Over the weekend I held the first fall SnapShop. I usually take more pictures of the attendees, but I didn’t get many this round. This was also the first SnapShop that I was not pregnant and as a result we had the cutest baby model for the indoor practice shoot…

For our outdoor practice shoot we had a group of 4 best friends…and a really handsome boy.

Here are some of mine from the day. It is always so hard for me to get shots because I am running around trying to help everyone, but I got a few I like and hopefully the girls’ moms will like! I have been asked a lot about post processing. Formerly (as in when I was doing lots of sessions) I didn’t have the time to play with processing very much. Now that my schedule is a bit more free I have started playing around with Photoshop more. All of the pictures below were processed using actions…either my own, Totally Rad, or Kubota action sets. Most of the pictures have several actions on them. One of these days I’ll do a post of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots in regards to processing…onto the pictures.

I would like to say I totally understand the concept of arranged marriages…I LOVE ALL THESE GIRLS!

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 100

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 200

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/320, ISO 125

f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 125

f/3.5, 1/250, ISO 200

Biggest Brother posed with the girls on several shots, hopefully some of the attendees got some cute ones of that. I will post some of their pictures next week…

SnapShop Girls: If you noticed I tried to keep my aperture setting at f/2.8 the entire time so you could look at these and tell the difference that distance from your subject makes when dealing with aperture. Also, remember I did some processing on these so my colors may not look like yours…and every camera and lens is going to respond to lighting conditions differently.

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  • Susan - Great pics- LOVED the class! Thanks for everything!

  • chrissy - So cute! I so would love to go to a class of yours… any chance of having one in New Hampshire? ;)

  • the inadvertent farmer - Sitting here with the biggest smile on my face…there is something magical about children and you perfectly captured it! Completely digging the one of the feet in action, Kim

  • bopha - those are great pics and the girls are so cute. I can’t wait to see how the ones of baby breese turned out.

  • Casey - You always take such gorgeous photos! I wish I lived close to you so I could participate in your class

  • Lindsey P - You are such a gifted photographer! I found your site by accident and now I’m hooked! Have you been to thepioneerwoman.com? She has a lot of free action sets for Photoshop.

When I took an Intro to Photography course my professor said one thing every photographer needs and will use ALL THE TIME is a tripod. I am a bad student. Once a year I drag my tripod out to get a family picture…the kind where I am running back and forth from behind the camera to my family and we wait for the flashing countdown. Captures what we look like, but that is about it. Chris and I have never had professional portraits (a couple of friends shot our wedding – and did an awesome job) and I wanted to capture our family before we added another girl. (Remember, back then I was having major issues with another girl coming into my family:)). So last March/April we had family portraits scheduled with my friend Shannon.  It was the day of and I was on my way to get my hair fixed and was trying to be positive despite it was raining so hard I could barely see to drive. Needless to say Shannon and I talked and canceled…and I even got my hair appt. rescheduled. Well round two comes along…RAIN AGAIN. We rescheduled. Round three…RAIN AGAIN. After that I was so fully pregnant I wasn’t up for doing it until after the baby arrived. So round four is scheduled for this Thursday…can you believe this????


I call it The Curse of the Unloved Tripod.

On a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of emails about my kitchen remodel. I have a few things to finish before I want to post pictures. One big question has been the new wall color…oddly enough it is called “Stillness”. I don’t remember the brand, I found it at Lowe’s in the section of tinted whites, but I had it mixed somewhere else. I’ll post more pictures of it all later. It really is an oxymoron that my kitchen is painted a color by that name:)

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  • Shannon Phillips - REALLY this is getting just silly! I am going to have a little talk with God and tell him we need to make some sort of deal about the next day we pick so that it doesn’t rain. I love you girl! It will happen sometime I promise!

  • Lacey McKay - Ha! That is crazy! But I believe it! I haven’t been very busy this fall, but I figure it’s a blessing in disguise because I would probably have to cancel a lot due to weather anyway.

  • Liz - Every other day this week is supposed to be beautiful! That is the kind of luck that I usually have! You never know because the weatherman aren’t always right so hopefully they will be wrong!

  • Lacey - Tremendous photos, I spent far too long looking at them!,

Now wasn’t that a great picture to start your Monday off with? I think things are finally back up and running correctly with my hosting company…so I will share some vacation pictures. I debated posting all these…I kept thinking of other blogs that would post this many and other blogs that would never post personal vacation pictures…and so on and so on. Don’t you hate getting caught in the comparison game? Maybe no one else ever struggle with it, but it is easy for me to get distracted by watching other people.  Wow…none of that relates to my vacation! Here’s some of my favorite pics anyways!

Baby sister in the wrap…this is the view I had 75% of our vacation.

Our vacation was in a little cabin on at a campground by the lake. During the summer the cabins and grounds are filled with kids and teenagers there for summer camp. Part of the summer camp experience is a ropes course. For my boys it was an Indiana Jones wonderland.

Yeah, it’s pretty nice to have boys…even when they have tree mold down the front of their shirts.

