Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kennedy | Cottage Grove Cake Smash Photography

Kennedy’s day started out a little rough with the 50 degree temperatures, which she didn’t like towards the end. But then she was rewarded with her super fun one year cake smash. This pretty little lady loves to support her daddy who is currently enlisted in the United States Army. She finally gets to see him again in August! Thank you for leaving Savannah and coming back to Minnesota to visit this summer. We had a smashing good time!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Inver Grove Heights Patch Feature | How Honeybee Photography Started

Honeybee is very excited to be featured on the Inver Grove Heights Patch news site. Back in April they reached out to ask if we would like to be featured in their business spotlight. We were honored!
Honeybee Photography Twin Cities Best Photographer Featured IGH Patch

They wanted to know how I got into the business and what my favorite thing was about what I do. There were so many things that ran through my head and many reasons why I love what I do!

My mind wondered back to when I got my first camera in grade school. I remember I couldn’t stop taking pictures. They were of my younger sister eating in her highchair, birds, clouds, the couch, my brother napping. You name it, I photographed it. I am sure I can find some of those photos in a box somewhere.

At some point during my childhood, my dad bought a 35mm camera and he was the one who would come to all of our sporting events and take photos of us kids. He would sit at the end of the fence during softball or up in the balcony at volleyball snapping away. Not only was it fun to see the end result, but it also helped me learn about my positioning on the court. Wow, photography helped me with volleyball? Who knew?

My passion started about 15 years ago. It was around that time that I started to realize how important it was to have these photos! Wherever I went, a camera was in my bag. At this point in time, I was capturing memories for myself and my scrapbooking habit.

I started to receive many compliments, which started to spark some ideas! As mentioned in the Patch article, the first time someone asked me to photograph their family was 5 years ago. My girlfriend just had a baby and she wanted photos to capture her tiny toes, small fingers, wrinkles, and smile. Because she was “family” I didn’t charge her for them. My first gig was free.

My hobby has turned into a part-time job for me and I love what I do! Even when I am NOT looking through the lens, I find myself taking photos with my eyes. Mental photos!

I LOVE capturing honest, fun-loving and everyday life; the ordinary moments that we all take for granted. I love making seniors feel beautiful during their session. I love capturing laughter of children interacting with each other. I love knowing that my photographs are hanging on the walls of my clients. I love donating my time to charities and gift certificates to fundraisers. I love bringing out the personalities of each client. I love having fun during the sessions with my clients.

One of the most memorable sessions I had was during one of my senior shoots when our vehicles were broken into while we were shooting off Concord Avenue. Read all about it here on my Walking on Broken Glass blog.

  • Thanks to my dad for buying his camera and showing me how important it was to capture memories.
  • Thanks to my husband for assisting me a photo shoots and allowing me to spend my spare time doing what I love to do!
  • Thank you to James Sanna for reaching out and writing the story about Honeybee!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Do You Take A Camera With You Everywhere? | Twin Cities Photography

Life is unpredictable!

I leave the house without a camera as much as I leave it without my keys. Life happens around you and you never know when you will see something worth shooting, like a double rainbow, the plane flying into a sunset shot, or the instant rain downpour on your Summit Avenue walk. To me, choosing moments to capture are more random than planned.

My friends use to call me ‘paparazzi the radio’, which was a play off the fact that I took photos of everything and love music.

I don’t take my DSLR everywhere with me, lets face it, it's a hassle to lug around a purse (which by the way is already filled to the brim, come on, I'm a women) and a camera bag, but I do have my Canon point and shoot with me about 90% of the time. When I need to travel light, I have my Galaxy SII on me which takes relatively ok photos.

There was a poll last month (May 2013) on a website that I frequent asking readers if they took their camera with them everywhere they went.

Here are the results.

77% of the almost 20,000 people who responded take a camera with them everywhere, which does include a camera phone.

The same poll was given back in January 2009 and the changes were very subtle. (The results were from around 18,000 readers at that time). 

More and more people depend on their camera phones for everyday use than every before. This is not shocking to me because it seems everyone has an iPhone or Android compared to years ago and camera phones have improved drastically. Be honest, you see all the Instagram shots on Facebook just as much as I do! With the rise in camera phone use, the use of point and shoots have declined while DSLRs were slightly on the rise.

What about you? Do you take your camera (point and shoot, DSLR, whatever) with you all the time?

Regardless of the results, if you see me around the cities, just know that I may be taking a photo of an ice storm in April, my Cherry Berry dessert, the lonely guy at the airport, or your feet walking through a puddle.  


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Townhome For Sale | 4728 Blaylock Way Inver Grove Heights MN | MLS 4374065

Beautiful end until townhome with open floor plan. 3 large bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Lovely master suite includes large bedroom with beautiful views of the sunsets, walk-in closet and spa-like private master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. 2 car insulated garage with gas hook up for heater. Upstairs features large loft and laundry close to bedrooms. 4 separate living areas, one includes gas fireplace. 


  • The 4th of July fireworks can be seen from the deck
  • The colorful sunrises shine through the windows
  • The garage is insulated, even the garage door
  • Quiet neighborhood and friendly neighbors
  • Access to the great walking paths
  • To get your “dog fix” head over to the nearby dog park
  • The decorated living room during Christmas
  • The window in the living room pulled from an old house in Stillwater
  • Obviously the scrapbook/craft  room
  • Lisa, the property manager of the association, is very nice and quick to respond
  • The garage is set up to add a heater
  • The great communities of South St. Paul and Inver Grove
  • The beachy spa-like master bathroom
  • 10 minute drive to all Minnesota Wild games
  • $20 cab ride from downtown St. Paul
  • 20 minute drive to all Minnesota Twins games
  • Two living spaces – one for her and one for him
  • Walking distance to Caribou, Old World Pizza, Gerten’s Greenhouse, Relax n Tan, Walgreens, McDonald’s, Siedl’s Lake Park, B52 Burgers & Brew, El Loro, Applebee’s, Jimmy John’s, and much more
  • The master bedroom is large enough to fit a large king size bedroom set, comfortably
  • Clean water from the central filtration system 

Featuring Water Filtration System 3 Bedrooms & 3 Full Size Bath + 1/2 Bath Insulated Garage Jacuzzi Tub in Private Master Bath Upgraded Kitchen Cabinets Walkout Basement 4 Living Spaces Gas Fireplace