From our initial communication, to hanging your custom framed art in your home, I make the portrait process effortless and delightful for you and your family by providing support and assistance every step of the way.
what to expect
Here’s the truth: I cannot promise you an stress-free experience. But what I can promise you is a phenomenal full-service experience that requires minimal effort on your part, giving you the ability to relax and take back the little moments time and stress take away.
beautifully curated wardrobe styling
Access to the Studio Wardrobe where I have selected beautiful pieces for mom, dad, baby, and small children. I have gathered over 150, size-inclusive gowns and children's clothing for my studio wardrobe. Nearly every dress featured in my images is provided as a part of my specially curated client wardrobe. These items were items selected to complement growing bellies, flatter new mommies, and allow little ones to giggle and move.
hair & makeup
There's no need to worry about having to do your hair and makeup before your littles wake up or after you've shuffled around getting everyone dressed. Leave the kiddos with dad (or grandma) for an hour and arrive to the studio just as you are. My team of artists specialize in making mamas look like refreshed, well-rested versions of themselves. So, sleep in those extra few minutes. Arrive in your yoga pants and top knot. We'll take care of the rest!
A judgement-free zone where a kid can be a kid? Yep, that's right. The truth is, babies and children have good and bad days just like we do. The last thing you need as a parent is to feel like your child is the only child on the planet to ever lose their marbles or behave like they want nothing to do with your new baby. So, mama don't stress. I am patient, I am not above using bribery, I'm a master at photoshop, and the last thing I'll ever do is judge your parenting...cause girl, they're going home with you anyway. LOL.
"Reaj truly makes the whole process so easy for her clients..."
...from wardrobe to baby meltdowns, she has it covered!"
elaine - thoughts after her 6th session with me
images inspired by natural connections
Of course, I'll take a few traditional photographs of your family with all of your eyes looking at the camera. But I'll also be sure to capture photos & video snippets of your connections with each other in ways that are special to you.
design & ordering
After your session, we will come back together for an in-person design and ordering appointment. At this time your gorgeous images will be revealed and I will be there to assist you with choosing the best archival option for your family. I offer the finest heirloom quality products the industry has to offer. The best part? Your custom framed art will be installed right in your home for you! No more incomplete projects or honey-do list items. I've got you covered.
HOW IT WORKS
THE NUMBER OF
WEDDINGS WE SHOOT PER YEAR
THE NUMBER OF
MILES WE DROVE LAST YEAR
THE NUMBER OF
OUR COUPLES WHO DO FIRST LOOKS
THE NUMBER OF
GROOMS THAT CRied. HARD.
THE NUMBER OF
COUNTRIES we've traveled to
THE NUMBER OF
ALBUMS we deliver annually
Is the wardrobe included?
Yes, the wardrobe is included in your session fee retainer for full sessions. I have clothing available for your entire family and with sizes ranging from XS to XXL for mom and medium to XXL for dad. My studio wardrobe consists of very feminine, delicate, and timeless pieces that I have personally selected to reflect my style. 99% of the clothing seen throughout my website is from my studio wardrobe. I am constantly adding pieces to my collection, but if you see something that catches your eye, please mention it to me so I can ensure it is available for your session. Because there is such an array of sizes, clients must provide their own shoes and pants for their sessions. Mothers and children are generally photographed barefoot while dads are encouraged to wear complimentary dress socks and/or light brown, tan, or grey oxford or loafer style shoes. Once your session is officially booked, we will schedule an in-person wardrobe consultation where all of the details will be formalized.
Is hair and makeup services included?
Yes! Part of the stress-free experience with booking your session is taking away this burden for you. Let our glam squad of hair and makeup artists make you look like you’ve had the hours of sleep I know you’ve been missing. Come in dressed in relaxed clothing and enjoy the sweet pampering of our team. Learn more about the hair and makeup services by clicking HERE.
When will my photos be ready?
Your full gallery of images will be ready to be presented to you within two weeks. As time permits, I will post a sneak peek on my blog to share within a week of your session.
Do you offer mini sessions?
Yes. At this time, I only offer mini sessions one time per year and this is for our adorable Simply Santa Sessions. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit our studio in November and early December each year and it absolutely awesome. Simply Santa Session registration is offered to First Year Collective clients first, and reservations begin as early as July. Depending on what is left, remaining spots open to the public in August and often sell out quickly.
What if my baby is already more than 14 days old?
My newborn sessions are designed for infants 12 weeks and younger. Typically, newborn sessions are best for babies between 7-14 days young but that doesn’t mean we cannot accomplish beautiful images for babies a few days or even weeks older. During these first couple of weeks of life, babies are extra “squishy” and most importantly, sleepy. In order to secure session availability, it is strongly recommended that you book your newborn session during your last trimester or even sooner.
Do we need to bring props?
No. Over the years, my style has become more and more simplistic allowing me to really focus on the details of your new love. I begin each session with a baby swaddled and un-swaddled, using materials that I will provide. From there, we will move on to a simple prop or two, but nothing too busy to distract from the simplicity of our session. I have everything we will need to create a gorgeous gallery so there is really no need for you to bring anything to your session, other than having your baby dressed in a simple, white, onesie upon arrival to the studio.
What if my baby or children do not cooperate?
We all have our good and bad days and babies are no exception. On very few occasions I have rescheduled a newborn session for the following day to give a baby time to decompress and try the session again. I’m a mom and I totally, “get it”. If this happens, don’t be ashamed, embarrassed, or discouraged. Having photographed newborns for over 6 years, there are so many tricks I try, coupled with a copious amount of patience, to create a smooth newborn session. Together, we’ve got this.
Can we do portraits of our new baby and their older sibling?
Absolutely. I LOVE sibling shots but I forewarn every parent that they must pack a whole lot of patience and bribery treats. Photographing young siblings with a newborn can be a bit tricky and my primary goal is to keep your newborn safe. I will not force a small child to hold a newborn nor will I force them to stay still and this may result in not being able to create an image you had hoped. I strongly suggest having a plan for the sibling(s) to be dropped off before or picked up after their portion of the session. This will limit the amount of noise and distractions and most of all, prevent you from losing your patience.
The Signature Session Client
is a sentimental mama who dreams of portraits that showcase the beauty of her motherhood journey.
If you're looking for timeless imagery wrapped in love and elegance, but a well-organized and executed process, you're in luck. Let's schedule a consultation and see if this is the right fit.
INQUIRE with me
is that you?
© 2023 REAJ ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC | CHANDLER NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER | MATERNITY | NEWBORN | BABY | FAMILY | PHOENIX | SCOTTSDALE | AHWATUKEE | GILBERT | MESA | OCOTILLO