My Story


Hi! I'm Monda the Photographer!

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 “Monday 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 share with you why photography is something that I hold so near and dear to my heart. Welcome to Monda Goette Photography!

Image courtesy of Karen Stauffer Photography.

Telling Stories Through My Eyes

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. ( 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 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. 

Other Things About Me

When I am not behind the camera, you will most likely find me in the stands at a hockey arena watching my son play 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. 2018 into early 2019 was a rough year for us pet-wise. But, we are starting over with a new puppy - a Golden Retriever - and her name is Chili. I’ve never puppied before, so this is quite the experience for me!

Some of my favorite things in random order: unique antique finds, most music, acoustic guitar, waterfalls, sunsets, singing karaoke, big hair bands of the 80's and 90's, and traveling to small Midwest towns. I am an Ambassador for Plexus "the health & happiness company" and I love to use doTerra essential oils. I also love great motivational books, as well as books and resources for a healthier happier self. I love fashion, but am not very good at keeping up with the trends for my personal wardrobe. (I love hoodies and comfy clothes...don't judge!) I love learning about makeup and beauty health, and other good-for-you-health things. Self care is so important!

I look forward to learning more about you! Check out my latest happenings on my Facebook page or you can also follow me on Instagram @mondafoto! Thank you for visiting my website!

Newest family member, “Chili dog”

My son in the red during a home game.