making a new playlist

We took the kids roller skating. Really, it was more we took the girls because the guys decided pretty quickly they weren’t big fans. I was pretty proud of my girls. They would fall and get right back up again…determined to the end.


Pictures inside a skating rink are pretty hard to get. I only snapped a few, but this one was hands down my favorite. 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/100, f/2.01.16skate-02Watching the races…1.16skate-03The girls are begging to go back. I was thinking next time I go, I’ll try to take more pictures for a SnapShop lesson. I add new lessons each month and thought one of shooting with no flash in low light might be one that could be useful for many. If you are SnapShop student, what do you think?

In other news, the whole time we were there I did not hear one Tiffany song or anything by Paula Abdul. Let me Straight Up now tell you that is wrong. So wrong. They did, however, play Adele’s “Hello”. The only problem is when I hear that song, all I can sing is “Hello, its me. I’ve avoided you forever while consuming calories. I love donuts…” (please, if you don’t know what I am talking about click this link) It would make me very happy if iTunes had an option to download that version.

All that skating made me want to create an 80s skating rink playlist…so, all you who remember skating to “Never Gonna Give You Up”…what other songs do you remember?

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  • Nelli - Hi Ashley. I’m a SnapShop student and low-light-indoor-activity-pictures is just what I need. Few days back was trying to get some photos but didn’t really succeed. Appreciate your time and effort to explain it all 🙂 Thank you and winter greetings from Estonia 🙂

  • liz rose - like a prayer

  • JenW - Dudette–Never Gonna Give You Up is solid 90s. Throw in some more Color Me Badd in that skate mix an you’ll have a winner. LOL! Good memories. (p.s. I totally have that song in my non-skate related playlist…I love me some Paula!)

  • Holly - Yes, indoor activities with low light is just what I need!

  • AmandaK - I remember clinging to the walls of the rink on school field trips while listening to Joan Jett’s I Love Rock N Roll. I think about roller skating every time I hear that song! 🙂 Fun memories~

  • Sara - Disco Duck! And there are definitely some songs that when I hear them I’m brought back to the roller rink. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • Byron - My secret to skating (from my Child Care days): put one child on each side (hold hands). That way they anchor you so you won’t fall and you have a hold of them to catch them if (or when) they fall. Works like a charm! I was never good at skating but I learned to stay up and help the kids skate by doing this. (Love the “walkers” though; someone had a great idea a few years too late).

    I refuse to contemplate the sound tracks at those places! That “Hello” parody was quite funny though….

  • Lauren - I am a SnapShop student too and would think a low light lesson would be great. I would also LOVE a lesson on mirrorless cameras. I know we are the minority but it would be a big help.

  • Jenn - some Wilson Phillips and Michael Jackson for sure

  • Angie K - My little girls have recently gotten into skating as well. If your rink participates, be sure to check out Kids Skate Free to make it even easier to take them!

    I get free passes each week for the kids!

  • Heather - Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and of course, Cyndi Lauper…

  • Heather Johnson - I don’t think a playlist from the 80s could neglect Debbie Gibson. Lost In Your Eyes–that was the first thing that came to mind when I read your post!

  • D - I ran so far away… flock of seagulls, shell shock new order, pretty in pink psychedelic furs… 80s so fun! And 80s and roller skating… even more fun!

  • Kara M - Reminds me of the Retro Skate at OBU!

  • Emiles - YES YES YES to lowlight w/o flash photo tips!

  • Renee - Centerfold by J. Grills Band. And yes to the low light tips!

  • Renee - *J. Geils Band

  • TheDenverPack - All of my skating party experience is in the 80’s through my church and christian school, so I hear a lot of Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. Wild and crazy times. And why is it that every skating rink smells the same?

  • Lisa Johnson - I’m older than you so my skating rink playlist would be late-70’s-early-80’s but the ultimate skating song in my head is “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gee’s. I’m excited about your new SnapShot site and yes to low-light!

  • Amber - Oh!!!! The blisters upon my feet every Friday night! The Dazz Band- Whip It and You Dropped a Bomb on Me, and anything from the Bee Gees. LOL! I still roller skate sometimes when my teenager will let me…

  • Amber - I forgot, Double Dutch Bus!!! : 0

  • Janine - We don’t have roller rinks anymore. They all closed in the 90s. They were so much fun. “Let’s hear it for the boy” and of course Whitney Houston’s, How will I know if he really loves me”. I still have my skates (i think!)

  • Carson - REO Speedwagon! My six year-old son loves to skate, and our rink does play “Straight Up!”

  • D Herredsberg - Oh, you HAVE to include “YMCA” by the Village People.

  • Jen - Would LOVE to have a low-light lesson, thank you!!

