intro dslr photography {gift guide}

For the past two years I have shared my recommendations regarding current photography products. I always try to do this before Black Friday. Next week a million deals related to photography will flood your inboxes and mailboxes, hopefully this guide will help you as you search for the perfect combination for your needs.

Now here is my disclaimer…you must know I have always used Canon, so my recommendations are going to be with Canon because it is what I know.Β  There are many other great brands out there – brands I am considering as my camera is about to bite the dust. However, for this post I am going to stick with mainly Canon and Nikon. This post is intended for those just starting out in photography – not those already in the industry. I do not keep up with all the latest technology and newest camera models. I keep up with kids. I’m an the least technical person…so you will not find any technical reviews of the products in this post. Just a listing to help you find a jumping off point.

These are just my recommendations…the kind I would email a friend’s husband when he asks, “My wife wants a dslr camera, what should I get.”Β  Take it for that.


In my experience, you never know where photography will lead…so you want to get a camera you can grow with a bit. At the same time, a dslr is an investment. If you are used to using your phone or a point-and-shoot for your photography needs, a dslr will seem big and bulky…and maybe even cumbersome. It will also blow your mind at the quality of images you can capture. A day does not go by that I don’t pick up my dslr. I’d be lost without it.

So, as you begin the process to invest in a dslr, these are the steps I would recommend:

1. Set your budget

When looking at investing in a dslr, I would first set your budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it. There are lots of options and having a budget is smart financially, but it will also give you some boundaries among all the choices. If you are new to photography, I would not buy a lot of equipment early on. Get your camera. Then learn to use your camera. Once you know more about photography it will help you decide exactly what you want to add to your camera bag. Don’t invest a lot of money into equipment until you understand what that equipment does.

2. Pick your camera & lens(es)

As you look at the camera options, keep in mind other things you want to purchase like lenses. If this is your first dslr camera, I recommend getting the standard kit zoom lens that is often included. Typically it is an 18-135mm lens. I do not recommend purchasing a camera and several kit lenses, just the one. However, I do recommend that in addition to your kit lens, you purchase the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is called a prime lens, meaning you cannot ‘zoom in’ and ‘zoom out’, you have to physically move your body. The benefit of this lens comes in the aperture setting/speed. In a very basic sense, if you like really blurry backgrounds – this lens will allow you to achieve that. It will also allow you to take pictures in lower light settings without your flash. Most kit lenses do not get near the amount of blur (aka “bokeh”) or let as much light in your camera as this lens. It is about $125.00 and worth every penny.

3. Flash

There are times you just can’t capture what you want without using a flash, but the flash often leaves a less than appealing ‘flashed out’ look. I recommend using an external flash or a diffuser to diffuse the light from your pop-up flash. Personally, I would only buy a Canon or Nikon flash if you are considering really getting into flash photography. If you aren’t big on flash, I would purchase a less expensive off-brand flash.

4. Photo editing software

It is not necessary to buy additional software, but it is something you want to consider. Most computers have basic software to organize and edit photos. However, there might come a time you want something more advanced. Most people then look into Photoshop or Lightroom. They are similar but very different. In general, Photoshop is used from more in-depth photo editing. With Photoshop you can do things like switch heads, erase trees, draw thicker eyelashes, crazy stuff like that – stuff that I have no clue how to do! You can do just about anything regarding heavy photo editing and changing with Photoshop. BUT – you pretty much do it one photo at a time. With Lightroom you can do advanced editing (change things like contrast, colors, hues, grain, sharpness and tons more). Lightroom also organizes your photos and you can edit lot of photos at once. I would recommend purchasing Lightroom over Photoshop. It can do so much regarding the basics of photo editing. I own Photoshop, but only understand about 10% of what it does. Lightroom is a lot easier to learn and navigate in my opinion. Β There are so many options besides Photoshop and Lightroom, but those are the ones I am most familiar with using.

5. Learn how to use your camera beyond Auto

Take the time to learn your camera, don’t just use it like a point & shoot or your phone. It will capture great images on Auto, but only by really understanding the basics of photography will you be able to get your full investment out of your camera.

6. Protect your gear, print your photos and enjoy extras



Here are some current great starter camera bodies (under $1,000):

Canon EOS Rebel T3

Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon 60D

Nikon D5200


A good middle of the line camera body ($1,000-$2,000):

Canon 6D

Canon 7D

Canon 70D

Nikon D7100


A high end camera body ($2,000 and up):



Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Nikon D610


My basic lens recommendations:

A kit lens – most Canons come with the 18-55mm or the 18-135mm

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM – this is the lens I recommend getting in addition to the one kit lens that comes with your camera

Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.8

There are SO MANY more lens options, but I really recommend learning to use your camera before you invest in more lenses. Each lens will allow you to do different things, but you need to know what you are looking for in a lens before you make that purchase. You can buy a bunch of lenses, but not understand their benefits and you really lose out. Someone that takes landscape photos will need different lenses than a mom who takes mainly indoor kid shots. Different lenses for different folks.

A less expensive multi-purpose lens I’ve heard great things about:

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 – I don’t use this lens, but it is a good alternative to the Canon 28-70mm for a less expensive price


Additional lenses that I use:


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM– this is the lens I use 90% of the time. It gives me great aperture settings, but also works for wide angle and portraits. It is expensive.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM– my favorite portrait lens (I only recommend this for full frame cameras 5D, 6D)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM– great for low light when you need to zoom. Also great for making use of a f/2.8 setting and a zoom…that is why it is so pricey




Deluxe Pop Up Flash Bounce

Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite (a very affordable option for an off-brand external flash)

Canon Speedlite 430EX

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight


Photo Editing:

Adobe Lightroom

VSCO Presets for Lightroom

Replichrome for Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Elements (a smaller, less expensive option to Photoshop)

RadLab for Photoshop

So that is a lot of information and a lot of links. There are so many online shops that offer bundles and all kinds of promotions this time of year. Let this post just be a resource as you look through all the offers available.

**For those completely new to owning a dslr, if you were to pin me down and make me suggest a bundle….it would be the Canon 60D with a kit lens, the 50mm f/1.8, and the Neweer flash. If the 60D was too expensive, I’d trade it out for the Rebel that fits your budget.**


Learning your camera


Of course, I’ll mention my SnapShop: DSLR course. It is an online course based on learning the basics of your camera and how to go from shooting in Auto to shooting in Manual. You can learn more about the online course on the SnapShop Website.

Next course: January 5 – February 2, 2014

Registration opens: December 2, 2013 8:00am US Central (the course typically books within the first 4 hours of registration)


Protect Your Gear, Print Your Photos and Fun Extras

There are countless camera bags and protective gear on the market. I use a small camera backpack for hiking trips and camping trips. For daily use out and about town, I’ve used an Epiphanie camera bag for the last two years and it is still in great condition. It is by far the most stylish bag I own. Two years ago it doubled as a camera bag and diaper bag. No more diapers these days!

I do all my standard printing (prints, canvases, cards, gifts, etc) from I’ve used Mpix and recomended Mpix for years. They remain my favorite lab – stellar products, fast turn around time, top notch customer service. You place your order online and it is delivered to your house in just a couple days. They also have a Tap to Print phone app that makes printing from my phone super easy.


And just for fun…or for that photographer in your life….some ‘fun’ cameras & gear that would make a great surprise gift.



Go Pro Camera | Fujifilm Instax |Β Konstrucktor DIY Kit

Brinno Time Lapse, Stop Motion Video Camera | Impossible Instant Lab | Lensbaby Spark

Sony QX10 Smartphone Attachable Lens | Diana F+ Medium Format Camera |Β Tilt Shift Camera



Β Gallery Wrap Canvas | Imperial Camera Pillow | Epiphanie Camera Bag | Camera Stamp

Robert Kaufman fabric | Custom Sketchpad | Toy Camera | Vintage Camera Chart

Camera Insert Bag | Magnetic Polaroid Frames | Micheal Miller fabric | Camera Hand Strap

Thumbprint Photo Box | Mug | Mini Camera Plush | Tape Dispenser


Whew…that was a long post! Let’s end it on a super fun note….since I did a giveaway with the phone photography gift guide, I figured we needed one with this guide too!


4 winners chosen at random


1 Epiphanie Camera Bag – winner’s choice (this is the bag I use and LOVE)

1 Set of Modern Pop cards from– my favorite photo lab

1 Set of Framers by

1 spot in the January SnapShop: DSLR Course

Giveaway ends Monday, November 25, 2013 5:00pm US Central THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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  • Michele Lindhout - Woo-Hoo! Another excellent give-away!

  • Ashley - Woo Hoo! The best prize on the list would be a spot in your class!! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie - Awesome prizes!!

  • Christy p - Love the framers!

  • Kelli - I know I’m not using my dslr to its full potential so that snapshop course would be awesome! I love how you capture such great pictures of your family.

  • Dana - Thanks for the recommendations and the chance to win some awesome giveaways!

  • Gale - I have a Canon DSLR and I love everything about Canon. I would never switch to another brand.

  • Amanda - Great products! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  • stephanie - Would love to take your course – I have a DSLR and love it, but it’s so big! And I’m at the tail end of the diaper stage so too many things to carry means it gets left behind a lot. πŸ™‚

  • Megan LaBelle - What a great gift guide. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nan - Thanks for the wonderful information! Now I need a lucky lottery ticket to afford a new camera πŸ˜‰

  • sarah - I’d love to win this!!!! I would love a cute camera bag πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey - Thank you for the gift guide! And the chance to win! ????

  • Sarah - Yay for giveaways and thank you for taking the time to pass on all this great information! πŸ™‚

  • Anna - Great recommendations, thanks!

  • Fawn - What great suggestions. Thank you!

  • Stephanie B - Great info and great products. Thanks!

  • Lisa S. - Great prizes! Would love the opportunity to take your class!!

  • Annemieke - You are spoiling us Ashley!! Super excited!! Thank you so much for your recommendations πŸ™‚

  • Jen - great recommendations! I am in the market for a new dslr – mine died this week πŸ™ I would love to win any of these great giveaways!

  • Kaki - Such great ideas, thanks!

  • Jerri-Rae - I love it when you have giveaways πŸ™‚

  • Janie R - Thanks for the chance to win, and for the list of gift ideas! I see a few that are going to be added to my wish list!

  • Emily Baker - Thanks for sharing. Having my first in April and own a DSLR but helpful to read how to use it better and what additional lens and such to look into. Would LOVE the opportunity to enter your DSLR course, but any of the other prizes are great too! Your course is on my Christmas list this year πŸ™‚

  • Natalie - Ooooo…I want that DSLR course! I might even NEED it! πŸ™‚

  • Sara - My husband is trying to get me to let him buy me a DSLR this year! He’s had one for awhile, but his is too heavy for me. Loved the post and the recommendations!

  • Bre - Oh my gosh I would be so thrilled to win any of these prizes!

  • Allison H. - I have had my dslr for a little over a year and I am ready to really learn how to ise it, love this!!

  • Jamie Lewis - I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Debbie Gabura - Love how I learn so much in one blog post. Always look forward to reading and learning from you.
    Debbie G.

  • Debbie - Thank for such an informative post with links! My hubby loves photography and I’m trying to learn it. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  • ellen - Thank you so much for the recommendations! It answered a few questions I have and I will be referring back here more than once.

  • Corrine - This looks incredible! Thanks for the opportunity! I’d love to win a spot in your class.

  • Angela - What an awesome giveaway! Hope you have a Happy thanksgiving!

  • Shannon Criscola - the bags look great!

  • Marissa D - Thanks for all the great information! Just what I was looking for. Appreciate it!

  • Kelli - I would so so so love the spot in your course. It fills up do fast!

  • Julie - Oh, how I would so love to win a place in your snapshop dslr course.

    Thank you so much for this chance to win a place.


  • Agnes - Thank you so much for all the info!!!

  • Maria - Great giveaway and dslr tips! Can this girl from Europe enter the giveaway too?

  • Emily - What a fun giveaway!

  • kassondra - Omgoodness! This would mean the world to me if I was chosen! Please pick me!!!

  • Sheryl - Your blog makes me happy! Would love to win these photography goodies!

  • Claudia - Thanks for the great informative post. I got a Canon t3i last year for Christmas – I absolutely love it, but have much to learn.

  • Sarah W. - Love you giveaway and gift ideas!!!

  • erica - You have great insight!

  • Andrea Pomilla - How exciting! I am the most unwinningest person ever but it’s worth a shot right?

  • Krista - I used your recommendations when I bought my dslr earlier this year! Now I need to learn how to use it in something other than auto!

  • Sarah - I would love to win any one of those giveaway prizes…. you’re the best!

  • Jamie Chapman - Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Michelle - Thank you so much for the recommendations! I love my Canon, but feel I still have so much to learn about it.

  • andrea - Love the ideas! Now I just need to learn to use my camera!

  • Krista Wiehle - What a wonderful give-a-way!!! I have had my eye on an Epiphany bag for a while!!! And your workshop…..keeping my fingers crossed!!! πŸ™‚

  • Tara Huggard - Awesome gift guide! Looking to purchase my first DSLR real soon!

  • Jenni - Fingers crossed!!!! I have set up a little fund to save up for your course about a million times but with 4 kids something always comes up and I have to dip in the fund! Lol. So it goes! Great post and giveaway!!

  • Stephanie Berry - I am looking to buy my first DSLR camera. I never wanted one before because they were so big. But after marching band and tumbling photos being blurry, I realize I have to take the plunge. Thank you for this post. Is there a particular lens I should get to capture action shots and sometimes from a distance? My daughter doing the splits or flipping in the air kind of shots?

  • Meg - Wow. THanks for taking the time to list all this fun stuff!

  • Court - Love your blog and your photography! Would love to win!

  • Meghan Collins - Please pick me, pick me, pick me πŸ™‚

  • Alicia - Thank you for so much information! This will be helpful since my boyfriend is looking into getting a dslr soon and for Christmas gift ideas for my photographer sister ( especially those camera bags- adorable).

  • Erin - Great ideas– thanks!

  • Tonia Kemp - Thanks for the all the great recommendations and thanks for a chance to win!

  • Meg - Great giveaway. My fingers are crossed. I need a camera bag!

  • Lindsay P. - You rock Ashley!

  • Kimberly B - Thanks for all the wonderful information! Please enter me in the drawing. ????

  • Ellen Giglia - Thanks for sharing your love of photography.

  • Michelle - Love! I want to take your class so badley… Asking for it for my birthday this year … If I don’t win of course πŸ˜‰

  • Suzan - Fingers crossed.

  • Kathleen - What a great list πŸ™‚ Would love to win!!

  • Beckie - Wonderful gift guide Ashley! I may just refer folks to this post when I get that same question, lol! I admit that I am blessed to own many items on this list and wholly support your recommendations!

  • Erin - Thank you for all the great insite and help! God bless!

  • sara meyer - Thank you so much for your guidance/opinions! I am clueless.

  • stephany - THANK YOU for all of this information!
    Once I really learn to use my Nikon D60 (thanks to your snap shop) I am going to plan to upgrade to a newer Nikon for my 40th birthday in 1-1/2 years.
    What a great giveaway!

  • sarah - going to check out that fun looking tilt shift camera! thanks for posting the fun stuff!

  • Siera - This is a great give away package! I would love to take your course and get an Epiphanie bag! Thanks!

  • Emiles - Thanks for the updated information! I look to you every year to decide what we should add to our camera equipment. Now, I need one of those beautiful Ephiphanie bags to haul it around in. πŸ™‚

  • Leah B. - I would love to win any of those. Thanks for the great advice.

  • Laura - Thank you for another great givaway! I can’t recommend SnapShop enough!

  • Abigail Carpenter - What a plethora of goodies. Would be great to win.

