Sister and her cousins

So…last night Chris and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a photo session. Granted, we are nearly approaching our 11 year anniversary, but better late than never. I’ll talk more about the session and why we did it at a later date, but here is a peek my sweet friend & photographer Shannon sent me. This is just from her phone and it makes me so happy. I can’t wait to see what the ones with her ‘real’ camera look like. I wore cowboy boots and a flower garland – it was pretty dreamy…kind of like my man.

And totally unrelated ~ I took some photos of my new niece a little while back. I didn’t want to post them because my sister was using them for her birth announcement. Well, the announcements have been mailed. I’m a proud aunt. I thought I’d share the settings. All the photos were taken with my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/200

Skinny little newborn legs…oh how I enjoy a good baby stretch! ~ ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/160

Of course we had to get some pictures of the sisters together! ~ ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/125

ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/125

I thought about sharing some more cute pictures of my niece or ending the post with that one of the two girls. Then I could pretend I’m a photographer that just so easily gets photos of a toddler and newborn together. But, that isn’t so much me. How about a look at what the majority of the attempts to get a sibling shot looked like?

ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/125

ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/125

And, you don’t think FireCracker was going to miss out on pictures with a baby do you? We tried for some cousin shots. ~ ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/160

ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/200

ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/200

ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/200

ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/200

Toddlers and babies are hard work! We got a couple ‘keepers’ that I’ll let Lesley share if she wants to…I kind of like the “outtakes” myself.

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  • Andy - at least the snack cup matches πŸ™‚ they are cute. good job

  • Andy - and love you guys pic. awesome

  • Tara A - Good morning, that is such a beautiful picture of you and Chris. Have a wonderful anniversary and a beautiful day. Tara

  • amanda torres - The baby stretch pic got me. My little guy is growing too fast. I miss his skinny newborn legs πŸ™

  • Heather - Oh. My. Goodness! Love the beautiful pic of you two and those of your precious nieces. Gorgeousness. Thanks for including the outtakes…definitely makes me feel better about the craziness of trying to capture my two together. I laughed out load when I saw Firecracker holding the babies nose, and then laughed again, when I scrolled back through. That is too funny! Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  • N - Unbelievable pictures as always! You’ve inspired me to have some pictures taken with just my husband on a date night. It looks like a dream.

  • MixedMolly - I love the outtakes. Firecracker looks like she is almost ready to be your assistant! “Now move your head just a little to the left”….

  • Jason Rosenberg - Gorgeous pictures (and kids)!

    Can I ask how you get their eyes to “pop” like that (espeically Fire-Cracker’s)? Any post-production, or just good lighting/focussing/other?

  • Shannon Phillips - Love love love! I had such a wonderful time last night and so did Keegan! I can’t wait to load an work on your “real” pictures.
    I just love the cousin pics and how much firecracker loves babies.

  • Emily - Your Couple shot is magical!!! Absolutely precious one is Firecracker pinching the nose! That is so very much my 2 boys… 4 and 2 months!

  • Kristin S - When you put that first pic on Instagram last night, I inhaled. What a shot! From a phone???

    So glad you took the time to do this shoot. You won’t regret it.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - Oh how I love sweet babies. I love seeing pictures of a husband and wife that are so completely in love with each other!

  • Brooke - She looks a lot like sweet paisley did! I always prefer outtakes,,

  • Kimber C. - Oh seeing your “outtakes” makes me feel so much better about how my pictures turn out with neices and nephews! Ha it’s so fun but lots of work for those few awesome “keepers!” these are precious though!

  • Nath - Beautiful pics!

  • Krystina - When shooting pictures of the children do you ever use back button focusing? Or do you find it too awkward/unhelpful?

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley, your 10th anniversary shoot looks so dreamy! You are so beautiful.

  • Melle M. - ashley and your world with family are magical and fabulous!!

  • Debbie C - The picture of you and Chris is so dreamy! Beautiful props. Happy 10th and 11th Anniversary!

  • ko - Stunning pictures! Both photo shoots looks like a great success! You’ve got me wondering if I could talk my rough and tumble Marine husband into a photo shoot like yours! So dreamy!

  • Ernie - hi ashley! thanks for keeping it real with the out takes πŸ™‚ i had a question, i know you use radlab. do you mind sharing the recipes you used for the baby and nieces pics? did you use any other adjustments in photoshop? thanks for your time and awesome blog!

