Daddy Daughter Family Session | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography

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This adorable little gal had a birthday this week so in honor of her big day I thought I’d share a few from her session on the blog! Jason wanted a fun session to show his little gal she’ll always be daddy’s little girl even though she’s growing like a weed. They were both so sweet and so fun to photograph. I know the album Jason chose is going to be something very special for her for years to come.

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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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| Decatur IL Small Business | SoundCheck Music Center|

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It’s time to feature yet another amazing small business right here in Decatur, IL: Sound Check Music! I was introduced to Sound Check a couple months ago when an assignment for Thrive Entertainment Guide called for me to get my hands on some music equipment. I posed the question to my facebook friends/fans to find out who they recommended and Sound Check and their staff received raving recommendations and I can see why. Everyone I encountered at Sound Check was helpful, polite, professional and inviting. I felt right at home and was very well taken care of and was honestly blown away by the selection they offer.

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The Details:  Bill Cunningham, Owners at SoundCheck Music Center | In Business: 25 Years

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00, Closed Sunday | Location: 1481 W King St, Decatur, IL 62552 Phone: (217) 422-4455

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Tell us about your business… What do you do? We offer Decatur area musicians a wide variety of services including sales, service, rentals & lessons. Our Showroom has a large selection of items including: Guitars (Electric & Classical), Drums, Amps, Keyboards, Digital Pianos, Band Instruments, Pro Audio & Video Recording Equipment, Software, Lighting, Sheet Music, & much more. Private lessons are our specialty with comfortable waiting areas for parents!

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What makes your business unique/special? We are family owned and care about each and every customer that comes through our doors. 

That care is absolutely felt when you walk through the doors at SoundCheck. Every time I walked in I was greeted with a smile, welcomed and helped promptly. They provided GREAT customer service even when I wasn’t purchasing a thing! 

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What item/service on your menu or in your shop do you just LOVE and think everyone needs? Keyboards!  We are the largest keyboard dealer for miles and we are a one-stop shop for musicians.   We teach, sell and care for the musicians of Central Illinois.

In what way have you gone above/beyond in the past for a customer?  As a store we have tried our best to always put our customers first.  This means making home visits for sales to making sure that a customer is happy with the service from SoundCheck.  I remember times some of our associates have come in after hours for customers so that they are able to buy a cable for a gig. 

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What tool/equipment/or other vendor could you not imagine doing business without? Why? We have a great relationship with some of the leading manufacturers in the industry but one of our favorites is Craig from the Music People.  He assists us day in and day out with a large list of different companies.  He is a great friend and a great mentor for us and we would not know where we would be without Craig.

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What other local business do you just LOVE? Why?  The Brass Horn in Downtown Decatur, we try to have the same mind set on customer service.

Introduce us to your STAFF… 

Bill Cunningham, Owner

Adam Cunningham, Bass Instructor/Sales Associate

Alex Kidd, Sales Associate

John Patrick, Sales Associate

Tyler Bethard, Sales Associate

Graig Statsitcky, Drum Instructor

Terry Ledbetter, Guitar Instructor/ Sales Associate

Gay McCoy, Voice/Piano Instructor

Kristi Crawford, Violin Instructor

Alex Manfredo, Commercial Voice

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What are you passionate about outside of your business? 

SoundCheck would not be successful if it was not for our extreme Christian beliefs.  We are a Christian store and many of our employees are passionate about a church in the central Illinois area.  

Describe your PERFECT day… 

My perfect day starts when a new musician comes in our store and decides to begin a new instrument.  This means taking lessons from one of our highly trained instructor and picking out the instrument of their dreams.  I love these days because it is a day where we have discovered a new customer and most importantly we found a new musician.  At SoundCheck we are developing our customers to be successful musicians.  This could range from playing on the big stage to learning to have fun and be a musician!

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SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS:  If you’d like to have your business featured on the SJP blog please visit the following link to download the information/questionnaire form which you can email back to mail@sjanephotography.com. We are now booking for 2014 features and showcase one business each month. Your feature includes FREE 20 minute location shoot by Sarah Jane Photography, blog and facebook feature and web images to use on your online spaces (facebook/website/etc).  Our business features are now also being published monthly at www.redecatur.com!

