I shared my updated chalkboard on Instagram this week, but goodness…I’m a blogger at heart. I wanted to share it here with more of the story.

I sent my sister a text last week asking her to sketch out “I want to be a hummingbird in a world of buzzards.” I thought just maybe if she sketched it, I could attempt to copy it on my chalkboard.

Well, being the ever-thoughtful sister I am, I asked my VERY pregnant sister to come watch my 5 kids for a few hours.

I did ask, but I also told my kids they were supposed to babysit their 3 year old niece and tell Aunt Lesley to lay on the couch and read magazines. Instead of laying on the couch, she surprised me when I got home…


In my original text, I explained to Lesley the words were from my notes from church. An illustration was shared about how a buzzard spends all day looking and finding dead things. A hummingbird spends all day looking and finding sweet things. Both exist everyday. What is found depends on what is sought. What you find is a matter of what you are looking for…

“Whoever diligently seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” Proverbs 11:27

9.15hummingbird-02Our house is full and active and there are lots of emotions going on all the time. With 7 people sharing a space, there are our fair share of arguments and looking for dead things instead of sweet things. After hearing this illustration, I sat the kids down and we talked about it. We talked about what that looks like practically in our family, in our home.

Now, it is written in the living room. A reminder that we want to be hummingbirds. We want to train our eyes to search after and find the sweet things in life. I figure the chalkboard won’t make sense to others when they visit, which provides a great opportunity for the kids (and me) to explain it.9.15hummingbird-03

Today, we are going to be hummingbirds.


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  • Mac - Beautiful and inspirational

  • Southern Gal - This is fantastic. The message, the art, the chance to share with others…all of it!

  • Belinda - Thanks so much for sharing more as when I saw it on IG I couldn’t quite work out what the message was all about! Powerful message and one to definitely remember!

  • Paige E - I just LOVE that illustration!

  • Emily - I just love this!

  • Holly - What a great sister!

  • Kristi - I love this! Is there a podcast of the sermon? I would love to listen!

  • Dena - This is awesome!

  • karen brown - adore this! and especially that you’ll need to explain it to all who ask. brilliant!

  • Ranee - I love this…of course Lesley’s work is her usual beautiful, but the illustration is such a good one and so true. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah - Oh goodness, I love this!!

  • Diana - Fantastic reminder!

  • Rose - Love this!

  • Luisa - I love this and you for sharing. I rarely comment…mostly because I am quickly skimming my favorite blogs. However, this post I just wanted you to know that I loved and I thank you for spreading your positivity into this world.

  • Kate - Great message! What a wonderful word picture for training our minds, taking thoughts captive and being thankful for what been given. I will use this with my kids. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie T - Every time I see the beautiful messages you and your sister create on chalkboards I always wonder what kind of chalk you are using. Nothing I do with regular chalkboard chalk ever looks half as nice and the chalkboard markers are beyond frustrating! Is there a secret?

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – it is plain ole’ regular chalk. Mine were all little broken pieces and she still created that art!

  • Tania - I love this quote and the meaning behind it. I so needed to hear that. I’ve been feeling pretty down about how things aren’t how I want them to be, lots of negativity, and I’ve recently tried changing my attitude. I need that bible verse hanging up. Beautiful art work too, by the way. Your sister is so talented!

  • Jill Stansell - This is beautiful! Would you sister have any created to sell? I love her artwork with this and it is an awesome reminder.

  • Katie - Where did you get your couch! I love it –

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – my dad built it :)

  • Sara W - I love this illustration so much! I’ve already shared it so many times. It was so timely for my week. Thank you!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I know I already commented on your Instagram post, but my goodness, I just love this. So much truth and beauty!

Nose Stuck In A Book.

9.15climb-01While at the lake, my oldest told me he had an idea for a picture. I pretty much always listen to my kids’ picture ideas. I often get asked how my kids feel about my camera and always being the subject of my photos. For the most part, they really don’t even notice anymore. One way I try to encourage their ‘okay-ness’ with my camera is by encouraging their ideas for photos. I also let them use my camera (my involvement depends on the age of the kid asking to use it).

My oldest had an idea. I stopped what I was doing, grabbed my camera and followed him. He had a plastic bag with a book and cookies inside it. I was already smiling.




Up a tree with a book. The most perfect picture of him.

When he came down, he smiled and told me I could post the pictures to my blog if I wanted to:)

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  • Sarah - Ahhhh that last sentence. He gets you! :) And I love those pictures!

  • Tanya - What a gorgeous idea for a photo! :-)

  • Katie - What an awesome idea! Also: he is brave to climb up that tree! (Of course, I don’t do heights, so… I’m impressed!)

  • Michelle - I love this picture. I have a question. How did you delete the other tree? Thank you!

  • C - I read your blog. Always. But I never comment. I showed this picture to my 6 year old son this morning. He is on the verge of reading. Some days he gets it, some days he doesn’t. He is starting to become really frustrated with himself because he is desperate to eat books at libraries and learn about the world, but finds it hard to stop racing around, getting muddy and climbing trees. When I showed him this book he joyfully declared “I knew you could climb a tree AND read a book”! He is inspired to keep trudging at learning while still being a kid ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.

  • Melanie - I am just really curious about those trees…how in the world did they grow like that?

  • Rae - OMG, that is so sweet! amazing photos! <3

  • Rae - @Michelle.
    i think she just angled it so both the trees looked like one :)

  • Ranee - awesome.

  • michelle - I wonder if he knows just how awesome that picture really is! I am three times his age and would be terrified of being that high on a tree…let alone reading that high on a tree, haha!
    Cheers, mate!

  • Kate - I love this so much! These photos and this story made me smile from ear to ear! What an amazing son you have!

  • Sarah - Love This!

  • Lacey Meyers - Oh, I love this! What a fabulous idea he had, and that tree is awesome! It is so cool to see our passions merge with our kiddos’, too. :)

  • beth ann - How fun!!

  • Donna - Nothing to do with today’s blog. I saw a great idea that would work for you. Have a piece (or two ) of glass cut for your table, the kids could use erasable pens to do their work eliminating a lot of paper. Just like a big blackboard. Just a thought

  • Sundee - OMG…a timeless photo of his youth. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that on canvas hanging in the boys’ room!! I love it.

  • carrie - So, how did you get two scraggly trees to look like one full tree? Are they lined up with different perspective, or is it just one tree? That last photo is spectacular. Your son had a great idea!

  • Lynn - I love this photo!! Your son came up with a great idea!!

  • Sharla - The picture is amazing! He had a great idea

  • Ethel White - He was right, what great idea. I’m glad you made the pic. It will be an awesome memory for both of you.

  • Dena - What a creative mind… comes from his mother I think :) and what a gorgeous picture. that needs to be on a big canvas I think.

  • Jessica - Amazing shots to go along with amazing memories. You have great kids!

  • Meg - What a great kid. That has to be one of your favorite photos of him! I love when I capture not only a great photo, but a moment and a story. I need to get better at photography so I can do that more often. :)

  • Emily | Gather & Dine - That is the sweetest thing, Ashley! Thanks to you, I’ve kept this in mind as I take pictures with the kids and it’s made such a difference.

