intro to photography {my dslr recommendations}


One of the most common emails I get usually says something like, “I’m wanting to invest in a new camera. What are your recommendations?” For the past three years I have wrote a post sharing my recommendations regarding current photography products, by compiling it all here I have an easy link to share when I get that question. I always try to do this before Black Friday. This 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…I have always used Canon, so my personal experience is with Canon.Β  There are many other great brands out there. The products listed below are ones I recommend based on research and reviews, not personal use. This post is intended for those just starting out in photography and those looking to upgrade from their intro cameras. I do not keep up with all the latest technology and newest camera models. I keep up with kids. I’m 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. Please take my recommendations, but do your own research before making a purchase.

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 (I’ll list them first, then expand on each below):

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


Below I will list several options for different price ranges. My recommendation is to pick your budget then select from each list accordingly. Don’t spend so much on your camera body, that you are unable to purchase a good lens to go with it. Though kit lenses are good, it is highly likely you will quickly outgrow them if you choose to really learn the basics of photography. Also, keep in mind there are many other great options out there, this is a listing of the more recently released cameras. Just because I don’t list a camera body here, that does not mean it is not a good option.

* Everything in blue text is a link you can click on


Canon Rebel T5 (1200D)

Nikon D3300

Sony A58

Pentax K50


Canon 70D

Canon Rebel SL1

Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100

Pentax K3


Canon 6D

Canon 7D

Nikon D610


A kit lens – most cameras come with something like 18-55mm or the 18-135mm. If you are just starting out, it is a great idea to purchase a camera body with one kit lens. As you learn photography, you will become more aware of what type of lens you need to fit what you are shooting. I recommend starting with a camera body, a kit lens in the 18-55 or 18-135 range and then a 50mm (35mm) f/1.8 lens. Most kit lenses do not work exceptionally well in low light (inside most homes), for that reason I recommend the 50mm lens. Without going into great details, basically there are more aperture options on the 50mm/35mm lenses listed below, this allows for better low light shooting and blurry backgrounds.

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 – you do need to double check that this lens will work with the Nikon camera body you purchase

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


The lenses below are the other main lenses I use. If you purchase a camera other than Canon, you can probably find a similar lens for the camera brand you select.

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


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

Canon Speedlite 430EX

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight


Most computers have built in photo editing software. If you have a Mac, iPhoto is a great option. However, if you are looking for a little more options regarding editing your photos, here are products I use and recommend:

RadLab for Photoshop – I primarily use this and Lightroom

Replichrome for Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom – I primarily use this and RadLab

VSCO Presets for Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

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

If you were to pin me down to a bundle for a brand new dslr owner, this is what I would suggest:

**I would also recommend getting an extra battery and memory card

SnapShopLearnPhotography often sounds exciting and fun, but also overwhelming to learn. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming! For the last 6 years I’ve had the honor of teaching over 3,500 students the basics of photography through my online courses, SnapShops. In the DSLR version of SnapShops, I cover the foundational elements of composition, storytelling and learning to shoot Manually. The course is my personal approach to capturing the day to day life of my family. It lasts 4 weeks and I am available to answer your questions throughout the course. It also includes the option to share photos for feedback from me and other students.

Next course: January 5th – January 31st, 2014

Registration open is open. Gift Certificates are available.SnapShop



I am a BIG advocate for printing your photos. When we shoot with film, rarely do the photos stay on the roll. Film was and is developed regularly. With digital cameras and smartphones, too many pictures are stuck on memory cards and never printed. Print your photos! There are also so many fun options for photography these days. Everything from cameras you can build yourselves to various lenses for your DSLR are available. Below is some exciting gear for your camera, printing options and fun extras. Below each grid of photos are links to the products.


Diana F Lens Adaptor || DIY Lomo Camera || FujiFilm X-Pro 1

Go Pro HERO4 || Disposable Camera Hack Kit || Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

Lensbaby || Wireless Remote || FocusShifter


Β Camera Poster || Booklight Paperclip Camera || Canvas Gallery Wraps

Epiphanie Camera Bag || Humans of New York || Wood and Leather Camera Locket

Camera Mug || Snapped Pillow || Hello Beautiful print

Photo ParTEA Towel || Thumbprint Memory Box || Scarf Camera Strap



Whew…that was a long post! Let’s end it on a super fun note. I contacted a couple of my favorite companies and put together a pretty great DSLR Photography giveaway. Below are the details!!!


$200 gift certificate to Epiphanie Bags

I’ve been using an Epiphanie camera bag for several years now. They just launched a new genuine leather line – and I’m pretty excited they sent one my way! It is a bit smaller than my other Epiphanie bag, which I really like. I can hold several lenses, a flash and my camera…and phone and other essentials. This Friday you can get 15% off any bag and free shipping!



$200.00 store credit to Totally Rad

Totally Rad Actions are the primary actions and Lightroom presets I use. They will be having a big Black Friday sale, everything 35% off.



$150 Gift Certificate to

Mpix is where I order all of my prints, cards, canvases and other photo related products.



SnapShop2001 spot in any 2015 DSLR SnapShop course.



Giveaway Details:

1 winner chosen at random


$200 gift certificate to Epiphanie Bags

$200.00 gift certificate to Totally Rad

$150 gift certificate to

$200 –Β  1 spot in a 2015 SnapShop DSLR course


THE WINNER IS: KimberlyB (email begins hein….)

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  • Alice H - I love this!! Always gives me great ideas. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  • Jen Higbee - Thank you so much for all your photography advice and for offering this giveaway. It all looks so fun. I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

  • Dana W - I love all of these recommendations and would love to learn more about dslr photography. Thanks!

  • Miriam - Is this giveaway open to international readers? I took your snapshop phone course earlier this year & would love to win a place on the DSLR course. My poor dslr has been neglected recently & could do with some love! Also that camera bag is beautiful. πŸ™‚

  • colleen from Alabama - WOW! I have a DSLR and would love all of these goodies! Thank you so much for this fun and generous giveaway!

  • Nora - What great giveaways; thanks for sharing! I love reading your posts and seeing your photos on Instagram. I’d love to improve my photography skills and a few new accessories certainly wouldn’t hurt πŸ˜‰

  • Annie - Awesome giveaway!

  • Alissa - Thanks so much for your recommendations! The extras are really fun to look through πŸ™‚

  • Cassie - I would love this bundle! Just started my photography adventure this month and I’m loving it so far!

  • Meryl Carver - I always look forward to this round-up! Just got a lensbaby for my birthday and having so much fun playing with it today. Thanks for organizing a great giveaway!

  • Lisa Ann - Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway and for compiling such a complete list of gift ideas. I enjoy your blog immensely.

  • Sarah A - Thanks for all the recommendations – I really want to get into the world of DSLR photography but am a bit overwhelmed by it all. Your post does such a great job of consolidating needs vs wants. Maybe if I read it through a few times I will be inspired to take the plunge! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - This is a crazy awesome giveaway!!!

  • Audrey Nielsen - Thanks for a chance to win the giveaway!!

  • kassondra - O please pick me! I have been in such a rut with my photography and I would love to expand and learn more!!!

  • Jackie - Such an exciting giveaway!

  • Kelly W. - This is an amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  • Rosie - Thank you for all the recommendations and for the chance to win these great goodies!

  • Darlene - Thank you for a fun giveaway! Hope you and your family has a lovely Thanksgiving!

  • Lauren - What an awesome giveaway!

  • Amanda P - Pick Me PLEASE:)

  • Mary Ann Mast - I would enjoy winning any of these, I enjoy taking pics and would love to do more but have never learned alot of cool things.

  • Amy - What a generous giveaway! And thanks for the great post!

  • Reagan - This is fun! Thanks for all your helpful advice!!

  • Anne @ Planting Sequoias - Super helpful post!

  • Jen - I would love to win this giveaway, and thanks for all the camera/photography advice!

  • Siera - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the great information!

  • Trinity - Great post! Thanks for doing the giveaway…it is so fun!

  • Anna Smith - Fantastic post, and such an amazing give away. Fingers crossed!

  • Laura - Love all these ideas and excited for the giveaway. Thanks!

  • Claire - Thank you for the helpful guide! And the encouragement to print more photos!

  • Marianna - have a great camera and lenses, but could really use some extras, especially with a new baby!

  • Bek - I adore your blog and all your advice! I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree up this year. Then I can use your advice and directions to take pictures of my daughter in front of it for her first Christmas! You rock. πŸ™‚

  • Jordan - amazing giveaway, thank you for all the helpful info!

  • Melissa - Great Post!

  • Sprite - Thank you for saving us hours of research with your camera and gear recommendations! πŸ™‚ I always get overwhelmed when I see the many different options that are available. What wonderful giveaways, too! Thank you so much!!!

  • Laura M. - Love this post you do every year! I always come away with SOMETHING I just HAVE to have! πŸ™‚ Been saving my pennies for a while for the 24/70mm 2.8 lens….still got a ways to go! πŸ™‚

  • Cathy - such great ideas. i would love to win!

  • Christy - Love this! Thanks for all the info and I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

  • Maureen - I would love to win these goodies! I am tempted by the January course but scared because I am a teacher and if school gets crazy I will not get as much out of it. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!

  • Molly W - What a great post! Thanks for all the recommendations.

  • Erika - Photos are such a gift. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  • katie Greenlaw - I can’t wait to show these recommendations to my husband. They’ve been what we’ve been looking for. THANKS!!

  • Aaron - ‘Tis the season for new camera gear. Gracias.

  • Debbie C - Wow…truly an AWESOME giveaway!

  • Mary - Amazing Giveaway! Your blog is always such fun to read and your photos capture your life so beautifully.

  • Heike - I absolutely love all your product recommendations – and the fun ideas are super great πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - Amazing give-away! And great information-thanks.

  • Rose - What a fantastic giveaway!

  • Brittany A - Awesome giveaway!

  • Kelli C - Such a fun giveaway!

  • Shannon Withaeger - Thank you for all the great tips and suggestions! This looks like a fabulous giveaway, thank you!

  • Stephanie - Hi! I am planning to take your DSLR course in 2015. I have a camera and 50mm lens, so I’m excited to see all of your other recommendations! πŸ™‚

  • Christin - Thanks for the recommendations! and awesome giveaway!!!

  • Southern Gal - This is a great list. Thanks for the chance to win all those amazing prizes!

  • Leah - Wow! Would really love all this! Am always so inspired by your blog and how you capture your family.

  • Kaylee Coles - I would love to win this (especially the SnapShop course)! I am in that weird spot where I feel like I’ve got sort of a basic grasp of some of the manual elements, but I still struggle particularly with aperture. I would love to actually learn from someone since this whole trial-and-error thing isn’t really cutting it. Haha!

  • Shawn Hoddinott - Hi Ashley! I took your DSLR class in October and loved it!! I have learned so much and look forward to reading your BLOG everday!
    The giveaways look great too!
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Stacie Sigler - What awesome prizes! Hope I win!

  • christina larsen - Would love to win this! Hope you are having a great day!

  • Rebecca Reeder - Thanks for all the great ideas and thoughts you share. I would love to win any of the prizes offered.

  • Jenny Plumb - Thank you for all the suggestions. I have a little cannon rebel, it’s kit lens and the 55mm 1.8 lens. That has seemed to work well enough for little ol’ me. However, five years later, I think I need a little better camera body.

  • loan - Woohoo! Pick me please!

  • Monica hart - Great suggestions!

  • Elena - I am starting in my photography journey and would be so excited if I won some fun stuff!

  • Morgan L - I love the photo wall idea! I will definitely be trying that in my own room. A DSLR camera is at the top of my Christmas list this year. I have always been interested in photography but haven’t done much since I broke my camera a couple years ago. I would love to get back into the swing of it.

  • Lauren - This looks amazing. What a giveaway!

