| 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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February THRIVE & Sarah Jane Photography

Everyone loves DISCOUNTS and everyone loves ENTERTAINMENT, right? Well Thrive and Sarah Jane Photography are teaming up to offer you BOTH!

Picking up an issue of Thrive Entertainment Guide at one of the hundreds of local businesses will get you inside access to all of the happenings right here in Decatur. AND starting this month it will also be your ticket to an exclusive savings offer at SJP!

So here’s how it works: Each month we will ask a question thats answer can only be found inside THRIVE. Pick up your issue of Thrive and send me the answer in one of the following ways…

  1. Email your answer to mail@sjanephotography.com
  2. Comment on the blog post announcing the question right here on http://www.sjanephotography.wordpress.com
  3. Comment on the note/status update on the SJP Facebook page/profile!

Alright so lets hit the ground running with February’s Thriving Question:

One comfort food is good in a bowl OR on a plate … License plate that is! What is that food?

February’s SJP Deal: 25% OFF any one item*

*Limit one per household. Valid on NEW sessions only. Maximum discount value of $75.

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Valentine’s Day – Gift of the Day WSOY AM with Brian & Amber: Boudoir Portraits!

This week we had three of the WSOY ladies in the studio for a promo boudoir session. The ladies modeled our Boudoir Sessions for the ‘Gift of the Day’ on WSOY. We had a blast with this quick session  (only about 15 minutes in the studio) with Amber, Debbie & Lindsay.

Check out our featured gift today HERE: http://www.wsoyam.com/pages/9077293.php?contentType=4&contentId=7564337&isPreview=1&noCache=1&nextPage=%2Fappx%2Fblurb%2Fblurb_page_summary.php%3FstnPageId%3D9077293%26contentType%3D4%26contentId%3D7564337

Here are a few of the lady’s favorite images:

Jennifer – Valentines Day Boudoir Session

Jennifer was one of the first Decatur ladies to take advantage of our Valentines Day Boudoir Special this year! She opted to take the session experience to the next level adding professional hair and makeup! Jennifer was an absolute blast to work with and these images are just a few of my favorites from her session.

Jennifer was also featured in our February THRIVE ad:

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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Emily & Derek

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Emily is one of the first people I had the pleasure to meet up here in Decatur. She is my sales rep for Neuhoff Media and has been a huge help in introducing the Decatur are to SJP through the radio, including running our Y103 Cutest Baby Search!

I was so excited to have the chance to photograph Emily & Derek and of course their little dog too. We had their session at Derek’s parent’s house on lake Decatur, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location. The fall colors in the trees were perfect and the sun coming in off the water gave them a unique look down on the dock.

Though it was a bit windy, we had a blast and got some great images for the couple.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Daily Studio News: Sarah Jane Photography – Decatur 26Sept2010

Spent the weekend back in MO for JC High school homecoming game and MU game (GREAT seats)!

Sunday was Ryan’s sister Rachel’s birthday and she got surprised with a BRAND NEW 2011 KIA SOUL!!! The Shorthose’s are all riding stylishly now 🙂 We had a great weekend with his family!

Now back to work. Finished up the commercial work for Little Barks today and we got some GREAT images (check back soon to see those), PLUS stay tuned for post later today to find out how you could win a FREE child session plus Wall Art featuring your child’s name ($1000 VALUE!!). 🙂 More big thing coming this week!

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“Hey Baby” – Missouri Photographer

My morning was babies, babies, babies! When approached by a local in-home daycare to plan a shoot-day at the daycare my first reaction was sheer terror! Could I handle six babies under 3-years-old let alone make beautiful images of them? I quickly decided to jump in and accept the challenge. And the result….

I had a blast spending 2 hours with these high energy and beautiful babies and produced some of my favorite new images. Here are a few:

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!

Great new things coming in 2010!!!

I am so excited about starting another new year and new and exciting adventures with the business! I already have some great new options lined up for 2010 brides two of the biggest additions being a live photo booth and my associate program! Here is a preview of both new ideas.

Photo Booth: Brides are all concerned with making sure their guests are well fed, well entertained and happy at the reception. Well the photo booth ensures that your guests will not spend a single moment sitting in their seats.

What is it: The photo booth is a mini studio set up at your reception hall where all your guests can have a great time being goofy in front of the camera and getting some fun and beautiful images of themselves, their friends and their family while everyone is together. Goofy hats and props themed to your wedding colors make the experience even more unique!

Plus: Want to really impress your guests with a personal “party favor” opt for the guest gift option and you can give each of your guests a professionally framed image of themselves as a party favor!!! It will have them talking about your event for years!!!

