Daddy Daughter Family Session | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography

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This adorable little gal had a birthday this week so in honor of her big day I thought I’d share a few from her session on the blog! Jason wanted a fun session to show his little gal she’ll always be daddy’s little girl even though she’s growing like a weed. They were both so sweet and so fun to photograph. I know the album Jason chose is going to be something very special for her for years to come.

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Lehman Family Portraits | Forsyth IL SNOW Session

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You might remember Jaycee’s senior portraits from earlier this year (when it was MUCH warmer!) but we wanted to mix it up a bit for their family session and have a little fun in the SNOW. In honor of yesterday’s random snow flurries here in Decatur and the kick off of baseball season this month I decided to post a little throwback to this winter family session (no body start throwing things at me).

Hopefully the few white flakes we saw last night are the end of this look for awhile! I’m excited to get back out in the warm weather this week!

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| Espinoza Family | Decatur IL Family Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography |

 

Check out this gorgeous family and some of my favorite photos from their recent outdoor family session at Rock Springs. The Espinozas did such a great job coordinating for their session I just pinned them to our ‘What to Wear – Session Styles’ board on Pinterest

The Espinoza family portrait would not have been complete without Oscar (of course all the other family members were must haves too!). I am a big fan of including your pets in every family session, after all they are part of the family! We produced a 30″ framed wall art piece for the Espinozas and, of course, it had to be of one including Oscar. And in my own home, the largest family portraits on my walls include a 50″+ canvas collage including my husband, myself and both our Yorkies, Bear & Lily… our home wasn’t complete in my mind until we had our whole family on our walls. 

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Families, if you’re ready for an SJP Family Portrait in 2014 be sure to call early. Spring and Fall are our most popular seasons for family portraits and we’re already filling fast so if you’re looking to get an SJP Family portrait on the wall this year the time to call is NOW. Contact us at mail@sjanephotograpy.com to book your consultation and start your portrait experience. 

Naill Family Portraits | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography

 

This family is so fun! Even in a short 20 minutes for their mini session we were all laughs (as you can see). This year was my very first year to host mini sessions for families looking for quick, easy family portraits and Christmas Cards! I can’t wait to get cards designed for these guys.

Be sure to stop by our facebook page to see more from this session and give them a few likes!

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Stewart Family | Newborn Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography

If you’re a long time follower of Sarah Jane Photography (which is probably only my mother, thanks mom) you may remember Maggi & Jay’s wedding a couple years ago. Well, I’m excited to share that their family is GROWING and I’m happy to introduce you all to their adorable new baby boy, Cam!

Be sure to stop by our facebook page to view their gallery and give them a few likes so I can post more!

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Cole | One Year Old Portraits | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography

I cannot believe that Cole is ONE already! I am so honored and excited to have been able to capture and create portraits for him as he’s grown and changed so much in the past year. I can still remember his amazing newborn session and one of his newborn portraits is still one of my favorite captures of my career. This little man is going to be quite the heart breaker with crystal blue eyes that are beyond gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this amazing family grow.

Take a look at a Cole’s one year portraits (and a little peak back over this year!). And be sure to head over to the facebook page to see everything from maternity to now! baby portraits, baby's first year, newborn portraits, decatur il, sarah jane photography, sjp, sjanephotog, massey, emily massey, one year old portrait ideas,

Family Portraits Decatur IL | The Davis Family | Sarah Jane Photography

We all know it’s sometimes a rare occasion to get the WHOLE family together in one place after the kids leave the nest and start families of their own (often on other sides of the state/country or even world) so when you do have the chance there’s no better time for a family portrait session!

That’s exactly what Pamela had in mind when they got the whole family together a few weekends ago and I was so excited to get to spend a little time with them. Not only did we photograph the whole family together but why not take the time while we have everyone all spiffed (ya that’s a word) up for portraits to get family portraits for ALL! And then just the kids, AND moms/dads together too! We did it ALL!

