Monica Galloway was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in Knoxville, TN. Growing up, her dad was always home a week and then gone a week because he was doing gold explorations in the Carolinas. He took a gamble on an old mine in Kershaw, South Carolina, called the Haile, in the 1980s. Since her dad’s office was in Charlotte, she was familiar with this area when she and her husband moved here in 1999. Monica originally thought they would move to Charlotte, but when they drove into Davidson it felt like a Norman Rockwell painting on the lake. They moved to Davidson in 1999 and made life-long friends in the McConnell neighborhood. Her photography business keeps her busy, and she finds time to play tennis during the week. Her family attends Davidson College Presbyterian Church and Monica loves working with 6th grade girls in Youth Group and singing in church. She also sings in a band called Sunday Union. They play once a month at Summit Coffee on Main St in Davidson.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband is Scott Galloway. In Sept. we will celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. We both attended the University of Tennessee and met after college when his roommate (my co-worker) set us up. We have three children: 2 boys and a girl. Beach is 24, Brody is 20 and Bella will be 19 in June.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
After college I worked for a concert promoter in Knoxville, TN (for 7 years) doing marketing and public relations. That was an incredible first job. I got to see some of the biggest artists of that time period and worked backstage for many of them! I have always had a love of photography and started doing it professionally in 2008. I started my own photography business in 2008. I love getting to know people through photo sessions. I get to experience some of the biggest moments in their lives. Most all of my clients have become friends of mine. Little kids are so much fun to photograph because they have no inhibitions and you can catch the “real” moments so easily with them.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Norman?*
Sangam, Kindred and Davidson Icehouse because I cannot choose just one
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Lake Norman?*
We moved here in 1999 and I was mostly at stay-at-home mom until starting my photography business in 2008
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?*
probably Fiji, would love to stay in one of those thatched roof bungalows on the turquoise water
Q: What advice would you give to people?
stop worrying so much about what other people think of you.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Going to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state and going Orca Whale watching. Our family is going in August!
Q: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
We have a 13-year-old YorkiePoo named Daisy and the worlds’ oldest living White’s Tree Frog, Jerry. He’s also 13!
Q: If someone was visiting Lake Norman for the first time, what’s one thing you would tell them they HAVE to do here on their trip?
Lazy 5 Ranch. Not only would I tell them to go there, I would probably take them there!
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?*
I once had to find a Vitamin B12 shot for Joe Walsh of the Eagles before he would start the concert.
Q: What is your favorite pizza topping?
I love the Wildcat Pizza at Davidson Pizza Company (which is an “everything” pizza)
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My friend Catherine Bragg
Q: Finally, what would be your #1 “wish list” feature for your dream house?
big front porch