About Me: Reija "Raeya" Owner / Professional Photographer - reija

Thanks for visiting my website! I’m Reija pronounced “Raeya” of StudioR Boudoir aka StudioR Santa Cruz. I specialize in Boudoir and Portrait photography for women.

I’m a Finnish-Australian-American, living in California with my wonderful husband of 25+years.Together we have two beautiful, young adult daughters, a dog and three 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, organizing conferences and serving on the board of directors in the Northern California area. Through all of these experiences I developed highly professional work ethics; and great technical, organizational and communication skills.

Then, about 12 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. 

I opened my portrait photography business, StudioR Santa Cruz, over 10 years ago. Where I created beautiful portraits in both studio and outdoor settings, with individuals and families. During that time, boudoir photography became my passion, and so in 2018 I decided to focus solely on boudoir and portrait photography for women. I've come to realize how liberating, empowering and transformational boudoir photography can be. This type of photography also aligns with my greater passion in life, which is to help empower women in whatever way I can, using my gifts and talents.

To book your session or a free consultation please contact me at 831-332-0375 or Reija@aol.com.

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