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Over the weekend we went fishing…hadn’t been back this pond since I was pregnant with Baby Sister

….yes, I am a dork and take random pictures for blog entertainment.

The boys are a little bit cute in their swimsuits….

Their sister, however, is a whole lot cute in her first swimsuit.

Happy Monday



Update: If you would like more info on our concrete table top, Michelle (3 men & a lady) did a post featuring it today.

While on her blog, go check out all the pictures of her incredible home. The den is my favorite.

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  • Shannon - Whoooo boy! You weren’t kidding with that disclaimer. She is precious beyond belief! I adore her little scrunchy face! And what a fun memory to have, those first “9 month” pictures. Lovely!

  • Jill R - Oh…my…word. That baby sister is cute stuff! Love the swimsuit, love the little leg rolls, love everything. Happy Monday indeed.

  • Amy - Baby sister is ADORABLE!!! The boys are pretty cute too! :)

  • Jaimie - cute! i really like the 9 months inside/outside comparison photos.

  • Kim - OK … well that’s just great….. Now I want another baby. You’ll probably be hearing from my husband about this. 😉

  • Lisa - I love that swimsuit… but that quilt is amazing! Where do you all get to fish around here? My girls are begging to go?

  • Margie - Oh my gosh…she is so cute in her stylin’ swim suit…and the head band pushed me over the edge! The boys look stylin’ too…

  • ashlee - she is too too cute!!!

  • meg duerksen - how cute!!!
    hey….she and i have matching thighs! ha ha ha.
    i am so ready for warm swimsuit weather and fishing and all that summer goodness!

  • Anna Joy - your kids are so cute in the swim suits! and G has the same Chewbacca shirt! Sigh…boys and Star Wars…

  • Grace - So Cute! Love the on the outside pic versus the inside. Great idea and the swimsuit is simply adorable on her!

  • Mary - She needs to be the cover model in a baby swimsuit issue. Too, too cute.

  • Charla - Love love love baby sister shots!!! soooo cute

  • Jenny L. - You have such cuties for lots of good pictures. It is hard to decide who is the cutest, but baby sister definitely takes the prize for this post. She is so adorable and loves life for sure…

  • karen davis - LOVE your random pictures for blog entertainment… that’s something i would do. As for baby sister, she is too precious!

  • Yanet - I can think of one word that describes her “YUMMY”!!!!!!

  • Kara - omg cutest thing ever! The boys sure do look cute in their swimsuits as well!
    And girl u are TINY with being 9 months preg and w ur 4th one! U r too cute!

  • chantelle - thats a cover shot if I ever saw one! amazing!

  • Robyn Farmer - So cute! Did little brother get a hair cut?

  • robyn - She’s a doll and look very proud of her new swimsuit!

  • christina larsen - Seriously Cutie in the swimsuit. Thanks for the warning, but I had to look anyway. :)

  • kristen - my little girl (10 1/2 months) does the EXACT same headband pull. she has about as much hair as your daughter and it’s so stinkin cute!

  • the inadvertent farmer - The warning did not do that picture justice…oh my is she darling…and that swimsuit!

    Love your random pictures just for blog fun! Kim

  • Lesley - I may call minnows tuna for now on! Too much fun. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the niece and her swimsuit!!

  • lifeologia - Beautiful baby pictures. The boys are cute too. I loved that concept of the 9 months inside and 9 months outside. I’m still smiling from all that cuteness…

  • jessica h - Nine months in and out…that was GREAT! your readers DO love your blog quirkiness :) Baby Sister is ADORABLE!!

  • Kate - I LOVE Biggest Brothers pose!

  • Kristiina - omg, the ROLLS!! love me some baby rolls 😉

    I’m so glad I found your blog (from Whatever)…it’s just a pleasure to come visit. I spent Saturday afternoon going through past posts and just couldn’t get enough LOL


  • kylesmom - She is so adorable!!! And Corbett is the man!!

  • Edith - I love your blog..delurking to say I just got an email say


I wanted to share some pictures from the April SnapShop that a few of the students sent…

This first one is by Stacy B., I love how she captured Littlest Brother. The indoor practice session is all about capturing a story.

It can be quite a challenge with so many photographers in one small space. Stacy did a great job with this shot!

Photos by Stacy B.

I wanted to share these by Kim B. They both show another side of SnapShops….practicing manual settings on eachother in different light conditions and our “Food Guy”. Chris makes SnapShops possible. Seriously IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT HIM.

Photos by Wanda L., I think she was quite fond of these two boys.

Photos by Katherine M….hello gorgeous baby eyes!

I have not announced any Summer or Fall SnapShop dates….maybe more info on that later this week.

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  • Linda - Every time you post about snapshops, I’m so envious of those who get to experience your talent so up close and personal. I do hope you will offer an online class some time in the future. Your photography and blog is amazing!

  • Jane - Ooooooh…I can’t wait to find out what dates you’ll be running your Snap Shops. I just had to submit my availability for June-September at work, but I could still maybe tweek it.

  • Kristen D - Quote from my almost 5 year old son, “Oh! They look so horrible*!”



Yes, I am no longer doing portrait sessions…I have ‘quit’ that side of photography for the time being.

Yes, if you want to finance a large in-ground pool in my backyard, I will be happy to do whatever session you want.

Yes, you will be seeing a few portrait sessions on the blog in the coming weeks….but none of them are financing my dream of a pool.