  • Gretchen K - What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing your advice. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - Thank you for taking the time to post these every year! I will probably being trying Lightroom soon. Editing is the most intimidating part to me!

  • Jessica - would love to win this! I’ve always wanted to take your snapshot course, you are such an amazing photographer!!

  • Allison kingry - Awesome giveaway!! Would love to win!!

  • erica - this is an awesome giveaway! fingers crossed! have a yummy thanksgiving!!!

  • Stacey M - Love your tips and recommendations!!! Awesome give-away!

  • Allie - Just bought a Nikon D3300 and LOVE it! All these other giveaways would be icing on the cake. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • April Russell - I love the bag!!!!

  • Emily - Love that camera bag — so cute!

  • Christine - This is so great! I would love to win any of those! Thanks for a great post – so helpful!

  • Abby - What am amazing giveaway! And thanks for putting this all in one place, it makes it so much easier to recommend to my family what I want πŸ™‚

  • Susan - Wow — great recommendations and fantastic giveaway!

  • Ari - Me me me!!!

  • Jessie Dewey - So much goodnessssssssss!!!!

  • Kayla - Sooo excited!!

  • Jill - I LOVE taking pictures of my kiddos and am just beginning to dabble in getting off “auto” on my dslr. Can’t wait to learn more!

  • Connie - Love your photos, and I hear you about the printing business. I have a couple of hundred photos from a sabbatical that never went anywhere but on a locked Flickr account for safe-keeping… I should really get on that.

  • Amity - what an amazing giveaway! i have four kids and i love photography, and taking photos of them. but the cost of a good dslr has gotten in the way of me purchasing a nice camera and the accessories. this is a great chance, thank you!

  • Sarah W. - I love all these recommendations! Thanks for doing the awesome giveaway as well!

  • Liz - Wow, what awesome prizes! Thanks for the opportunity. πŸ™‚

  • Maddie T - I would love to win this! I did your Snapshop course in the fall and I’ve been taking more and more pictures. This would help to keep building that momentum!

  • Jessica Nunez - Truly a great give away… and what better time than the week of Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica - Always look forward to seeing the gift recommendations you share, and continually grateful for the SnapShop course which taught me so very much! πŸ™‚

  • Heather - Such great info! Thanks for sharing!

  • Candice S - Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

  • Kim - What an amazing giveaway!
    Thanks for giving your readers (including me) a chance to win. πŸ™‚

  • Michaela - I’ve enjoyed your photography for a few years now. Thanks for opening up your life and story to us.

  • Adele Chalker - i really must get that extra canon lens, I’ve heard how great the 50mm one is soo many times!

  • Carrie M - I am an “auto” shooter and have ‘learning how to use my camera’ on a wish list. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Erica - Woohoo! What a great giveaway!

  • Jessica - What a fantastic giveaway… and a lovely post, as always :)!

  • Jenny Denbow - I’ve always shot Nikon but am thinking about switching to Canon. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Rachel - This is perfect! Hope I get picked!

  • Katie - What an awesome give away!! Would love to win!!

  • Emma - Love these giveaways! Praying for a win!

  • Alyssa W. - Great post – thanks for the reviews and opportunity to win prizes!

  • Ana - This post comes in the right moment, thanks!
    I love your blog and your pictures, thank you for sharing it!

  • Britney - Thanks for the great tips! I am fortunate to have a nice canon dslr but these extras are awesome! Thank you!!

  • Ashley Hester - This is awesome!!

  • Leah Claire - I’ve used your past photo recommendations and trust your advice completely! Thanks so much for an amazing giveaway.

  • Krystin - Amazing giveaway!!!

  • Sharla - I love these – your pictures are so awesome. Can’t believe you caught him jumping across the tables so clearly like that. The giveaways are awesome – I have loved everything I’ve gotten from mpix!

  • Mel - I think that photography is one of those things that the more you learn, the more you want to learn. I love it, and love your blog for all of the tips you provide (and for your great photos!). thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amulya - Great Giveaway ! Would love to win…Thanks

  • Amy N - We have an old canon rebel and my hubby wants to upgrade. Thank you for this post!

  • Mandi P - Thank you for all the tips you give and the opportunity to win such a great load of prizes!

  • Krista - What a super post — and an amazing giveaway. I already use (and love) Mpix.

  • Diana - love it all! Your blog has been such an inspiration for years!

  • Hannah - Eeek! I just read your post like this from last year and bought myself a rebel t5 from target’s pre-Black Friday sale! Any of these giveaways would be sooooo helpful for this new dslr owner πŸ˜‰

  • Katie Terpstra - Just took your October SnapShop! Great course, perfect for the beginner who wants to learn more!

  • Caroline R - Got fingers crossed! These prizes are amazing- you really went all out… Thanks Ashley!

  • alanna - I love love your site and all of your photography tips!!!! I would be thrilled to win all of these awesome gifts!!!

  • Kristina Barr - Would love to win the Totally Rad software!

  • Sarah R - Would love to win, pretty please!

  • Amanda B - I hope Santa brings me camera accessories! πŸ™‚

  • Priya - I have been a silent reader of your lovely blog and feel like I am ready to take it to the next level with my cannon T4! Thanks for the great ideas and the giveaway!

  • Kim B - What a great giveaway! Thank you for sharing your recommendations!

  • Nicole L - I took your snap shot class last year and it was so so helpful for me. Would LOVE to take advantage of any of these amazing giveaways. I sure enjoy reading your blog!

  • Tanya - Thanks for the recommendations and giveaway chance!

  • Anya Abrahamson - You always have awesome camera advice. Love learning a bit more each time.

  • Sue Y - Thank you Ashley! Always look forward to your recommendations. πŸ™‚

  • Emily - Great collection! Thanks for your recommendations πŸ™‚

  • Brittany B - I’ve had a DSLR for several years and am still learning how to use it. I’m going to check out Lightroom, I’m excited to find out about another option for editing besides Photoshop. Photoshop always felt so overwhelming to me!

  • Kelly B - Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Shanda - Oh how I would love this for my 16 year old. He has found a passion for photography.

  • Margaret Petry - Wow, I would love to win! I so badly want to start learning photography. This would really help!

  • Nikki R. - I love the Epiphanie bag! Thank you for the great post! πŸ™‚

  • Kari e - Fantastic list & such fun prizes!! Here’s hoping I win!

  • Mary Ellyn rozell - Wow! What a great giveaway. I so admire your photography abilities.

  • Vertie - great post. I’m looking to upgrade my dear so your recommendations are perfect!

  • Kayla - Amazing giveaway! Thanks for all the great recommendations!

  • Marji - Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I’d love to win!!

  • Sheri - I’ve been following your blog for a while and absolutely love it. I always look forward to your informative, uplifting and heart felt posts. Thank you for these recommendations!

  • Kim - what a cool giveaway. Thanks so much for hosting. pick me πŸ™‚

  • Melissa - Wow! What a fantastic opportunity to win! Thanks for the chance!

  • Rebekah Bennett - Wow! What a fun giveaway!

  • Kate M - What an amazing giveaway! Love that bag:)

  • Crystal - The prizes are all amazing but I want the spot in your course most!! Also a bag would be nice instead of just sticking my camera in the diaper bag.

  • Elaine - Wow, great post and recommendations!! I love how you said that you don’t keep up with the latest products but you do keep up with your kids! πŸ™‚ glad you’re so down to earth!

  • Sandy - Everyone loves a giveaway including me. Fingers are crossed.

  • Aly - This is an incredible giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!

  • Katherine - Thanks for a super-informative post!

  • Devon - Such amazing prizes! Thanks for hosting the giveaway & telling us all about these awesome products! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Claire - Thank you for this post! I’m saving up for that first DSLR. One day, soon!

  • Carrie - I always love your camera recs! I’m getting more brave with my manual settings and, honestly, I give you a lot of that credit πŸ™‚ Your advice is just so darn practical and helps me remember to just go out and do it!

  • Claudia Petton - pick me!

  • Petra - Please, count me in! πŸ™‚

  • Angela - So much Camera swag!!! Love it, and all of the recommendations and tips!!!

  • Tina - What an awesome prize pack! Man, I’d be so excited to win your class, I’ve been wanting to take it but things (aka unplanned expenses) keep coming up!! Life! πŸ™‚

  • Liz - Thanks for the giveaway!,

  • Ashley - Great review! I will make the leap someday to an awesome camera!

  • Amy M - A DSLR is on my Christmas list this year for the third year in a row…hoping this is the year I get lucky! πŸ˜‰

  • christie - Comment!

  • jenn - Eeeeekkkkk. What an exciting giveaway. I purchased my very firs dslr camera in Feb. Would love any and all of these awesome items.

  • Lisa K - How exciting!!!! Thanks for the chance. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  • Genesis - What an amazing opportunity, thank you for the chance to win such wonderful goodies! I’d be thrilled to win a spot in your class!

  • Tiffani - Oh this would be so awesome. I’ve been wanting to get in one of your classes forever.

  • Casie - This would be awesome!!

  • Emily @ imperfect - I’ve always loved your photography posts, what a fun round-up and giveaway!

  • Marie - Wow! what an amazing giveaway- I’ve been looking for a cute camera bag! excited to have a chance to win! & thanks for all the great company ideas! πŸ˜€

  • Leah - Fun stuff!

  • Stephanie - Thanks for the great tips and advice. I would LOVE to win a place in your class! May you be blessed!

  • Jenny - Thanks for this great post and awesome giveaways!! πŸ™‚

  • Jordan S. - Would love to win to help take pictures of my newborn πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Mac - *fingers crossed* that it’s my lucky day. I shared your blog at our favorite things girls night last week. I am a big fan. My toddlers are total chicken snugglers.

  • Ali B - What a great giveaway! I would love to be the lucky winner!!

  • Casey - This giveaway is spectacular! Thanks! PS really appreciated the info in this post!

  • Kaytie - Thanks for all the great recommendations — the amount of amazing camera related gear out there always amazes me, how can I possibly choose! πŸ˜‰

  • Angie Webb - Wow! What a giveaway! Thank you!

  • Andrea Hutz - So many awesome things!

  • Andrea - This is awesome! Thank you so much Ashley

  • Jane - What am incredible give-away! Your posts are incredible. I was really touched by your post about doing “better than you think”. I think all parents need to hear that every once in a while. πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays!

  • Sarah Kaggwa - Wow! What a great giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving week!

  • KaraM - Nice giveaway package! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica - WOW! Amazing giveaway! And great info!

  • Amy Marshall - so excited to see the new bags! Love your tips!

  • Julie Baaki - Maybe this will be my lucky comment ; )

  • Breeana Betts - Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! Hoping it’s my lucky day!

  • Michele Vest - I hope I win!!!

  • Shira - Wow, I’m so impressed – this compilation is truly a labor of love; thank you!! And now here’s to fingers crossed big-time that I might win something…

  • Jessica - I would love to win one of these for my best friend!

  • rebekah - What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.

  • Beth ann - Whew! Thank you for taking the time to pull all of this information together! And for offering the giveaway!

  • elizabeth - Thanks for this great review & giveaway. I might send him this way ffor gift ideas.

  • Sarah - What great information! My hubby just bought me a DSLR for my birthday so I am in the process of learning all about it!

  • Jen - Seems like just yesterday I read last years recommendation post, time flies!!! I would love to win.0, especially for a spot in your class and the bag

  • erin - thanks for the info, friend! now to scope out a sale!

  • Lisa - I would love to win ANY of these items! Wow! Thanks for doing this – and for all of your input about photography gear!

  • Leticia Carlson - Thanks for sharing! Your knowledge is always awesome!

  • Laura - Awesome giveaway! I have a dslr but I’ve been so lazy about using it lately since summer has faded away and the light in our house is terrible. This might be just the kick in the pants I need to learn how to work with what I have instead of letting myself slack.

