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Women Who Inspire

November 12, 2014  •  2 Comments

I was inspired to write this post about one particular woman, who I had the pleasure to photograph a few weeks ago.  Her name is Donna Johnson, and she really is AMAZING and inspires me to do more.  As I was putting my thoughts together to describe how wonderful she is, I realized that there are so many women who I have met, both personally and professionally, who inspire me to be amazing in different ways.  These women, who trusted me to photograph them, may not even know how amazing they are and how much they inspire others.  So, with no further ado, here they are!  Just a few of so many...  

Donna JohnsonDonna Johnson

Donna Johnson, Executive National Vice President at Arbonne International.  Donna is not only the top earner in her company for the past 25 years, but she is also the creator of Spirit Wings Kids Charity, which helps orphans around the world.  Not to mention, she started out as a single mother of three (now happily married and a mother to five).  I was struck by her kindness and sincerity.  She is the kind of person you can't help but want to be around and work with.  You must read about the work she does!  There is not enough room here to describe how this woman created what she did, gives back the way she does, and leads others to do the same.  Inspiring!








Deborah JonesDeborah Jones


Deborah Jones, Office Manager for John Cheang at Ameriprise Financial.  Deborah is not only an amazing thoughtful, loving, and giving person, but also the one who has been keeping my husband's business running smoothly for years.  He often calls her "The Boss", but to us she is just the sweetest lady you will ever meet.  We love you Deborah! 











Erin MyersErin Myers


Erin Myers, is a writer and creator of Artful Living.  She is a spiritual leader in her community, and an inspiration to all the women who know her.  Her transparency is inspiring and contagious.  Her voice is true and clear.












Cindi Glidden-TraceyCindi Glidden-Tracey


Cindi Glidden-Tracey, Associate Clinical Professor at Arizona State University.  Cindi was my practicum professor during my second year in the Masters of Counseling program at ASU.  I am grateful to her for inspiring me to be the counselor I became for many years before changing my career path to photography.  And, I am even more grateful that she supported my change by trusting me to take her family photos, as well as the ones that are currently hanging in the hallway of Payne Hall in the College of Letters and Sciences at ASU.  I can't even begin to express how much she has inspired me by just being a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend.






Lora Terrill, Lawyer, and the most creative person I know!  She makes magic with fabric!  You have to check out her etsy page at 

Her nine year old daughter is now inspired to make charm bracelets on her mother's site, while donating to a local dog shelter!  Amazing!  I am proud to call this woman my friend.












Traveling Lessons Danielle MorganTraveling Lessons


Danielle Morgan, Owner of Traveling Lessons.  We met Danielle four years ago when my daughter, Emily, began taking piano lessons.  Danielle is not only a wonderful teacher, but the owner of her own business of traveling music teachers.  She is a wife, a mother of two, and just about the most reliable person I know.











Cara ZicPrima Dance Arizona


Cara Zic, Owner of Prima Dance Arizona.  I hope you are beginning to see a pattern here of mothers who are successful business owners.  I met Cara through my younger daughter's passion for ballet.  She is a wonderful teacher, and yet flexible enough to understand that being a kid comes first.  Her gentle guiding ways are very much appreciated by this mother (ie., me), espeically in an art like Ballet, which demands strict diligence and concrete rules.








Here are a few more women that I just had to include, all of whom I had the greatest honor to photograph.  May I do you justice!  


Stephanie Honing Stephanie HoningAgeless Health Institute


Stephanie Honing, RN, MSN, NP is the owner of Ageless Health Institute with her husband, Dr. Eric Honing, with BodyLogicMD of Phoenix.  She knows so many people, yet choses to work with me!  It is always a pleasure working with her.











Sandra BarckholtzRealtor


Sandra Barckholtz, Realtor at Sandra Barckholtz, Arizona Real Estate in Phoenix and Scottsdale.  A successful business woman, who's family always comes first.












Emmalee McFarlandTuscany Salon


Emmalee McFarland, Hair Stylist at Tuscany Salon.  Always smiling and always positive.












Tammi StifelRealtor


Tammi Stifel, Realtor with Realty ONE Group, a dedicated wife and mother of three.












Amy RosemannRockaway Hills Ranch and Realtor


Amy Rosemann, Manager/Trainer at Rockaway Hills Ranch.  A sweet lady and our choice for a trainer.


Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services








prova salonCrystal CarrieProva Salon

Crystal Carrie, Hair Designer at Prova Salon.  This gorgeous lady was asked for autographs when we had our shoot together!  A gentleman even asked to take a picture with her with his phone.











Rebecca TizzanoRebecca Tizzano


Rebecca.  Her faith inspires me.













Cindy Lee HerrickCindy Lee Herrick


Cindy.  An amazing lady who always thinks of others.  










Devi HajdukDevi Hajduk


Devi.   An entrepreneur, and a great friend.  













Jaime SmiloviciJaime Smilovici


Jaime and her mom.  I admire their relationship.  









Alisa La RussaAlisa La Russa


Alisa.  As her mentor, she taught me more than I could ever teach her. 












Monika Cheang Photography, LLC.
Thank you so much, Donna, for your compliment!
Donna Johnson(non-registered)
So inspiring Monika...Here's to great women, may we know them, may we raise them, may we BE them! You are one of them, what a great role model you are for your daughters! <3
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