Lipstick and Lace: Pretty in Plaid! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

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with love and lace,

Sarajane.

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Lipstick and Lace: Tree Swinging! {Raleigh, NC Boudoir Photographer}

 

 

Customizing these sessions to the individual has opened me up to seeing what is absolutely perfect about each woman! I love that this lovely lady and my best friend is so brave and SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait to share more from her boudoir session later this week!
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Boudoir Photography Groupon! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

Did you know that Sarajane Case Photography has a groupon deal right now?! You can get what is regularly a $300 service for $99! Wanna check it out, click the link below!

I’m only selling 10! Give it a look over and share with your friends if ya wanna!

http://www.groupon.com/deals/sarajane-case-photography

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with love,

Sarajane.

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Clean out a corner… {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

“Clean out a corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.”

-Dee Hock

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with love,

Sarajane.

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Introducing Luna DeJesus! {Raleigh, NC Photographer}

There’s something heart warming about documenting the different stages of my clients lives. I was incredibly blessed to photograph Emily and Sergio’s wedding day {you can check it out here.} Now, I cherish the opportunity to photograph their new baby girl Miss Luna! I’m not sure there will ever be a more loved baby in history! What a lucky little gal!

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with love,

Sarajane.

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Wedding Tip Tuesday: Garden Wedding Inspiration! {Asheville, NC Wedding Photographer}

This weekend I was IN a wedding! That’s right. I didn’t photograph a wedding I was just plain ‘ole in it. I LOVED every single minute of it. I loved seeing so many people that mean so much to me. I loved helping pull the last minute details together, giving that sweet bride a hug right before she walked down the aisle, and dancing the night away!

Another thing that I loved were all of the amazing details that Kate and John put into their big day. Everything represented them perfectly. The thing that I was most impressed with was that Kate grew pots upon pots of fresh herbs from seeds to be her centerpieces and guest favors! They were beautiful and so incredibly thoughtful.

Today, I decided to share a wedding inspiration board very much inspired by Kate and John’s farm wedding. While this board is very different from their day, it is definitely a spin off!

Check out this Garden Wedding Inspiration Board!

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with love and happy planning,

Sarajane.

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Success, Failure, and that Ugly Comparison Demon! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer.}

Sometimes, I see images of women that are SO beautiful. Beautiful enough to leave me feeling like anyone who ever looked at my face full of freckles couldn’t possibly see anything that would interest them. Or I see a girl wearing high waisted pants and looking GOOD in them! The looming doubt that comes with that can last for hours. The game of comparisons is a game that I’ve played very well.

Perusing the art of a photographer that I admire and in turn feeling like everything I’ve ever created might as well be covered in mud because that’s all I see when I look at it.

However silly those examples may seem to you, we all have our things.

Maybe there’s someone at work who just keeps doing so well that you don’t feel like you can keep up. Perhaps you’re shy and you know someone who can make new friends like it’s as easy as breathing.

Whatever our particular comparison demon may be, here’s the good news…

There’s plenty to go around! 

Plenty of everything. Someone else’s success does not equate our own failure. It doesn’t have to.

But, it can.

If I look at Jane Smith and think to myself, “There is no way I will ever be as good of a frisbee thrower as her. Well, then I never will be.

But, if I look at ‘ole JS and say, “How do you throw your frisbee like that?” Well, that’s an entirely different outcome now isn’t it?

The same goes for beauty which we can not change necessarily. But, I can’t think of a time where I’ve thought wow, that person is beautiful, but, that person is SO MUCH MORE beautiful.

Why is that?

Because there’s beauty that can be found in every single shape and form. Perhaps for Jane Smith it’s her bright eyes and shiny hair. But, for you it might be your lips and the way you hold yourself.

The thing that I hope we can all take away from this is the mere principal that we’re much better off celebrating the success of everyone instead of being threatened by it. There’s just so much to go around!

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with love,

Sarajane.

 

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Agbeke Maternity and Family Session! {Asheville, NC Photographer}

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with love and family,

Sarajane.

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This is the Good Life! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

I’m sitting in my favorite coffee bar. Drinking my favorite drink. Watching the rain pour outside.

Honestly, I’m nursing a bit of a hang over from the weekend and I’m having to do work on my day off.

This should be a bad day.

I don’t know if it’s the pitter patter of rain drops outside, the cozy feeling among the customers today who are hunkering indoors, the sweet friends I have here, or the music.

Likely, it’s the combination of all of those things. The combination of all of the good things in life.

Here are a few of the things that I’m particularly inspired by this week…

1. My Floral Notebooks by Rifle Inc. 

I’m a pen and paper kind of gal. I realize that a lot of people have taken to the digital world a little more quickly than I have. However, the thought of typing a list on the computer, or pouring out my thoughts by clanking keys, well, it’s just not appealing to me. I keep EVERYTHING in these little books. They came in a pack of three and are just so pretty. Everyday I look down at it on my desk and it makes me smile. I love floral prints, especially against my white desk.