  • S Marvici - The list of suggestions are awesome! Thanks for the great giveaways!! Love your Blog. I look forward to reading it everyday.

  • Jen - Pick me! Pick me! Please : )

  • Kim B. - Would LOVE to win this for my daughter as an awesome Christmas gift!!

  • Allison B - What an amazing giveaway! I got a DSLR last year and am definitely ready to step up my photography skills!

  • may - I have been wanting to take better pictures of my kid. Your post comes in at just the right time! I will be doing some shopping. Thank you!

  • Zenobia - What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

  • Marie L - Love all the great ideas, and love all of the items in your give a way!!

  • Heather - Thanks so much for all of your recommendations! So helpful.

  • Jennifer Waldo - This would be a dream come true!!!

  • Heather - This was so helpful! Thank you!

  • Amber - Great list of suggestions. I personally love my 35 mm f/1.8 lens.

  • Jennifer Waldo - Thanks for the post! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  • Kate B. - Thank you for the wonderful recommendations and giveaways!

  • Jen - Awesome! Amazing!

  • Kelly Arnold - Thanks for recomendations!! Its the perfect time of year

  • ajira - Great list of recs as usual! Thanks for putting this together and for including such a generous giveaway.

  • Jessica - Your blog is such an encouragement to me as a mom. And just plain fun!

  • amanda sadler - Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Elisabeth - Such a great giveaway!!

  • Chantelle - Thanks for sharing all your favorites! As a new Mom to boy number three I could put serious use to any of those awesome prizes!

  • Becky F - What a great giveaway!

  • Elizabeth holder - What an awesome giveaway thanks!!

  • Katie brown - How awesome!!

  • B. - 50mm f/1.8 II or 50mm – f/1.4 USM. Which one would you reccomend? Is the 1.4 worth the price and can you really spot differences from the 1.8?

  • Jessica - This is a pretty sweet giveaway from an even sweeter blog. I am daily encouraged by your posts, Ashley! Keep it up!

  • Lynn Osborne - Thanks for sharing these great recommendations. AND thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  • Christi S. - What a great giveaway! I loved your Snapshot class that I took this Spring and highly recommend it to other newbie photographers!

  • Lyndsay - You rock! Thanks so much for posting this. I get this question a lot too, and now I know where to point them. :))

  • Mandy - My dslr is dying slowly (water damage on my beloved Pentax k-7), and I’ve been hoping to replace it with a k-50! Thanks for the link! Would love to take your snap shop course as well!

  • Sarah Kiriacon - Thank you for sharing all of this great information!! I have been following your blog for years and it has sparked a growing curiosity in photography as a means of storytelling and capturing the everyday moments. It has been a joy to see you and your family grow!

  • jkkyker - I’m looking forward to the recommendations for kids tomorrow!

  • Elisabeth Costa - Love this long and informative post!! I have a Canon and have had the 50m lens on a wish list for the last couple of years:) LOVE Humans of New York too!!!

  • Shaunne MacDonald - Thank you for yet another fantastic informative recommendations post. I have had my dslr for just over a year now and it does not get the use that it should. I think the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II will be my next addition and hopefully spark some new creativity into me.

  • Kate - Fingers crossed! Love your blog and all your great giveaways!

  • Hollytn - Oh my! I certainly don’t deserve it but am ready to take the dslr plunge. Pick me!!

  • Carol Van Boening - WOW!! Great post,as usual! SO very thorough.

  • Melissa - What a great giveaway!

  • Diana - This is an awesome post! We have a compact DSLR and I’ve been looking for a prime lens for it for awhile, can’t find anything reasonable. I often wonder if we should have just sprung for the full DSLR but then I remember how much smaller our camera is and I’m ok with it. Still would love to find a good prime lens though!

  • Ashley Smith - Ohmygosh! I am so excited about the possibility of winning a Snapshops course!

  • Brittany Smith - Thank you so much for all of this helpful information, Ashley! These prizes would be such a blessing!

  • Jenna - A great list to get the wheels turning. Thanks!

  • Cassidy Scott - This is so exciting! I learned so much in your SnapShop course and I’m really looking forward to buying new little add-ons for my DSLR.

  • Courtney - Awesome giveaway!

  • Mihae - Thanks for all the tips!!

  • Kendra Campbell - Oh, my goodness. What a treasure trove of goodies!

  • Vicki S - Love reading your blog! What a wonderful giveaway

  • Nicole - Love reading your blog! What an awesome giveaway. *fingers crossed* πŸ™‚

  • Jessica H. - Great post!

  • Mindy - Thanks for all of the great tips! I have debated investing in a dslr. I’d love to win!!

  • laura - I would be so excited to win!

  • Jill - I’ve taken your course and it was worth every penny! I’m just a beginner with my dslr but this post helped me make my Christmas list. I just want that second lens and the flash. Easy peasy. Thank you for making my hubby’s job so much easier! I love getting a peek into your growing family as well. Your children are precious and their personalities shine through your pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us!
    God bless you this holiday season.

  • Courtney Davis - I always look forward to your recommendations! Thanks!

  • Heather - Oh, I would live to win! πŸ™‚

  • Donna - What they all said! No seriously, what a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. and, oh, yeah, choose a Canon- everytime πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Reading your blog is a part of my everyday. Sometimes, I simply get around to looking at the pictures. They make me want to capture my own little family and life–the beautiful “normal”. Thanks for sharing about your own little beautiful “normal” life! πŸ™‚ Also, thanks for putting together this giveaway!

  • Shelby Adakai - My fingers are crossed! πŸ™‚

  • Annie - What an amazing giveaway. I’m new to this parenting adventure and would love to learn more about documenting this journey!

  • Beth - I JUST got the Nikon 7100. Took it around Disney World for 10 days, barely taking it off “auto,” and came away with a ton of great photos. Now it’s time to crack open the owner’s manual!

  • Allison - Thanks to your reccomendations from last year, I purchased a great camera! Now only if I was less intimidated and could figure out how to use manual. I would love a spot in one of your classes!

  • sheena bean - great recommendations, girl!! thanks πŸ™‚

  • Tishey - love these recommendations!! And I’ve been wanting to treating RadLab actions forever!!

  • Kelly - Such great information! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • kelly - Great ideas…. thanks!

  • Kristie K - Thanks for all the recommendations, it helps me a lot!

  • Tessa - you’re such an inspiration for me in capturing my days. I try really hard to pull the camera out and capture the little moments as much as the big moments. Your class would be extremely beneficial to me as I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing most of the time with my camera. What a great post and wonderful giveaway!

  • Crystal - So, I’m just sitting here almost drooling over the giveaway and wanting to win….yet, I’m looking forward to the giveaway tomorrow, too. You’re awesome for putting together such fun things!! πŸ™‚

  • Alison Gilles - Thank you for this great info!! Especially with the holidays coming!! Love the giveaways!!!

  • mandy - Great reminder for me to PRINT photos that I take!!!!! I needed to hear that! πŸ™‚

  • Monique - Whaaaaat, such a great giveaway! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Stacy P - Just started reading your blog and love it! Took me hours to catch up on everything I’ve missed but so worth it. Thanks!

  • Mary - First time entering giveaway. Would be so excited to attend your class! … Or an of the classes

  • Auburn - Yay! So fun!!

  • Heidi Knipple - Thank you for the great tips! Your blog posts inspire me daily – thanks for keeping things real. I’d love to win any one of these giveaways, but would be thrilled to get a spot in your class!! Have a happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  • Jenny W - Wow!! What a giveaway! I love how encouraging your posts always are to us mommas! Thanks!!

  • Sarah "SophieBugsMom" - What an awesome giveaway!! I love my Canon camera too and my 20 year old son is showing interest in developing his talent with something beyond his iPhone… thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • bethanyblntn - I have NEVER won ANYTHING EVER in my life but if I could… THIS would be what I would want to win! πŸ˜› especially now that my photography buz. is starting to pick up πŸ˜€

  • Loren haar - Sweet! Thanks for the chance Ashley!

  • Janet Adams - Love your blog Ashley!

  • Jess - You inspire me to keep my camera out, and to take photos of my children doing things that make them happy. The photos aren’t perfect, but the children are.

  • Molly - My mom told me to come enter and I’m so glad she did! A new camera bag and the film presets from RadLab are on my wishlist! What an awesome giveaway!

  • Laura - This is such helpful info and an awesome giveaway! Thank you!!!

  • Katherine - Possibly the best giveaway ever! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Joey Hoffman - Amazing. I would take full advantage of this πŸ™‚

  • Diane - Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Love your pictures!

  • Kristy - Love reading your blog ever since meeting you at Craft Weekend! Amazing stuff!!

  • Mernin - Thanks for the chance! These are great giveaways!

  • Hannah - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jan Melius - What a great post! I love the recommendations and this giveaway. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • Katie - Great giveaway!

  • Carmen K - Wow!!!! what an incredible prize, you are amazing!!

  • Carrie - What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  • Courtney Kelley - You are so great for taking the time to seek out all of this helpful info. Thank you!

  • Kaitlin Taylor - What a great giveaway!

  • Kathleen - Great recommendations! It’s awesome giveaway as well πŸ™‚

  • Marla Caldwell - Thank you for all of the advice and this wonderful giveaway!

  • Christy M - OOOh. SO glad you shared all of this. I was just tinkering away with my camera today and popped over to read your ‘about’ page one more time to see what you use. What a great giveaway!

  • Jessa - Could I be so lucky!?! I would Love to win and get started taking better photos, especially of my two munchkins!

  • Laura - Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge so generously! Amazing giveaway… fingers crossed!

  • Jessica - Would so love to win!

  • Gina - Thank you for the recommendations!

  • John Lipor - Awesome!!!!

  • Marissa - Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • ashley - I loved the SnapShop I participated in a few years ago and would love to win any of the giveaway items (especially the MPix gift certificate for my Christmas cards)!

  • Jayme Mitchell - I love it when you put together these recommendations. Thank you!

  • Jennie W - Someday…I’d love to get a dslr…

  • Erika - I would love to win! This is a great giveaway

  • meg - I love reading other people’s recommendations! I think it’s always good to 1. see what all is out there with technology changing so much and 2. to see “real” reviews of things!! So thanks!!

  • Megan - Great post and awesome giveaway!!

  • Andrea - Thank you for all of these great recommendations!

  • Anne Wells - These are all on my Christmas list!!! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth - I am a mom of three with our fourth on the way. I just want to say thank you so much for your blog and inspiration. You are amazing. We will have our third son and we have one daughter and I realize how much work it is to raise a family and homeschool and still try to find time to craft. You do an amazing job and I appreciate your insight on so many levels. Have a blessed thanksgiving. I appreciate the opportunity you are giving to win. That is so special to our family. God bless you and yours +Elizabeth

  • Rachel - Thanks for the wonderful tips and hosting this giveaway!! I own a dslr, but feel less than competent at using it fully. I’d love to learn more and be a part of your workshop/online course! Your blog and photos are very inspiring!

  • Cara S. - I would love to win this giveaway… it would be an awesome Christmas gift πŸ™‚

  • Martha Bonneau - So much great information and what a wonderful giveaway! Would love the chance to win a spot in your class, I get in an iPhone rut and need to use my DSLR more.

  • Elizabeth - Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Susanna - This post is immensely helpful. Thank you so much – I really appreciate all this information!

  • Melissa - This is amazing and I would go bonkers if I got it!

  • Sarah B. - I would love to take your snapshop course!

  • Tonpia - After 4 yrs with my DSLR, I still can’t control it. And I use it in the automatic mode! How sad is that? It would be an honor to learn from someone so talented.

  • Elizabeth C - Pick me!

  • Lara - I love that you share all your camera knowledge so freely! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Christy K - My goodness, what a blessing it would be to win! Thank you for all of your wonderful recommendations, following your blog is what inspired me to try my hand at photography!: )

  • ashley jensen - Wow that is a lot of great stuff!

