Photographer Montreal | Studio Iris Photography

About Studio Iris

My name is Monique Dykstra. I'm a photographer from Montreal, Canada, with a cozy photo studio in Notre-Dame-de Grace (NDG). Drop by if you're in the neighbourhood!   

I've been lucky enough to be noticed by the media many times over the years.    

My work has been called “stunning,” (Globe and Mail), “breathtaking,” (Ottawa Citizen) and “superb,” (MRB), while Wedding Bells called me “one of Canada’s 25 most inspiring photographers.”

And while media reviews are great (and I am so grateful for them) it is feedback from clients that means the most to me.  

"Working with Monique was like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She takes her work extremely seriously and goes the extra mile to make sure you are happy with your photos. She is undoubtedly the best."  (Google Reviews)

Published Work

My Heart on the Yukon River  

This book was an epic wilderness adventure. 

In a canoe named "My Heart," a friend and I paddled down the Yukon River, traveling over 3,000 kilometers across Canada’s Yukon Territory and the state of Alaska. Travelling 50-60 kilometers a day for three months, we photographed and interviewed the people we met living along this wild, magnificent river. 

For more about this book, click here

Alone in the Appalachians 

This is a photo book and first-hand account of being one of the first people to hike the International Appalachian Trail.  

The International Appalachian goes from Maine to Quebec and is 1,072 km long. This new section of trail, created in 2,000, is the Canadian extension of the legendary Appalachian Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine and attracts millions of hikers every year. 

For more about this book, click here.  

Montreal Gazette 

I also spent four wonderful years photographing and interviewing come pretty unique Montrealers for my Page 4 column in the Montreal Gazette. For more about this column, click here.  

Person Work 

Old Brewery Mission: Photos of homeless people at Montreal's oldest and most innovative homeless shelter. The Mission's goal is to "See the end of homelessness, " and with such amazing people running the organization, I believe they will. 

Client List

Air Canada, Bombardier, Bell, Canadian American Business Council, CBC, Canadian Diabetes Association, Empire Life, The Gazette, Mad Science, MasterCard, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Film Board of Canada, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Old Brewery Mission Foundation, Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, Philips Lifeline, Quebec Writers Federation, Roots Canada and Telefilm Canada.

Rates & Availability

For rates and availability, call (514) 208-4747, or send an email to