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Cheeky Monkeys Portrait Studio was founded in 2012 by Nicola Borland.  Nicola is the owner of Nicola Borland Photography, a boutique photography studio that was established in 2008 specializing in natural light newborns, family and kids portraiture and business headshots.  Cheeky Monkeys was established as a sister studio to offer the community a portrait studio for their little ones that is both affordable and beautiful.  We were tired of seeing those cheesy mall portrait studio shots on our Facebook feed!  We love to offer studio and outdoor natural light themed sets about 6 times a year.

Where did the name Cheeky Monkeys come from? Mostly from Nicola’s mother.  That’s what she used to call Nicola when she was young, and still sometimes does!  And she calls her grandsons that now too. {And they live up to the name really well.}  It seemed like the perfect name to capture the essence of what Nicola was going for with the studio.

A Cheeky Monkey is someone who sees adventure in a cardboard box, who give you that little “I know something you don’t know” grin.  Someone who loves to laugh and giggle, and twirl and wiggle. And we embrace them all, young or old!

Our Purpose {The Why}

Capturing Giggles. – It’s pretty simple really.  That’s what we love to do, and aim to get that for each client.

Our Guiding Principles

We created these 5 Monkey Mantras to more clearly define exactly what Cheeky Monkeys Portrait Studio is all about. They are reflected in everything we do and every interaction we have. Our Monkey Mantras are always the framework from which we make all of our decisions.

  1. Capture giggles and your heart giggles too.
  2. Laughter and fun are our everyday reason for being.
  3. A day without laughter is a day wasted.
  4. Life is in color.  Be cold and capture it.
  5. Help families connect through giggles.

Here are Nicola’s own Cheeky Monkeys, her 7 month old twins, Grayson and Logan.

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And here’s Nicola, our founder and head photographer.

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