Yesterday I shared my thoughts on DSLR photography – recommendations, fun stuff and a big giveaway. Today, I am going to focus on Point and Shoot cameras, cameras for kids and phone photography. Again, I am NOT up to date on all the technology and everything available. My recommendations are based on personal research and personal opinion. This is simply what I would tell a friend if she asked me what type of camera she should invest in…please take it simply for that.

The technology in smartphones has come so far. As a DSLR user and iPhone owner, I would not invest in an additional point and shoot camera – unless it was waterproof. I love a good underwater shot and have not been happy with the iPhone underwater casings I’ve tried. The other downfall to waterproof phone casings is you have to upgrade them if you upgrade your phone. For most of us, that is just not financially possible. Also, the more durable waterproof point and shoot cameras do not have as great of image quality as non-waterproof cameras. So, you need to first consider who is using the camera and how important is durability. With that in consideration, below are some point and shoot cameras I would recommend. Before you make a purchase, be sure to read additional reviews too.

point&shootI am also going to keep my recommendations to cameras under $500. These are not waterproof cameras, the waterproof cameras are listed in the next section (Photography for Kids).

Sony DSC-RX1000

Canon Powershot G16

Fujifilm XF1

Panasonic Luminix DMC-LF1


There are numerous ‘kid friendly’ cameras available. I’ve never purchased a ‘kid’ camera. I feel like my kids would outgrow a kid camera too quickly. We have two point and shoot cameras that are waterproof and shockproof. All of our kids use those two cameras. We only need one, but some shipping mistakes on our part resulted in us owning two cameras. Our youngest daughter also use an old iPhone as a camera. My eight year old has shown a natural bent and interest in photography, so he now uses my old Canon 5D with an off brand multi-purpose lens. The camera is in its final days, but it is a great learning camera for him. I am slowly teaching him the basics of photography. The more he learns, the more he wants to learn. So, I’d encourage you not to limit your kids to ‘kids’ cameras. I would start with a shockproof and waterproof point and shoot. It doesn’t need to be the newest model, you can find older models for a really great price. If you have a child that outgrows a point and shoot (or an adult), but you aren’t ready for the investment in a new DSLR, I would look at old models.

Olympus Tough TG-3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5

Ricoh WG-4

phoneappsbannerA few of my favorite photography related apps:apps

Instagram || PicTapGo || Over || AfterLight || A Beautiful Mess

PicFrame || SnapSeed || VSCO || Rhonna Designs || DipTic


I primarily use two cameras: my Canon 6D and my iPhone 5. I also use a mirror-less Fuji from time to time. For many people, their phone has become their primary camera. There are so many benefits of using a phone as your camera. Typically, it is easy to get to, but more than that – it does things your bigger cameras can’t. Though I don’t see my phone replacing my 6D, I do take advantage of its ease of use daily. I started teaching a Phone version of my SnapShop course last year. The course is my personal approach to capturing the day to day life of my family with my phone. It lasts 3 weeks and I am available to answer your questions throughout the course.

Next course: January 5th – January 24th, 2014

Registration open is open. Gift Certificates are available.


Phone photography is changing the way most people capture and share images. Below are some fun gadgets related to your phone.


Smartphone Projector || Moleskin Cover || Little, But Fierce Case

Joby Mpod Mini || Muku Shuttr Remote || Cell Phone Lens Set

Olloclip || Poppy || Optrix PhotoProX Waterproof case

Power Pot || The Power Wallet || My Mom Snaps children’s book


The internet is full of creative DIY projects related to your phone, not all photography related, but fun nonetheless. Here are a few of my favorites:

phonediyBook iPhone Dock by Little Lovelies || DIY phone case by  Amanda Rydell || How to Make Your Phone Into a Projector by Thistlewood Farms

iPhone Armband by The Art of Doing Stuff || Dino iPhone Tripod by Eat Sleep Make || Wood Charging Dock by Scarlet Words

iPhone Wallet by My Three Monsters || Pressed Flower Case by Clare McGibbon for Etsy || Paper stand dock by Dessinemoiunobjet


giveawayAnd I thought I’d end this post with another big giveaway!


Thumbprint Photo boxes are one of my favorite Mpix products. I use the Mpix Tap To Print app to upload photos directly from my phone. Typically, I use my Instagram photos since they are already cropped to square. The images come in a little wood box, which makes for easy organization before and after I display the photos. I usually pin the photos up around the house and then when I am ready to take them down, they go back into the box.


On the DSLR post, I shared that RadLab is my favorite editing software for my DSLR images. PicTapGo is the mobile app for editing photos created by the same company, Totally Rad. PicTapGo is one of my most used editing apps for phone photography.




Giveaway Details:

10 winner chosen at random (the first two winners will get all three prizes, the next 8 will get PicTapGo & SnapShops)


2 winners – Thumbprint Box from Mpix.com

10 winners – a download of PicTapGo

10 winners – participation in a 2015 SnapShop Phone course


The first two winners of all the prizes are: Savannah (savannahtg…) & Juilanna (juliannagor…)

The 8 winners of PicTapGo and SnapShops are:

Lucy (lucyth…)

Katie (katiely)

Kassondra (chach…)

Emma (emst…)

Lindsey (lindsey7…)

Emily (emilyeld…)

Kira (kiralf…)

Kristin (kristin.bj…)

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  • Rachel - shoot, i would be tickled pink to win any one of these things! great giveaway, and as always, love coming here to your blog space!! happy Tuesday!

  • Maria - Thanks for sharing all this wonderful info and for the chance to win!

  • Jenny - Love!!!!

  • Emily - What an awesome giveaway! Read your blog daily…you inspire me as a momma!

  • Kelly W. - These giveaways are awesome! And I’m learning about all sorts of fun new products. Thanks!

  • Susan - Thank you for more great recommendations and giveaways!

  • Natalie - Another awesome giveaway!! Love it! I love using my phone for pictures!

  • Fawn - What an incredible giveaway. Thank you!

  • Janie Richards - Thanks for all of your recommendations and the chance to win!

  • Rosie - Your giveaways are always so much fun – I would love to win!

  • Jeanne - i took your phone class this summer and loved it. thanks for the giveaway

  • Conni M - Amazing ideas!! Love reading your blog! Thanks for the opportunity! Have a great Holiday season!

  • Traci - I’m going to have to try the phone projector DIY! Very fun.

  • Kelley - Thanks for these awesome giveaways! I took the dslr snapshop last year and really want to take the phone one now!!

  • Emily - Another fantastic post of recommendations and giveaways! Thanks!

  • Caroline R - Another great giveaway-thanks! Really appreciate the app suggestions, on my way to check them out..

  • Aj - Thank you for your generosity. I have ogled your SnapShop courses for a long time. In case my family reads this, I would love a gift certificate to either course! :-)

  • Robin Dowdle - What a generous giveaway! I would be thrilled to win! Thank you!

  • Sarah Taylor - Yet another great roundup list! Thanks for putting this together Ashley! :)

  • Siera - Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Mary Moury - Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Amy M - I’m horrible at printing pics…really need to work on that.

  • Becky J - Oh my, I am feeling giddy at these giveaways – thanks a bunch! Thank you, too, for sharing your talents with us all!! Blessings :)

  • Britney - Fun! I use Pic Tap go all the time-love it!
    A good waterproof case I’ve found, although expensive is the watershot pro. The best part is it comes with two lenses. I pretty much exclusively use the wide angle which makes for some fun photos with your phone. But yes, it stinks in that if you upgrade your phone it’s then worthless to you…

  • Elizabeth Wimer - Yay for fun photo posts! Love your blog.

  • Holly - Thanks for all of the fun ideas. I am going to add a few to my Christmas list.

  • Mary Wright - Beautiful! Would love to fill our lives with more everyday beauty.

  • Katie - I would love to win your phone SnapShop course!! Thanks for all the app tips — I’m always looking for good ones to try.

  • Bonnie Dunn - Thanks so mI have for the giveaways!

  • Kara - PICK ME! PICK ME!

  • liz rose - I would love to take a snapshot course. I have 4 kids under 4 and would love to learn how to capture them better. Love your blog thanks for all youdo.

  • Denise - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alissa - Thanks for the wonderful recommendations!

  • Avenlea - Thanks! I am entering:)

  • tricia - you always give wonderful photography information and i learn so much! thank you!

  • Meg - Yeah! I love your recommendation s. I would live a chance to take your online course!

  • Tartaruga dos Tartarouchos - You are awesome! mora than these giveaways! Thank you!

  • natalie - Wow, my kids would love to click away without my bulky camera! <3

  • Sarah - Wow, great tips for people who want some entry level cameras. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Becca R - Thanks for sharing this great info. I have a 7 year old who loves to take pictures!

  • Oceana - I have become an absolute iphone photography convert. Obviously I love my big pro cam, but having a phone is often such a lifesaver. Also, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nathalie Bouffard - So much great info, thank you!

  • Lucy - I’m so glad to see you recommend the lumix. We just got that so we could have a “fishing” camera. We don’t want to drop our phone or DLSR in the water :) I’m so tempted to get myself a spot in your phone course…

  • Michelle - Another awesome giveaway!

  • Maegan C - Love how pictures are best connection to memories for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alicia - I would absolutely love to win!

  • Katie - Thanks for all of this great information!

  • Heidi Stone - Thank you for all the great things you share here. Homeschool, photography, adoption, DIY, I get so much inspiration here :) Happy Thanksgiving !

  • Kate M - Such great suggestions! Love all the apps:)

  • Carol Paxman - I read your blog every day! Love your kids and your style. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Melissa W - crossing my fingers! Great give-away!

  • Hilary B - This is such a great post. I love all of the tops and product recommendations. I have so much to learn!

  • Tanya - Thanks for the recommendations! I love that your son has a Canon 5D. :) Thanks for the giveaway; I hope I’m one of the 10 lucky winners!

  • Mandy - Another fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  • Emily - So fun! I love all things photography! :)

  • Krista W - Love your blog!! That would be super awesome to win a giveaway:)

  • Kathi S - What great information AND a great giveaway!! Thanks!

  • Jude - I love these ideas~ :)

  • robin - I love your blog!!! You are great!

  • Windie Deshotel - someday i will own a real DSLR, but for now i’m a phone & luminix girl – thanks for this post & the giveaway!

  • Jenn - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Courtney Howard - I hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway. I want to preserve the memories of my kids at these fun and crazy ages:)

  • Sarah W - Love these giveaways!!!!

  • Brittney - What a fun giveaway! I’m gonna check out some of those apps!

  • sarah - Love this!

  • Abi Beach - Thank you for your recommendations. I use most of those apps you listed. I love phone photography and having all your favourite photos to hand.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Paula Patton - Love your photography tips and suggestions for apps!

  • Zenobia - Cute kids, fun projects, helpful information, and a fun giveaway. Thanks for brightening my morning!

  • Emily - Thanks for providing inspiration for me to want to use my phone camera more! I love all of the sweet moments you are able to capture!

  • Debbie C - Thanks for all of your fabulous tips and sources! Also another fantastic giveaway. :)

  • Brianna Joy - Oh good, I didn’t miss out. :)))

  • Renata - These are great tips, and fun giveaways. :)

  • Susie Becker - Love you blog! I’ve taken your snapshop course and loved it!

  • Vertie - Thank you for this roundup. My four year old son has requested a “real camera, not a pretend camera” for Christmas. I think one of the waterproof ones will make for a good family trip camera.

  • Becky Z - This. looks. amazing. Yay! And the suggestions in this post were very helpful.

  • Nelly - Thanks for the info!

  • Amy N - I really need to take your phone course! Like you, I find myself just using my phone more and more while my fancy camera sits collecting dust ha!
    Thank you for your recommendations!

  • Natalie - Yay! I am loving all these photography posts Ashley! We are behind on photo books and printing and could use some inspiration these days. We tend to take so many photos in the summer but with winter approaching and shorter days (we are northern – the sun is setting at 4:45 pm these days) we are taking way fewer photographs.

  • Ashlynn - The phone is my one and only camera, so I could use all the gadgets I could get!

  • Georgina Watkins - PicTapGo looks fantastic, and the thumbprint boxes are so unique, never seen anything like it!

  • Ashley Smith - Another amazing giveaway! So very cool of you. Hope I win.

  • cathy - I love reading through your recommendations!! All the giveaways are fantastic!! Thanks for the chance to share with us!

  • Annie - I just got my first iPhone and am just beginning to learn to use it well. Thanks for the helpful suggestions!

  • Charity G. - We have a Sony point and shoot but it isn’t shock proof or waterproof. With 4 boys that is a great idea. I don’t usually let my boys have at it with my camera but they do love to use it and I love looking at their pictures when I let them. Thanks for another great tip post and more amazing giveaways.

  • Julia - I would love this!

  • Gretchen Hyskell - Love your work and love you and your sweet family. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Leah Heffelfinger - I would love to win this! I’ve been a follower this blog for years (it seems) – you’re soo talented!

  • Jen - You always have the best photography recommendations, thanks!

  • Jodi Lemons - Happy Thanksgiving!
    I stumbled upon your blog and have enjoyed reading it every single day! Your photos, musing, DIY projects and tutorials are simply awe-inspiring. Thank you for being in the blogsphere!

  • Wendy - Wow, more exciting information. I can’t wait to put it to good use.

  • Sundee Powers - Love, Love, Love!!

  • Carin - What a fun giveaway!!

  • Evie - Thanks for a great list of recommendations!

  • Carrie - What fun apps and recommendations. I’ve always wanted to take one of your courses. Hopefully one of these days!!! :)

  • Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary - Oh my! I love all these!!!

  • kL - thanks for the info & giveaway!

  • Karen R - I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of photography with us! I’m a very interested beginner!

  • Kiley Eck Hayon - This would be so fun to win! I’m photography obsessed and have 3 boys too :)

  • Christian@Modobject at Home - Another great pile of goodies!

  • Diane - Thanks for another great giveaway!

  • Megan - I would love to win any of these prizes!

  • Andrea - Thank you for this list! My 7 year old is showing a real interest in photography. I’m off to look at your p&s recomendations now.

  • Ronda - Thanks for all this. It’s a great help even to us in the UK.

  • Ashley K - I would love to win! So many fun things!

  • Brooke - Any of this would be so awesome to win!

  • Jenni - These are great items for a great giveaway!

  • Amanda - I always appreciate that your recommendations are realistic – not too expensive and not too fancy. Thanks for keeping it real!

  • Sheri - You have encouraged me to really learn how to use my DSLR. I love that your 8 year old enjoys photography and hope my learning will encourage my girl’s interest. Thank you.

  • Melisa - Thanks for such a great giveaway!!

  • Lisa K - What fun! Thanks again for all the fun give aways :)

  • Lindsey - Thank you for all the app info!! Love mpix products, too!!

  • Lavs - Great ideas!!! i love your recommendations and the honest feedback you provide!

  • Sarah D. - What an awesome giveaway! And I love the recommendations for kids photography.

  • Shaunne - Despite having my phone on me pretty much always the camera is definitly is not used nearly enough. Thank you for the recommendations of the apps, I have downloaded a few now and hopefully will get back to taking more daily pictures using my phone!

  • Katie - Love your blog! It’s one of the first things I check every morning :) A daily dose of happy!!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Christine - Another great giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

  • Nicole Ambriz - No way! Any of those would be amazing :-D

  • Sara - Great prizes!

  • Ariella - Such great stuff…thanks for sharing

  • Michele - Love to print my square instagrams! Thanks for all your hard work and the time you put into these posts.

  • Hayley - Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  • dawny dee - i would love to get any of these. thanks for your constant kind and gentle inspiration. hope the holidays and bright for you and your lovely family.

  • Carrie M - love the kids reccomendations! THANKS!

  • Carmen - My 15 year-old daughter loves photography. I’ll share the giveaway with her! Thank you.

  • Danielle H. - Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!

  • Allison Adams - Another great giveaway — thanks!!!

  • P Koziol - I could use these things to hone my skills from the Snapshop I recently took :)

  • Amy - Thank you for all your tips and helpful info. I have been recently thinking about getting a camera or handing down a camera to my 4 year old. He is beginning to want to take pictures all the time. He did get a “kids” camera two years ago and I agree completely on skipping those kinds of cameras. It didn’t work very well for us.
    I read your blog everyday and hope to one day take a snapshot course. Maybe I will win! Fingers crossed!!!!! :)

  • Angie Lee - I would LOVE any of these! Your knowledge is amazing!!

  • Michelle Hill - Another giveaway?! Xmas came early :) thank you so much for your generosity! Good luck to meeee ;)

  • Karen - I use my phone all the time. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Tiffany J - Thanks for sharing your suggestions. Technology moves so fast that even if you find a product you like, it’s always great to hear about 10 more, newer ideas!

  • Sherry Cartwright - Thank you for the app and camera recommendations.

  • Leah - What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  • sharee anderson - love this informative post!

  • Shawn Hoddinott - Ever since your class ive wanted to create a thumbprint box!!!! so exciting

  • Jacqueline R - Thanks for all the recommendations! I am definitely off to check out all the apps.

  • Jolene - Ashley! You are amazing. Another great giveaway with amazing suggestions…

  • Sonya B. - Fun! Thanks for hosting such a neat giveaway!

  • Cherie Hanks - Thanks for such an informational post! My son is very interested in taking pictures and has been asking for a DSLR for awhile. Fingers crossed!

  • Makenzy - oooh! Pick me!!

  • Jeni - Love these posts! :)

  • Meryl - Another great list–thanks so much!

  • Cindy McAllister - Got my first I Phone for my birthday a few weeks ago and want to learn about the camera very much. This prize would be awesome !!!!! I had a flip phone before with no WI Fi so you can imagine how much I have to learn…lol.

  • Maureen - Fingers crossed til Friday may cause cramping but it would be worth it!

  • Arlene - Thanks for all your great photography tips! They’re so creative and helpful. And thanks for offering the giveaway, too!

  • Andrea - What a great giveaway!

  • Monique - What a great list! Can’t wait to check out a few of the apps!

  • Casey - Yah! These posts are AWESOMESAUCE!

  • Rebecca Coolidge - It would be so great to win this!!

  • Jennifer W - Thanks so much for offering these awesome giveaways! Love the recommendations for the cameras for kids.

  • Laura M. - Thanks for the recommendations! I’m going to check into the cameras in the “kids” section….I think my oldest would really enjoy one!

  • Kim B - Thanks for the information I cant wait to help my daughter expand her interest in photography.

  • Katelynn - Awesome!

  • Sarah Hebert - Love all of your thoughts!

  • Rachel Dallaire - Such great recommendations. I love PicTapGo.

  • Kari - Raises hand like Little Miss Smarty Pants “pick me! pick me!”

  • Loan - Ashley, you have the best sponsors and supporters. Thank you for giving us a chance to win all these goodies!

