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Our passion here at J Fortune Photography is to "Tell your story". From birth, newborn, birthdays, graduation, proposals,engagement, marriage, boudoir pregnancy, anniversary and so on! We all have a story to tell and milestones in life to document.

We take interest in our clients and build relationships with those who allow us into their lives. We are so honored to have shared in life's journey with our fabulous clients. Let us tell your story. Think about it? Looking back years from now, what better way to remember than with precious professional photos of your life..

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SURPRISE! BABY NEWS!

One of my favorite things as a photographer is being able to tell a couple’s love story.  When one of my former Brides, Alisha contacted me I was overjoyed by her news and promised to secrecy as we planned a special photo shoot to surprise her husband of their baby to be!

Alisha shared some amazing ideas and we planned to meet up at Cannon Park where we photographed their wedding photos 2 years ago!

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When Alisha and Matt arrived, I thanked them for coming and being apart of my “Where are they now?” Project where I am catching up on my Brides and Grooms of the past and do a mini photo shoot with them!  Matt, all smiles was super cooperative and without a clue, went along with our fun plan!

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I remembered that when we did their engagement session, we incorporated an ampersand.  So I decided to bring one with me to this session as well.  To keep the flow of their story going.

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Little did Matt know, that this would later take on a whole new meaning.  *wink

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I then told them to think of 5 words or sayings they would like to tell each other through art.  Alisha provided the poster board and drawing pens.  She went off to the car and I had him go to a picnic table near by.

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Now it was time for the reveal!!  He still has no clue!!

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The expression on their faces were priceless!  Yipeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am beyond thrilled for Alisha and Matt!  So thankful they allow me to be apart of their Love Story and capturing their special moments along the way!  Congratulations you two!!!!  I cannot wait to meet lil baby Harmon!

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Are you looking for creative ways to make an announcement of your own?  Or looking for someone to tell your story?  We would be honored to do so.  We are also really great at keeping secrets!  tee hee

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Adventures of a Store Front

it’s been a looooong while since I have blogged on this site.  I’m “hoping” to stay consistent and blog during this 2015 year!  Wish me luck! haha
My first story to share leaves me inspired.  Here I am at our studio in the Marion Illinois Star Centre Mall today, taking down Christmas Decor and prepping for Valentine’s Day.  I’m in and out of the studio and down the hall to our Gallery Cove working and I come across some of the coolest and most interesting people in one day.

The one that stuck out to me was this lady and her husband. She comes rolling in on a wheelchair and he’s giving me hard questions to answer.  When I realize he is pulling my leg we all have a good laugh.  She starts to share about her New Year mishaps and the reason why she is in the wheel chair at the moment.  This leads to her sharing bit of her life story with me.  Shot in the head as a teenager twice while living in one of the roughest cities in the US.  She was brought to Carbondale for therapy to recover from such a horrendous incident.  She shared a few things with me and I was just so moved.  I looked at her and said “You, have an intense story for sure.”

Such truth.  Everyone has a story.  This leads me to the fact that I’m so blessed and  honored when I meet people willing to share their story.  Especially through photography.   What’s your story?  Let’s work together to capture your journey.

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Workshops are important for growth!

I would loooove to win a seat at this workshop!  Love this man’s work!
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Sibling Rivalry…

Today’s story starts off with two twins.  Karsen and Ally.  Fraternal twins, both absolutely stunning.  We had planned a photo-session with the both of them to tell the story about “twins”.  However as life goes, the two had a little sibling “tiff” and decided not to shoot together.  I was able to coax Karsen (the younger of the two) into coming in before she headed back to college out of state.  Alas she agreed!  She is passionate about “the meaning of true beauty” and loved the idea of my “Feel Beautiful…” campaign.

I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised when the two “twinkies” showed up at my door (wink).  Although they still were adamant about not shooting together they were still there as a team.  As we started shooting, Ally the older of the two became my assistant and eventually director of the session!  I loved watching the interaction between the two sisters as we rolled with creativity and brought out Karsen’s beauty through the lens.  We giggled uncontrollably as our model didn’t take direction well from me. However when her sister commanded a pose, she immediately propped into position!  It was fantastic!  I will always cherish the joy and laughter we shared throughout that session!