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| Decatur IL Small Business | The Secret Garden Florist |

It’s SMALL BUSINESS FEATURE time! This month, I’m so excited to bring you one of Decatur’s finest florists, The Secret Garden. Lori & Michael are so much fun and are really big supporters of growth and development in our area (which y’all know I love). That’s actually how I reconnected with these two in time to bring you their feature this month; we ran into each other at Millikin’s Micro Business Roundtable event last month and with the cold weather out I figured they would be the perfect business to feature in March so we can get a little reminder of the spring beauty that is just around the corner! Well, enough from me, let’s hear from Lori!

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The Details:  Lori & Michael Barrett , Owners/Operators at The Secret Garden | In Business: 25 Years, Lori & Michael purchased the business in January 2010.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 5:00, Friday 8:30 – 6:00, Saturday 9:00 – 2:00, Closed Sunday | Location: 1215 E. Pershing Rd. | Phone: 217-875-9038

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Tell us about your business… What do you do? We make people smile! The Secret Garden is unique in its variety of gifts and offerings. We carry an array of Fresh Flowers, Permanent Botanicals, Green and Blooming Plants, Collectibles, Gifts, Balloons, Tasty Treats, and so much more. You never know what you will find when you come into the Secret Garden. We delivery all of the items we sell to Decatur and the surrounding areas.

Can I just stop to say I LOVE the first sentence of Lori’s reply ‘We make people smile!” She goes on to tell you how they do that, but their focus is truly to make you smile and what better business model is there?!? 

We are also a full service wedding and event florist. Offering full wedding set up, tear down, rental, and on trend designs. For brides on a budget we offer package deals that cover all of their floral needs but help with keeping the costs low. For the DIY bride we offer bulk flowers. We order, inspect, and process the flowers for the Bride. Then they pick up the flowers and create their own wedding flowers.

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“You would not believe the power of a flower.” – Lori

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Amen sister!  It really is an amazing feeling to have someone love your work as much as you do and love it enough to share it with friends and family. 

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What other local business do you just LOVE? Why? Oh wow, this is a tough one. We work with so many it would be impossible to decide. We have partnered with local bakers, photographers, dress shops, and so much more. We believe that supporting small business is the best way to give back to the community. (You all know I agree 100% with that!)

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Carol ~ Shop manager and an Illinois Certified Professional Florist. Carol has worked at the shop for 15 years.

Sheryl ~ She is a Certified Balloonist and lead designer. Sheryl has worked at The Secret Garden for 20 years! Certified Balloonist?!?! My job is fun, but that sounds awesome! How on earth could you have a bad day as a certified balloonist?!? 

The Amy’s ~ Amy H ~ Amy calls herself “lead grunt” she works for major holidays and some Saturdays. She does it all, phone, delivery, and some designing.

Amy G – Our newest staff member – She loves to spread smiles by delivering flowers. She is in training for a sales position and may someday become a designer.

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When did you know you wanted to go into this business? We both worked for corporations in the past. In the evenings we would discuss our day and see the mistakes that big companies make. Not valuing their employees, poor planning, unrealistic goals. We always felt that if we went out on our own we could do things differently and become successful.

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Describe your PERFECT day… When you are surrounded by flowers it’s hard not to have good days just about every day. I think we will see a PERFECT day when we retire. We will be able to look back on our business, see the impact on other people’s lives, and know that we did what we set out to do… make people smile!

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You’ll also want to like The Secret Garden Page on Facebook where you can get in on some amazing deals like their $5 Fridays, Birthday celebrations and Name Days!

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SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS:  If you’d like to have your business featured on the SJP blog please visit the following link to download the information/questionnaire form which you can email back to mail@sjanephotography.com. We are now booking for 2014 features and showcase one business each month. Your feature includes FREE 20 minute location shoot by Sarah Jane Photography, blog and facebook feature and web images to use on your online spaces (facebook/website/etc).  Our business features are now also being published monthly at www.redecatur.com!