  • Amy L. - So excited! πŸ™‚

  • Jolene - This is so much awesome info, thanks!

  • Brenda - Thank you for this awesome list. It will come in very handy this week.

  • Kelly Dabel - What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for all the wonderful tips and links!

  • Jen Spilker - Wow, this would make my year! Thanks!

  • Jeni Willoughby - Love your blog! ! Been ogling dslr cameras for a while now. Thanks so much for the recommendations.

  • Allison - This is a suped up giveaway that I would love to win! I’m starting to consider upgrading my rebel because the options are limited. Thanks for always sharing your tips, inspiration and talent with us. Your snapshop has been on my wish list for “someday”.

  • Amanda Kininmonth - Love the suggestions every year!! Thanks!!

  • Rebecca - If this contest is open to Canadian residents, I would love to enter!

  • Jen Reynolds - that Mpix gift certificate would be wonderful for printing my 365.

  • Hillary - Thanks for all your photography tidbits!!!

  • ElizabethH - Love your blog. Here’s to hoping for random me!

  • Andrea - Wow. Thank you for all that you do! You’re recommendation just pushed me over the edge to try using a flash… I didn’t realize it could be so affordable!

  • Marina - Though not a photographer myself this post always helps me buy gifts! Thanks Ashley!!

  • Hannah S. - Thanks for all the info! Love this giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Courtney - I took your dslr course and LOVED it. I’ve learned so much and have been having lots of fun playing around with my camera ever since. Thanks Ashley!

  • Carmen Palmer - Great recommendations!

  • Caitlin McGuren - Thank you for sharing all your tips and suggestions. There’s more than one aspiring photographer in my family and these suggestions will help me with my Christmas shopping πŸ™‚

  • Jen - I gad a canon rebel once upon time…. Reading posts like this makes me want to practice with photography again.

  • Melissa - WHOA!!! Awesome giveaway.
    Thank you, thank you!!

  • CassM - Um, wow, that is quite a giveaway!

    Thank you for ALL the work in putting together that awesomely informative post! I need to bookmark this for sure ….

  • Lindsay - Thanks for the recommendations! Thanks so much! Your blog is such a blessing.

  • Traci Hendrickson - awesome giveaway!!

  • Katie M - What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Kaylan McCord - Oh, I hope I win! Would be fantastic!! πŸ™‚

  • Deanna - Amazing giveaway! I received my first Mpix order just a couple of weeks ago, after becoming aware of Mpix through your blog! I got a stack of 5×5 prints, for a real life instagram wall – the quality is exceptional!

  • Carrie - Your class is what inspired me two years ago to improve my skills. I’m so glad that I took the time to invest in better photography and have so many wonderful memories captured in photos.

  • Bopha - In love with those ephiphanie bags! May have to hint that one to the hubs for Christmas πŸ˜‰

  • Katie - I loved taking your phone snapshop course and I’m planning on taking your DSLR course, too!

  • Gracie - Ashley you have been such an inspiration for me! Your adoption story is beautiful and the way you share creativity with your children is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing it with us all through your photography.

  • Jeannine - Oh my gosh! What an awesome prize! I have been putting together the annual album and realized I really need improve my gear and take a course on how to use it.

  • becky young - Thanks for your recommendations.

  • Sarah - This would be amazing! Thanks for the recomendations!

  • Becky Z - What an great idea for a giveaway- and what perfect timing! Thanks! (Fingers crossed).

  • Andrea Johnson - Such great info and awesome giveaway!!

  • Sara A - I love your giveaways!

  • Gladys - Love the recommendations! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kaylyn - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Liz - fingers crossed! I would love love love to take one of your snap shop courses!

  • Jeannette Swan - As always, great tips and fun stuff!

  • Nori - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • Amanda Winn - This is amazing!! Thank you for all of the info!!! Hoping to take SnapShots in 2015!!!

  • Allie - Every year I seem to collect just a few things more on your list πŸ™‚ Since my camera bag strap gave way last week, I am especially drooling over those Epiphanie bags. So much cuteness!!

  • Corrie Anne - Thanks for such great giveaways! Would love to win any of this as I am getting more interested in photography since I am expecting a brand new (baby) model in February!

  • Charity G. - That is an amazing giveaway. My husband and I bought our DSLR on eBay before he took a trip to the Amazon 10 years. It was a 35mm and I had so much fun with it. Unfortunately we got rid of it and never replaced it. We’ve looked at new ones. I’ve read your tip posts before but I’m hoping maybe this year we’ll actually get to use them.

  • Stephanie - Thanks for the great information!

  • Kara - Thanks for the suggestions! I find that I use my phone to take photos because it is convenient but the photos often never leave my phone. I am going to work on getting my photos printed this year – I love the yearly photo books you do!

  • Stacy - Pick me, pick me!!!

  • Vickie Sykes - I would so love to win!!! Can’t wait to read about the recommendations for kids. My little Lilah is 5 and just told me she wants a camera so she can take her own pics and hand them out to people! I love that. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • Beth - My friend Nicoke is starting up her photography business in Nebraska and would love that bag!

  • Rachel Dallaire - Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of your recommendations + for putting together such a fantastic giveaway!

  • Oceana - Wow great tips and lots of cool stuff in that giveaway as well. Fingers crossed and thanks for sharing!

  • Tartaruga dos Tartarouchos - I have a 450D and have been wanting to upgrade for so long, but it’s pricey and i’m not a professional, so I think I could have another year with my camera πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Lurie - So thrilled for the opportunity to win!! You are inspiring

  • Judy - super helpful & informative in a down-to-earth language that’s not hard to figure out. THANKS!!!

  • Liz Donald - Great info. Thanks Ashley!

  • lucia - I love your blog, and would love to get better at photography….

  • Natalie - You are going to get a million comments on this post! πŸ™‚ I’d love this bundle – would be great to get me started on my photography journey!

  • Hanna - Wow! Thank you for the highly informative post! I do own a DRSL but I am still learning and some gear and attending your course would be a special gift!

  • Barb - Your timing with this post is fabulous! I am looking at buying a new lens and really appreciate the advice, Thankyou! I agree with you about the printing also, I have thousands of images trapped in my computer that I would love the kids to be able to enjoy looking at. I love the books you have printed and am inspired to try something similar. Thanks again.

  • Heather - Wow- who wouldn’t want to be a part of this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Emily - I love reading your blog. Thank you for being so genuine and open. I love to see the pictures you take of your family and I have been inspired to take more pictures of my kids and my husband and my messes to just mark my life as it is. I have a DSLR camera but have a speedlite flash on my Christmas list!

  • Suzie - Thank you for the fantastic recommendations, I always love these round-ups you do.
    I would really love to be entered into the giveaway (the prizes are amazing – thank you so much!), but I am living in the UK, so I’m not sure if I qualify?
    Keeping fingers crossed that I do!
    Thanks again πŸ™‚

  • hili - hi Ashley , always love to read your recommendation . didn’t wait for this post though. two months ago , I purchased a 6d,to replace my old 5dmk2, based on the your photos here. I’m very pleased with it , so thanks for that . i used to shoot only raws on the 5d, but I love the quality of the 6d gpegs so much, im hardly touching the raws now. your photos also look almost un-edited to me , wondering if you are also shooting jpegs ???

  • hili - also wondering, based on the photo at the beginning of this post , what are you doing with your old 5d ? are you letting your kids shoot with it ? i gave my 4 year old son my old canon rebel , but he only wants to shoot the new 6d ,i view it as a big compliment to me that he wants to copy me , are you letting your kids shoot with your camera ?

  • jill - would love a new camera bag!

  • Corinne - This is the best post I’ve ever read on purchasing photo equiptment!!!! Thanks, Ashley

  • Tracy B - Thank you for sharing all this great info!! It is super helpful!

  • Tahnia Yelton - What a fabulous list of recommendations for camera gear! It’s hard to pick just one. I can’t wait to read tomorrows post on what to buy for the kids. I hope I win any of the awesome prizes!

  • Sarah - Very cool giveaway! Appreciate your summary!

  • Laura denlinger - Just bought my first dslr! Would love any of these prizes!

  • Jolene - Thanks for doing the giveaway! Awesome prizes!

  • Cherie - I would love to win this giveaway! I’m saving up for an additional lens and to take your SnapShop course.

  • wendy r. - as the wife of a photographer, I love all of these lists, particularly since they always come just as I am trying to figure out what to get him for Christmas! thank you!

  • lyn - As always your tips for photography are the best.

  • Tammy @ SkipperClan - what a great roundup post, and giveaway! I have been trying to figure out what to get next, a lens, flash, etc

  • Megan - im one of those who is overwhelmed by anything beyond my iPhone but really want to learn!

  • Carri Zajac - Oh my!! I just bought my first dslr w weeks ago and would LOVE this giveaway!!!!!

  • Emily F - Thanks for the great lists!

  • June - Love your blog! And loving this post – super helpful with making some Christmas purchases.

  • Abby VanHeel - Love the bag!

  • Jen - Wow! How generous. I would be most excited about your class. I just bought my first dslr and slowly working on learning more about it.

  • Michelle - I would love this! What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Kira - What a fantastic opportunity!!

  • Stephanie M. - Thank you for this incredible opportunity to win the photography package! My teen has developed an intense passion for photography with our trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum. She loves taking photos of the collections as we combine Art and World History.
    Thank you again for your generous giveaway! Best of luck to everyone who entered!!
    Have a great holiday season and safe travels to all!

  • Erin Drysdale ???? - Ashley, it is so cool that you are doing this for your readers. Wow!! ???? It would be such a crazy blessing to win this, fingers crossed!

  • Erin Drysdale ???? - Ashley, it is so cool that you are doing this for your readers. Wow!! ???? It would be such a crazy blessing to win this, fingers crossed!

  • Christina Keller - I love reading this post every year and seeing what new and exciting things you add! Amazing giveaway too!!

  • meghan - awesome giveaway! i love your photography advice. i have learned to shoot manual, and i am always trying to get better. i count on advice from pros like you!

  • D. Wallace - Thanks for all the tips and a chance at this fab giveaway!

  • Jenni - Fingers crossed!! What a great list! I am going have # 5 in less then a week and my goal is to force myself to get comfortable with shooting in manual!! Hope you all have a great thanksgiving!

  • Lindsey p - Oh my goodness this is such a generous giveaway! You are so sweet to us readers.

  • Ranee - i always look forward to this post…i followed some of this advice years ago and am so happy i did, but it is always good to see the new recommendations and think about a few new things! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Nicole DeCourcy - I love your blog! I never comment but I read it daily and I have been following for several years. My oldest son and your oldest daughter are the same age. Its fun to see how they have all grown.

  • Nikole - Thanks for the valuable insight! As well as AMAZINGLY giveaways πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Adams - What an awesome giveaway! I love it all!

  • Meagan - Thank you for putting these recommendations together. So helpful!

  • Melanie Gillen - Thank you for this post and for so many countless others. I’m thinking about taking my photography to the next level, so these giveaways are perfect!

  • Amy Arroyo - This would be…wait for it…AWESOME!

  • Susannah H. - Thank you for this giveaway!!!!

  • Caitlin Tufts - I so enjoy your blog!

  • S Hyde - Great info! Thank you!!

  • Ashley A. - Awesome post and giveaway!!!

  • Dee Nordean - Your info is always so helpful because of the honest & real advice. Love the way you share the way you see the world around you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Julie Gilpin - WOW!! Brilliant giveaway. Thanks,


  • Jo Moseley - I adore those new leather bags!

  • Natalie - I have always loved photography but haven’t dove in all the way! I mostly take pictures with my phone but would love to really get a good camera and learn to do things better!

    Thank you for the giveaway! HOPE I WIN!!