  • Eileen B. - Thank you for the opportunity! I love this blog so much and your family seems so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

  • Kristin - I have loved learning more about Photography from your blog. Thank you for not only giving us a great view into your life but also taking the time to teach how to better capture our personal lives as well!

  • Keely - Amazing giveaway! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Alyssa W. - I just love your blog… thanks for the opportunity to win something! :)

  • bev - great post – I hope I win, thanks so much!

  • Alicia - Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Kristin - Thank you for sharing all this and…yes pleeeease – the giveaways are awesome

  • Southern Gal - You shared so many products that are new to me. Thanks!(I don’t have a smartphone, so my daughter would benefit from this.)

  • Kellie - What splendid giveaways! Thank you for the opportunity to win such excellent prizes! :-)

  • Tyler Garrett - Yay!

  • Misty Garrett - Yay!

  • Ginna - Thanks for another great giveaway! Love all of these products and ideas. :)

  • Kristina - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Erica - I am addicted to iPhone photography. Great tips and suggestions, just in time for the holidays. Thank you.

  • Lauren - Another great post full of helpful advice. AND another great giveaway.

  • Hannah Ashley - Count me in! Thanks so much for doing this, Ashley!

  • Holly Snyder Thompson - Wow! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  • Becky F - Great recommendations and an amazing giveaway!

  • Annemieke - So cool! Thank you Ashley!!!

  • Sue Symens - Fun stuff! Thank you.

  • Amy M - You have such a giving, sharing spirit. Thanks for serving our Lord by serving others!

  • Natalie - Thanks for all the recommendations!

  • TLL - Great post!!

  • TLL - These giveaways are great!

  • Laura - I would like to participate in your giveaway. Thank you!

  • Amanda P - I would love this prize!

  • jodi - thanks so much for taking the time to put this together – so helpful!!

  • Jillian Blackburn - What a great giveaway! I’d love to win!

  • Samantha Lurie - great ideas…I have some of these apps, but not all, and look forward to using something different!

  • colleen from alabama - YIPPPPEEEEE!another giveaway!

  • Jen - Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win and for the great info!

  • Jessica elliott - wow, what an awesome giveaway!

  • Abby - I’ve always wanted to take the phone course! Our budget hasn’t allowed it so this is a nice chance. Thanks Ashley!

  • Ingrid - Thanks so much for the great information!

  • Alice H - Thanks for another giveaway!! My 4 year old loves trying to use my big girl camera. May have to get him something cheap for him to use.

  • Leah - Sounds great!!!

  • Amy L. - You are so talented. I love the tips.

  • Kelly - Thanks for all of the wonderful recommendations!! You are so sweet to share your knowledge :-)

  • JoMarie - Thank you – I love ALL the information you provide … in this post and previous post.

  • Andrea Thompson - Would be awesome to win a place on your snapshot course and receive photography tips and inspiration from you xxx

  • Susan - Thank you for the info, ideas, etc. for our photography. You always have great posts to help us improve.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize pack!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • autumn - I love reading all of your tips, especially your buyers guides. Thank you.

  • Carrie Morton - What another awesome giveaway! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing your family and life with us. I’ve learned so much about really enjoying photographing the everyday moments from you! So thanks!!

  • April - Thanks for all the time you took to gather all this info. So helpful. And thanks for the giveaway too!

  • Erika C. - SO much fun! I am in love with Mom Snaps!

  • Allie E. - Great post – looking for ideas for Christmas and appreciate the compilation!

  • Christina - Sign me up :) (thanks, Ashley!)

  • christina - Love the DIY ideas!

  • Tracey O - Yay! Can’t wait to win! :-D

  • Jennifer - Yay for giveaways! You’re always so inspiring. Thank you for all you do!

  • Aubrey - Yea!! Another giveaway. Thanks!

  • Whitney - So fun! I’d love any of those prizes!

  • erica - Another great giveaway! Thank you.

  • Susanna - I love the DIY ideas in this post especially the armband one. It’s genius.

  • Leighanna - I would love to take your SnapShop course!

  • Cristy Mullin - What a wonderful giveaway! This would be awesome!

  • Vickie S. - I would love to win! Thanks so much!

  • Jenna Kaye - Thanks for sharing your photography and equipment tips with us! and for such great giveaways!

  • Vanessa - any of these prizes would be great!

  • Erin - Love this blog!

  • Jennifer L - I love seeing your recommendations every year. Keeps my dreaming up to date!

  • Rebekah Bennnett - Another fun giveaway! I use my iphone the most for taking pictures so it would be fu to win this!

  • Peg Powell - What great ideas. Love reading your blog every day.

  • Kathy - What a fun post! I love the iPhone projector – so fun!!!

  • Becky m - Fingers crossed… Mostly for the course!

  • Jessica Scott - Thanks so much for the giveaway Ashley!

  • Dana W - Awesome giveaway, thanks so much!

  • Carrie - Love your suggestions and what a fun giveaway! Fingers crossed!!

  • Jeanne - Ooh! Feeling lucky.

  • Margo - How fun would any of these be to win!? I never miss a day of reading your blog – just love it!

  • Annie - Great post and giveaway!

  • Natalie Anthony - Love taking phone photos! this is a great giveaway

  • Signe - Awesome Giveaway and info!! Thanks!

  • Danyelle - Love the recommendations, thank you!

  • Jess Z. - I love these posts! Thanks Ashley!

  • Denice - Love your blog!!

  • Brittany A - Another incredible giveaway, thank you so much for a chance to win :)

  • Marnae - Thanks for your lovely blog and the added bonus of giveaways. I love both equally and joyfully.

  • Hadas Toren - Thank you for the information, and the chance to win.
    I love this blog!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Lynsee Womble - Love these posts!

  • Erika - Great giveaway! I would love to win!

  • Kassondra - all of these are on my Christmas list! love your blog and would love the chance to learn more from you about taking everyday moment pictures of my family I don’t want to forget.

  • Anna S - Great Giveaway!

  • Jacque - What a wonderful post and giveaway!

  • Kaytie - Thanks for all of your recommendations and a chance to win! :)

  • Lacy - What a fun giveaway! Love your site and your family.

  • Karen - I love that you let your son use your old DSLR to learn photography!

  • Angela - Such great ideas and a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  • Laura - So much great info. Thanks!

  • LisaAnn - I have a Panasonic Lumix and love it! Although I hope to upgrade to a DSLR at some point I am pleased with the flexibility of the lumix and it does a really good job for the price. Great list of suggested gifts!

  • sarah Marie - Love all of your blog posts, especially the ones on specifics to photography! Way to make it accessible to all!

  • Kelly - Such great ideas. Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

  • Dacia Perkins - Thanks Ashley for taking the time to research and write this post! I used last years post when buying a few goodies :)

  • Mandy Jones - I have been following your blog for YEARS and continue to be inspired and awed by your posts. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, views, and general awesomeness with the world.

  • katie Greenlaw - What a great giveaway!!

  • Alena - How fun! I have followed you for many years and still love your posts. Thanks for what you do. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • MaryAnn - You are amazing!! I am loving all these ideas!!!

  • Amber - Great giveaways. Thanks for your wonderful suggestions!

  • Jenn - fun stuff. thanks. hope I win. happy thanksgiving

  • Alicia C - My oldest daughter is starting to get into taking pictures so this will be great! I would love to take your SnapShop course!!

  • Dawn - Love your blog and this giveaway!

  • hili - hey Ashley, interesting post, took your firstdslr snapshop, it took some time, but it made me switch to manual. very curious about your phone photography snapshop

  • Megan - Taking pictures helps me remember all of the details I soon forget!

  • Amanda - LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • jenw - thanks for not making 100 hoops for your readers to jump through in order to enter to win. :) We appreciate that!

  • Sylvie - Thanks you for shar all of this with us and for the giveaway opportunity. I woudl really like to improve my family photos so your online classes are on my wishlist.

  • Meghan - Great advice; I so hope my littles get into photography some day. I saved my old camera for them!

  • Mary - I stumbled upon your blog about 6 months ago from another blog and you have quickly become my new favorite escape. I love your posts and the way you capture your children, you are a true inspiration. I catch myself mimicking some of your shots when I am taking pics of my boy without even thinking.

  • Katy - How fun! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  • Leah Claire - I always love phone app recommendations!! Thanks so much.

  • Carmen Palmer - My son loves taking pics and he’s 5! Comes in handy when I need a pic with me in it!!

  • amanda - praying for a spot in the phone photography course!!

  • Stephanie Z. - I love this!

  • christina larsen - You always have great info. Thanks!

  • Breanna Walrath - Thanks Ashley! This is fabulous. I have loved the last two posts….great advice. :)

  • Brenda - What a great early Christmas present this would be, thanks for the chance!

  • Amanda - Love it!

  • Kim - So fun! Thanks for this great resource and sharing this awesome giveaway! Pick me :)

  • Tracy - Thank you!!! I would love to win.

  • Leah Newman - Thank you for all the tips!! And the wonderful giveaways!

  • Lisa - Fun giveaway!

  • Evalina miller - Thank you for the informative post. I enjoy these every year.

  • Kira - Ashley you are right on with your posts this week! I love the info! Thank you!

  • Angela Swenson - I would love to try out the thumbprint box. I am HORRIBLE at printing my photos. Great recommendations. Thanks!!!

  • Erica - Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

  • Caitlin McGuren - I can’t wait to have kids of my own and I hope I can share photography with them from a young age like you have done. Thanks for sharing.

  • Natalie - Thanks for all these fun ideas and another great giveaway!

  • Kathie M. - How exciting…I love my phone photography!! Would love to win!! With Twin boys I keep busy but always capture cute photos when I can.

  • Betty - Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  • Marie - I love coming here everyday to see what you and your beautiful family is up to. I love reading your photography tips….I look forward to new posts.

  • Joni Kelley - I like taking pictures with my iphone. Thanks for all the app ideas!

  • Beccy - Thank you for sharing your favorites and expertise with all of us iut here in blogland! I really need to start printing photos out now that I am taking them again!

  • Linnea H - Thanks for all the fun giveaways! I would love the mpix thumbprint box !

  • Amber willis - I would love to take the
    Snap shot course!

  • Kris - Love this!

  • erin - friend, i am LOVING all of your tricks and tips.
    thanks so much for all the helpful info.

  • Judy - Thanks for the fun recommendations, including the apps! I’m excited to check out all this goodness.

  • Kara - Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!????

  • Jessica - Love, love, love this! I so appreciate you taking the time to share all your ideas.

  • Heather Oakley - What a fantastic post!! I really want to get better with my camera, you inspire me to keep trying! Thank you.

  • Jenna Ostmann - This is always one of my favorite posts!!! Thanks for sharing! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jenna Odegard - I spy a new camera case that is going on my Christmas list! Thank you so much for offering these picks and giveaway!!

  • Erin - Yes please! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  • Christine - Awesome! I would love to win any of these great prizes!

  • michele - What do you get after eating way too much turkey and dressing?
    Dessert, of course!

  • AshleyAnn - JenW – I don’t like jumping through hoops either…so it sure doesn’t make sense for me to make my readers do that!

  • Jennifer - I always look forward to your camera posts. :) I just bought a 6D recently and goodness…so much better using that than my dying 5D, lol. But, looking forward to the kids using the 5D!!

  • Dakota - Another amazing giveaway! I love your blog and your photography tips.

  • Jolene - this is a fun week:)

  • Robyn - I love all the recommendations! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristina - Thanks for the helpful tips :)

  • Donna - I love to practice taking fun, meaningful pictures of my kids and our life. Thanks for this post!

  • Brooke - I think my adventurous, backpacking mother will be getting the Powerpot for christmas. : )

  • Sara S. - I have asked for a camera for the past couple years but we have not had the money but I am hoping to get one soon. Until then though I am putting your phone course on my Christmas list!

  • Genesis - Loving these giveaways! Thanks for another chance at some awesome goodies!

  • Ruth W - What a fun giveaway! It would be fun to get something.

  • AngelaS - I love your photography posts! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • Brittany B - I too find myself using my phone as my primary camera. I love trying out new apps to help improve my photo skills!

  • Melanie Gillen - Love the recommendations! Thanks!

  • Melissa - this is an amazing giveaway!

  • Michelle - Thanks for the recommendations!!

  • Christin - Love all the DIY ideas!

  • Anna - Love all of your giveaways!

  • Brittany Smith - Thank you so much for this great resource! I can’t wait to encourage my kiddos to take more photos.

  • Beverly Maierson - Love your blog :)

  • Jane - What a fabulous prize! Thank you for sharing your tips, photography is something I would love to get better at, looking forward to exploring some of these ideas over the summer holidays (in Australia.)

  • Ashley Smith - Another one!! Thank you for all this info and
    A chance to win. How awesome!

  • Serina - Awesome!

  • Sarah - Love everything! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Sally - Thank you for using your gifts to inspire others.

  • Jenny - That would be an awesome thing to win!

  • hannah - Love these photography posts

  • Crystal - Love this give away, I would be really happy to win.

  • Katie - I love seeing your recommendations! Thank you!

  • Stacey - Again, you have great things to give away. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jody - I’m trying not to feel completely confused about camera stuff — but I am!! I wanna be cool like you & understand it all — but I’m not sure it’ll happen!!!!

  • Alicia - Great post. Looking forward to trying some of these products.

  • Hannah S. - Thank you for the timely post! My daughter wants a point and shoot for Christmas and I wasn’t sure where to begin. This is a great starting point! Thanks!

  • Jenny - Thanks for all the great info!

  • nicole - great info in these last bunch of posts!

  • Heather M. - Great tips! You have such fun gift suggestions:)

  • Kendra Martin - Fantastic giveaway, would be thrilled if I win!

  • Lindsay B - Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Ivana S. - Thanks for the chance!

  • Audrey - Thanks for a chance at winning these awesome giveaways!!

  • Lucy - I wish I had had an h20 and shockproof camera growing up! (not that making clicking sounds wasn’t EXACTLY the same! :) )

    thanks for the recommendations!

  • Lani - Great info-Thanks!!

  • Cindy - Ashley, you are so generous with your time and talents! Love your blog!

  • Katie M. - Thanks for your knowledge and the giveaway!

  • Juli - Love your blog! And kinda love your family without actually knowing them :)

  • katelyn becze - Amazing giveaway! Thank you! Love reading about your beautiful family everyday, bless you!

  • Heather McDonald - I just bought a new lens! I can’t wait to try it out on the cutest subjects I know-my nieces and nephews.

  • Sarah Schrader - What a great opportunity! And thanks for the info!

  • Andrea Berglin - I would love to win any of these.

  • Jenny W - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Carmin Blair - Hello from Jackson, TN

  • Ana - Thanks again for sharing another giveaway!
    I would love to take your Snapshop course.
    You blog is inspiring, from photography to the stories and thoughts you share, and makes me want to live and document my everyday as beautifully as you do!

  • Erin - Wow, would love to take part in a snapshop phone course!

  • Kayla - Thanks for another awesome giveaway! I’d love the opportunity to participate in a SnapShop course!

  • Amber - Ive taken your snapshop for phone before but would take it again just because it was so good! But I would really like to win the mpix prize. : ) Thanks for you recommendations on cameras, I am in the market for one to replace my current point and shoot that is malfunctioning!

  • Tina - Thank you for the chance to win! :)

  • Danielle - Thanks for all the info!

  • Lisa V - I love my DSLR but need to learn to better use my iPhone camera since its always with me. I will definitely check out your list of apps!

  • Lisa - fun, fun, fun!

  • Suzie Hartman - Great gift ideas and an awesome giveaway. Thanks for a chance!

  • Kel - Thanks for the recommendations. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Carol - Love your blog! Makes me happy as any of these products would! Thanks for offering!

  • amy lenhart - wonderful post..just started looking for a point and shoot to buy for my parents for christmas!

  • Betsy - Entering the giveaway!

  • Kristine - Merry Christmas!

  • Julie W - Love your blog and am so inspired by you! You’re a true gem! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Ceri - Great prize lineup!

  • Melody J - thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Hannah M - Such a fun giveaway! The mpix pictures for your phone look like so much fun (and of course I never get my printed!).

  • Jessica H. - Great post!

  • dana - I LOVE my dslr…but my phone camera sure gets a lot of use these days! Thanks for the tips!

  • Liz Donald - Love some of these products!

  • Heidi Knipple - I love the ideas on this post!! Thank you, thank you!!

  • Robyn - So fun! Thanks!

  • Julie Gilpin - Fantastic! Thank you.


  • Tara - I use Mpix all the time and have never looked at these thumb print images!! I will definitely be checking them out now:)

  • AndreaG - This is so exciting! Thank you!

  • Rhonda - Love the suggestions! Can’t wait to check them out!

  • Ali B - What a fun week of ideas and giveaways!

  • Allison B - Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Angela E - Ashley you’re amazing!

  • Lauryn Williams - I would love to enter into your drawings! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Susie - This would be awesome to win!

  • Chauna - I am in love with how you capture your kids and everyday life! I try and use it as inspiration to do the same!

  • Natacha - Amazing blog, amazing gifts! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • priya - I think I need to upgrade my phone! You always get great pictures with yours and have definitely inspired me to take more pics with something I have with me most of the time!

  • Jenn - fun giveaway!!!

  • Grace - Love this!

  • Hannah - I only use my phone… don’t have anything else. Glad to have the recommendations for the apps.

  • kate - fun ideas — i’m learning lots from you. thanks.

  • Heather - Would love to win!

  • Kendra Campbell - Super fun again. Thanks for all of the work to create these giveaways.

  • Janine - Thank you for all of the photography advice and this awesome giveaway. I am really thinking of signing up for one of your snapshops for the slr camera. I got one as a gift and it hasn’t left the box. I am dying to learn how to use it.

  • tracy dickinson - wow! what a great giveaway!

  • Tiffany - I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and really enjoy it! Thanks for putting together these fun giveaways.

  • Caitlin Tufts - So generous!

  • Riann - Yes, please! :)

  • Nicole Ramey - Awesome giveaway! This would be so appreciated!

  • Betsy - Have do learned so much fom you !! Happy Thanksgiving

  • Amanda K - sweet! You are too kind. Thanks! :)

  • Debbie - Fun giveaways! Thank you for all the information and tips too.

  • Savannah - I’d love to win this :)

  • julie a - I so enjoy your blog! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • Amber - I’d love to win! Thank you.

  • Heather Palmer - I love your site! I hope I win!

  • Becky - Your perspective and tips are always relevant and timely. Thanks for sharing so freely.

  • Julie zimmermann - Love your site…you are such an inspiration!

  • babs - i shot great pics with a SLR for 30 years. i’m having a hard time with my nikon dslr and am still learning what my iPhone can do. i hope to win your giveaway.

  • Mandy - As always girl, awesome giveaways! :) Happy Turkey Day friend! I’m thankful for YOU!

  • Olya - Awesome!!

  • Sarah Osborn - Love your blog…..

  • Jessa - ive been eyeing your iPhone course for a little while and would love to win!!