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I am also really excited about my associate photographer program. What does this mean for 2010 brides? Now every bride, no matter the budget, can get the SJP wedding experience. Have your engagement, bridal and boudoir sessions with me (Sarah) and have your wedding day covered by one of my hand-picked professional associate photographers for only $150/hour (3 hour minimum). This is a HUGE savings and a great way to get a professional experience within a smaller budget. Budget product line is coming soon!! Call to book today, DATES/SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Alicia – New Bloomfield Senior 2010

I had an amazing session with Alicia last weekend. Favorite location, great evening (afternoon now) light and beautiful senior all combine to create some of my favorite images. Here are just a few (it took me a long time to narrow it down to just these). These are the images that will be featured on her senior model cards (that is why they are so tall and skinny)… Those interested in being senior models call, email or TEXT me. You get some unique little cards, each featuring a different image of you and each worth $10 in print credit for you and a friend when you refer a new client!!! 🙂

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Linn High School Senior – Senior Images

I had a blast photographing my first senior from Linn high school. Quinton was awesome to photograph and we had a great time. I love being able to use locations with meaning to my clients and we  definitely accomplished that on Quinton’s session shooting at both his high school and his church. Here are two of my favorite images!

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Great Location Shoot – Stacia

Last weekend was a full weekend for SJP! One of my favorite shoots of the weekend was with Stacia (a friend of mine from elementary school!). We took Stacia out to one of my favorite locations to try out some new areas and got a lot of great shots!

These are just a few of my favorites.

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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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2010 Senior Models!! – GET AMAZING DEALS

It is time for our 2010 senior model search! SJP is looking for a senior from each high school in the Jefferson City, Columbia and Warrensburg areas! Email me today to see if the model position for your school is still available (mail@sjanephotography.com). 

Models will receive 50% off the session of your choice and 24 wallets (pose for the free wallets is photographer’s choice). Plus, get 24 rep cards featuring 10 poses from your session. Each rep card is yours to give away to your friends and each card is worth 30% off your friend’s session and 4 free wallets for you (free wallets must be from already purchased pose). 

 

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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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Here are a few images from my most recent engagement session in Columbia, Missouri. We had a great time in the nice weather in downtown Columbia and in the beautiful greenery at Shelter Gardens.

To book you own session visit http://www.sjanephotography.com or contact me today (573.690.7427 – mail@sjanephotography.com).

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Sarah Jane Photography – Now on MySpace & Twitter

You can now find us on Twitter and MySpace as well as here on wordpress, facebook and at our home site!!! This is truly a world based in technology as we now have 5 web presences!

I am also excited about being on google maps and in their business directory where you can write a review of our products and services! You can also find special offers and coupons here throughout the year! Keep checking back as the coupons will change.

Through these online resources I intend to connect with my clients in a new way. Photography is a very personal field and I hope to build a relationship with each and every client! PLUS our online pages contain special offers and announcements to keep you up to date on studio updates, new promotions and SAVINGS!!!

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I’m Back … Business is Booming :)

Hello Hello Hello!!!

My New Year’s Resolutions have officially crumbled. Though I planned to post every week I have failed to even get every month covered! Things are winding down now as the Spring semester ends and I am finally able to breath (well after next week anyway).

Though this semester, I have proved that my life can get busier and crazier than it was last semester I have had some amazing opportunities in the past few months, and I hope to share my experiences with you all! For one, I had the opportunity to teach a couple classes this semester for one of my favorite professors, Tom Mitchell. My next post will showcase the information that I shared with his class and you can view it on my “For Photographers” page HERE.

I also had the opportunity to work with an amazing woman, Jan MacLaughlin, to get a start on my “Beautiful Strength” breast cancer project. I will post a few images from this shoot VERY soon. Jan was amazing to work with and her story touched my heart as I am sure it will touch yours. She has two beautiful boys and a loving husband and the family is quite a force to be reckoned with and with them fighting together, her cancer has no chance.

Personally, this semester has been one to remember as well. After a year out of eachother’s lives my best friend and I found our way back to each other. As I am sure most ladies will agree, no relationship parallels that between you and your best girl friend. We are and forever will be sisters at heart and I am happy to have my  back! Recently, we came to the conclusion that at graduation we would have to decide on future plans together because we are not sure we can live in separate houses again let alone separate cities or states. God truly does give you the people you need when you need them.

My business has found success this year as well. The artist in me still struggles to tap into the accountant in me as I trudge through taxes, bookkeeping and filing but I will keep on keeping-on as always. I am happy to have almost ten new brides in the SJP family and am excited to be working on some great new products and programs.

Thank you for stoping by, and hang with me there is more to come!!!

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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Wedding & Location – Senior Session with Q-Flash

The latest assignment for my wedding and location class utilzes images from one of my most recent Jefferson City Seniora Sessions with Jared Hotsenpiller. I use the Quantum Q-Flash for most of my senior and other location sessions to get a little more “edge” to the images opposed to simply using existing light. For Jared’s session we were able to use much of the Hotsenpiller’s beautiful home to create some very unique and personal backdrops, as well as a few industrial warehouses and of course the beautiful Jefferson City train station. Here are a few of my favorite images from the session (ALL using the Quantum Q-Flash).

CLICK HERE to view more images from Jared’s Senior Session!!!

CLICK HERE to access Jared’s Senior Gallery!!!

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!

Wedding and Location – InClass Bridal Session

The most recent in class session for my Wedding and Location Course was a bridal session with Angie in Sedalia, Missouri. These are some of my favorite images from this shoot… Check back to see a few images capturing our professor Jerry Schmidt in action as well.

Commercial Photography

Arkansas Valley Feathers has updated their website with my latest commercial images! You can find a few shown below and view more at: www.zuckerfeather.com.