Get to know your Instructor:

Monika Cioban is an Award Winning Fine Art Portrait Photographer and a Creative Director at Summerana, located in the Chicagoland area. She specializes in Children, Family and Maternity Portraiture.

Fun Fact: Monika is part of the International Movie Data Base ( for her role as an Art Director and an actor in the movie “Background Trip to Chicago”.


Monika shoots with:
-Canon 6D Mark II
-Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 (outdoors)
-Canon 35mm f2 (studio)
-Einstein 640
-64” PLM

Her Editing Software includes:

-Adobe Camera Raw
-Portrait Pro



Awards: Portrait Masters Silver Award and Top 20 in the Children’s Category 2020

2 Bronze Awards Portrait Masters 2020
Shoot & Share Finalist awards 2019 and 2020
Published and Featured in Brand Magazine (cover), Summerana Magazine (cover), The Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation

Learn how to create storytelling masterpieces:

Monika is part of our adminstrative team as the Creative Director, as well as an instructor for editing workshops. She is also the Senior Designer behind the Summerana Magazine.

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