  • valeri smith - i love mpix! what a great giveaway!

  • Michelle - I never miss a post! I love ya, Ashley. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Katie - Such a fun giveaway !!!

  • Jane - Ahh I would love to win!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  • Tonpia - Once again, I am impressed with all of your picks.

  • Colleen - Thank you so much for sharing! I would love the opportunity to attend one of your snap shop classes!

  • Sarah {SophieBugsMom} - Thanks so much, Ashley!!

  • Natalie - Thanks for so much more good info! Would love to learn from a snapshop!

  • consuelo - What a great giveaway! Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Jane - Loved your SnapShop course, would love the SnapShop Phone one too!

  • Mary D - How fun! I would love to win! :)

  • Sarah Mac - What a way to kick off the holiday season!

  • Alicia - I would love to win a spot in your snap shop class!

  • Heather - Love your blog and your tiny! Love to win too!!

  • Bora Pogeler - Absolutely love all the new product recommendations! Such fun and cool products for all ages! Also love your website!

  • Ana - What a great post and a fun giveaway.
    Thank you

  • Bethany Smith - Thanks for the recommendations! Your blog is always so helpful.

  • Brittany - Ack!!! I think I’d have a mini-stroke if I saw that I won this! What a perfect Christmas present! Thanks for doing this! :)

  • Jelena - Great post, thanks!

  • Stacy - Love all of these!!!

  • Heather - Loving the pic prizes!

  • Francine Bagnati - I’d love to have the chance to win it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Carnen - thanks for the info. As always I love reading your posts!

  • Marilina - Hi there! Thanks for another giveaway!

  • vanessab - Thanks for this! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • La Godiche - Thanks for this awesome giveaway ! I really want to follow your Phone course !


  • lauren - Thanks for the giveaway! This is great!

  • Wendy R - You have just completed my Christmas list! Thanks!

  • meghan - thanks for all the tips! great giveaway!

  • DeAnne Foley - Thank you so much for the tips! Very helpful. Your giveaways are great! Anxious to try Pic Tap Go app!

  • Natasha - Love your blog. I visit daily.

  • Sara renick - Oh, what incredible prizes!!! Thank you!

  • samantha - SO EXCITING!

  • Kristine - I love your sweet blog- always look forward to it in my inbox!!

  • Connie - Thanks for the give-away – would love to win, obviously! :-)

  • Melissa - This is awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Bonnie - Love these recommendations! I can’t wait to click through all the links! :)

  • Dawn Ritchie - Those boxes are too adorable and I can always use more photo help.

  • Danielle Lusk - Love all the photo tips you share with us. Especially the us who are even lower than beginner level! A snapshop course would be so incredible to win!

  • Tamra - Those boxes look beautiful! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Janelle - great suggestions. Love the phone suggestions.

  • Hannah - These giveaways are perfect! Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

  • Hannah - You always have the best Giveaways! Thank You.

  • Shelby - Fingers crossed!

  • Jessica - I’d love to win this!

  • Candy - This would make a great gift for my sil!

  • Heidi E - Holy moly! Those gadgets are so neat! Projector? Pot? Crazy!

  • Alicia - Fingers crossed for one of your great giveaways!

  • Cindy - At what age did you children become interested in photography? Can’t wait for our two year old to see his world thru a camera.

  • Emily - I so enjoy your blog, from your family and how you capture all of life’s little moments and your vintage spunk color craftiness! And to top it off, you send out great little tips to help me capture those same moments with photography hints and tricks and suggest great tools to do so! Love your blog. Thanks!

  • Fawn - Another amazing giveaway! Thank you!

  • Amy - This is unreal! Love your giveaways :)

  • Caylin A - Thank you for the opportunity!

  • ranee - Thanks for the photo tips for kids…and the great giveaway!!

  • Jennie - Another fun giveaway!

  • AmandaK - I need to print my phone pics badly!

  • Lara - So many great ideas! My son would love that moleskin cover for his field notes and iTouch camera. Thank you!! :)

  • Kelsey - Pick me! Pick me!

  • Mrs Bee - I just got an iPhone 6 and want to take more pictures with it!

  • Beth - I had NO IDEA there were getting to be so many gadgets for phone photography! My point and shoot is on its way out AND I would like a new phone. Maybe I need to pay more attention to my selection of a phone and skip the new point and shoot all together!

  • Lindsey - Thanks for this post! It would be so fun to win the giveaway!

  • Erica - These are awesome giveaways Ashley!

  • Elaine Stone - Thank you for sharing your family/ life with us! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your adorable crew!

  • Kristie K - im always looking for a new iPhone editing app!

  • Monique - The thumbprint boxes are so cute! My biggest hesitation with phone photography is feeling like those pictures are stuck on my phone and I lose them when I upgrade. If I’m not the winner of this great giveaway I’ll need to place an order!

  • Ashley B. - PHOTO FUN!!!! Yay I love Mpix!!! Tis the season! :)

  • Holly Ross - I’m so excited about the giveaways that you’ve been hosting this week! Thank you for hosting such awesome giveaways that are truly useful for capturing a family’s life and making permanent memories!

  • Kayleen - I need this course!! I find myself taking more and more phone pictures so that I’m not dragging my dslr everywhere, but they just aren’t as great of photos! Awesome giveaway!

  • Laura - Sounds so cool! I’ve been wanting to try out mpix.

  • fiona westmoreland - I would LOVE to win!!! (I never win anything!!)

  • Kayla Avery - This would be so fun to win!

  • Crystal - this would be fun to win!! :)

  • Christina Keller - Love this post!! My teenagers are always looking for photo editing software for their phones so they will be excited when I share this with them. :)

  • Anna Marie - I am always disappointed in my pictures. Snapshot course would be awesome!

  • Amy Blackburn - These are great giveaways!

  • Sherrie Berry - Would love any of the lovely giveaways:).

  • Brittany - So fun!! Would love to try Pic Tap Go!

  • Lauren - I would LOVE to win a spot in your snapshots course! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • Sandy C - I can’t pick a favorite product, they’re all great!!

  • cindy - Great giveaway! this post reminds me to get out my old point and shoot to let the kids go wild! they will love it! thanks for the inspiration as always!

  • Susannah H. - Looks like fun!

  • Marji - Great giveaway, thank you!!

  • Lindsey Muecke - Always love your blog and your heart, Ashley, and this is a great giveaway prize! Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • S Hyde - Love reading all of your recs!

  • Erica U - Love, love, love!!!

  • Ashley Swanson - Thanks for all the great photo tips and giveaways this week! We’re thinking about upgrading our current (and very old) DSLR.

  • Amy - awesome giveaway – and extremely helpful posts!

  • Brooke Carman - Such great info, thanks for sharing all of your insight on these great products and programs! Would love to win!

  • Emma - Thank you for this list! I love your site!

  • Katarina - Oh, i hope i’ll win. Great job!

  • Bostjan - Pick me! Pick me!

  • staci - What a great giveaway I would love to win!

  • Serena - Love your photography and reading your recommendations!!

  • Katie M - What great resources! The Mpix box is so cute!

  • Carly R - Okay this totally answered my gift guide question in the earlier post.????

  • Andria Carnell - what fun ideas!

  • Stacy - Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I love reading your blog Ashley, you give us the best ideas! Thank you.

  • Christy - Pick me! Pick me! :)

  • Kari - Awesome! Thanks!

  • Deanna - Love your giveaways!

  • Tamra - Thanks for the recommendations! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Charlotte - Thanks so much for all that work that goes into sharing your ideas, feelings and inspiration with the world.
    You inspired my sister and me to send phone photography inspiration back and forth. We have never had as much fun and contact as right now because of that.
    So, thanks again.

  • Sandi Young - It is such a joy to explore your site. What a fun giveaway too. Thank you!

  • Diana - Thanks so much for sharing these! Between our phones and DSLRs our point and shoot (that we’ve had longer than either) mostly just comes out now for nighttime stuff since it does better in low light than any other camera we own!

  • Eilidh - You are awesome!

  • Juliana - Ashley, these are all so fabulous!!

  • Lisa P - Wow, what a great giveaway!

  • Amanda Gragg - Oh man this is all so great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Alecia - Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Paige - Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Jessica - Your phone Snapshop class is what helped me decide to go ahead and purchase a DSLR. Great prizes!

  • Kristin - Love pic tap go and all your tips!

  • Meredith - This is so fun!

  • Caoimhe Beil - I’d never heard of PicTapGo, what an awesome app. Completely love the DIY suggestions, especially the book dock for the iPhone. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • Katiebrown - Fun!!

  • Emily - Love it! What a great giveaway, thanks!

  • Jessica - I have a five-year-old son who is very interested in photography, so I really appreciate all your kids/photo posts.

  • elizabeth H - umm, wow!! what an awesome giveaway!! I’m in for sure!

  • lynet witty - hi ash! i love this! i missed the dslr post so i’m heading there right after this :)
    thanks for the great giveaway and your beautiful photography!

  • Andreea - Inspiring! Thank you!

  • Christie - What a great series! I am always so inspired by the beautiful images you share in your Instagram feed and would love to have a chance to take your SnapShot course!

  • Marie T - Awesome Giveaway!! I LOVE it all!

  • stacey - Would love to win!

  • Becca - I’ll have to check these out. Thanks!

  • Liz - Thanks for sharing this company with us!

  • cathy - This is such an awesome giveaway!!!Thanks for the info on camera selection we are researching now for my daughter for Christmas and it was very helpful. =)

  • Anne Lobin - Wow, what a great post, Ashley! Thanks for all the infos!

  • Tara B. - Thanks for sharing – all my favorites!

  • Becky McArthur - Wow- great giveaways this week! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  • Amber - Love this!

  • Jillian - Thanks for another great giveaway!!

  • Mackenzie Reynolds - How exciting!

  • Ruth Ann Moss - Oh I would so love to win a Snap Shop!

  • Robyn - Would love to take one of your courses!

  • Rhyea - Thanks for getting me interested in photography again.

  • Jessie Pritting - I would love to be picked!

  • Melinda - Love the post! THanks!

  • Erin - Another fantastic giveaway! YAY!

  • Erin - Another great giveaway! Yay!

  • Katie - Would be so great to win!

  • Jennifer - Would love any of these-hoping I win:)

  • Becca - Such great tips! And a super fun giveaway!

  • Elisabeth - I love this gift guide (and all the others). Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jessica - Thank you for the opportunity to win this!!

  • Joanne Fevens - Love it! Thanks so much for all your hard work!

  • Katie - Love this list–so many great gift options (for others and myself)!

  • sam - Thanks for the giveaway, it would be wonderful to win!

  • Susan - Awesome giveaway!

  • Karla Westfall - Pretty awesome giveaway.

  • Greta Bullock - Fingers crossed!

  • Janet Adams - Count me in! Blessings!

  • Rae Ann - Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for making it so easy to enter such an awesome giveaway!

  • Marissa - I hope I win!! Great giveaways!

  • Ashley - Love your space and excited for this giveaway!

  • Morgan L - I would love to win any of these!

  • Melissa K. - Wow. I need to look into this app! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Brenna - What a splendid giveaway! I’d love this. :)

  • Sara - Thanks for the chance, Ashley!

  • heather - Thank You for doing this post!! My children are also interested in taking pictures and your words are encouraging and inspirational as always–with these great recommendations to get us started in the right direction

  • Marianna laughlin - Fun!

  • Ang - Woo hoo! I’ve been meaning to check out the photo boxes. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Roshena - Inspired. As always.

  • Mandy - What a fun giveaway! I’d love to win!

  • Lindsey B - Thanks for all the great tips! I would love to win a SnapShop course ;)

  • Tricia - Awesome giveaway. Love your blog too much.

  • Heather - Would LOVE to win this!!!! Fun, fun, fun package!

  • jen - I was just debating buying a nice point and shoot for me, but glad I read your article, I just need to use my iphone for a p&s. I want to get a waterproof p&s for kayaking and hiking and that would be a better investment for my boys. I would love to win!

  • Andrea Johnson - Awesome giveaway!!

  • Trinity - Love it all!

  • Meg G - great post & giveaway!

  • Tarah Nelson - You are amazing! Crossing all my fingers!

  • Darcy Struckmeier - Fun! Would love to win any of these!

  • Nicole - Thanks Ashley for this awesome giveaway!

  • Katie M - Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  • Elizabeth - :)

  • Holly - Such fun ideas! Love your blog!

  • Lisa G - Your recommendations are always spot on! Thank you for reminding me that my photos need to get off my computer and phone ….

  • Donna - Such fun and a chance to learn more! Love it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Arienne - Great giveaway with great prizes and companies, as always! These would be great christmas gifts!

  • Amanda B - Such generosity! Such fun!

  • Loren - Sweet! Thanks!

  • Carrie - Thank you for taking the time to write up these recommendations!

  • Kristi rediske - Thanks so much for sharing things you have learned with all of us- it is so helpful! I love mpix, use them all the time- would love to win your class also! Can’t wait to see who wins, of course I hope I am one of the lucky ones!

  • Roxie - Thankful: For genuinely kind people who share their passion, life and heart of God :)

  • Nicole Mink - I love using my iPhone 5S as my primary camera at this point in time!

  • debbie - A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!

  • Christy K - Ooooooh! My fingers are crossed! :)

  • Dawn - Fingers crossed I win one of the snap shop spots!!!! ;)

  • Sprite - I always LOVE your tips, recommendations and lists! Thank you so much for another wonderful and generous giveaway!!!

  • Megan - Great giveaway!

  • Meg W - Would love the chance to improve my photography!

  • Kristin - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Carmen - Goodness, these recommendations and giveaways are amazing! Thanks for the chance.

  • bethanyblntn - oh my yes please!

  • Shannon P. - This would be a great!

  • Cecile - Oh wowowowowow! What an amazing opportunity! :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Loved Ones!

  • Merry - Happy Thanksgiving!! ?

  • Kristina - What a great giveaway! :)

  • Crystal M - Pick me, pick me :)

  • brad - Great inspiration

  • Natalie Swartz - Winner, Winner- turkey dinner? :)

  • Sarah A - How fun is all of this! My oldest is 4, and not too interested in photography yet, but I love the idea of waterproof and shockproof cameras for the kids to use. I’ve LOVED your idea of printing two photo books for each year – one to save (and keep nice) and the other to use/smudge. ;-) Less stress = happy mama and happy kids!

  • annie austria-castasus - I would love to win your giveaway!

  • kim howell - What a fun giveaway!

  • Heike - I love reading all the recommendations!!

  • Julianna - You do an amazing job! Your kids are going to be so thankful to have so many moments and memories captured!

  • Mary Pat Reeve - Thanks for offering such fabulous giveaways!

  • Rosanna - Great ideas!

  • Julie - The photo boxes are an awesome idea!


  • Savannah - Eek! I am so excited. Thank you!!!!


One of the most common emails I get usually says something like, “I’m wanting to invest in a new camera. What are your recommendations?” For the past three years I have wrote a post sharing my recommendations regarding current photography products, by compiling it all here I have an easy link to share when I get that question. I always try to do this before Black Friday. This week a million deals related to photography will flood your inboxes and mailboxes, hopefully this guide will help you as you search for the perfect combination for your needs.

Now here is my disclaimer…I have always used Canon, so my personal experience is with Canon.  There are many other great brands out there. The products listed below are ones I recommend based on research and reviews, not personal use. This post is intended for those just starting out in photography and those looking to upgrade from their intro cameras. I do not keep up with all the latest technology and newest camera models. I keep up with kids. I’m the least technical person…so you will not find any technical reviews of the products in this post. Just a listing to help you find a jumping off point. Please take my recommendations, but do your own research before making a purchase.

These are just my recommendations…the kind I would email a friend’s husband when he asks, “My wife wants a dslr camera, what should I get.”  Take it for that.

In my experience, you never know where photography will lead…so you want to get a camera you can grow with a bit. At the same time, a dslr is an investment. If you are used to using your phone or a point-and-shoot for your photography needs, a dslr will seem big and bulky…and maybe even cumbersome. It will also blow your mind at the quality of images you can capture. A day does not go by that I don’t pick up my dslr. I’d be lost without it.

So, as you begin the process to invest in a dslr, these are the steps I would recommend (I’ll list them first, then expand on each below):

1. Set your budget

When looking at investing in a dslr, I would first set your budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it. There are lots of options and having a budget is smart financially, but it will also give you some boundaries among all the choices. If you are new to photography, I would not buy a lot of equipment early on. Get your camera. Then learn to use your camera. Once you know more about photography it will help you decide exactly what you want to add to your camera bag. Don’t invest a lot of money into equipment until you understand what that equipment does.

2. Pick your camera & lens(es)

As you look at the camera options, keep in mind other things you want to purchase like lenses. If this is your first dslr camera, I recommend getting the standard kit zoom lens that is often included. Typically it is an 18-135mm lens. I do not recommend purchasing a camera and several kit lenses, just the one. However, I do recommend that in addition to your kit lens, you purchase the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is called a prime lens, meaning you cannot ‘zoom in’ and ‘zoom out’, you have to physically move your body. The benefit of this lens comes in the aperture setting/speed. In a very basic sense, if you like really blurry backgrounds – this lens will allow you to achieve that. It will also allow you to take pictures in lower light settings without your flash. Most kit lenses do not get near the amount of blur (aka “bokeh”) or let as much light in your camera as this lens. It is about $125.00 and worth every penny.

3. Flash

There are times you just can’t capture what you want without using a flash, but the flash often leaves a less than appealing ‘flashed out’ look. I recommend using an external flash or a diffuser to diffuse the light from your pop-up flash. Personally, I would only buy a Canon or Nikon flash if you are considering really getting into flash photography. If you aren’t big on flash, I would purchase a less expensive off-brand flash.

4. Photo editing software

It is not necessary to buy additional software, but it is something you want to consider. Most computers have basic software to organize and edit photos. However, there might come a time you want something more advanced. Most people then look into Photoshop or Lightroom. They are similar but very different. In general, Photoshop is used from more in-depth photo editing. With Photoshop you can do things like switch heads, erase trees, draw thicker eyelashes, crazy stuff like that – stuff that I have no clue how to do! You can do just about anything regarding heavy photo editing and changing with Photoshop. BUT – you pretty much do it one photo at a time. With Lightroom you can do advanced editing (change things like contrast, colors, hues, grain, sharpness and tons more). Lightroom also organizes your photos and you can edit lot of photos at once. I would recommend purchasing Lightroom over Photoshop. It can do so much regarding the basics of photo editing. I own Photoshop, but only understand about 10% of what it does. Lightroom is a lot easier to learn and navigate in my opinion.  There are so many options besides Photoshop and Lightroom, but those are the ones I am most familiar with using.

5. Learn how to use your camera beyond Auto

Take the time to learn your camera, don’t just use it like a point & shoot or your phone. It will capture great images on Auto, but only by really understanding the basics of photography will you be able to get your full investment out of your camera.