  • Ginna - Wow, thank you so much for such great tips, and the opportunity to enter the giveaway! I bought that 1.8f lens you recommended last year and love it!

  • Rachel - So much great info! I needed that reminder to print my pictures!

  • Dawn - Thanks so much Ashley! I love snapping pictures all day, everyday and want to take my love of photography to the next level-so this post was perfect for me. Thanks for taking the time to put it together! Wow-3,500 students! That’s incredible!

  • Gris fleur - Many thanks ! What a brilliant idea …as always on this blog!

  • Becky J - Hands down- your photography is the best-it makes me feel like I am right there experiencing the emotion and energy! What a treasure trove you have of life memories in your pics- I need to do the same {in my simple way :)}!! Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway and a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas to you!

  • Emily - What a great giveaway! I would love to win!!

  • Jenny - Love!!!!

  • Felicia - I have taken and loved your snapshots workshop. All you camera advice has been so helpful.

  • Kelley - Wahoo!! Pick me!!!

  • Maria Cecilia Florido - thank you for the post and the giveaway!! it was very helpfull since i’m about to buy my first camera ando i was wondering if Canon Rebel was good enough!

  • Kaylie - Thank you for offering the giveaway and all the great bits of advice and tips. I have loved following you over the last several years.

  • jodi mo - Been anxiously waiting for “camera” week! Yay!

  • Monica carlson - Awesome giveaway!

  • Conni M - I know some items on my Christmas list now!! I adore all your recommendations πŸ™‚

  • Janie Richards - Thanks for the chance to win! Your giveaways are always so awesome! Happy Thanksgiving to your lovely family!

  • Maria - Such a great giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Sarah Taylor - Thank you so much for posting this! What a great photography gift guide!

    I just love your blog!

  • Paige - Love your weekly ideas! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Would love the bag!

  • Aj - Thank you for the helpful hints and information. The bag looks awesome. I like my DSLR but its too bulky in its normal carrying case to take it plus a diaper bag/purse therefore the camera does not get used much…nor do I know how to use it well!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Of course I’m going to comment on THIS post! Wow, such an amazing bundle! Thank you Ashley for thinking of others! Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ashley Raymond - cant wait to go through this list and figure out my Christmas wants. Pick me pick me!!!

  • Mary Moury - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Candice Forte - This is a wonderful post and I can attest to the goodness of that tamron lens! Sadly my prime lens is collecting dust:). Yet I won’t sell it because like you said a 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens to have! Hope you are well and thank you for the giveaway!

  • Elizabeth W. - Ohhh..pick me!

  • Kara - PICK ME! PICK ME!

  • sara morin - Wow. What an amazing collection of things, and I always love your photo gift ideas. This year we are looking to upgrade our camera, so I’ve sent your suggestions to my husband so it can help make our decision. Thank you!!

  • Diane - Such great tips! Thank you, thank you!!

  • Holly - OOOOH! Those camera bags! The strap on mine is wearing out, and drives me crazy, I’d love to win one of those bags!

  • Avenlea - Thanks for the fun opportunity! I am entering πŸ™‚

  • Erica - Such an awesome post! Thanks for compiling this!

  • Diane - I would Love, Love, Love to win and LEARN!!! What a wonderful opportunity and the Great Work you do sharing on your blog. Read it everyday. You are truly an inspiration.

  • Ashley - I would LOVE to win this!!! Thank you for all that you share with your readers!

  • trish - it is a dream come true!!!!!!!!! so many of my favorite things wrapped into one present! Amazing items!

  • Sarah - So excited about this, thank you!

  • Lucy - I never win anything, but I do want to tell you that last Christmas I bought myself the present of taking your snapshop class and it was worth every penny. It completely changed the way I took pictures. I feel like now I am able to capture memories better. I will never be a professional photographer, but my kids will be glad that I was able to capture moments because of photography. Thank you for such a lovely class. Also, because of your recommendation I got myself that Tamron lens and it is wonderful. Keep recommending it!

  • Amy - Thank you for always sharing this information! I have learned a lot from your blog posts. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  • henna d - Thank you for the great recommendations! And for this very generous giveaway!

  • Leslie - Oh I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed! It would be like Santa came early to our house. I’ve been wanting to try Radlab!

  • Paul Brown - Great post. Looking forward to hearing about the giveaway

  • Kristina - I love your camera bag! Such a fun giveaway!

  • Maegan C - lovely pics- thanks so much!

  • Dana Haylee - Thanks so much for sharing your tips! You helped me greatly in learning what I wanted to buy from your past posts!

  • Carrie - Thank you for this post. A few years ago, this post helped my husband and I to choose our Canon Rebel and then to eventually add a few lenses. I am so happy we decided to get a DSLR! I take so many more pictures now because it is fun! This year I am hoping to get Lightroom – I have had Photoshop, since it was a gift to me years ago, and it is just not practical for editing all of our “for fun” family shots! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Sara - Thank you so much for the giveaway! and the recommendations!

  • Carrie - I always love your photos and your thoughts on photographing life!

  • Amy W - Thanks to your recommendations post last year, I felt confident in upgrading to a dslr camera from my fancy point and shoot. I purchased a Canon Rebel T3i and love it. Taking your dslr snapshop class is now on my wish list. Thank you for being so informative in such a personable way!

  • Erin - What an awesome giveaway- so much fun!! Thank you:)

  • katy - What an amazing giveaway, thank you for the chance!!

  • Tracy - What a great prize!!!! πŸ™‚

  • brittney - I just got a DSLR and am still learning the ins and outs. A course would be great for me!

  • Jenn - WOW. great tips! Thanks so much!!

  • Melissa W - awesome giveaway, and such great advice! I got my last DSLR camera based on your recommendation and have LOVED it!

  • Jude - oh my, pick me please! πŸ™‚

  • Cory - All of these items are AWESOME! So excited!

  • sarah - These are so great!

  • TLL - Love to read your recommendations

  • Emily - You always have such great ideas! Love that camera bag!

  • Krystal - Wowzers! What a blessing this stuff will be to the winner!

  • Shari B. - Great recommendations and info! I always enjoy your blog posts! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • Natalie - I have have had an entry-level DSLR for 6 years and I still haven’t learned to use it on manual but am so determined. We will be (hopefully) getting pregnant with our first soon and I plan on being a Mom with a camera (she knows how to use) by her side. This giveaway couldn’t be more perfect. Thanks for your inspiration and great advice Ashley!

  • kribss - Thanks so much for the recommendations and for doing all the work in finding them!

  • Renata - I love the tips! Thank you.

  • Jennifer B - amazing giveaway! I have become very passionate about photography and my heart started racing when I saw the prizes! Love it

  • Nelly - Thanks for the info!

  • Katie - I really enjoy your blog and all your picture tips! Thanks for all the recommendations and inspiring words each day you post! Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  • Georgina Watkins - Those camera bags are beautiful! So thankful for your generosity

  • Rachel Miller - What a great giveaway! And thank you for all your recommendations. We’re looking to upgrade soon and this will help a lot. Have a great day!

  • Jaime Bell - Amazing prizes!! Here’s to winning!!

  • Emily Shackelford - What a great post! Very informative. In the market so this helps.thanks.

  • Kimberly - Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • Wendy - Thanks for all of the fantastic information. The giveaway is a bonus to your gift of knowledge.

  • Cassi Brightforest - Being number close to #500 makes my chances pretty low but I so want that bag πŸ™‚

  • Christine - Such a fabulous giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Judith from Nebraska - Wow! What a great giveaway! Love your blog – by far one of the best decisions I’ve made is to become a follower of yours. Thanks for the weekly inspiration!

  • Sundee Powers - These are awesome giveaways!!

  • Christian@Modobject at Home - Oh wow! I love all the recommendations, and the goodies are pretty swoonworthy!

  • Carin - Cool giveaway!

  • Evie - Thank you for a great list of recommendations!!

  • Cathy - Wow! amazing giveaway!! I would LOVE to have a spot in the Snap shot course!! Every single time you say registration is open I think about it, but it is just not in the budget…one day!!!

  • kL - thanks for the info & giveaway.

  • Amy McHenry - Thank you for sharing your life with us through your beautiful, thoughtful blog.

  • Rebecca R. - This would be a dream giveaway to win!!! πŸ™‚

  • Karen R - What a great giveaway! Thank you!

  • Becka - Would you please be so kind to talk about how you digitally store all of your photographs? That is one issue I’m struggling with. Thanks!

  • Suzanne - Thank you so much for this post. I have been looking at cameras and lenses but it all gets overwhelming quickly. Thanks for taking the time to give your recommendations. I love your blog and your photography.

  • Amy - Thank you so much for sharing your photography knowledge. I take lots of pictures of our family and always enjoy getting ideas from others. We use a Nikon but I usually run auto as I have never taken a class to learn the manual settings. Thanks again!

  • michele - These are great giveaways.
    Thank you!

  • MaryAnn - Thanks for all your great advice!! Such an awesome giveaway.

  • Lisa Inman - Awesome giveaway for whoever wins! Thanks!

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

  • Melisa - Great giveaways!! I could definitely use some prints, as I never get things printed!

  • Jessica G - AMAZING GIVEAWAY!!! Thanks for all the recommendations!

  • Lavs - wow! love your recommendations for lenses! i used your previous ones when buying mine! exciting giveaway!

  • Beth - THANK YOU for posting this today!! I was just telling my husband I need to get real about actually using our DSLR like I should (2015 goal!) This is a rad giveaway to boot! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie M - Fantastic post! fingers crossed!

  • Lindsey Armstrong - wow, totally crazy great giveaway!

  • Michele - I love Mpix! Thanks for all your work in putting together these thoughts and ideas.

  • Kenna Schwerdtfeger - yay! So fun! Pick me!

  • Sara - Pick me!

  • Allison Adams - Great advice — and perfect timing with my 1st baby on the way. Thanks!

  • Angie Lee - Love your blog, family and faith. Also happy to see my camera equipment on your lists!

  • Kiley Eck Hayon - Wow, what a fantastic give away! LOVE it! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle H. - Thanks for these tips!

  • P Koziol - I love it all!

  • Michelle Hill - My goodness what a generous giveaway! I have been planning to my by very first DSLR camera so this post is perrrfect!! Thank you so much!

  • Tammy Henderson - Such great info. Think I should forward this to my hubby for gift ideas. ;o)

  • Anna - Thank you for a very informative post!

  • Karen - This would be so exciting! Thank you!

  • ASH - Thanks for the advice and the giveaway! I wish there was something to make photographers invisible so people (within family) wouldn’t shy away from the camera.

  • Sherry Cartwright - AWESOME!

  • Tiffany J - The awesome giveaway follows some awesome suggestions. I took a few of your last year’s suggestions and have really enjoyed the new devices. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sarah - You’re the best….would love any of the giveaways!!

  • Kari - I would love this! Thanks for taking the time to blog, I enjoy your posts!

  • sharee anderson - this is awesome!

  • Jolene - Photography knowledge overload! I love it all! Thanks!

  • Sonya B. - Wow, awesome! Fingers crossed!

  • sarah walquist - Wow! What a giveaway with so many goodies!

  • Jacqueline R - Love the recommendations in each price range. I have been debating whether to upgrade my 7yo DSLR.

  • izzy - Wow this looks like such a great giveaway! I live in the UK so normally can’t enter giveaways πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tips, I agree about getting prints! I am hoping to buy an Instax 8 soon because I love the idea of getting a print straight away.

  • Tasha - Holy giveaway Batman! If I’m going to ever win one of these, please let it be this one!

  • Andrea - Appreciate your honesty with recommendations!

  • Makenzy - love it! Pick me!!

  • Cindy McAllister - LOVE everything…thanks for sharing this information and for the chance to win some cool stuff.

  • Sara Rainsdon - great recommendations!! Thanks for having such a fun giveaway!