  • Jamie - Oh I so know how this goes! I did 3 baby sessions yesterday and I was exhausted by the end!!!
    But those few keepers are worth their weight in gold so to speak!
    I love the out takes too…

  • Tia - Love the photos! Can’t wait to see more of the anniversary shoot, it looks like a lovely time. I was also wondering about the baby photos, do you do custom white balance or auto most of the time? I’m glad to see the outtakes, always makes me feel better to know I’m not alone in having multiple shots of non cooperation πŸ™‚

  • Leslie - Those are some cute babies:) WOW! What a DREAMY photoshoot of you and your husband – can’t wait to see more!

  • stacey - these are SO cute! i’m with you, i love me some outtakes…makes me happy knowing i’m not the only one that gets the majority of their shots like this πŸ™‚ not that you have time, but if you have any suggestions/tips on while balance, i’m all ears! of all the things i struggle with…that bad boy is one of them! much appreciated! xoxo

  • kelly - your pictures are always so much fun. and the one of you and your husband so SO dreamy.

  • Seamingly Sarah - 1. now i want to go out and buy a white dress
    2. love the one where firecracker is holding her little cousin’s nose!

  • giozi - Your nieces are beautifuls. Love the first picture is so romantic. This year I did 10 years too. I want to se the whole session !!!

  • Bon @ A Golden Afternoon - Such a lovely family πŸ™‚ I love the brightness of these…so peaceful.

  • RobyGiup - I LOVE the first picture, you are so lovely together. Happy (late) 10th anniversary!
    And the pictures with the sisters/cousins are wonderful, you did a great job!

  • Carmen - thanks for the giggle with the out takes. Today I’ve been trying to get a nice picture of my two littlies for their Grandma, and I didn’t manage to get even one! Will have to try again tomorrow. Thanks for keeping it real… even though your photos are still amazing!!!

  • Jenny - The picture of you and your husband is breathtaking. Are those the outfits Firecracker and your niece wore a few years back for cousin pictures? Adorable!

  • Sadee - Your anniversary photo is so magical! Can’t wait to see the rest of them. And your photos of the kiddos are wonderful as always!

  • AshleyAnn - Jenny – Yep, those are the same outfits!

  • Natalie @ TheShadyAcre - I love these! And that shot of you and Chris really makes me want to take some with my husband for our 10th!

  • mary - My gosh, these children are gorgeous, your photos are breathtaking. And the one of you and your husband? Dreamy, and with a phone? I can barely take those with my DSLR!I am about to push the big BUY button on this same lens, and this kind of seals it for me. Thanks for sharing your settings. What I do wonder, is how you get everyone in a group photo, like the 3 girls, in such sharp focus? I’m a big FAIL in that department. I always thought you had to have a smaller aperture, like an 8 to get more than one in great focus. Who do you focus on? And I assume that having them on the same plane helps, but I swear someone is always a little out of focus for me! I would love to hear your take on that!

  • Pat - Oh my gosh, the pictures are so good!! I love sibling photos and they were all precious – the “good” ones as well as the “real life” ones.

  • Hillary - Those matching outfits look familiar! πŸ™‚ love it!

  • Amie - WOW these are awesome. I, too, am fond of the outtakes. Also, thank you… like a lot… for posting your camera settings. I have never played around with ISO like that (500??) but obviously I should.

    You’re awesome!

  • able mabel - You’re so lucky that you have a husband who cooperates when it comes to taking pictures. Mine does not at all.

  • Elizabeth - Ashley, your anniversary picture is BEAUTIFUL! so so romantic!!
    and those sweet little girls…ohhhh! how sweet!! those newborn photos are priceless. what a special bond between sisters & cousins!!

  • Deb Meyers - Are you familiar with Eloise Wilkin illustrations from the 1950s 60s? The first picture of SweetPea and baby sister look straight from her books.

  • Leslie - I absolutely love love love your photos and photography style. I have a question… u normally use flash indoors? All your photos are so bright and sharp and mine don’t even come close when I use settings identical to yours. Thanks in advance!

  • AshleyAnn - Leslie – I pretty much never use a flash. We have really great light in our house (a big reason we bought it) and I try to work with what I have.