It was a gorgeous day out at Scovill Zoo for the session too!

Check out more from this family session on our facebook page and be sure to LIKE their images so we can post even more.

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Decatur IL Family Portraits. Sarah Jane Photography. Garrett Family.

| Garrett Family Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography | Charity Auction Winner |

I was thrilled to photograph the Garrett family! Kendra and I met when she stopped by our booth at the Neuhoff Media Lady Palooza shopping event. Kendra loved the work and we got her booked for a session right away, then just a few weeks later she saw our Pennies for Jenni facebook auction and she messaged me to say she’d love to bid but she’d already booked a session. Well, of course, I told her she could bid and win our auction and she WON!!

I have to give a huge thank you to her for her generosity in donating over $600 with her winning bid. This money went directly to help my best friend who is fighting for her life battling Lupus. You can view more about Jenn’s story here: www.facebook.com/pennies4jenni 

I got to spend 2 hours with Kendra’s beautiful family and O.M.G. were they awesome! I was fairly certain Kendra had lost her mind when she wanted to do the full 2 hour session with two young boys, but I’m always up for an adventure and WOW were Tristan and Tanner awesome?!?!! These two could have future modeling careers for sure. They were ‘working it’ for the camera with some awesome ‘attitude’ looks and perfect natural smiles. We even got some brotherly love images with a few hugs (that I’m sure they will hate in 5 years). 🙂

The session was definitely an adventure with a quick shower to kick it off downtown (even though there was 0% chance of rain) and then bug attack at Rock Springs to finish it off. Check out a few of our favorites from the session here AND be sure to hope over to the facebook page to view more.

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Family Portraits. Decatur IL Photography Studio. Sarah Jane Photography.

| McCoy Family | Decatur IL Outdoor Family Portraits |

I have to start this blog post with a ‘thank you’ to the McCoy’s for participating in the online auction we posted to support Brooke, a little girl fighting Leukemia. Lori bid and WON our prize package and her donation went to help Brooke’s family get through this tough time.

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Now, how about we see some of this adorable family!?!?!? They did amazing on a VERY chilly day. In between takes grandma and grandpa were on hand to give snuggles to the little ones with a load of blankets! Every image was like a big unveiling as we untucked all the covers and coaxed out the smiles. Poor Lori told me at her premier she was so afraid they wouldn’t even find a couple good ones because she knew it was so cold and windy, but we not only found a few she liked but a total of 30!!! Plus, a beautiful collection of their ‘LOVES’ which will be soon decorating their walls as a stunning canvas collage.

I loved working with this beautiful family and can’t wait to do it again.

If you’re ready to see MORE from this session head on over to our Facebook Page and see their full feature. Be sure to give them some LIKES and we’ll post even more. 

| 6-Month Portraits | Decatur Children’s Portraits |

| Cole | Sarah Jane Photography | 6 Month Portraits |

How can you have a bad day staring at this face?!?! Cole is growing like a weed and I think you’d be hard pressed to meet a happier baby. We had about a total of 2 tears during this session, not even enough to get a crying shot (I’m gonna have to start making scary faces to get those).

I believe he’s decided that sitting is way over-rated and he’s skipping straight to crawling. I know when I see him again for his first birthday he’s going to be running all over the place! Check out a few of our favorites from the session here and be sure to stop by our facebook page to see more (and don’t forget to toss them a few likes so they can earn more facebook images)!

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First Birthday Portraits – FREEBIES + Session Deals

It has been my experience that in running a small business many great ideas and marketing pieces develop out of imediate need. I have been collecting my client’s birthdays and the birthdays of their children since nearly the beginning of my business all with the idea to someday launch a birthday promotion to give each client a special gift on their birthday each year. Well, just last week a wonderful client of mine called me because her daughter Khloe (which some of you may remember seeing as I have photographed her before) is turning ONE in August!

