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Dear Men, 10 Things You Should Know About Being a Woman.

I took a poetry workshop with Kane Smego on Sunday.
{he’s amazing and you should google him right now.}

In the workshop he gave us the task of writing out three titles for a poem that includes the phrase “10 things you should know about being…”

We were supposed to fill in the rest with very specific descriptions of ourselves.
As I sat to write mine the next day, I found myself writing one much more general and it was more of a sincere list and less of a poem.
However, it feels like the one that should have been written and perhaps there will be more of these in the future.

Please note that this post is written with the understanding that everyone doesn’t feel this way all of the time. We all have our own degree of prejudice. It’s also written with a VERY CLEAR and sympathetic understanding of the struggles men face in relation to these stereotypes and stereotypes of their own.

For now…

Dear men, here are 10 things you should know about being a woman.

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Jordy Williams - September 17, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Nothing to grieve. I often judge to what degree I want to penetrate someone. My actions tend not to be swayed TOO much by that decision, however. Mainly because I am a human in 2014 and not a wolf or an ape or something.

Lindsay Lee - September 17, 2014 - 3:48 pm

All of this is the truth. And it’s dumb.

Briar DeHaven - September 17, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Woman, you’re knocking it out of the park with these truths!

Ali Wainright - September 17, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Thanks for writing!! I am going to repost this to my blog. This week, I personally especially relate to #8. I had to throw a guy out of the bar the other night for being a dim-wit drunk and my coworker was so surprised and impressed that I “handled it”. He would have never been surprised if any male, (at work or not) had sent this twerp walkin’. I for one, am not afraid of speaking my mind, and I am lucky that I work at a bar for this reason. I get away with saying a lot more in that position of power, than say, at a coffee shop. That being said, people do consider me “bitchy” on a frequent basis. Where’s the line? <3

Thoughts on Anger and Authenticity.

Recently, I became aware of how little I express my anger.
As in, I’m not sure I’ve ever expressed anger.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt anger.
I’ve just misnamed it.

I’ve called it frustration, annoyance, hurt feelings, even selfishness.
However, the truth is, sometimes, things just make you angry.

For example; sometimes you are asked a question and then the ask-er doesn’t wait for a response.
Sometimes, customers at the cafe’ where you work decide to be the most difficult, treat you like you’re not a human, and then they don’t tip.
Sometimes, you interact with men on the street who treat you as if you don’t have a college degree, haven’t run a business, haven’t seen more of the world and of human emotion then they could comprehend, rather, they just want to know if the carpet matches the drapes or if redheads really do have a higher sex drive.
Sometimes, you see injustice and inequality on a daily basis.
Sometimes, you see people treat homeless people like they don’t matter or exist.
Sometimes, things make you angry.

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Tackling September.

The month of August was everything I hoped it would be and a little bit more.
My resolution for the month was to do something fun every single day. Something that felt like a new kind of fun or the sort of fun that I don’t always have.

I did things as small as throw the football with my roommate or play ping pong with friends.
I shot BB guns with one of my favorites and went on a blueberry picking hike with another one.
As a side effect of looking for fun everyday I found myself taking risks that I wouldn’t normally take or saying “yes” to things that would normally intimidate me.
I competed in a slam poetry competition, DJ’d at a local bar, and lead a coffee tasting. { All thanks to wonderful connections with people that are already doing amazing things}

This month was incredibly refreshing and felt like such a gift to myself.
I feel stronger as a result of it and found myself being more productive in my free time when fun became my focus.

I find it easy to get lost in work, to place it above everything else in my life.
This allowed me the proof that I could rearrange my focus a bit.

For the month of September…

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Kimberly Spearman - September 1, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Very eloquently said. Sometimes we must stop, take a breath, and reprioritize our lives in a way that makes us happy! I wish you enough of everything that you need and long for in September!!! Thanks for sharing

It’s About that Time.

A friend recently told me I was radiant.

As she spoke I was analyzing a photo that she’d taken of me.
I felt old and worn. Everything but radiant.

There’s a piece of me at times, that aches to feel valuable.
To contribute to the world.
I can’t imagine what people are seeing when they look at me.
What they feel when they interact with me.

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Certain Uncertainty.

I haven’t been blogging as frequently.

Partially because I’ve found it difficult to find the time to write like I’m accustomed to.
Also, because I’ve been reading through some of my old writing, from college.

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