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Two years ago, I nervously packed my bags and traveled alone to North Carolina for an intensive called Making Things Happen. I remembering being unsure of what the trip would bring + quite frankly – lost in my own business, lost in my own life. I had left the safety of my well-paying corporate job, started my own photography business without any experience and now what? I was floating, just stumbling along, unsure of what my purpose was.

Let me stress that now, looking back, that I cannot properly put into words the immense effect this weekend had on my life. It was life. changing.

So after three days of soul searching, goal setting, late night talks with strangers who felt like family, heartache and tears and prayers and empowerment and the most incredible group of women I have ever been surrounded by – I left feeling Brand New. Refreshed. Ready to run. I left re-affirming my place in this world, my purpose of helping others and creating change. I felt it in my bones, in my very being. This was my calling – but I had no idea what it looked like or how it would unfold.

So I took this momentum, these incredible experiences, and I flew home to Minnesota – convinced I was going home this brand new person.

And then nothing happened. There were no lighting bolts. No big ‘ah ha’ moments. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

A few weeks passed, then months. I would have an idea that I would dive into for hours, frantically trying to create something BIG. And then I wouldn’t like it, It wouldn’t feel “right” and it would get scrapped – a ball of paper thrown away. Looking back, some of them are funny and weird and plain ol’ insane. But, unknown to me, each failed idea was pushing me to keep going, to keep dreaming and thinking and creating.

As this past Fall rolled around, I felt a great weight. A darkness. It crept into my every day life, then my work and my business. I felt lost again. I felt so unmotivated to create art or really, do anything. More than ever I questioned what I was doing – why I had left a good job? A comfortable salary? My degree? What was my purpose? Social media only left me more disheartened as I allowed others’ lives to make me feel less than and unworthy. I was ready to give up my dream, walk away. Close shop.

And then, in the middle of a season of doubt and worry – It kind of just fell into my lap. In the process of working hard to be transparent in my own business and social media presence, sharing the ugly and the hard, I started to realize that so many others felt the same way I did: unworthy. So here we all were, floating aimlessly around each other, each feeling completely alone. We were literally Together feeling Alone (WHAT?!) The irony smacked me right in the face. How was this happening?

How were so many incredible, talented individuals feeling so inadequate? Whether a business owner or mom of friend or wife or student or husband or complete stranger – my social media filled with people reaching out to me to say YES. I’M IN THE SAME BOAT. And as much as a relief it was to know I was, in fact, never alone to begin with – it brought a much bigger question to mind: How could I create change? How could I do GOOD in my own community?

Lucky for Duluth, the groundwork of an amazing support system has already been laid. Our small business community is booming, and in the process is creating a network of encouragement for each other. Groups like Duluth Loves Local + our Duluth Rising Tide Society chapter (run by Bailey Aro) provide spaces and resources for collaboration + endless empowerment.

So using the building blocks of community over competition as a base, I am thrilled to announce the launch of a very special adventure: The Making Waves Project.

A project that was formed from a deep love of snail mail and the want to pass encouragement, love, support, high fives and endless positive vibes to all. The goal is to cultivate a community of empowered + confident individuals who value their own worth and are continuously raising each other up.

So what is The Making Waves Project? Simply put – cards with a purpose.

I designed each unique card, using an image of Lake Superior to start with. The cards have different messages on each one – some have quotes, some have phrases or words – but each has been designed to inspire and cheer on someone in your life. It could be a quick Hello, a simple note of thanks, a “Hang in There” message or the pat on the back they might just need. Simple words on a card could Be The Change. They could make all the difference.

With each purchase, 10% of that sale goes directly back into our community – a different local non-profit being the recipient of that donation each month.

And as this project gets started (and has it’s growing pains and inevitable kinks) I ask for patience + grace as I welcome feedback, always looking at ways to improve reach and growth – as well as seeking out local organizations you feel would be a good fit for a monthly donation. If you have one in mind, please email me at info@janecanephotography.com / As I move forward with the Making Waves Project, I will also introduce new cards – always keeping the images local, grounded in this hillside city we call home.

