bespoke storytelling for the nostalgic soul

Bay Area Family Photographer

Syntereo - "sin-teh-REY-oh" - συντερέο - to treasure, hold dear, keep within oneself lest it be forgotten - Luke 2:19

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Let's illuminate the joy in life.

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.

"Wow, I thought this would be stressful but that was legitimately awesome!"

- Sierra

"These little 'mundane' moments of our lives have been turned into memories I'll treasure forever."

- Corey

"That was fun! Can we do it again??"

- Elise, age 8

"I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."

—Andy Bernard in The Office

Are we a match? Reach out and let's get this party started!

Five-Star Reviews

The E Family

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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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Sacramento to San Francisco and Beyond!

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.