choosing my angle

There is a reason sane parents do not take on the task of tearing up carpet to paint subfloors…in the middle of winter when paint & stain don’t dry as fast…with 4 kids….and an entire room relocated to the living room. Sane parents should have stopped me before I took that box cutter to carpet and crowbar to trim. I say that now, but in a week or so I will be happy I did this. In a year I will totally forget and will find some other room to attack with my box cutter and crowbar. It is the vicious cycle I live in and Chris did not grasp the reality of it when he asked me to be his bride.
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Since the floors aren’t drying fast (one more reason for me to continue my disdain for cold weather) I started bleaching and dyeing fabric for pillows. My house now not only looks like tornado hit it, but it smells like a health club swimming pool.
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Once I got the dye mixed for the fabric I liked the color so much I ran through the house grabbing anything white I could dye. I now have an apron, 3Β  0-3 month onesies, and 1 random stripped pillowcase…all in a beautiful shade of dark green/teal. What I am going to do with all that teal? I have no idea. I’ll figure that out later, but I didn’t want to waste my dye.
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The mess of my house is really starting to wear me down. Some people cope with stress by sleeping, reading, shopping….I cope with it through photography. Photography has been a gift in so many ways to me. It helps give me perspective and focus. When I pick up my camera I can focus in on what I want to and block out everything else.

My girl would live on apples and oranges if I gave her that option. It was good to pick up my camera and spend a few minutes observing her enjoy her favorite snack.
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Looking through my camera I see a beautiful brown background to compliment her white shirt and green bowl…when without my camera I just see my headboard propped against the stairs in the middle of my kitchen. Perspective.
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Photography is so much about light and so much about angles. What I chose to capture depends on the angle I am taking the photograph. It is a matter of what I am choosing to see. Photography helps me to take time to focus on my girl and forget for a few minutes that I am sleeping in the living room…sandwiched between the couch and my dresser.
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  • Jenny Joy - I loved absolutely every word of this post. And this morning, I’m needing perspective and a little focus. So, thank you, lady. πŸ™‚

  • amanda torres - I bet the floors are going to turn out super cool. I can’t wait for the finished product.

  • Tess S - she looks a lot like your oldest in these photo’s. gorgeous.

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle - We re-tiled several rooms in our house this past year so I can appreciate the disarray you are dealing with right now. And what a sweet little cherub you have to distract you! Super cute shots!

  • Sadie - Can’t wait to see the new floor! I am sure it’s worth every moment of sleeping in the living room! She’s one gorgeous little girl. She looks like so much fun!

  • andy - love it
    love trying to find new perspective
    i need to remember to do that more
    thanks for the reminder

  • Jen - I really need to get better at blocking out some of the things I don’t want to see. My house is making me crazy! But what a sweet distraction you have…

  • Lauren Klouda - Hang in there. Last year starting in February and going until May my house became a construction zone as we ripped up the floors in ever room downstairs. That included my kitchen, main bathroom, and living room. We pulled up the old flooring, the sub floor, and even had to straighten some floor joists. The best part, I was pregnant due in June. It was a long and frustrating 4 months with no kitchen or living room to sit in and no where to cook but so worth it. My floors are warmer and beautiful and perfect for baby to start crawling on.

  • kate o. - hmmm…i spy a little girl shirt that could be dyed teal, too…

  • colleen - I love how the Lord uses a variety of things (including your blog) to reiterate things He is teaching me…these past few days i have been having “teaching moments” with my 8 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter about focus. “Instead of being disgruntled with the fact that they have to make their bed, lets focus on the fact that we have a bed at all”, “instead of frustration over having to pick our clothes up or fold them,lets be thankful for all the fabulous clothes we have” you get the picture. I need desperately to remember that I am ALWAYS blessed and with blessing comes responsibility and many times it neccesitates being a little uncomfortable. Thanks for saying the same thing in a different light… πŸ™‚ Thanks Lord for using Ashley Ann, I hear you!

  • Laurie J - I love how photography helps gain perspective. You were able to capture what is important in the midst of…..well, it sounds like you’ve got a little chaos over there! (temporary, just temporary) Hang in there, sounds like it will be worth it and I can’t wait to see πŸ™‚

  • Heather - you crack me up…health club swimming pool!
    i love your angles and the view you found.

  • the whyte house - way to not waste that dye!! so pretty.

    so i’ve decided that you should pitch an idea(because you could get to big people before i could) about a new show. i think we should call it ‘modern day macgyver’s’. it can focus on people all over living life macgyver style…through the way they cook, sew, remodel, fix vehicles, etc., etc. i think it’ll be a hoot. πŸ™‚ and then when you’re big and famous, all i ask is that you take me thrift/vintage/antique store shopping for a day. πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca S. - Would you consider doing a post on SOOC shots and how you crop them? I always edit my photos for color, light, etc. but I don’t do such a great job of cropping to invoke the emotion your photos give. I’d love to see what comes out of your camera and how you decide to crop them.

  • Candice @ ChiaSeedMe - I absolutely love this post. I’ve only started getting into photography in the last 8 months or so, but sometimes I feel it’s crazy what I’ve discovered about myself. I’m not very good still, but getting behind the camera does so much for me. It blows my mind how spending just a few minutes snapping away with some good lighting can help relieve sadness, frustration and so many other emotions.

    Cute pictures of FireCracker!

  • Kara Paslay - Oh my goodness Ashley! I am so excited to see your master bedroom- that painted pattern looks gorgeous! I share your distain for cold weather. Let’s move our families to Hawaii. You still have friends there, right? πŸ™‚

  • Gussy - you are amazing :]
    love this post & your positivity-ness. xoxo

  • JΓΌrgen - the appearance of the soil is very promising. I can not wait to see

  • giozi - I love the two pictures with the chair. I have my new lense πŸ™‚ Is a 50mm 1,4. I have to practise a lot, and move, and how you say looking for better angles πŸ˜‰

    Could you teach, when you have time, about lenses, when use some of them.

  • Jenny - You’re one brave Mama! It is a wonderful feeling once the project is all done though… I’m sure it’ll be darling!

  • Amy - i can not wait to see this room when it is done. i also love the pictures of firecracker, she looks like quite the little ham bone πŸ˜€

  • sarah - Your pictures are making me want to redo SOMETHING-doesn’t matter what. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Getty Images Philippines - Photography is very interesting to do. Doesn’t matter if you are a professional or not. But see how elegant the photos you have here. Great shots.

  • Becca G - teal is my favorite color! definitely going to try the bleaching and dying thing.

  • Yanet - She’s such a cutie!

    I’m so excited that we got a little sneaky peek at your floors!!

  • melissa - My camera is like therapy to me also. I love the challenge of capturing time in a creative and beautiful physical memory. Love the contrast also of her white shirt and the green bowl against the dark background and table. I have learned so much about photography from reading your blog. Thanks!!!

  • jessica h - me, too! I get that πŸ™‚ She looks just like Chris in that last shot.

  • Elizabeth - I recently starting reading your blog and absolutely love it. I’m a photography major and I love that you take so many pictures of your children. I hope to someday be like that. I’m also taking a textiles class and learning how to dye fabric! Keep up the awesome work!