  • Taylor - Awesome list! I shoot on a canon too and I have the 50mm fixed lens and the other one you mentioned by tamron which I really love! I am above beginner and have been shooting on manual for about 3 years but I still have soooo much to learn! I don’t even know the technical term but do you have a good lens that you use to “zoom out”? I mean when you stand in a room and the kit lens of the tamron just won’t show it all… Then some people have a lens that shows all of the room like as if you backed way up haha?? Very technical description!

  • Katie - such a great post! And a giveaway?! So great. πŸ™‚

  • Angela - Great gift ideas! I’ve had my rebel for a couple years now, and I feel like I still have so much to learn.

  • Rosie - Oh goodness, I haven’t been this excited about a giveaway in a long time. Thank you for the opportunity and for the recommendations – I’ve made camera-related purchases base on them before and haven’t been disappointed!!

  • katie - i would love to win!

  • Amy - I love, love, love that camera bag and the other prizes are wonderful too. Thanks for the chance!

  • Renee S - Ooh! I would love to take the snapshop course!!! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  • Lucy - Thanks for your tips. Now I have some ideas of what to add to my Christmas list πŸ™‚

  • kribss - My son keeps hinting that I need to upgrade my Nikon and this was a great seeing what the next step up would be.

  • Breeana - Thanks for the giveaway! I could use any of those prizes!!!

  • Ginna - What a wonderful review! I have had my DLSR for three years now and still don’t know how to use it! Or, at least get pretty pictures. πŸ™‚ I am hoping to take your class, and appreciate the change to win! πŸ™‚

  • DigitalDutchess - I so hope I win. I need a camera bag so badly!

  • Leah - Oh my gosh, this contest is even more amazing that yesterdays! I hope I win!

  • Kristin W - I have been pining for an Ephiphanie bag for SO, so so long! I have not been able to afford one but certainly could use such a stylish bag to house my Canon dSLR, because as a journalist, I’m constantly lugging a purse AND camera bag (and notebook, and pens and flash!) I’ve lost my license countless times because I will shove it into my camera bag if I don’t want to take the bag and my purse together! I would certainly love to win one! πŸ™‚ <3

  • Leah - This contest is even more amazing that yesterday, I hope I win!!

  • Jessica - Awesome list! I intend to send my husband this link.

  • Korby - Thanks Ashley……I am trying to not covet this giveaway!

  • Miranda - Would love to win, thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

  • Carmen - Fun! Thanks for the great gift guide and a chance at the giveaway.

  • Sarah D. - Thank you for this awesome guide to equipment and gifts. I want a new lens and this gives me some great ideas. Of course, I would love to take your class! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ashley - Love your blog, love your family, love this opportunity. Thank you!

  • Jenna Kaye - Wow! great info in your post. I’m going to check out that lens you recommended. Great giveaways this week!

  • Lisa - Great prizes! Thanks for the post.

  • Ashley - That bag looks so great!

  • Dina - all great ideas…love it!

  • Miranda - I would love to win! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!!!!

  • Joe - I am hoping to win for my wife!!!!

  • Sarah - I have to say my most favorite lens is my 24-70 :: so functional (though its heavy) its a great lens for portraits and weddings and home photography. ahhh love it

  • emily - I bought my T3 a couple years ago under your recommendation. Thanks for the chance!

  • Suzie - What a fantastic list of gift ideas…I want them all!

    If the giveaway is open Internationally then I’d love to put my hat in the ring!

  • ashley - Love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera! Might order this from Amazon today!

  • Kim B - Another GREAT giveaway!!
    I would love to give this to my daughter for Christmas πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - I’m one of those dslr owners that hasn’t ever gotten out of “auto” mode…I’d love to win a spot in your SnapShop course. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Leila - Thanks for the chance! I would love to win, especially the snapshop course!

  • Jen - pick me!

  • Jana Crouse - Thanks for the gift guide and great recommendations. I love photography and would love any of the prizes!

  • Jillian - Oh goodness, there are a couple Epiphanie bags I’m drooling over! I’ll have my fingers crossed that I win that prize!

  • Carrie - I desperately need a camera bag. Thank you for your recommendations!

  • tara - Thanks for all the great photo tips! Your blog is always one of my favorites.

  • STEPHANIE - I have owned a Canon Rebel for 6 years now and am still shooting on Auto. We have 3 girls with a 4th baby on the way – I would LOVE to take your DSLR course! Thanks for the great post! I will have to share it with my husband. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - I got the Canon 60D last year for Christmas (based partially off of your previous recommendation posts!) w/ the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and the Canon 50mm you recommend above and love them all! It was quite an investment since I skipped the kit lens and went for something nicer right off the bat but it’s been so worth it! Still need to sign up for the snapshot class though, I’ll send this post to my husband as a hint for Christmas!

  • Dana S. - Great prizes! Thanks!

  • Ashlynn - This would be awesome.!

  • Maria - Wow! Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Jenny Barrett - Love your website! Thank you so much for the lens recommendations, so helpful. And a give away

  • TinaP - oooh! Love the framers!

  • Stephanie B - a great giveaway!

  • Molly W - Love this post!

  • Holly F - Wow thanks for the chance to win!

  • Elizabeth W - Another giveaway? Fantastic!

  • Christy - Thanks for the post! My hubby wants a flash and I didn’t know what to get him for his camera and now I do!!!!!

  • Claire R - This is a great comprehensive round up of everything you need to get started! Thank you!

  • Stephanie Claire - Thank you so very much for the thorough and interesting guide and the lovely giveaway!!

  • Tracy - I would LOVE to win an Epiphanie bag!!!!

  • abbie - I have been reading your blog since before Firecracker was born and I never miss a day. Thank you for sharing your moments with me.

  • Deb A. - Thank you for this post, Ashley. I only wish I had read this before purchasing my dslr camera.

  • Allie - Great giveaway!

  • TLL - Great info…now to just make the jump and invest!

  • Marcie Ward - Thank you so much for providing this great comprehensive guide to buying a dslr! It had so many helpful tips, and the links were great! YOU are inspiring! πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Waldrop - Oh my goodness dream come true giveaway right there!!!

  • Amy B - Such an awesome post! I already own a DSLR (Canon Rebel T1i) but have been thinking about upgrading now that I’ve had it for several years- it can be so confusing trying to figure out what’s the best option, but you’ve done a great job at simplifying things. Thank you!

  • Allison - Love reading your blog πŸ™‚ I stop here every morning!

  • Cory - I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about photography from your blog. I’m always thankful when you share! Wonderful giveaway!!!

  • Michele - What a wonderful guide! So helpful to see your experienced recommendations. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. πŸ™‚

  • Hannah - So many great tips!! thanks for these!!

  • Sarah D. - Wow! Thanks!! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Noelle - Such a great round up of information and products! Thank you!

  • Mandy M - I just got a DSLR a couple months back and I really need your course! Would love to win this fun package!! Thanks!

  • Jenna - This is a great roundup. I’ve been wanting to upgrade cameras for a long time now and I loved seeing your suggestions!

  • Julie - Great Post! I love being inspired with new products! Awesome giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win! I could definitely benefit from the DSLR course!

  • Brandi - What great information! I grew up shooting weddings with my dad, a professional photographer, and I just love how available photography has become for everyone. I have a D7100 and love it.

  • Kelsey Dusing - Have a great thanksgiving!

  • Elise - Would love this! I have been wanting one of those fun camera bags for quite a while now πŸ™‚

  • Ellen S - I loved your post about showing love to social workers. Thank you for sharing that as well as all these great photo gift ideas!

  • Paige W - I love these tips… thank you!!!

  • Sarah W - Thanks for all of the great suggestions and another awesome giveaway!

  • Kristin - What a great giveaway! I’ve been eyeing those Epiphanie Camera Bags for a while. You’re part of my morning habit by the way.

  • michelle - Would love anyone of these gifts! Loved your post too.

  • Beth Ann - Awesome! Thanks!

  • Jenn - I was just wondering about buying a new camera so glad you posted this thanks. excited about the giveaway too.

  • Amanda C - I love MPIX as well! Great service and quality!!

  • Kelli - Great post! Really wanting a prime lens and wish I could afford a better body than the old rebel I currently use.

  • Sarah Osborn - Would love a spot in the January snapshop πŸ™‚

  • Amy Diebold - Yay! After your DSLR class I’m feeling so much more confident with my camera and am so excited to expand my inventory, great tips here!

  • jude - Oh wow. Great giveaways πŸ™‚ thanks for the chance to win one of these goodies!

  • Celia - Oh I so wish I could win this! I have been wanting to take your Snap Shop course, but as a stay at home mom (on a budget) I haven’t been able to splurge on that yet! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  • Monica - Thank you for your advices! I already have a dslr is a Nikon D60 but I still use it in auto. I need to learn more! I try changing settings but I never get a great picture. I guess I need to practice more. Maybe one day I can take your class (Hopefully I win. LOL). It will be great!. Have a great day!

  • Dena Koehn - Your opinions are much appreciated. I’ve had my Canon T3i almost 2 years and I’m slowly figuring things out. Just wish I had more time to devote to it.

  • Angie Webb - Sweet giveaway! I’d be honored to win! Thanks!

  • Jessica - Thanks for taking the time to put all of this together AND offering a giveaway.

  • Melissa M. - I would love to win the bag. I have basically taught myself how to use my dslr but the course would be awesome. I am in awe of the wonderful pictures you capture of your family and would love to do the same thing.

  • Tracy - Oh, how I would love to learn to use my hand-me-down dslr in manual mode, it just might be the time for me to do something for me and take a course, test the amazing skills in Jan when we go to hawaii to visit my brother… :))

  • Sharon Traywick - Thank you for all the great shopping tips and for hosting the giveaway!

  • windie d - this is a great guide! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Katie - A spot in your DSLR course has been on my wishlist for a long time!

  • Jessica - I’m just starting out in photography – more as a hobby – and this post was super helpful! I’d LOVE to win any of this!

  • Stacey - I would love the opportunity to take your class! Thank you and I love your blog!

  • Andrea - Awesome post!! Thanks for all the tips!!!

  • Mel - great post! thanks for the chance at the giveaway

  • Brenda - I would love any of these prizes!

  • ssymens - Oh what fun things to win! Thank you!

  • Madi Hugie - I am just going to email a link to your blog to my husband! I have a dslr and am loving it but would love a few new lenses or a snazzy camera bag! Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • Megan - Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Kim - Great information and seriously awesome giveaway! Pick me πŸ™‚

  • Megan - Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • Sarah Daggett - All of these are great but I would really love a spot in your snap shot course!

  • Kim - I really appreciate your insight on photo equipment. I got a 50mm lens at your suggestion some time ago, and it is my all time go to lens!

  • Katie - Great gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristi - Great recommendations–I’m a professional photographer and I use a Nikon D3s for work, but got a Nikon D7000 for my diaper bag. I just ordered the Pop Up Flash Bounce to go with the D7000–the graininess of the high ISO’s on that camera drive me crazy compared to my D3s and sometimes a 1.8 aperture isn’t enough in low light. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy L. - Great recommendations. There is just so much to learn.

  • ria - Ooo ooo pick me, pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Leah W - I really appreciate the tips. I just purchased a Rebel T3i based on last years version of this post!

  • Channing - I am so excited to see you tonight at the Gathering. I am a HUGE Fan. LIke CELEB STATUS!

  • amanda - Such a cool giveaway!

  • Melissa - great giveaway! thanks πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth - Really informative and helpful post! Thank you for taking the time to lay it all out.

  • Peg Powell - Some more great info and wonderful giveaways. Thanks

  • Laura M. - Even though I’ve had a DSLR/lenses for several years, I love reading your recommendations when you post them. Currently I’m saving my pennies for the 24-70mm/f 2.8 lens! πŸ™‚

  • Debbie C - Awesome post and fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  • lori - am totally sending this over to the hubs! thanks for the giveaway! awesome prizes!

  • Danielle - What an amazing grouping of information and of prizes!!! Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone.

  • Jessica Gemeinhart - We don’t have kids yet, but we travel a lot out here in the NW. I’d love to learn to take better shots, print off some pictures, or have a stylish way to carry around the camera we have! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Karla Duell - Best win would be for your class. I will be signing up regardless but a win would be SOOO much better. Thanks for all the pic advice.

  • Meghan - Again, thank you! This has so many helpful suggestions- I’m excited to look through the links.

  • Lori - Great tips, and I love all the fun featured products. And I loooooove the chance o win some cool stuff! (my fingers are extra crossed for snapshot!)

  • Jenny - What a great post with tons of information! Thanks for taking the time to do that. I cannot wait to have time to look into some of these links.
    And OH MY! I would love to win any of these awesome prizes! πŸ™‚

  • Grace - Just got a DSLR camera and would love to learn more about how to use it in your course!

  • Liz - Thank you for your suggestions! I am in the market for a DSLR of my own (I currently borrow from my parents) so this came at a perfect time. I’d love to attend your workshop!

  • Rachel B. - Wow I would love love love to win that bag! I’ve been searching for a good camera bag to take with me when I study abroad in Australia next spring! Good luck to all!

  • Kathi J - I love your suggestions. You’re so kind to share this information with us, and the giveaway is beyong generous! Thank you!

  • Kammie Bryant - Yay for giveaways! Great prizes!!!!

  • melissa salmon - I hope I win, thanks!!

  • cindy - No Joke, I put your DSLR Snap Shop course on my Christmas list! These other “prizes” look so fun too!

  • Jolene Paulson - OOOOH! I love all of your suggestions and would be super excited if I won!


  • Snow Lynn - Awesome gift ideas Ashley! Such a fun giveaway too! I’d love to give the snapshot course spot to my sister in law who loves taking photos of her kids and is just learning to shoot in manual, and an Epiphanie bag?? Well.. you know we all love those!

  • Andrea - Awesome giveaway! I would love to win!!

  • Jennifer Smith - Such a phenomenal prize! I have a Canon Rebel T1i and would love it use it more effectively to capture our memories as a family.

  • Sarah Matthews - I’ve taken your course and it was SO INCREDIBLY helpful to me in my photography. Thanks for the great post and so many wonderful suggestions!

  • Kient Girl - I would LOVE to take your class! And the Epiphanie bags…sigh…so beautiful!

  • Lauren - I so need to learn how to shoot without the auto settings! Your class would be great!

  • Helen D - Great tips! I’m seriously thinking about getting the 50mm lens – new baby due in a month, those pics would be beautiful! (well, hopefully!)

  • Shannon Wheeler - Your blog has inspired me to become an amateur photographer of my family only, trying to “capture” our days. I’ve used your previous guides to pick a camera, a couple of lenses, and I’ve learned how to shoot in manual and try to do that most of the time. I’m still not great, but can tell a big difference in my pictures from when I would shoot only in auto. I would love love love to attend your DSLR course!

  • Jen - Another GREAT post with many things to add to my wishlist–thanks again for such wonderful information and suggestions.

    Of course, I hope to win, but I’m also super happy to just read and dream.


  • Holly Reid - What an awesome giveaway! One of my goals for 2014 is to really figure out how to use my camera, so any of these prizes would be an excellent win!

  • Linda - I appreciate your camera guide and was looking forward to it this year. Thanks for sharing your insight. I LOVE your photos!

  • Alice H - Oh my goodness! You are being so generous with your giveaways!! Thanks!!

  • erin - I love all your suggestions. I have been dreaming of upgrading my DSLR for a while now. Now to get Santa on board:)

  • Ashley H. - Fantastic giveaway! Love your blog!!!

  • Shannon Fox - Great list. Camera equipment is so expensive. It’s scary to take the leap and make the purchase. I’m truly relieved to know that the equipment I’ve gotten so far would meet with your approval. Now if I could just learn to use it without using Auto as a crutch. Snapshop here I come!

  • Andrea - I can’t thank you enough for such an informative post! A new camera is at the top of my wish list, and I’m forwarding this post to my husband.

