Another SnapShop has come and gone…one more before the little one arrives! I had a great time over the weekend with some truly fantastic women. Despite a lot of “deer in the headlights” looks I think by the end of the day everyone left with a better understanding of their cameras and photography – at least that is what I am telling myself!:)

We had two incredibly beautiful models for our outdoor practice shoot: Kat & Anna.  They were so fun to photograph and quite fun to watch them interact with eachother as well. Thanks girls – YOU ARE AWESOME MODELS.

Anna & Kat

I asked the girls to start walking and they held hands on their own. I am pretty confident that is a girl thing because I have to BEG my boys to hold hands.

I played with some textures on this one…

Some behind the scenes shots

I thought I’d post a few shots of me taking a picture and then the outcome…so here I am with Anna

and the outcome:

Another one of me…this time with Kat

and the outcome:

I think it is so fun that they came together…I would have loved to do something like this with a good friend when I was this age.

I played with textures again on this one.

As we were wrapping up the girls wanted some action shots of them dancing & jumping…I was in the wrong place for these, but hopefully some of the ladies got some too.

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  • Lauren - Glad to see another one went well!

  • Sara - So fun! Such gorgeous girls and images. I especially love the images with textures. I hope to experiment and learn more about that editing style.

  • Stephanie - Ash it was SOOO great! I have been replying it all in my head over and over and feel like I am STILL learning! :) Your pics are amazing as always! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and your home! It was wonderful!

  • Jeannette Swan - I’m always excited for the girls that get to attend your class – so much fun and so much learning! Great models!!

  • Amy - Looks like fun! Great pics and great models!!

  • sheridan - Ashley the class was wonderful! I can’t begin to tell you how much more sense it made. Having taking a previous photography class from a good studio, your information, experience, ideas and then the time with you in an actual photo shots was leaps above my other experience. THANK YOU so very much! Thank you also to your family for sharing you with us for the whole day. You was awesome and I’m so thankful you are offering your time and advice to us! Sheridan

  • bopha - What cute girls!! Another great weekend class, I’m sure.

  • Charissa - I especially love the holding-hands photo. I love little girls!

  • Carrie - It was fun and a lot of help!!! Did I miss your email and how to send you the pics??

  • Leslie B - Ashley, I was so inspired this weekend! I went and bought a new lens and I am so excited to get to use it! Thanks for opening your home and pouring out your knowledge on us! It was awesome!

More totally random DIY projects…easily done in a very short amount of time. My folder of things I want to make keeps getting bigger! I am off to prepare for tomorrow’s SnapShop….if you are local go to MayFest this weekend (even with your kids)….

Old Window message board from Orange Poppy – if you are local, you can find TONS of old windows at Dawson Supply

Cereal Box Journal via Folding Trees – great way to recycle…and what adult or kid can’t use another blank page journal!

Gift Card Box download from Heather Bailey – I just bought some of her fabric to make a “coming home from the hospital dress” for my girl!

Hurricane Cover from A Little Hut – another way to recycle…but pretty classy and modern if you ask me. On my “to do” list now

Stamped Onesies from Amercian Crafts Studio – super fun and personalized baby shower gift…looks more permanent than iron-on (which is what I usually do). I think I’ll let the boys make some for thier sister

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  • Rachel Denbow - Ooooh, I saw the old window message board yesterday and sent that to my MIL because she has them lying around in her basement. I loved the vintage wallpaper addition to the back. I need more wall space!

  • christina larsen - cute stuff. where is dawson’s supply?

  • AshleyAnn - Dawson Building Supply and Salvage:
    5519 E Tecumseh St
    Tulsa, OK 74115
    (918) 832-0071

  • Sarah (CJ's Mom) - Love, LOVE Dawson’s!! It is a wonderland!!

  • Heather Stauffer - Love the window message board! So what is this Dawson’s place???

  • Rumi - Thanks for the links. I’ve discovered wonderfull blogs. It’s the first time I come on your website. I’ve found it with One pretty thing and I like your work. The negative point is my so poor english… but to look at your photographies, eyes are enough… ouf !

