FireCracker’s 2 year old pics

Thanks for the comments on the online SnapShop….I am so excited you all are excited! It is a pretty big deal for me and I’ve got some nervous anticipation about sharing it with some of you in August. Thank you for your kind support!!


Back when I posted the boys birthday pictures I made a comment about being impressed with moms that have themes and props for yearly pictures. I feel like I’m doing good just to get it done! Well, the day before we left for Colorado it dawned on me that we’d be in gorgeous scenery and I could do my daughter’s 2 year old pictures there. I called my mom and asked for her help making a last minute dress. She, of course, ended up making it and I observed pretending like I knew enough to help. The next day as we were loading the car with luggage I thought it would be fun to incorporate some bunting and other things. I grabbed bunting off my shelf. Then I threw a hot glue gun, dowel rods and pink scrapbooking paper in the trunk…just in case I could make something to go with the bunting.

Once in Colorado I was on constant mode trying to find a good spot, but posed pictures were the least priority to my kids. One evening about an hour before we were going to put the kids to be I decided to attempt it that night. I gave FireCracker a quick bath hoping it would revive her curls the dry Colorado air stole. As we were getting on shoes to leave I remembered the pink paper and dowel rods. I cut the paper in the shape of waving banners, drew “Two” and “Years” on with a pen, outlined the edges, and hot glued them to the rods. We drove over to a nearby hiking path and I grabbed a few shots. It was all thrown together fast and furiously. Not the well planned out attempt I had in mind, but it worked.

Everything shot with my Canon 5D and 85mm f/1.8 lens

ISO 100, 1/320, f/2.8……….ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.8


ISO 100, 1/320, f/2.8 – both

ISO 100, 1/125, f/2.8….ISO 125, 1/200, f/2.8

ISO 100, 1/500, f/2.8

ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8

ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.8

ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.8

The kids ran out of patience and we ran out of light so I called it quits. I didn’t find a good spot to hang the bunting, so I was a bit bummed over that. I also decided the pen wasn’t dark enough…so I took a sharpie over it. Then I opted to just to keep her dress, shoes, headband, bunting and flags in the car….you know just in case. Well, the next night on the way home from another town we crossed a big bridge with access down to the river below. I made Chris pull over and I changed FireCracker’s clothes and lugged everything down to the water’s edge. I propped two sticks up among some rocks to hold the bunting. She didn’t want to hold her flags, so I stuck those in among the rocks too. These make me happy. I already have a canvas of this one from Mpix in her room.

ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8


ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8

ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.8

Well that is really only part of the story of getting her 2 year old pictures. But, I know you guys like to see the more realistic side of things….so here you go…..

When she got tired of me she ran to him.

This is where he fake falls into a ditch just to get his little sister to laugh.

“Ashley, how do you always get your kids to smile for the camera? My kids never cooperate like that.”

She won’t always smile for me…but I have a little plan called “the Brothers effect” to get rid of tears and bring on grins. It involves 3 big brothers acting like goofballs for her enjoyment. Works nearly every time.

Dress made by my mom (Amy Butler fabric), Shoes from BabyGap (old), headband from Lou & Lee (hot glued onto a metal headband)

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  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - Haha, thanks for sharing the “behind the scenes!” All of these pictures turned out great. My little guy turned two last week as well. Wish you could have taken his 2 yr old pics as well:)

  • Kathie M - So very cute! :D

  • Denise - love, love, love!!!

  • Karissa - She is adorable, happy or sad! You can tell she really loved runnin’ around with those flags, though!

  • Nicole - Holy Christmas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the b/w with her on the rocks – how cute! The story behind all of them is priceless – thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole - oops – sent too quickly. the dress is oh-mazing! and can’t wait to hear more about the online SnapShop!

  • amber - She is precious. And so are your sweet boys. I have a soft spot for crying toddlers. Don’t know why. It gets me in trouble with my own;)…thanks for sharing the good & the “bad”…or the “funny” side of catching her at 2. Sweet, sweet.

  • Amy - so that is the trick… siblings!! haha! she is adorable.

  • Amanda - The brothers effect is perfect. Seriously priceless :)

  • Jeannette - I’m almost crying these are so good – and about the online SnapShop – Hello – the world will love it – I need it too!

  • cailan - Appreciate that your persevered and did it Twice – and so glad you did. Wow. these are so sweet. Can’t believe that sad face! What a cutie-pie.

  • Katie - I LOVE the brother effect! It works like a charm in our home as well:)

  • Amy K. - She is so cute, I just want to EAT her. Gobble her right up. YUM!

  • Heather - Great pics, but seriously, my favorite part is the series at the end! Love it!!

  • Kelli - You are impressed with those moms that have a plan and an articulated method, coordination and all that and most of them are impressed with your laid back, go with the rolls and it all works itself out in the end. The pictures look GREAT, both sets and all the outakes, isn’t it awesome that with todays technology we get to keep every memory so close and tight?

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  • Samae - OMG. I love these pictures!!! So cute.

  • Susan P - o i am in love with your photography, your talent, your vision, your blog and your children! these are wonderful photos. and THANK YOU for not making the rest of us feel totally inept by “being real” and including some less successful photos.
    I love your nickname for your little girl…makes me laugh. would love to know the story behind the name. but what a personality she must have….her expressions are just over the top….total and enthusiastic joy or complete anguish. those “real” shots made me laugh out loud….not at her distress, but at the situation.
    thank you for sharing your world.
    God bless

  • Susan P - oh, btw, the first photo on the page reminds me of my middle daughter at that age….

  • Eryn - I can’t even handle how cute “the brother effect” pictures are. I have 8 nieces and nephews and am the designated photographer of the family so I am usually the one jumping up and down and making crazy faces for smiles. I’d love to have a brother trio to help me out! ;)

  • Norma - I have been following your blog for about a month…your life and family has truly been a blessing and inspiration to me. Thank you

  • Momofthree - What great pictures! In our family it’s my hubby who stands behind me to get the kids laughing and if I snap enough pictures I can find at least one with a great smile pointed in the right general direction:)

    I love the black and white shot of her holding her brother’s hand. So sweet it brought tears to my eyes.

    Thanks for sharing

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