Yes, this post is a portrait session.

Yes, I wish there was an easy way for me to trade hair with her. Jealous.

Yes, I LOVED shooting Rebekah’s senior pictures. It was fun to be ‘back in the game’ for an evening. It was wonderful not to be chasing a moving subject.  She is a talented photographer – which made me nervous! Rebekah wanted a field that still had high grass. I thought, “we haven’t mowed in a year a while.” So we did the session around our house and our neighbors. It was a perfect evening. This is a LONG post. I am so used to my doing pictures of kids that I had a terribly hard time narrowing down my favorite pictures to share here…and there are still so many more!

Thank you Rebekah for spending the evening with me. It was my honor. You are stunning.

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  • Kristin @ Domestic Ease - Just stumbled upon your blog–it is utterly L*O*V*E*L*Y!! I will be bookmarking it–your photos are terrific! I am in Fort Worth, and am a yearbook adviser by day ( editor by night!), and if we were a bit closer I would send my students up to you for their senior portraits!

    Keep up the inspiring work–I’m off to read more of your blog! 😉


  • Kristin @ Domestic Ease - By the way–I am redoing my daughter’s room this summer and your kids’ rooms are GREAT inspiration!!! Beautiful! 😉

  • Taryn Smith - I love the picture of her with just her face in the grass, beautiful eyes. great job!

  • Shannon - Stunning! You did a wonderful job, what great photos for her to have for the rest of her life!

    And I LOVE her shoes with the blue dress, I saw some at TJMaxx and I was considering getting them, her cute outfit may have inspired me!!

  • chantelle - wowzers-fab pics, all of them-the outfits and props speak to her personality so well…and I don’t even know this pretty gal! 😉

  • Hollie - I love the fact that her necklace is also reflected in the actual balloons. Would she be willing to say where she bought the necklace? I’d love to purchase that for my daughter :) thanks!

  • Jeannette Swan - Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • Jeannette Swan - I meant to ask – what time of evening was this?

  • Rebekah Jean - Thanks so much Ashley!! I love them! You are incredible as usual…and your field was perfect! I had a great time and it was a great honor to watch you work…even if I had to be in front of the camera! :)

    The necklace is from Etsy ( but I don’t know if she’s making the necklace any more. I got it around Christmas so it’s been a while.

  • christina larsen - Just beautiful.

  • Emily Lusk - Well if I could finance a pool for you I totally would!! The pictures you took of my son are still some of my favorites! I love all of these pics, what a great idea to use balloons.

  • Charla - you take the most amazing pics.

  • the inadvertent farmer - I love her beautiful coloring…the contrast in the clover is stunning! Kim

  • Sarah - Absolutely amazing portraits. I really enjoy your work.

  • Grace - These are amazing! I would die for her hair too!

  • Elle - She’s gorgeous and the pictures are wonderful. The balloons are so fun!

  • jessica h - i love the one with her behind the camera! GREAT JOB–they’re ALL lovely!

  • Brooke - These are SO great! You are her favorite so she was so excited that you could take these! They turned out so wonderful!! Thank you!!

  • bopha - so, if a bunch of us go in on a pool, would you take all of our pictures, i mean, just a thought. your pictures are worth every penny!!!

  • stylefyles - these photos are beautiful.

  • Heather - wow! she is stunning. and your photos are really swell, too. :)

  • lorae - Are you kidding me!?! Aren’t Senior pictures supposed to be awkward and something you want to hide afterwards? Usually done by a grumpy man that would rather be having his nose hairs plucked than taking Sr. photos. Also to be done in an old smelly gym and EVERYONE wearing the same sweaty, smelly, cap and gown? No, maybe that was just mine. Excuse me while my green with envy self gnaws on some more sour grapes over here:).

  • patti - stunning!

  • Sarah Morgan - OMG! Her eyes are just stunning! that dress totally brings them out even more!

  • maegan - Beautiful!

  • Kate - Oh my goodness!!! Beauty!

  • Ruth@GraceLaced - I so love these pics. And to think this is your backyard! I’m loving that early evening lighting!

  • Lisa @ ElleBows - amazing, amazing, amazing. love them all!

  • Jennie Frake - Ashley, these are so good! Makes me want a senior pic do-over. Mine were so cheesy. Rebekah, you are so pretty! The 3rd one is my fav!

  • Anna Joy - amazing pictures! i also looked at her site…wow, is she really only 18?? she’s so talented!

  • Allison - Beautiful Lady, Beautiful Photos

  • becca g - no wonder you had a hard time narrowing them down! love the balloons!

  • Carrie - Beautiful! You know the day you start back to taking pics…. you better call. I’ll ask Scott about the pool. You never know!!

  • Melissa - LOVE these photos! Beautiful work, beautiful girl, and beautiful camera! I’m got a few oldies on display in my family room. :) Great job on the shoot! :)

  • lifeologia - Beautiful photoshoot as always! I want to get back to photography so bad when I look at your photos – I also ‘quit’ for the time being…. for health reasons though in my case. You are such an inspiration.

  • Yanet - What beautiful eyes!!

  • jeanne - What an inspiration she is to my daughter who’ll be a sophomore this year. I think her biggest want, besides some school clothes right this minute, is a nice camera. She loves photography. I think she will really enjoy this post and this young ladie’s website.

  • Amie - Mmm mmm mmm…..