My very first SnapShop was 6.5 years ago. A group of 10 women gathered in my living room to learn the basics of photography. My closest friends let us use their kids as models. My boys played legos with 11 cameras pointed their direction.

I spent a little time looking back at photos from those early SnapShops. Sweet memories. I started SnapShops because my family had reached a point where something needed to change. I was shooting client sessions and weddings, but longing not to be gone in the evenings and on weekends. My boys were 6 months, 2 & 4 years old…and I was pregnant with our first daughter. I felt like everything was suffering – my business, my family, my sanity. Change had to happen.

As I was contemplating change, all the moms around me were starting to buy DSLR cameras. I’d watch as they all would shoot in Auto and I dreamed of helping them learn to shoot in Manual – knowing the world that opened up to me when I first began to understand my camera.

In 2008, we made the scary leap. I would stop the shooting side of my photography business and begin teaching. I started SnapShops with a hope to help a few other moms and no plan or goal of where it would go.

A few years later our family needed change again. My boys were playing sports on Saturdays and trying to juggle teaching workshops on the weekends and a desire to be at their games was too difficult. In 2011, I launched SnapShop: DSLR online and then SnapShop: Phone Photography. My hope was to help more moms and be present for my boys’ games. Over the next 4 years, SnapShops would provide for 2 international adoptions and help support our family while Chris made a huge transition in his career. It is still so incredible for me to think about that provision.

And now it is 2015 and change is upon my family again. We are starting to get a hang of this leaping without knowing where we will land thing. It is still scary though.

Homeschooling our kids has been an unexpected surprise and tremendous joy. I was always one to say I’d never homeschool. The plan was to homeschool for one year, we will begin our 4th year next month. I have reached a crossroads again of feeling like everything is suffering as I try to juggle running a business and my roles at home.  I am stepping away from something really great, but with confidence that something wonderful is around the bend.

In September, I will offer my final SnapShop workshops. Writing that is both exciting and bittersweet.

It has been with great joy that I have walked alongside over 3,000 of you as you dove into photography. I’ve cheered from a distance as I’ve watched past students go on to far surpass me in photography. There have been countless days I’ve been discouraged and an email from a student finds its way to my inbox – encouraging me.  I’ve been humbled by those that took the time to share their story of what SnapShops meant to them. I have loved watching photography lightbulbs come on for so many.

SnapShops made this blog came alive for me. Through SnapShops I have had the chance to see your pictures, to hear your stories, and to dialogue with you in a more intimate setting. SnapShops allowed me to ‘meet’ students from nearly every continent. The personal connection with students – your stories & your photos – is what I will miss the most about no longer teaching. I will miss that part so much.

So SnapShops as I know it will be coming to an end. I have poured so much of me into the content and I’m working on a new plan for how to use it. Until then, I am moving towards teaching my final SnapShops!

Registration is now open for the Sept/Oct 2015 SnapShop DSLR and SnapShop Phone courses!

SnapShop DSLR – Sept 21 – Oct 17, 2015

SnapShop Phone – Sept 21 – Oct 10, 2015

And for fun…at little trip down memory lane. These are from the very first SnapShops offered in my home…before my white paint exploded on everything!

3.09Campbells-0683.09Campbells-0844.09Campbells-0604.10Campbells-3404.10Campbells-34706.11Campbells-081Very pregnant with my oldest daughter and teaching during a SnapShop. Sweet baby girl was born the next month.6.09Campbells-227

And just for fun…6 years later a final SnapShop date announcement with that not-so-baby girl.SnapShopfinalroundFor more information on SnapShop and to register visit ashleyannphotography.com/SnapShopWorkshop/

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  • Tessa - It is wonderful that you are willing to make the leaps and changes your family needs. Leaps of faith and change can be scary, but I like that you don’t seem to shy away from the unknown. I have to admit though I am sad to see the end. Your snap shops have always been something I hoped and planned to take ‘someday’. I look forward to what the future holds and hopefully one day I will be able to learn photography from you in another form or avenue.

  • Tanya - Congrats to you! Best of luck in the unknown; you’ll be perfectly fine. Thanks for teaching me (I took your course a few summers ago) how to use my camera and see the beauty around me.

  • Cassidy - Long time reader…first time to comment! Thank you so much for making the announcement, I have been wanting to take the phone course for so long but never seemed to prioritize my discretionary funds to make it happen. Well I just finished registration and can not wait!

  • Rikki - Best of luck on your new endeavors!

