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!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh those shoes! What a sweetheart.


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.


Do you know what is not fun when you are a blogger and run an online business? A laptop with a screen that goes blue, black or white every 10 minutes. It is like a flickering light…the end is very near. I’m going to be spending all my extra time this week feverishly trying to clear important files off my computer – a task I should have kept up with over the last 6 years! I probably won’t be blog posting this week as a result.

Just wanted to give you a heads up – so many of you are sweet to check in on me when I go a few days without posting.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get everything I want transferred and get the rest deleted. I have so many old files that need to be trashed. It is like moving houses…purge, trash, and pack. I keep my pictures organized and saved, but it is all the other stuff that is a mess. Dropbox is going to like me this week!

I hope you have a beautiful week and I’ll hopefully be back on Monday with a working computer.

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  • Peg - I wish you better luck than I had with a new computer. I’ve had it almost 10 months now and it still isn’t fully useable.

  • Stacey - I’m assuming you have a Mac? I recently had a similar issue and brought mine in and found out that Macs made within a certain time period may have had faulty video cards placed in them. I had mine looked at and sent in and the repair was FREE. Now it works perfectly. Might want to check it out! https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/

  • Mel - Do you have a Mac? Try running Time Machine onto an external Harddrive, ( I bought a nice, small 1TB one from amazon for $60) with this you can set up a new Mac just like the old one and then clean up from there. it will save you the hassle of trying to do this with your screen dying on you every few minutes :)

  • Jenny B. - I hope the transfer goes smoothly! Be sure that all your files are actually in Dropbox before you delete them from your computer (so, copy and paste them into Dropbox, rather than dragging them over). I recently moved some photos to Dropbox to free up space on my computer, and later realized that only a few of the folders had successfully transferred to Dropbox. I have no idea what happened. Thankfully, I had all of them backed up on an external hard drive, but I freaked out a little bit when I first realized they weren’t there on Dropbox.