FireCracker & Sweet P’s first photo session

Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday.ย  Just fyi…Chris had to do bedtime routines by himself last night because I was DONE…didn’t so much celebrate that mundane! Lesley (my sister) got the girls matching outfits. We attempted to get a few pics of them while we were at my grandpa’s house. FireCracker doesn’t exactly pose for pictures. She did, however, find it HILARIOUSย  that she got to hold and kiss her cousin on the head. It was pretty funny to watch.

And those are basically the best cooperative shots I got. Reality is Lesley and I both like the “outtakes” just as much.

“Hello cousin. I am going to eat you now.”

“Now I am going to stick my fingers in all the little holes on your head…then I will think about what to do to you next.”

There were no 5 week old babies hurt in the making of this post…despite how it looks her aunt got the hand before the hit.

FireCracker and Sweet P….their nicknames suit them well.




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  • Shannon - hooo boy! Glad I checked before taking my biggest to school! What a sweet way to start my day. Those girls are precious! FireCracker gets me every time, cutest baby on the internets!

  • Nicole - these photos are great – they will laugh hysterically over them when they get older (even more so if you keep the captions!)… Too cute.

  • Libby - This is the cutest and funniest post!! I loved it! Thanks for the laughs

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - Too cute! I can’t wait to see my 2 year old daughter with her new cousin Natalie when she arrives. Evelyn can’t wait either! She named a baby doll after her and thinks she has a Natalie in her belly too! Love the pictures!

  • giozi - I think this is one of the best shoots that you ever do :). Love it.

  • MGF - I think the outtakes are much better for the laughs. Such cute little matching outfits.

  • Sarah - Little girl cousins are so great.
    I love them all, made me smile and laugh.

  • Cate O'Malley - omgosh, too cute for words!

  • allison - those outtakes are awesome. too funny!

  • miss r - They are so precious!

  • Jill R - I love the first two pictures. So sweet and then the laugh/roar face. Hilarious!

  • Heather - your commentary cracks me up! such a fun thing to read first thing in the morning. have a happy weekend!

  • Anna - I love these pictures! The outtakes are pretty much my favorite too. The girls will love them when they are older! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lindsay - Ashley, that is absolutely hilarious, and I totally agree, the outtakes are better! They are so cute.

  • Bopha - Those are hilarious and remind so much of madden & harper. He pretty much thinks that his fingers belong in all her face holes.

  • caro - love you blog and your pictures are great!!!!

  • CharlaL - I am a sucker for matching outfits. Of course the pics are ADORABLE. Thank you for the transparent post yesterday. I needed to hear you weren’t perfect! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy - Love them!!! Your comments add so much to the pictures, makes it very fun to think about!

  • MelissaM - Thank you for the perspective in yesterday’s post. Thank you also the honesty of “being done” in today’s post. I needed to hear both today. I love the Sweet P and Firecracker pics today. I am trying to do the same with my 2 year old and 3 months old this weekend! Great posing ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maike - oh my, aren’t they lovely together!

  • MelissaM - Thank you for the perspective in yesterday’s post. Thank you also for the honesty of “being done” in today’s post. I really needed to hear both today. I love the Sweet P & Firecrackers pics. I will be trying that with my 2 year old and 3 month old this weekend. Great posing ideas!

  • Jolie - oh I am laughing and tearing up over here with these pics! you perfectly captured that fabulous reaction little wee kids (just barely past tiny baby stage themselves) view tinier babies – the mix of awe and excitement, and without any concept that said tiny baby may not be quite up to the rough and tumble of older siblings. Gorgeous! (and hooray for mundane – thank you as always for reminding me to cherish the little bits!)

  • Andrea - these are so cute!

  • Yuliana - too cute!!!

  • Jill E - these are awesome. i love how firecracker is “ruining” the ideal baby shoot. sweet pea is just adorable. she is one great cousin.

  • Punctuation Mark - Adorable little ones… will add this post to my friday links… have a nice one!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh ~ Adorable! Go Firecracker!

  • Bicocacolors - A D O R A B L E S !!!!

  • Lesley - LOVE these! Thanks for getting some pics of our girls!! And yep, I love the outtakes, especially the “eat me” one ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Tagle - I absolutely LOVE your blog! I just found it last week and I’ve enjoyed looking through all of your creative posts and photographs! Your family is ADORABLE!!!!!


  • susie whyte - hmmm…sounds like firecracker should learn the dr. evil pinkie to the mouth pose. hahaha. so funny.

  • katrina - these photos melt my heart — precious!

  • Harriet - Cousins are just so precious. They are really like extra siblings! The photos are lovely.

  • Colleen - Oh my! Those pictures are so funny! I love the out takes better! Those are the memories you want to keep forever. Bless you for trying to take pictures of littles at this age. Too awesome!

  • Jessica P - Haha. That Firecracker is too much! Her pictures always make me smile.

  • crystal - these pictures are adorable! i find that i have the same kind of “photo shoots” with my daughter(18months) and son(3 months). the memories caught in the outtakes are precious.

  • Carrie Sowell - Alright, it can’t get better than that! i think you need to post a pic of you and Lesley when she was born….just so we can compare!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kat - I am a fairly new reader, but just had to say I LOVE your blog! Your pictures are amazing! Would you ever consider posting about some basic photography tutorials for newbies like me?

  • Kenna S - These are adorable pics that you and your sis will treasure forever. I love their outfits!

  • Jeannette - I think you got some wonderful shots!

  • Stephanie - Love them!!!

  • jessica h - CUTE!! thanks for a good laugh–the outtakes were fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle Z. - Haha! She looks like a vampire baby in the second photo. Are you sure she’s not auditioning for the role of Bella and Edward’s child in the next Twilight film?

  • Philly - Ashley, I absolutely love your blog! I check it every day for your amazing photos of your kids and the inspiration of your craft. Being in the baby clothing business, I love seeing what your kids are wearing and when I saw this, I just had to tell you! Tea Collection (the outfits on the girls) has a Facebook contest every month. The most liked picture and staff picks get a $200 gift certificate. Here is their page:!/teacollection. This month is actually submit a picture of your baby in Tea. Perfect! Have a great weekend.

  • Allie - Very Three Stooges!

  • Jacque - Just to throw a curveball, I think the 9/9 slide picture with FireCracker is beautiful and shows off the dress well!

  • Daniela - how sweeeeeet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Alina - such a cute little photoshoot.
    i love the second photo where firecracker looks like shes about to bite sweat p.

  • Lorena Mair - HI there,

    what camera and lens did you use for this shoot?


  • stylefyles - hahha soooooo cute! My fave is Firecracker looming over Sweet P……dun dun dun!

    Love the matching outfits!! =)

  • Susan Young - Those pictures are so precious! It looks to me like little “Firecracker” knows (in a general way) how to love on a baby, but just needs to refine her technique a little bit!

  • Jeanna - In your post “On Being Mom in the Mundane” there is a really cute picture of your daughter at the bottom of a slide. Isn’t that a Tea dress.

    I like that picture very very much….well honestly I like all of them. I entered that Tea contest last week but now that I know you are gonna enter I don’t stand a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • M for Short - The one of Firecracker ‘taking a bite’ reminds me of Mike Meyers’ line in Austin Powers: “Baby, the other other white meat.”