  • Cassidy - These pictures make me happy. (:

  • Kathie M. - Such a perfect shot and idea…very him!! I love it!

  • julie - Grinning ear-to-ear here! What a feel good post! Very creative photo, too!

  • RJ - Did he decide the first tree wasn’t picturesque enough? Lol. What a great idea!

  • Emily - I love it! Such a great shot. :-)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - So much awesome.

  • AshleyAnn - The angle is confusing on that picture. The trees are actually stacked. The tree he did not climb is directly in front of the tree he did climb!

  • AshleyAnn - Carrie – The angle is confusing on that picture. The trees are actually stacked. The tree he did not climb is directly in front of the tree he did climb!

  • Brittany - THIS. This is why I am so grateful to a snatched up a spot in your final snapshops! Already spotting the use of lines and thirds in these!

  • Kirsten J - Seriously cool. Am I the only one who wants to know what book he’s reading?

  • ajira - Absolutely loved this post. One of my faves ever and I’ve been reading your blog for a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ What a great photo of this time, and how awesome that it was your son’s idea for himself. Just loving everything about this! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tanya - Love this! Great thinking on his part and great job of getting different angles on your part! You should blow it up big and hang it! Tell him thanks for letting you share it. :)

  • Cathy - If this isnยดt the most amazing picture!!! Definately one to frame and hang over his bed!

  • Krystina - I just love these photos. They bring back memories of my childhood. I was always the kid in my family that you could find in the most interesting positions with my nose in a book.

  • mary m - What a sweet boy, and such a wonderful Mom to respond so well to
    his request.
    Just curious why that tree is in the water like that?…most trees don’t survive long with their roots so soaked.
    Thanks for sharing.
    mm,vancouver wa.

  • Ingrid - Love this :)

  • Lisa - Beautiful!

  • ADVICE FROM A COP - Gotta admit, that was a pretty awesome idea for a picture. =)

  • Carla - What a perfect place to read a book and an awesome idea for a shot. I love his thinking :)

  • Karen - This is absolutely perfect!

Today begins my final SnapShop: DSLR and SnapShop: Phone courses. It is so hard to believe! I knew the courses would be for a season, but I never knew when that final season would come. Today is here and I am both excited and a bit sentimental. 8 years of teaching. I’m working on something new and I am excited about what is coming, but it is a little bittersweet to close this chapter of interacting with students.

The next four weeks will be rough for me juggling SnapShops, homeschool and life. Knowing what is coming, we decided to sneak away to the lake for a night. We loaded up the trailer (best purchase!), the dog, the kids and food. Seriously, taking a trailer is a game changer. We would not have gone to the effort for one night to pack up a tent and all the extra stuff.

50mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8

ft.gibson-0185mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-0285mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-0350mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8 – if there was ever a book I needed to read this weekend – while thinking through big changes for my ‘work’ – this was it.ft.gibson-0485mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-0550mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8ft.gibson-0685mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.8 – the boys threw rocks off the dock, the girls called it their stage and ballet barft.gibson-07ft.gibson-08ft.gibson-0985mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-1085mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8 ~ 85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-1185mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1250, f/2.8ft.gibson-1350mm lens, ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.8ft.gibson-1450mm lens, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8ft.gibson-16In honor of today – the first day of the last round of SnapShops – I wanted to do a photography related giveaway. I primarily use Lightroom for editing or RadLab (used in Photoshop) for editing. There are countless photographers who have created actions and presets for Lightroom and Photoshop. Basically, an action or a preset is predetermined tweaks for a photo. So, instead of making lots of minor/major adjustments to every photo, I run a preset. This means I select a preset and press ‘play’. The preset makes all those little changes at once for me. Presets and actions save tons of time, especially for those of us that just don’t want to sit in front of our computers editing photos.

Today, I get to give away a $150 gift card to Totally Rad Actions!!!

I use Totally Rad Presets in Lightroom (the pictures in this post were edited with the Replichrome presets). I also use RadLab when editing in Photoshop.


Giveaway Details:

$150 gift card to Totally Rad Actions

1 winner, chosen at random


To enter: leave a comment on this post

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  • AndreaB - So special to be able to pack up your family and just get away for a bit of fresh air!

    Will be thinking of you at the beginning of your last set of workshops – I so enjoyed being part of both the DSLR and phone courses, what a treat to be able to say I was able to part-take and learn from you. Thanks for all you have taught to so many! What a priceless gift. Looking forward to seeing what’s next on your agenda

  • Susan - You encourage me to be a better person, photographer, crafter, ??

  • Emily - Thank you for the opportunity to win. That would be…rad! :)

  • Veronica Felix - i would love help with editing.

  • Clelie - Hi!
    Since I’m currently editing 500 pictures of my summer roadtrip in Sweden, a little help from Totally Rad would be awesome!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Amanda - Congrats on a new chapter in life.
    Looks like you had fun at the lake!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Claire Hatterer - Hi,
    it would be soo rad (pun intended) to win some presets!
    fingers crossed!

  • csilla - yesss, me me me me me please :)

  • Liz - The lake you go to looks like a lot of fun. I can’t believe it’s so warm where you are! We’ve been in pants and sweaters for a few weeks now up here!

  • Kati R - fun pictures and fun giveaway – thanks

  • Carmen - incredible photos, as always! I just love love love reading your blog and feel challenged often by priorities and the life that you share through your blog. thanks xo

  • Jessica - Great pictures!

  • Kelly Keitzer - Enjoy teaching your last class. Glad the lake was fun!

  • caroline - loving your photos as usual. what beautiful subjects to have ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Adrienne - Oh this would be a perfect gift for my hubby!! He just began doing more photography and I talk about you and what I’ve learned on ur blog often:)

  • Jessica - Currently editing monthly pictures of my son’s growth; this would be an amazing boon.

  • Suzanne Murray - Love that you were able to get away for the night and yes, I can totally agree about the difference between a camper and tent camping…..and we only have a little pop up but it sure does make things easier. And Arlie……gone from puppy to dog so quickly!!! And I would be so excited to be able to have “help” in editing photos. How fun! I will pray this last Snap Shop goes well for you and you are at peace when it ends.

  • erin - Love your blog and pictures of your sweet kids! Thanks for inspiring me!

  • erica - I’ve been wanting to get the totally rad presets…ekk! Thank you for hosting!

  • Arina - I can’t believe its the end of snapshop! My first ever post i read of you was about you preparing for snapshop while waiting at the post office to send away (or receive) paperwork for little one’s adoption. What a sweet road it has been.

  • Caroline R - So glad I was able to take your phoneography class while it was available- you are a wonderful teacher! Can’t wait to hear what you’ll be up too next!

  • Hannah - Oh my gosh on the timing! I’ve just been researching and thinking about buying this!

  • Becky - You are so inspiring, love you and your little family! I’m really working to get better images straight from my camera but I still seem to be spending lots of time editing. SO.MUCH.TO.LEARN! I would love to learn more about actions and how they can help. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Holly - Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway! I’ve been eyeing those presets for awhile now.

