ABOUT MONIQUE DYKSTRA


My name is Monique Dykstra. I am a photographer from Montreal, Canada and the owner of Studio Iris Photography since 1994.  I specialize in weddings, portraits and event photography.




Whenever possible, I also use my photography skills for social causes, such as ending homelessness (Old Brewery Mission), celebrating Inspirational Aboriginal Women, (Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal), working with battered women (Blue Metropolis) and food security (NDG Food Depot).   


My work has been called "stunning," (Globe and Mail), "breathtaking," (Ottawa Citizen), "lustrous," (Canadian Geographic) and "superb" (MRB).   


Wedding Bells Magazine once said - very kindly - that I was “One of Canada’s 25 most inspiring wedding photographers.”


I also teach photography to school children across Quebec for the Blue Metropolis Foundation. This amazing job has taken me everywhere from the mean streets of Montreal to the remote Magdalene Islands off Quebec’s east coast. In 2017, I worked with Inuit teenagers in Salluit Quebec, just a few miles from Canada's fabled Northwest Passage!   

I also taught commercial photography at Dawson College for over a decade. Not quite as impressive as the Northwest Passage, I know, but a rewarding experience nonetheless.     


I have also published two books: My Heart on the Yukon River (Washington State University Press) and Alone in the Appalachians (Raincoast Books).


Aside from photography, I’m obsessed with baking bread, Arctic explorers, beekeeping and my kids. My current hero is Pele, the soccer legend, and my daily mantra is “Count your blessings.”

To see if I am available for your wedding, or for other photo needs, please call (514) 208-4747. 


WEDDINGS




"Love is like photography. First, you have to learn to shoot by the rules.  
Then, you have to forget all the rules, and shoot from the heart." 


It is a privilege to photograph people's love for one another.


Sometimes we forget about love in the frantic planning of a wedding. The hours and hours of work. The stress. The oceans of money spent.


But remember how your lonely hearts wandered until they stumbled into each other?


How your fingers intertwined, then you wrapped yourselves around each other and everything changed and blossomed and became beautiful?


Remember the emotions that exploded in your heart when he asked you to marry him? 


These are the emotions I will photograph on your wedding day. 


Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime event. A time of intense joy. Togetherness. Family. Love. If you hire me to be your wedding photographer, I promise to capture these moments so you can treasure them forever.


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