Ambassador + Volunteering

It’s significant when understanding natural posing and light to look best in front of the camera. Fortunately I had the opportunity to learn early on as a teen and young adult fashion model. I now educate my clients to get authentic, beautiful results. (Ask me for my posing guide)

I studied Communication Design in Germany (I grew up in Munich / Augsburg) and Paris, France. Multimedia studies cover multiple forms of media from graphic to web design, photography to advertisement. My degree is in photography and marketing for branding and campaign development,  it became a successful project, a social marketing campaign  to built resilience in youth.

Blessed to be the mother to a talented, kind hearted teen who enjoys photography and supports me as my assistant at many events.

In the past I have been working with children and parents in private and school settings which helps tremendously when photographing toddlers and youth alike. I am passionate about a natural holistic lifestyle; enjoying nature hikes and feeling grateful with my loving, supportive family and pets here in beautiful Marin!

At age 14 I fell in love with photography relentlessly capturing everything in black and white with an old refurbished Nikon and a small 50 mm lens. During my studies I  photographed and designed layouts for magazines in Germany then later in the U.S.. Having worked for advertisement agencies and as a freelance I designed branding, and marketing campaigns. 
Since about 2010 my focus progressed to photography with wonderful return clients and newcomers from families to professionals: lifestyle images for people and business with their services and products.
In 2018 the food company Coconut Secret hired me full-time to develop and manage all of their social media channels for the following 4 years until the company sold. The position allowed me to create campaigns and advance in food and product photography which led me to a variety of companies I work with now.

Visual Stories + Social Media Design | San Francisco | Bay Area | Marin

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About Monica May


For over 20 years I have worked as a professional photographer and  graphic designer. In the past 10 years social media content creation has been the answer to organically and environmentally friendly reach audiences with visuals and campaigns. 
Currently I work with a handful of amazing local and national businesses creating their marketing from photography, branding to social media assets. Products include jewelry to cosmetics and fashion. 
Holiday Sessions and Photo Parties have become an annual tradition, beginning late August I book for mini sessions around San Francisco’s landmarks and the beautiful countryside in Marin. 

German Language School of the North Bay (2021 to now) As a member of the School Board I provide my photography skills for fundraising, and support the non-profit organization with capturing events  while managing their social outlets.


Kiddo! Mill Valley (2016 to 2020) For four years I volunteered at my son's elementary and middle school with event photography, photography session donations for  fundraisers and designing their annual newsletter.


Desire To Inspire Studios (2017 to 2020) I was part of this artistic group of photographers and diverse artists in Marin who support the community by helping numerous non-profit organizations .


San Rafael Chamber of Commerce (2018 to 2020) 
As  part of their Ambassador team I am supported women in local businesses.