  • Katie - LOVED Jen’s book too!

  • Lisa Vandermeer - I just got Lightroom – these presets sound like a great complement. Thanks Ashley and hope the busyness of the next month can be savoured despite the pace.

  • Erin - Oh, this would be wonderful! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Lorraine R. - What a great get away!!!!!It’s crazy how change is both terrifying and exciting! Can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for you and your family!!

  • Jude - wish I could’ve taken one of your classes!

  • Jessica - Love the girls at the “baller bar”! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Iza - I’m a little sad I will never get chance to be in your course… But happy for you :-)

  • Jana R - You have changed the way many photographers look at/change pictures. Just love your work!!

  • Jill - Looks like y’all had a great weekend!

  • Aimee - Best of luck on the close of this season in your life!

  • Mary - Love this post…as always! Love the photos! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win this awesome gift card!!

  • Tara - Looking forward to seeing what your knew chapter will be!

  • candy - love your blog! thanks for the chance to win!

  • Claudia - I use Lightroom as well and would love to explore Totally Rad. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  • Luisa salcedo - So excited to take the phone snap chat course! Let the fun begin.

  • Cathy S. - I would love to win the presets

  • Jessica - I’m also a homeschooling mom of 5 and I don’t have the time to spend much time editing a bunch of pictures. This would be an awesome prize to win!

  • Katey Walton - I am so excited for your new adventures. I am also a bit saddened that this is your last snap shop. When you first started your snap shop dslr, I was one of the (many) first students to give it a go. I was just looking through some of the material again last week. It has helped me so much! Even though I don’t use my dslr as much as I would love to, 3 very small children running around, I pull out my cheat sheets from your class and it brings it all back! Thank you so much for being an awesome teacher and providing amazing tools.

  • Meg - Congrats on 8 years of classes! Have a great final class.

  • Jillian - Love seeing your kids personalities come through in your photos. I’ve learned so much from your course! I have not played with any editing software yet, but I’d love to learn.

  • Kristin - Totally Rad!

  • Ashley - I love the way you capture your family! I recently made the change from a mirror less camera to a DSLR…the transition is more challenging than I expected! I’m sad I never took one of your courses while they were available. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Kaleek - What a rad giveaway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Amy - I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next. Looks like you and your family had a great surprise getaway. I wish I could have taken one of your courses but I would love to win your wonderful giveaway. :) Thank you!

  • Stephanie T - My husband loathes camping. I’m trying to convince him that he’d love it if we had a trailer!! (he’s only ever tent camped.)

  • Megan - The pictures of the girls using the “ballet bar” are SO cute! Thank you for the give away.

  • Kelley - excited to start the phone course today! Loved the dslr course! And would really love some editing help!

  • erika - Love “For the Love” :)

    Also, I would love to freshen up my Photoshop skills with some new presets. Thanks!

  • Tessa - I am taking your dslr class this last go and am excited to get to know my camera better and to be able to better utilize it capturing everyday moments with my kids. This would be incredible to win. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • dawny dee - so thankful you chose to share your life with us through this blogs. your words and photos inspire me.

  • Gina - Looks like a fun getaway! I’m trying to convince my husband to buy a trailer. I’d be interested in learning what you keep in the trailer and your packing process for a quick overnight like this. Hope your next 4 weeks go well!

  • Sarah T - I’m excited to see where the next season takes you!

  • Alicia Campbell - Wow! What a great giveaway! Thanks.

  • Sarah M - Yes, please!!
    Sarah M

  • Lisa K - Thanks for the giveaway! You have almost convinced me to by a trailer!!!! :)

  • Lisa - The pics of the girls doing ballet are perfection! I love to see how Little One has grown. She is clearly thriving. Fun day at the lake!! ?

  • Sarah Z - Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Adrienne - I always love looking at your photos, so I decided to jump in and take the snap shot class. I am really excited to get started! I’ve always wanted to be able to take quality photos of my beautiful family. Thanks for tho opportunity to learn.

  • Krista - Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I’m the family photographer and would love to have access to the RadLab actions. Your posts are always equal parts educational and inspiring, a wonderful mix. Thank you!

  • Sonya - Yay for Totally Rad!

  • Jodi Lemons - Thank you for your sharing your beautiful family, insights and wisdom. I look forward to reading your blog every day! Thank you for hosting this giveaway !

  • Cheri S - Your photos are an inspiration!

  • Alicia B - Great giveaway! We also have a travel trailer and totally agree it’s a game changer :)

  • Jenn - it hurts me when i heard that this was your last snapshots. i have been wanting to take the class now but just couldn’t get it to work out financially with out budget. now i am sad that i am going to miss it. i will hold on to the hope that you will one day offer it again.

    excited to hear about your new adventure though

    great pictures.
    i love the ballet bar ones (my little girl would have been right there with them)
    great book, i really enjoyed reading that one and have now passed it to another friend for her to enjoy its goodness.

  • Kate - Cheers to the next chapter in your life! I have loved following along on your beautiful journey the past several years, and look forward to seeing what is next for you and your family. You are a daily inspiration, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    I haven’t added actions to my editing photo mix yet, but would love to give it a try (since I currently spend a lot of my time editing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Casey Clements - Thanks for encouraging cool pictures of everyday life, the importance of the little moments are my favorite!

  • Peggy Holland - I love reading your blog and seeing little glimpses of your cute family!

  • Annemieke - Awesome giveaway and excited and sad that this is your last round of classes!

  • susie - I want a trailer too- wish we had area to park one, usually i don’t mind taking the tent but this year we had a baby and i got so tired of packing everything. Radlab would be great!

  • AmandaK - Fun giveaway! Enjoy your posts and motherhood encouragement.

  • Leslie N. - I’m just making the switch from PSE to Lightroom and would love a chance to win!

    Wishing you all the best as this season closes and another is just beginning!

  • shawn - OH pick me pick me please

  • Kate - Congratulations. How thoughtful to include a giveaway.

  • Kim - Love your blog! I am just starting to get into photo editing and so far enjoying the process. Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing prize.

  • Amy B. - I just love Totally Radโ€” I’ve downloaded a few of their trial presets and they are fantastic :) Thank you so much for a chance to win! And also, for frequently including your camera settings with your photosโ€” SO helpful for those of us who are always learning and trying to improve :)

  • Ivana - This would be wonderful. Thank you!

  • Amy Martin - Kind of bummed I missed a chance to take your class, but looking forward to seeing what else you have in store!

  • Rach - this would be awesome!

  • Jessie - I loved your snapshot classes when I took them and often reread the pdfs to refresh my memory on all your tips. Fingers crossed for the giftcard so I can push my photography even further :-)

  • Cassidy - I am enrolled in the course and am so excited! It would be awesome to use my new skills and a little help from Totally Rad :)

  • Tiffany - I love editing! this would be fantastic! Thanks

  • Liz - I love Lightroom and have been looking at getting presets for nearly forever. I’ve been eyeing Jen Hatmaker’s books for a while and it sounds like I need to make that happen too! :)

  • Vicky Kindschi - I took your class a few years ago and it opened to door to a fun new hobby. Thank you! I love seeing the pictures of your family. Your little one has just blossomed into such a beauty!

