Meet my best friend in the whole world, the beautiful Miss Jennifer Greer and her fiance Scott Murray. You may remember the single image I posted of these two a while back… but as we gear up for her wedding in less than 2 weeks, I thought it was time to post a few more.
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!!)
Happy Monday World. I contemplated touching on a couple of the big events of the world which I spent the morning watching on The Today Show…. BUT then I snapped back to reality and remembered this is NOT a news blog! Ya’ll know what’s going on (and if not go read a news blog) and I’m going to stick to what I know…. PHOTOGRAPHY!
So here are the feature images we have missed ‘featuring’ on the blog!
One of my favorites from Hunter’s location session! Hunter upgraded her model session to our Rock Star Session so we were able to hit about 5 different locations and include a TON of outfits! The result = a lot of awesome images I cannot wait to show off!And check out the beautiful Miss Erynn! This girl makes modeling look EASY! I should tell you that in this image she is in shorts and short sleeves and it is COLD… but you can’t tell that by that flawless expression on her face! Great job girl. 🙂
I am also excited to welcome Jessica & Brittney, from Mt. Zion, & TJ, from Warrensburg, to the SJP 2012 senior line up! Brittney & Jessica have their sessions scheduled next week and I will see TJ later in May! Remember, in May the Art Session is still 65% OFF and you can save over $80! Book NOW.
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It’s Alesia’s turn again! Check out another of her studio images today!
Today, I also decided to add a bonus feature image of my cousin’s baby girl, Ava! We decided to do a little mini session this last weekend when I was home to visit family and this is one of my favorite images. Once we got her sleeping we were able to get some great images. Had to use a few tricks including the vacuum cleaner!!!!
Whew… today ran away from me and I am VERY late getting Miss Erynn’s feature image up. First, it took me nearly a half an hour to choose this as the ONE image to feature first from her awesome location session. It was a tough choice and I cannot wait to share more through the next months.
I love the back alleys of downtown Decatur, and the location is so convenient and there is a ton of variety. Plus, for those of my girls who want a little professional primping done before the session at my favorite local salon, La Petite, starting the session right downtown is so great (as it will be for Hunter tomorrow!).
Can’t wait to post more. These girls are doing so awesome!
I spent the weekend in Missouri visiting family and actually got to see a LOT of family I haven’t seen in a while. With some wild (and dangerous) weather over Christmas most of my family was unable to make it to my grandmas for our usual Christmas festivities so this was a long time coming. PLUS, I got to meet our newest family member, perfect little Ava Rose, my cousin’s newborn baby girl. This makes for our sixth granddaughter! Yes I said grandDAUGHTER! We haven’t had a boy added to our family in over 50 years. 🙂
Here is just one quick image from the weekend of my grandma, mother and me. Since we had everyone together we took just a few minutes to get some ‘generational’ images of everyone. I’m a little behind the curve, with no little ones of my own we just have the three generations to show off. 🙂 More fun images of easter egg hunting, and EATING coming very soon!
I’m so excited to be back into the flow with the feature images! I love being able to feature one of the SJP Senior Models each day! These girls are all doing such a great job spreading the word about SJP and this gives them a chance to share and show off a couple of their images each week!
Hunter is quite the little social butterfly and has now finished TWO lead books collecting a total of 100 new leads! Awesome job girl!!! 🙂 She is well on her way to an iPad.
Seniors remember, this summer is the best time to get your portraits taken! Plus, book your Art session by the end of the week and save over $90! (Sessions can be completed by the end of May if booked and paid for by the end of this week!)
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Check out Alesia’s first feature image!!
Alesia is our third SJP senior model and goes to Nokomis High School. And you can all laugh because I am three for three for session rainouts for each of my models! I guess “April Showers” is pretty accurate. But just like for Erynn and Hunter, we were able to get the studio portion of Alesia’s session done as scheduled!
In the next weeks, I will be finishing up Alesia and Hunter’s location sessions (we finished Erynn’s last week and boy I cannot WAIT to show you some of the awesome shots we got!). AND I will also have our fourth model’s session complete after this weekend! I am really excited about Alesia’s location, and can’t wait to show everyone. We will be heading out of Decatur for that one!
Check back soon!!! Plus, there are still model positions available for Mt. Zion, St. Teresa, MacArthur, Maroa-Forsyth and Eisenhower! Sessions need to be scheduled THIS WEEK so hurry!
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Today’s feature image is Erynn again. And today I thought I would use her to help show exactly what an SJP client can expect… Now you may have heard or seen my tag line on signs or business cards, but sometimes the true meaning gets overlooked. So what do I mean by “More Than Photography … ART” ???