6. Protect your gear, print your photos and enjoy extras


Below I will list several options for different price ranges. My recommendation is to pick your budget then select from each list accordingly. Don’t spend so much on your camera body, that you are unable to purchase a good lens to go with it. Though kit lenses are good, it is highly likely you will quickly outgrow them if you choose to really learn the basics of photography. Also, keep in mind there are many other great options out there, this is a listing of the more recently released cameras. Just because I don’t list a camera body here, that does not mean it is not a good option.

* Everything in blue text is a link you can click on


Canon Rebel T5 (1200D)

Nikon D3300

Sony A58

Pentax K50


Canon 70D

Canon Rebel SL1

Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100

Pentax K3


Canon 6D

Canon 7D

Nikon D610


A kit lens – most cameras come with something like 18-55mm or the 18-135mm. If you are just starting out, it is a great idea to purchase a camera body with one kit lens. As you learn photography, you will become more aware of what type of lens you need to fit what you are shooting. I recommend starting with a camera body, a kit lens in the 18-55 or 18-135 range and then a 50mm (35mm) f/1.8 lens. Most kit lenses do not work exceptionally well in low light (inside most homes), for that reason I recommend the 50mm lens. Without going into great details, basically there are more aperture options on the 50mm/35mm lenses listed below, this allows for better low light shooting and blurry backgrounds.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM – this is the lens I recommend getting in addition to the one kit lens that comes with your camera

Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.8 – you do need to double check that this lens will work with the Nikon camera body you purchase

There are SO MANY more lens options, but I really recommend learning to use your camera before you invest in more lenses. Each lens will allow you to do different things, but you need to know what you are looking for in a lens before you make that purchase. You can buy a bunch of lenses, but not understand their benefits and you really lose out. Someone that takes landscape photos will need different lenses than a mom who takes mainly indoor kid shots. Different lenses for different folks.

A less expensive multi-purpose lens I’ve heard great things about:

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 – I don’t use this lens, but it is a good alternative to the Canon 28-70mm for a less expensive price


The lenses below are the other main lenses I use. If you purchase a camera other than Canon, you can probably find a similar lens for the camera brand you select.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM- this is the lens I use 90% of the time. It gives me great aperture settings, but also works for wide angle and portraits. It is expensive.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM- my favorite portrait lens (I only recommend this for full frame cameras 5D, 6D)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM– great for low light when you need to zoom. Also great for making use of a f/2.8 setting and a zoom…that is why it is so pricey


Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite (a very affordable option for an off-brand external flash)

Canon Speedlite 430EX

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight


Most computers have built in photo editing software. If you have a Mac, iPhoto is a great option. However, if you are looking for a little more options regarding editing your photos, here are products I use and recommend:

RadLab for Photoshop – I primarily use this and Lightroom

Replichrome for Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom – I primarily use this and RadLab

VSCO Presets for Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Elements (a smaller, less expensive option to Photoshop)


So that is a lot of information and a lot of links. There are so many online shops that offer bundles and all kinds of promotions this time of year. Let this post just be a resource as you look through all the offers available.

If you were to pin me down to a bundle for a brand new dslr owner, this is what I would suggest:

**I would also recommend getting an extra battery and memory card

SnapShopLearnPhotography often sounds exciting and fun, but also overwhelming to learn. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming! For the last 6 years I’ve had the honor of teaching over 3,500 students the basics of photography through my online courses, SnapShops. In the DSLR version of SnapShops, I cover the foundational elements of composition, storytelling and learning to shoot Manually. The course is my personal approach to capturing the day to day life of my family. It lasts 4 weeks and I am available to answer your questions throughout the course. It also includes the option to share photos for feedback from me and other students.

Next course: January 5th – January 31st, 2014

Registration open is open. Gift Certificates are available.SnapShop



I am a BIG advocate for printing your photos. When we shoot with film, rarely do the photos stay on the roll. Film was and is developed regularly. With digital cameras and smartphones, too many pictures are stuck on memory cards and never printed. Print your photos! There are also so many fun options for photography these days. Everything from cameras you can build yourselves to various lenses for your DSLR are available. Below is some exciting gear for your camera, printing options and fun extras. Below each grid of photos are links to the products.


Diana F Lens Adaptor || DIY Lomo Camera || FujiFilm X-Pro 1

Go Pro HERO4 || Disposable Camera Hack Kit || Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

Lensbaby || Wireless Remote || FocusShifter


 Camera Poster || Booklight Paperclip Camera || Canvas Gallery Wraps

Epiphanie Camera Bag || Humans of New York || Wood and Leather Camera Locket

Camera Mug || Snapped Pillow || Hello Beautiful print

Photo ParTEA Towel || Thumbprint Memory Box || Scarf Camera Strap



Whew…that was a long post! Let’s end it on a super fun note. I contacted a couple of my favorite companies and put together a pretty great DSLR Photography giveaway. Below are the details!!!


$200 gift certificate to Epiphanie Bags

I’ve been using an Epiphanie camera bag for several years now. They just launched a new genuine leather line – and I’m pretty excited they sent one my way! It is a bit smaller than my other Epiphanie bag, which I really like. I can hold several lenses, a flash and my camera…and phone and other essentials. This Friday you can get 15% off any bag and free shipping!



$200.00 store credit to Totally Rad

Totally Rad Actions are the primary actions and Lightroom presets I use. They will be having a big Black Friday sale, everything 35% off.



$150 Gift Certificate to Mpix.com

Mpix is where I order all of my prints, cards, canvases and other photo related products.



SnapShop2001 spot in any 2015 DSLR SnapShop course.



Giveaway Details:

1 winner chosen at random


$200 gift certificate to Epiphanie Bags

$200.00 gift certificate to Totally Rad

$150 gift certificate to Mpix.com

$200 -  1 spot in a 2015 SnapShop DSLR course


THE WINNER IS: KimberlyB (email begins hein….)

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  • Alice H - I love this!! Always gives me great ideas. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  • Jen Higbee - Thank you so much for all your photography advice and for offering this giveaway. It all looks so fun. I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

  • Dana W - I love all of these recommendations and would love to learn more about dslr photography. Thanks!

  • Miriam - Is this giveaway open to international readers? I took your snapshop phone course earlier this year & would love to win a place on the DSLR course. My poor dslr has been neglected recently & could do with some love! Also that camera bag is beautiful. :)

  • colleen from Alabama - WOW! I have a DSLR and would love all of these goodies! Thank you so much for this fun and generous giveaway!

  • Nora - What great giveaways; thanks for sharing! I love reading your posts and seeing your photos on Instagram. I’d love to improve my photography skills and a few new accessories certainly wouldn’t hurt ;)

  • Annie - Awesome giveaway!

  • Alissa - Thanks so much for your recommendations! The extras are really fun to look through :-)

  • Cassie - I would love this bundle! Just started my photography adventure this month and I’m loving it so far!

  • Meryl Carver - I always look forward to this round-up! Just got a lensbaby for my birthday and having so much fun playing with it today. Thanks for organizing a great giveaway!

  • Lisa Ann - Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway and for compiling such a complete list of gift ideas. I enjoy your blog immensely.

  • Sarah A - Thanks for all the recommendations – I really want to get into the world of DSLR photography but am a bit overwhelmed by it all. Your post does such a great job of consolidating needs vs wants. Maybe if I read it through a few times I will be inspired to take the plunge! :-)

  • Michelle - This is a crazy awesome giveaway!!!

  • Audrey Nielsen - Thanks for a chance to win the giveaway!!

  • kassondra - O please pick me! I have been in such a rut with my photography and I would love to expand and learn more!!!

  • Jackie - Such an exciting giveaway!

  • Kelly W. - This is an amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed! :)

  • Rosie - Thank you for all the recommendations and for the chance to win these great goodies!

  • Darlene - Thank you for a fun giveaway! Hope you and your family has a lovely Thanksgiving!

  • Lauren - What an awesome giveaway!

  • Amanda P - Pick Me PLEASE:)

  • Mary Ann Mast - I would enjoy winning any of these, I enjoy taking pics and would love to do more but have never learned alot of cool things.

  • Amy - What a generous giveaway! And thanks for the great post!

  • Reagan - This is fun! Thanks for all your helpful advice!!

  • Anne @ Planting Sequoias - Super helpful post!

  • Jen - I would love to win this giveaway, and thanks for all the camera/photography advice!

  • Siera - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the great information!

  • Trinity - Great post! Thanks for doing the giveaway…it is so fun!

  • Anna Smith - Fantastic post, and such an amazing give away. Fingers crossed!

  • Laura - Love all these ideas and excited for the giveaway. Thanks!

  • Claire - Thank you for the helpful guide! And the encouragement to print more photos!

  • Marianna - have a great camera and lenses, but could really use some extras, especially with a new baby!

  • Bek - I adore your blog and all your advice! I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree up this year. Then I can use your advice and directions to take pictures of my daughter in front of it for her first Christmas! You rock. :)

  • Jordan - amazing giveaway, thank you for all the helpful info!

  • Melissa - Great Post!

  • Sprite - Thank you for saving us hours of research with your camera and gear recommendations! :) I always get overwhelmed when I see the many different options that are available. What wonderful giveaways, too! Thank you so much!!!

  • Laura M. - Love this post you do every year! I always come away with SOMETHING I just HAVE to have! :) Been saving my pennies for a while for the 24/70mm 2.8 lens….still got a ways to go! :)

  • Cathy - such great ideas. i would love to win!

  • Christy - Love this! Thanks for all the info and I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

  • Maureen - I would love to win these goodies! I am tempted by the January course but scared because I am a teacher and if school gets crazy I will not get as much out of it. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!

  • Molly W - What a great post! Thanks for all the recommendations.

  • Erika - Photos are such a gift. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  • katie Greenlaw - I can’t wait to show these recommendations to my husband. They’ve been what we’ve been looking for. THANKS!!

  • Aaron - ‘Tis the season for new camera gear. Gracias.

  • Debbie C - Wow…truly an AWESOME giveaway!

  • Mary - Amazing Giveaway! Your blog is always such fun to read and your photos capture your life so beautifully.

  • Heike - I absolutely love all your product recommendations – and the fun ideas are super great :)

  • Jessica - Amazing give-away! And great information-thanks.

  • Rose - What a fantastic giveaway!

  • Brittany A - Awesome giveaway!

  • Kelli C - Such a fun giveaway!

  • Shannon Withaeger - Thank you for all the great tips and suggestions! This looks like a fabulous giveaway, thank you!

  • Stephanie - Hi! I am planning to take your DSLR course in 2015. I have a camera and 50mm lens, so I’m excited to see all of your other recommendations! :)

  • Christin - Thanks for the recommendations! and awesome giveaway!!!

  • Southern Gal - This is a great list. Thanks for the chance to win all those amazing prizes!

  • Leah - Wow! Would really love all this! Am always so inspired by your blog and how you capture your family.

  • Kaylee Coles - I would love to win this (especially the SnapShop course)! I am in that weird spot where I feel like I’ve got sort of a basic grasp of some of the manual elements, but I still struggle particularly with aperture. I would love to actually learn from someone since this whole trial-and-error thing isn’t really cutting it. Haha!

  • Shawn Hoddinott - Hi Ashley! I took your DSLR class in October and loved it!! I have learned so much and look forward to reading your BLOG everday!
    The giveaways look great too!
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Stacie Sigler - What awesome prizes! Hope I win!

  • christina larsen - Would love to win this! Hope you are having a great day!

  • Rebecca Reeder - Thanks for all the great ideas and thoughts you share. I would love to win any of the prizes offered.

  • Jenny Plumb - Thank you for all the suggestions. I have a little cannon rebel, it’s kit lens and the 55mm 1.8 lens. That has seemed to work well enough for little ol’ me. However, five years later, I think I need a little better camera body.

  • loan - Woohoo! Pick me please!

  • Monica hart - Great suggestions!

  • Elena - I am starting in my photography journey and would be so excited if I won some fun stuff!

  • Morgan L - I love the photo wall idea! I will definitely be trying that in my own room. A DSLR camera is at the top of my Christmas list this year. I have always been interested in photography but haven’t done much since I broke my camera a couple years ago. I would love to get back into the swing of it.

  • Lauren - This looks amazing. What a giveaway!

  • Gretchen K - What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing your advice. :)

  • Jessica - Thank you for taking the time to post these every year! I will probably being trying Lightroom soon. Editing is the most intimidating part to me!

  • Jessica - would love to win this! I’ve always wanted to take your snapshot course, you are such an amazing photographer!!

  • Allison kingry - Awesome giveaway!! Would love to win!!

  • erica - this is an awesome giveaway! fingers crossed! have a yummy thanksgiving!!!

  • Stacey M - Love your tips and recommendations!!! Awesome give-away!

  • Allie - Just bought a Nikon D3300 and LOVE it! All these other giveaways would be icing on the cake. Thanks! :)

  • April Russell - I love the bag!!!!

  • Emily - Love that camera bag — so cute!

  • Christine - This is so great! I would love to win any of those! Thanks for a great post – so helpful!

  • Abby - What am amazing giveaway! And thanks for putting this all in one place, it makes it so much easier to recommend to my family what I want :)

  • Susan - Wow — great recommendations and fantastic giveaway!

  • Ari - Me me me!!!

  • Jessie Dewey - So much goodnessssssssss!!!!

  • Kayla - Sooo excited!!

  • Jill - I LOVE taking pictures of my kiddos and am just beginning to dabble in getting off “auto” on my dslr. Can’t wait to learn more!

  • Connie - Love your photos, and I hear you about the printing business. I have a couple of hundred photos from a sabbatical that never went anywhere but on a locked Flickr account for safe-keeping… I should really get on that.

  • Amity - what an amazing giveaway! i have four kids and i love photography, and taking photos of them. but the cost of a good dslr has gotten in the way of me purchasing a nice camera and the accessories. this is a great chance, thank you!

  • Sarah W. - I love all these recommendations! Thanks for doing the awesome giveaway as well!

  • Liz - Wow, what awesome prizes! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

  • Maddie T - I would love to win this! I did your Snapshop course in the fall and I’ve been taking more and more pictures. This would help to keep building that momentum!

  • Jessica Nunez - Truly a great give away… and what better time than the week of Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica - Always look forward to seeing the gift recommendations you share, and continually grateful for the SnapShop course which taught me so very much! :)

  • Heather - Such great info! Thanks for sharing!

  • Candice S - Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

  • Kim - What an amazing giveaway!
    Thanks for giving your readers (including me) a chance to win. :)

  • Michaela - I’ve enjoyed your photography for a few years now. Thanks for opening up your life and story to us.

  • Adele Chalker - i really must get that extra canon lens, I’ve heard how great the 50mm one is soo many times!

  • Carrie M - I am an “auto” shooter and have ‘learning how to use my camera’ on a wish list. :) Thank you!

  • Erica - Woohoo! What a great giveaway!

  • Jessica - What a fantastic giveaway… and a lovely post, as always :)!

  • Jenny Denbow - I’ve always shot Nikon but am thinking about switching to Canon. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Rachel - This is perfect! Hope I get picked!

  • Katie - What an awesome give away!! Would love to win!!

  • Emma - Love these giveaways! Praying for a win!

  • Alyssa W. - Great post – thanks for the reviews and opportunity to win prizes!

  • Ana - This post comes in the right moment, thanks!
    I love your blog and your pictures, thank you for sharing it!

  • Britney - Thanks for the great tips! I am fortunate to have a nice canon dslr but these extras are awesome! Thank you!!

  • Ashley Hester - This is awesome!!

  • Leah Claire - I’ve used your past photo recommendations and trust your advice completely! Thanks so much for an amazing giveaway.

  • Krystin - Amazing giveaway!!!

  • Sharla - I love these – your pictures are so awesome. Can’t believe you caught him jumping across the tables so clearly like that. The giveaways are awesome – I have loved everything I’ve gotten from mpix!

  • Mel - I think that photography is one of those things that the more you learn, the more you want to learn. I love it, and love your blog for all of the tips you provide (and for your great photos!). thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amulya - Great Giveaway ! Would love to win…Thanks

  • Amy N - We have an old canon rebel and my hubby wants to upgrade. Thank you for this post!

  • Mandi P - Thank you for all the tips you give and the opportunity to win such a great load of prizes!

  • Krista - What a super post — and an amazing giveaway. I already use (and love) Mpix.

  • Diana - love it all! Your blog has been such an inspiration for years!

  • Hannah - Eeek! I just read your post like this from last year and bought myself a rebel t5 from target’s pre-Black Friday sale! Any of these giveaways would be sooooo helpful for this new dslr owner ;)

  • Katie Terpstra - Just took your October SnapShop! Great course, perfect for the beginner who wants to learn more!

  • Caroline R - Got fingers crossed! These prizes are amazing- you really went all out… Thanks Ashley!

  • alanna - I love love your site and all of your photography tips!!!! I would be thrilled to win all of these awesome gifts!!!

  • Kristina Barr - Would love to win the Totally Rad software!

  • Sarah R - Would love to win, pretty please!

  • Amanda B - I hope Santa brings me camera accessories! :)

  • Priya - I have been a silent reader of your lovely blog and feel like I am ready to take it to the next level with my cannon T4! Thanks for the great ideas and the giveaway!

  • Kim B - What a great giveaway! Thank you for sharing your recommendations!

  • Nicole L - I took your snap shot class last year and it was so so helpful for me. Would LOVE to take advantage of any of these amazing giveaways. I sure enjoy reading your blog!

  • Tanya - Thanks for the recommendations and giveaway chance!

  • Anya Abrahamson - You always have awesome camera advice. Love learning a bit more each time.

  • Sue Y - Thank you Ashley! Always look forward to your recommendations. :)

  • Emily - Great collection! Thanks for your recommendations :)

  • Brittany B - I’ve had a DSLR for several years and am still learning how to use it. I’m going to check out Lightroom, I’m excited to find out about another option for editing besides Photoshop. Photoshop always felt so overwhelming to me!

  • Kelly B - Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Shanda - Oh how I would love this for my 16 year old. He has found a passion for photography.

  • Margaret Petry - Wow, I would love to win! I so badly want to start learning photography. This would really help!

  • Nikki R. - I love the Epiphanie bag! Thank you for the great post! :)

  • Kari e - Fantastic list & such fun prizes!! Here’s hoping I win!

  • Mary Ellyn rozell - Wow! What a great giveaway. I so admire your photography abilities.

  • Vertie - great post. I’m looking to upgrade my dear so your recommendations are perfect!

  • Kayla - Amazing giveaway! Thanks for all the great recommendations!

  • Marji - Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I’d love to win!!

  • Sheri - I’ve been following your blog for a while and absolutely love it. I always look forward to your informative, uplifting and heart felt posts. Thank you for these recommendations!

  • Kim - what a cool giveaway. Thanks so much for hosting. pick me :)

  • Melissa - Wow! What a fantastic opportunity to win! Thanks for the chance!