  • Laura Y - Love your blog! Love your photos! Thanks for inspiring me daily. :)

  • Aubrey - I’d love to win!

  • Brittany A - Enjoy the final class! Congratulations :)

  • Steph - I’ve been meaning to start working on my photo editing skills! I’d love to learn about actions. Consider my hat in the ring! Also I love your eye, we spent Saturday at a local lake and I didn’t want to drag my camera around. Next Saturday I’m bringing it for sure!

  • Jenni - Hope you enjoy your last session of teaching! Preset kit would be awesome.

  • Carolyn Williams - I love actions!

  • Krista W. - I would love to win!! Totally Rad actions look awesome!! I have been wanting to try them!! Andโ€ฆon a random noteโ€ฆI would LOVE if you did personal photo mentoring! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • momto2lovelies - I love how you’ve used your gift of photography to capture and share your life with others, as well as teaching others how to do the same. I took your Snapshot class several years ago and unfortunately have got out of practice – I need to dig back into it!

  • Brenda - I benefitted from taking you class. Thank you!

  • Avenlea - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • La Godiche - Hi !
    Thanks for the giveaway ! It would really help me to edit my 2500 photos from our trip in Island this two past weeks ! ^^

  • Tracie - Thanks for the chance

  • Caoimhe - Thank you for the awesome giveaway and for the Snapshop courses. I thoroughly enjoyed both the Phone and Camera workshops, they were immensely helpful.

    Good luck on your next adventure!

  • Beth Ann - I really wish my husband enjoyed camping. The kids and I love it, but he…. not so much. I did set up the tent in the backyard this summer and my kiddos and I roasted hotdogs and smores over a firepit and slept outside.

  • Rosie - I find navigating all the available presets overwhelming, and do just haven’t tried any yet. But your recommendation is pretty powerful – I’d love to try these!

  • Jennifer - Thanks so much! I have SO MANY pictures to edit that this would be amazing to win!

  • Elke - I’ve been thinking about buying RadLab for some years now, but … okay, if I don’t win it now, I will definitely order it … promised :-)

  • Ursula Page - I would love to win the actions! I would love a way to speed up my workflow!

  • EmRuss - We went camping last weekend and I thought of your trailer and was so jealous! And I’m sad I never got in on the snap chats. Can’t wait to see what the new project is!

  • Anna - So totally rad!

  • cinback - I am just getting into Lightroom and would love the RadLab presets! Thanks for offering such a ‘rad’ giveaway!

  • Lexi K - What a fun giveaway!

  • Meg - I love when you put the camera settings on your photos! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Rae - Beautiful pictures! I love the one of Little One jumping XD.
    It’s so bittersweet that its your last SnapShop.

  • Christina C - Good luck in the coming weeks! I would love some new inspiration and presets!

  • Amy - Good luck with your last round of Snap Shops! Sadly, I never was able to do one of them.
    I just read For the Love too and I think one of the big things I took away from that book was that I need to look at my plate and decide what should stay and what should go. I always want to do everything for everyone and I’m learning that sometimes it’s okay to say no! So goodbye PTA, I can’t volunteer for everything! And PBJs for dinner every once in awhile never hurt anybody either!

  • Brittany - I have ‘For the Love’ waiting to be read when I fly to Vancouver on Wednesday! Excited to dig in.

  • Katy C - Thank you for the giveaway! I’ve never used totally rad actions and I’d love to give them a try!

  • Bek Ryder - I would love a chance to try out the totally rad actions!

  • Meryl - What a great excuse for a getaway–looks like it was fun! Would love to win and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kate - Love the photos!

  • Diana - Amazing pics of your youngest.

  • Bethany - Beautiful photos and a great giveaway! :)

  • Renee Johnson - What a lovely giveaway! Thank you :) Your pictures always inspire me to carry my camera around everywhere I go :)

  • Allison - I love taking photos and this editing software would be amazing to take photos to the next level!

  • Jessica - Would love to try some presets! I’m just learning to use lightroom. Sounds fun!

  • TheDenverPack - Thanks-best of luck with your new adventures!

  • Ashley - So excited for this give away! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Cassi Kennard - I’ve been crushing on Totally Rad Actions for a long time now! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Elizabeth - What a wonderful little overnight mini get away! I can’t wait to learn more about editing my photos. Thank you for the kind giveaway

  • Nicole Y. - I love your pictures and how it captures real life!

  • Bre - I’m so thankful I was able to take your photography course!

  • amber - This is so exciting:)! Thanks for the chance!

  • Elaine W - I love all your shots of your youngest daughter in action! Overall, simply beautiful photos of your precious family!

  • Karen - what an awesome giveaway! I bought lightroom about a year ago and I don’t know how I lived without it. it would definitely be awesome to win some presets.
    best of luck to you as you start your last snapshops!

  • Marie - So love coming here to check our your escapades….and saddened that I never did sign up for a course :(

  • Gale - Thank you for the chance.

  • Molly - Congratulations on your new venture!

  • Jennifer Garcia - Your blog and photography are so inspiring to me. My goal is to learn more about editing tools so this would be a great gift to get me started!

  • Erica Baker - The girls doing ballet on the dock! They even synced up their moves. Too cute for words!

  • Amy - Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  • Jamie Z. - Looks like a fun little getaway!

  • Debbie H - Yes please! All the best always, Ashley

  • Sennie - I’d love to try RadLab! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  • Erin - awesome pics, as always!

  • Holly - Great giveaway, thank you!

  • Beth Jones - I learn so much from your posts. Thanks! Needing to learn more about editing programs!

  • Shannon - The pictures of the girls doing ballet….awesome.

  • Kelly S. - I would love to be able to purchase Replichrome! Also would you consider doing a post on how you use the replichrome preset in Lightroom?

  • Kristi Garwood - I’m so excited for this giveaway. Even more excited for the start of Snapshop today!

  • Melanie - Thanks for the chance to win! This would be amazing!

  • Sarah S - Love you’re blog! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jacque - Sad for the end of a season, but excited for the new! Sounds like you’ve done an excellent job prioritizing!

  • Carmen - Ooh! My 16-year old daughter would love this!

  • Deb Roepke - Congratulations on kicking off your last classes! Excited to see what the future brings for you.

  • Samantha - Love your blog!

  • Veronica Adrover - Good luck on your last SnapShop and your NEW adventures!

  • Arlene - I love your photos! They truly capture the moment.

  • Julie - Gorgeous photos, as always!!

  • Caitlin Weaver - I would LOVE to try out Totally Rad’s Actions!!

  • Jessica - I love how the dock meant something different for everyone – rock launching spot, ballet bar, photo spot, etc…

  • Mandy - RadLab actions are definitely awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kaylee Coles - I’m a little sad you’re not teaching SnapShops anymore, but I totally understand why. I feel like I understand the basics of shooting in manual but would love to improve – especially since I’ve been married just over a year and don’t have any kids yet, but so admire how you capture your kids’ childhoods! This is a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • katie - AHH!!! I’ve been wanting some presets from radlab for forever! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Rachael - I’ve been wanting to try these actions…fingers crossed!