Erynn is a beautiful young lady so I know she wont mind me sharing her ‘before’ image to demonstrate the difference between photography and an SJP piece of photographic art. This is one of those rare occasions where I will let you glimpse what an image looks like before being transformed into what I consider a finished piece.
So…. First, here is my finished piece:
And here is the originally captured image (with just some minor tonal corrections):
Now, of course I retouch and smooth skin tones just as any professional photographer will do. But I like to take all my images to the next level… to create art. The finished image is a combination of 3 total images (the original along with two textures) and about 6-8 tonal layers. The goal is to add a bit of feature enhancement (skin, eyes, lips) to make every subjects features stand out and to also create a depth in the environment. This image was photographed in my beautiful bay window with soft north light streaming in, however since it was an overcast day the bricks on the outside don’t really have much vibrance and look a little dull and the window frame (painted by the previous owners a lovely, NOT, shade of pale green) just looks a little too ordinary for my taste.
This unique art look is what I hope my clients seek when they choose to come to SJP for their portraits. I love photography and especially the ability to create unique pieces for each client. (This is also the primary reason I like to sell albums and wall art instead of a CD with printing rights – on a CD you get ‘proofs’ not ‘art’). I hope you enjoyed the little peak behind the scenes at SJP.
Come back soon!
Hey Seniors! Don’t miss the awesome summer session discounts! Only a couple more weeks to take advantage of the largest savings: 75% OFF Senior Art Sessions booked in April Only! Call now to take advantage of the sale and book your session up to 30 days in advance. That means you can save $93.75 off your session NOW and schedule your session in May!
Discounts are reduced each month!
This session includes:
- 2 hours at up to 3 locations (studio +2)
- 5-7 outfits
- SJP blog feature
- 5 images featured on Facebook
- Plus you can include a prop (could be a friend, pet, sports equipment, car, etc)
Erynn also had her senior model session this weekend and though her location session was rained out as well we were able to have some fun in the studio! Both Hunter and Erynn had some very cute prom dresses and we had a blast showing off their style!
Remember, more feature images of our models will be posted throughout the summer so check back soon!
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!
New and expectant moms, remember maternity portraits are best in your 8th-9th month and newborn portraits are best for newborns under 3 weeks!
Calleen broke the ice for Sarah Jane Photography and seniors in Decatur becoming our first since high school senior since our relocation! She was a blast to work with and we created some beautiful images right here in downtown Decatur.
It was a fun session and I can’t wait to work with more area seniors soon! Don’t forget we just starting taking applications for 2012 senior models! Go to http://www.sjanephotography.com NOW to apply!
Kristy & Nic are AWESOME! We had a great time at their session a couple weeks ago and though the leaves hadn’t quite changed yet we were able to get some great images near the wild flower patch at Fairview Park. This couple share’s my love of unique images and at their premier it was so great to see them fall in love with image after image.
I can’t wait to share their wedding with them next May. I’m also excited that each of their guests will get a little peak at their engagement session as they sign the couple’s custom guestbook!
Here are some of our favorite images from the session, starting with the one that will soon be featured on the wall of the couple’s home.
So it seems that “crazy” is becoming normal around here! I am getting very good (hopefully) at juggling about 50 different things at once, that’s for sure. I am, however, forgetting what I have and have not already blogged about so if I begin to repeat myself hang with me…
A few exciting things happened over the weekend… well LOTS is more like it. In the past 4 days I had boudoir sessions, multiple engagement sessions with Kelsey and Tony and Danielle and Jake, an awesome senior session with Jake and his sister, plus a few big meetings and even got to be in town for my “nephew’s” 2 year birthday party!!!
I also met Julie Carter a fellow Decatur area photographer! She is such a sweet person and I know we will get along great! We are both so excited to get to know eachother and will be getting together again soon.
Look for a senior session post soon from Rachel!
Tonight I took about an hour to visit downtown Decatur and checkout the Crusin’ Eldo car show. It was a beautiful night for the show which brought out everything from a rusted out 19-something cruiser to a brand new 2010 Corvette and even an Oliver Tractor!
Great fair food and live bands all down Eldorado, plus “party lots” with a variety of beverages, it was a good time for all ages. Every lot down Eldorado was sprinkled with spectators watching all the classics cruse the street.
Yesterday, I met a couple AMAZING people at Thrive Magazine! I am so excited to start working with them and contributing to the magazine. Jay, managing editor, and Kat, publisher, both have HUGE dreams/plans just like me and I know we can find ways in the future to help each other reach those goals!
It is always amazing to have the opportunity to partner with other creative minds. I went in to pick up a few copies of the magazine, a press pass and to introduce myself and we all ended up talking for over an hour! It was GREAT. The magazine is free so check them out online and pick up a copy to find out what is up in Decatur. I will be covering the bridesmaid bar crawl tonight along with Crusin’ Eldo.