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  • Hello There!

    I'm Sarajane, a blogger, workshop facilitator, and career consultant based out of Asheville, NC.

    I believe chasing your dreams shouldn't be so hard and I dedicate my energy to helping others to take large and small steps in their career while maintaining creative inspiration.

    This is my space to create whatever comes from my heart. It's not marketable, it's not always good, but it's honest. It's not uncommon to find stories from my experience, portrait projects, my thoughts on the world, and tips for how to make the most out of life.

    Grab a cup of coffee (or bourbon) and make yourself at home!

    If you're interested in a workshop or a 1 on 1 consultation get in touch through the consultation tab at the top of this site!

    with love,
    Sj

What is Boudoir? {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

As the process of incorporating boudoir into my work began I started receiving a lot of questions about what exactly it was. I think it’s an easy thing to misunderstand and something that I recognize  is a foreign concept to many. So, I wanted to take the time to discuss with you here what exactly boudoir is and what makes my work a little bit different than a typical boudoir photographer.

Shall we?

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No Longer Flying Solo. {Guest Blogger: Ashley Burroughs of The Cactus Tree}

Today I am very pleased to have guest blogger Ashley Wyatt sharing with you today! Ashley is the owner/writer of The Cactus Tree.  She’s an incredible writer and incredibly open and honest in her stories. Make sure to make your way over there if you need a little mid-week entertainment, you won’t regret it!

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Karlita Harriman - July 31, 2013 - 3:38 pm

sweet story Ashley and you do make a lovely beautiful bride and writer.

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A New Direction for Sarajane Case Photography! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

This has been a LONG time coming! I’ve been working feverishly on the new website for months now. Honestly, it feels like an eternity has gone by since the decision was made. But, I truly believe this is the perfect direction for my business. As I toiled over all of the little details that needed to be nailed down in order for this to happen, I had a lot of things to consider.

-Would this be something that could grow with me?
-Is it even possible to run a business that focuses completely on boudoir? {in western north carolina}
-Are there going to be people that don’t fully understand what I do? {and even be offended by it.}

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Cat Ford-Coates - July 30, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Brava Sarajane! Best of luck!

Perry Vaile Adams - July 30, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Congrats on the new direction (and having the guts to take it!) You’ll do grand! <3

J Elizabeth Ballard - July 30, 2013 - 5:45 pm

You go girl!

Jessica Clark Johnson - July 30, 2013 - 7:46 pm

love love love– can’t wait to do it!

Veronica Watts - July 30, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Beautiful!

How to Travel Better.

I’m not by any means an expert on traveling. However, I do have enough experience with different types of trips that I’ve obtained some pretty good tips to pass out to you lovely blog readers! I’m hoping this can also be a jumping off point for you to share your favorite tip with me! We can all benefit from sharing our little tricks with each other right? So, get to reading and then get to typing your number one travel must-do in the comment box below!!

 

1. Keep a toiletry bag packed! 

This is really only pertinent if you’re traveling frequently. For me, there are certain months in the year where I am going out of town just about every weekend. Because I’m super OCD about forgetting any necessary items, I always have a bag of toiletries packed and in my luggage. In my toiletry bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, facial wipes, hairspray, hair bands, leave-in conditioner, comb, moisturizer, sunscreen, q-tips, bobby pins,  and a finger nail file.

Your toiletry kit might contain different things than mine. But, at least you will never leave the house and wonder if you grabbed your deodorant!

Also, I keep mine packed in a clear ziploc bag. That way, it works whether I’m driving or flying. I won’t arrive at the airport and have to throw it all out.

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2. Utilize Social Media! 

I’m currently mid-drive to Nashville, TN. I stopped halfway in Knoxville for an amazing shot of espresso from Old City Java! Last night I posted the photo below on instagram and tagged some of the people I know love coffee and may have been to Nashville. I asked for coffee shop suggestions and was not let down with the response. Those lovely friends are the ones who suggested stopping in Knoxville on the way and I’m already grateful for that!