  • Arlene - Ashley, you rock! You inspire me daily. Thanks.

  • Rebecca Coolidge - What a fun giveaway, you rock!

  • Sarah Hebert - I am constantly blown away by your beautiful images, thoughtful perspective and wise advice! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer W - Thanks for this giveaway…it’s awesome!!! And for all the photography gift ideas. πŸ™‚

  • amanda - What an amazing giveaway!!

  • shae - commenting to be entered. i love your blog i have been reading it forever. thanks so much for sharing everything

  • Shannon Wheeler - Holy smokes!! What an amazing giveaway?!?!! So much awesome stuff. I look forward to this post every year! I’m still a few years away from upgrading my dslr, but I am going to invest in a new lens in 2015 and this definitely helps!

  • Eileen B. - Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Stephanie George - Wow, sure would love to win a gc for an epiphanie bag! All your giveaways look great. Thanks!

  • Haley Bouffard - This is an amazing giveaway! I’d love it!

  • Kristin - ASHLEY,I dont even know how to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I recently took a snapshop dslr class and it has gotten me so enthusiastic
    about photographing.You have created a spark in me I didnt know existed
    and I am literally thrilled when I look at some picturs I took after the class.
    They get better and better and it means the world to me capturing my family and our adventures in a way I would not have been able to. So hey you people out there – take that class.It will shake you up.At least that’s whay it did to me. PS:That giveaway is pretty awesome,too πŸ˜‰

  • Keely - I would LOVE to win this one! Thanks, Ashley!

  • bev olfert - wow – great contest – thanks!

  • Lara - Thank you Ashley! So many fun ideas for Christmas. Can’t wait to see your post on ideas for kids as well!

  • Kellie - What an amazing giveway! Holy moly! πŸ˜‰

  • Tyler Garrett - Holy Smokes!

  • Lindsey - Thank you for this post! I hope I win the giveaway!

  • Misty - Gimme!

  • Kristin L. - I am so bad at printing out pictures….but I want to get better at it! Winning this prize would definitely help with that!

  • Erica - I didn’t think anything in my feed could be yummier than all of the Thanksgiving treats folks are sharing, but I was wrong. All of these products look amazing and a few will be added to my gifting list.

  • Kristina - Such great advice! Love your blog! Thank you!

  • Amy M - I loved your phone course and hope to take your DSLR course one day soon- I just hope I’m smart enough!

  • Sue Symens - Woohoo! What fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Holly - Wow! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  • Hannah - Thank you so much for this opportunity! Such lovely things.

  • Linda Loo - Thanks so much for posting this again this year. Finally, we have saved enough for an investment camera, and I was really looking forward to your post on DSLR camera recommendations. I find your work absolutely beautiful, and hope one day to capture quality photos of my family too. I really hope I win your snapshop giveaway. *Fingers Crossed*

  • Meghan - I’ve been looking forward to this post, and it didn’t disappoint. Thanks for the recommendations, and the chance to win!!

  • Marcy - Thank you for all these tips! I would love to go beyond the point and click, but all the info out there is usually overwhelming. Thank you!

  • Christina - Woo hoo! What great loot! Thank you SO much for your generosity. Fingers crossed that I win!!

  • Brooke - Oh boy! I’m crossing my fingers!

  • Jillian Blackburn - I LOVE Epiphanie bags! I’d love to win!

  • Laura - What an amazing giveaway! I would love the chance of winning.

  • jodi - as a former Snapshop student – so thankful for the investment you’ve put into so many of us! I love my camera so much more now than I did before your class! I need to review my notes this coming year and practice the basics some more…my project for January!

    Thanks again!!

  • Bernadette - Such a great giveaway, I am not sure which one to wish for most.

  • Ingrid - Thanks so much for the great advice! I’m getting a Nikon D5200 soon and I’m really excited to learn a lot about photography!

  • Ann Clark - Thanks for all the great info and giveaways!

  • Jessica elliott - wow, another great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Christina - Yes, please!! Also, I’d love to know more about how you care for your DSLR- do you take it somewhere to be cleaned or do you do it yourself? How often? And any other questions you could answer about camera care πŸ™‚

  • Carrie Morton - awesome giveaway! I am drooling over those Epiphany bags!!

  • christina - I would LOVE to join one of your classes! What a great post!

  • Candace - Would love to win any of these!!! Ashley’s Snapshop iphone course is also a great Christmas gift too! I just upgraded my DSLR – in need of a new camera bag πŸ™‚

  • autumn - This is such a fun giveaway, so many fun products!

  • April - Your DSLR Snap Shot was so helpful for me! Thank you, Ashley. And thank you for all the helpful ideas and products.

  • Susan - Ashley,
    Such great info. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic deal!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Erika C. - LOVE everything about this post! Everything.

  • Kelly - THanks for sharing the opportunity to win some great prizes!

  • Renee - Thank you for the awesome recommendations! I love your blog πŸ™‚

  • Allie E. - I would love to have a spot in your DSLR course!

  • Beth I - Great suggestions! Thanks for this!

  • Kelley J - Thanks so much for the helpful info! Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer - Love these ideas! Thank you!

  • Jo Fevens - Such a great post! Thank you so much for the awesome information!

  • Leighanna - I would love the chance to take your SnapShop course!

  • Jenna Kaye - Wow! What an awesome giveaway! Love following your blog!

  • Aubrey - Yea!! How exciting!

  • Jen - Thanks for the info! Great giveaway!

  • Whitney - SO, SO, SO AMAZING!! What a terrific prize package!!

  • Carla - Count me in for the giveaway! So generous, and I love reading your blog. Thank you so.much for sharing your perspective on life πŸ™‚

  • Cristy Mullin - Thanks for all of the wonderful recommendations! How amazing would this win be?!

  • Kimberly - I’ve been following you for about four years now. I just love your blog and would love to enter your giveaway. Your photography and family are an inspiration to me.

  • Shawna - Super excited. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tracey O - Wish List updated! Thanks for the links, super helpfuller! Now pick me please!

  • Michelle M - What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for all your advise on camera purchases!

  • Vanessa - This is awesome! I admire your photography skills so much and love to learn!

  • Erin - Great giveaway…I would love this!

  • Peg Powell - I keep trying to decide if I want to replace my camera. Great advice.

  • Becky m - Fingers crossed!

  • Jess Z. - I would love to win the giveaway! After all, it is my birthday on Friday πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the helpful photography posts, they are very informative!!

  • Margo - Pick me…pick me! Would love to win!

  • Danyelle - I’ve been trying to pick a new lens to get for Christmas. I have the two basic kit lenses that come with the camera and a 50mm. I’m definitely looking at the other lenses you recommended.

  • Signe - Amazing giveaway and as always awesome info for DSLR!

  • Natalie Anthony - WOW! This will be one very lucky person! Awesome giveaway

  • Kimberly - thanks for all this info!

  • Lynsee Womble - Thanks for the post. I’ve added a few ideas to my Christmas List because of it!

  • Emma - I love this list! And I would love to win the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Kait - Thanks for sharing all your tips! I bought a canon rebel a few years ago from your recommendation and have truly loved it. My husband gave me a 50mm lens this year for my birthday, I love having that depth of field! This is such a great giveaway as well! Awesome prizes. That camera bag is beautiful!

  • Anna S - Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Kait - Great tips, thanks for sharing! I bought a canon rebel a few years ago after reading your recommendation here, and I absolutely love it! My husband also gave me a 50mm lens this year for my birthday, and it’s been an excellent addition, I love the depth of field. This is an awesome giveaway! I especially love that beautiful camera bag!


  • Karen - I have really enjoyed reading your blog and your snapshot iphone course!

  • Melissa Prothro - Thank you so much for this post! I’m trying to get my husband on board with a new “family” camera for Christmas πŸ™‚ It would be super fun to win something extra as well.

  • Dacia - Thanks Ashley for taking the time to research and write this post! I used last years post when buying a few goodies πŸ™‚

  • Mandy Jones - This is a DREAM prize pack. What a blessing this will be to the winner!

  • Amanda - this is such a great giveaway–and i really appreciate the advice. I am trying to convince my husband to let me upgrade my Canon T2i to a 6D.

  • KD - Thank you for the information. Now I know exactly what camera I want for Christmas, along with a SnapShop DSLR course to teach me how to use it!

  • Lori - I always love your lists, your blog really got me started on photography, and I love it so much (but have sooooo much to learn!). Thanks!

  • Tracie - Oh a dream to win this… Thank you

  • sarah Marie - I’ve been pining for a camera bag sooooo badly. Thank you for all you do!

  • Sarah - Great post…my wish list just grew! Great giveaways!

  • Alicia C - Thank you for the great info, I will definitely use your recommendations! Awesome giveaway too πŸ™‚

  • Krista Wiehle - WOWzers!! What an amazing giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!! Plus, I am one of those people using my fancy camera as a point and shoot…this is my year! Gonna turn it off auto!! PICK ME! πŸ˜‰

  • Dawn - Great ideas! Thanks for putting it all together!

  • Nikki B - Woo hoo! Great prize!

  • megaN - I would love to use a DSLR Camera.

  • Amanda - I’d LOVE to win!! Thanks for hosting the giveaways!

  • Katy - What an amazing giveaway!!! This would be incredible to win. Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Sylvie - I got a 70D not too long ago (gift to myself) and I would love ot learn how to use ot better..thanks for the giveaway.

  • Amanda - So crazy about that camera bag!!

  • Brenda - Awesome!

  • Ashley M - This was a super informative post and a fantastic giveaway! I hope I win something!!!

  • Karen - Thank you for this post, Ashley. I actually used your tips last year at this time, and ended up with my very first DSLR camera for Christmas! I have been very pleased with it so far…but so much more to learn! I hope to take your course sometime in the very near future! Love your blog…Thank you!

  • Amanda - What a great giveaway!!

  • Amber Machado - This would be awesome!

  • Danita Sieker-Cira - When I was younger I was really into photography. I recently got myself a nice DSLR but don’t know all the ins and outs of it. I would love this bundle! I love your blog and all your pictures. Your family is perfect. Thanks for always sharing tips and tricks.

  • Katie Morris - So many great tips and tools!! I’ve never heard of RadLab so that’s on my list to learn more about!

  • Kira - Ashley- I love reading your reviews and opinions! I took your phone snap shop and loved it! Thanks for all the hard work you put into your classes and your blog! I adore your little family.

  • Tracy - Wow, great prizes!!! Just added a bunch of items to my Christmas wish list. Thank you!

  • Natalie - What an amazing giveaway you’ve put together! Your blog is one of my favorites and I appreciate all your recommendations!

  • Angela - This giveaway makes me want to happy cry for the lucky person who wins it. Amazing!

  • Evalina miller - What beautiful camera bags!!! And I would LOVE to take your snapshot class

  • Ellie - love reading your recommendations every year. Hope I can win and add some fun stuff to my photography stash!

  • Katie - I would love to win. Especially the spot in an upcoming snap shop course!

  • Beccy - I really need to learn how to use my DLSR off the semi-qutomatic settings! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Joni Kelley - I really enjoy your blog, and I am going to sign up for a class as soon as I graduate college.

  • Julie Earnest - I enjoy your photos and blog!

  • Linnea H - Such awesome prizes! Thanks for a chance to win πŸ™‚

  • Amber - Wow what an amazing giveaway!!!!!

  • Allison - HAPPY Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

  • Heather Oakley - Wow!! What an incredible, informative post! Thank you!!I’d so love to win one of the giveaways. amazing.

  • Kelly - Great recommendations. I am excited to have an updated link to point people to when they ask me questions about buying a new camera.

  • Erin - Yes please! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  • Christina - This is list such a great tool for those interested in photography! Thank you for coordinating this give away πŸ™‚

  • Natalie M - Love this post every year! I used your suggestions last year and my photography has improved immensely as a result. Winning this giveaway would be icing on the cake! Thanks!