She would like for me to take images that she can display at Khloe’s birthday party and was curious if I had a birthday promotion. I was completely honest with her and I think my reply was something like “Well, I want to… but just have not quite gotten there yet!” So I told her to give me the weekend to coral all my ideas (kept in my nice little jam packet marketing notebook) into a finished Birthday promotion which I would unveil Monday…. So… Its MONDAY! And as promised, I am done!

So below is my First Birthday Promotion Card that will go out to all my clients with little ones who will turn one soon.

I’m equally excited about the birthday promotion that will extend to all those celebrating their 2nd-18th birthdays. I love the look of the First Birthday Monogram Display and it seemed just the item begin a series. So if it is your birthday, and your not turning one, I am happy to offer you 30% off the session of your choice (featuring only the birthday girl/boy) PLUS a 4×10 “It’s My Birthday” Portrait. Each year this art piece will feature the child’s age creating a beautiful wall series that shows your child grow up through the years! And you can customize this portrait art display by adding a 4×10 Designer Name Print to begin the series, or adding a beautiful designer portrait ledge in the color of your choice and even upgrade to 5×15 size to really make an impact!

Pageant Photography – Decatur IL

The Adorable Miss Haylei

I am always looking for fun new ways to meet new clients so when Candy approached me about sponsoring her beautiful daughter Haylei I was excited for the new experience! Having not been a pageant girl myself I was intrigued and interested to learn all I could! Candy, Haylei and I met before the session so they could introduce me to the world of pageants and show me Haylei’s current portfolio.

A few weeks later, we had Haylei’s session. It was a beautiful day and we took advantage of the nice weather by starting the session downtown, then taking a quick trip to the wildflower field and then ending up back at the studio!

I may not know much about pageants, but this little cutie has my vote! She was so fun to photograph and get to know and her personality is just so so sweet! She was so much fun to work with and I can’t wait until she gets to show off these new images at her next pageant!

Last, but not least, I want to send out a big thanks to Hannah Shaw of La Petite Salon who donated her hair and makeup services to Haylei as well.

Here are some of my favorite images of Haylei (It was so hard to choose!!)

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SJP Welcomes Baby Maliyah into the world!

About a month ago I had the privledge to photograph mom-to-be, Jenifer. We included Brian and Darrin in Jenifer’s maternity session to make it a family event as they all awaited the arrival of the newest addition to the family, baby girl Maliyah.

So, of course, after the arrival of beautiful little Maliyah the family came back in for a newborn session. Such a beautiful sweet little girl and an awesome family to work with. I can’t wait to see her grow over the years!

Here are some of my favorite from both the maternity session and Maliyah’s newborn session!

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New and expectant moms, remember maternity portraits are best in your 8th-9th month and newborn portraits are best for newborns under 3 weeks!

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NILMDTS Charity Model Search – Decatur, IL

Its TIME! Now is the best time of the year to get your little ones photographed at Sarah Jane Photography!

Sarah Jane Photography is participating in the International Charity Model Search to select North America’s Cutest Kid and to raise funds for the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. (NILMDTS.org)

Is your child North America’s Cutest Kid? We’ll give you the opportunity to prove it! The grand prizewinner will win a $2500 savings bond, a $2500 travel package, and a $100 Target gift card.  The second and third place runners up each will win a $500 savings bond and a $100 Target gift card.

Model Search Special:

$35 entrance fee includes a 30-minute model session and one image submitted to the international gallery PLUS a FREE web share image to show your little one off to all your friends and family!

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Each vote is $1 (no limit on the amount of votes you can cast), and all proceeds from votes benefit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS.org).  Every family member who registers their information on the Charity Model Search Website will also receive 1 complimentary vote.  The top 5 paid votes, and the top 5 complimentary votes in each region will move on to the final judging round for a total of 50 finalists.

Grand prize international winner and runners up will be determined from the 50 regional finalists. The winner and runners up are selected by photography experts.

