Crazy to think this time last year I just tossing around the idea of stepping back from shooting sessions and begin doing some teaching…I also had no idea we were going to become a family of 6! Well, over the weekend I wrapped up the 6th and final SnapShop of the year. I have really enjoyed all aspects of SnapShops and look forward to more next year. I won’t be offering any more this year or early next, but watch out in the spring for new dates. I plan on doing several in the spring, summer and fall of 2010….I even have partnered with My Funky Camera for the 2010 SnapShops!
Here’s a few pics from our day. I am grateful to have a husband that truly makes it possible for me to do these. He manages all 4 kids and is our food coordinator for the day. He does an incredible job balancing it and supporting me. Thanks babe!

Since my daughter arrived, she has been put to work too. Quite a cute model

A little hands-on practice during the indoor teaching sessions.

Indoor practice shoot on ‘telling a story’ with your pictures…and some other stuff1009snapshop-1

More indoor practice on shooting in Manual1009snapshop-2

And we wrapped up the day outside with 3 great models….

50mm lens, ISO 100, 1/200, f/4.0…edited with a texture on top


Don’t they look like they belong in a magazine…great style and great looking:)

85mm lens, ISO 250, 1/160, f/5.0


85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.81009snapshop-5

85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8

85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.8

85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/160, f/3.21009snapshop-6

85mm lens, ISO 125, 1/250, f/3.51009snapshop-7

85mm lens, ISO 125, 1/250, f/3.51009snapshop-8

85mm lens, ISO 125, 1/125, f/3.51009snapshop-9

50mm lens, ISO 200, 1/125, f/4.51009snapshop-10

85mm lens, ISO 200, 1/250, f/3.2

85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/250, f/3.21009snapshop-111009snapshop-12

I try to do a little bit of shooting at the first of each location, but then I try to get out of the way for the students. As a result I tend to take a lot of shoe pictures and other details simply because the models are looking elsewhere. I love both of these. The first is of the mom & daughter…1009snapshop-16

I love the kneehighs and school bus in the background…kind of rocker school girl to me1009snapshop-14

And my favorite shot of the day. She wanted to do an action shot and that sounded good to me.

5omm lens, ISO 250, 1/640, f/4.51009snapshop-15

Thanks K, B, & E – you guys did an incredible job modeling for us!

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  • Leanne - I love all these photos! Amazing job! Where in the world can I find that cute stripey-polkadot with pom-pom scarf? It’s absolutely adorable!

  • AshleyAnn - Leanne – I have no idea where they got the scarf…it is super cute!

  • bopha - very cool models. can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the funky camera, i’m asking for a cool strap for christmas.

  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome!!!! I wish my kids were that cooperative in pics! I’m asking for the strap for my birthday. But, had forgotten the website. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Jamie - This is very random and has nothing to do with this post, but I was wondering: Are you going to post pics of your “new” kitchen? I loved the backsplash and light fixture so I’d love to see it all! Just curious… :)

  • AshleyAnn - Jamie – Yes, I am going to post pictures, but the kitchen isn’t finished yet. I bought hardware to install on the drawers and cabinets, but haven’t had time to put it up. I also have stuff to hang on the walls…probably won’t finish it until Christmas Gathering! I will post pictures when it is done though!

  • Valerie - Thanks, Ashley, for an awesome day! Not only did I have an amazing time AND accomplish my goal of being able to finally shoot manually, but you also blessed me with the gift of a kid-free day with other great moms. Your teaching style was able to finally flip that switch and give me a lightbulb moment where everything about shooting manually made sense. I’m excited to get some more practice in and see what I can come up with. :)

  • ashlee - love the picture of the feet:) i cant WAIT to take one of your snap shops!

  • kelly hopson - Ashley, Great Pics and Great Times!!!! I was going to post some of mine on my blog but….after seeing yours maybe I shouldn’t HA!! Such a helpful course!!!

  • Tabitha - Thanks so much for the great class! I can’t wait to get started practicing.

  • Rachel - Great models! They are totally stylin’!

  • meredith - Ashley, The kids had a BLAST! (amazingly, even the boys) They were so sticky from the lollipops! :) Love your pics sooo much! I know the ladies learned so much from you.

    Leanne, the scarf is by Little MissMatched. I got it at last years Christmas Gathering at The Church at BattleCreek in the Christmas store. We love it!

  • Meagan - Wow! Awesome photos!!! Beautiful models!

  • Wanda Little - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your pics! I have 3 beautiful granddaughters, and have been taking pictures since I was in the 4th grade! I definitely want to take your SNAPSHOP workshop in the spring—please let us know as soon as you have the dates sent. I have a great camera, but have never learned how to use the aperature, ISO, etc. I’m ready to move up a step in my camera-taking techniques–I’m excited about this!

WARNING: This post may cause a strong urge to have a baby.

