Since launching JaneCane Photography in 2012 I have had the honor of telling countless stories - engagements and wedding days, first hours at the hospital and growing families, boudoir sessions that celebrate confidence, worth + self love.
I have turned a business into a career and created a brand built on trust + integrity.
As a photographer, I pride myself on cultivating meaningful relationships with my clients, providing a photo experience worth investing in. While I make sure to capture the important moments, I also focus on the in-between moments weaved throughout your day - Mom lovingly adjusting your dress, Dad sneaking that last peek over at you before heading down the aisle, grandma and grandpa watching you from afar with so much pride, the look between the two of you as you exit the ceremony - pure joy filling that space.
I want you to feel all the feels and cry the big happy tears, reliving your day in photos and remembering every single piece of your celebration together.
And after the wedding day is over (and the dress is hung in the back of your closet, the cake eaten, the tuxes returned and the guests gone home) I focus on your legacy together. Capturing your growing family, preserving memories as the generations change, getting in front of the camera together whether you have human kids or lovable, slobbery four legged ones - these experiences coming together to create your own story.
It's about the sweet moments alone in the hospital, meeting your new babe for the first time - maybe a blessing you prayed years for. It's about the late nights and early mornings with toddlers, feeling exhausted and worn down, but choosing to capture this part of your story together. It's about images that show messy chaos and coffee-fueled survival through parenthood, but most of all - it's about simply showing up in your family photos. Because your kids won't remember how stressed out you were trying to decide what everyone should wear or how you looked or if everything went bananas on the way to the session and tantrums filled your backseat - but they will remember your laugh. your hug. your love.
And that's a legacy worth preserving, don't you think?
"Pretty little city built on a hillside"
- Trampled by Turtles
As a Duluthian, born and raised, I have a deep appreciation for the Northwoods and all the natural goodness + magic that surrounds us. My favorite hiking spot is Chester and if I'm not exploring the trails, you can often find me on the patio of Sir Ben's with my two dudes, drinking our local favorites + eating the best nachos in town.
Supporter of all things local, I love seeing other entrepreneurs succeed in this little hillside city. Our walls are covered with artwork from Duluth creatives, our fridge is always stocked with MN craft beer and I could talk your ear off for hours about my Pride for this inland sea. It really is something special. And if you've never been - go pack your bags right now.
The Duluth Hit List:
Bent Paddle, OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Coffee Co, Northern Waters Smokehouse, Lake Superior Bakehouse, Vikre Distillery, Hoops Brewing, Sir Benedict's on the Lake, Va Bene, Hartley Nature Center, Chester Bowl, Seven Bridges Road, Brighton Beach, Park Point and basically a trillion other suggestions that don't fit here.
Andrew, Amanda + Cooper
I met Andrew ten years ago at Bulldog Pizza in Duluth - he was the delivery boy, I was the waitress. Every year we still go get a heart shaped pizza on Valentine's Day, because - we're cute like that.
jk. I really like cheese.
And Drew knows the true way to my heart - carbs.
We dated almost 8 years before getting engaged in the mountains of Colorado and in 2017 we made it official (and threw an epic party along the Lester River) with lots of pizza and craft beer and 90s music. Thus, Amanda Jane Cane became Amanda Jane Cane Spilde. Four names, one business.
We live on the Hillside in a 100-year old home with our sweet,
4-year-old golden retriever, Cooper. Drew spends his days as a Brewer at Bent Paddle in Lincoln Park and Coop pretty much just naps and chases squirrels.
I've always known I wanted to be a Mom.
It was never a question.
But life has a funny way of throwing
Since August 2017, Andrew and I have been undergoing fertility treatments to try to grow our family. I chose to be honest, open
and at times painfully blunt about the struggle we continue to endure in hopes that others out there can relate or reach out for support. If you would like to hear more about our story or connect, ask questions, grab coffee, scream into a pillow, drink copious amounts of wine together - I'm your girl. Send me a message! And while this chapter has been brutal on our hearts, we know our story is still being written.
So is it hard taking newborn + family photos?
Sometimes. But mainly, it gives me hope.
This is my career and I would never let my own experiences take away from the joy that my clients' are experiencing in their lives. It is an absolute honor for me to capture the legacies + growing families of my clients - and having the privilege to photograph little one's first hours in this world is something
I will never take for granted.
I never wanted to be a photographer, in fact, I didn't even take a single photography class in high school. I was a sub-par student athlete who was determined to go to college, get a degree and wear my pantsuit + heels proudly into boardrooms for the rest of my life.
The plan seemed pretty clear.
Until it wasn't.
I had the degree, I had the job (and even the department store pantsuit) but I was feeling less and less fulfilled by my work > And I didn't know what to do. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Money was supposed to equal, happiness - right? (insert all the laughing emojis) As a stress release I found I really enjoyed photography - it allowed me to create and connect in ways I couldn't in my 50+ hours a week job.
But fate somehow took the wheel two years into my corporate career when the consulting team I was on was laid off. It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I knew I had to make a change for my health and wellness. So in 2012 I left my traveling healthcare job, picked up a camera with zero experience and took the jump. I started telling stories and capturing wedding days. And it was scary and exciting and terrifying and absolutely fulfilling.
Almost 7 years later I'm still finding fulfillment in telling your stories - stories that matter. I find so much joy in connecting with my clients, building relationships and providing images to be treasured for generations to come. Since 2012 I’ve been capturing beautiful love stories + wedding days, preserving family legacies through heirloom images (all the baby thigh rolls + toddler belly laughs please!) and empowering women though boudoir sessions and Beyonce dance parties. I am a huge supporter of community, and truly believe that we succeed most when we raise others up around us.