  • jeanne - The lake looks dreamy!

  • Maureen - Thank you for the amazing give away. Loved all of todays pictures but I am really amazed by Little Ones grace and balance at such a young age… and the girls sitting together- pure sweetness.

  • Angela - Love the look and feel of photos that are edited with Totally Rad actions. Would love that for my photos as well!!

  • Marie - so good to know about the presets! thanks! & i loved being a part of your dslr class 2 springs ago! i learned so much! excited to see what you have in-store next!!

  • Emily - Pick me, pick me, pick me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sarah Marie - Love Photoshop and Lightroom and would enjoy this giveaway!

  • Angie webb - What a fun giveway.. thanks for the chance to win!

  • Whitney - Oh, pick me! What a great giveaway!

  • Inรฉs - I love tour blog and tour pics! :o)

  • Carrie Hageman - Thank for this giveway! Enjoy your blog so much and have taken a class phone photo class from you and loved it. I too have my own little one. Just wondering if you have heard of Karen Purvis? I attended a conference supported by Show Hope called Empowered to Connect. It was amazing. Karen Purvis’s book The Connected Child has been so helpful with my treasured 3.5 year old girl we brough home from China (she had cleft lip/palette too). God Bless!

  • Sara Torbett - Your trip looks dreamy! It takes so little to feel such BIG refreshment, doesn’t it? I will be praying these next few weeks go smoothly for you!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  • Linda Loo - Thank you! I now shoot in manual. I get amazing pictures of my family. I understand my DSLR. All because of what I’ve learned from you in your snapshop. Hoping your next chapter is even better and provides you with the much needed time with your family. Those words from the other day, “the list stays, the kids don’t” have really been hitting home with me, and I’m so glad you are making the changes you need to in order to get even more QT with your family.

  • Debbie C - Last minute road trips are the best! The kids are a little older now so it’s not too hard for us now. Hmmm…may need to convince the hubby to get a trailer…one day.

  • Kate - Awesome giveaway! I use Rad Lab in lightroom. Just curious as to why you use it in photoshop?

  • Brady W. - Totally jealous of your trailer! There are so many times I want to be spontaneous and do things on the fly, but kids can make that hard :) Looks like a fun night! And I can use all the help I can get with editing :)

  • kimberly oyler - ohhhh pick me!!

  • Beckie - Exciting changes!! As always, i love reading what you share with us <3 I am a devoted LR user and I have several TR products already but would LOVE the chance to pick up another! thank you so much for the opportunity.

  • Faye - crossing my fingers!

  • Amanda - Love the lake pics and thank you for posting your settings as always!

  • Lori Stone - I would love to have an opportunity to wn this! The things you could do!!

  • Christi S. - I’ve taken your class and invested in Photoshop. RadLabs presets would be the next purchase!

  • Angie - Anything to make life easier gets two thumbs up from me!

  • Cassidy - This probably isn’t the best post to ask a question on… but did you change your camera lens somewhere in between these photos? How did you decide which one you wanted to use?


  • Diana - Your girls are absolutely adorable.

  • Natalie - Love the pictures! Thanks for the chance :)

  • SuzieH - What a fabulous way to celebrate. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Mia - love totally rad, love your blog!

  • Laura B - with a baby on the way this would be reaallllly useful! I would love to sign up for this giveaway. :)

  • Kathie McAuliffe - What a fun getaway and a fun giveaway! I would love to win! Thank you for the chance! I am just beginning with my camera and this would be a lot of fun to play with!

  • Jennifer - I was lucky to be able to take your SnapShop class a couple of years ago, and it was such a great introduction to photography! I absolutely love your photography style and am so grateful you shared your talent in teaching! Sad to see it go but excited to see the next chapter!

  • Rebekah Bennett - I need to edit photos! The totally rad would come in handy!

  • Tiffany J. - Getaways are good for the soul – glad your camper made it possible for you. I’m also glad one last group of students gets to take your SnapShop courses; I loved the one I took.

  • Mary - I just love the way your pictures tell a story. There is nothing else remotely like it out in cyber space. I look forward to reading this and force myself sometimes to not click on it too many times so that I can be surprised when I might have 2 posts to read. I would love to win this to play with those presets and actions. I love the look of your photos, they are so clean. You are my inspiration, and not just your photos. Your honesty.

  • Sarah - I can only imagine how bittersweet this time is for you. I will be praying for you as you juggle so many things the next few weeks. When I heard it was your last SnapShop I jumped on taking your phone photography course (I already took the DSLR course and it was amazing!). I can’t wait to see your new work adventures. Thank you so much for the giveaway and for always inspiring me.

  • kim - What a great trip!!

  • Becky Dail - wow thank you!!! Good luck on juggling everything the next few weeks!

  • letha c - Since I’m just starting to take photos again. This would be great to learn!

  • Rose - I’ve signed up for the phone Snapshop and have read some of it and can’t wait to practice!

  • Natalie - I love your giveaways! And I sure could use some help editing! :)

  • Alysa - Your blog is my fave of ALL I read on a daily basis. Thanks for opening your heart to those of us all over the globe. I also happen to be a photographer and would absolutely LOVE to get my hands on some Totally Rad Actions. Have heard grand things about them and would love to give them a try. You are a blessing to all, Ashley. I do believe we’d be fast friends if we lived around the corner from one another. =)

  • Jenny - Looks like your family had so much fun at the lake! I’m currently taking the DSLR SnapShops.

  • BritneyD - Looks so fun! I love your travel posts and saying it gets easier. We have 2 under 2 and it can be a lot of work for a little bit but worth it.

  • Debbie - Anxious to hear what your new project is. Blessings!

  • Angela Martinez - Always love seeing your posts. Your kids are absolutely adorable and the way you capture them growing up is inspiring!

  • Caily Myers - When one door closes, another opens! Best wishes and so happy I had the opportunity to take your DSLR course.

    Love, Caily

  • Kristi Rediske - Love all your photos and also appreciate you telling what lens you use and the settings. I took your class , I think I was in on the first one, anyway, so excited for your giveaway. I sure hope I win but i will be excited for whoever is the winner-:)

  • Meredith R. - I’m a total newbie at photography. My hubby bought me an amazing camera that I never use. ? I need to change that!

  • Meredith - I’m a total newbie at photography. My hubby bought me an amazing camera that I never use. ? I need to change that!

  • Elizabeth C - I always love your photography!

  • bethany powers - Love this! Wish we had a trailer.

  • Linnea - Just began using Lightroom and would love a gift card to Totally Rad Actions! Excited to find out what you have in mind for the future after snapshot classes!

  • kate - I love TRA! Thanks for sharing.

  • Maddie - So glad I was able to take your snapshop course before it ended. It was the best thing for helping me learn how to use my camera. I’d love some totally rad actions to amp up my editing game!

