Several of you made comments about how I was able to capture the whole mice ordeal with my camera. One of the things I talk about in the SnapShop course is that I always have my camera out and available. If you think about it, a wedding photographer doesn’t keep her camera in the bag until a special moment happens. Nope, a wedding photographer has that camera fully charged, lots of memory and readily available. I’m not a wedding photographer anymore, but what I want to capture is just as beautiful. If my camera is tucked away somewhere, I would miss nearly everything I typically photograph. My camera sits in my kitchen. It is close to the backdoor and it is the room we spend most of our time. Because it is ready, I’m able to capture day to day life.

Day to day life around here includes a lot of one little girl being ‘caught in the act’. We were outside and I told her to stop playing and go inside to the potty. She turned around, said “NO!” My camera happened to be in my hand and I caught this. No folks, that is not water.

Grumble. Click. Grumble. Carefully carry her inside.

I also snapped a quick pic when I came around the corner upstairs to find her completely delighted with her “pretty toes”.

Groan. Click. Groan. Clean.

I heard water running in the kitchen and discovered my daughter with the hand washing obsession learned how to climb the cabinets.

Sigh. Click. Sigh. Dry up everything.

I groan, grumble, sigh and click because those are all part of the stories I want to capture. I would miss them all if my camera weren’t ready and nearby. I was sitting on the couch with my camera next to me when I heard that water running again. I grabbed the camera, rounded the corner and caught was could be one of my all time favorite photographs of her. I am so smitten with this picture, I want to kiss it.

Smile. Click. Smile. Dry everything up.


Our house is plenty big, but we are seriously lacking enough wall space. I want this as a HUGE canvas in my kitchen….but I don’t have a big kitchen wall. I love that has her in my old boots, the scar from breaking her leg, the perfect little turquoise chair, and even the mouse trap (no mice for several days, but I’m still jumpy).

Pictures like that can’t really be posed. You can try, but it is never the same as a true everyday moment caught. I know my kitchen and the lighting very well, so I was able to set my manual settings very fast…and she would have stayed like that all day washing those little hands if I let her.

Happy Friday….keep your cameras out and enjoy the weekend!

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  • Tamara - If you’d have a like button here like on facebook, i would click it for the last picture. great!

  • Becs - Gorgeous shots, the last one is amazing, love everything about it – and the boots! I used to keep my camera in the kitchen too, must put it back there. Happy weekend.:)

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - Love the pictures. I love seeing kitchens that are shaped like mine. Gives me ideas. I need to keep my camera out more. I am always afraid someone is going to break it.

  • amanda torres - My mom relishes in seeing Addie climbing on the counters. She says it’s paybacks. I absolutely love the boot picture. You could always put it on the ceiling. That’s what I resorted to when I was a teacher. Hmmmm…no more wall space? Put it on the ceiling!

  • AshleyG - Beautiful perspective! :D I’m in the same boat these days…ah, toddlers!

  • Keryn - Oh the light in that third photo?! So jealous. And that last photo couldn’t have been staged if you tried. Beautiful!

  • meg duerksen - BEST PICTURE EVER!!!!

  • Jessica S. - Precious.

    Now, I’m off to finally find that battery charger for my dead camera ;) Sincere thanks for the inspiration.

  • Nora Anne - I love this post! That picture is priceless with her little booted feet dangling! Love it :)

  • Sarah - That is a darling photo!

  • Liz - I love your post! Thank you for the gentle reminder to keep my camera out! How cute is that last picture? Love those boots, and the fact that they were your boots when you were little.

  • nicole - Man, I would give anything for my pictures to come out that clear! I play with it a lot but have the hardest time getting a good focal point.

    Beautiful pictures!

  • Sarah - Love it!!!

  • keri - forever folding laundry - That is my favorite picture I have EVER seen on your blog!!

  • able mabel - I had this kind of day today but forgot to grab my camera each time. Darn it anyway.

  • Shannon Phillips - Love Love Love!!

  • Jessica - you’re lucky to have such awesome lighting in your house! ours is surrounded by tall pines trees, leaving it rather dark inside… anytime I shoot indoors I have to have my ISO at 400 or greater. bah.

  • Bek @ WeAreWildThings - My little boy has a hand-washing obsession too. We were at the Drs that other day and he saw the sink and spent the whole time asking to wash his hands, I think she thought he had OCD! I love the chair picture. :)

  • Lori - Hey- I am trying to learn my photography course well – so I can take awesome pics like these. I LOOOOOOOVE that you have a girl like mine – headstrong, curious and OCD on the handwashing! The last pic is awesome. Enter it into every contest or just make a huge canvas and it wins first place in your heart always! love the boots. love the chair. love her dress, love the moment!!! beautiful as always – and hilarious.

  • Heather D - oh my goodness.. the first thing i thought as i scrolled down is that the picture of her little feet hanging over might be the cutest yet!!! great idea having your camera out and ready. maybe thats why all my photos are with my iphone ha!!!

  • Andrea - I just want to let you know how inspired I am by reading your posts! Your blog is such a breath of freah air and I always get something out of every post! That sweet picture of firecracker is absolutely stunning! I need to capture more of the everyday!

    Thank you!

  • Amanda D - I really LOVE YOUR BLOG! I check it every single day and you never cease to amaze/inspire/crack me up. I really do think we are living the same life sometimes. Thanks again for reminding me to never put my camera down!

  • Kristen - Oh my goodness… what sweet moments you’ve captured. I love them all, but especially the hand washing captures!

  • Mercedes - Lovely post, and my favorite set of pictures!

  • Lea Schelin - I completely in love with your blog! So much inspiration!!! What a beautiful, inspiring and positive person you are! THANK YOU!

  • little love - Oh my! Those boots!

  • Anna Joy - Would it be weird if I printed out this picture and hung it up? Yes? Ok, nevermind haha. Love it!

  • Nicki - Love the pictures, Just Precious!

  • stephany - I am not a photographer…well, not professionally. I use the auto mode on my Nikon D60, but I always have it with me.
    If it’s not on me, it is on the counter in the kitchen…by the backdoor…like you.
    I also bought a Kelly Moore bag just so I could carry my camera safely…everywhere I go!
    I want to capture every moment I can.
    Love your advice and your photos!
    BTW, I think our girls are really close in age…mine only has one big brother, though!

  • Elizabeth - The pic with the cowboy boots should be entered in to a magazine! you are cheating and not giving us settings…..the photo is so clear and beautiful!

  • Jodi - Yes, best picture ever!! Amazing!

  • Jamie - I need to get better with keeping my camera right where I can grab it… I’m going to work on that… because I love catching those everyday moments.

  • Josephine - pure love! <3

  • Juli - Bwahahahaha!

  • Kate B - Love these! I try so hard to keep my camera at my fingertips to capture those moments that make you smile yet groan. At times, though, the iPhone will make-do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jolie - Oh Ashley, I do love your photos! And your sense of joy! And I just wanted to say that seeing that boots photo, I knew exactly who took it – it’s so very you, and so very perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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