Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Confession

January 31st, 2012

It’s January 31st…where has time gone?  To say that I had everything figured out at the beginning of the year would be a lie. When I left my job to be full-time photographer, wife and mom, it was a truly a leap of faith. I said I trusted where God would lead me, but really…I was just praying that He would catch me and if I am really being honest, I was not entirely sure He would. Well here is what happened…

In the past 31 days, I worked hard…without working in the middle of the night. I slept a lot…including nap times.  I read a lot of books…more children’s than anything.  Ate…a lot and drank even more wine.  I started projects I used to cram into a few free hours and I am reveling in the fact that they are still unfinished-It means I enjoyed the moment instead of stuffing more things to do into them. I photographed a wedding…and admittedly fell in love with it in a new way.  I booked four new weddings for 2012 in my first three days of work.  I photographed newborns… and scheduled even more newborn sessions than I have had in the past 6 months. I took more photos of my own family (somewhere in the number of 2000) and managed to edit them before the month was over.  I ran outside…in the sunshine.  I drank coffee while having breakfast with my daughter everyday.  I met new people I am already happy to call my friends and was able to meet up with old friends without worrying about missing a few hours of being home.

As a family, we started hosting monthly dinner club for both friends and family.  We instituted family days where we climbed mountains…literally.  We ate dinner… all of us… at 5PM…almost every day.  We watched TV together and went to bed before 12AM.  We laughed… a lot.

Adalynn learned to drink from a sippy cup.  She also now can feed herself…no more baby food for this one.  From newly crawling, she is now able to make anything, including her little piano, into a walker to practice her steps.  She started a regular nap schedule and can clap and wave hello.  I didn’t miss any of it.  In all, I consider that my greatest accomplishment of the month on top of the fact that I finally captured a photo that shows light in my sweet little daughter’s eyes.

Needless to say, here I am… alive and well… jumping for joy.  This month has exceeded my expectations and of course God gets the credit.  He filled this month with amazing people, amazing opportunities and amazing… amazing… moments.  He has shown me day after day exactly what happens when you follow your heart and you trust where He is leading you. In this case, not only did God catch me, but He led me into a life of even more blessings than I can count.

What a month.





Take Me Away…

January 30th, 2012

It’s Monday and thankfully it is sunny here in Washington DC.

So no matter if are inside or enjoying the sunshine…here is a little something to take you away.

Make sure not to forget about the upcoming minis this weekend!

Jumping for Joy

January 27th, 2012

It’s Friday!  You made it! It’s time to jump for joy!

I am headed off to Baltimore for a fabulous wedding for this sweet couple.
Before you head out… don’t forget to check out the Valentine’s Minis!

Happy Weekend!

Something Sweet…Something Sultry

January 21st, 2012

Valentine’s Day is around the corner…Let’s celebrate with something sweet and something sultry for your little one AND for your love!

Sweet Heart Minis (For your Little One)
Enjoy these Valentine’s themed minis at Glen Echo Park.  The beautiful scenery, whimsical carousel and infamous red door provide the perfect backdrop for a mini to document your little one.
Each session includes 30 minutes of photography and a disc of 10-12 fully edited images.
Sweet Heart Minis are limited and will be on February 4th from 10am-1PM.

Super Sultry Minis (For your Love)
Feeling a little sultry this Valentine’s Day?  Have fun with these boudoir style shoots designed to make you feel both beautiful and fabulous.
Each session is done in your home or at a location of your choosing and includes 60 minutes of photography and a mini album to give  to your love.
Super Sultry Minis will be scheduled between now and February 4th and are limited based on availability and travel.

Make sure to contact us to schedule using the heading “Sweet” or “Sultry”!

Snow White

January 19th, 2012

I think every woman should have an amazing photo of themselves. With a little boudoir, a little fashion and lots of class…This has to be one of my favorite shoots of all time.

Isn’t it like a fairy tale?

Meet KD Productions…

January 18th, 2012

Meet Katie Durski of KD Productions… she is fun sweet and oh-so talented.  I am lucky to call her my friend and I wish I had discovered her amazing talent before I planned my own wedding.  Ironically, Katie and I went to high school together… we even played soccer together.  I recently saw her featured on the super fun wedding blog… Capitol Romance… and I went…”Hey! I know her!!” I couldn’t believe we had missed each other in what is often a small community of videographers and photographers, but I knew immediately we needed to connect.

Katie is young, modern, classy and what I think is a breath of fresh air to the industry of wedding videography.  I will be working with her on many projects through out the year and I am now happy to offer a video add on to all my sessions. SweetBee clients will now have the option to walk away with both timeless photos, as well as a little video that documents their lives.

This past Monday, Katie and I headed to downtown Bethesda for a little photo-shoot.  Working with her is just as fun as these pictures!  Can’t wait for the exciting year ahead!

Sweet Andrea

January 17th, 2012

No better way than to start the year with the newborn session.  Such a great reminder of new beginnings.

Drumroll please…

January 13th, 2012

The winner of the Valentine’s Mini is…. 


Congratulations to Keeley on winning the Valentine’s Mini Session and custom designed card from Libby Lane Press!

Thank you to everyone who entered.  Make sure to check your inboxes this weekend for a little something special just for entering;)

Next week we will release the rest of our Valentine’s mini details!

Happy weekend!!

Sweet Sneak: Little Andrea

January 11th, 2012


Can’t wait to share more of this little one!

I promise…It’s worth reading!

January 6th, 2012


With a new site… a new look… and lots of new stuff…there is so much to be excited about for 2012!  Instead of boring you with resolutions, let’s start this year off right by telling you what’s in it for you!

  • Minis and Events!  Each month there will be a themed mini or an event that will give you a great reason to love SweetBee photography even more. Whether you have a little one, or you just want a great photo of you and your loved one… there is guaranteed to be fun for everyone this year!
  • Additional session times!  Instead of trying to crowd things in on a busy weekend, we will have weekday sessions and times to accomodate your family and your busy schedule!
  • Something just for moms!  We know that moms love taking photos of their little ones! (I can relate!) Starting in March, there will be regular opportunities to learn the tricks to capturing your child just as you see them.
  • More talent and better products!  SweetBee is partnering with some of the best in the DC area to bring you the highest quality products possible.  For the first time, we will be adding a video option to your session, have more album options, and premium designed cards for all of your special occasions.

What better way to celebrate all of these exciting things than with a giveaway!

Enter to win a styled Valentine’s session for your sweet little one or your sweet love.
Session and digital files are included along with styling and a custom designed valentine by the fabulous Libby Lane Press! Just follow the instructions below!

Head to “Like” SweetBee’s Facebook Page.
Then, head to Libby Lane’s Facebook Page and do the same.
Finally, use our new contact form with subject “I love photography”.

Please note, the winner of the session must be with in or travel to the DC Metro area, have completed all three tasks above, and supply their full name and email address.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on January 13th.  
All entries must be received by January 12th.

Now wasn’t that worth reading??

Happy 2012!