I held the second SnapShop over the weekend. I had a great time meeting some pretty fabulous ladies that follow the blog. After every SnapShop people ask “So how did it go?” That is a difficult question for me to answer. You’ll have to ask someone that attended! Hopefully, everyone enjoyed themselves and walked a way with some great insight into photography…I hope!:)

My favorite image from the day. It is Biggest Brother and one of his friends, I think it would be super cute really big in his room. I doubt he would go for it in his room though…

A few from our practice indoor shoot. He wasn’t so much in the mood to look at the camera.

Big Brother pretended he didn’t want to look at the camera, but he did. You know a kid is used to a camera in his face when he can endure 11 pointed at him.

Some of the fabulous ladies shooting away

Some of my shots from the day…he was a bit more willing outside. For an introvert kid, I think I pushed him a little too far doing 2 shoots in a day!

Biggest Brother’s friend joined us outside in the evening….

Fun dress in the wind – she is one girl that makes me look forward to having a daughter.

“WALK!!!” – they listened pretty well

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  • Jeannette Swan - I’m so excited that more people got to get your wisdom imparted to them!! I’m sure they all had a great day. I put my skills to work last night for Jordan’s official birthday session. When I get a chance to go through them, I will post a few to Flikr. Thanks again for taking the time to help me learn to take good (someday great) shots of our own kids.

  • bopha - I had a great time and really learned a lot. Definitely recommend that anyone who wants to learn how to realize utilize their SLR’s.

  • Trinity - I had a WONDERFUL time and came away with WAY more knowledge! Thank you Ashley for sharing your gifts and empowering us to tell the story of the important people in our lives! Snapshop was SO worth it!

  • Lauren Roberts - Hope and Corbett are SO CUTE!!!!!

  • meg duerksen - looks like i missed a fun weekend!
    these are so cute….i love the blowy dress.
    and oh man do i love that pink hair!! i want to do that someday….how can i get away with that as a mother of five? can i? does it matter what people would say? what would they say? i love it.
    she has to be awesome.
    how could she not?

    what a fun snapshots!

  • Lisa - I am so looking forward to the June Snapshop!! Can’t wait…

  • Melissa - Maybe I need to take one of these classes… your lighting is always so good! Besides, it would be a good excuse to come back to Tulsa and see everyone again! I know you are booked up for quite awhile, but do you have plans for your next round of snapshops?

  • Ruthann Wells - I love the pictures of Hope and Corbett! They are precious! Let me know if there’s a way I can get those of Hope – as her Nana I think she’s pretty cute! Great job in capturing those moments – as usual!

Since all the boys have birthdays in March and April, the grandmas wanted to get them apple trees for their birthdays. We’ve been waiting for a warm Friday to head to our favorite local nursery. I figured I’d take advantage of having Chris along and being a fun spot by getting Littlest Brother’s one year pictures while hunting for our trees. I’ve wanted to do pictures out there for a while, but it is hard to convince people to try something so “different”. To me a nursery is the ideal portrait location, tons of open shade and tons of color. So my baby boy’s birthday provided a great opportunity…not typical one year pics, I know. I have convinced a friend to let me do her daughter’s one year pics out here…so many pretty pinks and reds…can’t wait.

Since many of you liked seeing the larger view of where I shot Biggest Brother’s 5 year pics, I thought I’d do the same with Littlest Brother’s..

Spot 1:

Spot 2:

(Yes, that is the older boys with dart guns…it was a Friday afternoon, the place was pretty empty and they were hunting for lions)

For yearly pics I like to have a few that show where they are developmentally – especially the first 2 years.

As a 1 year old, he is so interested in EVERYTHING…grass being a big one.

Spot 3:

I love these 3 pictures. They show how little he is…peeking over a planter, up on his tip toes to look in….

He stands good on his own, but just prefers not to. The second picture here makes me laugh, you can tell that Chris just let go of him by the fact that his arms are still up.

Spot 4:

And just to be realistic, a few shots that show what was really going on in between just about every picture I took.

What is it with kids this age thinking everything is better if it is put in their mouths?! Dirt…mmm, mmm….good.

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  • Lauren Roberts - He’s getting so big…so fast! I eat dirt too when nobody is looking :)

  • Emily Beaty - What a neat location! So fun… love these images.

  • bopha - He is so cute, and after getting to cuddle him the other day, i love him even more!!

  • bopha - oh, forgot to add, thank you so much for the great class. I learned so much but I have to admit I had to shoot the easter egg hunt in auto, I was missing all the action messing with my stuff!

  • Shannon Phillips - What a stud muffin! Happy birthday Everett! I just love the one of him peeking over the planter.

  • amanda - I know Everett’s probably already spoken for by Jen’s little lady, but if that doesn’t work out can Addie have a shot at him? He’s too cute!

  • Jeannette Swan - I’m loving all of these – they are so awesome!! Everett is simply beautiful!

  • Lesley - What a handsome boy! Thanks for posting the “big picture” again, it amazes me how you can turn just about any location into an awesome backdrop.

  • Lesley - This has nothing to do with this post, but I know you like Lost so I had to share this link I came across with you. I would’ve emailed you but this was easier! http://www.getlostpodcastmedia.com/

  • amy stamm - SOOO CUTE– would of never thought of a nursery for pictures! CUTE!!!Hes a doll -seems like yesterday I had my sons 1year pic- time flys-hes almost 8!!!! :(

  • Serena - Aww, Everett is so cute! These turned out great with all the natural light you were talking about! Oh, thanks for showing the larger view first….so awesome!

  • Erica Buchanan - I love your blog…I look forward to coming back day after day. Cafe Mum- Erica

I thought it was time for a few more DIY ideas. Whenever I write DIY I laugh now…shortly after I started these posts my friend “R” informed me she had no idea what “DIY” meant. So for those of you like her, it means “Do it Yourself”. However, if you didn’t know what DIY meant – you probably aren’t one that is interested in Doing it Yourself anyway! “R”, I’m going to work on you though.

And now some creative goodness

Apartment Therapy: Etched Glass Jars

Moda Bakeshop: Braided Rag Rug

DIY: Wall art ideas – there are a ton, super easy and fun, fun, fun!

Living Creatively: Painted and decoupaged glass vase

CraftyNest: Hemp Pendant Lamps – I can’t wait to make these for my kitchen

The Long Thread: Sketch Box – I love giving art supplies as birthday presents for kids and this makes it so cute

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  • Ang - I was JUST thinking yesterday that I hoped you do another post like this soon! Thanks!

  • Christina Larsen - So that rag rug, looks hard. Have you done it? My gradmother had rag rugs in her farm house, now I know how they were made. Very interesting.

  • amanda torres - the braided rag rug looks super cool. if anyone tries it will you tell how long it took you to put together? i won’t be attempting it until this summer, when i’ll gain some patience back.

  • Lauren Roberts - I’ve been thinking about the Hemp Pendant lamps too! They make it look so easy, but I seem to do everything the hard way :)

  • Rachel - Wow . . . I can’t believe someone didn’t know what “DIY” meant . . . probably the same person who thought a honey bun was something you ate — not made a rug with. :)

  • Mandy - To the “Little Lady” that wasn’t on the up and up…we love you and appreciate your honesty!!