{It also makes a great addition to my instagram photos, so…}

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2. My new Pen Holder!

While we’re talking about my love of floral…

My lovely friend and co-owner of The Goods Asheville helped me layout my office. She recommended that I get a vintage tin can to hold my pens. During our meeting, my lovely bride Allie from this wedding came by! I told her about my need for a vintage can and the next week when she came by to pick up her final package she brought this with her! I’m IN LOVE with it!

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3. My Morning Coffee! 

I finally got my coffee set up moved into my new office! It’s allowed me to make my morning cup after I’m already at work. I’ve really enjoyed that peaceful beginning to my work day. Just taking the time to handcraft a great cup of coffee before delving into the depths of work that day!

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4. Making the Wedding Album! 

Last weekend I made my way to Raleigh to photograph Luna, the beautiful baby of one of my couples. I so enjoyed that in itself. But, the icing on the cake was perusing their wedding album and finding out I made the cut! I adore you Emily and Sergio!

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5.  Making things from scratch. 

I have tried so many different eating methods in my lifetime. Different restrictions. From low-carb, no carb, vegetarian, weight watchers, 6 meals a day, 3 solid meals a day, etc. But, the only thing that I REALLY believe in is eating real food. My opinion on that is un wavering and I stand behind it. So, I’ve been putting my focus in that place and I’m really happy there. Last week I made spaghetti sauce from scratch. The week before that I made my own barbecue sauce. Above the health benefits of not eating preservative or sugar-filled foods, it’s just plain nice to put some thought and intention behind my food. It’s also a self-esteem boost to make something that you have just bought in a jar your entire life.

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6. My new dry erase boards!

My original plan when designing the office was to have a long magnet board along the length of my desk. But, that presented me with a lack of space for my to-do list. I thought I may just write it on paper to hang on the magnet board. But, while I was perusing Ikea last week I found these guys! I love them because they not only serve as a place to hang papers that need to be dealt with but, they also allow me to write and change my to-do list everyday!

Also, they’re transparent and mirror my new website that you will hopefully get to see very very soon!  

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7. Affogatos!

An affogato is a double shot of espresso over a scoop of ice cream. Yep! The first time I had one of these we were couchsurfing on the coast of Italy. Our host made us one with a stove top espresso maker and I was in love. Needless to say what I had there is very different from the craft specialty level affogato’s I’m getting here. While the flavor is better here, the sentiment carries over from Italy. I love the sweet ability to reminisce over that hot night.

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8. Seeing my words in print! 

I have a gift for down playing when good things happen to me. Especially when I worked hard on something. I’m much more comfortable celebrating someone else’s accomplishes than my own. But, last week two articles that I worked very hard on were published in WNC Woman’s Magazine. They commissioned me for the job last year and I had an amazing time putting together the pieces. Then, last week, I saw them printed for the first time. Now, I’m used to seeing my pictures published and shared. But, my words. To see my words printed. Well, that was different. I couldn’t hide my joy and I certainly over shared. But, there’s something special about that for me.

I’ve had pieces published in the past, but, as I said, I’m not very good at celebrating that sort of thing. For some reason, this time was different. It felt like it meant something, and I’m hoping it’s a bit of foreshadowing into my future.

You can read the articles here and here!

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Sarajane.

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My Week and the Importance of Believing! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

Every morning I do my best to write three pages of free-thought. I learned this discipline from The Artist’s Way. It’s helped me to unclog creatively and in many other areas of my life. Earlier this week as I was writing my morning pages I ended with this sentence:

“I believe self-awareness is the key to good decisions. Self-ignorance is the gateway to poor ones.”

I think that can basically sum up my life. I’ve spent so much time working on being just right. But, the harder I strive for perfection the more likely I am to fail.

But, the moment that I take a look and ask myself what are you doing well?

Then, congratulating myself on that and moving on from there to what I can improve on.

Well, that’s where the real goodness lies.

That’s where I am able to take leaps and bounds.

Because not only am I aware of my shortcomings and the areas in which I need to improve.

But,

But,

I’m also aware of the areas in which I thrive. I’m able to take those leaps and bounds because I believe in myself.

Because, just like that tiny train, I think I can.

I think I can.

No matter what anyone else sees or believes. I have to first believe in myself.

That’s something I’ve lost sight of this week.

Believing in myself. Knowing that what I do makes a difference and has a purpose.

Knowing that no one else can do what I do or be who I am.

That I have an obligation to offer my whole self to the world and to do everything I can to be more.

Today, if no other day exists. At least I know I will have taken an assessment and patted myself on the back. Because I can’t wait on someone else to do that for me.

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with love,

Sarajane.

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