Funny that just yesterday I posted about how the session side of my photography business is on hold and then today I post a session. Figures it would work that way. I have been anxiously awaiting when I could post this session. We did it in May, but had to wait until after the wedding to post some. Christi was my first bride to opt for a downtown setting…we did some at a park too. It was so much fun – ideal setting, great lighting, a fun & gorgeous bride. Almost makes me want to start booking weddings again…almost, but not quite:)

Congratulations Christi (& Shane)!

Christi wanted a bit of a vintage look to the post processing – did I say how great she was! This first one she ordered a large gallery wrap canvas of. It was stunning.

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What you don’t see in the picture above is the strange man sitting on stairs behind me making comments about how gorgeous Christi was…we left that spot pretty quickly. Christi, I bet you won’t forget that part of the session:)

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  • Kari - Great job Ashley, as always! I have a cousin who could pass as this young lady’s twin, especially the last photograph!

  • Shannon Phillips - I was wondering if you were going to post this one. I remember seeing you that day. These are just stunning Ashley!

  • christina larsen - Beautiful as ALWAYS!

  • Liz - these are beautiful!!

  • Jill J - I especially like the 2nd one down with the tree rows behind her. And her flowers are gorgeous!

  • Melanie Ann - Simply gorgeous. I love them especially the vintage feel. Great job!

  • meg duerksen - BEautiful!!!

  • Rebekah Jean - Fantastic…I bet she loved these! The new blog theme is amazing too…..love the look and the concept!

  • Kristin White - Looking at these pictures makes me want to get married again (to my husband of course) just to have you take our pictures! Love the new website too!

  • Leisha - Your blog is beautiful! I can’t get over the wonderful pictures of the family at the top. (The bride was gorgeous too) Very creative photos-I’m loving it.

  • Christi Bjornberg - Ashley, I have fallen in love with the pictures all over again! Thank you so much! They are just BEAUTIFUL!

    Christi Bjornberg

  • Angie - Beautiful! I’m so blessed to have Christi as my sister-in-law!

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So you all had some pretty creative guesses on what I had in the works. Many of them made me laugh…pregnant, adopting, renewing wedding vows…those are BIG things. A blog makeover is a pretty SMALL thing! It was fun to read what you wrote, I think I’ll have to do something like that again. If you are wondering why the change…well it was just time. Over the course of the last year this blog has changed so much. What used to be a place to post sneak peeks for clients has become more of all inclusive creative outlet for me. I guess I am a blogger now:)For those wondering about my photography business – it is still on hold. Right now I am enjoying teaching SnapShops and I don’t forsee starting up sessions again anytime in the near future. Life is good at home with 4 kids and I just can’t juggle the demands of what sessions include right now. The blog content won’t be changing much – I was just ready to remove the “photography” part of the blog name. I am contemplating adding some small advertisements at the bottom. You can see a couple there now. I did a new “About Me” page and “SnapShop” page under the “info” tab. If you are interested in advertising, let me know. I have a lot of details to work out on that.

So…what do you think of the new makeover? Are the slideshow pictures slow to load? Comments please!

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  • Lisa - Oh, I love it! I think the slideshow at top is the perfect speed. It loaded right away for me.

  • Meagan - Love it! Of course, I am obsessed with birds right now, so of course I love it!

  • Shanalea - first off, i love the brothers “wrastlin” in the yard. I hope and pray that mine will continue to love each other and “play” together their whole lives. The blog makeover looks great too.

  • Cath - I love the makeover =) Looks great! Although I don’t comment very often I go to your blog everyday and I love your photos! You’re such an inspiration!

  • amanda m - I love the makeover!! I am a loyal blog stalker of yours. And the makeover couldn’t be better. The slideshow pictures aren’t slow at all. Eveything looks perfect.
    Keep the DIY’s coming…I enjoy those the most!

  • Kari - Love it!!!! You did great!

  • amanda torres - Love it! Looks great!

  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome!!

  • lesley - Great job & love it! I still don’t get the clues though – I’m going to have to go back through those :)

  • Melissa - I think it’s lovely – what a perfect name.

  • christina larsen - I love it. I guess our guesses were a little too big, but it was fun guessing.

  • Lauren Roberts - I love it Ash! It’s wonderful!

  • sheridan - Looks great! I love it all…pictures load great, loved your about me section, but mostly love littlest brothers face in all these photos!

  • Sara - Very fun blog makeover. I love your photography style and am so inspired by your work. I would enjoy an Advanced Class/SnapShop if you ever offer it. And I enjoy all your DIY posts. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shannon Phillips - Just STUNNING! Great use of the alphabet bling. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life…an inspiration to us all.

  • becky - Love it! I really enjoy the family pics – reminds me of my boys and we’ve just been blessed with a little girl too. I love the DIY…very inspiring. Hopefully I’ll be in town sometime when you’re doing a snap shop!

  • kelly - Love it!! It looks fantastic (of course!).

  • pamela - it looks so great! i’m happy you are a “blogger” and have recomended you to many of my friends. especially ones with kids. your creativity and positive attitude are infectious!

  • grace - Yes, I too love the changes! I would also be interested in ad space on your blog so if you could contact me with some pricing info I’d love it! email: grace@graciousmay.com

  • Sarah - Precious! Just love the idea!

  • Mandy B - I liked your updated “about me” section…however, I would like to know the 10 songs you have playing in your head.

