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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| Amanda & Chad | Engagement Photos Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

Say hello to Amanda & Chad! They are ENGAGED (whoohoo)!!!! I’m so excited about their fall 2014 wedding, and honored to be a part of their big day. Amanda and I hit it off right away and I was thrilled when they decided I was the photographer for them. It was a gorgeous day so we decided to hang out around Allerton Park for their session (just like for Kiersten’s senior session that I posted yesterday).

I love that locations like Allerton offer so much variety that you can have countless sessions there without producing images that look exactly the same. Decatur is full of gorgeous areas to photograph from the parks and lake areas to the downtown city scape and even grungy back alleys, the possibilities are endless.

Be sure to head over to the Sarah Jane Photography facebook page to see more images from Amanda & Chad’s engagement session and check out their personal gallery where you can show them some love and LIKE their images to help them earn more posts.

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| Offermann Family Maternity Portraits | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

 

Aren’t these two adorable?!? Ashley enjoys photography too and we first met the first time I was invited to teach at the Decatur Camera Club. The Club is an awesome group of photography enthusiasts and I was excited to be able to work with Ashley for our fall family mini sessions this year!

Fall did come a little late this year but we were able to capture a little of the golden yellow on these trees for this early fall session and, of course, we had to include their gorgeous pup too! These two have now welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their family, congratulations to you both!

Head on over to the Sarah Jane Photography Facebook Page and check out their image gallery to show this family some love and give them some LIKES! And be sure to keep an eye out for our fall family mini sessions coming up in early fall 2014!

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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. 

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!

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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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.

Kim + Stacy – Engaged!

I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful family again when Kim & Stacy got engaged! You may recognize Kim from many of my favorite boudoir images and I also had the opportunity to photograph Stacy’s son Sean’s senior portraits a couple years ago.

For their engagement session I met the couple at their river house in Osage City. It was a great location with some beautiful river bottom greenery plus the water made a great personal backdrop as well. For part of the session we headed up to use some drainage pipes that were sitting along the road – Kim and I were very excited about the edgy look of these! Plus, the shade provided some much needed protection from the sweltering heat – it was well over 90 degrees the day of the session!!! But even through the heat this family was a blast to photograph. Here are some of our favorite images from the day!

Cassidy & Justin – Getting Married

Having known these two for about five years, I am honored to be Cassidy & Justin’s wedding photographer! Justin lived just two doors down from me freshmen year at the University of Central Missouri and Cassidy’s little sister was my suitemate. These are two of the best people I know and I am so happy to see them tie the knot. About a month ago we got together back in Warrensburg, MO to have their engagement session in the place where their love began.

Here are a few of my favorite images from this session!

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 – Family/Group

Final wedding & location class assignment was to work with group posing by photographing a family or other group. The following images of the Miller family are those I used for this assignment.

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Click HERE to view more from this shoot!

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!

Marie & Clayton Engagement – Wedding & Location

Since I will be photographing Marie & Clayton’s wedding in May, this couple was perfect for my most recent “engagement” assignement for my Wedding & Location Course taught by Jerry Schmidt. The couple wanted something a bit different as they have already had “traditional” engagement photos done, so we decided to leave Warrensburg and explore Knob Noster. We had a lot of fun along the colorful steal buildings and although the very soggy ground prevented some of our more adventurous ideas we got some great shots. The favorite hidden gem location became the old Napa Auto Parts building, which provided an array of original backdrops.

Click HERE to view more images from this session!!

Click HERE to go directly to their ONLINE GALLERY!!