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Logan + Katina have this incredible positive energy about them – the first time we met, they treated me like we were old friends and filled my belly with the tastiest of treats (So I immediately wanted to be their Best Friend) They work their booties off creating + serving incredible baked goods at their coffee shop Downtown – the Lake Superior Bakehouse. And If I could go there and eat the Ham & Cheese Brioche everyday, I would – seriously the BEST. If you have never been, you should probably make it a priority asap!

They fill their days spending time at the Bakehouse, but making sure to find time for themselves – cooking together, searching out the freshest ingredients, adventuring with Sachmo (their handsome pup!) and enjoying music and life side by side. Their engagement session encompassed my very favorite parts of Duluth – the Northwoods and the Lake – and was not lacking in humor or laughter!

These two are really quite incredible – hearts of pure gold – and I cannot wait to capture every incredible moment of their Wedding Day this Fall!

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Today, or somewhere in the black hole between 11:59pm and 12am, I turn 29. A Leap Year baby who never gets a real Golden Birthday – since February 29th is obsolete this year. Not that something so silly as a missing date on the calendar could ever stop me from wearing gold sequins and celebrating anyways. (I hear Champagne for breakfast is a thing) My most exciting plans for the day: renewing my Driver’s License.

Pretty festive right? But it’s actually kind of fitting – not only because, in true fashion, am I doing it on the last day possible (It’s probably on a to-do list somewhere in my house, written weeks ago and buried under a pile of old mail) but also because it will be the first time I confidently walk into the DMV and have no shame in writing down my real weight. In years past, I have always flubbed – guesstimating 5 or 10 or 15 pounds under the reality of this curvaceous bod. But Year 28 was a turning point for me. A lesson in self love and self awareness.

It was a year that looked Fear in the face and laughed, a year that sought contentment over yearning for more, a year that allowed me to look in the mirror and find happiness. Though I continue to fall victim to the comparison game and too often allow myself to feel less than – It’s a work in progress. But Year 28 also brought a new found confidence. It brought an understanding that my time here is too precious to worry about how I look or how I match up against others around me, instead bringing clarity to an idea of community. Focusing on how I am making people feel, raising up, cheering on, supporting – not tearing down, validating others, being a voice for the voiceless, staying transparent and honest and unapologetically being myself. My flawed, imperfect, unique self. And filling my days with actions that create change, not just should haves and would haves. It was a year of Jumping Right In. (Even when sometimes I should have waited and put on the floaties and just hung out in the shallow end) But was a year of No Regrets.

Year 28 also brought a handsome, bearded fellow in front of me on one knee, asking if I would be his forever adventure buddy. Luckily, I know the guy. (And Cooper approved)

It brought all sorts of new experiences and life lessons. I tried Fondu for the first time – and wondered why I hadn’t had it in my life sooner. I fell in love with Sour beers and bite sized anything and something called coffee. I realized that losing weight isn’t as important as being healthy. Tiny, small, seemingly insignificant changes always lead to big results. Salad dressing on the side is surprisingly awesome. Couponing is strangely addictive and extremely satisfying. Weekends are made for Northwoods adventures with my two dudes and staying up late means making it to the 10 o’clock news. Wrinkles are a blessing, a sign of years passed – something I promise to never take for granted. And the idea of spending the rest of my life with Andrew Spilde is an excitement I can’t describe, but can attempt to with limitless double chin smiles.

But overall it was 366 days of challenges and failures and utmost joy. (And you bet I am counting that Leap Day we had last year!) I learned to be completely and wildly in love with my life, every imperfect chaotic moment, deeply grateful for each new day I am given. Each breathe I get to take. If this year showed me anything, it was that life is not to be taken for granted and our time here is so sacred. So why not make the best of it? Do more, Be more, Connect more. The rest just falls into place.

But another year couldn’t be celebrated without some really important humans that said Yes and gave me life. // Happy Birth Day Momma, I sure am glad God chose you for me. I couldn’t have asked for more incredible, caring parents to teach me what honest love looks like, every day. I’m so gfateful for the years we’ve had so far, just us three, and all the years ahead we have yet to uncover together.

Year 29, I’m coming for ya.

Photo of my double chin grin by our incredibly talented friend + beer lover, Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

 

 

 

 

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Four years ago, I was approached by a client to take her boudoir photos. I blushed, not knowing what to say or how to react – immediately thinking this was such a provocative request (and one I would never do) I myself was the opposite of sexy, why would she ask me? How could I ever capture something so intimate and what would people think of my business?  But after a bit of research, and finding myself more intrigued by how to pronounce the word than how to photograph it, I decided to try it out and announced my very first boudoir mini sessions. At the time, it was hard to find hotels that would allow such events – as most were nervous about the idea or simply had no clue what it entailed. I also had no idea how to explain it or normalize this seemingly scandalous word that I felt almost needed to be whispered. It felt so private, so hush-hush. And it wasn’t easy to photograph. Those first sessions pushed me and forced me outside of my comfort zone, creating challenges I hadn’t faced in Wedding or Lifestyle photography. As a female who felt like I had zero experience in the world of sex appeal, I had to learn how to make others feel sexy. How to make my clients feel comfortable and able to laugh, to have an experience that was incredible from start to finish. And I quickly realized that it wasn’t all about the sexiness – but instead, the confidence.