  • Caylin Blankenship - Great advise! Thanks!

  • Tina - What a giveaway! It would be all I want for Christmas! P.s. Enter to win $50 to TINY PRINTS & free shipping on my little ol’ blog:

  • Lauren - I am getting my first dslr for Christmas! Thanks for all your recommendations! I hope to take your snapshot course next year.

  • Elizabeth - I love this post! Thanks for all of the fun links!

  • Mary Grace Garrett - I would love to win!!!

  • Carrie - With your suggestions in mind, a couple of years ago, my husband gifted me with a Canon Rebel and a couple extra lenses. Then I was blessed to take the SnapShop course. While I still have a ton to learn, I have noticed huge differences from my old point and shoot days. With three little ones to capture, I am so thankful for the thousands of photos I have now taken – and enjoyed taking! Thanks!

  • angie - what a fun giveaway… I recently got a new camera but only shoot in auto… my goal is to get more and more comfortable with the manual settings so that I can use it to it’s fullest potential… this was a great post with some valuable information… thanks for sharing and for the chance… your photos are always so lovely!

  • Emmy A - This is really great info. Plus a fun giveaway!

  • Melissa - I really need a new camera. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Vicki - Ashley–thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this blog post–it is a treasure trove of information for us! I am so glad to see you recommend the same 50 mm lens my photography teacher did. I am definitely putting it on my Christmas list. Thanks for the opportunity to win these awesome prizes!

  • Diane - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the camera bag! Didn’t know such stylish ones were out there. Great giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Kelly Herzberg - Love the camera bag!! I’ve been using Mpix ever since my 1st class with you! Love being able to take pics of my family and have them all over the house thanks to you!!

  • Lisa K - Thank you for your blog. Your inspire me to be the best person I can be πŸ™‚

  • Kathi S - Always such fantastic info that is easy to understand! I would love to win one of your giveaway items!

  • Cherron - I love that you put so much thought into these guides. They are so fun to read and are so helpful to those searching.

  • Maribeth - I loved your snapshots course! Great post- I get asked the camera question all the time!

  • Ashley A - Whoohoo for giveaways!

  • Erika - Love this post! I’m often asked what people should buy and I only have personal knowledge. I’m going to start directing people to your post since it’s a lot more detailed. I’m about to get a new camera (my first Rebel is about 10 years old) and I’m happy to say that what I told my husband to get me was pretty much what you said. Oh, and I also love my nifty fifty lens!

  • Tara - Very helpful post for purchasing my first DSLR – now I just need to learn how to use it!

  • Bethany - Thanks for all the info! And yay for giveaways!

  • Elizabeth T. - Wow! I have been looking for a camera for a while. And I don’t know if it is worth the investment because having a smartphone camera is pretty nice too. But I think I may have been swayed. Especially with Black Friday coming up! I like the Canon EOS Rebel T3, partly because of the price and because I am a super beginner! Hopefully, I can snag a good deal! Again, thanks for this helpful information, Ashley Ann!

  • Bernadette - Oooh, oooh, oooh, pick me, pick me (hand raised high in the air). I discovered your site a couple months ago from Fresh Picked Whimsey’s fave blogs and fell in love with your blog too. Keep up the great work.

  • Ashley Elrod - Awesome tips, think I found a lens to add to my Christmas list

  • Karla Zimmerman - Yay! A giveaway!

  • Arlene - Ashley, though we probably will never meet during our journeys on earth, I want you to know that you are a continual encouragement to me. You cheer me up, challenge me, make me laugh and cry, and give me some great craft ideas! Thanks for sharing you life!

  • Heather - I just asked my husband for a Epiphanie bag for Christmas. Okay, it was more like a beg. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. I love your recommendations too!

  • Elizabeth @ hobbylobbyist - What a great giveaway!

  • Charity G. - Now to show this to my husband. Thanks for reposting and updating this info every year. Also, thanks for the chance to win.

  • Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots - What an informative post- I have an Olympus DLSR that I got as a gift years ok, it’s ok but doesn’t perform anywhere near as well in some situations as my friends canon. I’d love to upgrade once I can save up the money.


  • Tara Caracciolo - Thank you so much for your recommendations. It helps so much. I am hoping to get a dslr camera for Christmas….now to win the prize of attending your class πŸ˜‰

  • Amy - i have an awesome Nikon dSLR…that I haven’t used on my new little girl…my son has lots and lots and lots of “fancy” photos. I need to get it back out and start taking pictures again. I especially love the epiphany bag…and the SnapShot course…oh who am I kidding?! I love it all πŸ™‚

  • Katie A - woo hoo!

  • Kate - What a great giveaway :))

  • Melissa U - Merry Christmas to me…if I win I will have more than I could ever want!!

  • Whitney - What a great guide! Thanks for some great info!

  • Lindsey - Thanks for this guide! Wondering what kind of video camera you use??

  • tracey o - Oh please pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Heather Prins - thank you for the amazing giveaways!!

  • Caroline R - Super fabulous giveaway- got my fingers and toes crossed! Thanks Ashley!

  • Helen - Love this giveaway!!

  • Sharon C - I would roll over and die if I won a spot in you dslr class!

  • Christina - Thank you for this! This is so incredibly helpful! :o)

  • cara schmitt - Fingers crossed again!

  • Nicoline - Yes please!!!

  • allie - myChristmaslistjustgrewexponentially!

  • Brianna - This would be so great!

  • Mamabirdy - Loved the review! I love all the prizes, the bag especially has my eye! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tiffany H - HOORAY!!! I love your photos and this is inspiring for me to take some steps to learn photo! Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Kate - What a fabulous gift guide and giveaway!

  • Missy - Oh my goodness! I would love to win any of these prizes! Great giveaway!!

  • Stephanie - Always feel a bit daunted when it comes to navigating the DSLR world! Thanks for simplifying it for us!

  • Kira - I copied this list and sent it to my husband for my christmas list! So many fun things!! πŸ™‚

  • Mara Wolff - Oh man, I’ve had my eye on that camera bag! So glad to know you love it!

  • Barbara c - I always love your giveaways!

  • Caroline - Oooh love this list and the pics of your little one in pig tails! Too cute!

  • Cassandra - Wow awesome giveaway…Thanks!!

  • Kelly - Love this guide!! Thanks so much for all of the recommendations! Lots of fun stuff and great info on the cameras and lenses.

  • Steph - My camera bag is such a mess! I would love that gorgeous bag. I used your recommendations in the past to purchase my DSLR almost two years ago and I absolutely love it! Best investment I’ve ever made, thank you for the help!

  • Bekah Moser - I appreciated these recommendations so much!

  • Sarah - Yay! Awesome giveaway!

  • Jessica - i would LOVE that camera bag! think i’ll ask santa for one!

  • Jenna Wieringa - Great give away…super great stuff. I really enjoy reading your blog and getting inspired. Thanks.

  • Truong - Oh! I would love to win this prize as I have been doing my christmas shopping and would love to give the snapshot course to my sister! She has been wanting to take it forever and it’s a bit outside my budget. Thank you for the informative post -and as always, you’re the first “blog-friend” I visit each day!

  • Vanessa Campos - Hi! I am really happy that I found your blog! You are a great photographer and truly an inspiration for me that I am beginner. Love your work!

  • Angi - This is great info. My hubby bought me a DSLR when our son was born–that’s now been 3.5 years ago (!!)–and sadly I’ve barely touched it.

  • Liz - Oh I’d love to win this! I have a dslr that a friend gave to me & a 50 mm lense but I seriously can’t get the hang of it! I’d love to take your course and really tackle shooting in manual and less with my phone!

  • Erin - Thanks so much, Ashley!

  • Jen O. - I would LOVE a bag!!! πŸ™‚

  • Bri Schaaf - Love Love Love all the suggestions! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  • Kimberly @ Turning It Home - You inspire me to learn manual on my dslr. I’m slowly getting there, I even took some decent low-light pictures the other day. You would think I would know more after owning a 35mm film camera all throughout high school. I also owned a Diana and love love loved it. It made me smiling seeing it in this post, such a fun camera!

  • Shalihe - Thanks for the guide. And thanks for the giveaway!

  • Debbie - Thank you for the great info!

  • Brady Wilhelm - Thank you, thank you, THANK you for this post! Just bought a Nikon DSLR and needed a few lens tips, so I SO appreciate this! Would love the chance to take your DSLR class! PS. You have the cutest little models ever.

  • Kayla - This is such a helpful post. Thanks!

  • Sarah Marie - As a newer photographer, I would love to win any of the items. I’ve been reading your blog for the past 2 years. Love it!

  • kristen - This is exactly what I need to get started. Thanks!

  • Alecia - Thanks for the giveaway! Love the camera bag – may have to put that on my Christmas wish list.

  • marie - Thanks for all the great information…perfect timing too!
    Thanks for the chance at the awesome giveaway. I sure would love to win the Snapshop course!!

  • Natalie - This would be a dream to win!! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Hailey - You’re advice is so helpful!

  • Tonpia - In this season of giving, I can think of nothing better to give myself than a chance to win this (it’s ok to be a tad selfish, right?!). This is great. Thanks.

  • Heike - I love all the fun little instant cameras – def on my Christmas list!

  • Janelle - Interesting recommendations. Thanks!

  • Candis - What great prizes…. thank you so much!

  • kara - Thanks for the info! I’m looking for a new flash.

  • Laura C - Great list! I need a DSLR (my old Rebel XTi won’t focus anymore).

    I would also add this to the list of other gifts for photographer moms!

    Love kinderpacks!

  • Jessica - I would LOVE any of these prizes, but really want to take your dslr course!

  • Vanessa - pick me! pick me! so many great prizes!

  • Christina S. - I love the ephiphanie bag! Thanks for another great post!

  • Tina - Love your work!

  • Eileen - Awesome!! Thank you for sharing. I love your blog

  • Lisa - Wow, I am so excited about this giveaway! Thanks for the camera advice! πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Great post! I’ve been wondering about photo editing software so thanks for the tips!

  • Jenny - Thanks for the great post! Whenever folks ask me for camera advice I always rec the nifty fifty! Best $100 you can spend on camera gear… I used it exclusively with my nikon for almost 2 years and I saw tremendous growth in my work. Best wishes & thanks for all you share.

  • Jenny McDaniel - Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway! Hope I win!!

  • Libby - Great recommendations! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  • Kristen - I just took your phone course and loved it. I really want to take the DSLR course so i will mark my calendar for Dec 2nd. I love all the fun things in your give away and that pic of Little One is gorgeous. You make it all look so fun and easy! Thanks for sharing.

  • Tiffani Pettit - I’d love any of these, but especially the camera bag!

  • Tania - Great recommendations! I am really hoping to get a wide angle lens this year! And I would love a new camera bag! πŸ™‚

  • Jody Carr - Wish I had read this post when we bought mine, and I still can’t shoot in manual…:-( really need to take your class!

  • Gabe - Thanks for the great info!

    Love your blog…have followed forever and never commented…I have 5 kids too…they were all born with 10 years of each other, so I love looking at your photos and remembering those crazy, wonderful days!…they are all teens/tweens now except my baby who just turned 7.

  • Christin S. - Thank you for all the great suggestions!!!

  • Thuy - Thanks for sharing! This is a great giveaway!

  • Katie - You’re on a roll with these fun giveaways! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Ginny Hornsby - What a great post! Thanks for your thoughts. I would love to win a spot in your class!

  • bonnie pilcher - I wanna win!!! Thanks for sharing all of your useful information and talent. I’ve followed for 3 years and I just love you!

  • Emily F - Thank you for the pointers! What a fun giveaway too!

  • Bekah Decker - Your tips are always so helpful! πŸ™‚

  • Courtney - Wow. Thank you for taking the time to put all this info together! I’d love to take one of your classes.

  • Michelle - I’m receiving a dslr camera, probably a Nikon, for Christmas. I would love to learn how to take great photographs with it.

  • Kesha Evans - This is awesome — keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Bailee Allred - As a soon to be college graduate, i’ll finally have more free time to learn the ins and outs of photography. I’m asking Santa for a Canon EOS Rebel 3T (thanks to your most informative posts!) and am ready to jumpstart my knowledge of photography! As often as i’ve tried to get out there and capture images and events, I’ve realized it sure doesn’t come natural and I’m in some serious need of training! I’d love to win a spot in your DSLR or Iphone SnapShops! Help a poor college gal out πŸ˜‰

  • Caitlin E - Loved your snapshop. I use my DSLR almost every day now, and almost always on manual!!

  • Brenna - OH how I would love to win any of these prizes!!! (But I’m dying to get a spot in your Snap Shot workshop.)

  • Kyle Micciche - This is my first visit to your website and I’m thrilled that I found it. I’m a professional organizer and take pictures of projects for my portfolio. Needless to say my pictures are horrible. Sometimes I don’t share them because they are so bad. I’m hoping to learn a thing or two from your experience and feel confident about my photographs.

  • Julie H. - I love reading your blog and would be thrilled to win a spot in one of your SnapShop courses!

  • Sarah - Am such a fan of your photog-ing and these prizes! xo

  • Lynne - Oh count me in again! Though I do live in N.Ireland – can I still enter? Happy to cover postage if I am ‘luckly’ enough to get picked πŸ™‚

  • MarLeah Cole - I would love so much take your workshop! I love the gift idea posts you have made recently!

  • Kala Hanson - Awesome giveaways! Love your blog! πŸ™‚

  • Maegan C - Your photography is an inspiration, thanks for sharing!

  • Cheri Smith - Great information and giveaway! Thank you!

  • Kelly - Fantastic giveaways for the holiday season!!

  • babs - thank you for the chance to take your course.i really need to learn more about my camera.

  • shannon - I would love to get some of my pics printed so winning the origrami prints would be awesome ! (: thanks for the opportunity!

  • Julie B - Great suggestions! I feel like I really need a class in photo editing. I have no idea what to do!

  • Kristi Rediske - I am so excited about this giveaway- I sure wish I could win something in this, great stuff. Thanks to you for taking time to show us your pictures, tell us your settings and just helping everyone in computer land. I don’t have a blog because I am not that computer savvy but I love reading blogs! I have taken your class but if I win it, I will either take it again as a refresher or I will just give it to someone that I know will enjoy it and use it.

  • Christen Thruston - Thanks for the advice and the chance to win!

  • jodi @ back40life - I need to check out the Epiphanie bags…throwing my camera into my regular purse isn’t the best idea! thanks!!

  • Laura - I would LOVE the photography course! or any of these things really πŸ˜‰

  • Kristine - Second giveaway day?! Woohoo! Thanks for all the helpful information too!

  • Samantha Whitefeather - Thank you so much, what a great guide!

  • Melanie - OMGoodness… GRACIOUS… I would so get my ugly cry non to win any these goodies! Thanks for being so darn amazing!! xx Good luck ya’l1!

  • Emily - I love your blog. Truly one of the only ones I read on a regular basis.

  • Staci - I would love to win!

  • Sara - Great post and a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jen Muntean - I just purchased my first DSLR camera this summer (nikon d5200). I am still using “auto” for all of my photo taking. Maybe I need a class like yours! Also I am rocking a pretty ugly, utilitarian camera bag. I just discovered the bags you are featuring… They are so lovely! Maybe Santa will bring me one πŸ˜‰

  • Emilie - I just got my first DSLR and am loving it!!

  • Heather Hall - Great list!! I need a lot of things on it!!!

  • Jana Anderson - Thanks so much for all of your tips! I just bought my first DSLR a few months ago and I am still trying to learn how to use it! :)Eventually I will be able to take gorgeous pictures like you! My husband and I are also in the process of adopting from Hungary! Your stories have been a great encouragement to us! You can read more about our journey thus far at

  • mia - Need a Epiphanie bag asap! These are so cute!