Call 217.330.7012 now to enter your “Cutest Kid” in this exciting contest.

SPACE IS LIMITED! NEXT SESSION DAY: THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 (15 SLOTS OPEN).

*Contest open to residents of the US and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.charitymodelsearch.org.

 

Fantastic Fall Session with Rachael & Nick!

A couple weeks ago, I photographed Rachael & Nick. This was an awesome session. Though we were out at about 9 AM on a brisk November morning, they both were troopers and hung in there with me through the whole session. We explored a new location and I quickly fell in love with the looks we were creating. The lighting was beautiful, and these two were a blast to photograph.

Editing this session was a nightmare! There were just too many I loved. I met with Judi, their mother, today for the session premier and she quickly fell in love with the images too. Hearing “these are probably the best images taken of my kids… ever” is just what every photographer wants to hear!

We are busy planning a couple of statement wall pieces for their home and after Christmas the family will be working with me to fit the perfect custom framed pieces into their home. (With complementary installation of course). I am so excited to now be a part of this families home, and I hope very much to be able to watch them grow in the coming years.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from the session (it was so hard to even narrow it down to my 20 favorites, so this is just a SMALL selection of our favorites)!

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Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale! – HUGE DEALS

Hello All! I am so excited to announce our first ever Cyber Monday Gift Certificate SALE. Monday, November 29th log on to www.sjanephotography.com to take advantage of our huge savings – up to $100 per gift card!

Sign on early to be eligible for our bonus items. No limits, stock up for your own family or for friends.

Darci Fall Family Album

The SJP Fall Family Album:

The album is the perfect product for a variety of families. Over the years at Sarah Jane Photography, I see some families each and every year while most families find that the “schedule family session” on the TO DO list just never gets done.

Many families go 2, 3, or even 5 or more years between their family portraits. With all the images we have in our lives every day and the ease of snapping a few images on the cell phone, we are often under the illusion that we have “family photos” but when we look back on the years since the last professional image we realize how much was missed.

Family portrait sessions at SJP are more than just sit, pose, smile and each session is an experience and our goal is to capture the personality of your family. What better way to show off that personality then with a custom designed multi-image album.

Plus, for those families that we see each year (whose wall space may be getting a little full with all their beautiful wall portraits) the album is the perfect way to capture the changes of each year without covering your home floor to ceiling in all your beautiful wall art pieces.

This fall, we have a beautiful new Fall Family Album design that coordinates perfectly with this time of year. With only a few sessions left this year, call soon to book your family session!

 

Darci + Jeremy + Landen + Jerzi Family Portraits!

Labor day weekend we had a great family portrait session at Fairview park with Darci, Jeremy, Landen and Jerzi.

I met Darci when she became a Mary Kay consultant as part of my unit in Decatur. She joined the week after I did so we went through beginning our businesses together! The family had no good images of them together, especially none with Jeremy so of course we had to fix that. We had a great time at this laid back session and I am excited to be designing an album for the family so that they can remember this stage of their lives forever.

Austin & Janessa – Married!

A few months ago I had the honor of photographing my cousin Austin’s wedding. I love to be able to share what I do with both friends and family and sharing this special day with Austin and Janessa was such a privilege.

And best of all this unique couple kept me on my toes with their original ideas, like the replacing their first dance with a first croquet hit! 🙂 It was a blast and I am so happy to share some images from their day:

Above is a layout from the couple’s album – one of my favorite because it tells the full story of their ceremony, from the details to the kiss, in just two pages.

Each table was decorated with small photos of the couple through their years together. I got a little laugh when one guest asked if I had taken each of them (some from when they were much younger). 🙂 Man that would be some early wedding planning!

I absolutely LOVED Austin & Janessa’s cake topper – so simple yet it makes such a strong statement and impression.

Who needs a dance? – FIRST CROQUET HIT! It was so fun.

Let the games begin: The couple had outdoor games for their guests at the reception.. washers, hillbilly golf, croquet and MORE. Everyone had a great time.

