PALM SPRINGS by Monique Pantel

You guys know I LOVE TO TRAVEL. And, the more I travel, the more I get asked for recommendations for various places I've visited. So I've decided instead of repeating myself over and over again via text and Instagram DMs, I'll just start making blog posts instead! 

Here's a quick round up of some of my favourite things we got up to during our quick trip to Palm Springs:

DRINK - The Parker Palm Springs OR Ace Hotel Palm Springs OR Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 

EAT - Raw Remedy for quick-ish, casual, organic, vegan meals, smoothies and juices! Their avocado burger is bomb. I had it twice. Once for breakfast. No judging please.

POOL - Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs The pool area is closed to hotel guests until 4pm. The hotel is gorgeous, I wish we would have stayed here. I got to enjoy the pool one day because I had friends staying here. I snuck in, so shoot me. The pool is incredible and offers spectacular views of the mountains. If you can't sneak your way into the rooftop pool, I recommend going to a cocktail around sunset. The bartenders are incredibly friendly and you'll be right downtown, presumably close to wherever you've got dinner plans!

HIKE - Joshua Tree National Park OR there are some really stunning day hikes all around Palm Springs!

SEE - Moorten Botanical Gardens OR The Palm Springs Art Museum OR Ride a bike and look at all of the Midcentury Modern Homes. They're spectacular! 


Lots of love,



Here's the sneak peek of their elopement film in Italy (click to watch it- it's so magical!).

I don't even know where to begin... I got the opportunity of a lifetime to capture Gianna & Scott's magical elopement on the coast of Italy a few months ago, alongside my gal pal Kat Willson. I'll say it a million times, elopements are the most incredible unions to capture! 

I have more images to share from this trip that I took with my professional camera - but my favourite way to photograph my travels are with my iPhone. It allows me to be completely in the moment, and the phone is much less assuming than a huge camera in my hands. :-) Do you guys like the iPhone pics, or would you like to see more professional pictures? Let me know!

Italy Highlights:

  • Ummm Gianna and Scott's elopement. OBVIOUSLY!
  • The most decadent meal at 'Il flauto di pan' in Ravello with Scott, G, Shelly and Bobby.
  • A spur of the moment trip to Capri and sailing around the island at sunset (what is life?).
  • Seeing Positano from the sea. Absolutely breathtaking.
  • That glass of rosé, poolside in Capri. 
  • General daily laughing until our bellies ache with Kat.
  • We stayed in a lot of awesome airbnb's. If you haven't signed up yet, I definitely encourage you to try this awesome website when booking travel accommodations. And if you use this link you can get $45 CAD off your first stay!

Morocco Highlights:

  • I finally got to experience an authentic Hammam. 
  • Getting to experience to Ben Youssef Madrasa at sunrise, all to ourselves.
  • That first sip of Moroccan Mint Tea.
  • Meeting a jolly couple from Marseille willing to share some rum with us at our riad.
  • Walking along the souks, taking in the eclectic markets.
  • Making friends with shop owners and sampling the fragrant teas and perfumes.
  • Chefchaouen's fresh mountain air, it's ancient charm and beautiful hues of blue.
  • The pool at our riad in Fes. 
  • Lots of vegan food options!
  • Bread at every meal. (Also a lowlight - #bloatlife)




I love photographing the Prairie Yogi campaigns. Yoga is a true love of mine - and besides being one of the most important practices of my day, it's connected me to some of my dearest friends. 

My friend Demetra has this magical cabin on the shore of Lake Winnipeg. And when Rachelle (creator of Snowflake Festival) asked me what I envisioned for this year's festival campaign, I immediately thought of Demetra's home. It's a boho babe's dream. Plants, potions (Demetra creates holistic healing potions: Sweet Spirit Apothecary), incense and a library packed with all of my favourite books.

And so, we developed this concept around the festival's spirit: restorative, self-care, and warmth.

I hope you enjoy the images. And if you happen to attend the festival, I hope you find some winter bliss as well.



So yesterday was amazing!

I've been wanting to host photography workshops in my studio space for a long time now - and yesterday my little dream came true! 

We played with our cameras and explored the art of photography in a course I like to call "The Cool Mom Photo Workshop for Moms Who Want to Photograph the Humans She Loves." 

I got so excited about the workshop that I wrote and designed a beautiful guidebook for the attendees! I think helped with some of the more complicated concepts of photography and camera mechanics. It's always been a dream of mine to write a book - maybe it will be photography related!

My favourite part of the workshop (besides BRONUTS donuts) was watching all of the girls shoot and share their images. And the way their faces would light up, when shutter speed and aperture would start to make sense. Shooting in manual is THE BEST! I totally melted when I got home later that day to see a bunch of the mommas share pictures on Instagram they'd taken of their families after the workshop. The COOLEST feeling!

I want to give a special thank you to Minted for giving each of my students a gift card for their beautiful printed products! (I always use Minted for my family's Christmas cards and special announcements!)

Behind the scenes photos by my girl Kassie Donaldson.

And thank you to Vantage Studios for printing the photo guide books!

xo M