  • Lindsay P - oooh i need some photo help! i marvel at pretty pictures but just don’t know how to do them. thanks for the give away. πŸ™‚

  • Bethany Nixon - Great advice!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Meredith Gednaldke - Thank you for this. I just got done with your class and now I want a real camera. I had no idea what would be a good starter and I am glad you have mentioned a few different ones with different prices. Thank you!!

  • Becky M - I’m mostly hoping for a spot in your class. Thanks for the post!

  • Ann Thornton - I have DSLR and I’ve only ever used it on automatic…this post inspired me to change my ways:) I’d love to win your course but all the prizes are fabulous!

  • Jessica Erbe - All are such awesome prizes! To win any would be exciting!

  • Lindsay - Love this guide!!

  • Jessica R - I read every word, but my favorite part of this post was the set of ADORABLE pictures of LO at the top. That face just melts my heart!

  • Amanda Malone - Just yesterday I was asked by two different people what kind of camera they should get! I’ll be sure to send both a link to this post πŸ™‚ Great info!

  • blair - what a wonderful guide … AND giveaway to get started! yes, please.

  • Corinne L. - Thank you for this post. I would love to get a spot in your snapshop course!

  • Jen - Another great giveaway! Thanks Ashley!

  • Debbie Jelier - such an awesome list of ideas!! I love the Fujifilm instant camera. I am going to get a few things off of here:) Thanks for the chance to win as well!

  • Mary Margaret Pendleton - Thanks for such an awesome post!

  • Debbie Jelier - Thanks for the great ideas and chance to win!

  • Jentre - What a fun giveaway!

  • Addie - Wow! Great giveaway!

  • Lindsay - Thanks for all the great recommendations. I’ve got something new to add to my wish list!

  • Breanna Walrath - Yay!! Thanks for the great list!

  • April Stow - I love your gift ideas! I will be definitely hinting to the husband for the upcoming Holiday season! Thank you!

  • Lisa - All of the prizes look amazing! Thanks for the chance to enter I would love any.

  • Jessica R - Seriously a GREAT guide for buying your first dslr. I am emailing this post to my husband so when the time comes to pull the trigger on buying a dslr for our family, we’ll be well informed. Thanks for taking the time to write that all up!

  • Ingrid - what a great help! I never know where to start on these things πŸ™‚

  • ranee - what a great resource and another awesome giveaway!!

  • Kathleen DeSouza - I love your blog, and the way you capture the everyday.
    I have a friend who does ‘life style’ photography..
    and you and her have inspired me so much to just take photos of my kids.
    Espesically with something other than my phone.
    I got a camera last year and have really been learning so much from everything you post.. Thank you for sharing some basic knowledge.

    It would be an AWESOME christmas present to win and get to learn a little more from you.

  • Tiffany - Thank you for all this information on cameras and gear. Very helpful!

    And thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Jordyn Lovett - Ahhh! I am just getting into photography and would love to win ANY of these items! Great post!

  • Ami - Thank you for this. I am about to invest in my first DSLR. Your blog is the main reason I want to begin to pursue photography. Thank you for encouraging me to more intentionally look for beauty in little moments of this life.
    I was looking into the Canon T3i, based on your previous recommendation, or a friend’s used T2i. I’m curious as to why the T3 made your list, but not the T3i.
    Of course, I’m happy to throw my name in the hat for your lovely giveaway!

  • Kari - Fun giveaway!

  • Serena - What a great giveaway!

  • Kelly - Your photography is so beautiful! You are very talented!

  • Martha - Love your blog and would love to win one of the prizes.

  • Erica U - Yes!!! Thanks for all the great info! I have been wanting to add another lens to my set-up.

  • Robin - Awesome giveaway! I love all your recommendations, and love checking your blog daily.

  • Tanya - Awesome list — thanks for posting. I’m hoping to upgrade my dslr and your list is very helpful! And I’m so excited about the giveaway, I’d love to win!

  • Emma - I have been reading your blog for about three years now and have never commented or tried for one of your giveaways (I have terrible luck). Your life has become a part of my daily internet routine. It’s so strange to think of it that way, but you are such an inspiration! Your kids are absolutely gorgeous and I find myself rooting for them (and you!) to overcome all of the obstacles of growing up.

    Long story short…Under the Sycamore is fantastic and the Campbell family is beautiful!!

  • Cathy van de Casteele - I would love to win, especially a spot in your snap shot class

  • Lisa R - Love these giveaways! You are helping me so much with my wish list too, ha!

  • Pam - So happy for the chance to win! Thank you.

  • Jen F - Love this so much! Great products!

  • Sarina - Great post, thanks so much Ashley. Now I’m crossing my fingers (and toes!) that I win a spot in your SnapShop course, I’ve been eyeing it up for months!!!

  • Corey S - Yay for giveaways! I would love to learn how to use my husband’s dslr πŸ™‚

  • Katie Phillips - I would love to win ANY of those bags … OR prizes really!!

  • Valerie - Great list. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Abby - Yippee!! Thanks for the post!

  • Kelly - I love these informative posts SO much! And I would absolutely love to win such a fantastic giveaway. Thanks so much!

  • Melissa - lot all of these giveaways…you are blessing our socks off!

  • Claudia P. - I want to win! :]

  • Sarah S. - would love winning a spot in the SnapShop DSLR course!
    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  • Jami - Wonderful giveaway.

    You’re an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing your days with us.

  • Tracy - Thank you for all of the info! It’s beyond helpful!

  • Jaklyn Cato - This is an awesome giveaway! It kinda makes my heart go “pitter-patter!” πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - Such a great list! I love photography and have been eyeing the 6d for a while (to upgrade my 5d) someday… πŸ˜‰ I always enjoy your blog, I’ve been following along for a few years now. Thanks again πŸ™‚

  • Sara - I am tremendously interested in and passionate about photography. It’s a new discovery for me. Thank-you for sharing!

  • Evalina miller - Thanks for the lingo and giveaway. The flash on my camera quit working and fixing it cost a lot. I never thought bat just buying an external flash

  • Ellen - Wow! So many ideas for my “wish list” and great gift options, too! Loving the fabrics, they’re super cute. Hoping to win the lovely camera bag (or any of the other prizes)!

  • Rebekah Lewis - Great post! I follow you on Instagram and always love your pics! Thanks for sharing!

  • kimberly oyler - how sweet are you to compile all of this!

  • Larissa - The girls’ headbands are always so adorable. It doesn’t hurn that they’re wrapped around such cuteness. Very photogenic!

  • Tiffany K - I thought I HAD to have Photoshop, but I have so little time to learn it, then time to edit, puh-lease. I’m excited to research Lightroom. Thanks!!

  • Allison - Thanks! I needed a suggestion for a new camera bag (now that a diaper bag is no longer needed!). πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Mullauer - Thank you for this post!! I’ve shared this on FB so my friends that are considering making a DSLR purchase can see this. Thank you again!

  • Lea - I have fallen in love with photography since having children. The first time I was pregnant I took a photography class to learn how to use my dslr in manual mode! Best thing ever!!

  • Heidi Hicks - I always send people to your blog when they ask for my recommendations on what to buy. I appreciate your list!!

  • Melisa - Thanks for all the good info! I am new to the DSLR scene and can use all the help I can get!

  • Renata T. - I love your list — I think it is comprehensive for a person who knows a lot about cameras or for a beginner. Great list. And, great giveaway too.

  • Ivana - Love when you post these. We are in the market to replace our DSLR in a few months, so this is so helpful.

  • jenny - Such an awsome giveaway!!!

  • Jill - awesome giveaway. i have been swooning over an Epiphanie Bag for so long!

  • mary yonkman - this is so, so, so wonderful — so grateful for your willingness to share! given it’s been 3 years and i still haven’t read my manual (eek!), clearly your course is what will get me headed in the right direction (i’ve always loved school — i went to birthing class and was most thrilled there was a workbook πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Ami – There are so many versions of the Rebel, I probably could have listed them all! The T3i is a great camera too.

  • Tiffany - Awesome giveaway. I would love to win any of these things! Also a very helpful post, so thanks to you and your giveaway companies!

  • Amanda O'Malley - Awesome tips, thanks for sharing!

  • jessica G - I’d love to win a snap shop class! The way you speak is easy for me to understand! It’s like you’re real, and not a computer! lol… I probably just made myself sound really dumb…

  • Lisa - Thank you, thank you Ashley! I’ve been wondering which lens to ask for to move up from my “kit” lens. Thanks again and thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :))

  • Darla - I would love to own an Epiphanie camera bag!

  • Kathie M. - Thank you for your great suggestions. I am really hoping this will be the year I finally get my dlsr camera!! What a great guide and I love all the fun extra suggestions too, many I would love to grace my stocking. Keeping my fingers crossed for a great surprise from your giveaway!

  • Jessica - I love your blog and I would love to win! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer H - Yay! Another giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • April - Thank you for all the great info. I currently have a nikon but am ready to try a canon. Just not sure which model yet.

  • Christi S. - Great giveaway! Thanks for doing it!

  • Danyelle - Do you have a recommendation for a tripod? I have a starter level dslr and don’t necessarily think I will use a tripod often at all. but there are cases when I just cant keep my hands steady enough.

  • Rebecca Lovell - Wow! What a fabulous post, and you have awesome prizes!!! Thank you so much for the chance!!

  • Lauren - Another generous giveaway! Thanks!

  • Dara Miller - Love love love your blog and would love to win!!! xoxox

  • Crystal - Great recommendations Ashley! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Suzanne M - Would love to win one of those georgeous camera bags!

  • Jen L - Love the give-away! So needing a camera bag and love the opportunity to win one. πŸ™‚

  • Amber - Thanks for a fabulous list of recommendations!

  • nicci - Yay for fun!

  • Sarah - Thanks for everything. …. And yes i also want to learn to use my Nikon like you. Sorry my english isn’t so well. I learn with every post of you.

  • leslie moon - Love is not even close to the word! I would jump at the chance to take your class!!!

  • Yanet - Ok, I have to admit, I’m keeping my fingers crossed a little tighter in this giveaway only because I much rather win the DSLR snapshop. πŸ˜‰

  • Amber N. - Love gift guides and discovering new companies! Thanks for all the great info. I especially look forward to checking out mpix

  • B Marie - Thank you so much for all of that wonderful information! I have some of the items you listed and consider myself a “novice” photographer. I love to take pictures, especially of my 3 kiddos. Would love to win any of these items. πŸ™‚

  • alice - yay giveaways!

  • Tela - ooooh great giveaway! i’d love to win any of these (or all of them :))

  • Caro - A spot in the snapshop course would be great – so I can participate a little – far away in Europe.

  • Erin reeves - Would love this.

  • Kimberly Baker - OH! OH! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Darci - Best give-away EVER! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssssssseee!

  • Aimee Weaver - Great info! I would love to win!

  • Erika - Amazing give away – thanks for the chance to win. I ADORE your blog.

  • Katy - Oh goodness this would be such a blessing!!!

  • Aaron - Amazing – thanks!

  • Katie - Ooohhh…these are the cutest items to make photography THAT much more fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Robyn - Fun giveaway!

  • Cara Yeh - What a fun giveaway — thank you!

  • Andrea Stephen - New to your blog and was inspired to buy a DSLR!

  • Elise Jones - I would love to win this photography package! I’ve really started getting into photography and learning the details so this little package would be a great way to show my work and expand it! Pick me, please!

  • Elizabeth - This is amazing- thank you so much!

  • Debbie Karwoski - It’s amazing to realize how much non-professional photos have improved over the course of my life. (Born in 1954) All the changes in easy to use cameras & camera phones & the ability to take as many photos (digitally) as needed to get a good shot without feeling like you are wasting film or money on developing the bad ones.

  • RaD - Wow! There are a lot of comments on here! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Kelly K - great recommendations

  • Shantele - Hi from Australia, what a fantastic prize, I am inspired to take better photos just by looking at your beautiful blog. I would love to win a spot in your photography course.

  • Katie - Awesome post! Thanks for taking the time to share!

  • Emily stauffacher - Thanks for the advice-super helpful! Would love to win!

  • Veronica W - I would absolutely love to take your course!!!

  • Sarah B. - Really just excited about the giveaway, but have you seen this new photo printing thing, where you get your photos printed on wood?? We had some done – so cool!

  • jenna unruh - i want to win that bag!

  • Michelle - What a fun post! Would love to see that camera bag under the tree this year!

  • Jocelyn - Wow, what a dream it would be to win all those cool things…especially a spot in your class!

  • Kim - I fell in love with your blog because I was adopted as a child and love to see how your family grows in love. A DSLR is a dream gift for me.

  • Derika - Thanks for the tips–very helpful!

  • Amanda Wimberley - What a great blog post and giveaway! Thanks Ashley!!

  • Angela A - Looking forward to trying to enroll in your next DSLR class–or winning a spot. Just bought the Rebel T3 this month after I figured out I was compensating a lot for my point and shoot. Thanks for all the product suggestions!

  • Sara T - Thanks for the recommendations! I recently purchased the Nikon D5200. Still learning all the bells and whistles. Would love the Epiphaine camera bag to lug it around πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey Gilliam - I am DYING to take your DSLR class! We have had one for years and I have never learned how to take good photos off of auto.



  • Lauren - What a great giveaway! Thanks Ashley! You have a wonderful heart πŸ˜‰

  • Raeanne - love love love all the info!! And would love the giveaway!
    You inspire me all the time with your photography.

  • Haley Warden - WOW, thank you for all of that!!

  • Sarah - Thanks for another great giveaway and more gift ideas. This post encouraged me to pick up my dslr again and start relearning!

  • Becca Cahan - Love the gift guide! I”m hoping for a good black friday/cyber monday deal to gift myself the nikon d610 with graduation money this holiday season. crossing my fingers!!

  • Hannah C - Thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Helen - This is such a brilliant giveaway to accompany a great post.
    Your photos are always so amazing, I wish I could get photos even a tenth as good!!

  • Becky F - I love all of the gift ideas! The ‘impossible instant lab’ is intriguing.

  • karen - starting the year following a dream would be so good!

  • Jennifer - love your blog!! Read it everyday. Love taking pics of my kids and trying to learn more about photography.


  • Lori Owen - Oooo, dangerous. If I were to win the DSLR workshop I would have to go out and get myself that DSLR camera I have always wanted but could never justify πŸ™‚

  • Tracy - Thank you so much! This was very helpful.

  • Andrea Greene - Thank you so much for this post! I just upgraded from the lowest Rebel to a 70D and am so excited…and have also been wondering about Photoshop vs. Lightroom. Thank you for the very helpful post!

  • T. Hunter - Thank you for the Canon 60D with a kit lens recommendation. I know very little about DSLR cameras and appreciate all of your great advice! Also, thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Sarah - You are the most generous person with giveaways. God gave you a heart for giving. I don’t enter much but have been following you since B was a baby. Good luck to me πŸ™‚

  • Crissy - Whew. Lots of great info! Here’s to the hope of winning something great!

  • Amy - WOW – awesome give away!! LOVE photography related give aways!!!

  • Tina - Thank you!

  • Johnna Reed - Great post! I love the 50!

  • Lacey - I would love to take your DLSR class!

  • Johnna Reed - Great post! I love the 50 and my Epiphanie does diaper duty too!

  • Erin - Love the gift ideas!

  • Jenna - A DSLR is the next big purchase on my list! I would LOVE to get one and then take your course because I will be clueless when I get one πŸ™‚

  • Angela - Wow! Thanks for all the info and, of course, the fabulous giveaway!

  • Madison - I would so love to win one of those cute camera bags!! πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Thanks so much for all the recommendations/suggestions! It it so helpful as a jumping off point for more research – makes decision making just a little bit easier!

  • Crystal - Would love to win this!! I have been wanting to take your course for ages! To win would be lovely.