Five years ago when I first put these on Biggest Brother they were vivid blue and in perfect condition. After a few months of learning to crawl the knees were worn pretty thin. Two years later Big Brother learned to crawl. He left the jeans with definite holes in the knees, but still “cool” looking holes. Fast forward 2 more years and Littlest Brother learned to crawl in the same pair. They are now torn all over, faded and super thin everywhere. I am not one to save everything, but I just can’t seem to throw these away. All of my boys learned to crawl in them…what to do now? I thought about framing them, but then I think visitors to our home would really think I am crazy. Maybe I’ll just frame this picture. I am so excited to have a daughter and I know she’ll be right in the middle of everything messy her brothers do, but there is a part of me that is sad to know there won’t be any more little boys crawling in the dirt outside…can you tell I am pregnant? I’m emotional over raggedy jeans!

So the jeans are being replaced with girly pink stuff…girly pink stuff. And yes Amanda, it is easier for me to think of this covered in mud (in reference to a comment Amanda left on this post).

SPEECHLESS. I got this in the mail from a friend (who has a daughter and then three boys). When I opened it the older 2 boys asked “WHAT is that?” Honestly, I have no words for this. It makes me laugh in a really great way. I just keep thinking, “what am I going to do with that?” Not because I don’t like it, but because it just seems so out of place in my house.  I just can’t picture a girl in our family…all that bedazzledness (my word) and tulle…WOW.  Thanks Angie…I can’t wait to see her in it (and get pictures of course):)

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  • Rachel - I love it!! She definitely will be miss july, well, and miss august, and miss september…….what a fabulous, outfit! As for the jeans……so many memories. You definitely need to keep them forever.

  • christina larsen - Well, it is hard to adjust and wrap your mind around something totally different then what you are used to. I had my girl first, then when I found out #2 was going to be a boy, I was sad because I didn’t know what to expect. I knew what to do with a girl. It has been an amazing journey. I wouldn’t trade my boy or girl for anything. We are getting ready to welcome another girl in the mix. I am loving all of the pink again, but am sad when my son grows out of his stuff, too. I get emotionally attached to the memories associated with the clothing (much like your jeans). I don’t think there is anything wrong with keeping special keepsakes from your kiddos. I wouldn’t think you were crazy if you had them framed. Sorry for the novel.

  • Emily Beaty - Love how all your boys learned to crawl in those jeans! So sweet… a framed photo is a must! :) What a cute girlie girl outfit, too… I love it.

  • Charissa - I can’t believe I’m crying over an old pair of jeans that don’t even belong to any of my kids!

  • bopha - what a cute outfit, it will be interesting to see how that look fits in with the rest of your boys. it will be so much fun but momma’s boys are pretty awesome!

  • amanda - You will feel so blessed to get to experience life with a girl. I think you will adjust pretty well! Her little outfit is just too cute!

  • Natasha Perryman - I Love the girly outfit. I didn’t think I would be super girly either (of couse I didn’t have 3 boys first) but still all the girl stuff is super cute!
    I do love my boy all dressed up, he looks so handsome. But the girl stuff is just precious beyond words.
    I love the splash of pink she will make in your home!
    Looking forward to your creative girly pictures.
    I may have already told you this, but my girlfriend Evie has a blog I think you would like. She always posts creative ideas that inspire me and she interviewed creative moms the week of mothers day, check it out…

  • Jeannette Swan - I love the jeans. Corban is just about to outgrow a pair of jeans that Camden and Jordan wore too, they are super faded, but not torn because they didn’t all crawl in them. Corban actually wore them in his 1 year pics you took last August. No way I’m throwing them in the trash!! And, wow on the pink outfit, I can’t imagine a baby in that much fluff, can’t wait to see it!!

  • carrie - There is so much more shopping you can do with a girl! It’s only the beginning!! My girls are very into shoes and clothes – it come naturally!! Enjoy!

  • Lesley - I love the dress and can’t wait to see your little one in it! Oh the fun she’ll have!

  • Holly Todd - If you like the outfit, please check out our website at We specialize in Handmade Baby Gifts. I can make them say whatever you like and any colors you would like. Thanks and God Bless

  • Lisa - I think framing the jeans is an adorable idea! I for one, would not think you were crazy, but just a sweet mom :-)

    Loving the girly tutu outfit! It’s adorable!! Girly stuff is too fun!