  • Rebekah Bennett - Wow! What a fun giveaway!

  • Kate M - What an amazing giveaway! Love that bag:)

  • Crystal - The prizes are all amazing but I want the spot in your course most!! Also a bag would be nice instead of just sticking my camera in the diaper bag.

  • Elaine - Wow, great post and recommendations!! I love how you said that you don’t keep up with the latest products but you do keep up with your kids! :) glad you’re so down to earth!

  • Sandy - Everyone loves a giveaway including me. Fingers are crossed.

  • Aly - This is an incredible giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!

  • Katherine - Thanks for a super-informative post!

  • Devon - Such amazing prizes! Thanks for hosting the giveaway & telling us all about these awesome products! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Claire - Thank you for this post! I’m saving up for that first DSLR. One day, soon!

  • Carrie - I always love your camera recs! I’m getting more brave with my manual settings and, honestly, I give you a lot of that credit :) Your advice is just so darn practical and helps me remember to just go out and do it!

  • Claudia Petton - pick me!

  • Petra - Please, count me in! :)

  • Angela - So much Camera swag!!! Love it, and all of the recommendations and tips!!!

  • Tina - What an awesome prize pack! Man, I’d be so excited to win your class, I’ve been wanting to take it but things (aka unplanned expenses) keep coming up!! Life! :)

  • Liz - Thanks for the giveaway!,

  • Ashley - Great review! I will make the leap someday to an awesome camera!

  • Amy M - A DSLR is on my Christmas list this year for the third year in a row…hoping this is the year I get lucky! ;)

  • christie - Comment!

  • jenn - Eeeeekkkkk. What an exciting giveaway. I purchased my very firs dslr camera in Feb. Would love any and all of these awesome items.

  • Lisa K - How exciting!!!! Thanks for the chance. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  • Genesis - What an amazing opportunity, thank you for the chance to win such wonderful goodies! I’d be thrilled to win a spot in your class!

  • Tiffani - Oh this would be so awesome. I’ve been wanting to get in one of your classes forever.

  • Casie - This would be awesome!!

  • Emily @ imperfect - I’ve always loved your photography posts, what a fun round-up and giveaway!

  • Marie - Wow! what an amazing giveaway- I’ve been looking for a cute camera bag! excited to have a chance to win! & thanks for all the great company ideas! :D

  • Leah - Fun stuff!

  • Stephanie - Thanks for the great tips and advice. I would LOVE to win a place in your class! May you be blessed!

  • Jenny - Thanks for this great post and awesome giveaways!! :)

  • Jordan S. - Would love to win to help take pictures of my newborn :)

  • Sarah Mac - *fingers crossed* that it’s my lucky day. I shared your blog at our favorite things girls night last week. I am a big fan. My toddlers are total chicken snugglers.

  • Ali B - What a great giveaway! I would love to be the lucky winner!!

  • Casey - This giveaway is spectacular! Thanks! PS really appreciated the info in this post!

  • Kaytie - Thanks for all the great recommendations — the amount of amazing camera related gear out there always amazes me, how can I possibly choose! ;)

  • Angie Webb - Wow! What a giveaway! Thank you!

  • Andrea Hutz - So many awesome things!

  • Andrea - This is awesome! Thank you so much Ashley

  • Jane - What am incredible give-away! Your posts are incredible. I was really touched by your post about doing “better than you think”. I think all parents need to hear that every once in a while. :-) Happy Holidays!

  • Sarah Kaggwa - Wow! What a great giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving week!

  • KaraM - Nice giveaway package! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica - WOW! Amazing giveaway! And great info!

  • Amy Marshall - so excited to see the new bags! Love your tips!

  • Julie Baaki - Maybe this will be my lucky comment ; )

  • Breeana Betts - Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! Hoping it’s my lucky day!

  • Michele Vest - I hope I win!!!

  • Shira - Wow, I’m so impressed – this compilation is truly a labor of love; thank you!! And now here’s to fingers crossed big-time that I might win something…

  • Jessica - I would love to win one of these for my best friend!

  • rebekah - What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.

  • Beth ann - Whew! Thank you for taking the time to pull all of this information together! And for offering the giveaway!

  • elizabeth - Thanks for this great review & giveaway. I might send him this way ffor gift ideas.

  • Sarah - What great information! My hubby just bought me a DSLR for my birthday so I am in the process of learning all about it!

  • Jen - Seems like just yesterday I read last years recommendation post, time flies!!! I would love to win.0, especially for a spot in your class and the bag

  • erin - thanks for the info, friend! now to scope out a sale!

  • Lisa - I would love to win ANY of these items! Wow! Thanks for doing this – and for all of your input about photography gear!

  • Leticia Carlson - Thanks for sharing! Your knowledge is always awesome!

  • Laura - Awesome giveaway! I have a dslr but I’ve been so lazy about using it lately since summer has faded away and the light in our house is terrible. This might be just the kick in the pants I need to learn how to work with what I have instead of letting myself slack.

  • S Marvici - The list of suggestions are awesome! Thanks for the great giveaways!! Love your Blog. I look forward to reading it everyday.

  • Jen - Pick me! Pick me! Please : )

  • Kim B. - Would LOVE to win this for my daughter as an awesome Christmas gift!!

  • Allison B - What an amazing giveaway! I got a DSLR last year and am definitely ready to step up my photography skills!

  • may - I have been wanting to take better pictures of my kid. Your post comes in at just the right time! I will be doing some shopping. Thank you!

  • Zenobia - What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

  • Marie L - Love all the great ideas, and love all of the items in your give a way!!

  • Heather - Thanks so much for all of your recommendations! So helpful.

  • Jennifer Waldo - This would be a dream come true!!!

  • Heather - This was so helpful! Thank you!

  • Amber - Great list of suggestions. I personally love my 35 mm f/1.8 lens.

  • Jennifer Waldo - Thanks for the post! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  • Kate B. - Thank you for the wonderful recommendations and giveaways!

  • Jen - Awesome! Amazing!

  • Kelly Arnold - Thanks for recomendations!! Its the perfect time of year

  • ajira - Great list of recs as usual! Thanks for putting this together and for including such a generous giveaway.

  • Jessica - Your blog is such an encouragement to me as a mom. And just plain fun!

  • amanda sadler - Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Elisabeth - Such a great giveaway!!

  • Chantelle - Thanks for sharing all your favorites! As a new Mom to boy number three I could put serious use to any of those awesome prizes!

  • Becky F - What a great giveaway!

  • Elizabeth holder - What an awesome giveaway thanks!!

  • Katie brown - How awesome!!

  • B. - 50mm f/1.8 II or 50mm – f/1.4 USM. Which one would you reccomend? Is the 1.4 worth the price and can you really spot differences from the 1.8?

  • Jessica - This is a pretty sweet giveaway from an even sweeter blog. I am daily encouraged by your posts, Ashley! Keep it up!

  • Lynn Osborne - Thanks for sharing these great recommendations. AND thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  • Christi S. - What a great giveaway! I loved your Snapshot class that I took this Spring and highly recommend it to other newbie photographers!

  • Lyndsay - You rock! Thanks so much for posting this. I get this question a lot too, and now I know where to point them. :))

  • Mandy - My dslr is dying slowly (water damage on my beloved Pentax k-7), and I’ve been hoping to replace it with a k-50! Thanks for the link! Would love to take your snap shop course as well!

  • Sarah Kiriacon - Thank you for sharing all of this great information!! I have been following your blog for years and it has sparked a growing curiosity in photography as a means of storytelling and capturing the everyday moments. It has been a joy to see you and your family grow!

  • jkkyker - I’m looking forward to the recommendations for kids tomorrow!

  • Elisabeth Costa - Love this long and informative post!! I have a Canon and have had the 50m lens on a wish list for the last couple of years:) LOVE Humans of New York too!!!

  • Shaunne MacDonald - Thank you for yet another fantastic informative recommendations post. I have had my dslr for just over a year now and it does not get the use that it should. I think the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II will be my next addition and hopefully spark some new creativity into me.

  • Kate - Fingers crossed! Love your blog and all your great giveaways!

  • Hollytn - Oh my! I certainly don’t deserve it but am ready to take the dslr plunge. Pick me!!

  • Carol Van Boening - WOW!! Great post,as usual! SO very thorough.

  • Melissa - What a great giveaway!

  • Diana - This is an awesome post! We have a compact DSLR and I’ve been looking for a prime lens for it for awhile, can’t find anything reasonable. I often wonder if we should have just sprung for the full DSLR but then I remember how much smaller our camera is and I’m ok with it. Still would love to find a good prime lens though!

  • Ashley Smith - Ohmygosh! I am so excited about the possibility of winning a Snapshops course!

  • Brittany Smith - Thank you so much for all of this helpful information, Ashley! These prizes would be such a blessing!

  • Jenna - A great list to get the wheels turning. Thanks!

  • Cassidy Scott - This is so exciting! I learned so much in your SnapShop course and I’m really looking forward to buying new little add-ons for my DSLR.

  • Courtney - Awesome giveaway!

  • Mihae - Thanks for all the tips!!

  • Kendra Campbell - Oh, my goodness. What a treasure trove of goodies!

  • Vicki S - Love reading your blog! What a wonderful giveaway

  • Nicole - Love reading your blog! What an awesome giveaway. *fingers crossed* :)

  • Jessica H. - Great post!

  • Mindy - Thanks for all of the great tips! I have debated investing in a dslr. I’d love to win!!

  • laura - I would be so excited to win!

  • Jill - I’ve taken your course and it was worth every penny! I’m just a beginner with my dslr but this post helped me make my Christmas list. I just want that second lens and the flash. Easy peasy. Thank you for making my hubby’s job so much easier! I love getting a peek into your growing family as well. Your children are precious and their personalities shine through your pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us!
    God bless you this holiday season.

  • Courtney Davis - I always look forward to your recommendations! Thanks!

  • Heather - Oh, I would live to win! :)

  • Donna - What they all said! No seriously, what a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. and, oh, yeah, choose a Canon- everytime :)

  • Amy - Reading your blog is a part of my everyday. Sometimes, I simply get around to looking at the pictures. They make me want to capture my own little family and life–the beautiful “normal”. Thanks for sharing about your own little beautiful “normal” life! :) Also, thanks for putting together this giveaway!

  • Shelby Adakai - My fingers are crossed! :)

  • Annie - What an amazing giveaway. I’m new to this parenting adventure and would love to learn more about documenting this journey!

  • Beth - I JUST got the Nikon 7100. Took it around Disney World for 10 days, barely taking it off “auto,” and came away with a ton of great photos. Now it’s time to crack open the owner’s manual!

  • Allison - Thanks to your reccomendations from last year, I purchased a great camera! Now only if I was less intimidated and could figure out how to use manual. I would love a spot in one of your classes!

  • sheena bean - great recommendations, girl!! thanks :)

  • Tishey - love these recommendations!! And I’ve been wanting to treating RadLab actions forever!!

  • Kelly - Such great information! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • kelly - Great ideas…. thanks!

  • Kristie K - Thanks for all the recommendations, it helps me a lot!

  • Tessa - you’re such an inspiration for me in capturing my days. I try really hard to pull the camera out and capture the little moments as much as the big moments. Your class would be extremely beneficial to me as I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing most of the time with my camera. What a great post and wonderful giveaway!

  • Crystal - So, I’m just sitting here almost drooling over the giveaway and wanting to win….yet, I’m looking forward to the giveaway tomorrow, too. You’re awesome for putting together such fun things!! :)

  • Alison Gilles - Thank you for this great info!! Especially with the holidays coming!! Love the giveaways!!!

  • mandy - Great reminder for me to PRINT photos that I take!!!!! I needed to hear that! :)

  • Monique - Whaaaaat, such a great giveaway! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Stacy P - Just started reading your blog and love it! Took me hours to catch up on everything I’ve missed but so worth it. Thanks!

  • Mary - First time entering giveaway. Would be so excited to attend your class! … Or an of the classes

  • Auburn - Yay! So fun!!

  • Heidi Knipple - Thank you for the great tips! Your blog posts inspire me daily – thanks for keeping things real. I’d love to win any one of these giveaways, but would be thrilled to get a spot in your class!! Have a happy Thanksgiving :)

  • Jenny W - Wow!! What a giveaway! I love how encouraging your posts always are to us mommas! Thanks!!

  • Sarah "SophieBugsMom" - What an awesome giveaway!! I love my Canon camera too and my 20 year old son is showing interest in developing his talent with something beyond his iPhone… thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • bethanyblntn - Oh.my.goodness. I have NEVER won ANYTHING EVER in my life but if I could… THIS would be what I would want to win! :P especially now that my photography buz. is starting to pick up :D

  • Loren haar - Sweet! Thanks for the chance Ashley!

  • Janet Adams - Love your blog Ashley!

  • Jess - You inspire me to keep my camera out, and to take photos of my children doing things that make them happy. The photos aren’t perfect, but the children are.

  • Molly - My mom told me to come enter and I’m so glad she did! A new camera bag and the film presets from RadLab are on my wishlist! What an awesome giveaway!

  • Laura - This is such helpful info and an awesome giveaway! Thank you!!!

  • Katherine - Possibly the best giveaway ever! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Joey Hoffman - Amazing. I would take full advantage of this :)

  • Diane - Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Love your pictures!

  • Kristy - Love reading your blog ever since meeting you at Craft Weekend! Amazing stuff!!

  • Mernin - Thanks for the chance! These are great giveaways!

  • Hannah - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jan Melius - What a great post! I love the recommendations and this giveaway. :) Thanks!

  • Katie - Great giveaway!

  • Carmen K - Wow!!!! what an incredible prize, you are amazing!!

  • Carrie - What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity :)

  • Courtney Kelley - You are so great for taking the time to seek out all of this helpful info. Thank you!

  • Kaitlin Taylor - What a great giveaway!

  • Kathleen - Great recommendations! It’s awesome giveaway as well :-)

  • Marla Caldwell - Thank you for all of the advice and this wonderful giveaway!

  • Christy M - OOOh. SO glad you shared all of this. I was just tinkering away with my camera today and popped over to read your ‘about’ page one more time to see what you use. What a great giveaway!

  • Jessa - Could I be so lucky!?! I would Love to win and get started taking better photos, especially of my two munchkins!

  • Laura - Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge so generously! Amazing giveaway… fingers crossed!

  • Jessica - Would so love to win!

  • Gina - Thank you for the recommendations!

  • John Lipor - Awesome!!!!

  • Marissa - Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • ashley - I loved the SnapShop I participated in a few years ago and would love to win any of the giveaway items (especially the MPix gift certificate for my Christmas cards)!

  • Jayme Mitchell - I love it when you put together these recommendations. Thank you!

  • Jennie W - Someday…I’d love to get a dslr…

  • Erika - I would love to win! This is a great giveaway

  • meg - I love reading other people’s recommendations! I think it’s always good to 1. see what all is out there with technology changing so much and 2. to see “real” reviews of things!! So thanks!!

  • Megan - Great post and awesome giveaway!!

  • Andrea - Thank you for all of these great recommendations!

  • Anne Wells - These are all on my Christmas list!!! :)

  • Elizabeth - I am a mom of three with our fourth on the way. I just want to say thank you so much for your blog and inspiration. You are amazing. We will have our third son and we have one daughter and I realize how much work it is to raise a family and homeschool and still try to find time to craft. You do an amazing job and I appreciate your insight on so many levels. Have a blessed thanksgiving. I appreciate the opportunity you are giving to win. That is so special to our family. God bless you and yours +Elizabeth

  • Rachel - Thanks for the wonderful tips and hosting this giveaway!! I own a dslr, but feel less than competent at using it fully. I’d love to learn more and be a part of your workshop/online course! Your blog and photos are very inspiring!

  • Cara S. - I would love to win this giveaway… it would be an awesome Christmas gift :)

  • Martha Bonneau - So much great information and what a wonderful giveaway! Would love the chance to win a spot in your class, I get in an iPhone rut and need to use my DSLR more.

  • Elizabeth - Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Susanna - This post is immensely helpful. Thank you so much – I really appreciate all this information!

  • Melissa - This is amazing and I would go bonkers if I got it!

  • Sarah B. - I would love to take your snapshop course!

  • Tonpia - After 4 yrs with my DSLR, I still can’t control it. And I use it in the automatic mode! How sad is that? It would be an honor to learn from someone so talented.

  • Elizabeth C - Pick me!

  • Lara - I love that you share all your camera knowledge so freely! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Christy K - My goodness, what a blessing it would be to win! Thank you for all of your wonderful recommendations, following your blog is what inspired me to try my hand at photography!: )

  • ashley jensen - Wow that is a lot of great stuff!

  • Amy L. - So excited! :)

  • Jolene - This is so much awesome info, thanks!

  • Brenda - Thank you for this awesome list. It will come in very handy this week.

  • Kelly Dabel - What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for all the wonderful tips and links!

  • Jen Spilker - Wow, this would make my year! Thanks!

  • Jeni Willoughby - Love your blog! ! Been ogling dslr cameras for a while now. Thanks so much for the recommendations.

  • Allison - This is a suped up giveaway that I would love to win! I’m starting to consider upgrading my rebel because the options are limited. Thanks for always sharing your tips, inspiration and talent with us. Your snapshop has been on my wish list for “someday”.

  • Amanda Kininmonth - Love the suggestions every year!! Thanks!!

  • Rebecca - If this contest is open to Canadian residents, I would love to enter!

  • Jen Reynolds - that Mpix gift certificate would be wonderful for printing my 365.

  • Hillary - Thanks for all your photography tidbits!!!

  • ElizabethH - Love your blog. Here’s to hoping for random me!

  • Andrea - Wow. Thank you for all that you do! You’re recommendation just pushed me over the edge to try using a flash… I didn’t realize it could be so affordable!

  • Marina - Though not a photographer myself this post always helps me buy gifts! Thanks Ashley!!

  • Hannah S. - Thanks for all the info! Love this giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Courtney - I took your dslr course and LOVED it. I’ve learned so much and have been having lots of fun playing around with my camera ever since. Thanks Ashley!

  • Carmen Palmer - Great recommendations!

  • Caitlin McGuren - Thank you for sharing all your tips and suggestions. There’s more than one aspiring photographer in my family and these suggestions will help me with my Christmas shopping :)

  • Jen - I gad a canon rebel once upon time…. Reading posts like this makes me want to practice with photography again.

  • Melissa - WHOA!!! Awesome giveaway.
    Thank you, thank you!!

  • CassM - Um, wow, that is quite a giveaway!

    Thank you for ALL the work in putting together that awesomely informative post! I need to bookmark this for sure ….

  • Lindsay - Thanks for the recommendations! Thanks so much! Your blog is such a blessing.

  • Traci Hendrickson - awesome giveaway!!

