workshop will be focusing 100% on family photography and all that comes with it. This will be 2 full day workshop held in Orange Country, California. This is a great workshop if you want to see how to photograph great candid family photos that your clients will cherish for a lifetime as well as the many business tips & tricks I’ve learned in my 8 years of photographing.


*March 27 & 28th
*1st day we will be photographing in Orange County from a beach shoot to an orchard photo shoot. (families & children only). Transportation to locations will be provided. This day will be mainly be me photographing with opportunities for you to grab some shots. I have learned from teaching many workshops (especially the family ones) that you will learn and absorb more information by observing me work with my clients. Watching an entire session from start to finish is really the most helpful!
*2nd day we will be focusing on editing & business in OC, CA (exact destination is TBD)

*COST: $1600 (includes lunch & dinner the first day and Lunch the second day)
Fun giveaways & credits to SP DESIGN & SP-ESSENTIALS

What you will gain from this experience?

  • How to get families to look natural and feel comfortable in front of your camera
  • Games, poses, and ideas to create real moments and connections
  • How to get dad on board
  • Recommendations for lens usage in different lighting situations. Finding the best light is essential, I will talk about this A LOT!
  • Tricks for different age groups
  • Angie’s full editing recipe (Lightroom & Photoshop)
  • Angie will also touch base on the business side & what has worked for her in a flooded market
  • You’ll also get to meet a bunch of passionate driven ladies to help inspire each other down the road

*This workshop is for beginner to intermediate photographers, but you must know how to shoot in Manual Mode.

Please email to secure your spot! *$800 is due to save your seat! The rest will be due 4 weeks before the workshop. It’s first come first serve and it usually books up in 2-3 days so act quickly!

ONLY 13 SEATS AVAILABLE! All payments are accepted via online invoice

Hope to see you in the OC!

Examples of my recent work. I will show you how I achieve a natural, loving environment for families so that they can be themselves!

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November 1, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Kimberly Kroutil-Wehba - Will this be the only workshop offered in 2015 or will others be announced?

November 1, 2014 - 5:55 pm

simplicity photography - I am not 100% sure yet. There is a possibility of one in Phoenix as well if this one fills up quickly.

November 2, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Letty - Will you give us a something printed of what will be covered in workshop? For example what we will cover like the tricks you use for getting families comfortable in front of camera, settings, lens choices, etc? In the past I have attended workshops, where they dont offer this, and it would be nice to come back home with something to go back and read over and over. Thanks,

November 21, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Brittany - Is this the only workshop you are offering in 2015??


I know, you aren’t even thinking about Christmas and then you see this and freak out a bit! hah!

Flat cards are here! Folded coming soon…




  • Dimensions: 5×7 Flat Cards (front & back) 7 cards total
  • Fully layered PSD items. Color is easy to adjust
  • Some text & patterns are handmade and cannot be adjusted
  • Print specs for WHCC but can be printed at any lab that offers 5×7 press printed cards
  • Instructions for use included in download
  • Major changes in design layout, colors, etc. require proficiency in Photoshop (not included in instructions)
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