  • Sara - Great giveaway!

  • Bethany - Thank you for all the great advice and suggestions! I really need to learn more about my dslr. You definitely are one of the people who inspires me to take better photos!

  • Alison Oertle - At long last, I am getting a dslr camera this year for Christmas. I cannot wait to get started and learn all that I can. I would love to take one of your snapshop classes one of these days. This is a fantastic giveaway πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Brianna - Thank you for all the great advice! Would love to win!

  • Monique - You have the best giveaways. One of these days I really hope it’s me πŸ™‚

  • Mary - Lots of great information [again] – Thanks a bunch!! Any one of your prizes would be awesome to win.

  • Jennifer Marie - I’ve been drooling over the epiphanie bags for ages. But a chance to do Snap Shot would be incredible. I know how to use my camera but feel intimidated by non-auto settings.

  • Allison - great post!! Would love to win one of these fabulous prizes!

  • Aly - Thanks for all the info and the chance to win a great giveaway!

  • Jayme Mitchell - I would love to have a spot in your DSLR class! And the goodies would be fun too!

  • sammi jo - oh thank you for this list!
    as a lost dslr user this would have been an awesome thing to have when i bought my camera! && i will totally be considering signing up for your dslr course… i could super use the help!

  • Brittany - Exciting giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Jenny - Oh, I would love to be in the Snap Shop!

  • Andrea - Thanks for the recommendations, and the opportunity to win great stuff!

  • Hili - You are a constant source of inspiration and proportion in life . Don’t know what I would do if you you ever get tired and decide to retire (: , this blog is by itself the greatest giveaway

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - *crosses fingers* C’mooooon SnapShop course!

  • Rachel S - Love all your recommendations and neat gift ideas at the end. I have camera bag on my Christmas wish list, so I would be thrilled with that one! And I could so use your class! πŸ™‚

  • Sam - I love my dslr! Thanks for mentioning Lightroom– I just downloaded the free trial and love playing around with it!

  • Amy - Great ideas! Would love to win!

  • Delaney - Thanks for the giveaway! I love these tips. I’m trying to figure out which lens to get for my nikon, thanks for the suggestions.

  • Alisa W. - Amazing giveaway! I can only hope I could be so lucky πŸ™‚

  • Allison - Thanks for all the great info! All the prizes are awesome, but I would LOVE to win the spot in the Snap Shop!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Sam F - Another great post of gift ideas!!

  • Mandy Jones - I have been dreaming of the day I can afford an epiphanie camera bag. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their beautiful designs and functionality. My fingers are crossed! Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Erin - This is so helpful!

  • Amanda J. - Thank you for these fabulous suggestions and for the opportunity to win one of these prizes. Hoping to be a lucky winner!

  • Caitlin Weaver - Such an amazing giveaway and great suggestions, thank you!!

  • Tammy Henderson - What a great post. Thanks for all the camera info. I am wondering if the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II would be a good lens to capture pictures of my custom cakes. I don’t have the greatest lighting in my house and am having quite a time getting nice photos. Of course, it could be user error. :o)

  • Torey - Would LOVE to win a spot in your class as I still don’t know how to use my camera.

  • Erin M - Great post! Been wondering about lightroom, that helps a bunch!

  • Jennifer Rutledge - You’re awesome. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Kate - This is great advice – I am in the market for a new canon zoom lens. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Bekah - Pick me! Pick me!

  • stephanie smith - id love to win the snapshop course! i love your guides. so simple in the best way!

  • Rachael - Great ideas! Would love to take the class!

  • Kate Meixner - Awesome giveaway. Snap Shop would be so good for me. Still need to learn to use my DSLR… Thanks so much!

  • Leigh - My wishlist is getting longer thanks to you.

  • Heidi - I love reading your blog and seeing your photos! I have been wanting an epiphanie bag!

  • Jennie S. - Loving the giveaways this week!

  • Allison - I need a camera bag! πŸ™‚

  • Abigail VanHeel - Thank you for the post!!! A dslr is on my wish list πŸ™‚

  • Sandy - Thanks for this great opportunity to learn something new!!!

  • beth - Oh, goodness! I just got a Canon Rebel t3i this year and I LOVE it. I’ve learned a lot from you and excited about learning more. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  • Mindy - Great recommendations! One of my new year resolutions will be to take more pics of my kiddos!

  • Marie Mueller - I just got my first dslr used from a friend! I’ve been learning a little bit here & there about shooting in manual… this class would be amazing to win! thanks for the chance!

  • Stoich91 - Thanks for great post and a great giveaway!

  • Brooke - I really need a great camera bag and your DSLR course….also if you could give-away some additional time each day I would love that. Thanks so much for such a generous gift!

  • Nicole L. - I love seeing camera products that are fun, functional, and cute too!

  • Kate - Nothing inspired me more to get to know my camera better than having a child. These times and emotions are so precious that I want to preserve them forever. I would love to win any of your fab prizes!

  • Melissa - I’ve been wanting a DSLR for the longest time. Thanks for all the advice AND thanks for an amazing giveaway!

  • tatoes - This is a great post! I’ve had my dslr for so long and I’m finally taking it around more often. Your recommendations of additional lenses, software and flash are really helpful.

  • Lindsay - I love your blog and your photos! I’ve been contemplating a dslr so I appreciate getting your view. Thanks!

  • Erica - What a great camera review! Thank you so much. I have been thinking about getting a camera, and you wrote down such good information to consider. Thank you!

  • Sierra - Your site inspires me to be a better photographer, and a better mother. Thank you for the little glimpses of joy you share.

  • Mindy - Thank you for posting this!! So helpful and wonderful things to dream about!!

  • Jenni Watson - Amazing items, as usual.

  • Patti - I love your blog! Can’t wait to take a class!

  • Kristina - I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

  • Melissa B - Thanks for all your recommendations. You are my photography idol!

  • Valeri Smith - I love my Canon too! I have the T3i. I love all of your photo tips and tricks! I look forward to your blog every day! Do you use a Macro lens at all? What would you recommend, if so?

  • Angela P. - Please let me win the snapshop class.. Please let me win the snapshop class.Please let me win the snapshop class.!!!

  • Tara - I love, and need all of it!!!

  • Melissa S. - Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Ashley!

  • Alison - Fantastic give-a-ways!! Photography is my love, would be grateful for any prize! Thank you!!

  • Niomi - I shoot with a Canon too but have been curious about Nikon as well. I used a 30D for years…upgraded to explore HD video on the newer Canon models.

  • Cara - I would love, love, love a new camera bag! Though any of these prizes would be amazing, too! Love your blog!

  • Katie J. - Great info!

  • Helen Bird - Thank you for a great guide, except my letter to Santa just got a lot longer!

  • Bridget - I never knew there were smaller bags for dslr cameras! Thank you for sharing. I am heading out to shop (and hoping to win).

  • teresa bullard - The post on dslr’s was superb! You are extremely talented, a cool mom and wife and are so super creative! I love your blog!! Teresa in Illinois

  • Morgan S - Wahoo! Happy Holidays and good luck to all πŸ™‚

  • Christina T. - Oh I’d just be tickled pink to win any of the lovely giveaways! Thanks for the gift post!!!

  • nicole - thanks for all the great ideas and amazing giveaways!

  • Katherine - i’ve never won anything before. i hope this will be a first!! thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  • Beth g - All are fantastic prizes!!! Thank you!

  • Lisa - I’ve been wanting to take your Snap Shots course but haven’t found the time or money! But I do really love that camera bag too! So fun!

  • misti d. - you are so sweet to do this post. so much info for my brain πŸ˜‰
    hope I’m lucky!

  • Shelly - Awesome giveaway!!! I really need to just learn to use my camera better (and more often lol)

  • Candy - What a great giveaway! Happiest Thanksgiving wishes to your family!: )

  • Olya - Wow this was so helpful!!

  • sara stoff - I would LOVE a spot in your next snap shots class for christmas. I think i shall put it on my list.

  • Greta B - What a great giveaway! Thanks so much!

  • Jessica B - Such a great giveaway! Love the wonderful gift ideas.

  • Jenny - Ooh, I would so love a spot in your class!

  • Katie Meg - I took your Snapshots course a year ago and it was wonderful! Just what I needed- I mostly shoot in manual mode now- thank you, thank you! I also purchased a 50mm lens which has made a world of difference!:) Would love to win this fun stuff.

  • Tessa - Wow, great post! That is a lot of wonderful information! I’ll definitely be referring back to this post. And a giveaway to boot! πŸ™‚

  • Amy O. - Great gift guides – thanks! I’m going to have to send this on to my brother who is looking to get a camera for his fiance’ this year.

  • Leah Harms - Ooh I love these gift ideas too!

  • lindsey g - this is so informative, and such a great giveaway! thank you! πŸ˜‰

  • Molly - Wow, love the gift ideas and what a great giveaway!

  • Becky McArthur - πŸ™‚

  • Brooke - Mmmmm…. everything here looks fabulous!

  • Andrea - I’ll just share this on Facebook & tag my husband. lol Thank you!

  • Angie - Do you have any recommendations for polaroid cameras?
    Thanks for all the info you poured into this post!

  • Leah - Great giveaways! Love the epiphanie bag!

  • Karissa - Great suggestions, especially for someone like me who is looking to up my picture quality! And that bag is amazing!

  • Anna Marie - Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Ashley - I have a new camera bag on my Christmas list! I would love to win!

  • Kay - This is a great post with lots of extremely helpful info. Thanks!

  • Katy - Great recommendations. I keep eying another lens when I see the suggestions from people whose photography I admire.

  • Jess - Perfect guide!! I’ve been saving up all my moola for a Nikon 610 after finishing our snapshop course in October!!

  • Amy Smith - I would love that bag!!! Great prizes-thanks!

  • Ashley Dyas - Thanks for the post I have the canon rebel and am still trying to figure it all out a year later. I would love to win a spot in your class!

  • Lynne Malan - You are busy Ash!!! wow!! beautiful things…must send this list to my husband for some ideas.. love them xx

  • Jenny Vogel - Love reading your blog- your photos are always beautiful! And definitely adding an Epiphanie bag to my Christmas list!

  • Melissa - I am loving the prizes in this giveaway and thank you for the great gift ideas in this post!

  • Joe - πŸ™‚

  • Maggie Crider - I read your blog everyday (if there isn’t a new post, I just re-read the old stuff) You live a life I admire, centered on Christ, and lived to the full, He increases and perfects our personalities and gifts, i love that you show that. Thanks for your witness.

  • Deanna - Pick me!

  • Ellen R - I love this post! With an awesome giveaway to boot!! What I need is a course on how to use Photoshop!

  • Britney D - I LoVe The Accessories. No IdeA Why My Phone IS Capitalizing Everything!

  • Lyndsey - I high recommend Ashley’s DSL SnapShot class! It tought me so much about using my camera and I am reeping the benfits today because of it! Thanks Ashley!

  • Lisa - LOVE the camera bag!

  • Nichole Anderson - I asked for a camera for Christmas and I am very excited! I really want to be able to take pictures for my friends and family who cannot afford them!!

  • Erica - Wonderful recommendations. Now I just need to get my husband to read this! Oh, and here’s hoping I win something. πŸ™‚

  • Whitney Fillinger - Would love any of the prizes! Thank you for your post! Really wanting to be able to capture life beautifully!

  • Nicole T. - Love the color of that bag!

  • Mandi Smith - Please, Please, Pick me πŸ™‚

  • Jeni - Really appreciate this post. I have finally gotten to the point where I can “feel” that I need a better lens. But it’s super overwhelming. Thanks for all of the info!

  • Mary Wasson - Great information Ashley. I want to learn more about my camera and your hints are a good start. I don’t attend Battlecreek, but always love your crafting ideas at The Gathering! Thanks! I will visit your site again after Friday!

  • Amber - Great prizes!

  • Jennifer - love the wooden camera

  • Bailey Jean - Wow! Thanks for the awesome info! It’s because of your blog that I got my first dslr three years ago πŸ™‚

  • Jill - I bought a camera, now I just need your expert training!! πŸ™‚

  • Paige - I had an epiphanie bag for almost two years. Carried it day in and out and wore the thing out. Loved it! Would love a shot at getting a new one. Thanks Ashley!

  • CindyML - Thanks for the chance to win! Lots of cute things. Love your blog.

  • Whitney - Such a great guide and a generous giveaway. Thank you!

  • lynette - Great info in this post.

  • dawntalks - i wish i can get the snapshop dslr course! I am having trouble using my cam beyond auto. πŸ™‚ God willing!

  • Kimber - Wow! Thanks for all the info! I just bought my first dslr and I’m looking for a cute bag for it!

  • Loren - Love the bag!

  • Sandra - Thanks for all the tipps and tricks. And the chance to win! I like to hop into the winner-pot too. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Egge - Oh! The class!

  • Zulejka - This is great guide! I love the giveaway items, too!;)

  • Lisa - These all look great!

  • Alisha M. - Thanks for this post, Ashley! So helpful!

  • Alice C. - Love your blog!

  • Heather d - Ooo I want to win them all πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth - I just got a new camera and am trying to learn the ropes of using it. You are exactly right, even with the little knowledge I have in using my camera in the manual modes, it creates much better pictures!

  • Kaylee - What a great giveaway! It would be pretty awesome to win this one. We live over 4500 miles away from all of our grandparents and family. It would be so nice to finally be able to use my DSLR to take pictures of my kids and our new city, Amsterdam, to share with everyone back home. We are church planters so we don’t have a lot of extra money to be able to spend on great stuff like this! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great gift!

  • Alicia - Thank you for the information & the chance to win!

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  • Jordan - Used your guide last year when purchasing a camera. I love my camera!

  • susan - awesome prize and great post. thanks

  • Jane toms - Such a great giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  • Margo - Happy Holidays to you and your family! Lovely giveaway!

  • Mandy - What a great post! So much information and fun gift ideas! Thank you.

  • Anna Maria - Thank you for your camera and lens recommendations. They are most helpful!

  • Anna Maria - First comment didn’t work. Hoping this one does.

    Thank you for your recommendations!

  • Kimberly Troth - Oh Ashley Ann….you do it again!! Think I may have to send my hubby a link to this post πŸ™‚ As always would love to win one of your giveaways, they are always AMAZING!! Happy Holidays to you & yours πŸ™‚

  • wendy r. - The lead to Mpix (or mlix as my autocorrect insists it should be!) is an awesome one – can’t wait to try out their options.

  • Helen weitkamp - What a great giveaway!

  • Jeni Yantis - You are amazing! Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us.

  • nicole - another giveaway, i love it!

  • Anna - The camera bags are great!

  • Becky J - Oh do I need guidance…I have had a beautiful lens sitting for 2 years in a box..HELP!! I need an intervention!! πŸ™‚ Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • jessica - Thanks so much for the practical and useful tips. I am just getting started and navigating the photography would can be very overwhelming!

  • Diane - Thank you for this amazing post!!

  • Laura D. - I love your blog and get so much inspiration from it. My dad bought a dslr camera for me while my daughter was going through cancer treatments hoping I would be able to capture some touching moments. I have never tried the manual setting, and my goal is definitely to figure it out. My daughter is 10 and I’m sure I need to capture some teenage moments from her, as well as my other 2 daughters and their crazy antics.

  • stephanie - Oh what a great list. so many things are on my wish list!!!!

    and I would love to win one of your classes!

  • Whitkae - This guide came at a perfect time!! We are planning to add a DSLR to our family this holiday season. Thanks for all the awesome advice!!

  • Kristal Strong - I have had my T3i for about a year now but still need to REALLY learn how to use it! I’d LOVE to win a spot in your workshop! πŸ™‚

  • Sarell Brown - Amazing Prizes =)

  • Katie - What a great giveaway, I would love to win.

  • Carrie Rickmond - You are awesome! This post is so perfect in every way. Been needing a DSLR buying guide. Muchly appreciated.

