My Story

I'm Monda (Goette) Tapp - a/k/a Monda the Photographer - owner and creative photographer behind Monda Goette Photography. I have always explained my first name as β€œMonday without the Y” to those who don't quite catch my name the first time. It is definitely a unique name, it suits me well! I want to take this opportunity to tell you about myself and why photography is so important to me.

Telling Stories Through My Vision

Early in life, I realized my passion in the world of creativity and photography. Believe it or not, I loved being in front of the camera when I was young. (funny...now I love being behind it more!) Since junior high, I have always wanted to be in a creative role, as thinking outside of the box came naturally to me. I love graphic design, conceptual advertising, and of course - taking photographs...but not just any photographs...photographs that capture the details and tell a story through my vision.

Because of my passion - I realize the importance of capturing life's precious moments with a photograph. Photos document a particular place in time. Forever. A lifelong memory. A single emotion, or maybe many. The emotion captured in a photograph...is like a magical power! There's magic in every photograph we take! You could take a photograph today of you and your best friend laughing, and in 20 years, when you pick that same photo back up, you will feel those emotions and memories all over again...just like magic!So powerful! It was such an enlightening experience to discover this (for myself) - that I want to just keep sharing this good news! You can read more about the power of a photograph in a recent blog I wrote here.

I have always believed that photos are like our very own story books. They document those special moments and milestones in our lives, one chapter at a time, savoring the magical moments. Everybody has a story to tell! I fell in love with being the one who captures those magical moments for people in my own creative and artistic way. I’m helping my clients paint and preserve the pictures of their lives with every click of the shutter. Like pixie dust stored in a bottle. I'm creating lasting memories.

Today, I'm proud to say that I've had so many fabulous individuals step in front of my lens to continue my own story's legacy in doing what I love. I will always be grateful to those who have given me such opportunities. I have a more natural, lifestyle approach to my photography art. This means I do my best work by observing you in your own element - most times on location in the Twin Cities Metro area. I have a studio location in Bloomington, MN. During a typical photo shoot, I'm "reading you" (since we're talking about our lives as storybooks) - all so that I capture the fine details that make you who you are. 

Other Things About Me

When I am not behind the camera, you will most likely find me in the stands at an ice hockey arena watching my son play varsity high school hockey, or relaxing by the fire pit when the weather allows it. I'm married, and enjoy spending time with my family and close friends. I have three old "fat cats" and a very energetic golden retriever. (Pets are people, too!)

Some of my favorite things in random order: unique antique finds, most music, acoustic guitar, waterfalls, sunrises and sunsets, singing karaoke, big hair bands of the 80's and 90's, and traveling to small Midwest towns. I will always be a Michael Jackson fan at heart! While I'm not huge on spending time in front of the TV - you may find me DVR-ing American Idol, American Pickers, Long Island MediumThe Biggest Loser, and old Friends reruns, and more recently - Everybody Loves Raymond! 

I look forward to learning more about you! Check out my latest happenings on my Facebook page! Thank you for visiting my website!


Our family minus the cats. Photo by melissa jopp

My son

Simon and Freida

The Allie Dog

Scrunch - He does not like the Allie Dog

Super cool sunset image I took near my home