  • Debbie Geiger - Change is hard sometimes. Enjoy your last Snap Shop and look forward to what God has for you next. I’m hoping my number comes up on the generator so I can try my hand at running actions and presets. :)

  • beth - i’m ready to learn more/add more/do more with LR, so this is the perfect chance! thank you!!!

    psโ€ฆi love your leading lines shots!

  • Carrie M - Good luck on one chapter ending an another beginning. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • ajira - Oh man, this lake looks idyllic. What a lovely place to take your whole family on a getaway to! Love it!

  • Caroline - I’m enrolled on your DSLR course and really looking forward to getting to know my camera. This would make editing all those photos a breeze!

  • Ali - I would love this! Thanks for the chance.

  • Vickie - I would so love to win this giveaway! So sorry that you will not be teaching the photography classes anymore. Hope that your next endeavor is great for you and your family.


  • Kelly B - This would be an awesome giveaway to win!

  • Colleen from alabama - I’m reading that Jen hatmaker book right now as well! I just turned fifty a couple of months ago and it has been so timely when thinking about what I need to be doing in this stage of my life!

  • Meg - I’ve always wanted to try these! I have Lightroom but don’t use it nearly often enough. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde - Oh yes! I have had my eye on those actions for ages but I just don’t have the cash to make it happen! What an awesome surprise it would be to win! Good luck to all ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Ellen - I am thankful that I had the pleasure of taking one of your classes! I enjoy this blog so much! Thanks for sharing your life.

  • Bethany - I love the way your family takes bold steps to follow God’s leading…it inspires me! I am not a photographer, but I have a dear friend who is, and she is always always giving to others…I would love to win this for her!!

  • Jennifer - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Amber B - Would love to win the giveaway. :) The lake overnighter sounds amazing…we need a trailer!

  • Marsha - So happy to be in the SnapShop: Phone class!!! I’ve already learned a lot!

  • Mary Liz cawley - Pick me

  • Juliana - it would be a dream to win this one!

  • Laura G - Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway! :) :)

  • Emma - I’m so glad you got one last get away! Thanks to your last post, I’ve been thinking a lot about what my definition of success is, and it’s definitely having a strong and happy family! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!

  • Brooke Carman - Super excited to be part of the last SnapShop!!

  • sharee - would love to use totally rad actions! thanks for the lovely give away:)

  • MC - I’m about to take a Lightroom course online! Love this giveaway!

  • Melody J - Actions are so totally me. I feel you, and is love to win some more.

  • Trish - Wishing you a great final month of teaching this particular series. I hope what comes next will bring you fulfillment and joy.

  • Paulette - Thank you for the giveaway. I have Lightroom and have wanted to try some preset actions. I would love to give these a try! I love, love, love your blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Elizabeth Miner - I always enjoy your perspective!

  • Rie - Such a generous giveaway!!

  • Laura - Your photos always inspire. Gorgeous!

  • angie - hi ashley… this would be awesome… i’m slowly learning to shoot in manual… it’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time… thanks for the chance… and as always, you keep inspiring! xo

  • KENDRA - beautiful!

  • Marnae - Every time you talk about your trailer I get a little jelly. I am trying to be a big girl. The giveaway would help;)

  • Karen - Just started the Snapshop DSLR class today! Praying for those light bulb moments!! :) Love your blog and your heart, Ashley!

  • Michelle - I would love to try out Radlab, Im just getting started in editing and they have beautiful presets!

  • Erin - What a lovely gift. Thanks for your generosity.

  • Robyn - yay! I would LOVE This!

  • Shelly Madsen - Best of luck with your last classes. I love Lightroom!

  • Katie - Love all the photo tips you have on your blog!

  • Loren - Totally been wanting to try them — thanks for the chance!

  • Kelli Lewis - I’m still stuck on yesterday’spost and wondering how to do the to do list that must be done without regret.

  • julie - Congrats on the fresh starts. Can’t wait to hear about it. The presets would be so nice to win.

  • Melissa - I’m excited to hear about your new adventures!

  • Connie - I love all your camping pictures!

  • Cassie - Ohhh…this would be fun!

  • Laurie P - Looks like a book I need to put on my “to read” list.

  • Lisa Reed - This would help make my ‘meh’ photos so much better!

  • joy - Excited to see what you’ve got planned next, Ashley!

  • Candice S - Wow. I always wanted to take one of your classes. I’m sad they are ending.

  • Tess R. - I adore the look of TRA, but don’t own any. Hard for me to justify the cost. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • emily hope - would love to try these actions in lightroom … after I figure out how to use lightroom ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rebekah - I never edit my photos and think actions would be the push start I need to take my pictures to the next level

  • Danielle - What a wonderful giveaway! Would love to win! Thank you :-)

  • Kathy - Thanks for offering this opportunity.

  • Brandy - Hello!

    I’m thinking my son would really enjoy this generous giveaway. Thank you, Ashley!

  • Marilyn D. - I loved both your courses!

  • Lindsey - Awesome giveaway! I just upgraded to my first full frame camera and would love having some new presets to go along with it.

  • Lindsey - I have learned so much from you…from your blog and by taking your dslr course. Thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom!

  • Hollie - thanks for continually inspiring me to capture my kids’ personalities!

  • Michelle S. - I love your website and you love to win this giveaway! Thank you for offering it.

  • CindyB - Love the pictures of Little One – not so little anymore!

  • brooke - LOVE!

  • Abby - Great photos as always! Excited to see what you have cooking for your next work project!

  • Sadie - I love the photo of the dirty hands. It made me giggle! I love this post and I am jealous of the fact that you are able to get away so quickly!

    I would love to be the winner of Radlab! I downloaded the preview when you first shared that you used it, but I never did purchase it.

  • Chelsea - Editing has never been the fun part… but this seems like a way to make it fast and have amazing pictures! Thanks for the chance!

  • Dana Haylee - I loved taking your snapshop and my heart broke a little when I heard this would be your last but I am excited for you as you consider what might be next!

  • Jenny Jones - Ashley, thank you so much for all of your inspiration and encouragement. I do not a usually comment, but I look forward to your posts and I am always encouraged by your heart for your family and for others. Good luck with your next adventures. I hope I am randomly selected!!!

  • tricia - I am a tired momma of a 6 yr old and a 4 yr old….lover of photography but chase butterflies and don’t have the time or patience to edit over and over!
    love the giveaway!

  • Michael - So glad that my wife is getting to be a part of your final snapshop!

  • Sara - Excited to hear what this new chapter will be. Thank you for all of your incredible photography and for sharing your family’s life with us.

  • Katherine - I’ve never used actions… would love to try them out!!

  • Renata - Great giveaway! Thank you!

  • megan c. - This looks awesome! Blessing on the next season! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Cami - I’m in your final snap shop so it would be perfect to win these actions!!!

  • Katie B. - So excited for you and praying for this change in your journey! I was never fortunate enough to take your SnapShots class, but had so much improvement from your “blog post tutorials” that I can imagine how great your courses were!

  • Brenna - I just started using Lightroom for editing in the last 6 months and have been so curious about presets. I would LOVE to win this! <3

  • Amy Mort - I am with you on having a camper. It definately makes camping more enjoyable. I would love to win some presets. It might make the editing a little more enjoyable as well. Love your photography and how it inspires me to get out there and shoot.