On the campgrounds they have an old plane held up in the air by metal stands. You can climb up inside and it kind of looks like you are flying. For you Lost fans…all I could think while I was inside was “I feel like Charlie. If I find any ceramic Mary statues I will know I am in trouble.” Chris told me that was morbid – espcially since Baby Sister was tied to me in the baby wrap.

Recently his sister was crying in the car. He leaned forward and said, “Please STOP. I don’t want to hear your whining anymore!”

He surely didn’t say that because he hears it several times a day…my kids never whine or pout.

So I attempted a picture of all 4…not happening so much.

Would be much better if their sister could at least sit verses lay in a blanket on the dock.

Welcome to the Gun Show.

Shirts are way overrated.

This is his ’9 months pregnant and my back is killing me’ pose. He learned that one from me.

We drove around the lake just to see what was there. We saw a sandy beach and I asked the boys if they wanted to get out…we had one towel (already dirty), no swimsuits, no change of clothes. Evidently I wasn’t thinking…sand + my boys = sand fights. It’s kind of like 2+2=4.

The girls stayed out of the fight. (I can say ‘girls’ how funny is that!)

It’s all fun and games until someone gets sand in their eyes.

The babies were cleaned, the big brothers had to use great self control to fight the urge to get Mommy and Littlest Brother sandy again.

Our vacation. It was a boy outdoor wonderland…dirty, rainy, muddy, rustic, messy. No cell phone coverage, no internet, no computers. I’d say it was a peaceful stay at a cabin by the lake, but I have 4 small children…it was a stay at a cabin by the lake:)And we loved it.

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  • Shannon Phillips - Ashley, I am so glad that you posted ALL of these! I get stuck in the comparing game all of the time. Why do we do that?

  • amanda torres - I’m so glad you went with the ‘you’ blog and posted your vacation pictures. Loved them all. I have to say I’m a little sucker for Littlest Bro’s tummy! I LOVE IT! Preggo pic cute. Also loved the pic of the boys standing up on the doc and baby sis laying there. Your boys faces say it all. Glad you had a great time.

  • Rachel - Great pics as usual!!! Question for you and your faithful blog followers out there…do you know of any good places to take engagement pictures in Oklahoma City?

  • christina larsen - I love the ’9mo pregnant pose’ that cracked me up. All great photos. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I don’t think you shared too many.

  • Aunt Sandy - I have to say my fav is the pic of all 4 and Breese’s tongue is out. Great pics and what a great family you have.

  • Meagan - Those are great pictures! I love the one of the boys on the tires! It looks like each one of them is in his own little world! Breese is just precious! Is your wrap a loveydud off of etsy?

  • AshleyAnn - Rachel…I am not familiar with OKC, but I would bet the Paseo district and just about anywhere downtown would be great spots for a session.

    Meagan…yep, it is a Loveydud. I had it for my youngest son and replaced the fabric on the front for my daughter. You won’t see that fabric in her store.

  • bopha - those are great pictures. love the one of “pregnant” rett!

  • Meagan - So, I guess you love it?! I’ve been looking at them since March and still haven’t bought one! I really want one, although techinically I don’t need one since I already have a sling and an AngelPack (which is also awesome!)! It just looks so comfy!

  • Sarah - My Monday is complete! My favorite picture is the one with all the kids and she’s sticking out her tongue. Too cute!

  • Mandy B - Tell Chris – one person’s “morbid” is another person’s “creative”…great pictures Ash!! I love seeing pretty blankets in with all the dirt!

  • Lisa - ok, these pictures are beyond fabulous!!! i love them!

  • heather - you live in oklahoma? you make it look so magical and enchanted!! help!! l just moved to norman from nyc and am dying, but thru your eyes this places looks transformed……….
    any tips on the okie life?

    thank you, your photography is brillant, and your family is gorgeous!

  • andy - love all of your vaca pics. they are so good
    love the one of little boy looking prego
    and that first pic……i think my son has the same one (is it yellow and from old navy) good deals
    the mud ones are great too

  • Kelly - Thanks for sharing! pregnant pose killed me SO cute, and loved the gun show.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Oh you just made my heart smile…

    My three big boys are now college age, luckily for me we had another batch so baby sister and brother are still home. Your pics reminded me of the pure energy three little boys can create, thanks so much! Kim

  • rachel - Looks like you had tons of fun! i love all of your pics…

  • Julia Leinen - this vacay pics are fabulous. I’m so glad you posted them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Grace - Your blog is my favorite. And I obsessively make my roommates look at the pictures of your adorable kids. They’re so cute!!

  • Jeannette Swan - I get stuck comparing my pictures with yours!! I love them all, I can’t imagine if I got even 1/4 of the shots you got, how happy I would be!! Always post whatever you want to, that is just what we want to see.

  • Amy - Your children are so gorgeous. Your family is so blessed!

  • Emily Beaty - How fun! I love the pregnant image… so funny! I love how you narrated the vacation, too. :)