| Jen & Mike | Central Illinois Wedding | Decatur Country Club Reception | Sarah Jane Photography |

Jen & Mike had a BEAUTIFUL wedding day, getting married at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Decatur with their wedding reception at the gorgeous Decatur Country Club. We could not have asked for more perfect weather and as you can see they are an absolutely adorable couple.

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Well even if I did waddle a bit I was thrilled to be able to capture this couple’s special day! Here are some of our favorites….

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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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Kelly & Josh | Decatur, IL Wedding | Sarah Jane Photography

There are a few churches in Decatur that when I hear are wedding venues for my lovely couples I start to salivate a little (too much information)… like seriously, these are the stop in your tracks gorgeous ‘could shoot inside all day and never get tired of this’ type churches and First United Methodist is one of those churches. Not only is their sanctuary simply stunning but their bridal room is breathtaking and when you add in a beautiful bride dressed to impress you can’t miss.

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And that was just the start to my day with Kelly & Josh (and the amazing people they call family and friends). Take a look at what we created on their lovely day….

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Why did you choose Sarah Jane Photography? | “We loved your style of shooting. You were very easy to work with as far as helping plan a timeline for the wedding day and getting the shots we for sure wanted.”

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What would you tell another couple thinking about booking SJP for their wedding? | “Every couple has their own taste for every little detail when it comes to wedding planning and the photography is no exception. I would tell them to ‘go with their gut.’ and if they do choose SJP they won’t be disappointed.”

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Would you choose SJP to photograph your wedding if you had to do it again? | “Yes. The pictures you took were beautiful and you helped me organize the whole day.”

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Who made your event unforgettable?

1. The DJ, Justin Ford. We were very specific in what kind of music we wanted played during dinner and dancing. All country during dinner and all upbeat dance music after.

2. Sweet Life Bakery (Now called Mowery Baking Company). Our cake/cupcakes were awesome looking and tasted amazing. They have recently moved into a building downtown as their business is expanding.

3. Shirley’s in Mt Zion did a great job of helping me design a bouquet that looked beautiful and would withstand the August heat! They will work with any bride on a budget but I thought they were very reasonably priced anyway.

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Rachel + Patrick | Engagement Portraits Jefferson City MO | Sarah Jane Photography

Even though we’ve now been in Decatur IL for 3 years now we are still Missourians at heart (sorry Illinois, home will always be home) so I LOVE the opportunity to go back and photograph Missouri weddings, especially when they are in my hometown!

We had a beautiful day for Rachel & Patrick’s engagement session at Binder Park and these two were a blast to work with. Aren’t Rachel’s eyes stunning?!?! You’ll be seeing more of these two in October after the big day, but here are a few from their engagement session to enjoy NOW.

Be sure to stop by the facebook page to see more and give them a few LIKES.

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Jefferson City, Missouri Spring Wedding. Sarah Jane Photography. Pam & Doug Starr.

| Starr Wedding | Jefferson City, Missouri Wedding  Photographer| 

Perfect Spring Wedding…. Ya, that about sums up Pam & Doug’s April wedding! Beautiful weather, amazing couple, fun bridal party, my hometown … what more could you ask for? We work hard before/during/after wedding days for our clients but on days like these it’s hard to believe it’s work. Pam and I went to high school together and I was so honored when she called and invited me to share in her big day and after meeting Doug for the first time I knew this was going to be a BLAST.

My absolute favorite part of this wedding wasn’t the beautiful unique cake, the fun ‘star’ designed reception, the delicious kettle corn party favors, the stunning natural light in the church or even the amazing fun people we got to share the day with (though that’s a close second)… but above all else, the love between these two wonderful people made the day unforgettable. By the end of the day I had laughed and cried right along side the whole family.

Here are a few of our favorite images from Pam & Doug’s big day! Plus, be sure to head over to our facebook page to see more and give them a few LIKES. (This wedding will soon be featured on our new wedding site here: http://www.sjanephotography.com too!).

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And what better place to photograph in my beautiful home town?!?!?! Of course, we had to hit the capital steps!

