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Sparta Lifestyle Family Photographer

From babes to babies, your life as you are

New Jersey & Beyond

Welcome to the Anastasia Rae Experience

You might be wondering what a memoir photographer is. Simply put, we are writing your moments into history. Documenting you in your truest form. Memoir photography is taking your life, just as it is, and creating art that you will cherish forever. Budding love, new life, body positivity, and all of the tiny moments in between. All of you, here and now.

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Boudoir. Couples. Weddings.

Emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, romantic photography for your most intimate moments. Loving ourselves wholly and fully so we may love others in a deep, real way.

There is nothing more intimate than the raw relationships we keep with ourselves. The push and pull of it all. So often we regard others more completely than we love ourselves. But, you can never truly allow someone in if you do not see the value in you. Boudoir opens a world of self-love and appreciation that is hard to find anywhere else. Giving you a glimpse into the magic that is you.

The connection between people in love is always so special, each one so unique. It is so important to me to capture your special bond. Bringing lifestyle to love, feeling this moment forever in your photos.

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Birth. Fresh48. Newborn. Your Family.

Your Moments.

Finding the art in everyday, I work to artistically capture your real life, your moments. Together, we will tell the story of your life for today and always. A delicate balance between unscripted and guided. Lifestyle photography embraces what is there, what is real to you. Spilled juice on the counter, kids running, jumping and playing. A mom fresh from birth in all of its glory and strife. While perfection is nice to look at, I strive for more. Emotional connection, emotional response, I want you to look at your photos and feel that moment again. 

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fine art portrait of Samantha Sykula, photographer at Anastasia Rae Photography in Sparta

The Photographer

Oh hi, I'm Sam. 

Momma of four and lover of capturing moments. Photography has been a part of me for as long as I can remember, so you can say I am living the dream.

Bring me your reality, I will capture you in all of the beauty that is naturally and effortlessly you.

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