Amber | Senior Class of 2014 | Decatur IL

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We are right in the heat of senior portrait season for the class of 2015 and before we officially kick off the 2014-2015 school year (in like a month… AHHH) I wanted to let the class of 2014 have a little more time in the spotlight.

To start with, here’s Amber (Mt. Zion High School Senior, class of 2014)… If you follow me on instagram you may remember this from Amber’s session:

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Check out some of the senior pictures we created for Amber this summer:

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| Zach | Warrensburg-Latham Senior 2014 | Sarah Jane Photography |

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I LOVED Zach’s senior session, which we did completely on location at Warrensburg-Latham High School. What better way to commemorate high school senior portraits than to have them AT the high school?! Zach is very involved with his school, and very talented as you can see… he’s appeared in numerous plays and musicals for his school and others and he plays the clarinet (just like I did for a bit in high school) for the school’s marching band.

We had a gorgeous day and a lovely sunset which was the perfect way to finish the session. Only for just a bit did we think we had terrible planning and that there might be a track meat scheduled that we didn’t know about, but luckily the hoards of buses that pulled into the school parking lot as we started the session were full of volleyball girls (whew).

Well, be sure to head over to the Sarah Jane Photography Facebook Page to view Zach’s gallery and be sure to give him a few LIKES so we can post more images.

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| Rachel | Senior Pictures Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

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Take a look at a few of Rachel’s favorites from her recent senior session at Sarah Jane Photography! You know we love to go tromping around town for our seniors but sometimes all we need is a quick 45 minutes in the studio and that’s exactly what we did for Rachel. The best part about studio sessions is they can be done anytime throughout the year and we never have rain delays! If you’re a senior looking to beat the rush on senior portraits and get them back before all your friends (but don’t want to freeze outside in this sloshy snowy mess) then now is the time to call and book your studio session.

Brand new in the studio for 2014 I’m excited to have nearly 15 new backdrops to debut. We’ve got everything from classic black/grey to glitzy and glittery, grungy, patriotic and so much more! I’m so excited about what’s new in the studio this year (can you tell).

Well, don’t forget to head on over to the Sarah Jane Photography facebook page to view more of Rachel’s session in her gallery and show her some love with a few LIKES too!

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| Jaylan | Senior Photos Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

Well you can’t tell it from these photos because of how awesome Jaylan rocked his senior session but it was FREEZING! I had two senior guys scheduled for a random cold day this fall (like seriously cold, it snowed!) and both toughed it out and did an amazing job not looking cold.

I loved Jaylan’s style (we had a lot of fun with that hat!) and he was a natural in front of the camera. I was excited to be able to show off his car to add even more personality to his session (there’s nothing quite like a boy’s first car).

Check out a few of our favorites here and be sure to head over to the Sarah Jane Photography facebook page to view more in his personal gallery. And don’t forget to give him some LIKES so we can post even more! senior pictures decatur il, maroa-forsyth high school, class of 2014, mfhs, maroa-forsyth, sarah jane photography, horse portraits, senior portraits with horses, senior photos with horses, senior photos, horse photos, sjp, sjanephotog, outdoor senior portraits, senior guys, senior guy portraits, guy poses

| Kiersten | Senior Pictures Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

 

Check out Kiersten’s senior portraits! We spent Kiersten’s session all around Allerton Park. She had fond memories of spending time around the park as a kid and wanted to commemorate that by creating her senior portraits there. It’s such a beautiful place, with a lovely girl and pretty dresses our possibilities were endless! Take a look at some of our favorites below.

I just loved her album design so had to show off one of her layout designs here, but be sure to head over to the Sarah Jane Photography facebook page to view more from her session and browse her gallery to give her a few LIKES so I can post even more! senior pictures decatur il, maroa-forsyth high school, class of 2014, mfhs, maroa-forsyth, sarah jane photography, horse portraits, senior portraits with horses, senior photos with horses, senior photos, horse photos, sjp, sjanephotog, outdoor senior portraits, senior girl poses

| Chris | Warresnburg-Latham High School Senior 2014 | Sarah Jane Photography

 

Chris was all smiles throughout his senior session, which was awesome! He was so relaxed and had great natural expressions and plenty of laughs when we’d try to get a serious look. 😉 We had a great time hanging around some Decatur alleys near downtown then heading out to Rock Springs for a little more natural look.

Be sure to head over to the Sarah Jane Photography facebook page to view a LOT more from Chris’s session (like really, a LOT, Chris opted for the full facebook collection which means we posted ALL his favorites!).

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| Brielle | LSA Senior | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography |

Introducing… Brielle, LSA High School Senior 2014! I loved working with Brielle and her mom and we had so much fun start to finish creating these images for her. My favorite part of Brielle’s order is her 30″ canvas portrait (the one in the top middle below). This image was PERFECT for a canvas with the beautiful coloring of the trees/leaves that wrapped perfectly around the canvas. Now with snow outside, I know they can walk by this canvas every day and feel just a little bit warmer!