  • Mindy Book - Wow thanks for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  • Heather - Your website has spurred my passion into photography and I also have a 4 year old daughter full of spunk so I love reading your posts and knowing that we’re all in this parenting craziness together!

  • Michelle R. - I would love, love, love to win this package and gift it to my mom. The camera bag is so stylish! And she would love the photography course!

  • Crystal - Love it!

  • Nini~ - Wow, great information, I’ll have one of each please!! Thank you for the great info!


  • Liz R - What a perfect giveaway for the holiday season!

  • Julie C. - Here’s hoping! : ) I need to start taking photos of my baby girl. I don’t want to be one of those parents whose second or third born kids have no pictures of their childhood.

  • JenW - I don’t have a DSLR…but I hope I win the SnapShop course. I know exactly who I’d gift it to!

  • shannon - I love your camera posts and all of your great suggestions!

  • Kari Groves - I would love to win the epiphanie camera bag. Great guide for DSLR cameras. Thanks!

  • Holly Bazan - Thanks for the photo printing recommendation! I just downloaded MPix to my phone.

  • Sarah Kaiser - I love everything about your blog Ashley! Enjoy reading it everyday! You are a true inspiration in many ways!!

  • Mary Beck - This is an AWESOME review- exactly what mothers like us need to know. Thank u for all the work u put in this!!!

  • Carrie Low - Would love a spot in that class. Thanks for all the recommendations with links!

  • Kari S. - Yahoo! Would love to win!!

  • Jennifer Geddes - Wow, thanks for all of this info! I have the most basic knowledge of photography and would love to dive into it once our budget allows. I’ll cross my fingers for good luck πŸ™‚

  • Veronica Weckwerth - Excellent gift guide! Thanks for all theses great ideas!!!

  • Megan - LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you posted!!

  • Cathy - I love all your recommendations and would love an early Christmas present! πŸ™‚

  • Kara - Hoping to get a Snapshop in my stocking

  • Brittany - What an informative post! Thanks! And now to cross my fingers for the giveaway!

  • Brittany - It won’t seem to let me comment- But here we try again! Thanks for the boatload of information which was all really helpful. I will refer back when I move on to my next purchases!

  • Katie Moody - Just bought my first prime lens. Glad my research aligned with your advice! Thank you for making it so easy to sign up for your giveaways.

  • Amy - Amazing list! I totally need the 50mm lens!! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  • Julia M - I love your blog and am so inspired by your photos and stories of your sweet family! Would love to take your dslr class sometime. πŸ™‚

  • C. Jane - Thank you! I’d love to be entered to win! πŸ™‚

  • Amber - All this info is so helpful! Thank you, I’ve been a long time reader of yours and really enjoy your blog!

  • Barbara G - Nice giveaways! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for taking your time and making these recommendations!

  • amber peters - pick me! pick me! pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Pat - Thanks for the recommendations and the giveaway! I would love, love, love to win the spot for your DSLR course!

  • Molly - Thanks for the info. On your advise i started using mpix….and now nothing else compares! I think my next photography related purchase will be a flash diffuser. i wanted one when i got my dslr a few years back and kind of forgot about it…until now! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kylie - I’d love a spot in your class or the awesome camera bag!

  • charissa - ooh, i would love to win any of those!

  • Allison V. - Thank you so much for posting all of your camera suggestions – they have been so helpful! I have been following your blog for a while and I love your photos! I have been saving for a while for a nice camera that will take better photos than my point and shoot and have finally talked my husband into letting me get one. (After telling him how much it would cost to get professional photos taken of our 3 month old daughter! πŸ™‚ ) Now it’s just deciding which one to get – I’m thinking the Canon Rebel T3. Hopefully I’ll be able to sign up for your photography class and learn how to better use my new camera!

  • Aubrey - This giveaway is amazeballs!

  • Angie Lee - Love your journey through life and the christian values you have!
    Your photography is amazing!!! What blessed kids having a mom like you!

  • Twyla - A wonderful giveaway, a great way to start the Thanksgiving holiday!

  • susan malemezian - Thanks for the great info. Our lens just bit the dust so this was quite timely. Those bags are super cute too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • laura close - I would love love love to win this!

  • Gisele Chastain - This is a wonderful list! I just started playing with settings on my camera…the extra lens you mentioned sound like something I will want to acquire at some point…and I appreciate the info on flashes!
    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  • Salena Santos - Thank you for the opportunity to win such great things. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Dawn - I sent a couple friends a link to this post – it’s got so much info! Thanks!

  • Emily Fritzinger - I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for all the great photography information!

  • Alicia - Awesome giveaway! I hope I win! Thanks Ashley!

  • Becky - Would LOVE to win any of these things – thanks so much for all the guidance on products and am dying to take your course as well. Your blog is one of the few blogs I try to read every day, just love it!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Ohmigosh, this post is SO helpful! I have a new lens on my wish list – my 50mm bit the the dust literally a month ago when I dropped it in the sand πŸ™ – so your recommendations are timely. I’m not sure if I missed it, but is there a wireless remote you recommend?

  • Allie E. - I would love to win any one of the above items in the giveaway! I love the camera bag!

  • Emily - Thank you so much for this opportunity! I’ve shared the post with a friend who’s expecting her first baby this winter. If it were in my budget, I’d gift her a spot in your snapshot after she buys her camera πŸ™‚

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • jackie - this giveaway…drool!!!

  • Krystal - I love that you provide all these tips! I am such an amateur photographer and really appreciate all the help I can get πŸ™‚

  • June - Love your blog and your class is on my Christmas list!

  • Amy Huff - This post is dangerous, my Amazon wish list has a lot of new “wishes”! Thanks for all the tips and great ideas.

  • Katie M - Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  • Tonya - I have been looking into getting a DSLR and was thinking about the Canon SL1, but it’s not on your list. Is it not a good choice?

  • Brooke S - great post! very helpful for me as I am on the market to buy a new camera body. and thanks for the chance to win!

  • Arantxa - Ah I wish I could carry my dslr with me all the time. But It’s just too heavy..

  • Jenna - I’d have a hard time choosing between the bag & the course!

  • Lyn - Mpix I am slowly falling in love with Mpix. Thanks for the into to it.

  • Clare - Here’s hopes of a spot in your snapshot course! you provide so much inspiration and I thank you for that. Now I just need to know how to channel that inspiration into a photo perhaps!

  • Lindsay Soetaert - Thank you for this post!!! I would love a spot in your class more than anything else!

  • Lalita Malone - This is truly a mama photographer’s dream prize package! Thanks for the giveaway, Ashley Ann!

  • Emily - This is great!

  • Cheryl - Wow what great giveaways and great ideas. Thank you

  • Angela W - Love all the items!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  • Janine @ TPG Photo - Wow! What a great guide (and giveaway)! Thanks for sharing!

  • heather m - what an awesome giveaway!!!

  • Lauren warren - Love love these products. Thank you so much for this giveaway!! Dying for one of those epiphanies bags!!

  • Kelly S - Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • stacy s - I NEED the Charlotte Chevron Metallic Camera Bag. Neat gift ideas you listed. Did you see the cute camera charm on the Epiphanie site. LOVE! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Sheilia Millier - Great giveaway, great prizes and great tips!!

  • Sherry Williams - I am so happy I read your blog today. I am have this exact purchase in mind and wanted some advice. Thank you.

  • Meghan - Love this guide!! I am adding so many things to my Christmas list. πŸ™‚ Would love to win any of the prizes (especially that camera bag!).

  • Niki - Great post. I pretty much exclusively use my 35mm prime lens on my camera… Don’t know how I could live without it!

  • Danielle Slonka - Something legit to carry my gear in please! Would love an oppurtunity to spruce up my usual bag(Department store diaper bag)
    Save me! Please!

  • Karla Parker - This looks exciting!!! Awesome giveaway and this guide is very helpful!

  • michelle riebeek - Great ideas! I will have to share them with the hubby! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Meghan - Great list! πŸ™‚

  • Kristie Bradley - What fun!

  • Kyla - This is an awesome giveaway! Woo hoo!

  • Elle Hughes - I happened upon this blog by accident….I LOVE it….also its nice to read about practical Canon accessories for a new dslr owner….me! Happy Holidays and I’m hoping to sign up for your dslr class.

  • Kristen - Such awesome prizes…but that epiphanie bag is what I’ve been dreaming for!

  • Sarah - Oh, I’d love to win a bag!

  • Tanny s. - Thanks for always providing some insights into the world of photography. Every bit helps!

  • Janell - I’ve added some of these things to my Wishlist. Thanks Ashley

  • Ashley C - This is a great giveaway! I love Epiphanie bags πŸ™‚


  • jeanna - What a wonderful & useful giveaway! Thank you!

  • Carrie Secovich - Thank you for the opportunity to win some amazing products!

  • monet tiedemann - a happy thanksgiving to you!

  • Sandi O - WOW – great information! Thanks so much! An Epiphanie bag is on my Christmas list (as are the lenses you recommend and a couple other things now!) and a class to learn to use my camera is a MUST for 2014. Thanks for the give-away!

  • charisia - enjoyed reading this entry, not to mention the layout which made the process even more enjoyable (: great recommendations for gifts – thank you!

  • Kindra - I would love to get a DSLR sometime and take courses to learn how to use it. Photography is something I really love.
    I’d also like a Epiphanie camera bag. Love their bags!

  • JennKstep - Oh, I want to win! ^_^

  • Amy DeLoux - What a fantastic post with great info. So many wonderful options for a beginner like me. Thanks so much.

  • Hannah S. - Thanks for all the great suggestions and love the prizes!!

  • Conni M - Another beautiful gift guide with so many great choices!!

  • Rebecca Peterson - You have a great website. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • steffanie - love this giveaway!

  • Courtney - Love this guide, and you’ve put together an amazing giveaway!

  • Crystal - I need to brush up on my DSLR skills so winning this contest would be awesome. Also really like the products that you featured.

  • Keara B. - Thanks for a fantastic list and giveaway! I’m in desperate need of an external flash but don’t want to spend a ton of money- I’ll be looking into your Neewer recommendation right away. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah A. - This is wonderful! Thank you so much!

  • Ellen Casper - Wow! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  • tamara - awesome recommendations and giveaway! i have a canon 60d and a few different lenses, but the 50mm 1.8 is my favorite!

  • Aldona Pilmanis - I too, am a Canon lover. I would love ANY of these giveaways!

  • Autumn - Fingers crossed!!! I love my 5DM3!

  • erica K - I’ve been using my phone way too much lately. My poor DSLR is sad, but I think one of those bags would cheer it up. πŸ˜€ lol

  • Janice - what a great giveaway – thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jessica J - That was a great post!! We are looking to get our first one and this post is so timely and perfect!
    Thank you!

  • Preeti - I’m out of the DSLR world (into the micro 4/3 world now!) but this is a great guide. Will have to direct people here when they ask me questions. Oh but I would still love to win!

  • Jessica F - I’m looking to purchase a DSLR within the next few months so this will be insanely helpful. Thank you!

  • Maureen - I’m so excited for the chance to win! Thanks for the post.

  • Lemna Ortiz - I really need this bag, el mΓ­o estΓ‘ hecho una porquerΓ­a

  • Gennin - So happy to have found your blog!

  • Beth D - Ashley I love your blog and I love you! What a classy, inspiring, creative, fun lady you are. Would love to take one of your courses one day. Thanks for sharing!

  • McKay Moran - I have an Epiphanie bag and I love it!

  • Jennifer W - Love the recommendations! Fingers crossed

  • Juliana Lopes - Love you blog! I’m going to print on Blurb because of your indication πŸ™‚

  • Melissa - Thank you for the ideas and for the great giveaway!

  • Jessica - Great info and a very nice giveaway!!!

  • Priscilla - Good information and awesome giveaway!

  • Vanessa - Awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚ And nice post- thank you!

  • Sara - Wonderful post! I’m hoping Santa will bring me a few of these things. πŸ™‚ And I’d love to win a spot in your course… or another Epiphanie bag!

  • Amber D - Awesome giveaway!

  • Rose E. - My Mom is into photography and I know she’d love some of this.

  • Olivia - Thanks for the great giveaway and for all the gift ideas. I never know what to ask for when Christmas and my birthday comes around. I think I’ll ask for a 50mm lens!

  • Ashley H - What an amazing list of products! Thank you for the guidance. Just bought myself a Christmas present based on your recommendations!

  • Hannah M - Thank you for this! I was just looking at your old guide and this is great to have it updated. I’ve been saving for my first dslr for almost a year and I’m close to buying one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sharla - Thank you so much for this post. I have been wanting to get a dslr camera for too long (overdue!) but love looking through your recommendations. Thanks for the chance at the wonderful prizes!

  • Jess K - Would love an epiphanie bag!

  • Amie - What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for all of your recommendations.

  • Rosie - Fabulous review! Thank you so much for all the information πŸ™‚

    Also, LOVE the Epiphanie bags. I’ve been drooling over them for so long! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (SophieBugsMom) - I am bookmarking this blog post… someday, I will need this!! Hope it is soon!!!

  • Laura Reich - I can’t imagine how much time it took you to put these posts together, but I have to say I am loving them! It’s so much fun to see what amazing photographers recommend, and now I totally know what to ask for this Christmas.
    Thank you!

  • Jana - Great suggestions and amazing prizes! Of course I would most like to take your class, or the camera bag!!

  • Kate - The photographer in me is dying – such fun stuff in this post!! Please put me in for your give-away <3 Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  • Gina - I really want to win the spot in your SnapShop course! I love the Epiphanie Bag too. Thanks for sharing all this great gear.

  • Liz - Love all your tips and recommendations. I used a film Minolta for years and was sad when they became obsolete. I now use a Nikon D60 and a Nkion Coolpix (when I just want a camera in my pocket). These are all great prizes.

  • Heidi - Thank you!! I would love any of these…your class or the bag would be fabulous!!!

  • Heather Smith - I’m new to the DSLR world and I am loving your website. Thanks for all the tips. πŸ™‚

  • Jody Hicks - Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes! πŸ™‚

  • {films in streaming - Very good blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed ..
    Any recommendations? Thanks!

  • Sam - I would LOVE to take a SnapShot class!

  • Christina - Thank you for the giveaway! So much good stuff!!

  • Sarah - Great advice, but I’ll have to disagree with the 60D. I traded mine for a D7000 last year, no regrets — the D7000 was head and shoulders above the 60D, amazing focus!

  • Kristen M - I popped over here from a link Epiphanie provided. Your blog design is beautiful. Thanks for the great giveaway. I’d be thrilled with any of the prizes!

  • Mary Underwood - Thank you. Lots of great info !

  • Haley - Thanks for your wisdom. Looks like some great prizes.

  • Preethi Narayan - Lovely guide and lovely giveaway!

  • Romina - Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve pinned your post as a great resource. I have owned a dslr for a year and still don’t feel quite comfortable using the manual setting.

  • Rebecca Dose - What an AWESOME giveaway. I would love to learn how to use my DSLR better. I have played with it some using the manual settings, but I need more practice.

  • Sandy - I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  • Jennifer Cashin - Love your suggestions! There are some products like the Epiphanie bag that I have always loved but I love the new suggestions as well. Thanks!

  • marina - Very cool giveaway!

  • emily hope - thanks for all the great (and fun!) recommendations. still learning, but your snapshop was super helpful!

  • RMetzger - Great post and giveaways! Thanks πŸ˜‰

  • Niki Edwards - Oh I would so love to win this prize. Crossing my fingers.

  • Krystle Detwiler - Love your blog!! So nice of you to add a giveaway! (Though we would all still stalk your blog, even if you didn’t! LOL!)

  • Tara - What a thorough list! Would love to win a camera bag. Mine was stolen this summer and need a new one!