  • P Koziol - SO thankful I had the prvilege to take your phone course! I feel like a stalker now, though, as I realize how many years I have been reading your blog! :) Best wishes as you travel down a new road of adventure—I am really hoping it still includes blog writing! (And I am wondering if it also includes another future baby!?!?!)

  • Stephanie - I took your phone course and loved it. I really appreciate all your effort with that course. I really needed your post this morning. I am considering big changes to my career now that I have a little one and it was a good reminder that sometimes you have to take that leap even when you don’t know where you will land. Wishing you the very best for your next chapter!

  • Kelley - Took your dslr course 2 years ago and recommend it to everyone I know! It was amazing! Just registered for your phone course! Excited to review the composition info 2 years later now that my “photography eye” has been practicing more. And excited to learn about a few apps that may help too.

  • Stephanie - I am so thankful I had the opportunity to take your DSLR course in the spring of 2012, when my baby was still a baby! I had taken several courses before and yours was the one where everything finally “clicked” and I started in earnest on my photography journey. I’ve taken many classes since and grown a lot, but whenever I get frustrated that my “lifestyle” photos just look like life, minus the style, I read your blog and am reminded that the joy is in capturing the little moments in my family’s life, not just the big ones or when we look our best. Best wishes for your next chapter and thank you for sharing your talents!

  • Sarah - Ashley, I am so excited for your new adventure ahead and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Thank you for all the time and dedication you put into SnapShop over the years. I learned so much from your DSLR course. I had researched how to shoot in manual and it never made complete sense until I took your course. You are a great teacher and I’m glad you get to use that skill every day as you invest in your kids. Thank you so much for being a great teacher and a great example.

  • Alisa - I cried when I read this. CRIED. I took your course last summer after we adopted our baby. I loved it and learned so much. But apparently it touched my heart even deeper than I realized! Thank you for sharing this knowledge and love with us. I do hope you keep blogging.. it is such a joy and breath of fresh air to read your posts.

  • Caitlin E - Thank you Ashley for opening my eyes to the beauty of the mundane. Your snapshop class changed motherhood for me. Thank you for taking that initial leap of faith leading to your class, and many blessings on you in this next leap!

  • Kari - I felt like I won the lottery the day you emailed me with an invitation to the snapshot class. That was back in 2010 maybe? You are such a great teacher and I feel so fortunate that you taught me how to shoot. My camera is my bff now and even though I didn’t do anything “professional” with it I have so much fun being the family and friend photographer.

  • Vicki S - It was a huge leap for me to take an online course; especially in photography. I rarely posted my pics, but my knowledge about phonenography has improved my skill level greatly! I actually love my pictures and playing around with the phone now. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ability to capture sweet moments. I love seeing your pics of your precious family, and every time I pull out my phone in the future I will be encouraged and confident because of you!

  • Jess Z. - I’m torn…this makes me happy for you and sad for me! I was planning on taking your course this winter :( Would you ever consider selling a booklet of your course material?

  • Tracy R - I am so grateful to have gotten a spot in your DSLR class! I took your phone course and loved it! Congrats on moving on to new adventures and so thankful I had the opportunity to be one of your students!

  • Lexi - I too never thought I would homeschool and now we are starting our third year (we are also doing Classical Conversations). I know how much time, energy and patience hs takes. Blessings on your school year and your decision for your family. I’m so glad that I took your Snapshots course a couple of years ago. My days can be pretty mundane… school, laundry, dishes, cooking, laundry, but I can see what a beautiful life God has blessed me as I scan through my pictures. Thank you!

  • Amy D - I’m feeling sad these are ending, and I already took one! :) So thankful that I already had the opportunity to do your phone course about a year ago. I’ve learned so much, both from that course and daily from your lovely blog. So thankful for your heart to help us mommas (and others) capture life as the beautiful chaos that it is. I hope you continue to blog!

  • amber - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about typing out an email to tell you, thank you. I don’t really know why I haven’t made it happen. Too timid, too busy…anyway. But from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your passion & talent with people like me. Knowing how to use my camera is such a joy & gift. I am certainly not an expert, but love what I know & continually try to look for ways to know more & improve. This course is worth the time & the money & is so beautifully shared & inspiring to learn from. Yay for Snap Shops!! And yay for knowing the end is here. I know the Lord has so much more in store for you & your awesome family!

  • Catherine - wow! The way time flies!i began reading your blog before you had Firecracker and it’s amazing to think it’s been that long! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Nicole C - I have a beautiful DSLR camera, friends who are photographers but I’ve only want to learn from you. I just need to see if I can make it happen. We will be in Hawaii when it starts and I’d be behind but maybe it’d be worth it to learn while there.

