Moments + Memories {our family photos}

A little while back, I posted the sneak peeks Ann Bennett sent us from our family session with her. We recently got the cutest flash drive from her filled with all our pics. It was hard to narrow down some to share here today. Some of these were in the sneak peeks, but I tried to select some new ones. I kind of wanted to post them all, but that would take a super long time to load and I didn’t think anyone would appreciate that!

If you are in the Tulsa area, Ann will begin offering these Moments + Memories sessions this spring! I can’t say enough good things about Ann. She was so sweet to my family. The kids instantly felt at ease around her. And despite all the crazy of my family, she seemed relaxed the whole time. She has given us a treasured gift. Thank you Ann.

Little One makes me laugh in this one…she has grown accustomed to the camera quite quickly.

I told Ann the one thing that was really important to me to capture was me feeding Little One. Feeding her has been such a journey and challenge for both of us. In our early days together, you could describe it as highly stressful for both of us. Little One still has some huge obstacles to overcome related to eating. It has been a very slow road for us and doesn’t show any signs of speeding up. However, where we are today is amazing compared to where we were in September – eating is not stressful, but enjoyable for her now. She has made big strides away from what she had known the first year of her life. That is the foundation we need to be able to take baby steps forward. I know in 16 years I will look back at this photo and be flooded with memories of these early days and her journey related to food. One day she’ll be raiding the snack bin with her siblings….and I’ll smile to see how far she’s come.

Poppy was in so many pictures too. She is a people cat. If we are in the house, rarely will you find her off by herself. (she’s behind my 6 year old)

Real life.

I do not remember him taping a feather to his head. Combine the missing teeth with the feather and you get awesome.

The mini cows…they are full grown.

“Pretend to be princesses.” ~ FireCracker

“Pretend to be ninjas.” ~Big 4 year old Brother

I am so thankful we did this session now, before surgeries. I love that this time in life has been captured. Priceless gift.

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  • Kimber-Leigh - these are wonderful. what treasures. i especially like the cookies on the floor (i’m sure that would be captured in our family too!) and the “pretend to be shots” :)

  • Caroline - Ashley,
    You have such a beautiful family!
    Everyone have their own characters and style, but you all come together so perfectly!
    Really really sweet!

  • Tonya - Looks like it was a fun day….even with a few spilt cookies :0)Such a gorgeous family.

  • Jack - Beautiful photos – this is what a family photo session should be – capturing moments and memories!

  • Kristin S - Love, love, love and a bazillion times over, LOVE!

    Lately I’ve seen a lot more family photo sessions IN the home. I think these will be precious treasures in years to come. I love pics of me as a baby or toddler in that house since we didn’t live there long. It is just natural.

    These are treasures!

  • Natalie - These are perfect! I love that you captured such precious memories! You have a lovely family!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - This is amazing! Love it :) What a special treasure- and seriously? The princess picture is my favorite.

  • Jen S. - I love to read your posts and get a peek into your wonderful family. Where did you get the light fixture that is hanging above the table where you are mixing? The wire frame one??
    I LOVE IT!

  • Debbie - I’ve been following and praying for your family. These pictures are wonderful! I especially love the ones showing the cookies on the floor and you kissing Little One outside. Beautiful.

  • Bethany - These make my heart happy

  • Debbie - I love the fringed boots little one is wearing. I bet Firecracker gave her those!

  • amber - I love that. Truly a gift. Thanks for sharing:).

  • seriously sassy mama - Those were precious

  • emmybrown - beyond delightful!

  • Jessica - I love these! Such a great idea to spend a “normal” day with a photographer!
    I am sure this has been asked before, but where did you get the poster behind you and little one when you are feeding her? I love it. I want one.
    I hope someday I can have more kids and make it look as easy as you do. Only have one and I look like a tranwreck ;)

  • Joy - Ashley! What treasures!!! You do such a great job capturing your kids in everyday beauty. They will treasure seeing you and Chris interact with one another and each of them. Well done, Ann!

  • DebZorn - You have such a beautiful family.These photos will be a treasure forever. Thank you for sharing them.