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Springfield IL Wedding Photography. Sarah Jane Photography Weddings.

| Emily + Jay’s Springfield IL Wedding | 

Check out some of my favorites from this awesome couple’s wedding! Their wedding was in Springfield, IL w/ reception at the wonderful Secret Recipes banquet hall (which is complete, of course, with the MOST delicious Secret Recipes food). Plus, awesome entertainment by the talented Matthew Stevens!



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Decatur Illinois Wedding Photographer. Decatur Conference Center Wedding Reception.

| Grader + Long Wedding | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

This wedding was the event of the year! I absolutely love working with these two and their wedding theme was AMAZING to put it lightly – Vintage Circus! Jody of an Affair to Remember definitely made this event one every guest would remember with stunning decorations and a theme that she carried flawlessly throughout the beautiful venue (The Decatur Conference Center).

And Jess took things to the next level with live performances by some amazing acrobats. With the opportunity to enjoy  delicious food, fine wine and this incredible entertainment not a single guest left without a having a wonderful evening.

Here are some of our favorite images from Jess & Caleb’s big day!

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Summer Engagement Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography

| Amy + Aaron | Engaged

I met this couple when I was invited to speak at one of the Decatur Camera Club’s monthly meetings.  Just a few months after hearing me speak they called to book their wedding. There consultation was a breeze and it was great to have a couple in who had gotten a glimpse behind the scenes of what I do already through attending my portrait lighting and posing talk.

As a photographer, anytime you photograph a photographer its gives you just the little extra challenge to stay on top of your game. And, on the other hand, when you would with creative people like Amy and Aaron it is like having three heads come up with great ideas for the session. The picnic scene is one of my favorites, Amy brought all the needed accessories and with a great location with the beautiful lake in the background I think it worked out so well.

I cannot wait to photograph Amy & Aaron’s wedding day. I know we will be coming up with some amazing concepts.

 

 

Outdoor Engagement Portraits – Rock Springs Nature Center

Maggi + Jay Engaged

We could not have asked for better weather for Maggi & Jay’s engagement session. Beautiful evening light and a little breeze and great temperature made it a perfect evening at Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur.

This was my first session at Rock Springs (I just had my second yesterday morning!) and I have to say I am a fan. The pine forest is has gorgeous light anytime of day as the light filters down through the towering forest and the wild fields are a winner for sure.

Plus, I couldn’t have asked for a better couple. These to fit together so well and I am so excited to be a part of this chapter of their lives. It is exciting to watch all the changes that come in a couple’s lives around their wedding and these two came in for their premier just days after purchasing their new home. I couldn’t be happier for the two of them and can’t wait to photograph their wedding day in October. Here are a few of our favorites from the session.

Maggi … “My fiancé and I researched several photographers before meeting with Sarah. The moment we left our first appointment with her, we knew she was the one for us. She was energetic and passionate, organized, and very informative about what to expect from her.”

“We recently had our engagement session with Sarah. The session was very laid back and she made it very easy to get comfortable. She was creative with the angles as well as the natural light and colors from the outdoor setting. I could not be happier! I am really looking forward to our wedding day and seeing all of the pictures we will have to cherish for a lifetime. I have already recommended Sarah to several of my friends, and would stand behind that recommendation any day! She is awesome!”  

“I do” in a barn! Joplin, MO Wedding

Jenn + Scott Married

Well if you have been anywhere near my blog in the past month you know that my BFF got married 2 weeks ago! I had the honor of being her Maid of Honor so I was not the official photographer of the day but I, of course, had my camera with me all day and here are some of the images from her big day.

Surviving living with me for 4 years earns her some quick previews on FB and the blog 🙂 …

 

 

 

 

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.

St Louis Wedding

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a great friend and photographer Katie Weber of Kay Web Photography in St. Charles, MO. Katie invited me to shoot with her at the wedding of Caroline and Matt and of course I accepted. It is always so fun to shoot with other photographers to take a break from running the business and pleasing the clients (though all my clients are wonderful!) and just have fun photographing for someone else.

And that is just what I did for Katie this weekend. Her and I have been friends for many years now but have never actually photographed together so it was a blast to get the chance to work together and I think we captured some great images of this couple’s wedding day! The weather was perfect and the couple and bridal party were great! Here is one of my favorite images from the day (more to be posted very soon).

