• Welcome to Sarah Sweetman Photography

    Who am I? I am a mother, I am a wife, I am a sister, I am friend. I am a kiwi, I am a world explorer, I am in love with finding beauty in every day moments. I am sometimes silly, I always love to laugh, I like to look for the best in everything.

    I believe photographs are a visual record of your story. I believe it is my honor to capture your memories so you can relive moments over and over long after they have passed.

    I believe in the real you. The beauty in the perfectly imperfect.

    I am an award winning photographer specializing in birth, maternity, newborn and family portrait photography. I serve the wider Seattle WA community, but also travel further when needed.

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Little Annabelle – she came to me 13 days new and I was so glad she did.  What a gorgeous baby girl.

Her dark hair and long eyelashes, rosebud lips and perfect round cheeks – oh my goodness – a photographer’s dream.  She slept like a dream and we were able to get so many different setups with her – I guess she already enjoys dressing up.

Welcoming to the world Miss Annabelle – I was so grateful to meet you xo

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  • Linda - September 11, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Your newborn photography is amazing! Love all the cute hats!ReplyCancel

  • Ale Garcia - September 11, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    I totaly love the close ups! You are a talented newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - September 11, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    What a precious baby girl! I love the details you captured during her newborn session!ReplyCancel

  • Amy S - September 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    I just love your photography work. Every session tells a story. This Seattle newborn’s parents should be so proud of their newborn’s photos!ReplyCancel

  • Amy S - September 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    I just love your photography work. Every session tells a story. This Seattle newborn’s parents should be so proud of their newborn’s photos!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Drews - September 11, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, she is just beautiful! I love how you captured all her little details in this newborn session. Such a sweet Seattle baby :-)ReplyCancel

  • Laci Frazier - September 11, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, I found myself squealing over & over looking through these newborn photos. So incredibly sweet & I love your range of poses. So sweet! Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Maloney - September 12, 2014 - 1:03 am

    Oh Anabelle is beautiful! What stunning newborn photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - September 12, 2014 - 4:35 am

    ooooh, this little newborn is beautiful!! i am in love with all the detail shots you got – she is scrumptious!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley eiban - September 12, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    oh my goodness! she is THE cutest sweetest thing ever! Love this newborn session!ReplyCancel

  • Ruben Nunez - September 12, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    What an adorable newborn shoot! She is such a cutie!ReplyCancel

  • Dianna L Hall - September 13, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Great poses for this sweet newborn baby girl for her mommy and daddy to enjoy. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Miller - September 13, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    So beautiful, those poses where amazing and really brings out the details in the baby! Fabulous Newborn Portraits! ReplyCancel

  • Allison - September 13, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Such a sweet little newborn girl. I love the detail shots. Those are always my favorite. Wonderful work from a talented Seattle newborn photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - September 14, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Absolutely beautiful newborn photos! I love how you captured all the little details.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi Pol Photography - September 16, 2014 - 3:10 am

    She is such a beautiful baby, and you did an amazing job with her newborn portraits!! I LOVE how you capture the sweet details like her little lips and gorgeous long eyelashes. ReplyCancel

The C family and I used to be neighbors when we first moved here from New Zealand.  She was the proud mom of 4 boys at that stage.  Since then, she has added 2 more handsome boys and now is pregnant with a sweet little girl.

Amanda was born to be a mother – she relishes it and thrives with having noise and bustle.  I always marveled at how organized she was and calm in amongst all the chaos:)

I loved documenting her baby bump – she doesn’t know if this will be the final addition to their family, but it is pretty special to have so many brothers in love with a baby sister.

thanks for stopping by the studio – I cant wait to hear of her safe arrival soon! xo

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  • Hannah Wehrheim - September 25, 2014 - 1:31 am

    This mama looks positively radiant! Gorgeous maternity photos Sarah! You are a talented photographer of course so I’m not surprised at all :)ReplyCancel

Nicole and I met at a women’s conference a few months ago.  She and I connected immediately – like it was so amazing that we had our stands beside each other and we were meant to connect.  I felt within minutes like we had known each other for a lifetime.

