Salyers Family: Flagstaff Lifestyle Photographer

Salyers Family: Flagstaff Lifestyle Photographer


Flagstaff Lifestyle Photographer: Salyers Family Session. Lifestyle photography lies somewhere in between documentary photography on the one hand, and classic portraiture on the other hand. A documentary photographer will have a “fly on the wall” approach, catching life as it is without trying to interfere with what is going on. He or she will tell the story of real life, as it happens, while trying to be as transparent as possible for his/her subjects.


A photographer specialized in classic portraiture will try to have full control over what is in the frame: light, backgrounds, clothes, poses, props. He or she will be in charge of how their subjects position their bodies, move (or not) and will control everything up to the angle of their head or how their hand is laying on their lap.


Natural, Candid Portraiture


My own take on lifestyle photography is a mix of authentic and staged. What I am shooting could actually happen in real life (this is the core definition of “lifestyle” in my opinion), however I would never have captured such a variety of images in such a short amount of time if I had not interfered. During a session, I create a diversity of opportunities that will generate real-life type of images which might not have spontaneously happened at that specific moment if I hadn’t been there to jump-start them.


I just adored being able to hang out with the Salyers Family in San Leandro, California. Miles was three weeks old when I met and photographed him. His older fur brother, Oliver, was also a big part of the shoot. It’s amazing to capture moments with new parents – like Jenn and Brian. Time moves so quickly, so these little ones grow in the blink of an eye!


It’s been one of the greatest blessings in my life to work as a newborn photographer. It’s my favorite thing to meet all these new families and their most precious treasures, and it’s my wonderful privilege to give them something that they can treasure long after their baby is grown.  I cover everything from maternity to baby milestones, so there’s no point in your pregnancy that’s missed! When you book a newborn session with me, you’re reserving your rest, planning a celebration, and forever memorializing one of the most important events of your life all in one go. Session spots fill up fast, so don’t hesitate: contact me today!



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Words can not express how thankful and happy we are that we chose Monica to capture our perfect day. She made us feel both comfortable and confident in the whole process. She has this ease that makes you feel you’ve known her for years. Her kindness, personality, and professionalism was beyond what we could have hoped for. Her communication and organization was so impressive as well (I am far from organized)! Our photos are AMAZING, they are perfect. We wish we could do it all over again, and again. Seriously, book her right now! Best choice we could have made, and she helped make our day so wonderfully memorable and way less stressful.
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