  • Kathryn - Congratulations! Although I have to admit to being a bit sad as well :) I don’t have a DSLR (no money for it, plus I have no kids and not much to photograph lol). But I’ve always planned to get one eventually. And I always planned on taking the online course when I did :) Maybe I’ll take the phone course after all!
    Have you considered turning some of your basic DSLR tips into an ebook or something?

  • Amy D - I can’t tell you how much your DSLR SnapShop meant to me in my photography journey! I went from full auto to full manual and have never gone back! You helped me build so much confidence too! I’m also excited to keep following you and your family’s journey!

  • aubrey - Oh man, I have a deep pit in my stomach after reading this post. It has been a dream to take your dslr course since day one. My husband splurged and bought me a camera years ago for Christmas, but sadly I continue to shoot in auto. Your captures of everyday life with your littles has always inspired me. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to justify the cost of the course (no offense, I have no doubt it is worth every cent), but with it being your last…maybe the hubs would reconsider.

    Still a pit…so sad these will be your lasts.

  • S - I haven’t taken your class personally so I’m not sure what the layout/design of the course is, but have you considered recording the course for folks to purchase and take in the future? It sounds like so many people have been touched by this course, and maybe this is a way for you to continue to help folks learn but without taking away time from your family. :)

  • the inadvertent farmer - Just signed up…only took me 4 years to pull the trigger, lol! Can’t wait, Kim

  • Christina - I had hoped to take your class, but I don’t have the right camera yet. Are there any other online DLSR classes that you would recommend for a beginner?

  • Izabela - Can I sign up for both? I am really leaning towards phone photography, but don’t want to miss out on this last class.

  • Missy - I loved your SnapShop so much! I left so inspired to capture the beauty of the simple every day. And I so admire your ability to have such a graceful attitude and hopeful outlook when moving on to something else when it’s better for the whole. Looking forward to what your new chapter brings!

  • Loren Haar - Congratulations Ashley! Truly …. on a job well-done AND on the strength it takes to move on to something new when you know a change needs to be done. As one of the 3,000, I thank you with all my heart! I feel like with photography I have finally found something for myself that I truly love and that will carry me along for years to come in terms of all the ways there are to grow and learn — none of that would have happened if I hadn’t taken your class, which was just eye-opening for me. And if you are moving in the direction of using the material to write a book, my offer to edit still stands!! :-) Best of luck in whatever you decide to do next!

  • Catherine - How time passes…I believe I discovered your blog right after you discovered that you’d have a girl. I was still in high school then, at that time seeing you with your kids I was happy that one day I might have kids of my own. When I saw your first snapshot announcement I wish I had enough money to go to the US and pay for your course. I didn’t even had a DSLR camera, just a SLR but I really wanted to be taught by you! I even emailed you two or three times and you were always kind to reply. I had this whole fantasy of becoming self employed, doing photography and crafts.
    Even after so many years, this is one of the few blogs I still read every week, with my full time job I kept losing passion for some blogs but I don’t feel yours is a waste of my time. I do still love it and support your family from far.
    I am sad that it will be your last workshop. I just wanted to write this because I believe you’ve so much talent and I really admire you and I thought this might be the best opportunity to do it now as one more cycle of your life ends.
    If someday I do happen to have kids, my first role model is definitely my mom but you come in second, and it is weird to say this to someone I don’t even know but I connected with you somehow even if you just see me as a reader of your blog I see you as much more. I don’t even comment here much and every week I am here reading more posts.
    Thank you for keeping your blog alive and I wish your family the best.

  • AndreaB - Wow! I am so privileged to have been part of both your online courses which I absolutely loved! Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us moms who just want even a glimpse of those incredible memories using our cameras and limited skills :) I look forward to seeing what exciting things the future holds for you and your family. Thanks so much Ashley!

  • Kate Bremner - I took your snapshop phone class – I think it was your first one a couple of years ago when my wee girl was just six months. I am not perfect in any way but I have loads of great photographs capturing her life and our lovely wee family. The guidance you gave was invaluable and I love recording our journey. Good luck in your journey and thank you again x

It is so hot here…heat index running near 105 the last several days. Some cringe at the thought of intense heat. I cringe at the thought of intense cold temps. I can handle the heat, just get me near water. I’ll take heat & sprinklers over snow and layers any day. To beat the heat, we took an afternoon break to the splash pad. While my older kids ran wild having water fights, my youngest cautiously explored. Her caution was a bit funny considering her extreme lack of caution in swimming pools these days.

