their first music video

Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to learn more about the video function of my camera. When I say ‘learn more’…it is more like learn anything other than just hit record! My friend Amy has been giving me a few pointers, but really I am just playing and experimenting right now. Over the weekend, the boys were all busy playing with friends. The girls wanted to do something fun too, so we made a Girl Band video. They are always up for singing and playing guitar, so it was an easy way for me to practice with video. Maybe one day I’ll get the video edited, but for now here are a few pics from our recording. We decorated the wall to make it more fun.

ISO 320, 1/200, f/2.8

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I foresee more music videos in our future. If I ever get it all figured out on the editing and posting end, I’ll share one.

If you have any favorite video tips, classes, websites, etc…I would love to hear them!

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  • Diana - I absolutely love your gorgeous photography and gorgeous family and look forward to your blog posts everyday

  • cindy - ho hints, but i can share a video i did of my son on april fools day a few years ago….


  • Tiffany - Great pics, what song? Music is good for the soul, helps when u need a mood changer too.

  • Katie Moody - I just started teaching Video Editing this year, and I totally love it. That would be the most fun footage ever to work with.

    What program(s) do you have for editing?

  • Debbie - Adorable!!! Priceless photos….gorgeous photos. Great backdrop!

  • Cindy McAllister - Very cute photos. Did you make the pillow that says “Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House?”

  • suzy - What a great idea! My boys go on so many adventures together, and I try to find fun things for my daughter and I to do, but this might be good to do together!

  • christina larsen - Oh my goodness! That is too cute!

  • Susan - Firecracker and the Bottle Rocket! Beautiful fun!

  • Carrie // cue the confetti - Stop. This is too cute!!!!!

  • Marilyn - How do you get the photos off the video? And then can you edit them too?

  • elizabeth - i have fond memories of making music videos with my sister back in the day. thanks for posting this as a reminder. great pics, beautiful girls!

  • Diana - I love that Little One is using a Guitar Hero guitar. =)

  • Kristen - So good how God works. I started following (and loving) your blog before you adopted and would read about the surgeries and food struggles. At the time I enjoyed the glimpse into your life and now I find myself referring back to those posts often for encouragement. We began fostering in July and our little one has severe oral aversion and eating is a daily roller coaster and adventure. Just wanted to say thank you for being open and honest. I didn’t know then how much I would one day be able to relate.

  • bek - I have been trying to figure out the video functions on my camera as well! I always have a hard time getting it to stay in focus. I’ll be very interesting in hearing any tips you hear or end up having! you’re the best!

  • danielle - Adorable! My husband is always encouraging me to shoot more video. I am still in the learning phase though so I am not much help 🙂

  • Jack - Oh those are amazing photos! Can’t wait to see the music videos. Have your girls discovered the ‘Video Star’ app yet? My two spend hours making their own music videos with it. (Although it would totally defeat the purpose of you getting more practice with your video cam.)

  • Jack - Oh and Xanthe Berkeley’s Creating Time Capsules class is excellent:

  • Jenni - Ashley, I love that you are trying to video component on your camera! I have been playing with mine for a while and love the picture you can get from it (although focusing can be tricky sometimes) I have made the majority of our last 2 Christmas videos with a dslr.

  • AshleyAnn - Kristen – oral aversions are so hard to walk through daily sometimes…hang in there!!

  • AshleyAnn - Marilyn – these were actual pictures. The girls can sing and dance for A LONG TIME. I got video and then switched over to get some pictures too.

  • AshleyAnn - Cindy – it is by

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – I haven’t got that far! iMovie for now!

  • AshleyAnn - Tiffany – usually it is ones that make up…changes often 🙂

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks Jack – that class looks so good, I’m going to look into it more!

  • Laura - I’m hoping to shoot more video this year too — if you find fantastic beginner tips, tell us! 🙂 Your photos are AMAZING. Love these two! And the backdrop!!!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I can’t wait to see a video! 🙂

  • meg duerksen - the one picture where Older is pointing to Younger i said to myself “Take it away Sister” 🙂 Ha ha ha
    this is pretty rad.
    and so are you.
    and you are kind of mean to not post a video of any noise at all.
    because i KNOW this was a loud awesome jam session.
    we don’t care about editing. just sound.

    and on the third to last one is where she smashes her guitar on stage like all famous rock stars.

  • Debbie C - This is awesome. Firecracker has her Rock Star faces down! Girl must practice a lot. ;D

  • Susan - Wondering if you wouldn’t mind providing the name of the person who designed your blog? I need a major redo.

  • Jen - I need to her the vocals accompanying these super cute photos! Love Firecracker’s hair.

  • Emily - I love this! So fabulous 🙂

  • Allison - one of your best posts (and set of photos) ever!

  • Stephanie - Cutest Girl Band ever! They totally ROCK! … and so do your photos! This post put a big smile on my face. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kara M - I think this is your most delightful post ever! So sweet!

  • AshleyAnn - Kara – love that quote! Thanks for sharing it!