By the end of the shoot, the sisters seemed to be back on the mend.  I’m looking forward to the next time Karsen is home for a visit so I can get the two of them in together!  Ally will be in soon for her individual session.

Enjoy these photos from our session today…

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Hello 2013!

Hello 2013!

As we say goodbye to a wonderful 2012 we are sooooo looking forward to a FABULOUS 2013!!!
We cannot wait to see what this year holds for all of you and our business too!
Here’s a fun little Greeting from us to you!

xoxo,
The J Fortune Photography TEAM!

Joanna Got Great Photos of Herself :-)

From Joanna:

So now that I’ve shared my wisdom with you about getting great photos of {you}, dear friends, its time to tell you how I got some great photos of {me}.

Let’s start with a random, not so great photo of me, shall we? This is a pretty standard snapshot, not the best lighting or angle, no editing. If you saw me walking down the street you would certainly not think “There’s a super model!” You’d probably think, “Oh my, someone needs to rescue that poor woman from her children and messy appearance.” Because on any given day I may be covered in spit up, snot, soggy Cheerios, dog hair, and sweat. It’s just my life right now. Can I hear an amen from the other mamas reading this?

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I told ya I’m a cheesy smiler

But one day, while trolling Pinterest, I found this lovely photo (below) that inspired me.  So I thought that doing a retro session would be super awesome. Now I’m an ultra-super-duper-conservative chica. (I’m fairly certain Jenn thinks I’m Amish. Come on Jenn, be honest.) I am not anti-boudoir photos, but I wasn’t signing up for a boudoir session. While Jenn insisted I was going to do a pin up girl session, I was very unsure of that.

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Is this ADORABLE or what? Image source here.

And then I started doing my research. (Ok, obviously I completed Part 1 by finding my dear Jenn as my photographer. On to Step 2.) When I looked up retro inspired pin up type photos, they weren’t all “Come and get it” photos  (like the boudoir photos), instead they were like “I’m beautiful and confident and strong. Boom.” And I knew that I could do that. I needed to do these photos. For me. For my husband. For my kids. So I did more research and practiced some poses and expressions. Then came the prep work. I painted my nails, I scrubbed my skin. I dyed my hair. Then the morning of the shoot, I went to the beauty salon and got my hair and makeup done.

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Susan blew my mind with her mad hair skills and makeup skills. Just as I preached at you shared with you about hiring photography professionals who are excited about taking your photos and making you look wonderful, Susan was passionate about my hair and makeup. In fact, when I typically go to a salon to get my hair done, I can see the look on the hair stylist’s face and the attitude in their voice when they realize they have to fight with my huge mess of hair. But Susan gushed over my hair, and LOVED every minute of the challenge. Her work was outstanding, as you will see in my photos.

So….do you remember Step 3 in the process of getting great photos of yourself? Well, I didn’t at the beginning of my shoot! I was crazy nervous. Jenn laughed with me and worked her magic that always sets people at ease. Pretty soon I was having so much fun! And you can see that in my photos. I hope someday my kids can look at these photos and know that their Mama was an interesting and fun person in her 20’s. And bonus points if they think “Wow, that’s my mother! What a beautiful lady!” So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at my great portraits!

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

How To Get Great Photos of Yourself (Part 3)

From Joanna:

Now that you’ve found the right photographer and done your research and prep work, there’s only one thing left to do to get some great photos of yourself. It’s deceptively simple.

3) Relax and enjoy your photo session!

No, I’m not kidding. This step is crucial. No matter how the rest of your day has gone–if you’ve had to threaten your children, sigh at your husband, put your dog in time out, whatever–leave it all behind and start fresh at your session. You might be nervous about how it will go, but just confess that to your photographer. A great photographer will acknowledge your nervousness and help you get comfortable, relax and have fun.Yes, fun! Your photo shoot should leave you going “Hey, I wanna do that again! That was awesome!”

Now that you know my secrets to getting great photos of yourself, I’m gonna put my money where my mouth is. Stay tuned for my next post where you’ll see a random, not so good photo of me on an average day + a walk through of my own photo session that was taken just yesterday + a sneak peek of the photos.