a detour on our walks

There is a gate leading to a small field close to our house. We took family pictures there a few years ago, when we were waiting for our youngest to come home:


As we pass by on walks, the open gate beckons my oldest daughter to come explore. I’ve snapped a few shots with my phone recently and keep thinking, “I need to bring my big camera on a walk.” So, I did. Granted the walk is more like a few steps out the front door.

28mm lens, 1/320, f/1.8, ISO 100

4.15walk-185mm lens, 1/320, f/1.8, ISO 100, 85mm lens, 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 1004.15walk-285mm lens, 1/400, f/1.8, ISO 100, 85mm lens, 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 1004.15walk-485mm lens, 1/800, f/1.8, ISO 1004.15walk-685mm lens, 1/800, f/1.8, ISO 1004.15walk-785mm lens, 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 100, 85mm lens, 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 100 (Hey big sister, I have a TEENY piece of grass stuck on my finger. Can you help me out?)4.15walk-850mm lens, 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 1004.15walk-1050mm lens, 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 1004.15walk-1150mm lens, 1/400, f/1.4, ISO 1004.15walk-1250mm lens, 1/400, f/1.4, ISO 1004.15walk-13

And then they were done and scooted away. Well, one scooted and the other ran screaming behind because she wanted the scooter.


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  • Jenn - beautiful pictures.
    i love walking adventures that take you unexpected places

  • Angela - The two are my favorite. She looks like such a sweet big sister, showing her the scooter and then in the last photo, she zooms away. Love it.

  • suzy - So absolutely sweet. They look like they play well together.

  • Abigail C - These pictures are awesome! It’s so cool to see your daughter twirling! Are you going to re-shoot the chair line up picture with her in it? I think that would be really cool.

  • SueY - Beautiful pictures! What type of camera bag do you use to carry your lenses for your walks?

  • Eva - First photo is the one that had led me here some years ago…Thank you for your blog and lots of inspirations. One of them is to take yearly picture of all our family. Eva from Czech Republic

  • donna - I miss that baby “Firecracker” and her boots, but am enjoying the journey of her becoming a “Young Lady” thanks for taking us along.

  • Marilyn - Did you switch lenses when you went from 85mm to 50mm or do you have a zoom?

  • joanne burrows - What a special memory for her!!!

  • Simi - Hi Ann,

    I read your blog on and off, your love for your children and motherhood is what makes me keep coming back.

    I love your photography too….only these will remain when they are all ‘growed up’ ….

    Could you please tell me which camera you are using currently?
    I am trying to go for a big good buy so would appreciate help making up my mind.

    Good luck with everything you do.God bless.

  • Amy - Ashley,

    I may have missed it, but did you ever take an updated photo in the field again with little one sitting in the chair the balloon was tied too?

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh those girls. I just love their friendship.