  • Laura O - I hope I get a dslr someday!

  • Robyn Dill - I love a contest!!!! Fun and Thank You for sharing!!!

  • Carla - Awesome prizes!!! Thank you!!

  • Avenlea - I’m entering. Thanks!

  • Deborah - I would love to win any of these great prizes!

  • Stephanie P. - Trying for the class win!

  • Cindy T - Awesome list! Thank you!

  • Lauren - Fantastic guide!

  • Meegan Langvad - You never know unless you try, huh? Last year my husby and I bought a camera instead of exchanging xmas gifts and I am still scared to pick it up and learn how to use it. It’s time for a Snapcourse class with the photography goddess:) xoxo Meegs

  • Allecia Imboden - Great website!!!!!

  • Rachel E - What a wonderful gift guide. I think I’ll have to share this with my family πŸ™‚

  • Jody - Love all the gift suggestions!

  • Carla - Lots of great information – thanks!

  • Lori D - Great giveaway! I’m a fan of both MPix & Epiphanie, and thanks to them sharing the details of this giveaway, a new fan here!

  • Tammy - I have had my dslr & epiphanie for a year now, I want to learn so much more, what a great post, thanks!

  • Sarah Jackson - I have been looking at taking a course to get more in depth knowledge of my dslr and I am in love with this camera bag!

  • Jessica Anderson - Love the gift guide and camera/lens advice! Thanks so much!

  • Karen P - Wish I had money for a good camera! But I still love scrapping the pics I take.

  • Sara ward - Great tips! Thanks.

  • Bill - Thanks for the recommendations. I agree with you on MPIX, I’ve been impressed with what they’ve delivered.

  • Sarah K. - Great advice! I will definitely pass this along to some friends who are in the market for a DSLR. Your blog is one of my favorites!

  • Julie Puckett - We have gotten some great shots with our Cannon T3i and also the Nikon 5200 Thank you so much for your recommendations on the lens Bokeh is the Bomb in my book !!

  • Tara - Great advice! I would love to win!!!

  • Dina Turco - Loved this post…thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

  • Brenda Schweiger - Very cute products. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jaime - What an awesome set of prizes! I would love them all, especially the Ephiphanie bag!!!

  • Melissa - Love the information! Looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  • Polly Walters - love all the prizes…

  • Allecia Imboden - Awesome tips! I’m fairly new with my NikonD7000

  • Dakota - Such great information! I would love to win- especially a spot in your SnapShop course!

  • Andrea Holman - Yay! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathy Verheyen - You’ve got to be in it to win it. So, I’m in! πŸ™‚

  • ellen patton - Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Janie Dean - I ? Canon & ? your blog! Thank you ?!

  • Chris Denny - Great guide!

  • Janie Dean - I love Canon & love your blog! Thank you !

  • Ari - You are so thorough. Great post with great ideas!

  • Bri Herrman - Thanks for the giveaway!! I’d love to win!

  • Rachel - What a great post and giveaway. I love that you promote both DSLR photography and phone photography. Of course, you rock at both of them too!

  • Savannah - This is a wonderful guide!

  • Jennifer - What an amazing guide!! I have an entry level dslr and always struggle with indoor lighting. I didn’t even know about the flash bounce! Amazing giveaway too! Would love to take the course!

  • kris - love your recommendations, i have a new granddaughter and i’m in the process of trying to figure out which camera to buy!!!

  • Meg - Wowza, what an awesome giveaway! Fun!!

  • Becky Darsey - I am sending your gift guide to everyone who has asked me what I want for Christmas! If they can’t find something on this list that I would LOVE, they just aren’t even trying!

  • Kris A - I think I need to share this for my Christmas wish list! πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Sawyers - Sweet giveaway!

  • Karol - Would so love the class because I am still on auto – but wow love the bag too! Thanks for the chance to win – love your blog!

  • Mandy Fuller - I will be getting a DSLR camera for Christmas and I am so excited!!! Can’t wait to learn and explore with it! Thanks for all the recommendations it has been challenging trying to decide which way to go.
    Winning the giveaway would be AWSOME!!!

  • Erin Hurst - I have an Olympus Evolt 500 from 2004 that I love and adore. But I’d love more courses on how to use it best, and a new camera bag would be awesome. And with two adorable boys, I never run out of print coupons!

  • Debbie - So confused about which camera to get. Thanks for the suggestions. Need to do some more research! and take your class!

  • Jennie - These are all great recommendations! Thanks for putting together this list. And thanks for the chance to win!

  • katie k - This would be great! Thanks so much!

  • Madeline Campbell - Dad and I were wondering if we could enter this drawing? If we can’t no biggie. I can’t wait to see you at Thanksgiving! Your niece, Madeline Campbell

  • Courtney - Awesome giveaway!

  • Amy Kelly - Thank you so much for this guide!

  • Shelley C - What an awesome giveaway!

  • Rachel Shubin - What a wonderful post! Thank you for taking the time to share all of this information.

  • Sharrie Weisenbach - Thanks for the tips. I have also been looking for a class, hope I win.

  • Meredith - LOVE Epiphanie Bags! Can’t wait to win one! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Burdge - this would be Fab!

  • Nina - Great gift ideas! I would love to win!!

  • Hayley Richards - LOVE all of your advice and all of your pictures !!!

  • Alicia - Your blog post was great! Very informative! It’s great that you took the time to put all of that out there for those that are just wanting to take pictures as a hobby or looking to expand on what they may have. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - I just ordered a few of the recommendations that you gave. I’m loving the camera fabric!!

  • Deanyne - Thanks so much for all the useful if information and the chance for an amazing giveaway!

  • Robin Watson - Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! Awesome!! Love the gift guide! Thanks for sharing!

  • Makenzy Byrum - Would love to win a spot in your snap shop!

  • Karen Hatfield - Thanks for the info, and the awesome prizes!!!!

  • Trista - Thanks for the information in this post, as well as all the random photography information you share on this blog!

  • Shanna - Such great info! Just bought a Nikon D5100 in Sept and I’m excited to learn how to use it in preparation for our baby girl this January!

  • Kim C - Wow!! That was a long post, but there is so much wonderful information in it. Thank You for sharing and for being so thorough!!

  • Tanya Phillips - How fun! Thank you for the chance πŸ˜€

  • Cinda - Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! I’ve longed for a Epiphanie bag since I started in photography. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • kathy mullins - Thanks for all the great advice and the fantastic giveaway!

  • Amanda - A lot of good information, I now have many open tabs to browse through for my Christmas list πŸ™‚

  • Michelle e - I have been drooling over the Epiphanies Lola bag in red for a long time!

  • Christy g - Wow. amazing information.

  • Vero A. - I’d love to win a spot in your Snapshop!

  • Becky @Farmgirl Paints - Whew that was chuck full of good stuff. I think my next lens will be the 85. And I’m totally getting one of those fun gifts for my big chick. Perfect Christmas ideas. Thank youuuuu πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Olaveson - Great blog post and great prizes! Would love these items!

  • Rachel Olaveson - Great post with some great advice!

  • Melanie Smith - Early Christmas present??!!?!!!

  • Shelle - Great prizes πŸ™‚ Love my Canon 40D !

  • Samantha Sheppard - What an awesome giveaway! *fingers crossed*

  • Catherine - This post is such a great resource! I have been wanting to dive into the world of dslr but have been overwhelmed with all the choices and info. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Courtney - I love everything about your blog and can’t wait to purchase a few of your recommendations to help me on my photography journey!

  • Lisa Nail - I am new to Attended the Christmas Gathering and absolutely loved your presentation!!! Great job, thanks for sharing such fun stuff!!! My daughter dabbles in photography so I am interested in your workshops.

  • Lauren A - What a great post! Would love to win that awesome prize pack.

  • Gwen H - Whew, it was a long post, but helpful. Lots of good tips for purchasing DSLRs and Lenses. Thanks for the Awesome giveaway!!
    ghwasd at gmail dot com

  • Lonna - What a treat! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Brook Stewart - Thank you for the chance to win! I’ve been an avid blog reader for several years now! πŸ™‚

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you for posting all of this!

  • Kelley - What an awesome giveaway!! I hope I win!!

  • Jessica - Great information and suggestions. I’m drooling over that last lens…

  • Donna Rabon - Thank you so much for providing great information. I have a Nikon D5100. Still in the learning phase. Great products. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaways.

  • katherine - would love to win!!

  • Dawn - Awesome Information especially about the lenses

  • Cynthia H - I absolutely loved this post. So many great gift ideas.

  • Rachael - My favorite giveaway EVER!!!! Thank you!!!

  • Haley - Pick me! Our fourth baby is due next April and it is about time to switch my dslr to manual!

  • TJ Kirkpatrick - I would love to win a spot in your SnapShots workshop. We have a Canon Rebel (not sure which one) and I have no idea how to work it. πŸ˜‰

  • Tara Gresens - I would definitely be interested! Thank you for the great suggestions!

  • Lindsay B - Thank you so much for the suggestions! I can’t wait to get a new lens!

  • Kelli - Great info! Thanks!!

  • Cathy - Great ideas!

  • HilLesha - These are wonderful tips! I’m no professional by no means, but I’ve bought a Nikon D5100 and D7000 within the past two years, and I have so much fun capturing memories, whether it’s road trips or family. I’m hoping to take a photography class so I can learn even more about photography. I’d be thrilled to win any of these prizes! πŸ™‚

  • Raquel Ostos - I just received my Epiphanie bag this week!! ?? it! Would love to take your course!

  • Grace W - Wow- what great products! I love reading these types of posts and have added a DSLR to my ‘someday, somehow wishlist’ πŸ™‚
    I would love to win this giveaway for my friend who is a budding photographer.

  • Tobi - Thanks for the chance!

  • Lachalle Jones - Awesome giveaway! Love it all!

  • Barbara Cannon - I have just recently gotten started with a DSLR –Canon T3i– and found your recommendations very helpful. Your class sounds like the perfect way to advance my skills!

  • Heidi cockrell - Thanks so much this was an awesome gift guide! I love your blog.

  • Caroline - Thanks for the guide – really useful!

  • Asheley - Great list. I could use a thing or two or three from it!

  • Carol - Stumbled here from the Epiphanie FB page. So glad I did – booking marking for my reference. Really interested in the class and so glad to see the mpix photo card reference. I’ve been looking for something like that.

  • Corrina - Thank you so much for this post! My husband was just asking what I wanted for Christmas. I’m just going to forward your post to him!????

    Have a great holiday with your beautiful family! Your posts and pictures bring a smile to my face everyday!


  • Brenna Cade - Thank you so much for this post! It was super helpful!

  • Alli - Thanks for all this great info…so helpful! Would love to win!

  • Alison Garza - Would so love to win!!

  • Stephanie T - What a dreamy photography prize!

  • Elisabeth - My sister would love that camera bag. Her’s is falling apart. Crossing fingers for the perfect Christmas gift.

  • Kendall - Thanks for this post. I always look forward to what you recommend!

  • Alyssa Paul - This is a great list and I love the prizes!!

  • Tonya - I would LOVE to figure out the manual settings on my DSLR! AND, MPix swag!

  • April g. - This is the post I’ve been waiting for…thank you!

  • Michelle - Wow thanks for the tips

  • Laura Morris - Thank you for this opportunity!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Kerri - Thank you for this post! I have been wanting to add some new stuff to my collection and this has given me some great ideas.

  • Elizabeth - Just downloaded the Mpix app– great tip!

  • Tammy - I always enjoy seeing these posts from you. I would also recommend the Nikon 5200 as a beginner DSLR. I purchased the 5000 a few years ago and it’s been great to learn on. Costco always has great deals and return policies on DSLR packages. Thanks for the giveaways!

  • Courtney - Wow, thanks for this! I would live to get into dslr photography but it’s hard to know where to start. Now I know πŸ™‚

  • Elysa Greenblatt - This is a really helpful guide. I am just starting to figure out using my DSLR manual settings. I will check out your course.

  • Felicia Montoya - what a great giveaway!!

  • Sara - I could spend hours just looking through the links you provide. Thanks for so much great reading!

  • keely - Another awesome giveaway! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Shauna Cannon - Wow, what a great giveaway!! Lots of great info as well…im really thinking about buying a 5omm lens now.

  • Carla Bornhoft - Hope I win!

  • Amy L - What a fun giveaway! Loved all the suggestions for gifts. That mug is especially adorable!

  • Paula Peters - *#*What a generous give away, thank you for all you do <3

  • Lisa - This is really helpful! I’ve been wanting to buy a DSLR camera for a while now and didn’t know where to start.

  • Mary Yohn - I’m a grandmother who is just getting back into DSLR photography after a few years of not doing much with it. Your blog is great.

  • Jaime M. - This was a great post. Thanks for the amazing advice and suggestions. πŸ™‚

  • staci - I would love to do the phone course!!! Loved the DSLR course.

  • Cari - Awesome recommendations! I’ve hinted to Santa that I’d like new lenses and one of those gorgeous camera bags. πŸ™‚

  • Louise Horner - What an opportunity. Thank you. Love your blog.

  • Melody Godwin - I love your blog and all of your tips – this give-a-way is fabulous.

    I’ve had my eye on an Epiphanie Camera bag for a while

  • sharon - I want to win! πŸ˜‰

  • Angel - Would LOVE to take your class!

  • Tiffany McHugh - This is my day. I know it. I can feel the win coming. πŸ˜‰

  • Crystal - I always love reading your recommendations…about everything!!! πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey - Love reading your blog. Especially your adoption story. We are at the very very VERY beginning stages of prayerfully adopting a sweet little girl from China. We also have 4 children(ages 6,4,2,7mo). And how ironic that I, myself, am about to buy a new DSLR camera!!! I have never had one…wanted one for years. My husband finally gave in. πŸ˜‰ Your children are beautiful!

  • Sharon McGrath - I would LOVE to win one of those bags!

  • Linzi - Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway! I would love to learn how to use my dslr camera better! So thankful I came across your lovely blog!!

  • Jenifer Corbett - Great advice and information!! Thank you for this post and awesome giveaway as well!

  • Sabrina - What fun prizes thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Sirje misgen - Would love to win!

  • Darren Williams - My wife would love this! Thank you!

  • Jennifer B - Would be thrilled to win ANY of these! Thanks Ashley.

  • Robyn - Such fun gifts!

  • Julie Moore - All I want for Christmas is an epiphanie bag!

  • Kim Free - Thank you so much. To win would be a tremendous blessing!

  • Kimberly - Great prizes! I love the camera bag!

  • Cheryl V - I would love to win this!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • heather - Love the bag and so want to start taking pics…I have an awesome cam and need to put it to good use…Thanks for the giveaways!!!!crossing my fingers

  • Karen Davis - oh me oh my… what a blessing any of those winnings would be πŸ™‚

  • Rachel - This would be a wonderful gift. Really interested in checking out your class. Thanks!

  • Laci - Eeeee! This stuff is amazing! You are ridiculously generous and I am swooning over those camera bags.

  • Janet Gonzalez - Thanks for the recommendations! I’d love to take your class.

  • Carol - Would love to win something for my sister! She loves photography!

  • Leah - Thanks for such a complete post and great suggestions!

  • kim howell - Great to hear your recommendations.

  • Nardia Cooper - I have my heart set on owning an Epiphanie Camera bag one day. I even have a money box I squirrel coins into for the day I can afford the international postage!

  • Shauna - Great list!

  • Angela Jackson - What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win such awesome prizes!

  • Laura Miller - What a great package!!…my eye is on that Epiphanie bag!!!

  • Michelle - Such great suggestions – thank you!

  • Anastasia - Great!Great post! I have to save every bit of this useful info for my reference ;))) I just got my DSLR and would really really love to take your class!
    Thank you Ashley! Love all of the gift ideas shown and giveaways too!

