a few reminders to mention


Just a reminder that my Joss & Main Collection ends on Tuesday, March 4th. Click here to view it.


Registration for both SnapShop courses is now open. To register for either course, click here

Phone photography course dates:

May 4 – 25, 2014 – registration open

August 2014 – exact dates TBA

Oct/Nov 2014 – exact dates TBA

DSLR course dates:

May 4 – June 1, 2014 – registration opened today

August 2014 – exact dates TBA

Oct/Nov 2014 – exact dates TBA

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  • Erin - Hi Ashley Ann. I adore your blog! I’ve been following it for quite a while now. Your family is beautiful and I love your photography. I just wanted to let you know — I shared a link to your website on my blog today! And I made a little comment about your blog as well. I hope you don’t mind!! Here’s a link to it – http://www.lifeaswegoit.com/2014/03/i-love-blogs.html

    If you have an issue with it at all, let me know.
    Happy blogging!


  • Kat - Happy 10th Birthday from Australia. ????????????
    Our household has three boys as well. The youngest two are about to turn 10 in a couple months. Double digits is pretty cool – but hard on mums. I found the oldest turning 10 the hardest….same with 13! Hug your mum (and dad) and have a great day.

  • Kat - Oops. Sorry Ashley I posted this on the wrong blog post. Can you fix?

she lasts about 45 seconds

It snowed yesterday.

A week before it was in the 70s and I was in a state of bliss. And then the temps dropped, so did my bliss.

So, I did what makes me happy….convince a child to let me photograph her in the falling snow.

She was so excited about putting on her hat and boots. She was excited watching the snow out the window. She smiled when I first sat her down in the white powder. And as quickly as the smile came, it went. 45 seconds might be an exaggeration. It might have lasted more like 2o seconds.

She is like her momma – we don’t handle the cold with much grace. So, we went inside and cuddled with everyone else by the space heater. I’m getting a sunburn from the space heater.

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  • Meg - Oh man. That junk is coming this way. I told The Hubs I was revolting against Winter and put all our coats up. Looks like they’re coming back out. Her face in the last photo is totally perfect!

  • danielle - I am excited :) Now that we are home at least. We were driving back from Indiana Saturday night trying to beat it.

  • Kimberly Dial - A girl after my own heart! I’m not a fan either.

  • Birdy & Bambi - I understand her so well! I need sun and a blue sky to be in bliss!

    Love from Germany and the fatcatconnection!
    Read about Bambi meets Bambi!

  • Mary - Read this while sitting next to my space heater ???? lol

  • Mary - Silly intranets turned my emoji into a bunch of question marks :/

  • Louise - Ha I am the exact opposite…I hate the warm weather! Much rather it snowed.

  • Stoich91 - Haha smile melted right off this is too adorable.

    Warmth comes soon! Too soon for Florida, with beautiful 80′s right now, and nasty 100+humidity in a month or so! :( lol

  • Tracy - At least you don’t have the frozen tundra we have up in MN- 10 days away from breaking a 149 year record for being coldest winter… I am sick of winter. ;)

  • TheDenverPack - Too cute. I don’t blame her. And look how much more grown up she is looking in her jeans and winter coat!

  • Taylor - I don’t blame her! The snow is pretty, but it’s not really delightful in my eyes.



  • elizabeth H - there is a force field around Nashville…not once,once has my 3yr old been able to play in the snow. Not even 1/2 an inch!
    we’ve had these awful below freezing temps, and no snow.
    it flurried yesterday & my SweetPea was so excited & asked if she could go play in it…:(
    Little One looks like such a “Big Girl” in these pictures!

capturing us {a challenge to myself}

This is the week of guest posting! Funny how I only do a handful of guests post each year and they all seem to be falling in this week. My friend Kate asked me to share a little something about marriage on her blog. While working on the post, I started looking for pictures of Chris and I to include in the post. I was so bummed to realize how seldom I take pictures of just the two of us. Seldom, as in hardly ever. I have tons of pictures of him, but he is usually with the kids. I have tons of pictures of me, but I am usually with the kids.

