I wanted to take a day to introduce you to this month’s sponsors, share a little SnapShop update and let you know Haley S. won the Sseko Designs giveaway. Haley, you should have an email from Sseko.

Now let me introduce you to this fall’s sponsors!

cutetapeCute Tape

the shop for cute DIY paper craft and party craft supplies

Website | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram


bellaluluBellalulu Vintage

vintage . industrial . retro . primitive . antique

Shop | Instagram | Facebook |  Twitter


And a little SnapShop update – As much as I wish summer lasted all year, fall has arrived in most parts of the US. My friend Ann Bennett is sharing her tips and tricks for capturing fall sessions in a new SnapShop lesson.


In January, I combined my SnapShop: DSLR and SnapShop:Phone courses into one online photography website with new lessons added monthly. Instead of logging in at a certain time or only having couple weeks to access content, the new site is subscription based. As a subscriber you have access to all the content for as long as you keep your membership. The monthly membership costs less than a fancy latte.

Registration includes access to all SnapShop content (used by over 3000 students since 2009), including:

  • SnapShop DSLR Course (a $200 value)
  • SnapShop Phone Course (a $50 value)
  • Interviews & tips with leading photographers & bloggers
  • Course discussions
  • Additional lessons posted monthly by Ashley Ann and guests!

To register click here and use the code FALLPORTRAITS for $10 off your registration. Code expires 10.7.16.

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  • Emily Bartnikowski - 1st) I am very excited for this new course. My oldest son has a wiggly tooth and I want to get photos of that before it’s gone and I also want to get portraits of both of them with their lovies…Puppy and Kitty are basically family members at this point!

    2nd) my FB memories prompt this morning was your Embrace the Camera challenge from 3 years ago. I feel like the next seven days are perfect days to embrace that challenge again!

    Thank you so much!

  • melodie - Hey Ashley! Do you still offer sponsorship to the public? My etsy shop did last year and we were hoping to again this fall, but can’t find the link anywhere on your blog.

I’m thankful out of 5 kids, I have 1 that loves being in front of my camera. Photography is often my primary creative outlet and as much I as I relish capturing every day moments, it is fun break to have a model every once and while.

We walked around downtown…just the two of us and my camera. It has been a while since I shared a post with camera settings, so I thought this would be a good one to share those again. We took these about 2 hours before sunset, so we had some shade and cooler temps.

50mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.2


50mm, ISO 100, 1/500, f/2.8 ~ 85mm, ISO 320, 1/640, f/2.810-5-16boden-250mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.210-5-16boden-350mm, ISO 100, 1/500, f/2.8 ~ both
10-5-16boden-485mm, ISO 100, 1/500, f/2.8 ~ 85mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.810-5-16boden-750mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/2.810-5-16boden-1050mm, ISO 250, 1/500, f/2.810-5-16boden-11If we’d let her, I think she’d wear those glitter shoes every Saturday for her football game!


And a little sidetone – today is my little sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday Lesley – I’m sure glad mom and dad gave me you! Also, I need a new a picture of us together – one where you aren’t pregnant, since little man is nearly a year old now!


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  • Southern Gal - Happy birthday to Lesley!

    Isn’t it lovely to have a willing model? My granddaughters would love to play with her in their glitter shoes at the playground, in the mud, and wherever else their feet decide to go. 😉

  • Beth - Happy Birthday Lesley!

  • Byron - I tend to wonder how many shots you take to get “the one” you post? Are you rapid-firing and picking the best or just (really good at…) focusing on getting one great shot?

  • Melanie - These pictures are beautiful as always, but some appear to be a little “oversharpened”, like the one of Firecracker sitting on that brick wall.

    Greetings from Germany and Happy Birthday to Leslie!

  • Melanie - Ooops, I meant LESLEY!

  • AshleyAnn - Melanie – I got a new computer and things are looking funny to me. I was wondering if it was just me! The way I have always edited my pictures is the same, but something weird is happening. Thank you for letting me know it isn’t just my computer!

  • Angie - How do you fill your 36″ balloons without taking out a loan? It costs a fortune in my area for that much helium. Do you buy a tank and if so, how many can you fill using one from a dept store? Thanks!!! Beautiful post, as always!


Whatever method you choose, I feel like most parents say everything is better once they are settled back into the routine. I relish the days of summer, but goodness do I like the pace when we are in our schedule groove. It usually takes us a good month to get past the early stress of a new school year.

It has been about a month and we are in our groove. My friends with kids in public and private schools tell me the same – October is a good month.

In the hustle of getting into our new school year groove, it is easy for me to get stressed out and/or grumpy. It often feels like I can’t get all the working parts to work together…and then October arrives. I’ve been trying to do a better job of capturing our homeschool days. I’m often bouncing between kids and stopping to pick up my camera can be difficult.

I know one day I’ll want to remember this part of our days.



10-16homeschool-05These moments seem very ordinary to me – just us doing our very normal, every day stuff. However, I know what is ordinary for me is not ordinary for someone else. Picking up my camera helps me to see the beauty in this season…in our routine. Your routine most likely looks different from mine. Maybe for you it is capturing the pile of backpacks that are tossed against the wall in the late afternoon or the hands reaching for snacks waiting for them after the school bus pulls away.

For most parents of school aged kids, October is a breather month. We are in our routine. I tend to think October is a pretty perfect month for stepping back and seeing the beauty happening around me….the beauty that just a month ago was really hard to notice.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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  • Mama - Ha! Just as I was opening your sight I was thinking ” We are so off track that I’m not sure we ever got on the track in the first place”. Maybe our November will be your October.

    Thanks for sharing your days!

  • Cassandra - As always I love it, love th pictures, love the truth, & yes I love October too!!

  • A.B.L. - Beautiful indeed. :) I love this little homage to October… and your gift for inspiring joyful observation, Ashley. Thank you!

  • Erin - Hi Ashley! I have an odd question. From what I’ve gathered, your studio is separate from your house, so I wonder do you always find yourself needing something from your main house and going back and forth? It’s such an amazing space…I bet you love having the extra room!

  • Holly - I just had a new foster baby move in, so I’m thinking, “I just hope I can get through the next few weeks and we can figure out a routine.” I can’t wait until we get our October!

  • Julie - Nice post. It’s those ordinary moments that can be the most precious. I love that you take the time to capture them.