I am so thankful for my friends and peers and even complete strangers that offered love + support + encouragement on days they didn’t know I needed it the most – they saved me from crumbling and giving up. They saved my dream. From those small acts of kindness, those moments taken from their busy lives to raise me up – comes the Making Waves Project. Proof that small ripple actions, they can create BIG WAVES. // Ready to order? Click HERE!

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Seeing this gorgeous gal as a Senior gives me all the feels! I met Gemma when she was just 2 years old, babysitting her and getting to know her over the years while I became her PCA – then getting to see her grow and change and break barriers around every corner. In College my mom also became her PCA, so I got to spend even more weekends and family events with her – soaking in that awesome giggle that echoes across the room when she laughs. Taking these senior photos for her was so special for me – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her – such a funny, smart + incredible young woman. Wishing you the best year yet G! xo

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Keegan + Allie met as Freshmen in High School – both too shy to say hello in English class, it would take an entire year for Keegan to finally ask her out and the rest, as they say, is history. This week they just celebrated 11 years of adventuring through life together + will (finally) be tying the knot next Summer in Duluth! We had such a fun session hanging out and soaking in the great Duluth weather – of course Tuck, their handsome pup, was there too. The poor dude had a  hilarious brush with death as he stumbled into that big ol’ Lake Superior during our session – but I apparently have hidden talents as a dog rescuer and all was well. A bit scary for him, but hard for us not to double over in laughter over his clumsiness …. poor Tubba. Always an adventure when he is around!

I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for these three – and all the years after that.  June 2017 is going to be pretty dang awesome!

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Daryl + Hilary knew they wanted to get married – they just weren’t sure when. Life kept happening, schedules filling up and so they decided to do it their own way. On a Thursday afternoon on the North Shore of Lake Superior they made it official with just their parents, a judge and the most hilarious of drop-in guests. (Because of course after planning this intimate, secret ceremony two local fisherman would come in during their vows and interrupt the entire thing!) But even that couldn’t take away from their beautiful celebration, laughter only making it more memorable. It was hard to keep the secret from their friends, siblings + co-workers – but the surprise was worth it!

It was such a joy for me to capture this special night for Daryl + Hilary and witness their love story start a new chapter along the shores of Lake Superior. (And I think I fell head over heels in love with Elopements!) Wishing Mr + Mrs Fuchihara a lifetime of adventure + happiness together!

Photography: JaneCane Photography / Florals: Bella Flora / Rings: Bagley & Company Jewelers

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I firmly believe that my job is to capture marriages, not wedding days. Because it really is so much more than one day – it’s everything that has led up to this day, the people who have supported you both, the tears and laughter and love that surround you as you celebrate your vows. Don’t get me wrong – I love each tiny detail + piece of decor that makes each wedding so unique, but my real focus (what really fires me up) is my client’s and their insane love for each other.

The way Corey stares at Bridget across the room, that’s love. The way she listens so intently to him in conversation, the way he makes her laugh so hard that it makes you giggle with happiness, the way they adore those around them – that is love. These two are incredible humans, amazing friends and the most genuine of people you will find. With every teary eyed speech + toast, it was only more evident how respected and loved these two are.

From start to finish, Corey + Bridget’s wedding day was perfection. Each thoughtful detail put into place to let their guests know how much they appreciate them, how much it meant for them to all be there. And I don’t think Bridg stopped smiling all day! It was pretty amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better day for such an exceptional couple. Thank you for allowing me to capture your love story C + B, xo

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Ceremony: The Woods Chapel
Reception: Minneapolis Golf Club
Bride’s Dress: Allure, from Effie’s Bridal Trunk
Bride’s Shoes + Accessories: Macy’s
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss, from Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s
Florals: Emerald Events & Design
Hair + Makeup: Orly Tenenbaum & Megan Prouty
Rings: Diamonds Direct

 

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