Check out MORE from Brielle’s session on the Sarah Jane Photography Facebook Page and be sure to give her some love by LIKING her images so I can post more!

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| Jaycee | Mt. Zion High School Senior Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography |

 

Check out Jaycee’s senior portraits!! We spent Jaycee’s entire session outside, around downtown Decatur and finishing up at Rock Springs so we could show off her car, which I LOVE! I may have come home after Jaycee’s session and tried to convince my husband that my next car should be a VW Bug (I got shot down so don’t be on the lookout for my sporty new car around town anytime soon).

You all know I love to design albums for my clients (especially seniors) and that was true for Jaycee too, but I’m also very excited about what we designed for her wall (check out that design below).

Be sure to head over to our facebook page to see more from Jaycee’s session and give her some LIKES so I can post even more!

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| Emily | Decatur IL Senior Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography |

You may not be able to tell, because Emily did an amazing job, but it was C O L D for her recent senior portrait session (well not -20 like it has been here in Decatur for the last month, but still cold). Emily loved the layered winter look of her adorable coat and scarf so she was able to stay snuggled up for most of her session until we retreated to the warmth of the studio. This gorgeous gal had incredible expressions and she owned every look.

A big shout out for Katie at Salon 402 for another beautiful job on hair and makeup for Emily. Here are a few of our favorites from Emily’s session but be sure to head over the the Sarah Jane Photography Facebook Page to see more and give her a few likes!
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***2015 SENIORS: We’re already booking quickly for March/April and even May so be sure to call early to reserve your session time. Sunset sessions are already all full for March!

| Laney | Decatur IL 2014 Senior Portraits | Sarah Jane |

Check out LANEY!! This girl worked it for her senior session and even threw in a first for me; portraits with not one, but TWO horses. I have to admit photographing horses provided a few new challenges that kept me on my toes but they are such gorgeous animals and within minutes of photographing with them you could see the relationship they have with Laney. Both quickly snuggled into her when put in the new situation with the lights and camera and all the attention on them.

I have to say I’m looking forward to the chance to work with more clients with horses and always suggest we include the things like this that really show off your personality and interests in your session. Laney definitely got a session unlike any other I’ve ever done!

I’m also really stoked about the collages we designed for their home, including the first image below that she’ll be rocking in a 40″ canvas collage! I cannot wait to finish her album, they chose so many awesome images that I cannot wait to show off in a one-of-a-kind album design. (Can you tell I’m excited?!?!).

Thanks for choosing SJP for your senior portraits Laney, I had a blast creating these for you.

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Kelsie. High School Senior Portraits 2014. Decatur, IL. Sarah Jane Photography.

| Kelsie | Senior 2014 | Central A & M High School |

I LOVE photographing at brand new locations (that was one of the best parts about relocating to Decatur 3 years ago – EVERYTHING was NEW to me!). Well, Miss. Kelsie wanted a unique session at a very unique location; one that no one else would have… her home!

I showed up on session day having never seen the location and it was like going to Disney!! The gorgeous possibilities were endless; barn, lake, weeds, trees, weeping willow tree, wooden swing, corn, road, and then down the street… SUNFLOWERS! Boom! I don’t think I could have asked for one more thing. 🙂

Check out a couple of our favorite images from her session and be sure to head over to our facebook page to see even MORE! We have so many to show off be sure to give her some LIKES so we can get to posting. http://www.facebook.com/sjanephotog

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Katie. 2014 Senior Portraits. Maroa-Forsyth High School. Sarah Jane Photography.

| Decatur IL Senior Photographer | Sarah Jane Photography | Maroa-Forsyth 2014 |

Just a little peak at what we created for Katie’s senior session. This girl was crazy good in front of the camera; great smiles, great laughs and even great serious looks! Although it was a little buggy out at Rock Springs Katie was a trooper and even got asked to prom from a little boy scout, haha. Ya, we had fun! Take a look at a few of our favorites and be sure to head to our facebook page to see more and give her a few LIKES so we can post more.

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Trent. Warrensburg-Latham 2014 Senior. Sarah Jane Photography.

| Decatur IL Senior Photographer | Sarah Jane Photography | WLHS |

Trent is a 2014 senior at Warrensburg-Latham High School and both a talented basketball AND football player so we, of course, found a way to get both those talents featured in his session. We also explored a few areas around some Decatur warehouses. 

Check out a few of my favorite images from Trenton’s senior session! View MORE on our facebook page!

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

| 2013 Barbee Family Portraits | Rock Springs Decatur IL | SJP |

While I love meeting new clients every year, I adore the opportunity to work with existing clients for multiple sessions! It’s so fun for me to get to know your family and watch it grow/change over the years and for seniors, like Ally, we work together so closely on individual portraits that I love the opportunity to get to know the whole family too. 

Ally was one of my 2012 seniors and I just recently had the chance to photograph her whole family. We had a great time (even the boys) at Rock Springs creating images for their home. I’m so excited to see 5 of these images displayed as a beautiful canvas collage in their space! 

