About Jamie Birchfield
A Little About Me...
My journey as a photographer began as a child looking through all the old photographs of past generations my Grandmother had kept in boxes. I inherited some of them and I cherish all those images of relatives I never met, some images are over 100 years old. My love for photography grew from there and throughout my life I have always wanted to capture those moments in time of my family history.
I went back to school after years of working in non-profit organizations and I rediscovered a lifelong passion for photography. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in University Studies with a minor in photojournalism and psychology. My studies were concentrated in fine art photography, photojournalism and multi-media. My images have been published in four books produced by Southern Illinois University. And as a member of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America) I continue to learn.
I was born and raised in Poplar Bluff Missouri and moved to Illinois eighteen years ago. I love my husband and all our four-legged children (Dobermans & a Chihuahua). I volunteer my photography time at Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation to help save injured and orphaned wildlife and my church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Herrin Il.
I am blessed to live in the country on 60 acres between two lakes with lots of wildlife including a resident eagle who passes over flying from one lake to the other. I will be opening my two story photography studio on our property in 2015 where I will offer boudoir sessions, family portrait sessions, high school senior portraits, and pet sessions in addition to my wedding photography. I do also love to travel, especially to the beach and the majority of my weddings are out of state. I have photographed from Chicago to St. Louis and Destin Florida and locations in between.
My husband is a retired Army Reserve Colonel and a retired Police Lieutenant ~ we understand what it means to serve your country and community ~ therefore, we offer all current active duty military, Reserve or National Guard as well as all full-time Law Enforcement and full-time Firefighters a 10% discount.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website ~ please contact me with any questions you may have.
~ Jamie Birchfield