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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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International Women’s Day!

One thing I love is photographing diversity and celebrating women!  It’s International Women’s Day. Women, I celebrate you! Thankful for all women who inspire and push me to be a better person daily.

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A Young Widow Finds Out Other Life Changing News…

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Join me as I share a look into a widow sister of mine, Jessica Sergeev’s journey tonight.

Why are we sharing stories? It gives you a look into the lives of our ladies here in Southern Illinois who will be directly blessed by your support of this project. We also want to reach out to other widows in the area. Let them know about our group. That we are there for them. Also to raise money for our chapter. It’s a non for profit national organization that we are apart of and financial support keeps us chaptered here in Southern Illinois.

 

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“Ivan and I met at church in September 2010 and became friends. When I first met him I thought, who is this loud smiling Russian guy? I discovered later, that he radiated joy like I have never seen in anyone else.”
~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“In March 2011, Ivan asked me out. I couldn’t believe how thoughtful he was on our date nights. He would leave me notes and flowers on my car; quickly becoming the most romantic man I had ever known” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“In November 2011, Ivan asked me to marry him and I said yes!” ~ Jessica Sergeev

Jenn Fortune here… Jessica shared her proposal story with me. Ivan painted the picture you see above. How uniquely special is that? I love that she has it framed in her living room.

 

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“We were married in October 2012, surrounded by family and friends. The day was absolutely perfect. Afterward my feet hurt from dancing and face hurt from smiling!”
~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“Our married life was simple and pleasant. We had dinners together, enjoyed game nights, loved our church group and we we’re in love.” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“…He would leave me notes and flowers on my car; quickly becoming the most romantic man I had ever known” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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Jessica Sergeev’s story is heartbreaking and intense. Her journey in her words, giving us a look into her walk after her husband died.

 

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“July 30, 2014 we went to church like every other Sunday, then Ivan went home while I went to lunch with a friend. At lunch I received a call from the paramedics, Ivan had had a stroke. From Carbondale hospital he was sent to Saint Louis University Hospital where he was cared for by an outstanding team of doctors, nurses and staff. Prayers were coming from all around the world. After a two week fight, Ivan was gone.”
~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“August 10, 2014 I packed up his things from around his room, the cards, the flowers, and his bag of belongings. I got in my car alone and drove back to Carbondale. I went straight to church and sat in the back. I really had nothing to say to God, but I knew it was where I needed to be. The rest of the week was a haze; I was in shock. How could God not heal Ivan? Little did I know, God was not done yet.” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“The Friday morning of the memorial service I was feeling sick. My first thought was that is was stress but I had a hunch it was more and took a pregnancy test. It was positive! I took another with the same results! God had given me the hope I needed at the exact moment I needed it.” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“I still don’t know why Ivan had to die at 26, or why I became a widow at 29, but I know God’s got a plan for me and my family. Ivan’s loud laugh, huge smile and beautiful joy carry on.” ~ Jessica Sergeev

 

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“Modern Widow’s Club is a place where I have seen many women come up for air. When a new widow walks into a meeting and takes a deep breath, you can see this invisible burden lifted. Modern Widow’s Club is a place where we can gather together and support each other. Modern Widow’s Club has become a place for empowerment. Losing Ivan I felt so alone. I am so thankful to have this group of resilient ladies, who have lost so much, yet we all keep in going and growing.” ~ Jessica Sergeev

If you are interested in donating to Project Red Heal in support of “Jessica Sergeev” See donation instructions below. We will be having a party on January 13th with each photo taken on a Gallery Wall with an envelope underneath to see who raises the most money for our chapter! Come join us! Project Red Heal 2017

We would love for you to share about our Southern Illinois Modern Widows Club. Widows empowering each other to lean into life and move forward on the journey set before them.
Help us raise money to remain chaptered here in Southern Illinois and bless our widows and their children here in the area.

Here’s how to Donate,
Online at: www.JennFortune.com/RedHeal
or
Mail a check to: Jenn Fortune Photography, 115 East Illinois Ave, Ste 2, Carterville, IL 62918
or
Come to our Pre Launch Party! Click Here for Details: Project Red Heal 2017

Click Share and help us get the word out! Message me for information of how to help us out!
#ProjectRedHeal2017 #ModernWidowsClub#JennFortunePhotography #SouthernIllinois

 

 

 

Brian and Jennifer Flath Support SI MWC

flath red heal.jpg“We support the Modern Widows Club because it is a group of strong and faithful women. Women who have lost the most special person in their life but have found the courage to pick themselves up and continue living, not only for themselves but for their children and/or for their family that remains. The least we can do is show our support for their continued well-being.”
~Brian Flath
Assistant Director of Corporate Support, WSIU Public Broadcasting
with Jennifer Fuller Flath
Associate Director, News & Public Affairs, WSIU Public Broadcasting

“If you are interested in donating to Project Red Heal in support of “Team Flath” See donation instructions below. We will be having a party on January 13th with each photo taken on a Gallery Wall with an envelope underneath to see who raises the most money for our chapter! Come join us! Project Red Heal 2017

Anyone who donates $100 or more, if within a 60 mile radius to Carterville, I’ll bring the Red High Heel to your place of business or the location of your choice and take a picture of you with the heel we like to call, “Miss Red” and give you and/or your business a Shout Out!