Your friends are a wealth of knowledge! Let them pass it along. Also, utilize hashtags for the cities you are traveling to. Some cities, like Asheville, have an amazing social media community that will respond to you with all kinds of tips and tricks for your time there!

This will save you so much time trying to google places to eat meals and is great for the introverts who aren’t as likely to ask strangers for meal suggestions.

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3. Divide your time!

I mentioned this before when I wrote the post about planning a big trip. But, it bears repeating. Make sure to not only see the things you want to see, but, also REST and relax! This may not be applicable when traveling for work. But, when traveling for your vacation, you do not want to return home less rested then you were when you left. You don’t need a vacation from your vacation!! It’s OK if you didn’t make it to that thing your friends said you just HAD to see. Do the things that are exciting to you and leave it at that! Enjoy the city and take a deep breathe!

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4. Try something new. 

Do something that you’re just a little bit scared to do! These are the things that you’ll remember.

Every time I’ve agonized over a decision or wrestled the butterflies of fear those are the moments that always end up the most majestic. Those are the stories you’re gonna tell your grand kids!

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5. Separate your luggage! 

I actually just read this tip in Real Simple last month. I haven’t applied it yet, but, I thought it was genius!

A lady said that she always divides her luggage with her travel partner when flying. That way, if one of their suitcases gets lost, they both have at least something to wear!

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6. Find something you can do on every trip no matter your budget! 

Make it a priority to do something that you love for every trip that you go on. It’s extra nice if it’s the same thing in every city. For me, that’s getting coffee. I like to try the best coffee in every city that I travel to. Often I remember cities and experiences by the coffee that I had there. Sometimes that coffee isn’t great, but, it’s unique to that place either way.

That’s just my thing. Yours could be going to art museums, parks, swimming holes, restaurants, farmer’s markets, clothing stores. Whatever it is, it will be a fun way to compare your travels to one another. It’s also a good way to learn about the culture from a different perspective.

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7. Pick a souvenir that you will actually use.

This is a big one to me. I’ll never understand buying a souvenir for the sake of getting a souvenir. It’s helpful to have a kind of souvenir that you like to get and stay consistent. For me it doesn’t even have to necessarily say on it the city you were in. Shocking I know! But, you will remember.

I always buy jewelry. So many of earrings are from other countries and scarves. That way when I wear them I can remember the trip and they don’t grow cheesy after a while.

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8. Learn about the culture. 

If you are traveling out of the country, it’s only considerate to read up a bit about the standards of other cultures. While you don’t have to be an expert, it’s just nice if you learn enough to be considerate.

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9. Write about it. 

Maybe you hate writing normally. I realize that most people aren’t regular journalers. But, at least keep one while traveling. Write free-thought for a set amount of time everyday you’re on a trip. Allow yourself to really process your experiences. Try to dig past the lists of what you did that day and get to the meat of what it means to you to be there.

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10. Know your options of where to stay! 

There are now multiple options for finding a place to lay your head! The digital age has opened us up to amazing communities of people that can make your travel experiences even better! However, you have to pick the right thing for your trip.

Couchsurfing.org – If you want to get to know locals and have someone show you around town! However, there’s an expectation of spending time with your hosts, if you’re looking to travel more independently, this wouldn’t be the choice for you.

airbnb.com – A little less time involving then couch surfing. There are no expectations to spend time with your host, however, your host may want that anyway. A great way to get the local perspective, be mildly independent, and save money.

Actual bnb’s – I LOVE bnb’s! Kyle and I stayed at our first one not too long ago {Hi Deb and Shell at Oak Hill on Love Lane!} I love talking to people, feeling at home, and it’s a level of comfort that can’t be matched at a hotel. If you’re extremely introverted and hate getting up for breakfast, it may not be the best fit for you.

Hotel – Best if you are wanting to not answer to anyone or if you want to go back in the afternoon for a nap. 😉 Get a good deal by calling directly instead of booking online, it’s helpful to ask if they have any discounts, sometimes, they’ll mark it down for you, especially if they are slow!

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Now, don’t forget to tell me your number 1 travel tip either on our facebook page or the comments below!

with love,

Sarajane.

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