Ciao, Chessa! is a destination for creativity.  It's a photography and lifestyle blog dedicated to people who appreciate and love the details that make life amazing.  My name is Monica and I'm a fine art photographer in New York City where I live with my husband and our toddler daughter and baby son.  I started writing Ciao, Chessa! in 2008 because I needed a creative outlet and a place to document the stories behind my photography and my life as a corporate dropout.  I named the blog Ciao, Chessa! as a nod to both my family's Italian heritage and the nickname my parents gave me when I was a baby.  Since I started writing it has evolved into a place where I talk about art, photography, travel, motherhood,  living in New York, and the people and things that inspire me.  You'll also find helpful tutorials on everything from photography fundamentals to creating gallery walls in your home.

You can read my full bio or see my professional photography site and please visit my FAQ.  You can also send me an email at ciaochessa [at] gmail [dot] com. I'd love to hear from you!

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