85mm, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2

7.15splashpad-0185mm, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/27.15splashpad-0285mm, ISO 100, 1/3200, f/27.15splashpad-0385mm, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/27.15splashpad-04A certain big brother dumped water on her head…she did not appreciate his attempt at humor. Daddy to the rescue.

85mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/2.57.15splashpad-0585mm, ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.57.15splashpad-0685mm, ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.57.15splashpad-07On a sidenote, I have a business idea for someone. Please create stickers that look like band-aids. Many kids go through the ‘band-aid phase’ – where they need a band-aid for the tiniest scratch. Band-aids get expensive…band-aid stickers would be a great product. Maybe they already exist. I’m off to google it…

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  • Cathy - My daughter is starting to love band aids now too. We find oval shaped stickers and she uses them as bandaids! She loves to wrap them around her fingers or ours :)

  • Caroline Kelley - Do you have a dollar terror dollar store nearby? I think I got 100 for a dollar when I was making a “doll hospital” http://babyccinokids.com/blog/2014/11/21/the-little-things-a-doll-hospital/

  • Sarah - These pictures are great! Can I ask where you got little one’s adorable swimsuit?

  • Amy - Oh gosh, we have the band aid problem too. And when one kid asks for a band aid, the ALL ask for one!

  • Jay - A better question than “settings” on a few of those is how you nailed the focus – particularly in the second from last picture. Tips/tricks?

  • Aimee - This may not be exactly what you were looking for, but they’re cheap! http://www.orientaltrading.com/bandage-roll-of-stickers-a2-13596795.fltr?prodCatId=551504

  • AshleyAnn - Sarah – it is a few years old (hand me down). I got it at Baby Gap when her big sister was her age

  • Jenn - our church had some stickers that looked just like bandaids for a first aid kit project that they were doing. I am sure they are out there. oriental tradings don’t look read enough. great splash pad pictures

  • AshleyAnn - Jay – I use ‘back button focusing’. Most cameras you use the same button to focus as you do to take a picture (shutter release button). Back button focusing means I use a different button (on the back of my camera) to focus and then the shutter release to take the photo. By using two different buttons, I am able to lock focus and not worry about the focus jumping around when I try to take the shot. Many cameras now have buttons designated for this. On my 6D it is the button that says “AF-On”. Older cameras have options in the Menu area to set it up. If you google your camera model and “back button focus”, you will probably find a tutorial for how to use it on your camera.

  • Kathie M. - I would love to design fun bandaid stickers! I am sure they probably exist but we are getting into that phase too! 😀

  • Jay - AshleyAnn. I too have a 6d and I too use the back button focus. I guess I just need a lot more practice!! (that said, my back button focus seems to act funny quite often – not locking focus as it should. I should look into that.)

  • Maria - I love how your youngest, the older she gets, the more she looks like you.

  • Julie - That is my favorite splash park. The hill is perfect for being in the shade and the grass on our big favorite blanket.

  • Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life - Haha! That bandaid thing lasts forever! My daughter is nine and alwasy wants a bandaid….she is under the impression that if you put them on for a few minutes they will instantly heal you and then you can take them off! Kids!

  • Laree @ Ever Heard Of Euless - I’m a little behind on my blog reading, but thought I’d jump in here for just a moment. I taught my kids that bandaids are only for blood. If you aren’t bleeding, you get an ace bandage. (my 5 year old calls it a “cast”). We wrap every bump and bruise and imaginary owie in those giant bandages. I love that we’ve been using the same ones for 6 years now, and they are quick and easy to throw in the wash as needed.

    Plus, you get some awesome pictures when their entire head is wrapped up like a turban. or a mummy!

  • Erin Cutts - Not really a cheap alternative to bandaids but have you seen this brand? http://www.trucolourbandages.com Bandage equality is their thing and they have bandaids for every skin color!! While right now my son loves character bandaids, the day will come when he just wants them to match his skin color. Thought you might enjoy too!

Each year I make family photo books. Well, that is the goal. I started in 2007 and have books through 2012. Then, 2013 came and went. And 2014 came and went. And 2015 has come. For so long I kept telling myself I would schedule a weekend to hide out and make the 2013 book and then another weekend for the 2014 book. I never scheduled those weekends. Honestly, the books have felt like a weight. I cherish the ones we have and am so thankful I was consistent to get those done during those years. Since I had made them for so long, I felt stuck. I had to make the remaining years.