I love to watch her wake up. Baby yawns kill me.1009day-1

Big Brother likes to join her on the bed in the mornings. On this morning he relayed the story of my plane ride. I am now just as cool if not cooler than Indiana Jones in regards to adventure. It’s was fun to listen to how proud he was of me and how much watching me fly impacted him.1009day-2

Hanging out with her brothers in the morning…1009day-3

Nap time…and outfit #2.1009day-4

Nap time on the bed didn’t last long, she prefers that I hold her in the wrap. So we did a little crafting together.1009day-5

Enjoying a little afternoon lego play with Big Brother


Crying…and being comforted by tender hearted Big Brother1009day-10

Going for a walk…Littlest Brother pointing out her body parts. “mouth. nose. hair.”1009day-11

Back at home and enjoying the window view while sporting her ElleBow (see the link at the bottom of the page)…I love the handmade flower. (outfit #3)1009day-6

Getting a little mid-afternoon cuddle from Littlest Brother. Leg Warmers – my FAVORITE girl accessory.

I love how cute AND practical they are….and her chubby thighs are just too much in them!1009day-7

Falling asleep while I was trying to get some new pictures of her. Already bored with the camera.1009day-8

Finishing up the day in outfit #4 –  a dress made by my friend Lauren. She is shocked that I don’t enjoy washing all the clothes she spits up on or drools all over.1009day-12

I told her when she is bigger she has to do her own laundry.1009day-13

Her days are so different from Biggest Brother’s when he was a baby. Have I mentioned I love having a ‘big’ family? My cup overflows…so does my washing machine, dishwasher and trash cans:)

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  • Alba - I’m done with two little boys, but she is so cute. I would love to have a baby girl, but … there are so many “but” that I can not think about it. All the pictures are as fantastic as always, but the one with Big Brother is so tender!

  • Emily Beaty - She is SO cute and has already grown SO much! I love her accessories – the headband, leg warmers, hat… adorable. I also love how her brothers interact with her!

  • lesley - love this post! I really like the one where she’s big eyed with her mouth open and the leg warmers are so cute!!

  • amanda torres - Love the post! She is SO adorable and so thankful for you. Families are one of God’s greatest gifts to us.

  • Miranda - I love this post! It does make me want a baby, but that already existed before I looked at you blog. Little baby girls are SO sweet! I agree having a big family is awesome!!

  • meg duerksen - watching a birth…then a friend telling me of her shocking surprise pregnancy…now you post this. not cool. my womb can’t take it. my poor husband can’t listen to me whine about it anymore. we can’t have anymore. but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it really bad.
    she is doll.
    love the legwarmers. :)

  • christina larsen - Absolutely precious.

  • Meagan - Can totally relate…to it all…We love our leg warmers too! They are the cutest!!!

  • Heather - Love this post! And I love all the snuggle time with her big brothers :)

  • Lisa - Everytime I see her I get that 2nd baby urge!!! Loving this blog post. What a life :-) Thank you for the ElleBows link – I just adore that picture.

  • Shanalea - I am always amazed by how fast my washer and dishwasher fill up. I take one day off and poof 3 loads appear. I will say though I would rather have a full washer and a full house rather than an empty one.

  • ashlee - oh my she is a doll!!!

  • steph anne - Aww. You have beautiful kids! Are you planning on having more kids?

  • Juliann Brenner - You’re right – these pics do make me want to have another (would be #4)…but then there are the NIGHTS, which make that first year so hard for me….

  • Jill R - That IS the life! I would love for someone to dress me in cute outfits all day and have 3 adorable boys at my beck and call!

  • Jeannette Swan - It doesn’t take much to make me want another one!!! Well, except the thought of more laundry than I have now – yikes! My washer and dryer never stop, it’s a wonder they don’t over heat.
    She is beautiful!

  • Amnah - Oh my goodness… too cute!

  • carrie - Her lips are so kissable!!!!!

  • the inadvertent farmer - As a mom of 4 boys and 1 princess I must say those photos made my heart melt…Enjoy! Kim

  • Lauren Roberts - I love her in her dress! So sweet!

  • Lisa Johnson - oh my. This may just be my favorite post ever. What a sweetie!

  • kerry - i love the framed picture of the different sized shoes!
    so much love from the brothers to little sister, simply heart melting:D

  • Melissa - what a doll and YES it makes me what to have another, but not the hubby!

  • Kara - Love the airplane picture! They will love that pic some day!

  • Jolie - oh stop with all the gorgeousness…you know, you aren’t helping the baby fever around here, any!!! She just looks utterly divine!

  • jennifer - Love your blog and LOVE your photography!!!

    WHERE did you get the sling that you have your little one in??? Is it a moby wrap or like a moby wrap??? How do you like it??

    I have a 4 month old son, who is starting to prefer being held and I need something like that!!!!

    Thanks SO much!!

  • Mandy Metcalf - Oh my goodness she is such a doll! Such a photogenic little girl! Your family is beautiful! :)

  • AshleyAnn - Jennifer…it is from Etsy, seller name is “Loveyduds”. I think it is a lot like a moby wrap…I love it, but now that she is getting bigger I might start trying a simple sling.

  • Amber Dearman - I love these pics!! My favorite is the one in the chair with the orange stocking cap and the leg warmers…darling!!!

  • Trina - Love it. Pls tell me where the legwarmers are from – fantastic! my daughter needs some!

  • AshleyAnn - Trina, the legwarmers are from Target. I think they were about $2.99!

  • Ellie - I love little firecracker. Even then she hinted on her spicey personality. I know that it has been a long while but do you remember where you found those lil’ leg warmers? I just love them. They are favorite baby girl accessory too!