We would love for you to share about our Southern Illinois Modern Widows Club. Widows empowering each other to lean into life and move forward on the journey set before them.

Help us raise money to remain chaptered here in Southern Illinois and bless our widows and their children here in the area.

Here’s how to Donate,
Online at: www.JennFortune.com/RedHeal
or
Mail a check to: Jenn Fortune Photography, 115 East Illinois Ave, Ste 2, Carterville, IL 62918
or
Come to our Pre Launch Party! Click Here for Details: Project Red Heal 2017

Click Share and help us get the word out! Message me for information of how to help us out!

#ProjectRedHeal2017 #ModernWidowsClub#JennFortunePhotography #SouthernIllinois

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You are all invited to Project Red Heal 2017’s Pre Launch Party! Put it on your calendars. January 13th 5p-7p at Irons In The Fire Event Center, Downtown Carterville.
We will have all photos from this project including this one of Aimee White Williams displayed with envelopes under each photo for you to put cash or check donations.
The local celebrity or Widow that raises the most money will get a special gift!
Aimee White Williams would love to invite you to keep up with her blog, you can stay connected with her by subscribing via email on the website itself, or “like” and “follow” the facebook page for the blog, where a link will be posted each time a new blog post is written.

Click these links below:
http://www.widowednotabandoned.com

Then the facebook page for following the blog is: https://www.facebook.com/widowednotabandoned/