Download the information here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/urr7zdkh64szon7/MarketingBusinessFeatures.doc

| 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

| 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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| 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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| Erin & Nick | Gorgeous Springfield IL Fall Wedding | Sarah Jane Photography |

I was so honored to be a part of Erin & Nick’s big day! The couple created a simply gorgeous day from venues to dresses, flowers and even weather their day was stunning. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out a few of my favorite images from Erin & Nick’s wedding day (including a couple of their album designs!). Be sure to head over to our facebook page to show them some love!

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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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Maddie | Decatur IL Senior Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography

 

Stunning! That about sums up Maddie … just look a those features!! I had a fabulous time photographing Maddie’s senior portraits and am so excited to share some of our favorites with you. Be sure to stop by our Facebook Page and view her gallery to see more. senior portraits decatur il, maroa-forsyth high school, class of 2014, mfhs, maroa-forsyth, sarah jane photography, sjp, sjanephotog, outdoor senior portraits, senior girl poses

Carlie | Decatur IL Senior Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography

Check out this lovely senior! I had so much fun with Carlie featuring not only her but her talent as well (check out that gorgeous instrument!). These are just a few of our favorite portraits from Carlie’s session so be sure to head on over to our Facebook Page and check out her gallery!

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Decatur IL Small Business | Lockhart’s Barber Shop | Sarah Jane Photography

It’s time for our small business feature of the month and this month I’m proud to bring you Lockhart’s Barber Shop! As a lady, I’m not exactly of the shop’s target market but but if you’re a man, woman, or child and you’ve been in the Decatur area recently (and not been under a rock) you’ve probably heard of these guys so I had to see what all the fuss was about. Take a look for yourself at Decatur’s own classic Barber Shop and get a behind the scence look at Brandon (Mr. Lockhart himself) and the rest of his staff…

AND DON’T MISS THIS DEAL JUST FOR YOU: FOR NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY!  MENTION “SJP” FOR A $10 HAIR CUT!

The Details:  Brandon Lockhart, Owner/Operator at Lockhart’s Barber Shop | In Business: One year and three months.     

Hours: Tues-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3 | Location: 248 West Main Street, Decatur, IL, 62523

 lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog,   Tell us about your business… What do you do? I own and operate Lockhart’s Barber Shop in downtown Decatur.   What makes your business unique/special? Lockhart’s is one of the few barber shops still offering traditional services, including straight razor shaves. It also has a unique business model with a great deal of ambiance. lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog,   What item/service on your menu or in your shop do you just LOVE and think everyone needs? Every man should try a hot towel shave at least once!   In what way have you gone above/beyond in the past for a customer? I do my best to go above and beyond for every customer, from the service, to the experience, to the pricing! lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog, What is the coolest thing you’ve ever had a client do for you? A client gave me a life size cardboard cutout of Betty Page for my barber shop. What tool/equipment/or other vendor could you not imagine doing business without? Why? Definitely the Square application, which allows us to process credit and debit cards from the convenience of our smart phones. lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog,   What other local business do you just LOVE? Why? I love all local small business!   Introduce us to your STAFF… Matt Cupp and George Burrell work full-time at my barber shop and are both highly skilled in men’s hair cutting and straight razor shaving. lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog,   Tell us about YOU… WHY did you choose to do what you do? There are 40,000+ Cosmetologists in Illinois and around 4,000 Barbers. I saw an opportunity and went for it!   When did you know you wanted to go into this business? I decided to give this business a shot during the summer of 2010. lockharts barber decatur il, small business, sarah jane photography, decatur il small businesses, small business owners, barbershop, men's haircuts, straight razor shave, classic shave, sjp, sjanephotog, What are you passionate about outside of your business? Family and friends! Describe your PERFECT day… A busy day from start to finish!   We’re not the only ones noticing Lockhart’s … Check out what others had to say:

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS:  If you’d like to have your business featured on the SJP blog please visit the following link to download the information/questionnaire form which you can email back to mail@sjanephotography.com. We are now booking for 2014 features and showcase one business each month. Your feature includes FREE 20 minute location shoot by Sarah Jane Photography, blog feature and images to use on your online spaces (facebook/website/etc). ALL FREE (seriously!). 