  • bethanyb - your girls are so cute and active! and thank you for the opportunity to win something! how fun. :)

  • Becky J - There just aren’t words to describe the joy in your photos- what a gift family is and your photos will only become MORE priceless to you as the years roll by! {My babes are 23,20 and 16} You are a wise Momma to capture little fingers and twinkles in eyes! :) THANKS for the giveaway! Have a blessed day!

  • carrie - Totally rad giveaway? just about to get lightroom, so this would be perfect

  • Lindy Gregg - I LOVE the pictures of your girls doing ballet on the dock! And I would love to learn how to edit my pictures. I have this amazing camera, and know nothing about editing. Maybe this would help!

  • Kim B - I am always inspired to just take out my camera after reading your posts. It is so easy to forget to capture the everyday.
    Cant wait to hear about your new project.

  • Dena - I never have time to edit pics anymore. This would help. Thank you for the chance. Love the “ballet” dock pics :)

  • Jacob - Would love to win these for my wife

  • Stephanie - I’m sad I missed the chance to take one of your classes! Great giveaway!

  • Maggie L - You are such an encouragement and challenge me on the type of parent I hope to be one day. Also, I am so sad you are ending SnapShop! I kept telling myself I was going to do it and haven’t been able to yet and now it’s ending! I’m so sad, but following God’s plan is so much more important and rewarding!

  • Jamie - I always love when you post your photo settings! Thanks.
    Fun giveaway, fingers crossed!

  • amy j. - What a fun giveaway! I love seeing your picture posts!

  • Christina - Beautiful pictures!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Colleen - I love radlab! Your photography always inspires me!

  • Melissa - How exciting to sail with the winds of change at your back! Praying for blue skies as you adjust your sails.

  • Monica hart - What an awesome giveaway!

  • Elaine - Oh my goodness, your ballerinas are too much!! They are making me smile and giggle all over!

  • Katie Sturgeon - I would be so excited to win this! I’m currently in your snapshot course and winning this would set me up so well in my photography.

  • Kate C - Your photos are always beautiful and inspirational! Pick me!! :)

  • Lauren - Wow! Great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Danielle wood - What an amazing giveaway! You have influenced so many photographers and this giveaway could encourage more. Awesome!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Fingers crossed!

  • Jenny - I’ve heard about RadLab for a while and would love to try it out! Thanks!

  • Stephanie - I’m so glad that I was able to take your Snap Shops course. My family has been complimenting my pictures more. Although I have so much more practicing to do, my pictures are much more meaningful.

  • Kristin - Thanks for sharing the glimpse into your life and a chance to better our personal photography experience!

  • Lindsay - I would love some help in editing photos! It’s one of those tasks that I don’t enjoy, but am always happy I did it. Thanks!

  • Caylin - Thanks Ashley!

  • Brooke - How awesome!

  • Jenny - Would LOVE to play around with Totally Rad! Very cool!!

  • Audrey - Thanks for a chance to win!!

  • Jessica - The picture of Little One on Firecracker’s lap is just too precious. I love their sister bond.

  • Sandy C - Looks like a very fun trip!!

  • Florencia - I love your blog and photos. I’m a High School teacher and thanks to your blog I am starting a Little Dresses for Africa club at my high school with 3 sewing machines I got from donors on DonorsChoose.org.

  • Deanna - I would love to try some of these actions!:)

  • Jamie Lewis - Oh how I would love to win! I just love your work and your creativity at home…you are one of the only photographers that I don’t get tired of following!

  • Amanda - LOVE these! I need to get on the bandwagon and learn lightroom!

  • Krystina - As always, beautiful family and beautiful photos. I’m off to look at that book on amazon now! Sounds interesting!

  • Tracy - Love your blog… Been with you for 5? Years now. . You are my go to everyday!

  • Andrea - This is such an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • Cristy - Awesome! I love your photos because they always look natural and unedited :)_

  • Erin - what a great idea for a giveaway. thank you!

  • Christina - I simply love how you capture your family (and edit your photos) and would love to be able to do so (more easily) with my own someday!

  • Lynet Witty - Hi Ashley! I love me some presets! and since I don’t have lightroom, *believe me, i wish i did* i’d be sohappy to have some Photoshop ones!

  • Karina Carretero - Ashley, your site is a breath of fresh air! Thanks for inspiring me to be more present with my kids…seriously. In gratitude, KC

  • Sharon - I always wondered how you found the time to sort and edit all your images – looks like TotallyRad might be your secret ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  • Kristin - I can’t tell you how often I refer to my SnapShop Phone Course Notes. I am so glad that I took your course when I did since the Lord is guiding you in a new direction for which He has already prepared you in advance.

  • Kirsten - so excited to see what God’s got in store for you next! I get all drooly whenever I look at Radlab actions, but have never taken the plunge. One of these daysโ€ฆ :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Ashley E - Aghh so sad to see the end of Snapshot workshop (I did one myself), but everything is for a season. Best of luck to you and your family.

  • Lorena Barnes - oh wow, what a generous giveaway! love your blog Ashley! Have been following you for years and still love it! Would love to win Totally Rad voucher! woooohhooooo

  • Kayla - Yes, add me in!

  • Amber - Absolutely love how you capture everyday life. Would love to try out these actions!

  • Andrea - Thanks for this chance! Hope you have an enjoyable last SnapShots session!!

  • Fran - Fun opportunity! Glad to be in your last Snapshot course!

  • Colleen - Your pictures truly inspire me! Every post is a source of inspiration to find new angles and use the light…

  • Melissa B - I am so glad I took your course. It made me a better photographer and was worth every penny! Thank you for all the heart, time and energy you put into it.

  • Julie - I participated in both of your SnapShop courses and learned so much. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I wish you the best.

  • Kristen Martin - Would totally love to win this!

  • Brenda - LOVE the dock as ballet bar!

  • Nicole - Love these actions!

  • Allison B - Beautiful pictures, as usual!

  • Lara - Blessings on your next adventure! Looking forward to hearing about what’s next.
    I was a student in both your SnapShops classes, and I’m so grateful I took them while I had the chance!

  • shelby reitz - Love RadLab! Also, your daughter is so cute. I could eat her up!

  • Meredith - Would love to win – thanks for the chance :)

  • Amy Maslowski - I’d love to simplify this process and think it’d make getting my photos “print worthy” much less daunting. Thanks! I sure enjoy my daily peek into your life. :)

  • Jody Greenlee - Thank you for the years of inspiration!

  • Kristine - sad to see these courses go but really enjoy seeing where God is taking your family today and in the days coming. :)

  • Laura O - I recently got Lightroom…I would so love to win this!!

  • Erin P. - I just got a DSLR a few months ago and have been playing around trying to figure out what I’m doing! Not to be all creeper on you, but you are my photography idol! I want to take better pictures so that my kids will have them to remember their childhood.

  • Erin Hiner - Love your photos!