  • Katie M - What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Kaylan McCord - Oh, I hope I win! Would be fantastic!! :)

  • Deanna - Amazing giveaway! I received my first Mpix order just a couple of weeks ago, after becoming aware of Mpix through your blog! I got a stack of 5×5 prints, for a real life instagram wall – the quality is exceptional!

  • Carrie - Your class is what inspired me two years ago to improve my skills. I’m so glad that I took the time to invest in better photography and have so many wonderful memories captured in photos.

  • Bopha - In love with those ephiphanie bags! May have to hint that one to the hubs for Christmas ;)

  • Katie - I loved taking your phone snapshop course and I’m planning on taking your DSLR course, too!

  • Gracie - Ashley you have been such an inspiration for me! Your adoption story is beautiful and the way you share creativity with your children is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing it with us all through your photography.

  • Jeannine - Oh my gosh! What an awesome prize! I have been putting together the annual album and realized I really need improve my gear and take a course on how to use it.

  • becky young - Thanks for your recommendations.

  • Sarah - This would be amazing! Thanks for the recomendations!

  • Becky Z - What an great idea for a giveaway- and what perfect timing! Thanks! (Fingers crossed).

  • Andrea Johnson - Such great info and awesome giveaway!!

  • Sara A - I love your giveaways!

  • Gladys - Love the recommendations! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kaylyn - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Liz - fingers crossed! I would love love love to take one of your snap shop courses!

  • Jeannette Swan - As always, great tips and fun stuff!

  • Nori - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • Amanda Winn - This is amazing!! Thank you for all of the info!!! Hoping to take SnapShots in 2015!!!

  • Allie - Every year I seem to collect just a few things more on your list :) Since my camera bag strap gave way last week, I am especially drooling over those Epiphanie bags. So much cuteness!!

  • Corrie Anne - Thanks for such great giveaways! Would love to win any of this as I am getting more interested in photography since I am expecting a brand new (baby) model in February!

  • Charity G. - That is an amazing giveaway. My husband and I bought our DSLR on eBay before he took a trip to the Amazon 10 years. It was a 35mm and I had so much fun with it. Unfortunately we got rid of it and never replaced it. We’ve looked at new ones. I’ve read your tip posts before but I’m hoping maybe this year we’ll actually get to use them.

  • Stephanie - Thanks for the great information!

  • Kara - Thanks for the suggestions! I find that I use my phone to take photos because it is convenient but the photos often never leave my phone. I am going to work on getting my photos printed this year – I love the yearly photo books you do!

  • Stacy - Pick me, pick me!!!

  • Vickie Sykes - I would so love to win!!! Can’t wait to read about the recommendations for kids. My little Lilah is 5 and just told me she wants a camera so she can take her own pics and hand them out to people! I love that. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • Beth - My friend Nicoke is starting up her photography business in Nebraska and would love that bag!

  • Rachel Dallaire - Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of your recommendations + for putting together such a fantastic giveaway!

  • Oceana - Wow great tips and lots of cool stuff in that giveaway as well. Fingers crossed and thanks for sharing!

  • Tartaruga dos Tartarouchos - I have a 450D and have been wanting to upgrade for so long, but it’s pricey and i’m not a professional, so I think I could have another year with my camera :)

  • Samantha Lurie - So thrilled for the opportunity to win!! You are inspiring

  • Judy - super helpful & informative in a down-to-earth language that’s not hard to figure out. THANKS!!!

  • Liz Donald - Great info. Thanks Ashley!

  • lucia - I love your blog, and would love to get better at photography….

  • Natalie - You are going to get a million comments on this post! :) I’d love this bundle – would be great to get me started on my photography journey!

  • Hanna - Wow! Thank you for the highly informative post! I do own a DRSL but I am still learning and some gear and attending your course would be a special gift!

  • Barb - Your timing with this post is fabulous! I am looking at buying a new lens and really appreciate the advice, Thankyou! I agree with you about the printing also, I have thousands of images trapped in my computer that I would love the kids to be able to enjoy looking at. I love the books you have printed and am inspired to try something similar. Thanks again.

  • Heather - Wow- who wouldn’t want to be a part of this giveaway! :)

  • Emily - I love reading your blog. Thank you for being so genuine and open. I love to see the pictures you take of your family and I have been inspired to take more pictures of my kids and my husband and my messes to just mark my life as it is. I have a DSLR camera but have a speedlite flash on my Christmas list!

  • Suzie - Thank you for the fantastic recommendations, I always love these round-ups you do.
    I would really love to be entered into the giveaway (the prizes are amazing – thank you so much!), but I am living in the UK, so I’m not sure if I qualify?
    Keeping fingers crossed that I do!
    Thanks again :)

  • hili - hi Ashley , always love to read your recommendation . didn’t wait for this post though. two months ago , I purchased a 6d,to replace my old 5dmk2, based on the your photos here. I’m very pleased with it , so thanks for that . i used to shoot only raws on the 5d, but I love the quality of the 6d gpegs so much, im hardly touching the raws now. your photos also look almost un-edited to me , wondering if you are also shooting jpegs ???

  • hili - also wondering, based on the photo at the beginning of this post , what are you doing with your old 5d ? are you letting your kids shoot with it ? i gave my 4 year old son my old canon rebel , but he only wants to shoot the new 6d ,i view it as a big compliment to me that he wants to copy me , are you letting your kids shoot with your camera ?

  • jill - would love a new camera bag!

  • Corinne - This is the best post I’ve ever read on purchasing photo equiptment!!!! Thanks, Ashley

  • Tracy B - Thank you for sharing all this great info!! It is super helpful!

  • Tahnia Yelton - What a fabulous list of recommendations for camera gear! It’s hard to pick just one. I can’t wait to read tomorrows post on what to buy for the kids. I hope I win any of the awesome prizes!

  • Sarah - Very cool giveaway! Appreciate your summary!

  • Laura denlinger - Just bought my first dslr! Would love any of these prizes!

  • Jolene - Thanks for doing the giveaway! Awesome prizes!

  • Cherie - I would love to win this giveaway! I’m saving up for an additional lens and to take your SnapShop course.

  • wendy r. - as the wife of a photographer, I love all of these lists, particularly since they always come just as I am trying to figure out what to get him for Christmas! thank you!

  • lyn - As always your tips for photography are the best.

  • Tammy @ SkipperClan - what a great roundup post, and giveaway! I have been trying to figure out what to get next, a lens, flash, etc

  • Megan - im one of those who is overwhelmed by anything beyond my iPhone but really want to learn!

  • Carri Zajac - Oh my!! I just bought my first dslr w weeks ago and would LOVE this giveaway!!!!!

  • Emily F - Thanks for the great lists!

  • June - Love your blog! And loving this post – super helpful with making some Christmas purchases.

  • Abby VanHeel - Love the bag!

  • Jen - Wow! How generous. I would be most excited about your class. I just bought my first dslr and slowly working on learning more about it.

  • Michelle - I would love this! What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Kira - What a fantastic opportunity!!

  • Stephanie M. - Thank you for this incredible opportunity to win the photography package! My teen has developed an intense passion for photography with our trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum. She loves taking photos of the collections as we combine Art and World History.
    Thank you again for your generous giveaway! Best of luck to everyone who entered!!
    Have a great holiday season and safe travels to all!

  • Erin Drysdale ???? - Ashley, it is so cool that you are doing this for your readers. Wow!! ???? It would be such a crazy blessing to win this, fingers crossed!

  • Erin Drysdale ???? - Ashley, it is so cool that you are doing this for your readers. Wow!! ???? It would be such a crazy blessing to win this, fingers crossed!

  • Christina Keller - I love reading this post every year and seeing what new and exciting things you add! Amazing giveaway too!!

  • meghan - awesome giveaway! i love your photography advice. i have learned to shoot manual, and i am always trying to get better. i count on advice from pros like you!

  • D. Wallace - Thanks for all the tips and a chance at this fab giveaway!

  • Jenni - Fingers crossed!! What a great list! I am going have # 5 in less then a week and my goal is to force myself to get comfortable with shooting in manual!! Hope you all have a great thanksgiving!

  • Lindsey p - Oh my goodness this is such a generous giveaway! You are so sweet to us readers.

  • Ranee - i always look forward to this post…i followed some of this advice years ago and am so happy i did, but it is always good to see the new recommendations and think about a few new things! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Nicole DeCourcy - I love your blog! I never comment but I read it daily and I have been following for several years. My oldest son and your oldest daughter are the same age. Its fun to see how they have all grown.

  • Nikole - Thanks for the valuable insight! As well as AMAZINGLY giveaways :)

  • Jenny Adams - What an awesome giveaway! I love it all!

  • Meagan - Thank you for putting these recommendations together. So helpful!

  • Melanie Gillen - Thank you for this post and for so many countless others. I’m thinking about taking my photography to the next level, so these giveaways are perfect!

  • Amy Arroyo - This would be…wait for it…AWESOME!

  • Susannah H. - Thank you for this giveaway!!!!

  • Caitlin Tufts - I so enjoy your blog!

  • S Hyde - Great info! Thank you!!

  • Ashley A. - Awesome post and giveaway!!!

  • Dee Nordean - Your info is always so helpful because of the honest & real advice. Love the way you share the way you see the world around you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Julie Gilpin - WOW!! Brilliant giveaway. Thanks,


  • Jo Moseley - I adore those new leather bags!

  • Natalie - I have always loved photography but haven’t dove in all the way! I mostly take pictures with my phone but would love to really get a good camera and learn to do things better!

    Thank you for the giveaway! HOPE I WIN!!

  • Ginna - Wow, thank you so much for such great tips, and the opportunity to enter the giveaway! I bought that 1.8f lens you recommended last year and love it!

  • Rachel - So much great info! I needed that reminder to print my pictures!

  • Dawn - Thanks so much Ashley! I love snapping pictures all day, everyday and want to take my love of photography to the next level-so this post was perfect for me. Thanks for taking the time to put it together! Wow-3,500 students! That’s incredible!

  • Gris fleur - Many thanks ! What a brilliant idea …as always on this blog!

  • Becky J - Hands down- your photography is the best-it makes me feel like I am right there experiencing the emotion and energy! What a treasure trove you have of life memories in your pics- I need to do the same {in my simple way :)}!! Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway and a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas to you!

  • Emily - What a great giveaway! I would love to win!!

  • Jenny - Love!!!!

  • Felicia - I have taken and loved your snapshots workshop. All you camera advice has been so helpful.

  • Kelley - Wahoo!! Pick me!!!

  • Maria Cecilia Florido - thank you for the post and the giveaway!! it was very helpfull since i’m about to buy my first camera ando i was wondering if Canon Rebel was good enough!

  • Kaylie - Thank you for offering the giveaway and all the great bits of advice and tips. I have loved following you over the last several years.

  • jodi mo - Been anxiously waiting for “camera” week! Yay!

  • Monica carlson - Awesome giveaway!

  • Conni M - I know some items on my Christmas list now!! I adore all your recommendations :-)

  • Janie Richards - Thanks for the chance to win! Your giveaways are always so awesome! Happy Thanksgiving to your lovely family!

  • Maria - Such a great giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Sarah Taylor - Thank you so much for posting this! What a great photography gift guide!

    I just love your blog!

  • Paige - Love your weekly ideas! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Would love the bag!

  • Aj - Thank you for the helpful hints and information. The bag looks awesome. I like my DSLR but its too bulky in its normal carrying case to take it plus a diaper bag/purse therefore the camera does not get used much…nor do I know how to use it well!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Of course I’m going to comment on THIS post! Wow, such an amazing bundle! Thank you Ashley for thinking of others! Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ashley Raymond - cant wait to go through this list and figure out my Christmas wants. Pick me pick me!!!

  • Mary Moury - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Candice Forte - This is a wonderful post and I can attest to the goodness of that tamron lens! Sadly my prime lens is collecting dust:). Yet I won’t sell it because like you said a 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens to have! Hope you are well and thank you for the giveaway!

  • Elizabeth W. - Ohhh..pick me!

  • Kara - PICK ME! PICK ME!

  • sara morin - Wow. What an amazing collection of things, and I always love your photo gift ideas. This year we are looking to upgrade our camera, so I’ve sent your suggestions to my husband so it can help make our decision. Thank you!!

  • Diane - Such great tips! Thank you, thank you!!

  • Holly - OOOOH! Those camera bags! The strap on mine is wearing out, and drives me crazy, I’d love to win one of those bags!

  • Avenlea - Thanks for the fun opportunity! I am entering :)

  • Erica - Such an awesome post! Thanks for compiling this!

  • Diane - I would Love, Love, Love to win and LEARN!!! What a wonderful opportunity and the Great Work you do sharing on your blog. Read it everyday. You are truly an inspiration.

  • Ashley - I would LOVE to win this!!! Thank you for all that you share with your readers!

  • trish - it is a dream come true!!!!!!!!! so many of my favorite things wrapped into one present! Amazing items!

  • Sarah - So excited about this, thank you!

  • Lucy - I never win anything, but I do want to tell you that last Christmas I bought myself the present of taking your snapshop class and it was worth every penny. It completely changed the way I took pictures. I feel like now I am able to capture memories better. I will never be a professional photographer, but my kids will be glad that I was able to capture moments because of photography. Thank you for such a lovely class. Also, because of your recommendation I got myself that Tamron lens and it is wonderful. Keep recommending it!

  • Amy - Thank you for always sharing this information! I have learned a lot from your blog posts. :) Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  • henna d - Thank you for the great recommendations! And for this very generous giveaway!

  • Leslie - Oh I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed! It would be like Santa came early to our house. I’ve been wanting to try Radlab!

  • Paul Brown - Great post. Looking forward to hearing about the giveaway

  • Kristina - I love your camera bag! Such a fun giveaway!

  • Maegan C - lovely pics- thanks so much!

  • Dana Haylee - Thanks so much for sharing your tips! You helped me greatly in learning what I wanted to buy from your past posts!

  • Carrie - Thank you for this post. A few years ago, this post helped my husband and I to choose our Canon Rebel and then to eventually add a few lenses. I am so happy we decided to get a DSLR! I take so many more pictures now because it is fun! This year I am hoping to get Lightroom – I have had Photoshop, since it was a gift to me years ago, and it is just not practical for editing all of our “for fun” family shots! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Sara - Thank you so much for the giveaway! and the recommendations!

  • Carrie - I always love your photos and your thoughts on photographing life!

  • Amy W - Thanks to your recommendations post last year, I felt confident in upgrading to a dslr camera from my fancy point and shoot. I purchased a Canon Rebel T3i and love it. Taking your dslr snapshop class is now on my wish list. Thank you for being so informative in such a personable way!

  • Erin - What an awesome giveaway- so much fun!! Thank you:)

  • katy - What an amazing giveaway, thank you for the chance!!

  • Tracy - What a great prize!!!! :)

  • brittney - I just got a DSLR and am still learning the ins and outs. A course would be great for me!

  • Jenn - WOW. great tips! Thanks so much!!

  • Melissa W - awesome giveaway, and such great advice! I got my last DSLR camera based on your recommendation and have LOVED it!

  • Jude - oh my, pick me please! :)

  • Cory - All of these items are AWESOME! So excited!

  • sarah - These are so great!

  • TLL - Love to read your recommendations

  • Emily - You always have such great ideas! Love that camera bag!

  • Krystal - Wowzers! What a blessing this stuff will be to the winner!

  • Shari B. - Great recommendations and info! I always enjoy your blog posts! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • Natalie - I have have had an entry-level DSLR for 6 years and I still haven’t learned to use it on manual but am so determined. We will be (hopefully) getting pregnant with our first soon and I plan on being a Mom with a camera (she knows how to use) by her side. This giveaway couldn’t be more perfect. Thanks for your inspiration and great advice Ashley!

  • kribss - Thanks so much for the recommendations and for doing all the work in finding them!

  • Renata - I love the tips! Thank you.

  • Jennifer B - amazing giveaway! I have become very passionate about photography and my heart started racing when I saw the prizes! Love it

  • Nelly - Thanks for the info!

  • Katie - I really enjoy your blog and all your picture tips! Thanks for all the recommendations and inspiring words each day you post! Happy Holidays :)

  • Georgina Watkins - Those camera bags are beautiful! So thankful for your generosity

  • Rachel Miller - What a great giveaway! And thank you for all your recommendations. We’re looking to upgrade soon and this will help a lot. Have a great day!

  • Jaime Bell - Amazing prizes!! Here’s to winning!!

  • Emily Shackelford - What a great post! Very informative. In the market so this helps.thanks.

  • Kimberly - Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • Wendy - Thanks for all of the fantastic information. The giveaway is a bonus to your gift of knowledge.

  • Cassi Brightforest - Being number close to #500 makes my chances pretty low but I so want that bag :)

  • Christine - Such a fabulous giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Judith from Nebraska - Wow! What a great giveaway! Love your blog – by far one of the best decisions I’ve made is to become a follower of yours. Thanks for the weekly inspiration!

  • Sundee Powers - These are awesome giveaways!!

  • Christian@Modobject at Home - Oh wow! I love all the recommendations, and the goodies are pretty swoonworthy!

  • Carin - Cool giveaway!

  • Evie - Thank you for a great list of recommendations!!

  • Cathy - Wow! amazing giveaway!! I would LOVE to have a spot in the Snap shot course!! Every single time you say registration is open I think about it, but it is just not in the budget…one day!!!

  • kL - thanks for the info & giveaway.

  • Amy McHenry - Thank you for sharing your life with us through your beautiful, thoughtful blog.

  • Rebecca R. - This would be a dream giveaway to win!!! :)

  • Karen R - What a great giveaway! Thank you!

  • Becka - Would you please be so kind to talk about how you digitally store all of your photographs? That is one issue I’m struggling with. Thanks!

  • Suzanne - Thank you so much for this post. I have been looking at cameras and lenses but it all gets overwhelming quickly. Thanks for taking the time to give your recommendations. I love your blog and your photography.

  • Amy - Thank you so much for sharing your photography knowledge. I take lots of pictures of our family and always enjoy getting ideas from others. We use a Nikon but I usually run auto as I have never taken a class to learn the manual settings. Thanks again!

  • michele - These are great giveaways.
    Thank you!

  • MaryAnn - Thanks for all your great advice!! Such an awesome giveaway.

  • Lisa Inman - Awesome giveaway for whoever wins! Thanks!

  • Megan - I would love to win any of these prizes!!

  • Melisa - Great giveaways!! I could definitely use some prints, as I never get things printed!

  • Jessica G - AMAZING GIVEAWAY!!! Thanks for all the recommendations!

  • Lavs - wow! love your recommendations for lenses! i used your previous ones when buying mine! exciting giveaway!

  • Beth - THANK YOU for posting this today!! I was just telling my husband I need to get real about actually using our DSLR like I should (2015 goal!) This is a rad giveaway to boot! :)

  • Carrie M - Fantastic post! fingers crossed!

  • Lindsey Armstrong - wow, totally crazy great giveaway!

