Sweet P turned 6 months old!

So, after I posted on Friday I packed up and headed out of town for an incredible weekend (and didn’t go near the computer). I returned home to find an onslaught of crazy wonderful comments from you about my ‘blogging’ post. Thank you. Again, thank you.

My sweet, dainty little niece turned 6 months old recently. Lesley stopped by last week to bring me some tiramisu for my special weekend and I tried to get a few shots of Sweet P. I thought I’d share a few tips for those of you wanting to get pictures of your babies…at home, without a professional studio and with other kids running around.

Photo tip: Keep a collection of props and have them ready to go before you start taking pictures.

FireCracker has never kept headbands on long, but I can usually get one on long enough to get a picture. I pulled out a bunch of hers prior to Sweet P’s arrival and she thought she’d try them all on.

Photo tip: Set up the space you are going to take pictures in prior to starting. Play with your camera setting. Open windows all the way to let as much light in as possible. If you have older kids try to get them to sit in the area to practice your camera settings before bringing in the baby. Sometimes the older kids don’t want to help.

Photo Tip: If it isn’t your child, it is okay to ask the mommy to step out of the room. Sweet P was smiling for me until Lesley walked in and then she started crying for her mom. As soon as Lesley stepped back out…the smiles returned. I also have to shut the door to keep my older kids out of the room. If someone else is in the room talking to the baby most babies will look at the person talking instead of toward your big black camera.

Photo Tip: You don’t have to have a large space and great backgrounds, but you do need great lighting. Find a lot of natural light and create a spot. This is a bed in my daughter’s room. Typically there is a bright quilt and lots of pillows on it. I set them aside for a more simple background.

FireCracker wanted the baby so badly. It is fun to see Sweet P enjoying her older cousin a bit more these days. I see a great friendship in the works.

She was cracking me up with her faces. I know I am her aunt so I am partial, but SHE IS GORGEOUS.

These are both real smiles, but the second reminds me of a little girl fake smiling for school pictures.

Headbands from Lou&Lee, Snugars. Red visor from Twirling Betty. First quilt by my Aunt Sandy, second quilt by Rachel Denbow,

puffy white blanket from IKEA, last quilt by my Aunt Sandy.

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  • Robyn Lee - I absolutely LOVE these pictures. I think the last one is my favorite. It reminds me of something I would do with my one and only niece. LOL!

  • heidi - So sweet!!!

  • Abbie Torroll - so so sweet Ashley;) what a beautiful family you have!

  • April - Cute babies…cute headbands….glad you back home safe !!!

  • andy - great pics
    love them all
    she is one beautiful baby

  • Sarah - she IS georgeous!!!

  • annie hosfeld - I’ve been following your blog for a few months now Ashley; this adorable post compelled me to leave a quick hello. Thank you for sharing your life with us, you are an inspiration.

  • amanda torres - How do I order up a Sweet P? She is too precious. Also, I would like a Firecracker on the side. These girls are too much. I just can’t look at these pictures any longer.

  • Shara - Beautiful pictures. She has gorgeous eyes!!! Would LOVE for your Aunt Sandy to tell us how she made that amazing quilt!!!

  • Reidunn - Look at those eyelashes!
    Great pictures, and Sweet P and Firecracker are so cute.

  • miss chris - These are so beautiful!!! Great tips. I always forget about the accessories until it’s too late. Such pretty girls! xo

  • Danielle - Love these! You do such an awesome job!

  • Mariah - Thanks for the tips! Lovely girlies!

  • Lesley - Thank you so much for taking some pictures of her! I LOVE them ALL! You are so talented. Love you.

  • colleen - I LOVE that face on firecracker in the bottom right of the “cousin love” photos! Oh my word-she ooooozes personality and sass! Reminds me sooo much of my girl at that age-she is now 10 and it looks a little different but oh, how i love that spunk! Is that chalkboard in the last photo and antique school writing board? If you ordered it on-line, would like to know your source! LOVE THAT!

  • amy - in the cousin love collage…the last image on the right..sweet pea looks just like your youngest son!!

  • Krista Lund - these are so sweet and i especially love the cousins photos!

  • Jeannette - Oh, how adorable is she and what amazing pictures!

