| 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.

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah JaneFor this wedding the SJP team was a little rounder than usual as their wedding date was only TEN days before my due date (9 days before #babyB made her arrival). And I wasn’t the only one with extra hands on deck as my second shooter, Elizabeth, was also around 7 months pregnant at the time too!

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….

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Decatur Illinois Wedding, Decatur Country Club Reception, Sarah Jane Photography, Decatur IL Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Portraits, Sarah Jane

Engagement Session – Guestbook

One of the greatest parts of being a photographer is getting to work with friends and family! My cousin, Austin, is getting married to is beautiful fiance, Janessa, next June and I am so excited to be photographing the wedding.

Austin and Janessa are a young couple and we had a blast photographing their engagement session a few months ago on the campus of the University of Missouri – Columbia. Campus is beautiful, though it was quite cold that day.

Today, I designed their custom guestbook and I am soo excited about this product! You can view the design below and I hope can see why I think this is such a unique product! I am sure anyone who had been to a wedding in the past decade if familiar with the traditional (and BORING) guestbooks… Usually a white or cream linen with some lace and plain lined pages to sign in. Now try to think of another place where you signed in in this exact same way … any guesses?

A funeral!?! … lets not associate an end with your beginning.

So try on a new idea… A beautiful, custom designed album of your engagement session. Now you get more from that session than just a newspaper announcement, you wow your guests with this hot new product, and more than that you invite them to write more than just their names. With no lines, most guests will feel invited to include a special note, or good wishes along with their names. These comment alongside your beautiful images will let you revisit your day and your love over the years.

Plus, think about it, anyone remember getting out that old dusty sign in book to look at the names? But you have to have a guestbook right? So lets do it in style!!!!

Sarah Jane Photography – David Gaughan (Dad) Wedding

My dad recently got married, and while I was not there as a photographer I did get a few images of the event including the following.

Family and Friends: You can order images from the wedding through my ONLINE STORE.

Final Images from Sedalia Coliseum 1/26 Race

Finally, I have posted the final images from the January 26 race at the Sedalia Coliseum. You can find/order these images at: http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/thumbpage.aspx?e=3487349. Also see my last post to view my race special pricing for digital files. (Last Post)

If you have questions please e-mail me at: sarahjanephotos@aol.com

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Racing Photography by Sarah Jane Photography

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My latest photographic adventure came at the Sedalia coliseum in the form of a high energy Go-Kart race. My long-time boyfriend has raced most of his life and while I casually shot him, his brother’s and his father’s races before now, this weekend I decided to take it a step further and offer my images to the many other racers there that day. I photographed the entire event and those images can now be viewed and purchased through my website (sjanephotography.com)

I love having the opportunity to do things in photography that are a little outside my “norm.” And that is exactly what I did at the races. I hope that the racers enjoy the images as I know race-day photographers are becoming rare.

Thanks everyone! I had a blast!

Sarah Jane Photography: The Beginnings

Who, What, When, Where & Why?

I am Sarah of Sarah Jane Photography. I am currently a student at the University of Central Missouri. I will graduate in May 2010 with a BS degree in Photography and a minor in Psychology. My journey in photography, however, did not begin in Warrensburg. I was given my first camera at the age of twelve, and as my mother would tell you, “the rest was history.” I immediately fell in love with the camera and the beauty I could both capture and create with it. It was not until my later high school years, however, that I was able to fully realize my love of the field.

Many of the most vivid memories I have of my four years at Jefferson City High School were made behind the camera. I spent three years photographing anything and everything for our student newspaper, Red and Black.In this setting, I experienced the world of photo journalism and sports photography, but at that same time I previewed the world of portrait photography through a part-time job at Childress Portrait Design. It was the time spent with the customer’s of Childress that I decided my future was in portrait photography.

Life, however, had other things in mind for me at that time. While I did begin to photograph friends and family for a very small profit, I was offered a full-time position as a commercial photographer for Arkansas Valley Feathers/Zucker Feather Products in the summer of 2006. This position gave me the opportunity to hone my studio skills, work with and overcome difficult subjects and complicated lighting situations and it also allowed me to preview the often high-paced world of commercial and fashion photography. (My commercial work for AVF/ZFP can be viewed at www.featherplace.com)

While I still continue to work with AVF/ZFP, my focus has now returned to my first love, portrait and wedding photography. I have been fortunate enough to have the chance to experience weddings alongside Steve Williams, who is a respected wedding photographer in the Kansas City area. I have also been able to spread my wings on my own at a handful of weddings. I consider it a great privilege to photograph each wedding and I love having the opportunity to share such an important day with each couple.

This year, I hope to continue growing my client base and to simply have fun with each session and explore the possibilities I have with each client and each image.

Thank you for visiting! Check back in soon… there is always more to come!