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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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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