And then one day I let go of that weight.

I decided 2013 and 2014 would be the years of prints. Maybe one day I would go back and make photo books, but I was not going to just let those years sit on a hard drive.

So…we got prints. 2 years worth of 4×6 and 4×4 (instagram) prints. And it is awesome!

7.15mpix-01The prints came as sets of 25 in clear sleeves. This helps keep them somewhat organized until I put them in a photo box. I know photo boxes run the risk of getting un-organized, but I just like the ease of pulling out a stack and flipping through them.7.15mpix-027.15mpix-03Photo Tip: Name your pictures by their date. For example, “7.15Campbells-01.jpg, 7.15Campbells-02.jpg, 7.15Campbells-03.jpg, etc”. I order all my prints from Mpix.com. On the back of each photo is the name of the photo. You could name your photos by the exact date they were taken, but just the month and year works for me. This gives me so much relief knowing if I don’t ever get around to writing more info the back of the photos, at least the month and date are there. This also helps if photos get out of order. The date stamp on the back is pretty light. My plan is to write the date and a little note darker, but my plan was also to make photo books for 2013 and 2014…you can see how well that plan turned out!7.15mpix-05I order 4×4 prints of my instagram shots. Mpix has a Tap-to-Print app that makes printing from my phone super easy.7.15mpix-06I like to use different apps on my phone occasionally to create grids and add text. It is fun to be able to easily print those photos as well.7.15mpix-07When it comes to picking pictures to print, photo quality is not even close to the top of my list of factors. I pick pictures based on the content of the photo, not the quality. Some of my favorite and most meaningful pictures are grainy and blurry. Don’t delete a meaningful photo because it make not be technically good.7.15mpix-09My kids were so surprised by the big box of prints that arrived. They are accustomed to flipping pages of a photo book. It was a lot of fun watching them thumb through prints. I make photo books and print pictures for us…for THEM. I don’t care if they get finger prints on the prints. I want my kids to enjoy photos…photography…my camera. Always being uptight and worried when they handle prints will not help me towards that goal. I did ask them to keep them in the plastic sleeve stacks just so they stay somewhat in order.

Looking back through pictures is a beautiful experience…for adults and kids.7.15mpix-107.15mpix-117.15mpix-12I told them they could pull out any prints that they wanted. They like to use them as bookmarks and hang them on their walls. A certain boy pulled out all the puppy pictures of Arley.7.15mpix-13“Look Mommy! It is me and my friends!” My kids, all 5 of them, love looking at baby pictures and learning about their early years through photos. Photography is a powerful tool for telling stories and learning stories.7.15mpix-14While we were reliving memories through photos, I found some really old ones. This is me the first time I broke my foot. I did a front flip off a wooden train my dad built me. The flip was awesome, the landing not so much. It was my first broken bone, but certainly not my last. The other photo is me and my dad in Canton, Texas..below it my dad and me on my wedding day. Pictures are meant to be printed!7.15mpix-15I am not sure what 2015 will look like. I am trying to do more video this year. Right now I am thinking about printing pictures again, creating a 2015 video recap and making a couple photo books of significant events. I still really, really like photo books. There is something so amazing about seeing pictures printed in a book format. Mpix.com has a new line of panoramic books that I would like to try out using our recent family photos.

I picked this post date with great intention. I asked my friends at Mpix.com when they would be doing a print sale – I wanted to share about prints and give you a little extra encouragement to PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! Starting today Mpix.com is doing a 25% off print sale. Use that extra nudge to print some of your photos. Order a few extra to share with friends or family. My kids love writing letters and slipping photos in too.

Break those pictures out of the digital abyss of hard drives and online storage – get some prints in your hands!

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  • Jen - This is so timely, my four year old was asking just this morning where her baby photos are…On the computer was not a satisfactory answer!!

  • Southern Gal - Thank you, Ashley. A weight is what it feels like when I think of all the photos on my hard drive just sitting there and never being enjoyed. I finally took some photos of Ethan for his 13th birthday. The last one on my wall was when he was 9. Now I have to print the things!! I took them in April, his birthday was in February. I let these kinds of things wake me up in the middle of the night. I love Mpix, so today I’m making time to select some photos to print.

    Question: Do you label your photos when you download them on your computer like that? I put mine in folders, but don’t label individual photos. Or is that something you do when you load them to print?