  • Luisina - Thanks for the giveaway! I love your blog.

  • Jenna Odegard - I was looking forward to this post so much! Thanks for sharing your photography knowledge with us and what a fantastic giveaway.

  • Dakota - What a generous giveaway! Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • Jennifer - OH my goodness, you shared such cute stuff. πŸ™‚
    I just recently got that same grey epiphanie bag on their sale but I LOVE that they came out with some genuine leather bags!

  • Monica - Great advises! I hope I can get the 50mm lens. I was thinking to get it for Christmas and you have it in your list of advices. Thanks!

  • Brooke - Following your blog is slowly making me into a better casual photographer. Thank you!

  • Ruth W - Yay for giveaways! You always have the best stuff to give out. πŸ™‚

  • Donna - RadLab is intriguing to me. I’d love to learn more about it!

  • Michaela Robertshaw Garrett - Great recommendations. Great giveaway.

  • Marilyn - I not only appreciate your blog Ashley but also the phone course I took last Summer! Keep up the good work and the photo courses!

  • Michelle - What a fun giveaway!

  • liz rose - So cool. I would love to be e able to photograph my3 yr old triplets and 4 y/ o son.

  • Ashley Smith - This is amazing Ashley! I’ve been wanting to take one
    Of your classes since I found your blog a year
    And a half ago!!! Thank you for this chance!!
    So exciting! Thank you for all of the tips too!!

  • Beverly Maierson - Love your blog πŸ™‚

  • Jane - Thank you for sharing this, it is so helpful! (and admittedly, the prizes sound fabulous!)

  • Gina - I enjoy your website and your beautiful photos!

  • Sarah T - Oh my goodness! Thank you for offering these amazing giveaways!

  • Jody - What are the chances?!?! I’ll take my chance. Fun giveaway!

  • hannah - Such amazing giveaways. X

  • Stacey - I love photography and this giveaway has some great things to help out with that! Thanks!

  • Sally - Your blog is such an inspiration.

  • Alana - Very helpful info, thank you!!

  • Lindsey B. - Thank you for the great information and amazing giveaway!

  • Christina - I always look forward to this post to see what you have to recommend. Thank you for taking the time to do it! I have wanted an Epiphanie bag for so long now!

  • Jenny - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tina B - I wish all bloggers were as thorough in their posts and as thoughtful in their giveaways as you are, Ashley! This is such valuable information. Thank you for taking the time to put it all together in one place.

  • Ivana S. - Awesome giveaway, Ashley! Thanks!

  • Kendra Martin - great tips. thanks for sharing.

  • Lindsay B - I love those photography bags! So pretty!!

  • Lucy - I have for a long time thought of DSLR as some unknown acronym for “scary complicated camera” and thank you for making it less scary!

  • kimberly oyler - a photo lovers dream. so fun!

  • Lani - All Awesome Info!

  • Katie M. - Sweet giveaway! Thank you!

  • Manda J - Thanks!! Love your blog!!

  • Cindy - Wow, what an amazing giveaway – thank you!

  • Julie - Sure would love to win πŸ™‚

  • Christine - Oh! I keep dreaming about those Epiphanie bags. And the rad labs presets. I use their app and LOVE it!

  • Katelyn Becze - This would be such an awesome giveaway to win right now.Pregnant with my first baby right now (due in march)! I am so inspired by how you capture your children and would love to learn from the best with the right tools! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving!

  • M'Recia - Thanks for the giveaway and great recommendations!

  • Heather McDonald - I have used the rad lab presets before. Love them!!!

  • Alex - Thank you so much for this post and all of your recommendations! What an amazing giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Kerri Cox - Thank you for sharing your insight. We bought a DSLR last year and have enjoyed learning to use it. Photography makes me notice little moments, and I like that.

  • Carmin Blair - Thank you for all the great info.

  • Emily - Would love to learn more about my new d3300 with one of your SnapShops!

  • AshleyAnn - Christina – I try to take my camera in once a year to a local camera shop for a complete cleaning

  • Danielle - Amazing giveaway!!

  • AshleyAnn - Thank you Kristin! I love hearing that it created a spark in you!!!!

  • Tina - Hello from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  • Lisa V - Wow! What a great resource! I am going to enjoy checking out some of these links. Thanks for taking the time to put this list together!

  • AshleyAnn - Hili – I gave my old 5D to my 8 year old. He is the most interested in truly learning photography beyond just pointing and shooting. It is a great camera for him to learn on…and it is so old and on its final days so I don’t worry about him with it.

  • AshleyAnn - Hili – Yes, I just shoot jppg

  • Amber - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for that info! So good! Would love to win, but that info will help me score a good camera! Thank you!

  • Suzie12 - Awesome giveaways. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kimberly - Awesome post! And a fantastic giveaway!! thank you!

  • Carol - Any of these would be so exciting! Thanks for the chance to win a happy!

  • Julie W - Wonderful words of wisdom! Love reading your blog!

  • Hannah M - Thanks for sharing! I bought my camera last year off your list and couldn’t be happier!

  • Chelsea - what a great post! And an awesome giveaway!!

  • Betsy Cain - This giveaway is AMAZING!!!!

  • Melody J - What a generous giveaway. Thanks

  • Ceri - This is possibly the most amazing prize package I’ve seen.

  • Martha - Great recommendations. Would love to win!!

  • kelli - Holy cow, this is a great giveaway! Thanks for putting it together!

  • Michelle Claassen - I just ordered the Nikon D3300 earlier this week for delivery on Friday and was excited that it made your list!!

  • Meghan V. - Such a great review of all products out there. Great job compiling all options in one spot; no easy feat! I totally agree with suggestion for 50mm (or 35mm) as great “next lens” after kit! Thanks!!

  • Robyn - Oh I love this! Crossing my fingers!

  • AndreaG - Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  • O'Neill Whelan - Love your photography round up! Thanks Ashley!

  • Laura D. - I love your posts, get so much inspiration, and love the stories of your kiddos. I have 3 active girls, one of which is a cancer and stroke survivor. Be thankful for each and every day!

  • Michelle - Thank you for this!!

  • Melanie - Wow – what a great post! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!!

  • Laura - Thanks for all the great info!

  • Rhonda - I love your recommendations! Thank you!

  • Angela E - Yay for giveaways! These would totally help with Christmas presents. I’d have to share, there’s no way I could keep all this goodness to myself!

  • Lynda Jammer - What a great resource Ashley! Thanks for the tips and for your (always encouraging) blog.

  • Chauna - I have found your recommendations incredibly helpful, especially when looking for additional gear! I love the Epiphanie bag! ADORABLE!! No one would ever know it’s a camera bag!

  • Natacha - Super fun and informative! Thanks for all the recommendations!

  • Jenn - WOW!!! amazing giveaway!

  • Jenn - WOW!!! thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing stuff!

  • laura arens - would love to win!

  • Grace - Pick me please!

  • Brooke Simonson - Wow!! This would be amazing to win!!

  • Janine - Amazing advice and so many giveaways. Thank you!

  • Danelle klaman - Wow!!! Fantastic suggestions….this will help me incredibly this holiday season..

  • tracy dickinson - wow! what a great giveaway!

  • Tiffany - Love everything but really pining for the Epiphanie Bag!

  • Karen - this is an amazing giveaway!!

  • Amanda K - Shazam this is an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • Crystal Kinney - This is an amazing giveaway! I’m so excited!!

  • Savannah - I love visiting your blog and seeing what your family is up to.

  • Jamie Weathers - Thanks so much for the information. I have been taking pics as a hobby for many years and would like to advance and this giveaway would be awesome! I have used MPix and love them. I would love to try the other companies also!

  • Amber M. - Thanks for the info Ashley! I’ll be shopping for a new big camera soon so this will come in handy. Fingers crossed!

  • Amber - I’d love to win! Thanks!

  • Heather Palmer - Pick me!!

  • Kristi - Just the site I have been needing!

  • Rachel - holy cow.
    what an awesome giveaway!!!

  • Olya - Wow!! Would love to win!!

  • Sarah Osborn - Love your blog…..

  • Colleen - Wow, thank you so much for taking the tine to share all of this amazing info!

  • Cons - Thanks for the generous giveaway. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  • Kristi - Would love to win! What a great giveaway and awesome gift ideas!

  • Candy - Thank you for the great informative post! Annnnnnnd now I just might be ooogling a new camera bag! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

  • Julie - I have taken both of your online classes and have learned so much. Thanks for the product recommendations!

  • Julie - I have taken both of your classes and have learned so much. Thanks for the great product recommendations!

  • Jane - After my SnapShop course I would love one of these things to further my quest to perfect my photos. Love your blog. Wish is was around when my kids were small.

  • Alicia S - Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

  • amy h - what a fun giveaway! thank you for all the time, energy, and effort you put into making it happen! (I definitely just wrote “happy” instead of “happen” and that’s true too!)

  • Bora Pogeler - Thanks for the Epiphanie bag Black Friday tip! Such awesomeness coming from your site this week! I love your blog!

  • Bethany Smith - Thanks for doing this giveaway! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Brittany - A giveaway dream!! This would knock my socks off!

  • Mandy - Love your blog so much. I took your DSLR class and it has helped me SO much. Going to ask for a snapshot class for Christmas. Love the gift ideas!

  • Jelena - Very useful info, thanks. Now I wish for new lens for Christmas….

  • ana - That’s an awesome post, and a wonderful giveaway. I never took any of your photo classes because I’m not sure my english would be enough… Maybe that would be my chance !

  • Aiza - Amazing giveaway!!! I hope I win πŸ˜›

  • Marilina - I have a camera. Sitting there. Staring at me. Saying, pick me! Use me! If I only knew how! Thanks Ashley for the inspiration!

  • Brittany - wow! What a great giveaway! That bag is beautiful & I love Mpix!

  • Claudia - Thanks so much for this opportunity. Love your blog and am a devoted daily reader.

  • samantha - so great!!

  • Bonnie - Great tips. Now I want to buy more gear!

  • Danielle Lusk - What a sweet giveaway! Those bags are gorgeous and would certainly fit my iphone…I’ll have to keep working on getting that fancy camera to go in it.

  • Tamra - Wow! Thank you for this opportunity! I love all of these recommendations!

  • Aliesha - This bundle is fantastic! If I won, I would share some of it with my mom, who is hoping to get a DSLR soon!

  • Candy - Oh, let me count the ways I could spend the Mpix $! πŸ˜‰

  • Heidi E - Thanks for all of the tips (and gift ideas!). πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - I love reading your blog! This is a great giveaway!

  • Alicia - Such great giveaways!!!

  • Court B - Hi! Can you recommend a good tripod for a DSLR with a heavy 24-70 2.8 lens on it?

  • Rena - That bag is amazing!!

  • Amy - So generous! Amazing gift ideas and giveaways πŸ™‚

  • Cindy - Wow! This is almost Christmas. Love your suggestions.

  • Caylin A. - What a great giveaway! Thank you!!

  • AmandaK - I need a camera bag! Gorgeous!

  • Mrs Bee - I’ve just been looking at Epiphanie bags – they are gorgeous!

  • Holly Ross - I’m so excited about this giveaway! I love the Epiphanie bags and have always wanted one to carry my camera in! I also love Mpix and would love to have more of my pictures printed!

  • Elaine Stone - I have always loved pictures … Yours warm amd melt my heart!

  • Ashley B. - HOLY GIVEAWAY!!!! What amazing stuff! πŸ™‚

  • Kayleen - Amazing! Thanks for hosting these!

  • Laura - Oh wow, this is an amazing giveaway!

  • fiona westmoreland - oooohhhhhh, PLEASE pick me!!!!

  • Serina - Awesome!!

