About ME?!?

At Sarah Jane Photography YOU are our focus!

But, I suppose (since you clicked this page), you want to know a little bit about the lady behind the lens.

First, let's talk about me as a photographer... I'm a classically trained professional photographer with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Central Missouri in portrait and wedding photography. I've been a freelance photographer since 2004. My husband's career brought us to Decatur, Illinois in the summer of 2010 and just this past summer of 2021 we took a new leap and moved back home to Jefferson City, Missouri. (So, YES, I currently serve BOTH central IL and MO). It was an adventure a decade ago to restart my business in a new state and now it's an even bigger adventure to become a dual-state family, but it's certainly a fun one!!

I've been honored to work in a variety of genres in this industry creating images of everything from farm equipment to newborns to feathers for fly fishing catalogs! But my real love for photography is in creating personal portraits for my client's homes. There's just something about walking past a portrait of you and your family at your happiest that can fix even the worst of days.

So how about me personally? Photography has always been my destiny, passion, and love. I've been a photographer longer than I've been anything (except a daughter!)... longer than I've been a wife and mother (to two bold little ladies). But who am I? Well, I hope to get to know you personally soon as a client and friend but here's a little introduction to ME:

  • I LOVE New York City... the elegance, the fast pace, the bright lights and the life & history of the place! I'd move there in a heartbeat if my hubs said okay.
  • I'm a coffee & choc-oholic. 
  • I try to be healthy but love great food: sushi, mussels, coffee, chocolate, coffee (did I say coffee)....
  • I'm addicted to my spin bike (#sjanephotog on the Peloton leaderboard, come ride with me!)
  • I'm terrified of cows...Yes, I'm from the midwest. Yes, I know this is irrational and ridiculous. No, I won't be getting over it... soo if you're in search of a livestock photographer I'm probably not your gal. (I mean, ok I HAVE photographed bull riders and plenty of FFA piggies so I can get over it for you.)
  • I never wear matching socks (who has time for that)
  • ;) I overuse emoticons :) :P (and parenthesis!!!) and exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!! <<<< like those for real
  • I'm a momma to two little ladies with BIG personalities that keep me on my toes and humbled daily
  • I'm a wife to Ryan, my high school sweetheart and we've been together half our lives so far
  • I love to travel and hope to see every corner of the world in my lifetime
  • I laugh at my own jokes (and am usually the only one)


I sincerely thank you for stopping by my website, viewing my work and taking the time to learn about what I do and who I am. Now that you know a little about me, I hope you'll contact me to start your portrait experience at Sarah Jane Photography so I can get to know YOU!

The SJP Difference & the Gallery!

Full service studio with personal designs

It's true, we do things differently from what has become the 'norm' in portrait photography in recent years but, it's a level of service our clients have come to love. Being 'full-service' means you're never on your own during your portrait experience whether that means selecting outfits OR choosing and even hanging wall art.

At the end of your SJP experience, you'll not only have beautiful images to share with friends and family, you'll have a generational legacy and beautiful home gallery that brightens your every day and tells your family story.

Click HERE to learn more about designing your own home portrait gallery.



Janice Stock (Austin's Mom)

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"We have experienced the Senior Model experience twice and I PROMISE it is worth it. I have never regretted the time and money we have spent. This becomes a part of making Senior year special. Sarah Jane does amazing behind the camera but the additional touches she does with editing is another art form."

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