Saturday, April 25, 2009

Photography for a Cause

Right now I have two photographer friends using their photography skills for a greater purpose. That purpose is giving back. In times like these, I think it's awesome that these two individuals are stepping up and making a difference. Here's some information on the following two photographers.

Chris Hsieh, La Brisa Photography
Chris has been taking lots of pictures of some Kansas scenery and different places around Manhattan lately to help raise money for two organizations: Boy and Girls Club of Manhattan and the Manhattan Red Cross.
Click here for more information: Photography for a Cause
Click here to view photos and place an order: Photography for a Cause Photos
Photo by Chris Hsieh

Whitney Neely, Purposeful Photography
Whitney will be going to Accra, Ghana (West Africa) this summer to help a family in need, help with some church ministry, and spend some time in an orphanage. She is wanting to raise some extra money to bring to the orphanage that is in much need of any help they can get.
Click here to view photos and place an order: Purposeful Photography
Contact Info:

Photo by Whitney Neely

One last thought:
Please think of how many times this past week or even month that you've gone out to eat or bought something that you didn't really need. Consider giving up just one or two of those times this next week or month and give back to these 2 great causes. Remember, not only are you giving to help others, but you're going to receive a beautiful picture to display in your house or office! They also make great gifts!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about anything.

La Brisa Photography Workshop - Senior Pictures

Chris from La Brisa Photography has been gracious enough to be putting on a few Aspiring Photographers Workshops for several new photographers here in Manhattan. During Spring Break, Essie was here for a few days so we decided to use her for our senior pictures session with Chris. She definitely rocked the session with her beauty and attitude, which made for a lot of fun and some great pictures!

A new feature to Sarah Jeanne Photography has been the addition of online galleries from SmugMug, where all of my clients will now be able to access and buy pictures directly from their home computer. Check out Essie's senior session here at: Essie's Senior Pictures-Manhattan

A HUGE THANK YOU to Chris for putting this on and sharing his experiences and knowledge to all of us rookies!!! I truly appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cheyanne Turns 1!!!!!

I can't believe it's been a year since my baby niece, Cheyanne, was born. It's amazing how fast they grow up and develop in their first year. She is seriously the cutest baby ever, and I'm convinced she gets all of her cuteness from her Aunt Sarah :). This past weekend we celebrated her 1st Birthday with some presents and lots of cake! I made her a special cake that she could eat and dig into on her own, and she loved it! Being an aunt is the best job ever! Enjoy the pictures of all of her cuteness and personality.

Opening her new water baby.

Such a sad face but so cute at the same time!

Her first taste.
She is sooooo cute!
The cake after she finished.
Bath time in the kitchen sink.
All clean and happy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Essie Mae's Senior Prom

This past weekend I made the long haul home for Essie's senior prom. I did my yearly duty of fixing hair for 5 girls and then of course taking some pictures. Essie, as always, looked absolutely gorgeous! She definitely rocked her yellow and black zebra dress, which only she could pull off! The plan was to take several girls out on a photo shoot to the railroad tracks, but with the 3 inches of rain and the random hail storms, we didn't get to do much of any outside pictures :( But we did manage to get a few outside ones between the chaotic weather.

While I was listening to all the high school girl chatter and fixing hair, I couldn't help but remember back to my senior prom. It seems just like yesterday I was dancing the night away at mine. So as you take a look at these pictures, I'd like you to go back down memory lane to your senior prom [I know it's been awhile for several of you ;)]. If you have a chance, email me a comment about your favorite memory from your senior prom along with a picture, if available. If I get enough I will post a special senior prom post with all the pictures and memories. :)

Girls being girls :)

Essie and her best friend, Breanna, went with brothers, Tate and Tadd.

My dad posing with all of Essie's friends.

Sooo cute!

Isn't she beautiful?!?!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything, but I have a couple of pretty good excuses :) Back in December I was elected President of Pi Omega Pi, a national honorary business educators group, and ever since then I've been busy working on planning our yearly conference trip. This year we had the pleasure of going to Chicago for the National Business Education Association Conference. Not only did we go to learn more about becoming better business educators, but we also had to present at our Pi Omega Pi conference that is held at the convention every other year. The planning and preparation was a lot, but it was well worth it in the end. We placed 6th nationally for our national project that we submitted this past year, and we also met all the requirements at conference and received $250 for our group! We took 7 K-State students from the business education program and our advisor. We all worked together to help make it a success, and we had an amazing time.

Between going to the conference, helping with Pi Omega Pi activities, presenting, and sleeping, we did still find some time to see a few places. We walked the Magnificent Mile and enjoyed stopping in a few stores that we had never been in such as my favorite store, Tiffany's. :) We also spent a couple hours at the Navy Pier, even though most of it was spent inside because it was extremely cold and windy that day. But through the cold and wind, we managed to ride the ferris wheel, which was by far one of my favorite things. The view was incredible! We also had quite the experience riding the transit and bus system, which you'll have to ask me about sometime and I'll fill you in on a few good stories. And last but not least, we ate some amazing food! Such as ESPN Zone, Ed Debevic's, Pizzeria Ora, Bucca di beppo, and my favorite place, Cosi.

All in all it was an amazing trip, spent with some amazing people, and I couldn't have asked for it to go any better! Enjoy the pictures :)

The ferris wheel at the Navy Pier

The view off the dock at the Navy Pier

All of us at our Pi Omega Pi dinner

Our main lobby at the hotel

The view of the city from our room