  • Michele - I love Mpix! Thanks for all your work in putting together these thoughts and ideas.

  • Kenna Schwerdtfeger - yay! So fun! Pick me!

  • Sara - Pick me!

  • Allison Adams - Great advice — and perfect timing with my 1st baby on the way. Thanks!

  • Angie Lee - Love your blog, family and faith. Also happy to see my camera equipment on your lists!

  • Kiley Eck Hayon - Wow, what a fantastic give away! LOVE it! :)

  • Danielle H. - Thanks for these tips!

  • P Koziol - I love it all!

  • Michelle Hill - My goodness what a generous giveaway! I have been planning to my by very first DSLR camera so this post is perrrfect!! Thank you so much!

  • Tammy Henderson - Such great info. Think I should forward this to my hubby for gift ideas. ;o)

  • Anna - Thank you for a very informative post!

  • Karen - This would be so exciting! Thank you!

  • ASH - Thanks for the advice and the giveaway! I wish there was something to make photographers invisible so people (within family) wouldn’t shy away from the camera.

  • Sherry Cartwright - AWESOME!

  • Tiffany J - The awesome giveaway follows some awesome suggestions. I took a few of your last year’s suggestions and have really enjoyed the new devices. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sarah - You’re the best….would love any of the giveaways!!

  • Kari - I would love this! Thanks for taking the time to blog, I enjoy your posts!

  • sharee anderson - this is awesome!

  • Jolene - Photography knowledge overload! I love it all! Thanks!

  • Sonya B. - Wow, awesome! Fingers crossed!

  • sarah walquist - Wow! What a giveaway with so many goodies!

  • Jacqueline R - Love the recommendations in each price range. I have been debating whether to upgrade my 7yo DSLR.

  • izzy - Wow this looks like such a great giveaway! I live in the UK so normally can’t enter giveaways :) Thanks for the tips, I agree about getting prints! I am hoping to buy an Instax 8 soon because I love the idea of getting a print straight away.

  • Tasha - Holy giveaway Batman! If I’m going to ever win one of these, please let it be this one!

  • Andrea - Appreciate your honesty with recommendations!

  • Makenzy - love it! Pick me!!

  • Cindy McAllister - LOVE everything…thanks for sharing this information and for the chance to win some cool stuff.

  • Sara Rainsdon - great recommendations!! Thanks for having such a fun giveaway!

  • Arlene - Ashley, you rock! You inspire me daily. Thanks.

  • Rebecca Coolidge - What a fun giveaway, you rock!

  • Sarah Hebert - I am constantly blown away by your beautiful images, thoughtful perspective and wise advice! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer W - Thanks for this giveaway…it’s awesome!!! And for all the photography gift ideas. :)

  • amanda - What an amazing giveaway!!

  • shae - commenting to be entered. i love your blog i have been reading it forever. thanks so much for sharing everything

  • Shannon Wheeler - Holy smokes!! What an amazing giveaway?!?!! So much awesome stuff. I look forward to this post every year! I’m still a few years away from upgrading my dslr, but I am going to invest in a new lens in 2015 and this definitely helps!

  • Eileen B. - Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Stephanie George - Wow, sure would love to win a gc for an epiphanie bag! All your giveaways look great. Thanks!

  • Haley Bouffard - This is an amazing giveaway! I’d love it!

  • Kristin - ASHLEY,I dont even know how to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I recently took a snapshop dslr class and it has gotten me so enthusiastic
    about photographing.You have created a spark in me I didnt know existed
    and I am literally thrilled when I look at some picturs I took after the class.
    They get better and better and it means the world to me capturing my family and our adventures in a way I would not have been able to. So hey you people out there – take that class.It will shake you up.At least that’s whay it did to me. PS:That giveaway is pretty awesome,too ;)

  • Keely - I would LOVE to win this one! Thanks, Ashley!

  • bev olfert - wow – great contest – thanks!

  • Lara - Thank you Ashley! So many fun ideas for Christmas. Can’t wait to see your post on ideas for kids as well!

  • Kellie - What an amazing giveway! Holy moly! ;-)

  • Tyler Garrett - Holy Smokes!

  • Lindsey - Thank you for this post! I hope I win the giveaway!

  • Misty - Gimme!

  • Kristin L. - I am so bad at printing out pictures….but I want to get better at it! Winning this prize would definitely help with that!

  • Erica - I didn’t think anything in my feed could be yummier than all of the Thanksgiving treats folks are sharing, but I was wrong. All of these products look amazing and a few will be added to my gifting list.

  • Kristina - Such great advice! Love your blog! Thank you!

  • Amy M - I loved your phone course and hope to take your DSLR course one day soon- I just hope I’m smart enough!

  • Sue Symens - Woohoo! What fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Holly - Wow! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  • Hannah - Thank you so much for this opportunity! Such lovely things.

  • Linda Loo - Thanks so much for posting this again this year. Finally, we have saved enough for an investment camera, and I was really looking forward to your post on DSLR camera recommendations. I find your work absolutely beautiful, and hope one day to capture quality photos of my family too. I really hope I win your snapshop giveaway. *Fingers Crossed*

  • Meghan - I’ve been looking forward to this post, and it didn’t disappoint. Thanks for the recommendations, and the chance to win!!

  • Marcy - Thank you for all these tips! I would love to go beyond the point and click, but all the info out there is usually overwhelming. Thank you!

  • Christina - Woo hoo! What great loot! Thank you SO much for your generosity. Fingers crossed that I win!!

  • Brooke - Oh boy! I’m crossing my fingers!

  • Jillian Blackburn - I LOVE Epiphanie bags! I’d love to win!

  • Laura - What an amazing giveaway! I would love the chance of winning.

  • jodi - as a former Snapshop student – so thankful for the investment you’ve put into so many of us! I love my camera so much more now than I did before your class! I need to review my notes this coming year and practice the basics some more…my project for January!

    Thanks again!!

  • Bernadette - Such a great giveaway, I am not sure which one to wish for most.

  • Ingrid - Thanks so much for the great advice! I’m getting a Nikon D5200 soon and I’m really excited to learn a lot about photography!

  • Ann Clark - Thanks for all the great info and giveaways!

  • Jessica elliott - wow, another great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Christina - Yes, please!! Also, I’d love to know more about how you care for your DSLR- do you take it somewhere to be cleaned or do you do it yourself? How often? And any other questions you could answer about camera care :)

  • Carrie Morton - awesome giveaway! I am drooling over those Epiphany bags!!

  • christina - I would LOVE to join one of your classes! What a great post!

  • Candace - Would love to win any of these!!! Ashley’s Snapshop iphone course is also a great Christmas gift too! I just upgraded my DSLR – in need of a new camera bag :)

  • autumn - This is such a fun giveaway, so many fun products!

  • April - Your DSLR Snap Shot was so helpful for me! Thank you, Ashley. And thank you for all the helpful ideas and products.

  • Susan - Ashley,
    Such great info. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic deal!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Erika C. - LOVE everything about this post! Everything.

  • Kelly - THanks for sharing the opportunity to win some great prizes!

  • Renee - Thank you for the awesome recommendations! I love your blog :-)

  • Allie E. - I would love to have a spot in your DSLR course!

  • Beth I - Great suggestions! Thanks for this!

  • Kelley J - Thanks so much for the helpful info! Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer - Love these ideas! Thank you!

  • Jo Fevens - Such a great post! Thank you so much for the awesome information!

  • Leighanna - I would love the chance to take your SnapShop course!

  • Jenna Kaye - Wow! What an awesome giveaway! Love following your blog!

  • Aubrey - Yea!! How exciting!

  • Jen - Thanks for the info! Great giveaway!

  • Whitney - SO, SO, SO AMAZING!! What a terrific prize package!!

  • Carla - Count me in for the giveaway! So generous, and I love reading your blog. Thank you so.much for sharing your perspective on life :)

  • Cristy Mullin - Thanks for all of the wonderful recommendations! How amazing would this win be?!

  • Kimberly - I’ve been following you for about four years now. I just love your blog and would love to enter your giveaway. Your photography and family are an inspiration to me.

  • Shawna - Super excited. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tracey O - Wish List updated! Thanks for the links, super helpfuller! Now pick me please!

  • Michelle M - What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for all your advise on camera purchases!

  • Vanessa - This is awesome! I admire your photography skills so much and love to learn!

  • Erin - Great giveaway…I would love this!

  • Peg Powell - I keep trying to decide if I want to replace my camera. Great advice.

  • Becky m - Fingers crossed!

  • Jess Z. - I would love to win the giveaway! After all, it is my birthday on Friday :) Thanks for all the helpful photography posts, they are very informative!!

  • Margo - Pick me…pick me! Would love to win!

  • Danyelle - I’ve been trying to pick a new lens to get for Christmas. I have the two basic kit lenses that come with the camera and a 50mm. I’m definitely looking at the other lenses you recommended.

  • Signe - Amazing giveaway and as always awesome info for DSLR!

  • Natalie Anthony - WOW! This will be one very lucky person! Awesome giveaway

  • Kimberly - thanks for all this info!

  • Lynsee Womble - Thanks for the post. I’ve added a few ideas to my Christmas List because of it!

  • Emma - I love this list! And I would love to win the giveaway! :)

  • Kait - Thanks for sharing all your tips! I bought a canon rebel a few years ago from your recommendation and have truly loved it. My husband gave me a 50mm lens this year for my birthday, I love having that depth of field! This is such a great giveaway as well! Awesome prizes. That camera bag is beautiful!

  • Anna S - Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Kait - Great tips, thanks for sharing! I bought a canon rebel a few years ago after reading your recommendation here, and I absolutely love it! My husband also gave me a 50mm lens this year for my birthday, and it’s been an excellent addition, I love the depth of field. This is an awesome giveaway! I especially love that beautiful camera bag!


  • Karen - I have really enjoyed reading your blog and your snapshot iphone course!

  • Melissa Prothro - Thank you so much for this post! I’m trying to get my husband on board with a new “family” camera for Christmas :) It would be super fun to win something extra as well.

  • Dacia - Thanks Ashley for taking the time to research and write this post! I used last years post when buying a few goodies :)

  • Mandy Jones - This is a DREAM prize pack. What a blessing this will be to the winner!

  • Amanda - this is such a great giveaway–and i really appreciate the advice. I am trying to convince my husband to let me upgrade my Canon T2i to a 6D.

  • KD - Thank you for the information. Now I know exactly what camera I want for Christmas, along with a SnapShop DSLR course to teach me how to use it!

  • Lori - I always love your lists, your blog really got me started on photography, and I love it so much (but have sooooo much to learn!). Thanks!

  • Tracie - Oh a dream to win this… Thank you

  • sarah Marie - I’ve been pining for a camera bag sooooo badly. Thank you for all you do!

  • Sarah - Great post…my wish list just grew! Great giveaways!

  • Alicia C - Thank you for the great info, I will definitely use your recommendations! Awesome giveaway too :)

  • Krista Wiehle - WOWzers!! What an amazing giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!! Plus, I am one of those people using my fancy camera as a point and shoot…this is my year! Gonna turn it off auto!! PICK ME! ;)

  • Dawn - Great ideas! Thanks for putting it all together!

  • Nikki B - Woo hoo! Great prize!

  • megaN - I would love to use a DSLR Camera.

  • Amanda - I’d LOVE to win!! Thanks for hosting the giveaways!

  • Katy - What an amazing giveaway!!! This would be incredible to win. Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Sylvie - I got a 70D not too long ago (gift to myself) and I would love ot learn how to use ot better..thanks for the giveaway.

  • Amanda - So crazy about that camera bag!!

  • Brenda - Awesome!

  • Ashley M - This was a super informative post and a fantastic giveaway! I hope I win something!!!

  • Karen - Thank you for this post, Ashley. I actually used your tips last year at this time, and ended up with my very first DSLR camera for Christmas! I have been very pleased with it so far…but so much more to learn! I hope to take your course sometime in the very near future! Love your blog…Thank you!

  • Amanda - What a great giveaway!!

  • Amber Machado - This would be awesome!

  • Danita Sieker-Cira - When I was younger I was really into photography. I recently got myself a nice DSLR but don’t know all the ins and outs of it. I would love this bundle! I love your blog and all your pictures. Your family is perfect. Thanks for always sharing tips and tricks.

  • Katie Morris - So many great tips and tools!! I’ve never heard of RadLab so that’s on my list to learn more about!

  • Kira - Ashley- I love reading your reviews and opinions! I took your phone snap shop and loved it! Thanks for all the hard work you put into your classes and your blog! I adore your little family.

  • Tracy - Wow, great prizes!!! Just added a bunch of items to my Christmas wish list. Thank you!

  • Natalie - What an amazing giveaway you’ve put together! Your blog is one of my favorites and I appreciate all your recommendations!

  • Angela - This giveaway makes me want to happy cry for the lucky person who wins it. Amazing!

  • Evalina miller - What beautiful camera bags!!! And I would LOVE to take your snapshot class

  • Ellie - love reading your recommendations every year. Hope I can win and add some fun stuff to my photography stash!

  • Katie - I would love to win. Especially the spot in an upcoming snap shop course!

  • Beccy - I really need to learn how to use my DLSR off the semi-qutomatic settings! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Joni Kelley - I really enjoy your blog, and I am going to sign up for a class as soon as I graduate college.

  • Julie Earnest - I enjoy your photos and blog!

  • Linnea H - Such awesome prizes! Thanks for a chance to win :)

  • Amber - Wow what an amazing giveaway!!!!!

  • Allison - HAPPY Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

  • Heather Oakley - Wow!! What an incredible, informative post! Thank you!!I’d so love to win one of the giveaways. amazing.

  • Kelly - Great recommendations. I am excited to have an updated link to point people to when they ask me questions about buying a new camera.

  • Erin - Yes please! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  • Christina - This is list such a great tool for those interested in photography! Thank you for coordinating this give away :)

  • Natalie M - Love this post every year! I used your suggestions last year and my photography has improved immensely as a result. Winning this giveaway would be icing on the cake! Thanks!

  • Luisina - Thanks for the giveaway! I love your blog.

  • Jenna Odegard - I was looking forward to this post so much! Thanks for sharing your photography knowledge with us and what a fantastic giveaway.

  • Dakota - What a generous giveaway! Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • Jennifer - OH my goodness, you shared such cute stuff. :)
    I just recently got that same grey epiphanie bag on their sale but I LOVE that they came out with some genuine leather bags!

  • Monica - Great advises! I hope I can get the 50mm lens. I was thinking to get it for Christmas and you have it in your list of advices. Thanks!

  • Brooke - Following your blog is slowly making me into a better casual photographer. Thank you!

  • Ruth W - Yay for giveaways! You always have the best stuff to give out. :)

  • Donna - RadLab is intriguing to me. I’d love to learn more about it!

  • Michaela Robertshaw Garrett - Great recommendations. Great giveaway.

  • Marilyn - I not only appreciate your blog Ashley but also the phone course I took last Summer! Keep up the good work and the photo courses!

  • Michelle - What a fun giveaway!

  • liz rose - So cool. I would love to be e able to photograph my3 yr old triplets and 4 y/ o son.

  • Ashley Smith - This is amazing Ashley! I’ve been wanting to take one
    Of your classes since I found your blog a year
    And a half ago!!! Thank you for this chance!!
    So exciting! Thank you for all of the tips too!!

  • Beverly Maierson - Love your blog :)

  • Jane - Thank you for sharing this, it is so helpful! (and admittedly, the prizes sound fabulous!)

  • Gina - I enjoy your website and your beautiful photos!

  • Sarah T - Oh my goodness! Thank you for offering these amazing giveaways!

  • Jody - What are the chances?!?! I’ll take my chance. Fun giveaway!

  • hannah - Such amazing giveaways. X

  • Stacey - I love photography and this giveaway has some great things to help out with that! Thanks!

  • Sally - Your blog is such an inspiration.

  • Alana - Very helpful info, thank you!!

  • Lindsey B. - Thank you for the great information and amazing giveaway!

  • Christina - I always look forward to this post to see what you have to recommend. Thank you for taking the time to do it! I have wanted an Epiphanie bag for so long now!

  • Jenny - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tina B - I wish all bloggers were as thorough in their posts and as thoughtful in their giveaways as you are, Ashley! This is such valuable information. Thank you for taking the time to put it all together in one place.

  • Ivana S. - Awesome giveaway, Ashley! Thanks!

  • Kendra Martin - great tips. thanks for sharing.

  • Lindsay B - I love those photography bags! So pretty!!

  • Lucy - I have for a long time thought of DSLR as some unknown acronym for “scary complicated camera” and thank you for making it less scary!

  • kimberly oyler - a photo lovers dream. so fun!

  • Lani - All Awesome Info!

  • Katie M. - Sweet giveaway! Thank you!

  • Manda J - Thanks!! Love your blog!!

  • Cindy - Wow, what an amazing giveaway – thank you!

  • Julie - Sure would love to win :)

  • Christine - Oh! I keep dreaming about those Epiphanie bags. And the rad labs presets. I use their app and LOVE it!

  • Katelyn Becze - This would be such an awesome giveaway to win right now.Pregnant with my first baby right now (due in march)! I am so inspired by how you capture your children and would love to learn from the best with the right tools! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  • M'Recia - Thanks for the giveaway and great recommendations!

  • Heather McDonald - I have used the rad lab presets before. Love them!!!

  • Alex - Thank you so much for this post and all of your recommendations! What an amazing giveaway :)

  • Kerri Cox - Thank you for sharing your insight. We bought a DSLR last year and have enjoyed learning to use it. Photography makes me notice little moments, and I like that.

  • Carmin Blair - Thank you for all the great info.

  • Emily - Would love to learn more about my new d3300 with one of your SnapShops!

  • AshleyAnn - Christina – I try to take my camera in once a year to a local camera shop for a complete cleaning

  • Danielle - Amazing giveaway!!

  • AshleyAnn - Thank you Kristin! I love hearing that it created a spark in you!!!!

  • Tina - Hello from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  • Lisa V - Wow! What a great resource! I am going to enjoy checking out some of these links. Thanks for taking the time to put this list together!

  • AshleyAnn - Hili – I gave my old 5D to my 8 year old. He is the most interested in truly learning photography beyond just pointing and shooting. It is a great camera for him to learn on…and it is so old and on its final days so I don’t worry about him with it.

  • AshleyAnn - Hili – Yes, I just shoot jppg

  • Amber - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for that info! So good! Would love to win, but that info will help me score a good camera! Thank you!

  • Suzie12 - Awesome giveaways. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kimberly - Awesome post! And a fantastic giveaway!! thank you!

  • Carol - Any of these would be so exciting! Thanks for the chance to win a happy!

  • Julie W - Wonderful words of wisdom! Love reading your blog!

  • Hannah M - Thanks for sharing! I bought my camera last year off your list and couldn’t be happier!