Be sure to head over to our facebook page to see more from their session and give them a few LIKES so we can post MORE!!! (www.facebook.com/sjanephotog)

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Decatur IL Senior Portraits. Eisenhower High School. Sarah Jane Photography.

| Taylor | Eisenhower High School 2013 Senior |

Check out the lovely Miss. Taylor!!! This girl is queen of awesome expressions… Tira Banks would be proud because Taylor can ‘smize’ (smile with her eyes for those of you who are not Top Model fans). Taylor rocked her beautiful smile and the serious, no smile, looks!

We had a great day for her session though it was just a tad soggy after about a week of non-stop rain. I think her session is one of 7 I had scheduled that week and hers was the ONLY one we were able to get in between the storms. And she had no fear of a little soggy ground, we were traipsing through weeks, tall swampy grass and even laying her down in the forest for these portraits (it’s senior portrait time, come on, we’re not going to hold anything back)!

Check out a few of our favorites here and be sure to head on over to Facebook to see more and throw her a few LIKES. 

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Decatur Senior Portraits. Sarah Jane Photography. Warrensburg-Latham High School.

| 2013 Warrensburg-Latham High School Senior | Blake |

2013 Seniors it’s definitely NOT too late to start your senior portrait experience with Sarah Jane Photography!  Yes, we know graduation is right around the corner but in 10 years you won’t remember what month you had your session. This month we fit in Blake from WLHS and even though we didn’t quite have the greenery we were hoping for he did a great job and we created a ton of images for them.

Blake was great, wading through a bit of a swamp with me (have a muddy flash to prove it) and we even found a few ever green trees to give us that lush ‘spring’ look. Here are a few of our favorites from the session…

Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more from Blake’s session and give him a few LIKES. 

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High School Senior Portraits. Decatur IL. Sarah Jane Photography.

Senior Portraits | What’s it all About? 

Okay, so I post and post and post all about my awesome seniors, how much I love photographing seniors, and features from each session, etc, etc…. But today I got to thinking about WHY senior portraits are a ‘thing.’ Why do we take them? Why did we start taking them? Are the really that important? (Well, my answer is YES YES YES!!)

First, I thought back to my senior portraits. At the time, it was about getting cool pictures of me, about feeling pretty and feeling like a model for a bit. And boy did I!?!?! I loved my senior session and ‘worked it’ so to speak. It was the first time I’d ever really been in front of the camera professionally and definitely the first time by myself and it was AWESOME and made me feel wonderful about myself.

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And for right now, in this moment, that is what it’s about. There’s a LOT going on in your lives right now, seniors… school work, tests, grades, deciding what you’re going to do next year (college, work, trade school), last year of sports, band competitions, and so much more; IT’S SENIOR YEAR folks!

How about for 2 hours you get to just be YOU and be the absolute center of the universe. Professional hair and makeup, stellar lighting, fun locations, unique poses and YOU (maybe a friend and momma too, but it’s all about YOU).


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What about for the long run? In 2, 6, 10 years will you still have/love these portraits? YES! This is a pivotal time in your life before you embark out on your next journey and it’s a time that’s about who you are and who you’re going to be. Even as a photographer the next time I was professionally photographed after my senior portraits was for my engagement and then wedding portraits. And those weren’t about me, they were about US (and our two pups!). And the next portraits to come for us will all be family portraits, which is wonderful of course but the time for it to be all about me is past.

So we think senior portraits are VERY important and we know it’s more than just about the final product (though we LOVE those too) it’s about the Experience. So when you’re ready for the Senior Portrait Experience of a lifetime, give me a call! We can only take 100 seniors a year and we are well on our way to filling up already!!

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Check out our new senior site at www.sjanephotography.com and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sjanephotog and give me a call 217.330.7012 today to start your senior session experience.

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Maroa-Forsyth High School Queens. Sarah Jane Photography Seniors Rock.

| Sarah Jane Photography Seniors | Maroa-Forsyth High School Homecoming/Prom Queens!! |

Wow! I had to give shoutouts to a couple of my 2013 Seniors: Shae D (one of our awesome senior models) and Kady M. Both ladies are 2013 seniors at Maroa-Forsyth High School and BOTH were crowned queen this year. Ya that’s right… royalty, people!!!

The lovely Miss Shae was crowned Homecoming Queen this fall….. AND made Prom court too!

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Along with being extremely talented in both Soccer & Track even earning All State honors,  Kady rounded out her senior year by being crowned Prom Queen (not a bad senior year)!

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Check out Kady in the media (this girl’s everywhere!!):

Seniors (and senior parents), if you’re SJP senior deserves a shout out for their outstanding accomplishments be sure to email me at mail@sjanephotography.com! We love to hear about all the great things our seniors are doing and we think they deserve a little applause (ok, more like standing ovations)!!!

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Julie and I had a blast hanging out it the studio during her portrait session. We tried some fun new and edgy image ideas and she was great in everything. These are just some of the images from her amazing shoot! Thanks Julie!

View Slideshow (these images and more) @   http://www.flickr.com/photos/23229379@N04/sets/72157603830509157/show/

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