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 – Now a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant

I am proud to announce that last month I became an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics! I know this doesn’t have much to do with photography, and this is my Photography/business blog, but part of the goal behind the blog is to give my SJP family of clients a little glimpse into who I am – the girl behind the camera, so-to-speak.

Well as of last month, who I am now includes an avid Mary Kay cosmetics fan AND a new consultant. Though I say this has “little” to do with photography, the truth is that for me the two are related. My skill and knowledge in each compliments the other. For one, I am so happy to be able to include “mini beauty shoots” in each of my Mary Kay parties so that each lady gets a professional image of her new amazing Mary Kay look. This works great right now as Mary Kay recently announced a Make Over contest with an impressive $4000 DREAM VACATION grand prize!!! (call/text/email to find out how you can win)

There is so much that I absolutely love about Mary Kay products that I could go on and on (and only a couple months ago I would have told you Mary Kay was makeup for your grandma)… I have fallen in love with superior products that in only a couple weeks transformed my skin. I have never had the perfect complexion and always struggled to reduce the appearance of my pores, control excess oil and prevent both over dry patches and breakouts – AHHH. Mine was not a simple skin solution – or so I thought. I do admit that my medicine cabinet went from a collection of about 5-10 products ranging from Clean & Clear to Oil of Olay and everything in between, to MARY KAY MARY KAY MARY KAY (and my tooth brush)! I use everything from the classic Timewise Miracle Set to the oil matifier, oil free eye makeup remover, acne cream, microdermabrasion set and the full color line! AND THEY WORK – Yes, I was as surprised as I sound here.

I never thought there was a difference as nothing had ever really worked for me before. I have also started giving the product as gifts to my closest girlfriends/family as I know that these products need to be in all my girls’ cabinets. The best text I got this week, was one of my best friends texting me to tell me I had her hooked on the moisturizer I had given her for her birthday. She couldn’t believe how great it worked and my response was “I know!!! I told you. It only gets better from there!” Needless to say, she has her own party booked next week so she can earn some FREE product.

Though the blog will still feature my photography and images of my amazing SJP clients, look for a few Mary Kay updates mixed in as well. I will also be toying around with some product reviews and makeup application tips (videos perhaps). I would love your feedback on what you would like to see, and if you use Mary Kay I would love to know what your favorite products are!

🙂 Sarah

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!

European Wedding Style in Missouri/Illinois

Who says you can’t find (or should I say make) European style in the United States – in fact right here in the Mid-West? I am constantly inspired by Paris, Italy, Rome, Greece, etc. The architecture, the character, the beauty  all take my breath away. So when I created this simple image in a church basement bathroom, I knew I would be taking it to Europe in post-production.

Mid-Missouri and Central Illinois brides (and brides all over the world) call me to find out how to get European style in your wedding photography! 🙂

Sarah Jane Photography moving to Decatur, IL

New Wedding Catalog Announced!!! Great New Items!

I am proud to announce that I have released my 2010 wedding pricing catalog and it is full of great new items, designs and options for my brides!! Ladies call soon as space is limited in 2010 and it is filling fast!

Plus, don’t worry if you are on a budget or if I am booked for your date! You can get the SJP experience on a budget with my associate program.

Call, email or TEXT me to request your catalog!

(**Remember to include your name, wedding date and email address if you text me!!)

This is just the cover! Call/Email/Text me to look inside!

Kansas City Weddings 2009

Here are just a couple images from my most recent wedding in downtown Kansas City. I love photographing in KC, the hotels, churches and reception halls are all so beautiful. I am moving toward making my photographs more than just camera generated images. You will notice overlays like the one in this image in more of my recent work. To me it makes them art not just images. As always I appreciate feedback so let me know what you think of the latest look.

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Rene & Andrew Wedding

July 4th Wedding in Fulton, MO with an amazing couple. These are a few of my favorite images. See more on the SJP facebook page: CLICK HERE!!!!

To book your wedding date today contact me at 573.690.7427 or mail@sjanephotography.com! Book before August 1, 2009 and get $75 print credit bonus!!!

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Rene & Andrew – Engagement

I recently spent the afternoon in Fulton, Missouri with this beautiful couple and we had a blast! These are some of my favorite images and I can’t wait to photograph this Rene & Andrew’s wedding day!

Check out a slideshow of their shoot HERE

Shopping for a Professional Photographer

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!