As I continued to offer boudoir sessions over the next few years, I had the honor of connecting with so many incredible women – and getting to hear all of their stories. Stories of loss and struggle and self-doubt. Stories of heartache and challenges and darkness. But also stories of empowerment and victory and self-love. After almost every single session I was receiving emails from my clients sharing happy tears and feelings of confidence being restored. For me, I was seeing each woman as strong and brave, but they weren’t always able to see that in their own reflection. These boudoir sessions became so much more than work – they became a love language for me. A way to give back to women in my community, to empower and raise up my clients. It no longer felt embarrassing when someone would ask me about what Boudoir was – it became a topic of Pride for me. Something I could passionately and openly talk about, rave about, share about. It became bigger than the photos, it became a way to cultivate a community of women who unapologetically loved their bodies, imperfections and all. And it was incredible.

In the process of all of this, I had met another local photographer and convinced her that we should probably be BFFs – realizing that not only did we live uncanny parallel lives, we also both were crazy passionate about empowering women. So, it only made sense that we would eventually team up to open The Boudoir Suite last Winter. While we decided to continue to operate our own boudoir businesses out of this space, we share the gorgeous studio and both offer boudoir sessions year-round.

Each session I get to be a part of only further confirms that this is what I am supposed to be doing. That this was truly a calling for me. Nowadays you can find me sharing and posting all about boudoir photography on my social media – writing about my own boudoir session experience and always staying transparent with my personal self-love journey, while continuing to encourage others to do the same. The more open I am about body image and the power of boudoir, the more I realize how many women out there face the same struggles, the same frustrations with their body and confidence levels.

I don’t claim that Boudoir changes lives, but I do think that it can change a day or a day somewhere down the line or how you feel in that moment, in that studio, in front of the camera. And it definitely allows me, as a photographer, to share with each client how the world really sees them: beautiful exactly as they are. So if you have always thought about booking a session, but weren’t sure what it entailed or how to take the leap – just ask. I would love nothing better than to start a conversation with you about whether or not boudoir is for you, right now. I can’t promise I won’t shoot down all your excuses (No, you don’t need to lose weight. Yes, Mommas do it too. No, I don’t alter your body – because, shocker – I think it’s pretty incredible just as it is) But I will walk you through the process of what to expect and how amazing it can really be.

If you are interested and want to hear more, full experience boudoir sessions with JaneCane Photography are offered year round – always including professional hair + makeup, as well as your carefully edited images in a password protected gallery with digital downloads and the print release. Luxury albums and print products are available with additional investment, but not required with booking.

Thinking “Hell Yes, Sign me Up!” or simply just want to see the details? Feel free to email me at info@janecanephotography.com // Want to stay in the loop + get boudoir announcements in your inbox? Sign up for the JaneCane Photography newsletter! And if you want to see studio sneak peeks and gorgeous boudoir images, make sure to follow along on Instagram: JaneCane Photography

 

 

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  • February 22, 2017 - 11:26 am

    Sydnee Bickett - I’m so happy that I did a mini session with you earlier this year! Holy smokes, the empowering feelings I still feel when I look at those images are just phenomenal. You’ve given me such a gift and I could never say thank you enough! 🙂 XOXOXO love you, lady!ReplyCancel

There is something oh so special + intimate about getting to capture first moments together as a family for my clients – getting to see them love on each other so fiercely, seeing them start this new part of their new adventure together. For some, it’s the first baby they have welcomed – their excitement shining through as they hold that tiny babe with so much pride. For others, it’s the second or third or fourth and big siblings are anxiously awaiting their turn to hold the newest addition. In every case, it’s a complete blessing to witness each new life brought into the world, surrounded by overwhelming love.

It was no different when I met the Celebelinski Family at the hospital last week – big sister Amelia greeting me, overjoyed to be showing off her new little Brother Wyatt. She excitedly grabbed the stuffed animal she had brought for him, chatting about what she would name him and how their stuffed animals would be friends. All the while, Wyatt cozied in with Mom + Dad, allowing Amelia to hug and squeeze and hold him. So sweet to see this family of three become a family of four // A true Valentine’s Day blessing.

Wyatt Bradley Cebelinski / Born Feb 14, 2017
8lbs 4oz
20 inches long

 

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Last Fall, my gal pal Bailey called to tell me that she and her husband Hutch had decided to start fostering dogs through Animal Allies. It didn’t surprise me really – they both have hearts of gold, a love of everything regarding pups, pup drool + puppy snuggles and had just moved to the country, so they had endless space to run and play for those four-legged friends. What was a surprise was their first placement: a momma and her eight (yes, EIGHT) puppies. They were 3 days old, could fit in the palm of our hands and were the sweetest things ever.

But it wasn’t all cute, cuddly awesomeness – Bailey was great about being transparent and so honest in their journey with the puppies. They had their fair share of tough days and as time went on it only became more challenging. But I am so in awe of both their stubbornness to not give up and their insane ability to give fully, never expecting anything in return. Fostering pups is no small task, but fostering a whole liter for over 50 days – that is borderline sainthood.

When their time with the puppies came to an abrupt end, it was no shock that Bailey + Hutch (and big brother Summit!) had decided to adopt sweet Mowgli from the crew. He is so snuggly and loves hanging with Summit, who has been so patient and kind to the new kid on the block. // And if you want to hear all the goodness about Mowgli’s journey – hop on over to Bailey’s blog and read the details!

So now I think I can successfully put “puppy newborn session” on my resume. Because really, what is better than puppy snuggles and big bro Summit’s sloppy kisses? (And high five to Bailey + Hutch for putting up with my baby voice and ridiculous antics to get Mowgli to look at me) This family is one of my very favs and it is such a joy to watch this new season in their life unfold!

 

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