A Widows Story

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“When you think “widow”, a woman like me probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. I was widowed at 28. I didn’t see it coming. My husband was a healthy, vibrant, young man, loved by all that knew him, someone passionately committed to serving Christ.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“We first met in 2000 when we were fourteen years old, helping out with Vacation Bible School at the tiny country church my dad pastored. I had a bit of a crush on him. We became friends but we lived 22 miles apart so nothing came of it then. Three years later one of his friends invited me to youth night at his church. I walked into the sanctuary and there he was. “Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“Chris?” I shot back, seeing before me the guy I’d had a crush on at fourteen. At seventeen here he stood with less acne and even some facial hair. My heart might have been beating a bit faster.
“Aimee?” he replied. The rest was history. Shortly after on July 15th, 2003, we had our first date. He made me laugh, he stuck by me in the dark times, he was my best friend, and my cheerleader. At the age of twenty and just one year after my high school graduation, we married. June 10th, 2006, in the sanctuary of Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard—the place where we first met—we exchanged vows before God and our loved ones.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“We welcomed our daughter Abigale on January 31st, 2013. Abigale means “father’s joy” and that was a perfect definition for this child. They had a special relationship. As soon as he got off work in the afternoon he wanted to kiss me and cuddle her. He was excited to change diapers, read her books, and give baths. I worked night shift as a nurse so three nights a week he was responsible for nighttime feedings, too. I fell even more deeply in love with him as I saw the way he loved our daughter.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“February 12, 2014 I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. On Valentine’s Day we lost my dad. I spent that night with my mom, in her bed next to her so she wouldn’t have to be alone.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“On March 17 I realized I was pregnant again! Chris was ecstatic but I was scared because I worried I would lose this baby, too. Thankfully, this child was vigorous. Soon morning sickness took over my life. Chris made sure he changed Abbi’s morning diaper every day because it was making me sick. He took great care of me.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“June 23rd, 2014 Chris was headed off for a two day, one night mission trip with our church. He hugged and kissed Abbi goodbye. He stood in our kitchen and looked at me—my baggy tee shirt and pajama pants, my bedhead, my swelling 18-weeks-pregnant belly, the dark circles under my eyes. He said, beaming, “You are so beautiful. I love you.” He kissed me and hugged me. Then he lifted my shirt and addressed our unborn baby, “And I love you, little one.” He kissed her, although we didn’t know it was a girl yet.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“June 24th would have been my dad’s 63rd birthday. To try to take the focus off feeling sad that day, Mom, my brother, my sister, Abbi, and I went to the St. Louis Zoo. Chris was sad to miss Abbi’s first time to the zoo but I assured him he could go “next time”. We had a wonderful exhausting day. I was driving us home when my phone rang, a little before 8 pm. It was the pastor of our church. He told me there had been a wreck on their way home; that Chris had been hurt and was in critical condition. We pulled over and Mom finished our drive back home. We needed to get someone to take Abbi for the night and then get to the hospital in Evansville.
All the information I had was that Chris had been airlifted and had “still been breathing” when he was taken from the scene. I remember standing in my kitchen trying to figure out what to do, feeling the panic rise in my chest and thinking, “This isn’t serving me.” As if my emotional self were a light switch I simply turned it off and flipped myself into “nurse mode”.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“At my request they led me into a tiny trauma room where his body lay. I can picture it in minute detail even now—the clothes he wore, the useless resuscitation equipment all around. He was motionless but he was still the handsome boy I’d fallen in love with. His eyes it seemed were turned up in a smile, but you know? The last thing he’d seen was Jesus… I walked over to him and kissed his cheek. I held his hand, nevermind the blood. I made promises to ears that could not receive them: told him I would do my best to raise our children to know who he was, but more importantly, to know and love Christ. I put my head over his heart, where just two nights before I had listened to its beating. This night, the heart was still and silent and his lungs had ceased their labors as well. There was nothing to hear; just the quiet of death. If I had been allowed I would have climbed up there to hold him one last time. ” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“Just before midnight we made it to the hospital. The pastor met us at the ER entrance. He and a hospital chaplain led us into a little room. They sat us down. Then a man walked in and the words “coroner’s office” were embroidered on his polo shirt. Talk about being as subtle as a brick to the face… He said something to the effect of they hadn’t been able to save Chris. I had seen this coming. In an even tone, as if he’d just told me the weather report, I said, “Okay.” I immediately came back with, “Did he suffer?” I was told he did not.
“Was he wearing his seatbelt?” I continued. I had to know this. I needed to know that nothing about this was his fault.
“Yes,” he told me. I was so relieved to hear both of these answers.
Honestly in a way, after what had happened to Chris I was relieved that he died before I got there. I didn’t have to make any hard decisions. I would have asked them to take him off life support if his brain function was gone. Mercifully, I didn’t have to say those words.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“Just before midnight we made it to the hospital. The pastor met us at the ER entrance. He and a hospital chaplain led us into a little room. They sat us down. Then a man walked in and the words “coroner’s office” were embroidered on his polo shirt. Talk about being as subtle as a brick to the face… He said something to the effect of they hadn’t been able to save Chris. I had seen this coming. In an even tone, as if he’d just told me the weather report, I said, “Okay.” I immediately came back with, “Did he suffer?” I was told he did not.
“Was he wearing his seatbelt?” I continued. I had to know this. I needed to know that nothing about this was his fault.
“Yes,” he told me. I was so relieved to hear both of these answers.
Honestly in a way, after what had happened to Chris I was relieved that he died before I got there. I didn’t have to make any hard decisions. I would have asked them to take him off life support if his brain function was gone. Mercifully, I didn’t have to say those words.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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“On November 19th, 2014, I gave birth to my rainbow baby Aurora Kay. She was born into my own hands. After all the tragedy the Lord let us end that horrible year with something beautiful.” ~ Aimee White Williams

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It was such a blessing to have Aimee White Williams share her story with us this week. To be so raw, open and real with her emotions, memory and experience so that maybe one person could be touched to know they are not alone in grief. For that reason, we share our stories. To know that God does not waste our pain, but instead touches the lives around us with hope, knowing that through the most tragic of circumstances, there is hope. Even when it seems impossible.
Each day is a new day and we never know what it will bring. Sometimes widow moments hit out of the blue and we just have to acknowledge the moment, go through the emotion and press forward leaning into life. Thank you, Aimee for opening yourself up so that people can get a glimpse into what the widow life is like. ❤

I had the pleasure of photographing Aimee and her daughters recently, here are some beautiful snippets into their love.

“God is faithful, sovereign, and good. God triumphs even in my heartache.” ~ Aimee White Williams

Join me as I share a look into a widow sister of mine, Aimee White Williams journey tonight.

Anyone who donates $100 or more, if within a 60 mile radius to Carterville, I’ll bring the Red High Heel to your place of business or the location of your choice and take a picture of you with the heel we like to call, “Miss Red” and give you and/or your business a Shout Out!

We would love for you to share about our Modern Widows Club here in Southern Illinois. Widows empowering each other to lean into life and move forward on the journey set before them.

Help us raise money to remain chaptered here in Southern Illinois and bless our widows and their children here in the area.
Here’s how to Donate,
Online at: http://www.JennFortune.com/RedHeal
or
Mail a check to: Jenn Fortune Photography, 115 East Illinois Ave, Ste 2, Carterville, IL 62918
or
Come to our Pre Launch Party! Click Here for Details: Project Red Heal 2017

Click Share and help us get the word out! Message me for information of how to help us out!

#ProjectRedHeal2017 #ModernWidowsClub #JennFortunePhotography #SouthernIllinois

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

Message us for booking and pricing info, Jenn@JFortunePhotography.com

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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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