  • Shannon Phillips - Ahhh! She is so BEAUTIFUL (and I am not partial.) πŸ˜‰ She looks so much like her Mama. Those eyes are just amazing.
    I love that you know you would have gotten a million emails and comments asking where you got your quilts and accessories so you gave the info ahead of time. πŸ˜‰ I must say that I am absolutely in love with those quilts. I want to attempt a more simple design myself.

  • Lori - my one and only goal is to get a nice camera so I can take pics of my kids…these are beautiiiiful!!! both girls are lil cuties. love the headbands!

  • Whitney @ Becoming - Oh my, these pictures are gorgeous!!!

  • Lauren Klouda - Thank you for your tips. No matter what though my pictures don’t turn out as good as yours. You are EXTREMELY talents obviously.

    I love the cousin love. It is really there. :)Beautiful.

  • Tracie - She is gorgeous and I love the two girls together!

  • Lauren Klouda - talented* obviously. That was a baby help typo…

  • Rachel - These put a smile on my face after coming home from getting my bangs butchered. I love the ones of Sweet P. and Firecracker interacting. What sweet girls.

  • ashley jensen - I can just imagine the sounds of their sweet laughs from seeing these pictures! Love. It.

  • JennK - Oh I just Love all of these pictures! BEAUTIFUL!

  • Heather R. - Too stinkin’ cute!!! Love the faces. And the forced school pic smile…ha! I heart your pics.

  • Julie B - My 7 month old Jack has quite the crush on those 2 girls. He smiled and clapped and giggled at their sight. Love the tips! And now I better put them back on the screen, he is not happy with me commenting!

  • Betsy - What a doll! Both girls are beautiful. God did a wonderful thing when he made babies to be so cute! Now, I’m wondering how do you get photos of eyes looking so sparkly?!? Is it something special about your camera or could it be achieved by a less fancy camera?

  • Carrie Rowe - oh. my. adorable.

  • Alba - I love all the pictures, and your little niece is amazing, but i’m sorry, FireCracker stole my heart long time ago πŸ˜‰ (may I remind you I have two boys? πŸ˜‰

  • Ruth - Thanks so much for the tips, Ashley! I would love to see a tutorial on ideas for getting great shots of Firecracker’s age–my Trouble is about the same age and literally turns the other way every time I try to photograph her. She’s making me crazy….please help!

  • Lacy M. - Super cute pics!! Love the cousin love.

  • Jessamy - Gees Louise, this is the most adorable post ever!!! So, so, so, so cute, hold on, there has to be a word that means cuter than cute. You are so talented. Your sister is so lucky.
    Thank you for the daily smiles!

  • Kassondra - i love when you post pictures of sweet pea because my little one is a month younger than her so you give me a couple of idea when her next milestone hits. great pictures and thanks bunches for the tips!!!

  • Jessica Sullivan - The girls are adorable!

  • Katie - What a beautiful, happy post with sweet girls and funny faces!

  • giozi - “I love my auntie” he he he, of course, of course, he he he

    I love the last photo where the 2 princess are together, ha ha ha your baby’s face doesn’t have price. And the Sweet looks so pretty, I love the one where she is up side down with her colorful headband

  • angie - Love these pictures! Beautiful girls!

  • Gynna - Sweet P is adorable! I really love the last photo! I may have to “borrow” that idea with the chalk board! Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrea - Sweet P is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it is so fun to take pictures of her! Firecracker is pretty darn adorable too!

    You all are blessed!

  • allison - those pictures of Firecracker and Sweet P together – so adorable! they are both beautiful girls!

  • rkokes - Beautiful pictures-especially that second one!!

  • sarah j - you are not just partial–she IS gorgeous.

    love the cousin love. big blue eyes on both sweet girls. :]

  • Stacey - These pictures are adorable… Look at those cousin love ones. My 19 month old is 6 months older than her cousin + they give each other the same looks. It’s so special.

    And your niece IS adorable. Those big blue eyes. The girls look like little dolls. πŸ™‚

  • Leanne - She and your daughter look a lot alike. I LOVE the black and white one, and yes, she is gorgeous!!