I’m challenging myself to capture more of ‘us’. I know most of our pictures will be goofy iPhone selfies, but at this point I’d prefer that to what I have right now. We function as a team all day long. When I am homeschooling, he is working. When I am teaching SnapShops, he has the kids. When I am at Crossfit, he is home. When he is at Crossfit, I’m home, which means one of us is usually in gym clothes and needs a shower. If not, one of us is usually in construction clothes. I guess I’ve just unwittingly let all that keep me from snapping photos of us.

So, I decided to attempt to take at least one photo of just us for the next week. Chris is so easy going, he’ll pretty much agree to anything I ask, so convincing him was easy. Yesterday was attempt #1.

Chris was working on a house project. He asked about stopping to shave or change clothes, but I told him not to worry about it – this is life. As soon as I held the phone out, little hands started popping in the picture. But, again this is our life right now. I imagine there will be a phase where little hands won’t try to ‘mess up’ the shot and our daily routines will be very different.

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I like him. a lot. If you want to read my post on Kate’s blog…click here.

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  • kimberly oyler - how cute are you guys!

  • Steph - Ok when I first saw this I thought wow, her husband has very smooth almost baby like hands….

  • Steph - Not that there’s anything wrong with that!! Lol. Just a funny visual trick.

  • rachel - this is a great reminder! i have so many pictures of our son, but not many of the 2 of us!

  • Emily - I seriously thought those were your hands when I saw the picture and thought “whoa, she’s get tiny hands and tiny feet!”
    Love this idea, I literally cherish pictures of just my parents together, I think they tell such a beautiful love story.

  • Necole@seriouslysassymama - The last pic my husband and I have together was from 2010. We never take pics together which shocks me since I am always taking pics. They are usually of my girls and the life around me. I need more pics of Mr. Kell. He is a super hunky bearded man!

  • Carolina - I thought the hands were yours. Something like remember later and touch your hands. I think is a good idea.

  • Katie - Ashley, I am dying over the t-shirts you both are wearing in the picture on your guest posting! Where did you collect such fabulousness??

  • Taylor - Love this idea! I take pictures of everything, yet I have such a hard time finding pictures of my man and I. Obviously, this is something that I need to work on.



  • marie - Thank you! You made me realize that in thirty plus years of marriage there are few photos of my husband and myself. Better late than never…best get to picture taking!!

  • MrsFun - I love these pics, so fun.
    I feel it’s so important for parents to take photos of themselves for the kids, I blogged about it a while back.


  • Katie - Totally.Love.This. :)

  • Wendy - Thanks for the reminder! I have too few pictures of my hubby and I together and I always think I’m going to take some, but I seldom do. Tonight ~ out comes the camera :)

  • aearthr - I also wonder why the hands and the faces don’t fit proportionally. Now I know why. A really cute photo. Look like it can be a photography trend!

  • WEEKEND LINKS. - PINK LOVES PURPLE - […] I don’t really take a lot of photos of Brian & me anymore…  maybe I should challenge myself too. […]

  • mindy t - SO awesome that you guys are doing crossfit.. Its one of the best things I have ever done for myself and so much more fun when you have your spouse to share it with. Are you guys participating in the open?

  • Emily - This is such a good idea! I need to get more pictures of my husband and I. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Karen - This reminded me of a girl I follow on Instagram. She has found the same thing and so now when she purposefully takes a picture of the two of them, she tags it with #nathanandmaryembracethecamera. Cute and good idea.

  • Diana - I understand this!! Since we got our son 11 months ago the number of pictures of just the husband and I have gone down immensely! I take pictures of our son so often and I just don’t think to pull out the camera when it’s just the husband and I! Definitely something we need to get back into the habit of doing again!

  • danielle - I get more shots now that my boys are old enough for me to pass the camera to but I would still like to get more of my husband and I. Definitly something we need to work on :)

  • Missi - You two are beautiful.

  • Melissa - I hope this doesn’t sound strange, but Chris has the same nose crinkle as Little One when he smiles. It made me smile too! :)