  • Sherrie Berry - Love your blog. I can’t wait to read it everyday:). Much Thanksgiving love to you and your sweet family.

  • Amy Blackburn - Love those bags!

  • Anna Marie - I used to have a dslr but had so much trouble focusing I gave it up. Maybe I should try again.

  • Sandy C - This is a great gift guide for all year, I’ll be using it for gift references, thank you & have a great Thanksgiving with your family πŸ™‚

  • cindy - holy cow, talk about an awesome giveaway! the off-brand flash is on my list – thanks for the suggestion!

  • Mary Grace G - I would love love love to win this!!!

  • Lindsey Muecke - Always love your blog and your heart, Ashley, and this is a fantastic giveaway prize! Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Beth - That was a great post to read! Thanks for all the great information.

  • Melissa Lankford - These prizes are awesome!

  • Cayla - Great info! Thank you.

  • Jon - Great article, and beautiful pictures. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  • Kate Palmer - I love your photography! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this awesome giveaway too. πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Harris - I use MPIX exclusively- they are awesome! Those epiphanie bags are so stylish! Great giveaway!

  • Jill - Thanks for this post…just the info I was looking for! Awesome giveaway too! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle W - Awesome giveaway!

  • Megan Triplett - Woo! This is wonderful!

  • becky - What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for always sharing such great tips on photography!

  • Brooke Carman - Would love to win all of these awesome giveaways!

  • Serena - Wow. Great giveaway! Also great gift ideas for my photographer sister πŸ™‚

  • Alicia W - This blog is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I have a DSLR, and I’m still learning how to use it. As a graduate student, being able to afford hobby classes is a struggle so this giveaway would be awesome!

  • Carly R - These giveaways are amazing Ashley! Especially for someone wanting to dig I’m and really learn their camera.

  • Katie M - What a great wealth of knowledge in one place! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  • Andria Carnell - How fun! I’d love to win!

  • Cathryn - Loved this post! I’m very much a beginner photographer and your recommendations are right on to what I have! Little things like that help me feel like I’m on the right track! Great giveaways too! Thank you.

  • Ingrid - What a great giveaway! Just began researching DSLR cameras this fall and excited to purchase one soon!

  • Christy - Wow, amazing giveaway!

  • amanda kauffman - love it!!!

  • Kari - Lovely! Thank you!

  • Sara G. - Thanks for all the tips! Happy thanksgiving!

  • Tamra - Wow! What a great giveaway! I’ve had my eye on an epiphanie bag for awhile…would be super fun to win one! πŸ™‚

  • Deanna - Would love to take your class!

  • Jillian B. - thank you! Sharing your post!

  • annie austria-castasus - Such a wonderful giveaway! Just in time for the holidays! Fingers crossed!

  • Deborah M - Thanks for sharing your advice for beginners like me.

  • Mimi - Hi, what would you recommend for a compact dslr similar to the Lumix GF1 but with better low light capability? Thanks.

  • Andrea Pomilla - Fingers crossed!

  • Rachel - Amazing!!! Would so love all of this!! ????

  • Mary Breuer - This was so helpful! I love printing photos and making fun gifts!

  • Alecia - Thanks for the giveaway!! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Amanda Gragg - I love this post. It is so inspiring to see other things to use. It gets me excited to pick up my camera!

  • Juliana - Amazing giveaways…and love the buying guide, particularly for lenses!

  • Hannah - Love all of the photog-related extras!

  • Stacy - I love this awesome giveaway! The chance to take your DSLR course would be amazing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Paige - Amazing giveaway! Their bags are awesome and so is everything else!

  • Caoimhe Beil - Thank you for a fun giveaway and the wonderful recommendations!

  • Lisa P - Ahhh…this really makes me want to upgrade my 5 year old rebel XSi. Better start looking for black friday deals! πŸ™‚

  • Melinda - So exciting….fingers crossed x

  • Emily - this would be wonderful!

  • Nicole B. - Great advice! Wonderful giveaway prizes!

  • Meredith - This is such a nice giveaway!

  • Shauna Wortinger - WOW! This is an amazing giveaway.

  • Erin J. - These giveaways are amazing! I’ve wanted to try your snapshop course.

  • Renee A. - Fantastic suggestions and such a great giveaway!

  • Jessica - Pure awesomeness!

  • Emily W. - Awesome stuff! Your blog is the only one I consistently read. Full of beauty and love. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gift.

  • Amy D - so many fun things, thank you!

  • Stephanie - SUCH fun giveaways! I never win anything but worth a shot! Thanks Ash…

  • Angela - Absolutely LOVE this giveaway!!!

  • stacey - Would be delighted to win this!!!!

  • Becca - Wow! Thanks for the info and the giveaway!

  • Nicole Burgos - Great info!!Helps tremendously as I am looking to invest in a good camera.

  • cathy - Thank you for all the great information!! I was looking for somewhere to print all my I phone pictures will try your recommendation. =)

  • Anne - I love your picture wall, Ashley and your whole blog!

  • Tara B. - Wonderful!

  • Rita D. - This would be fantastic! I have a camera, but need to understand it so much better.

  • Becky McArthur - I would love the Mpix credit! Well, all of it really! πŸ˜‰

  • Shannon Ziegler - I love the look of that DSLR bag, I just have a plain black one but if I had a more attractive one I think I’d carry it around a little more often! Saw the link to your blog through an MPix FB post btw.

  • Mackenzie Reynolds - This would be SO exciting!!

  • Casondra F. - The timing on finding your blog is perfect! I will be buying a new DSLR this weekend. Thanks for the great information. Winning one of the giveaways would be icing on the cake.

  • nicole bixby - Great giveway. thank you

  • Ruth Ann Moss - I love MPix products too!

  • Rhyea - Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley and family!

  • Robyn - Such great giveaways this week!!!

  • Brianna - This is such a cool giveaway! I would love to win! My husband bought me my first DSLR a little while ago!

  • Logan - I always love your advice on these things. Great post and thank you for sharing. I’d really love to get more into photography, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to take the next step. I have a nikon d3100 and 50mm lens. I love to take photos of my kids, but beyond that I’m not sure where to go. I’ve read a lot about how the camera works, and feel ok about it, but just unsure how to apply it. Finding the time is challenging too – working full time and 2 littles at home. Would love to take your course! Hope I win!

  • Allie - I enjoy reading your blog!

  • Kelly ,,Bermudez - Love love to win a spot to you class. Love your pictures are a perfect way to keep memories. So real

  • Jennifer - Wow, these are all great giveaways! Especially love the SnapShops:) Fingers crossed

  • Matt - Hoping I win-Thanks!

  • Meg - Thanks for the great tips! Excited for the giveaways.

  • yvette - wonder if its too late for me to enter!! would love to win!

  • Amy - Thank you!

  • chris g - This would be amazing to win!!!

  • Natalie - Great stuff! I never win these things, but here’s hoping!

  • Becca - Thanks for the recommendations! I would love to win!!

  • Amy Coose - what an amazing giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  • sam - The dslr course would be awesome, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Greta Bullock - Fingers crossed!

  • Karla Westfall - I love your recommendations. They help with Christmas lists.

  • Rae Ann - Woo hoo! Another awesome giveaway! Thank You

  • Brittaney - What fabulous giveaways!

  • Sara - Eeek! What a fantastically awesome giveaway!!

  • heather - Thank You so much for doing this post again this year. I LOVED it last year and still refer people to it when they are talking about upgrading to a “nice” camera.

  • Kim L - I love your blog! The giveaway is pretty awesome too!

  • Marianna laughlin - All these fun giveaways!

  • Ruth - Oh yes! Count me in!

  • Ang - Nice model shots pretty Friend!

  • Allison Johns - would love to learn to use my dslr better! Thanks for the tips & encouragement!!

  • Becca - I loved your phone course. And thanks for the giveaways!

  • Roshena - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jennifer - I’m in the market for a new lense and will be leaving soon on an extended international trip — this giveaway is perfect for me! πŸ™‚ Thank you SO much for sharing your recommendations.

  • Mandy - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  • Lindsey B - I love love those bags!!!

  • annie austria-castasus - Yehey! Giveaway!

  • Marla - Wonderful give-a-way!

  • Darolyn - Thanks for the great tips!! So helpful!!

  • Kristiina - Wow! Great scoop, Ashley. Please enter me in the contest–thanks!!

  • Jessica Noble - Awesome giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

  • Darcy Struckmeier - Fantastic. So exciting!

  • Nicole - Thank you for offering such a fun giveaway!

  • Jaimee - Thanks for your ever inspiring blog:)

  • Elizabeth - OH PLEASE. oh please. oh please.
    pick me. choose me.

  • mere - Wonderful blog post! and thank you for the chance!

  • Jennifer - I would love to have a chance at the giveaway! Thanks Ashley! Btw, love reading your blog!g

  • Brandi - I brought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM and I love it! I need to buy a speedlite now. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Lisa G - Oh my … 928 comments! It would be totally random if my name was selected!

    Thank you for all of your continued inspiration and creativity! It has immensely helped my photography skills.

  • Gazco Studio 2 - Fantastic. So exciting!

  • Adrienne - This is great! My husband would love to do the snapshot course-we just can’t afford it right now so this would be a great christmas gift!

  • Roxanne - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! This is a really great giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Lex - I love your blog! You got me started in photography. Thanks for putting this giveaway together.

  • Roxie - Thankful: these awesome giveaways!

  • Michelle Holland - What a fun giveaway! My sister who is a blooming photographer would be so happy if I win this :D. She took our family pics and this package would be a great way to thank her for all the memories she’s captured for us!

  • Hollie - Love this list of recommendations!

  • Dawn - That bag is ADORABLE!!!

  • Bread Girl - Thanks for these recs!

  • Carmen - Thanks for the recommendations and thanks for the chance at an amazing giveaway. Wow!

  • Meg W - This was such a helpful post! Thank you for the great info!!

  • Kitty Hurdle - Oh this would make my life!! I love your blog and have for quite some time. Thanks for the opportunity to win! xoxo

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!

  • Merry - Happy Thanksgiving!!!! ?

  • Natalie Swartz - Lots of fun giveaways on your blog! Woooohoooo!

  • brad - Wow – great package!

  • Julianna - I love reading your blog and look forward to your photography tips! Thanks!

  • Andrea Berglin - I love everything about this.

  • Mary Pat Reeve - Thanks for offering such fabulous giveaways!

  • Melissa - Holy Moly. This would be a big awesome win! Can’t wait.

  • Angela s - Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Simona Walters - What a fantastic idea to post everything all in one spot, I’m sure you’re contacted daily about your gear. This was a wonderful post thanks so much for taking the time to put it together and who doesn’t love free things? ! ? ! I’ve never heard of radlab, I’m going to have to check it out. Happy holidays!

  • mel - What an awesome giveaway!!! Thanks Ashley, you are an amazing inspiration!

  • Julie - Thanks for putting all that info together in one post. So helpful!


  • Ashley Smith - Ashley, Thanks so much for posting all of your recommendations! I purchased a Nikon 3200 yesterday after reading your blog. I have a question about it. It seems like many of the pictures are overexposed. I have had an older model, the Nikon 3000 for a few years and I never have had this problem. As I was reading online I saw that others were mentioning this. I’d like to get an upgraded camera that is in the lower price range but I’d like to stay clear from the overexposure problem. Do you have any suggestions for models that may be better? Thanks so much!

  • Katina - Hi, Great post, great info!
    Just printer and photo paper you use to print… or do you send it out and to who?

  • Jenny B. - I know there are a TON of comments on this post due to the giveaway, but I wanted to add that Adobe now offers a monthly subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom. It’s only $9.99/month, and you can download a free 1-month trial before deciding if you want to sign up. It’s much more affordable than buying the software outright, and you can download new versions as they are released (at no extra charge). Here’s a link to more info: Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.