  • Chelsea - what a great post! And an awesome giveaway!!

  • Betsy Cain - This giveaway is AMAZING!!!!

  • Melody J - What a generous giveaway. Thanks

  • Ceri - This is possibly the most amazing prize package I’ve seen.

  • Martha - Great recommendations. Would love to win!!

  • kelli - Holy cow, this is a great giveaway! Thanks for putting it together!

  • Michelle Claassen - I just ordered the Nikon D3300 earlier this week for delivery on Friday and was excited that it made your list!!

  • Meghan V. - Such a great review of all products out there. Great job compiling all options in one spot; no easy feat! I totally agree with suggestion for 50mm (or 35mm) as great “next lens” after kit! Thanks!!

  • Robyn - Oh I love this! Crossing my fingers!

  • AndreaG - Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  • O'Neill Whelan - Love your photography round up! Thanks Ashley!

  • Laura D. - I love your posts, get so much inspiration, and love the stories of your kiddos. I have 3 active girls, one of which is a cancer and stroke survivor. Be thankful for each and every day!

  • Michelle - Thank you for this!!

  • Melanie - Wow – what a great post! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!!

  • Laura - Thanks for all the great info!

  • Rhonda - I love your recommendations! Thank you!

  • Angela E - Yay for giveaways! These would totally help with Christmas presents. I’d have to share, there’s no way I could keep all this goodness to myself!

  • Lynda Jammer - What a great resource Ashley! Thanks for the tips and for your (always encouraging) blog.

  • Chauna - I have found your recommendations incredibly helpful, especially when looking for additional gear! I love the Epiphanie bag! ADORABLE!! No one would ever know it’s a camera bag!

  • Natacha - Super fun and informative! Thanks for all the recommendations!

  • Jenn - WOW!!! amazing giveaway!

  • Jenn - WOW!!! thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing stuff!

  • laura arens - would love to win!

  • Grace - Pick me please!

  • Brooke Simonson - Wow!! This would be amazing to win!!

  • Janine - Amazing advice and so many giveaways. Thank you!

  • Danelle klaman - Wow!!! Fantastic suggestions….this will help me incredibly this holiday season..

  • tracy dickinson - wow! what a great giveaway!

  • Tiffany - Love everything but really pining for the Epiphanie Bag!

  • Karen - this is an amazing giveaway!!

  • Amanda K - Shazam this is an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • Crystal Kinney - This is an amazing giveaway! I’m so excited!!

  • Savannah - I love visiting your blog and seeing what your family is up to.

  • Jamie Weathers - Thanks so much for the information. I have been taking pics as a hobby for many years and would like to advance and this giveaway would be awesome! I have used MPix and love them. I would love to try the other companies also!

  • Amber M. - Thanks for the info Ashley! I’ll be shopping for a new big camera soon so this will come in handy. Fingers crossed!

  • Amber - I’d love to win! Thanks!

  • Heather Palmer - Pick me!!

  • Kristi - Just the site I have been needing!

  • Rachel - holy cow.
    what an awesome giveaway!!!

  • Olya - Wow!! Would love to win!!

  • Sarah Osborn - Love your blog…..

  • Colleen - Wow, thank you so much for taking the tine to share all of this amazing info!

  • Cons - Thanks for the generous giveaway. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  • Kristi - Would love to win! What a great giveaway and awesome gift ideas!

  • Candy - Thank you for the great informative post! Annnnnnnd now I just might be ooogling a new camera bag! :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

  • Julie - I have taken both of your online classes and have learned so much. Thanks for the product recommendations!

  • Julie - I have taken both of your classes and have learned so much. Thanks for the great product recommendations!

  • Jane - After my SnapShop course I would love one of these things to further my quest to perfect my photos. Love your blog. Wish is was around when my kids were small.

  • Alicia S - Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

  • amy h - what a fun giveaway! thank you for all the time, energy, and effort you put into making it happen! (I definitely just wrote “happy” instead of “happen” and that’s true too!)

  • Bora Pogeler - Thanks for the Epiphanie bag Black Friday tip! Such awesomeness coming from your site this week! I love your blog!

  • Bethany Smith - Thanks for doing this giveaway! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Brittany - A giveaway dream!! This would knock my socks off!

  • Mandy - Love your blog so much. I took your DSLR class and it has helped me SO much. Going to ask for a snapshot class for Christmas. Love the gift ideas!

  • Jelena - Very useful info, thanks. Now I wish for new lens for Christmas….

  • ana - That’s an awesome post, and a wonderful giveaway. I never took any of your photo classes because I’m not sure my english would be enough… Maybe that would be my chance !

  • Aiza - Amazing giveaway!!! I hope I win :P

  • Marilina - I have a camera. Sitting there. Staring at me. Saying, pick me! Use me! If I only knew how! Thanks Ashley for the inspiration!

  • Brittany - wow! What a great giveaway! That bag is beautiful & I love Mpix!

  • Claudia - Thanks so much for this opportunity. Love your blog and am a devoted daily reader.

  • samantha - so great!!

  • Bonnie - Great tips. Now I want to buy more gear!

  • Danielle Lusk - What a sweet giveaway! Those bags are gorgeous and would certainly fit my iphone…I’ll have to keep working on getting that fancy camera to go in it.

  • Tamra - Wow! Thank you for this opportunity! I love all of these recommendations!

  • Aliesha - This bundle is fantastic! If I won, I would share some of it with my mom, who is hoping to get a DSLR soon!

  • Candy - Oh, let me count the ways I could spend the Mpix $! ;)

  • Heidi E - Thanks for all of the tips (and gift ideas!). :)

  • Jessica - I love reading your blog! This is a great giveaway!

  • Alicia - Such great giveaways!!!

  • Court B - Hi! Can you recommend a good tripod for a DSLR with a heavy 24-70 2.8 lens on it?

  • Rena - That bag is amazing!!

  • Amy - So generous! Amazing gift ideas and giveaways :)

  • Cindy - Wow! This is almost Christmas. Love your suggestions.

  • Caylin A. - What a great giveaway! Thank you!!

  • AmandaK - I need a camera bag! Gorgeous!

  • Mrs Bee - I’ve just been looking at Epiphanie bags – they are gorgeous!

  • Holly Ross - I’m so excited about this giveaway! I love the Epiphanie bags and have always wanted one to carry my camera in! I also love Mpix and would love to have more of my pictures printed!

  • Elaine Stone - I have always loved pictures … Yours warm amd melt my heart!

  • Ashley B. - HOLY GIVEAWAY!!!! What amazing stuff! :)

  • Kayleen - Amazing! Thanks for hosting these!

  • Laura - Oh wow, this is an amazing giveaway!

  • fiona westmoreland - oooohhhhhh, PLEASE pick me!!!!

  • Serina - Awesome!!

  • Sherrie Berry - Love your blog. I can’t wait to read it everyday:). Much Thanksgiving love to you and your sweet family.

  • Amy Blackburn - Love those bags!

  • Anna Marie - I used to have a dslr but had so much trouble focusing I gave it up. Maybe I should try again.

  • Sandy C - This is a great gift guide for all year, I’ll be using it for gift references, thank you & have a great Thanksgiving with your family :)

  • cindy - holy cow, talk about an awesome giveaway! the off-brand flash is on my list – thanks for the suggestion!

  • Mary Grace G - I would love love love to win this!!!

  • Lindsey Muecke - Always love your blog and your heart, Ashley, and this is a fantastic giveaway prize! Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Beth - That was a great post to read! Thanks for all the great information.

  • Melissa Lankford - These prizes are awesome!

  • Cayla - Great info! Thank you.

  • Jon - Great article, and beautiful pictures. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  • Kate Palmer - I love your photography! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this awesome giveaway too. :)

  • Rebecca Harris - I use MPIX exclusively- they are awesome! Those epiphanie bags are so stylish! Great giveaway!

  • Jill - Thanks for this post…just the info I was looking for! Awesome giveaway too! :)

  • Danielle W - Awesome giveaway!

  • Megan Triplett - Woo! This is wonderful!

  • becky - What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for always sharing such great tips on photography!

  • Brooke Carman - Would love to win all of these awesome giveaways!

  • Serena - Wow. Great giveaway! Also great gift ideas for my photographer sister :)

  • Alicia W - This blog is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I have a DSLR, and I’m still learning how to use it. As a graduate student, being able to afford hobby classes is a struggle so this giveaway would be awesome!

  • Carly R - These giveaways are amazing Ashley! Especially for someone wanting to dig I’m and really learn their camera.

  • Katie M - What a great wealth of knowledge in one place! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  • Andria Carnell - How fun! I’d love to win!

  • Cathryn - Loved this post! I’m very much a beginner photographer and your recommendations are right on to what I have! Little things like that help me feel like I’m on the right track! Great giveaways too! Thank you.

  • Ingrid - What a great giveaway! Just began researching DSLR cameras this fall and excited to purchase one soon!

  • Christy - Wow, amazing giveaway!

  • amanda kauffman - love it!!!

  • Kari - Lovely! Thank you!

  • Sara G. - Thanks for all the tips! Happy thanksgiving!

  • Tamra - Wow! What a great giveaway! I’ve had my eye on an epiphanie bag for awhile…would be super fun to win one! :)

  • Deanna - Would love to take your class!

  • Jillian B. - thank you! Sharing your post!

  • annie austria-castasus - Such a wonderful giveaway! Just in time for the holidays! Fingers crossed!

  • Deborah M - Thanks for sharing your advice for beginners like me.

  • Mimi - Hi, what would you recommend for a compact dslr similar to the Lumix GF1 but with better low light capability? Thanks.

  • Andrea Pomilla - Fingers crossed!

  • Rachel - Amazing!!! Would so love all of this!! ????

  • Mary Breuer - This was so helpful! I love printing photos and making fun gifts!

  • Alecia - Thanks for the giveaway!! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Amanda Gragg - I love this post. It is so inspiring to see other things to use. It gets me excited to pick up my camera!

  • Juliana - Amazing giveaways…and love the buying guide, particularly for lenses!

  • Hannah - Love all of the photog-related extras!

  • Stacy - I love this awesome giveaway! The chance to take your DSLR course would be amazing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Paige - Amazing giveaway! Their bags are awesome and so is everything else!

  • Caoimhe Beil - Thank you for a fun giveaway and the wonderful recommendations!

  • Lisa P - Ahhh…this really makes me want to upgrade my 5 year old rebel XSi. Better start looking for black friday deals! :)

  • Melinda - So exciting….fingers crossed x

  • Emily - this would be wonderful!

  • Nicole B. - Great advice! Wonderful giveaway prizes!

  • Meredith - This is such a nice giveaway!

  • Shauna Wortinger - WOW! This is an amazing giveaway.

  • Erin J. - These giveaways are amazing! I’ve wanted to try your snapshop course.

  • Renee A. - Fantastic suggestions and such a great giveaway!

  • Jessica - Pure awesomeness!

  • Emily W. - Awesome stuff! Your blog is the only one I consistently read. Full of beauty and love. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gift.

  • Amy D - so many fun things, thank you!

  • Stephanie - SUCH fun giveaways! I never win anything but worth a shot! Thanks Ash…

  • Angela - Absolutely LOVE this giveaway!!!

  • stacey - Would be delighted to win this!!!!

  • Becca - Wow! Thanks for the info and the giveaway!

  • Nicole Burgos - Great info!!Helps tremendously as I am looking to invest in a good camera.

  • cathy - Thank you for all the great information!! I was looking for somewhere to print all my I phone pictures will try your recommendation. =)

  • Anne - I love your picture wall, Ashley and your whole blog!

  • Tara B. - Wonderful!

  • Rita D. - This would be fantastic! I have a camera, but need to understand it so much better.

  • Becky McArthur - I would love the Mpix credit! Well, all of it really! ;)

  • Shannon Ziegler - I love the look of that DSLR bag, I just have a plain black one but if I had a more attractive one I think I’d carry it around a little more often! Saw the link to your blog through an MPix FB post btw.

  • Mackenzie Reynolds - This would be SO exciting!!

  • Casondra F. - The timing on finding your blog is perfect! I will be buying a new DSLR this weekend. Thanks for the great information. Winning one of the giveaways would be icing on the cake.

  • nicole bixby - Great giveway. thank you

  • Ruth Ann Moss - I love MPix products too!

  • Rhyea - Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley and family!

  • Robyn - Such great giveaways this week!!!

  • Brianna - This is such a cool giveaway! I would love to win! My husband bought me my first DSLR a little while ago!

  • Logan - I always love your advice on these things. Great post and thank you for sharing. I’d really love to get more into photography, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to take the next step. I have a nikon d3100 and 50mm lens. I love to take photos of my kids, but beyond that I’m not sure where to go. I’ve read a lot about how the camera works, and feel ok about it, but just unsure how to apply it. Finding the time is challenging too – working full time and 2 littles at home. Would love to take your course! Hope I win!

  • Allie - I enjoy reading your blog!

  • Kelly ,,Bermudez - Love love to win a spot to you class. Love your pictures are a perfect way to keep memories. So real

  • Jennifer - Wow, these are all great giveaways! Especially love the SnapShops:) Fingers crossed

  • Matt - Hoping I win-Thanks!

  • Meg - Thanks for the great tips! Excited for the giveaways.

  • yvette - wonder if its too late for me to enter!! would love to win!

  • Amy - Thank you!

  • chris g - This would be amazing to win!!!

  • Natalie - Great stuff! I never win these things, but here’s hoping!

  • Becca - Thanks for the recommendations! I would love to win!!

  • Amy Coose - what an amazing giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  • sam - The dslr course would be awesome, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Greta Bullock - Fingers crossed!

  • Karla Westfall - I love your recommendations. They help with Christmas lists.

  • Rae Ann - Woo hoo! Another awesome giveaway! Thank You

  • Brittaney - What fabulous giveaways!

  • Sara - Eeek! What a fantastically awesome giveaway!!

  • heather - Thank You so much for doing this post again this year. I LOVED it last year and still refer people to it when they are talking about upgrading to a “nice” camera.

  • Kim L - I love your blog! The giveaway is pretty awesome too!

  • Marianna laughlin - All these fun giveaways!

  • Ruth - Oh yes! Count me in!

  • Ang - Nice model shots pretty Friend!

  • Allison Johns - would love to learn to use my dslr better! Thanks for the tips & encouragement!!

  • Becca - I loved your phone course. And thanks for the giveaways!

  • Roshena - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jennifer - I’m in the market for a new lense and will be leaving soon on an extended international trip — this giveaway is perfect for me! :) Thank you SO much for sharing your recommendations.

  • Mandy - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  • Lindsey B - I love love those bags!!!

  • annie austria-castasus - Yehey! Giveaway!

  • Marla - Wonderful give-a-way!

  • Darolyn - Thanks for the great tips!! So helpful!!

  • Kristiina - Wow! Great scoop, Ashley. Please enter me in the contest–thanks!!

  • Jessica Noble - Awesome giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • Darcy Struckmeier - Fantastic. So exciting!

  • Nicole - Thank you for offering such a fun giveaway!

  • Jaimee - Thanks for your ever inspiring blog:)

  • Elizabeth - OH PLEASE. oh please. oh please.
    pick me. choose me.

  • mere - Wonderful blog post! and thank you for the chance!

  • Jennifer - I would love to have a chance at the giveaway! Thanks Ashley! Btw, love reading your blog!g

  • Brandi - I brought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM and I love it! I need to buy a speedlite now. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Lisa G - Oh my … 928 comments! It would be totally random if my name was selected!

    Thank you for all of your continued inspiration and creativity! It has immensely helped my photography skills.

  • Gazco Studio 2 - Fantastic. So exciting!

  • Adrienne - This is great! My husband would love to do the snapshot course-we just can’t afford it right now so this would be a great christmas gift!

  • Roxanne - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! This is a really great giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Lex - I love your blog! You got me started in photography. Thanks for putting this giveaway together.

  • Roxie - Thankful: these awesome giveaways!

  • Michelle Holland - What a fun giveaway! My sister who is a blooming photographer would be so happy if I win this :D. She took our family pics and this package would be a great way to thank her for all the memories she’s captured for us!

  • Hollie - Love this list of recommendations!

  • Dawn - That bag is ADORABLE!!!

  • Bread Girl - Thanks for these recs!

  • Carmen - Thanks for the recommendations and thanks for the chance at an amazing giveaway. Wow!

  • Meg W - This was such a helpful post! Thank you for the great info!!

  • Kitty Hurdle - Oh this would make my life!! I love your blog and have for quite some time. Thanks for the opportunity to win! xoxo

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!

  • Merry - Happy Thanksgiving!!!! ?

  • Natalie Swartz - Lots of fun giveaways on your blog! Woooohoooo!

  • brad - Wow – great package!

  • Julianna - I love reading your blog and look forward to your photography tips! Thanks!

  • Andrea Berglin - I love everything about this.

  • Mary Pat Reeve - Thanks for offering such fabulous giveaways!

  • Melissa - Holy Moly. This would be a big awesome win! Can’t wait.

  • Angela s - Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Simona Walters - What a fantastic idea to post everything all in one spot, I’m sure you’re contacted daily about your gear. This was a wonderful post thanks so much for taking the time to put it together and who doesn’t love free things? ! ? ! I’ve never heard of radlab, I’m going to have to check it out. Happy holidays!

  • mel - What an awesome giveaway!!! Thanks Ashley, you are an amazing inspiration!

  • Julie - Thanks for putting all that info together in one post. So helpful!


  • Ashley Smith - Ashley, Thanks so much for posting all of your recommendations! I purchased a Nikon 3200 yesterday after reading your blog. I have a question about it. It seems like many of the pictures are overexposed. I have had an older model, the Nikon 3000 for a few years and I never have had this problem. As I was reading online I saw that others were mentioning this. I’d like to get an upgraded camera that is in the lower price range but I’d like to stay clear from the overexposure problem. Do you have any suggestions for models that may be better? Thanks so much!

  • Katina - Hi, Great post, great info!
    Just printer and photo paper you use to print… or do you send it out and to who?

bloggingtorememberI wanted to take a minute today to share that Lindsey (You Are The Roots) is using her voice to raise money and awareness for pregnancy, infant and child loss. She will be blogging for 24 hours on Blogging to Remember.  Several incredible sponsors have provided giveaways to help Lindsey get the word out for Compassionate Friends (a non-profit aiding families facing this great loss). Lindsey is also writing several posts related to the topic of loss – posts that are helpful whether you are facing such loss or walking alongside someone you love who is facing that loss. You can find out more on Blogging to Remember.

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  • Lindsay - Thank you SO much, Ashley! <3

  • Michelle Hill - My heart aches for her hurt and suffering and every other parent who has experienced the same. I never really realized how quite people can be about these topics. She is so brave and strong for opening up her heart to all of us.
    I never heard of a blogathon (vs. a marathon) to raise money. What a brilliant idea!

  • Gazco Studio 3 - It`s good for the information…..