Now, Nicole is an amazing baker (seriously amazing – you need to go and check out her blog at http://mrsralstonskitchen.wordpress.com/  You will not regret it).

Her love story with husband Ian is one of courage, unconditional love and support.  Ian was paralyzed when shrapnel from an exploding improvised explosive device lodged in his spinal cord while travelling down an Iraqi roadway, during Ian’s second tour of duty.  Coming home and dealing with the aftermath of no longer being able to move as he once could, was an adjustment for them both.  (you can read more here:  http://www.kwwl.com/Global/story.asp?S=13122154&sms_ss=facebook)

I loved watching them banter with each other – the friendship and love between them was just so sweet to watch and I adored being able to capture these photos for them.

Nicole and Ian – thanks for letting me capture these precious moments for you both – see you again soon xox


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  • Kennesha Poe Buycks - October 15, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Love this story and what an amazing job Sara!,ReplyCancel

Beautiful baby Christian came to visit me in my studio – what a handsome little man he was too.  That soft dark hair and perfect little features.  I loved how much his big brother Lucas softly held him while I took their first brother pictures.  Oh my goodness.

It was so fun to meet this little guy.

Welcome to the world Christian – I was honored to do your newborn portraits! xo

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  • Cari - September 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Sweet newborn baby photos. wonderful Seattle newborn photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - September 16, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    What a gorgeous family! You’re so close to me too… I might have to come to Seattle for newborn photography :)ReplyCancel

  • Corey - September 16, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    Oh, he is such a handsome newborn! Love how proud his big brother seems to hold him during their portrait session!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Layne Peterson - September 16, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    What a wonderful little sleeper you got in this Seattle Kirkland Newborn session! So precious! ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - September 16, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    What a wonderful little sleeper you got in this Seattle Kirkland Newborn session! So precious!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Bley - September 16, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    I love the one with the older boy on dads back! Such a great pose idea! Lovely sessionReplyCancel

  • Emily - September 16, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    What a sweetie! These a great newborn photos! Lov ethe little toes:)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - September 17, 2014 - 12:24 am

    I love newborn baby toes!ReplyCancel

  • amanda myers - September 17, 2014 - 12:50 am

    Aw, these are awesome newborn photos! You are a talented newborn photographer, I’ll be sure to recommend you to my friends in Seattle!ReplyCancel

  • Misti Marquette - September 17, 2014 - 3:57 am

    Love your site design! And this session is gorgReplyCancel

  • Lauren - September 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Pure preciousness right here! (Preciousness is a word, yes?) If I lived in the Seattle Kirkland area (and if I had a newborn — though sadly, that ship has sailed), you’d be my photographer, hands down. Lovely work — and congrats to the new parents.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Creech Loree - September 17, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - September 17, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    I love the image of the brother on dad’s shoulders while he is holding his newborn son. What a special image! Those are the images those two boys will treasure when they grow up. I think that sibling images can be the hardest to photography in a newborn session but they are truly some of the most special. This Seattle family must be so happy with them .ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Dotzko - September 18, 2014 - 1:03 am

    Seattle has a lovely newborn photographer :)ReplyCancel

  • Laci Frazier - September 18, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    I LOVE all the little details you captured here!! So precious. I bet his momma loves these newborn photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - September 19, 2014 - 4:45 am

    This is a beautiful newborn session! I love all of your poses and your lighting! So crisp and clean. And what an adorable little family!ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - September 19, 2014 - 5:57 am

    These newborn photos are absolutely adorable!ReplyCancel

  • christine d - September 19, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful Seattle family! I love the photo of dad and his boys and the sibling shots. Mom will treasure the one of her with her newborn baby!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - September 20, 2014 - 4:24 am

    These are some really cute newborn photographs! I especially like the details – you did a great job photographing everything!ReplyCancel

Two Summers ago I made the decision to, for the most part, informally do something special with the kids every day – it didn’t have to be big or expensive, but I wanted to make sure that the Summer didn’t pass by without making memories together – I miss them when they are at school all day and actually look forward to them being home over the Summertime.