  • Brandi - I’ve been going through the same thing–just want to get the pictures off the computer to enjoy! But I’ve been waffling between trying a sort of Project Life album again (my first one was harder to put together than I thought) or a printed photo book. Just got an Artifact Uprising sale email and thought that was the kick I needed…now I’m tempted to go with the prints–I love getting a box of Mpix prints! Ha! Decisions, decisions!

  • Katie M. - We love Mpix too! Thank you for sharing. This may be the push I needed to print a bunch of my pictures.

  • Paige E - I love this, Ashley! Way to go letting go of the weight! I’m working on doing that with a number of things in my life I’m allowing to become a burden because of an expectation I have put on myself. Thanks for the encouragement to do so! Lets enjoy today and look for God’s blessings! Enjoy those awesome memories and prints!

  • Ashley - I remember finding a link to your blog a couple of years ago with your family yearbooks, and it inspired me to make my own. I’m in the same boat as you right now though, I’m so behind and the idea of completing a couple of years in backlog is kind of daunting. Hopefully I’ll have some time to spare sometime soon, or I’ll get some pictures printed like you did.

  • Charity G. - Love it! I have some pictures sitting in que to print but haven’t done the last step. I really need to – thanks for the encouragement.

    For the dates you could get small address labels and print them and then just stick them on. Might be faster/easier than writing if you decide to do it.

  • Melanie - Oh gosh…I also have 2013 & 2014 waiting to be printed into books. For personal family reasons, those years were pretty tough and I think I have somewhat dreaded the emotional reliving of it! BUT. Photography really helps me to see how beautiful life can be even in the middle of the difficult times. I am so glad I kept taking pictures. My photos are a reminder that we made it through! You have inspired me to want to finish those books. :) Thank you!!

  • Rachel - Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m going to share this on my facebook page. Been thinking of printing and organizing photos for a while now. Such a shame to only have them in digital form. There’s just something about photos that you can touch!

  • Krystina - This might be one of my favorite posts ever. I can’t really explain exactly why or pick to one reason. It just sums up exactly how I’ve always felt about photography and printing photos and looking through photos. I just LOVE your idea about how to title photos. I’m totally stealing that idea. It will make my life so much easier!

  • Amanda - I love this post and had just gotten the Mpix email, thinking I need to get ordering! Question: what phone apps do you like to make grids or add text?

  • Rachel - Thank you! I have been doing scrapbooks for 15 years. It is getting harder to complete them and this post feels like permission to switch it up. Maybe I’ll just do chatbooks or print my photos instead.

  • Cassidy Scott - What app made the “THIS HAPPENED!” sign on the picture with the Best Blogs magazine?

  • Paige Willingham - Hey Ashley… I’m thankful for this post – like many others. I love printed photos. I too am missing many years printed or in books, with thousands on the hard drive. Wondering how this isn’t just as time consuming if you’ve got to indibidually choose and rename photos? Would you share the process of picking and naming them so I can see how you did it efficiently? I can see myself sitting there for hours and there must be a quicker way. Thanks friend.

  • Melissa - What apps do you use to create grids?

  • Cathy S. - I’m curious too, what app you use for the grids.

  • AshleyAnn - Amanda – I used the app PicFrame for the grid. For the one with the text I used the A Beautiful Mess app.

  • AshleyAnn - Cassidy – I used the app PicFrame for the grid. For the one with the text I used the A Beautiful Mess app.

  • AshleyAnn - Melissa – I used the app PicFrame for the grid. For the one with the text I used the A Beautiful Mess app.

  • AshleyAnn - Cathy – I used the app PicFrame for the grid. For the one with the text I used the A Beautiful Mess app.

  • AshleyAnn - Paige – After I take photos, I download them to my computer. Edit them in batches in Lightroom. After I do any editing, I export them all to a new folder on my computer. When I export them, I rename them at the same time. Here is a post I wrote a long time ago. My file naming process is still the same:
    http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/01/27/backing-up-your-digital-photos/

    So, when I went to select photos to print they were already all named with the month and year. I just opened my harddrive and picked the ones I wanted to print. It took a few hours because I had 2 years worth of photos, but it was WAY LESS time than making 2 years of photobooks.

  • Laurel Libby - You have inspired me! I have too many years (2008 forward!!!) that I have been *planning* to turn into yearly photo books . . . 3 kiddos in and I am no closer to making it happen! So I’m going to get them printed off, and put them into albums, like we had in my family as kids. I LOVED perusing the albums, and want my kids to do the same. I’ll be too worried they’ll tear the pages to really let them enjoy the yearly books, albums it is!