  • Ezgi Kazak - I am currently enrolled in your phone class. Love your wor and your perspective on life ! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Melissa A. - I’m about to start editing the first year of pictures for my twins….would love a shot at some rad presets! Thank you for offering us the opportunity to win such a helpful tool!

  • Amy D. - I would LOVE to win! Totally Rad is amazing and has INCREDIBLE customer service too!

  • Claire H. - I have wanted to try Totally Rad Actions for awhile – would love to win! Love your blog and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Courtney - Can’t wait to see what you are up to next!!

  • Lakmali - great !!!! enjoy !!!!

  • April - Love TRA! Never used their presents before though.
    “For the Love” is so good, isn’t it?!!

  • Ashly - I love Lightroom! Thanks for the tips and sharing your knowledge so freely! You are a light!

  • Lauren - Had a few moments to catch up on the blog for this week – and came across this post. So glad there’s still time to enter! I was just marveling at how I can’t believe how big Little One has gotten – she’s the same age as my daughter and it’s amazing watching them grow up ‘side by side.’ :) Thanks for the giveaway dear.

  • Crystal - How fun! Would love a set!!

  • Jessica - Love those actions!

  • Alli - The differences in boys and girls it amazing!! Love watching it all unfold in my house of 5 too!

  • Kira C - So sad to see the SnapShops go. I always had high hopes for taking my one, but was never able to do so. I hope they come back soon!

  • Erica - I’m currently taking your workshop and am learning so much. I would love to see what these actions could do once I’m shooting fully in manual!!!

  • Jessica Dick - I would love to win this giveaway. I have been practicing my photography on my daughter and need to invest in editing software.

  • Diane - Love Rad Lab actions couldn’t live without ying/yang and so many others!

  • Diane - I love Totally Rad Actions! they took my photography to a new level.

  • Diane - Yes please!

  • Rachel - Love your blog and your approachild to life, so Christmas centered. You’re a few years ahead of me in this parenting thing, so it’s nice to get ideas! Thanks for a chance to win the Rad Lab actions too.

  • Breeana Betts - Love your photos and blog. Want to get back to my love of photography after a break (from racing after 3 boys all day for the past few years!)

  • Jenny Waldrop - I’m so sad your workshops are coming to an end! I never got to do one :( I’ve been with you since the workshops were at your house :)

  • Celina - Well that looks awesome!

  • Julie W - Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I’m participating in your last Snap Shop so if I win maybe I can use it after I learn to take awesome photos like you Ashley!!!

  • Amanda Brown - What beautiful photos! I’m excited to learn more about editing.

  • Emily - Great photos. Great giveaway.

  • AmandaB - Getaways with the fam are a must ALL the time! Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

  • Alecia - Thanks for the giveaway! I still need to work on my photography skills!

  • Crystal - I really enjoy your website and all of your photography wisdom. Great book choice, I found myself laughing AND crying throughout (mostly laughing). I would SO love to win the RadLab giftcard as I’m in a bit of a creative rut with photography and feel like it would be something fun and fresh to work with.

  • ratna - I’m so excited for you. Good luck to your new chapter of your life. :)

  • Anna B. - Ahh!!! I just finished ‘For the Love,’ too. I haven’t been that engrossed in a book in a long time. Oh man, I laughed, I cried. I am thinking about a supper club and totally encouraged in loving and jumping in with both feet. Blessings, sister!

  • Rikki - Thanks for all you’ve done and that you’ve shared with the rest of us! And thank you for the giveaway – I look forward to what you do next :).

  • Southern Gal - This is a great giveaway. I have to make myself sit down and edit photos, though I love the results. I use Lightroom.

    thanks for sharing your settings on photos. The visual helps.

  • Bri Carlisle - Congratulations on your many years of teaching snapshots! I wish you many more successful years ahead for you and your family in whatever you endeavor!

  • Niki - Would LOVE to win the presets!!

  • Roxanne - I definitely need help editing photos. I take so many and then don’t take the time to edit, print, enjoy them afterwards like I should. :)

  • Cayce W - You capture such wonderful memories! You children will treasure these for many years.

  • Robyn - This would be wonderful!!

  • Allyson - I’m in!

  • meghan - great giveaway!

  • Brandi - I am tempted by this trailer of yours…though my husband and I joke of becoming the relatives from the Vacation movies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t know if we could manage the sleeping. How do you think it will work as the kids get older? My oldest is more ‘man-sized’ and I wonder how long we could pull that off. Looks like so much fun.

    I’d love to try the Totally Rad Actions!

  • dawny dee - there is something so inviting about your pictures. the nonchalant elegance of it pulls me in every time. and i adore the color palette you always seem to use.

  • Emily - I just love your little family so much!

  • Dawn Rettew - I would love this! I’m taking your DSLR course right now. ??

  • Mary Sorensen - I would love to win! I just bought Lightroom and I’m itching to learn. I love all your posts. Thanks for being a daily reminder of what’s important.

  • Rach - this would be totally rad!

  • Vicki F - Thank you for the opportunity to enter…you have introduced me to a number of great products and services.

  • Lindsay - I’m constantly looking for new and innovative ways to edit and it definitely looks like Totally Rad is innovative and BEAUTIFUL to top it off!

  • Anita - Thank you for this opportunity! I love following along with watching your beautiful family grow and watching how you raise them. You’re doing a wonderful job with them!

  • Rachael S. - I love actions!

  • Lindsey - This would make a perfect gift for… Ah, who am I kidding! I would be selfish and keep this all to myself!

  • Sara Renick - What a fun giveaway-thanks for sharing these memories of your sweet family!

  • Tracie M. - Would be amazing to win and to have the tools to tweak my photos.

  • Leah - I’m thrilled to be taking your last snapshop course & would love help editing all the wonderful photos I’m taking!

  • Megan - I love following your blog and seeing your photography! I don’t have kids or pets, but I appreciate how you are able to capture life. I love how crisp and authentically colored your photos are. I’m crossing my fingers I win!

  • Danielle - I would love to try out some Totally Rad actions!

  • Cynthia - Love your posts — look forward to them every day! Thanks for the bonus giveaway. :)

  • Judy - Excited for this giveaway…would be so RAD to win!

  • Emiles - I joined your last SnapShop and once my husband and I stop travelling for work, I’ll be starting (this weekend!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Hannah - Love the driftwood picture!

  • Kysa H - Love this giveaway!

  • Teresa Lund - I read your blog religiously M-F when I’m at work. I look forward to opening the site and seeing your photos of everyday randomness of life being lived – as it should be. Wide open, fun, and diverse.

  • Jessica - Love this! And I love your heart.

  • ajira - Hope your last workshop goes well, can’t wait to hear all about it and what you’re getting ready to start up next!!

  • Tiffany McHugh - I am very excited to be entering this giveaway! Just in the nick of time too!!! :)

  • tammy kay - Oh, I would love to win! I’m in school for photography right now and this would be such a great thing to have! I always love your pictures!

  • Amber - I always love your photo tips, this would be great to have!


  • Christina - How awesome! I’ve been hoping to get my hands on these actions for awhile. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Monica - Thank you for your inspirational posts…they always inspire me. :)