  • Amy D - SS student here! Would LOVE a lesson on low light/no flash. That would be beyond helpful. I don’t like my flash (nor does it usually have batteries), I’m much more comfortable in natural light, yeah. Super helpful. Thanks 🙂

  • Tracie M. - I was just talking about roller skating this weekend. Our rink is long gone, but I used to go almost every Friday night! Anything by Madonna or Michael Jackson was on our playlist!

  • Amy - I’m older than you are, Ashley, but I told my 3 girls skating isn’t skating unless you’re listening to “Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine.”

  • Rose - Yes to low light without flash lessons would be great! AC/DC and Stairway to Heaven , actually any 80’s hairband

  • Val - Definitely looking forward to a lesson about shooting with no flash in low light – very useful! And yes, I loved going to the skating rink! I could go backwards really fast haha! Could never really get the hang of rollerblades though. I grew up in the 80’s so anything from that era would be ok by me 😀

  • Hannah - Get Physical by Olivia Newton John.

  • Katie - Our elementary school skating experiences were at an ice rink on skates, but the same idea. Cheesy music rocks! I was a kiddo in the 90s, so it was a mix of 70s-80s-90s hits – classic. “What is Love”, “Eye of the Tiger”, and Savage Garden and N’Sync were the COOL new stuff added to the mix.

  • jen - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
    Low light would be a fantastic lesson and would give you a reason to go back to the rink. I’m loving the little helpers there. All we have for our kids is to tighten the wheels so they start out walking basically.

  • Elizabeth - “oh ooh oh, she’s my cover girrrrlll, oh ooh oh, oh oooh”… nothing takes me back to the skating rink like a little NKOTB!

  • Heather - Kool & the Gang: Celebration!
    I haven’t signed up for snap shop yet but am so excited to since the announcement. I would LOVE a class on low light. It always seems to be the time when my kids are doing the coolest things and I can’t capture them. Thank you for the opportunity to do the snap shop over a longer period of time. I could never carve out 2 weeks to dedicate to learning this the way I knew I would want to.

  • Natalie - I would love a snapshot lesson on low light/no flash! And that picture of little one’s skates is so precious!

  • Rebecca A - I would LOVE low light details 🙂 I do a fair amount of that type of shooting.

    Completely random and unrelated question haha. I’ve always wondered what you do with your canvas prints once you no longer display them? I’m assuming you update photos as the years go by, what do you do with the ones being “replaced”? I’ve been amassing a number of canvas lately, and have been wondering what will happen to them 1, 3, 5 years down the road haha

  • Emily - That parody! I’m ugly laughing. Is that what it’s called when you can’t breathe and tears are wrecking your mascara? Because I’m doing that.

  • L Rock - Boogie Wonderland!!!

  • Tiffany - Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” for me~ 😀

  • rebekah - If they’re into skating, you should take them to watch roller derby! I’m in my late 20s and have gotten back into roller skating thanks to our local derby girls. They are a freat group of supportive ladies! In my area the bouts are family friendly and typically ticket sales raise money for a local non-profit. Something to look into!

  • Mary - I am a snapshop student also… low light tips for sure. I actually did photo work for a roller derby team (the soundtracks at those bouts are the best!) and you are not lying about it being super tough. I could have used those tips 4 years ago! Of course fast glass became my top priority after just one of those games (and now I have a much better camera). As far as 80’s skate songs…pump up the jam and push it…my favorite skate songs from back in the day.

  • Alie - There was this terrible song ‘Walk the Dinosaur”, and we all loved skating to it!

  • Debbie C - Omg. Thanks for a much-needed good laugh! I hadn’t seen the Adele parody yet. Yes to 80’s jams whilst roller skating! And yes to four wheels in a rectangular formation! Also, yes to lessons in shooting with low light. I need to sign up this week!

  • Jennie - ATOMIC DOG!

  • Kelly J. R. - Downtown. Walk like an Egyptian. Summertime Blues.

    I used to go to the roller rink every Tuesday night. I was pretty good at the limbo so I usually won a free snow cone. Good times!

  • Elizabeth C. - “Hey Mickey” will forever mean roller skating to me. I think they played it (at least once) every time we went.

  • Denise L. - SS student: Yes! Please give lesson on low-light now flash. The setting I use the most. Thanks, Ashley!

  • RachelC - Glory of Love by Peter Cetera (from Karate Kid 2) — I definitely remember sitting on the sidelines while this was the couple skate song. I always wanted someone to ask me to couple skate. It.Never.Happened.

  • brooke - I’ve Had the Time of My Life!!

  • Christy - You CAN download it:

  • Anna - I would love a tutorial on low light no flash! I’ve just started going through the website. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! Also, a couple years ago, my husband (a guitar player) played Tiffany and Debbie Gibson’s little comeback tour. It was pretty awesome. 🙂

  • Emilie - Paula’s Rush Rush + couples’ skate = awesome

  • JuliAnn - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
    Hello – Lionel Richie
    Forever Young – Alphaville

  • Crystal - We built this city on rock and roll!