Hey there! I’m Melissa – a military spouse, mom of two, & lady behind the lens. I am originally from Colorado but have lived in Boston, MA, Tennessee, Texas, & now Oahu, Hawaii. I have an English Writing degree that never came into much use, but I love a good book and anything Shakespearean. I definitely didn’t grow up thinking I’d become a photographer. I originally wanted to be a journalist or school teacher. I absolutely love coffee, running, & the color mint green. When I’m not doing photography, I am wrangling my kids, homeschooling my preschooler, drinking lukewarm coffee (motherhood, y’all), & probably training for a half marathon.
I launched Bee Sweet in 2016 after a year of playing with my first DSLR that I purchased to document my first daughter’s childhood. Thanks to Claire, I fell in love with photography and took the leap to start this business. I named my business Bee Sweet because my name means “honey bee” in Greek. I have an affliction for all-things bee related. I originally started the business doing both photography and web design for bloggers, hence the “& design” bit. I retired web design in 2017 and chose to focus on what I loved most: photography!
To me, photography is so much more than just snapping pictures. The end result of a photo session is not just photos to me. It is a connection I create with my clients. I really aim to get to know you and your family. It’s memories of playing, laughing, and being genuine. Being behind the camera and computer editing is my happy place. I love seeing happy families playing on the beach, sleepy newborns just days old, and expecting mamas in sweet anticipation. Let’s make some memories together.
Headshot Photo Credit: Adrienne Cowen Photography