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Lisa | Mt. Zion High School Senior 2014 | Sarah Jane Photography

 

 

Check out a few of my favorites from the lovely Lisa’s session! This girl is flat out gorgeous… add in makeup by Katie at Salon 402, a gorgeous day and even Lisa’s boyfriend Cole and it made for a fantastic session! She rocked every pose and look and I cannot wait to show off MORE so head over to our facebook page, check out her gallery and toss her a few LIKES so I can get to posting!
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Stewart Family | Newborn Portraits | Sarah Jane Photography

If you’re a long time follower of Sarah Jane Photography (which is probably only my mother, thanks mom) you may remember Maggi & Jay’s wedding a couple years ago. Well, I’m excited to share that their family is GROWING and I’m happy to introduce you all to their adorable new baby boy, Cam!

Be sure to stop by our facebook page to view their gallery and give them a few likes so I can post more!

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Maggie | Maroa-Forsyth Senior Portraits 2014 | Sarah Jane Photography

SO MUCH FUN! That about sums up Maggie’s senior sessions (yes, that’s right we couldn’t fit all this awesome into one session so we did TWO). I loved hanging out with Maggie and her mom who are both so fun and energetic. We had a gorgeous day for her first session at a beautiful location that gave us a little rustic country and outdoor look and then finished up her second session in the studio for a little more muted backdrops to really let Maggie’s stunning features shine.

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Cole | One Year Old Portraits | Decatur IL | Sarah Jane Photography

I cannot believe that Cole is ONE already! I am so honored and excited to have been able to capture and create portraits for him as he’s grown and changed so much in the past year. I can still remember his amazing newborn session and one of his newborn portraits is still one of my favorite captures of my career. This little man is going to be quite the heart breaker with crystal blue eyes that are beyond gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this amazing family grow.

Take a look at a Cole’s one year portraits (and a little peak back over this year!). And be sure to head over to the facebook page to see everything from maternity to now! baby portraits, baby's first year, newborn portraits, decatur il, sarah jane photography, sjp, sjanephotog, massey, emily massey, one year old portrait ideas,

Andrew | Warrensburg-Latham High School Senior Portraits 2014 | Sarah Jane

As you can see Andrew is one talented senior, achieving the highest level of scouting becoming an Eagle Scout. We chatted during his session about what all the patches he’s earned were for and there’s everything from cooking (which is one badge I sure wouldn’t be able to earn) to first aid, archery (AWESOME), camping, swimming and so many more! I was so excited to be able to include this big accomplishment and key part of who Andrew is in his senior session. And the best part was hearing Andrew and his very proud dad tell me about a few of their scouting experiences.

Check out a few of Andrew’s senior portraits here and be sure to head over to our facebook page to give him a few LIKES and see more! senior portraits decatur il, maroa-forsyth high school, class of 2014, warrensburg-latham high school, wlhs portraits, eagle scout portraits, scout senior portraits, , sarah jane photography, sjp, sjanephotog, outdoor senior portraits, senior boy poses

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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Jessica | Senior 2014 | Sarah Jane Photography

Jessica is AWESOME! Obviously, she’s gorgeous but we had such a great time on her session and she was up for anything, including taking a little dip. We did crash a couple guy’s fishing expedition and tried hard to scare all the fish away from us!

Be sure to check out Jessica’s gallery on our facebook page and give her a few LIKES (she’s already rocked through 25 likes on her first 5 posts so there will be more coming so soon!) senior portraits decatur il, maroa-forsyth high school, class of 2014, mfhs, maroa-forsyth, sarah jane photography, sjp, sjanephotog, outdoor senior portraits, senior girl poses

2014 SENIORS we are now booking for late fall / early spring (and even taking 5 winter ‘wait list’ clients if you want some SNOW) so do not wait to book your session! Only sessions booked on/before April 15th will be included in the 2014 senior posters. http://www.sjanephotography.com