  • Shannon Baquie - Thanks! LOVE the gift guide and your blog. <3

  • Danielle H.. - Love the suggestions! I’d love the Stylish camera bag!!

  • nancy - Fingers crossed for me!

  • amelia w - Awesome prize!

  • Esther Chanie Dushinsky - ThAnk you for this wonderful review and giveaway.

  • saul - Thanks for sharing. happy thanksgiving to all

  • Kate Anne - What an extensive list of recommendations!! Thanks for the hard work, and the giveaway!

  • Betsy - Happy happy!

  • Lindsay - Fantastic info! Thanks.

  • Lois Ward - Pick me, pick me, please pick me!!!!!

  • Kelly K - Love everything!!! This is so much FUN!

  • Maria - Thank you for all the suggestions!

  • Amber - love mpix! they have the neatest stuff!!!

  • Elaisha T - Thanks for putting together such a fun giveaway!

  • Megan B - I’m looking to upgrade from my Rebel, and your rec’s were very helpful. The giveaway is like the cherry on top!

  • Kendra Campbell - Thanks for sharing all of the insights. I don’t know if i would give my winnings away or keep them for myself.

  • katie - love that camera bag!

  • Sueze - What wonderful gifts for a giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Samantha L - Love the camera bags and all of the wonderful products and ideas!! Thanks!!

  • Kylie Gomez - Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  • Susan - Wowza! What a great gift guide! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rosie - Thank you, for all of the information!!! It so helped..looking at all of this is like looking at Christmas presents! πŸ˜‰

  • Rachael - Thank you for offering such a great giveaway!

  • Jessica Force - Great advice! I’d love to win

  • Jessica - LOVE your blog – its my go to when winding down for the day!

  • Catherine - Great info on cameras!

  • Sarah Williams - Love all of these tips! I would like to do a SnapShop! It sounds really amazing.

  • Collette - Just found this site, it’s amazing and your rec’s are spot on,I’m strictly a Canaon girl, have been shooting portraits, engagements, etc for a while now, but am expanding in this new year, your site will be one of the reasons I KNOW it will be a great year!

  • Brei H. - Great prizes, thanks for the giveaway!
    Happy holidays πŸ™‚

  • Erin - All the prizes look so amazing!! Also thanks for all the great info!

  • Christina H - Would especially love to win a spot in your SnapShop!

  • Maloree - You did an awesome job on Friday!

  • Nichole - Thanks for the info. I got a dslr camera for Christmas last year still learning how to use it. Can’t wait to look in to the products you have recommend.

  • Amanda - The SnapShot spot would make THE perfect gift for my brother and sister-in-law! They’re just starting to use their DSLR and are snapping shots like crazy of their infant son! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • Jen - I love your blog!

  • Alicia - Love this guide and giveaway!

  • Samantha S. - Crossing my fingers! <3

  • Cari - This was so great! Now I know what to add to my Christmas list!

  • Thao - Great post! I love that you didn’t stick with just one brand either!

  • Gladys - Love your blog. Good tips and like the giveaway at the end. Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family!

  • Whitney - Would especially love a spot in your class!

  • Sarah - Thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Kari P - Terrific guidance, thank you! Will definitely be referring to this when I take the plunge and buy my first DSLR. On a more personal note, I love your blog and feel a special connection as I am the product of an interracial adoption. Thank you for sharing.

  • Anna Smith - Thank you for such a great post Ashley! I loved being a part of your DSLR snapshop class. My husband and I have are craving a new lens and I appreciate your suggestions. Fun giveaway too!

  • Jenny - Awesome giveaway!

  • Alle Mason - Great Giveaway – am a big fan after discovering your blog and hearing you share about gift wrapping at the Christmas Gathering!

  • Amy - Love the recommendations! Wonderful giveaway prizes, too. Thank you!

  • Alicia - So many great tips here! I plan on bookmarking this page as I’ve been hoping to buy myself a camera for years!

  • Mandy - Awesome suggestions! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Meagan - I have a DSLR I bought several years back, but became so frustrated with it I haven’t touched it in a year. I ended up buying a little point and shoot last Christmas because I was so fed up. So obviously you’re snapshop class would be good for me! πŸ˜‰

  • Natalie - I am hoping to gain more photography skills and experience before we travel to Ethiopia to bring home our little one! We want to bring back pictures to treasure for a lifetime. So excited to take your class someday!

  • Kylie G. - What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  • Letha Carlton - I attended The Gathering on Friday, which was so much fun! So much energy. πŸ™‚

  • nicola - my fingers are crossed … all wonderful prizes but a my fingers are crossed for a spot in your class

  • John - Any help would be great for such a wonderful, albeit expensive, hobby! thanks!

  • Alisha - This post was so helpful in planning my next investment, thank you!

  • Jessica s - Thanks for so many great recommendations!!!

  • Elizabeth - Thanks for sharing!

  • Marie - Your blog is so wonderful to read. My heart has been with you and your family since you have had your sweet little angel from China join your family. Your photography classes sound great. God’s blessings to you and yours.

  • Erin - Finally, a great guide to the world of cameras! Thank you for all of your advice your have provided, I have decided to get a new camera and will be definetly buy a Nikon or Canon. Your advice is really helpful and much needed. Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Shiho - I always enjoy your blog and love your pictures. I would like to pick up my camera based on your new guides and try to take pictures of my kids. Thanks for a give away!

  • Randa Baker - I would love to win this! My husband came to your website and bought me my first DSLR based on your recommendations, now we are expecting our first little one in January. Can’t wait to use it to document his addition to our lives!

  • Sandy - I sooooo want to take your class!

  • Kris - Love the ideas!

  • Betsy Runyon - SUch an amazing giveaway. I hope I win!

  • Tessa - Great giveaway and I love the gift ideas!

  • Laurie P - I would love to learn from you! Happy Monday!

  • Janell A - Awesome giveaway! Great information in this post!

  • Ashley Sukalski - I love your blog. Somehow I didn’t realize that you had a DSLR course, so I just emailed that to my father who has no idea what to get his 30-something daughter πŸ™‚ Love, love, love.

  • JoLynn - Ooh! I would be soon pumped to win! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • Amity - This is awesome thank you for all the info. I have four kids and have wanted a good DSLR – don’t have one – and I don’t even know where to begin with buying one, there are so many options! Then of course learning to use it can also be overwhelming! Thanks for this info and for the chance to win some of these great items!

  • Amy Rule - What a great gift guide!!! I just found like a million new things to put on my list! πŸ™‚

  • Kristie Tom - Great List! And I can’t wait to get started!

  • Miranda - Love this give away! And I want to register for that class!! So glad I found this page. Thank you!

  • Brittany W. - Such a great giveaway! Thanks for the tips and lists. It’s nice to see what other photographers recommend.

  • Tracy C - So glad I came across your site! And what an amazing set of giveaways!

  • Kim Henrichs - This is a seriously amazing giveaway!!! Great camera advice.

  • Julie E - Love the prizes! Winning this would get my husband off the hook for buying me a Christmas gift for sure. Crossing fingers! Thanks!

  • Mandisa_C - That 24-70L is my dream lens right now!

  • Caroline - What an amazing giveaway & post! Thank you!

  • Mandisa_C - That 24-70L is my dream lens right now omg!

  • Erin - Great advice and a great giveaway, thanks!

  • Megan M - I love these camera bags!

  • MICHELE F - Thank you! Loved this article!

  • Janell Garwood - I would love this! I have been getting into the DSLR photography for about 2 years, but still feel like there is SO much to learn!

  • Denise Hunter - Thank you thank you!

  • Shay - Good list. And thanks for the details about the different lenses.

  • Amber Hoooke - Ooh a stylish camera bag!!! Gorgeous!

  • DinT - Thanks for such a great gift guide list and for introducing me to many products I didn’t know about. I sent links of several items to my children for my Christmas wishlist and have many on my own “saving up for” list.

  • Martha - What great gift ideas! Lots of choices you’ve pointed out!

  • natalie - I would love to take my camera off Auto for good. That Snap Shop course would be just the thing!

  • Samantha Hunter - Thank you for the great tips and ideas!

  • Tammy - What really good advice. I love Lightroom too. I have been using PSP for many years now and thats where I do all my layering work. I have had my DSLR camera for about a year now and I will never look back. I love IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Tamron is defiantly on my wish list and my next thing to do is take a course with SnapShot. I will defiantly be bookmarking this post for future reference.

  • Joanna - Such great tips, a definite save. Awesome prizes!!


  • Hope - What great suggestions! I’m showing this to my boyfriend who is trying to get into photography

  • Daniele - I love these gift ideas!

  • Jennifer - Great giveaway!!

  • Alicia Millis - Thank you for sharing this! You are awesome. And I would LOVE any of those prizes πŸ™‚

  • Sheree Hartung - Yay! I love this gift guide! Fingers crossed!

  • Breanna - Would love a new lens this Christmas!!!

  • Amanda - Great post! I love all the gift ideas.

  • Amy @ paint wine repeat - Amazing giveaway! Thank you.

  • Renee Salmen - Still need an Epiphanie bag:)

  • Abby - Just starting out myself-great information!!

  • Maria - Great prizes…personally eyeballing the camera bag. Mine needs an update!

  • KellyW - Awesome! Checking out some of the links now.

  • Robyn - I feel like I take decent pictures with my dslr, but I would love to learn more about my camera and shooting in manual. The snapshop course is my favorite prize!

  • Molly - Great giveaway and wonderful information! Thanks!

  • Evangeline Dean - Love your site! Love the giveaway and the opportunity to win!

  • Sandi - thanks for hosting the giveaway, I would love to win!

  • Jessica B - Thanks so much for this chance!! I love the gift guide review, so helpful πŸ˜€

  • Melinda Berlin - I would love to win for my daughter. Her photography business is in its 2nd year & growing very fast.

  • marin d - Great guide! Thanks for keeping it simple.

  • Jessica George - Thank you for this great list/tips. I am a newbie using a DSLR and would love to win.

  • Aimee Kuyper - Thank you for this guide and chance to win awesome prizes!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Beverly - What an excellent giveaway! So many things I’d love to try!

  • Jen W. - Those are some great photos!

  • Doreen - Would love to win! I am a camera nut

  • mindy - i would love to win an Epiphanie bag!

  • Kathy Weeks - I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Elizabeth Franze (Lee) - Crossing my fingers & toes in hopes of winning one of these great prizes!!

  • Jane - Been looking for a stylish camera bag for ages now!

  • Amy B. - What a great post! I always appreciate your willingness to share tips and ideas. Thanks.

  • Geraldyne - Awesome prizes!! Fingers crossed!

  • Karen - Wow! What a great guide. Fordwarding this.

  • Marnie - Great ideas for gifts! I would love to enter for the giveaway!!!:)

  • Katrina S. - Amazing giveaway and fabulous recommendations! πŸ™‚

  • lisa mcfarland - fantastic giveaway – thanks for the opportunity

  • Jenna - I would LOVE to win an epiphanie bag!

  • Kristelle - Thank you for the guide! I’m crossing my fingers, I would love to win! Happy early Thanksgiving!!

  • Kathleen - What an amazing giveaway and LOVE the gift guide!!

  • Sarah - I guess I’d really need to get my photography act together if I win this!

  • Kara Kieran - wow what a post! I have been looking to get a DSLR for awhile and when I finally do I will be glad to have this guide! Thanks!

  • courtney kaufman - Thank you so much for all your helpful tips!!!!

  • Stephanie foster - What an amazing list!! Thank you! Fingers crossed on winning myself a Christmas gift πŸ™‚

  • Lisa - Awesome give away! Would love to take your course!!

  • Sabrina - Great pool of inspiration as I’m trying to come up with a good birthday present idea!

  • Amy Kelly - This is great!

  • Carmen - Wow, amazing giveaway as always!

  • Kasia Krauze - Awesome prizes’!

  • Lidia M - Thanks for a great post on all the camera gear you have and recommend! I’d love to win a cute camera bag : )

  • Jody Hicks - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes!

  • Melissa - Thank You for always sharing your wisdom, being real, and loving on your children. They will carry a legacy of a mom who gave her everything for them.
    Blessings, Mel

  • Angela - I have been coveting one of those Epiphanie bags for ages!

  • Amanda - Oh I would love a new camera bag, mine took quite a beating this summer/fall season:) Great giveaway!!!!

  • Sara - What a great post and an awesome giveaway! I’ve been wanting to take your snap shop for years! Keeping my fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  • Janet - Thanks for the gift guide!

  • Molly - Such an awesome giveaway!!

  • Pamela Malbasic - Would love love the bag!!! Today is my birthday so I hope luck is on my side πŸ™‚ thanks for putting this fantastic list together!

  • Kathryn - All my camera gear is based on your recommendations, best purchases I have made:) Would love to win a prize.

  • Becky - I would love love love these amazing products! Great post!

  • Renee - Amazing prizes!

  • Vanessa - Loved reading this article & now I just purchased the deluxe pop up flash bounce! Thanks!

  • erin clark - Thank you for your ideas! Love the prizes too πŸ™‚

  • Kasey White - What a great post! I wills end some friends to check it out who are considering a dslr. And, your right, the ephiphanie bag is great! I have one (but would love another!). πŸ™‚

  • amy - Thank you for all the suggestions on gifts… This is so fun! Of Course it would be so fun to WIN!!! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Sarah - Thanks for the tips. I really enjoy reading your posts!

  • Anne Silver - I love your gift guide, thanks for that. My son in law and I are both keen amateur photographers, so it’s given me ideas that I hadn’t thought of for him.

    Any of the giveaways would be warmly received. But I’d probably pick the Epiphanie bag.

  • Nicole Francis - Great info! Thanks Ashley!

  • Jennifer - I have an older model Canon Rebel, but I never get off auto. I really need to take the time to learn to use the manual settings.

  • Sarah Wamuhiu - Awesome gift guide and awesome giveaway!

  • Laura - I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway. And thank you so much for all the helpful hints.

  • NICOLE LYNN UNTZ GONZALES - What an awesome and fun giveaway… would love to win!! Especially the Epiphanie bag… love them so much!! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth H - I’d love an Epiphanie bag!!

  • Jaclyn Armstrong - I love Epiphanie bags! This would be the perfect bday gift for my thirtieth on Thanksgiving!


  • Alexandra Wallace - Epiphanie bags are amazing!! Crossing my fingers πŸ™‚


  • Lisa P - So many great recommendations! I would LOVE to win an Epiphanie bag!

  • Esther Chanie Dushinsky - Love this giveaway.

  • Angela - I basically sent this as my christmas wish list to my boyfriend and family. Great tips!

  • sara albers - Thank you for the great post & a chance to win some goodies! I would love to win the spot in your class! fingers crossed!

  • kelly - will you be doing another course after jan?

  • Melanie - Again great ideas!!!

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  • Mary Margaret - Hi Ashley, I wanted to ask you a few questions about buying a camera for my daughter and I hope this is a good place to do that. She is 15 and has a love for photography, she is currently taking a photography class on line as part of school (we homeschool). She has been using a very simple digital camera since that is all the class requires but she would really like to invest in a good camera as she believes this is something she would love to keep learning. I read in your post that we should set a budget before looking to buy but what do you suggest is an appropriate budget at this point for her? She is saving but I am afraid we are looking at lots more than she has saved. Also can you recommend a camera that would be good for her as she is young and just starting out? One last question would be do you think its possible to find something used or should we shy away from that? Thank you so much for taking time to read this. She and I both love your blog and follow on IG. I am so thankful that she can see a mom loving on her family but also using her gifts to honor God. I know she hopes to do that someday. Thank you bunches!

  • Jennifer - Your blog rocks! Thanks for all the helpful tips πŸ™‚

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    I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.

    Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.

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  • Letha - Last week pulled the camera out, snapped multiple pictures & felt inspired. Would like to use camera to full capacity.

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