About Me: Reija "Rae-a" Owner / Professional Photographer - reija
  • About Me: Reija "Rae-a" Owner / Professional Photographer

Thanks for visiting my website! I’m Reija pronounced “Raeya” of StudioR, Santa Cruz. I’m a Finnish-Australian-American, living in California with my wonderful husband, two beautiful, young adult daughters, our dog and four cats! 

My passion for photographing people began when I was child and received my first camera. However, my path to becoming a professional photographer was a meandering one. I graduated from Monash University, Australia then worked as a Computer Programmer and Auditor. Once I started a family I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. During my children's early years I volunteered for La Leche League International in many different capacities, including counseling new moms and organizing conferences. Through these experiences I developed great technical and organizational skills and most importantly the love and ability to connect with people of all ages.

About ten years ago, after an epiphany, I began on my direct path to a career in photography. I have a certificate in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography, and an Advanced Certificate in Graphic Design, with Sessions College of Professional Design. Along with hundreds of hours of studio lighting experience. 

StudioR, Santa Cruz is located in Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz at the El Rancho Shopping Center, 3673 Portola Drive. To book your session or a free consultation please contact me at 831-332-0375 or Reija@aol.com. I would love to create a unique portrait for you!  My speciality is boudoir portraiture.

"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself." -- Alan Alda.

A video preview of a Portrait Session at StudioR Santa Cruz

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