  • joan kimball - Oh my gosh. How can you make these images so tack sharp…remarkable

  • e l l a - Just came back from AT and voted for YOU. You’re in the lead girl, Congrats!

    Sweet P is adorable and what little girly bonding happening. I love it πŸ˜‰

  • amanda - these pictures are adorable! my son is just days younger than sweet p (i think) and i can’t believe she is sitting up on her own! so cute!!!

  • Alyssa Nelson - Such a beautiful girl! Thanks for the picture tips!

  • Kristin S - Loved seeing your smiling face in Meg’s picture. What a brilliant idea! I love girl time.

  • Amy - awwwww! she is adorable, that last picture cracked me right up!

  • amy jupin - loved meeting you this weekend! so many inspiring and “real” chats…loved every minute. my first thought this morning was how much i wish i had one of cindy’s crepes or some of your sister’s tiramisu to go with my coffee! πŸ™‚

  • ranee - sweet P is adorable and the pics are just precious! My daughter has a girl cousin 6 months younger than her and I think they will be best of friends as well. Your post about blogging was great as well…I’m glad I found your blog and the cuff bracelet makes me jealous!

  • Danielle - I love these photos Ashley, they are simply precious. Those sweet baby legs rolls are to die for!:)

  • Sarah - That last photo of Firecracker and Sweet P made me laugh out loud. Firecracker looks like she is holding in a laugh. Such gorgeous girls!

  • Jen Helbert - beautiful babies!

  • Kimberlee J. - Yay for new friends! I loved meeting you and getting to know you.
    Btw, I need some embroidery thread and can’t get any in Hillsboro…know anyone who has some? Bruce cracked up at dinner when I said, “I have a craft list going.” I have been unleashed to say the least. πŸ™‚

  • Amber - I love everything! about this post! Great pics….adorable little ones….super cute headbands….great “headboard”…and the zig-zag quilt, swoon! I need one jsut like it for the foot of my bed πŸ™‚

  • Kristin Bommer - The last picture of both girls is the cutest thing ever!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - She is so beautiful! Great pics, Ashley!

  • Lauren - Amazing photos, but I have to say, I love the cousins ones the best! You can see the love growing between them! They will be so lucky to have those photos! What a gift you have given them!!

  • Liene - Beautiful pictures! I really love the first quilt. And your daugther has such a beautiful bed!

  • Kimber - look at those cute little punkin’ heads! beautiful girls πŸ™‚

  • Mel {V} - My daughter so has that green tutu skirt and LOVES IT!!! Its so cute on your daughter as well! LOVE IT!

  • Barbara G - Seriously! You have the most adorable niece! I think, when she is with your (also very adorabele) daughter, her smiles are especially gorgeous!

  • hearttypat - has it been 6 months already?? I have been following your blog religiously and it does not seems so long ago when you blogged about your brand new baby niece.. and now look at her, she’s all grown and gorgeous!

  • Desiree - That smile that looks fake reminds me of the actress Kyra Sedgwick and her unique smile. Your niece IS gorgeous!

  • Sarah - Ashley those pictures are gorgeous… what a precious little sweet p. My favorite favorite is the last one of her before her cousin bonding time. That sweet firecracker sure is getting big! What beautiful girls.

  • Allison - both girls are just beautiful. Since you are commenting on Sweet P… she really is gorgeous (not just the ‘aunt coming out’) and those smiles are just too much to handle! She looks SO much like your sister in the red hat photo. Love the ‘sister cousins’! so sweet.

  • Andrea!!! - You’re not partial, Sweet P is adorable. I love love the first picture, though, of your little firecracker trying on all her headbands!!

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - Awsome!!!!

    Really great pictures!!!

    And the girls??? Just lovelies!….

    You are a very blessed (and lucky!) person!


  • Jenny Lacey - How cute is SHE?! So darling…

  • Erin - Hi AshleyAnn,
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but haven’t commented yet. My mom is a quilter and I was showing her Firecrackers quilt as a possible idea for her to make for me. Then I scrolled down and saw the beautiful chevon quilt. Would you mind emailing me a picture of both quilts so I have them for my inspiration file??

    I’m glad to hear she’s home from the hospital and she’s adjusting. My thoughts are with her for a quick recovery!!!

    Thanks so much!