  • Saundra Fowler - Absolutely love it!!! Your blog has been one of my favorite blogs to read!

  • Lindsey P - Love it!! You are so talented. I clicked on your blog one day just surfing around on the internet, and now I check it almost daily! You have a beautiful family :)

  • erin conrad - so great! nicely done.

  • bren - The new design is beautiful! The banner photos set the perfect tone for the site and the new tabs make it so easy to find things. I love the newest photos of your boys too!

Probably a picture only a mom can love, but oh how I love those little toes and Tow Mater bum…

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Things I never thought I’d say…

Me: “Is that a head under the oven?”, Them: “No. It’s a person.”

Me: “No, Indiana Jones does not want to go for a ride in your underwear.”

Me: “If I step on one more body part I’m taking off everyone’s hands and you’re not getting them back.”

Me: “Why is Dr. Raley in my coffee?”, Them: “He wanted to taste and see if he liked it.”

Me: “Do not put Dr. Raley in your mouth. Spit him out now.”

All in reference to the 100s of legos hiding out in my house. I recently purchased some reeds for $1.00 at Target, the boys thought I bought them for their Lego men. By the way, Dr. Raley is the kids’ pediatrician…they named the Sean Connery lego man ‘Dr.Raley’. Funny.

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Biggest Brother: “What is THAT?”

Me: “It is my lego girl. She is drinking coffee and chasing the bad guys on her jet ski.”

Biggest Brother: “She can’t drive and drink coffee.”

Me: “Yes she can. She is a woman and women can multitask.”

Biggest Brother: “Multi what?”

Me: “Multitask.”

Biggest Brother: “Can men do that”

Me: “No. Just women.”

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So the clues are related to my sycamore tree, the image with the 8 on it, our ‘shoe’ picture, and rebuilding something…remember I did say it isn’t a big deal – you guys have some BIG project guesses…think smaller and something you will enjoy too.  Check back next week…enjoy the long weekend!

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  • Shannon Phillips - You crack me up. I love the multitasking lego lady!

  • Melissa Davis - Are you going to have a new kitchen table made from sycamore that can seat 8 people? Is this table going to be outdoors under hte sycamore tree?

  • Kari - Okay, this guessing game is not easy. How about a tire swing? That’s as small as I can think…but you mentioned something we will enjoy too- how bout an Ashley Ann Photography University in your backyard!? That’s most definately something for us to enjoy too! I’d make the 3 hr. commute! :) Have a good weekend!

  • Sarah - Gazebo? Treehouse?

  • sheridan - Oh my goodness don’t you love life w/ boys! I wondered what our neighbors think about my non clothed children all summer long as well. We aren’t into lego men but army men or cars here. I’m so glad you wrote down all the conversations between you and the boys…one day we will forget. One last guess you are going to give us a diy of a new table for your family outside?

  • Jo - I have to make this comment because it’s cute! :)
    I can tell that you have kiddos because your lego girl drinking coffee has bite marks on her head and arms ;) what a great memory!

  • AshleyAnn - Jo – I love that you noticed the bite marks!

  • Allison - Dr. Raley is a great pediatrician! I hope he has seen this post….he would LOVE it!!! ;-)

  • Shanalea - I think my boys would hang out in underwear all day if I let them. They do for a good majority of the day anyway. Our littlest brother stays in his diaper much of the day. The joys of raising men.

  • Amber Lee - So funny! I love that little lego people make unexpected appearances everywhere, including IN your coffee.

  • Sophie - Are you building a storage system from the sucamore tree that can hold 8 pairs of shoes?

  • LoRae - I nearly spit MY coffee out with your lego girl conversation, funny and true. Your posts this past summer have made me miss the heat of OK. Crazy, I know.

  • christina larsen - I give up. I have no idea. But I am sure it will be fabulous.

  • Liz - that is funny!! We use Dr. Raley too. Love him!! My kids love him. My youngest says that when she grows up she is going to be a Doctor and work for Dr. Raley but she will not give kids shots!!LOL!

  • amanda torres - I am so proud of you teaching your boys correctly. Women are the only people who can multitask efficiently! Good for you! Pretty funny post. Love the Mater undies. And, I’m still totally lost on what you’re doing. I don’t know how you can keep this so quiet all week long. I spill the beans on my surprises all the time!

  • Stephanie May* - Okay, I have two guesses. Don’t kill me, but you are having another baby?! You know, family tree, 8 months from now, more family shoes, rebuilding something…: )
    My next guess is that you are re-doing your website with tree and shoe images and it will be ready in 8 days…or weeks. Wow, I’m really reaching on both of these – can’t wait to find out what it is!

  • Beatrice Killam - Love the toes and bum, too! As a mama, I do love it so!!!

    As to a guess, are you renewing your vows under your sycamore tree, wearing the shoes in the picture?

  • Melissa Davis - I like Beatrice’s guess the best!

  • Carrie - tire swing?

  • Sarah - Rebuilding a fireplace/mantle??

  • Jesse - Hilarious! I love a character bum too! I’ll be sad when those bum’s grow up!

  • Stephanie - It must be a shoe tree project?

  • pamela - oh, oh, i think i know what the project is… you’re giving away something… a picture of the sycamore maybe? and you’re giving away 8 of them? : )

  • tanya - this sooo made me laugh bc i can so relate. mom moments (“mom”ents–love ‘em.

  • lamadredenico - I laughed so laud with your lego girl conversation. really funny, and so true. great!