Last year, we decided to make a bucket list to make our plans a little more organized – well more so I didn’t do forgot things:)

It was so successful, that I decided to do a new and improved version for 2014.

I don’t expect to get through ALL of these things – but at least each day we can wake up and tick something off the list if the kids are stuck on ideas.  I will try and make posts of some of the adventures we get up to:)

So, without further ado – and with a giant drum roll…100 things we could get up to this Summer.:)  Want to join me?

1. picnic at the park

2. play in a pool (yes, kiddie pool counts)

3. travel to a new city

4. homemade pizza party

5. make pet rocks

6. have a cousin sleepover

7. watch a movie at an park outdoor “Movie Nights”

8. go to a summer concert

9. tie dye t-shirts

10. go on a family hike

11. scavenger hunt walk

12. lunch with dad at work

13. visit the library

14. make ice cream in a baggie

15. visit the IMAX theater at Pacific Science Centre

16. create a fondue night

17. catch fireflies or bugs or butterflies

18. have a water balloon fight

19. pick berries & eat them

20. go to a parade

21. make homemade cookies and decorate them

22. hunt for shapes in the clouds

23. go to a water splash pad

24. play Legos

25. go fishing (pretend fishing is fine too)

26. build an indoor fort using blankets

27. make a fort in the forest behind our house

28. backyard water games

29. go to a soccer game

30. go to the zoo or aquarium

31. have a fun summer reading program

32. family bike ride adventure

33. catch a frog or salamander

34. make S’mores over the campfire

35. make and bury a time capsule

36. go bird watching

37. make homemade popsicles

38. play catch or frisbee

39. play a new board game

40. go see a fireworks show

41. mail a letter to someone special

42. attend a kids workshop at Home Depot or Lowe’s

43. have our own outdoor movie night with friends or by oursleves

44. camp in the tent in the backyard

45. learn to hula hoop

46. have a home dance party

47. go to  7-11 and have slushies

48. have a 1:1 date with each of my kids

49. fly a kite

50. go on a road trip somewhere new

51. do a fun science project

52. have a boys only / girls only weekend

53. make a bird feeder

54. draw with giant chalk

55. make paper airplanes and race them

56. make sail boats and race them

57. set up or make a slip n slide

58. ride “The Duck”

59. skip rocks in a river

60. make smoothies and create new recipes

61. go to a children’s museum

62. make something nice for a neighbor or friend

63. plant and eat from an edible garden

64. have a family talent show

65. play at the school playground

66. make friendship bracelets

67. create an obstacle course

68. have a real tea party

69. make homemade bubbles

70. go to an amusement park

71. make root beer floats and enjoy them

72. make homemade play dough

73. do a jigsaw puzzle

74. have a pillow fight

75. play mini golf

76. have an ice cream party

77. make sand castles at the park or beach

78. go to a skate park or skating rink

79. go to a local fair

80. homemade sock puppets

81. make a fun video

82. write a story

83. have a treasure hunt

84. go horseback riding

85. make up a new language and teach it to someone

86. go in a bouncy house

87. play flashlight tag

88. eat watermelon and have a seed spitting contest afterwards

89. make sun catchers

90. visit a park we have never been to before

91. go to the beach

92. ride a train

93. have a date with grandparents

94. have a puppet show

95. visit a farmyard/petting zoo

96. Go on a ferry ride

97. make candles out of recycled crayons

98. visit the Ballard locks

99. favorite movies marathon

100. make treats for your new teacher

So there you have it.  Our 2nd bucket list of fun Summer ideas.

What will your family be doing this Summer??

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  • Kristi Marie Hammond - June 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Thanks Sarah! This is a great list. We are making our list today, so thank you for all the great suggestions :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - July 23, 2014 - 5:10 am

    This is awesome, I can’t wait to do this with you!ReplyCancel

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