just some snapshots

Some shots from the last few days and weeks.


Welcoming the morning (ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1250) ~ reminders little ones live here (iPhone shot)9.24.13-01

Playing in our teepee (ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125 ~ ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/125)


(ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125)


Β Art class (ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160)


Composition & math (ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/125 ~ ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/250)


Learning to read (ISO 125, f/4.5, 1/125)


Always nearby (ISO 125, f/4.5, 1/125)


Happy flower and little notes (ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/160 ~ ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125)


Tuckered out (ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/100)

9.24.13-13Between teaching both SnapShops right now and teaching 4 kids…I’m tuckered out too. The best kind of tuckered out….life is full and I am thankful.

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  • danielle - Not sure how you do it! I have to keep my sessions to just a couple a month to feel like I can focus on teaching my kiddos. Beautiful shots! Love the lefty’s πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Danielle – my husband is at home right now too…so that is the only way I can do it!

  • Anna @ A Good Home - I love Firecracker’s eye in that last shot; so much beauty in that gaze. I just love your photography! Such a magical way to capture little everyday moments.

  • Valerie - Love your shots – especially the morning light one – that’s my favorite time of the day. THANK YOU so much for sharing my wall flower with everyone! I’m so flattered! Hope you love it! πŸ™‚

  • tracy - There is a reason that I read your blog daily, and your last sentence says it all. We couldn’t have more different lives probably but your take on motherhood and living amongst the busy while trying to keep some calm are exactly the daily reminder I need. So thank you so much for being real and a great reminder everyday of what kids need from their mother. Your blog makes me a better person and for that I am grateful. <3

  • Helen - These moments are so beautifully captured. I particularly love the shallow depth of field shots πŸ™‚

  • Gwen, The Makerista - I really love when you post your settings, it helps me see if what I’m doing is anywhere close to decent. And I love seeing sweet moments of your littles too. πŸ™‚

  • Tammy Kay - Your girls are so beautiful and your boys are so handsome. Love your outlook on life and I really LOVE that flower!

  • Alisa - All my kids are leftys. Love.

  • Kammie - While looking at your blog today my 8 year old son said to me, “Look at Little One! She looks so different! I think she is so pretty. I am so happy she has a family. ” All these times I’ve looked at your blog or mentioned it to my husband I never thought he was paying any attention. Obviously I was wrong! While I was falling in love with your sweet family and your amazing story, he was too. Thank you for sharing your story with me.

  • Jess - OH!! Those first two shots make me so giddy to tame shooting into the sun!– can’t wait until you add that material Those are gorgeous captures!! Ashley, thank you so so much for teaching all us laypeople how to capture our families in a meaningful and beautiful way. I have LOVED taking your slr class!! I thought I captured our daily life, but just in this week alone for our practice homework, I’ve realized that there are so many special every day moments that happen weekly that I haven’t captured {i.e. waving to the garbage truck every Monday morning}. Thank you for sharing your gift that we may enjoy it too!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Praying for rest and quiet for you!

  • KayDee - I love the quilt Little One is sitting on! What is the story behind it?

  • Birdy and Bambi - Even “just” your snap shot pictures are wonderful!

  • Rachel B. - Great post! BTW, we use the Get Ready for the Code/Explode the Code books by Nancy Hall. Love them!

  • JDzJane - I hate to be nosey, but as a fellow homeschooling mom, I’m curious. I get that the pics you show are only a portion of your life – a snapshot if you will πŸ™‚ How do you teach all of your kiddos – keep your home so clean – have chickens and a garden(?) – teach your snapshot workshops????? How do you manage? What does your typical day look like? Do you sleep? I feel like I struggle from day to day with what God has called me to do. Do you have any suggestions or advice for me or anyone else who seems to have the same/similar issues as myself?

  • Peggy - Amazing pics! The light streaming through is fabulous! And I love that quilt! Could I see it fully?!

  • AshleyAnn - Jess – I meant to add that yesterday…but didn’t have all that I wanted to add. It will be there next Monday!

  • Rena Frey - You have such a beautiful home and family. Lovely pictures. What book is Firecracker using? I would love to get one for Simon. Thanks!

  • AshleyAnn - Rena – I am using Explode the Code with her and she loves it.

  • Nori - I love the titles to your pictures!
    I pray that you get amazing rest when you lay your head on your pillow tonight πŸ™‚

  • Carlene Danielek - Hi ….love you blog and the article on Kate Barnard! With so much happening outside the united states, over 26,000 children (below the age of 5) die of preventable diseases each day. THis is happening now and every day I look at what I have, it urges me to help others!! Well done Ashley!! On another note, what size lens did you use with these pictures! Thank You.

  • alessandra - Ciao Ashley, I love your photos, express all the love for your children and the true meaning of life. I follow you for a while ‘… really beautiful

  • james@craftsman style home builder midlothian - Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful..!! I love these snaps. This is such an appreciating work..!!