  • Stoich91 - Adorbs! ;D Also, Ashley, your pretend to be a Ninja stuff is totally real-looking-scary-awesome. I would hate to meet you in a dark alley at night! lol :D And your hubbie’s princess wave isn’t working out too bad, either! ;D haha

  • Larissa - Where do you get all the adorable headbands Little One wears? They are so sweet!

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  • Amanda Rydell - Oh Ashley,
    These photos are so amazing. What a awesome way to capture real life!! What fun you will have in a few years to look back on this day, and remember all the special memories. Little one is truly rocking that headband ;)

  • yvette - LOVE them, and yes you will treasure all the photos of before surgery. Although our sons surgery was very different (amputee) we hardly can remember him before his surgery. I truly treasure the ones we have!

  • Sophi Belle - Wonderful photos of your wonderful family!! <3

  • Jay - These pictures are amazing. I always love photo sessions of photographers. Not for the pictures themselves (necessarily), but because it’s such a statement about the photographer you chose, and the pictures are usually very, very good.

  • kelleyn - These are simply beautiful!

  • Kayla - These pictures are wonderful! I like they way they capture your family, and that picture of you and Little One on the blanket is so precious! Also, I really like your lace green shirt. :)

  • Kelsey - Where did you get your green shirt? It’s so cute!

  • Kerry - These images are saturated with genuine joy. So happy for you!

  • Gina - Awesome photos…all of them!! My favorites are the “real life” one and the one of you and little one outside on the blanket. I can see the love Little One has for you inthe way she is looking at you.

  • Kristine - Such great captures! & I’d like to know where your shirt is from too!

  • Sharon @ Discovering Blog - These are great, and I LOVE the one of you kissing her head. She is a real beauty. I love the relaxed feel in these pictures – nothing too overdone or staged.

  • Amber Campbell Hibbs - Those make me so happy, especially the burned cookies fallen on the floor. That’s the real stuff. That, and you kissing Little One on the head. Too cute.

  • Sarah - I recently stumbled upon your blog and read your whole adoption story, and cried through the entire thing. So inspired by your story. I’m loving following your posts now, I feel like I know your lovely family and its so fun!!

  • Heidi - Such a beautiful family!

  • Kiki - These photos are beautiful and I love that Ann captured your family in such a normal way–like she wasn’t even there to take photos (if that makes any sense!).

    And those princess + ninja photos are priceless. So funny and I totally want to do that with my *future* kids someday. :)

  • Katie - I LOVE your family. If one day I have a family even half as wonderful as yours I think I’ll count myself very lucky. You are all so beautiful inside and out.

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - beautiful pics…beautiful life!

  • Mary - oh.my.soul.
    these are just priceless and perfect.
    xoxo

  • Alice - I love these pictures and your beautiful family! Thank you so much for inspiring me with each blog post and for sharing these precious moments with the world!

  • Jacci in Ohio - Love ALL of these :)

    I am so thankful for you that you were able to have these taken. They’re perfect!

    :)

  • Barbara - I am in love with your family! <3

  • Rachael - Cookies on the floor!! That is so awesome. Proof that you are, just like any family, perfectly unperfect. I love it!

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  • Catherine - So beautiful. Brought back happy memories of my own brood now grown….it means everything in the world to have the gift of a happy family….

  • Barbara Janaina - Dear Ashley, you make me smile! I wan’t a big family just as yours! Kisses from Brasil

  • Dianne - I really like all the photos, they are so natural. My favourite one is the one with the bare feet and the little sock hanging down. God bless you and your family.

  • MJ - Maybe someone already asked this, but where did you get that “Love Jesus” poster from? I really would love this in our home. Thanks!

  • Rebecca - Its been awhile since I last checked in with you. I wanted to let you know how happy Little One seems to be in all the pictures. Not only happy, but at peace and knows she a part of a family and enjoys it. I look forward to seeing her dashing smile – even though she already has one that lights up the room.

  • Rosalind - These are really gorgeous, so wonderful to have simple things captured! Your green top is gorgeous too!! Going back a couple of posts, the photo of you meeting little one makes me cry every time I see it! It catches me off guard and you can just feel the raw emotion. So lovely seeing her happy and blossoming – God is good! x

  • Susannah - These pictures are beautiful!!! I’m sure you’re going to always love all the pictures you’ve been able to get before Little One has her surgeries.

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