Showing the boys how it is done!

Sarah Jane Photography moving to Decatur, IL

Daycare Portrait Sessions!!!

Obviously inspired by my last portrait session, I have decided to start offering more daycare portrait sessions!! YAY.

If you missed my last post you should check it out below… I spent just a couple hours at at an in-home daycare last week photographing each of the children and I had a blast!!! So it got me thinking why not do some more! The sessions are fast and fun and really very easy,  for parents that is! And, lets face it, easy is NOT the word most parents think of when thinking of getting their children ready for a portrait session.

But parents think about this, you get your child ready for daycare just like any other day except maybe you pick out a special outfit and pack an extra outfit too. That’s it! When you pick up your little one and go home, you have an image gallery full of beautiful images of your precious baby! Done!!!

And daycare providers, this is a great way to offer your parents a little extra service. You can choose to pay for the session as a gift to the parents for giving your their business, OR have them cover their session and have the gift be the convenience of you organizing the day! And don’t worry, I do most of the work 🙂 … You just coordinate with the parents to get contact information for me, session payments and to relay session details to each parent.

Plus, as a thanks for being the coordinator of the event, I will also take a group image of all your little ones and you (and any other daycare staff members) … the whole gang! And I give you a FREE 4×6 of my favorite group blooper image… and I promise there will be one! This is a great way to market your daycare if you are expanding or create memories of the children you care for over the years!

Call, email or text me to book your session today!

Wedding & Location – Alien Bee Lighting – Wesley Marsh

Sarah Jane Photography welcomes a second baby boy into our 2008 baby program. I had the chance to photograph Kristen and Josh when they were expecting their young one a couple months ago, and this weekend Wesley got his first shot in front of my camera. I look forward to seeing this handsome baby boy grow over the next year. These images are Wesley’s first with us and he was quite the trooper. Although happiest when allowed to sit in mommy’s arms with his pacifier, we got a variety of images of Wesley sans pacifier and captured a few angry screams in the process.

Click HERE to view more images from this session!!

Click HERE to go directly to Wesley’s online gallery!!

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Alternative “Studio Lighting” Set:

Below are images that show the use of studio lighting out doors and in other non-studio locations.

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Customize your SJP experience!!!

The most recent wordpress update allows polls so here is my first (hopefully of many more to come). My business is for all of you! It is my job to create the images you have dreamed of and I can only do this with your help!

Help me customize your experience with this first poll!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Bellies & Babies Tour w/ Sandy “Sam” Puc’

Seven to Eight hours in a room with 450 professional photographers with one of the best baby photographer’s of our time sharing her secrets to a great baby plan…HEAVEN! I spent my afternoon, evening and most of the night yesterday in Kansas City at the Bellies & Babies Tour with Sandy (Sam) Puc’ and aside from Imaging USA this was one of the greatest learning experiences of my photographic life.

For those of you who are not photographers, or those photographers who do not share the absolute passion and love for the field that I do, this may seem an extreme statement. But for the handful of you that share my passion for photography and have been to a similar conference you know that you leave the program with a regenerated drive, a desire to try most if not all the ideas you were shown, and simply feel the need to go shoot.

For those of you who get the chance to see Sandy Puc’… her show is worth the ticket price and more, she offers great ideas, shares her tirals and “what not to do” stories and walks the audience through a successful baby plan. She will be returning on tour next year with a maternity plan, then a child plan, and the following year with a family plan.

For those of you that are interested in viewing Sandy’s work and/or signing up to see her on tour here are some websites that might be of interest to you:

http://bellies-babies.com/index.html

http://www.expressionsphotos.com/home.shtml

For my clients: You will all be happy to know that with the inspiration from this program I will be designing a baby plan this summer and looking for models to use in the creation of my promotional products and studio samples. Look for an AD in the Jefferson City News Tribune and for more information to come here on my blog!