Syntereo - "sin-teh-REY-oh" - συντερέο - to treasure, hold dear, keep within oneself lest it be forgotten - Luke 2:19
We know the value of being fully present and appreciating the simple things, but there is just too much good stuff fighting for our time and attention. We might feel guilt instead of fulfillment with all our pursuits. Sometimes, we could use a little reminder of the best parts of our lives.
Here's my approach: instead of stressful family photos, our goal is a lovingly curated time of fun and connection, enjoying your favorite people in a beautiful place.
Relax into the convenience of a professionally crafted experience that allows you to reconnect with those you love. The result is a genuinely enjoyable session and a heartwarming gallery of artwork that brings you back to that special place every time you see it. It will be an enduring reminder that yes, you are rocking this parenting thing, and you can return to that grounding affirmation with every glance at the beautiful prints and albums from your session.
The cherry on top? My full-service approach means everything is done for you, so all you have to do is show up. The rest is lovingly curated with diligence and attention to detail so that you don't have to worry about it, which means you get to truly relax and be present.
"Wow, I thought this would be stressful but that was legitimately awesome!"
"These little 'mundane' moments of our lives have been turned into memories I'll treasure forever."
"That was fun! Can we do it again??"
- Elise, age 8
—Andy Bernard in The Office
Are we a match? Reach out and let's get this party started!
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"Monica is such a gem - Nothing about the experience was awkward or stressful and she really has a gift for putting you at ease and making it a fun experience. We have a rambunctious 2 year old and I couldn’t believe how many adorable shots she got of all of us in a short period of time. She gives the perfect amount of direction while letting you and your family just be yourselves. Her photos are natural, beautiful and organic and her shooting locations are perfect. She is so professional and responsive!"
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"Monica's skill, professionalism and ability to interact with my kids surpassed my expectations! This was the first time my kids actually seemed to enjoy taking family photos. Monica was super helpful leading up to the session so everything would go smoothly, and she went above and beyond to make it a positive experience where we could enjoy each other as a family. Most importantly, we ended up with beautiful photos that I will always cherish! If I could give 10 stars I would!"
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"Monica did a wonderful job on our family photos this past spring. She was able to capture the joy of our then 5 month old son. She was so helpful in advance consulting on outfits and helping us find the perfect location. She was quick and efficient as well, which was key for keeping baby happy in the late evening and before bedtime. We can’t wait to capture more memories with her in the future."
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"We absolutely loved our photo session with Monica. She could see things we could not and the final product was proof of that. Her relaxed yet professional personality helped smooth the path for a smooth and enjoyable photo shoot. If we ever need another pro I will reserve her in heartbeat! Quality over the top and her prices are matched with a professional courtesy most would expect of the elite only. Thank you again Monica, for capturing our final photos."
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Hello friends both old and new! I’m a mom, a teacher, a nature lover, and have a natural knack for finding the joy in all things. I will have a slightly crooked smile on my face the entire time, because I genuinely love creating a space in which families can be fully present and connect.
I make kids feel like absolute champions. I allow moms to relax and let their beautiful selves out. I put dads at ease and make the time fly by with a genuinely fun little adventure to capture all the things that make your family unique. I’ve got a wide variety of things to do with kids that makes everyone happy and feels more like a family playdate than a pressured photography session.
The joyful, authentic artwork that results from our time together will bring a smile to your face every time you see it as you reminisce about the special time you enjoyed with those you loved most.
With headquarters in Vacaville, I provide vibrant, stress-free family lifestyle photography, documentary photography, and senior portraits across many northern California counties, including Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Yolo, Sacramento, and San Joaquin.