UPDATE: Contest is now closed. Brittany Davis has the last counting comment.

Here’s a peek at some of the pictures the May SnapShop group took during our practice sessions. I am always amazed that they get anything at all – the practice sessions are shot in manual and are pretty fast paced squeezing in between 10 other photographers. They did such a great job and I can’t wait to see what they get when they aren’t juggling for shots with a bunch of other photographers!

Photos by Christina S.


Photos by Colette A.


Photos by Jesse P.


Photos by Kelly H.


Photos by Michelle P.


Photos by Nichole B.


Photos by Rachel N.


Photos by Tricia H.

As of right now I have 3 more SnapShops planned for 2010. I will be doing one in June, August & September.

The August and September dates will be released later this summer via my newsletter. You can sign up to recieve it here.


One of the fun things for me with SnapShops has been to see how many of the ladies have gone on to start their own photography businesses. One of the things that was difficult for me to get a good handle on when I started my business was the bookkeeping part. Chris made me a rough excel spreadsheet when I started and it worked, but it also created more work for us because it didn’t cover everything.

Enter the PhotoAccountant Solution. Though I have not actually used this product (but I have closely examined it), I am excited to host a giveaway. I wish I had access to this when I started my business. If I were still shooting sessions, this would make bookkeeping so much easier.

Here is a little blurb they wrote, to explain things better than I can!

“ThePhotoAccountantSolution is a new product that was designed by a photographer and an accountant to help aid photographers with their bookkeeping!  The spreadsheet that we created utilizes Microsoft Excel and covers everything from customer database to income/expenses to tax documentation. The PhotoAccountant Solution will allow you to manage your customer database, keep track of your jobs, produce invoices, track which products are selling the most/least, and track income, expenses, assets and liabilities. There is also a tab for having a detailed checkbook, tabs for tracking major tax deductions, and one that lets photographers know how their business is doing overall on a month-to-month basis. Spending a few minutes after each job, or after every few jobs will allow you to easily manage your bookkeeping without being overwhelmed. This will be especially beneficial when it is time to file taxes. We are so excited about this product and hope that we are able to help a lot of photographers with their bookkeeping needs that we would like to give away one copy! For more information please visit our site: http://www.thephotoaccountantsolution.blogspot.com/ or email: [email protected] We would also love to extend a 15% discount to everyone until June 3, 2010


Here are the giveaway details:

One winner, chosen at random

Prize is one copy of the PhotoAccountantSolution

Giveaway ends June 1, 9:30pm, US Central

One entry per person

To enter: In the comment section tell me about your current photography business or the business you hope/dream to start!

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  • KerriHD - I love playing around with my camera and my family just expecting me to have it where ever we go to document shots of our activities. I work a full-time job, but would love to do photography on the side for others and maybe see where it takes me :) Thanks Ashley!

  • Beth Phillips - I have been working VERY SLOWLY on gettting a business going for about 6months now. We are now expecting baby number 2 and I am in overdrive trying to get everything up and going and quickly get some business so that I can try to stay home, somewhat, with my babies.

  • Sara - Photography has always been a dream of mine. I started out with a Canon Film camera and have worked my way up. I feel God has given me a talent and I should use it for his glory. I’ve been in “part time” business for two years now and absolutely love it.

  • Allison - I have begun doing some test photo shoots to build my portfolio! Hopefully soon, I will have paying customers!!! Using that product would
    be super helpful!! My wish is to capture the inner and outer beauty of the people in the pictures, so that their loved ones can have those memories forever.

  • CourtneyMc - Goodnight Cooper Photography is my “business name” and I have started building my portfolio with family & friends–I hope to crank it up even more in the fall and *make money* next year! This is the goal as I will one day soon transition from main breadwinner to Mom at home with kids–photography seems like a great “Mommy Job”. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  • Christen - I would love to start a photography business!! I am taking a couple of classes and learning so much from the web and blogs, such as yours. I love the photo tips, keep ’em coming. I would love to capture the fun spirit of kids and babies. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Christy - What a great tool! I could use help in the accounting/business part. I started my own business a year ago. By taking photos for family & friends. It’s growing slowly but I am trying to branch out and market myself. I do have a full time job, so it’s hard to mix the two plus having a 2yr old in the mix. But I have determination and hope to one day make this a full time job. I love taking photos,my daughter is my guinea pig. I try everything with her. Wish I was closer I’d love to attend a Snap Shop!

  • Kathy - I started my photography business last fall and so far, so good. But man the business side of things take a lot of time and work. This accounting system sounds awesome!

  • Noelle - I’m hopeful that soon I will start a family/children photography business. I have done a few informal shoots for friends and love it. It’s the thing I most enjoy (next to being a wife and mom).

  • Kate - It has always been my dream to have my own photography and design studio. With my husband and I going through the adoption process, I decided it was time to start making that dream a reality. I have just gotten my website up (ksbstudio.com) and am working to build my portfolio outside of my corporate communication and design work.

  • Nicole - I was a big fan of film for probably way too long…have an enlarger and all the gear sitting in the basement and can’t bear to part with it! Currently working FT and expecting #3 (our first girl!) so in my spare time I have been working on some sample sessions to build my portfolio and working on turning part of our house into a natural light studio (12 foot ceilings, big windows, hurray!!). Love to take photos but still learning digital as I go. I DON’T, however, do public math, so this product looks especially helpful :) I second the SnapShop sentiment – do you take them on the road by chance??

  • Melissa Davis - This is a wonderful help! Most photographers, myself included, decide to create a business out of what they love (photography) and don’t necessarily have a business background. Any tool to help photographers is wonderful!
    My photography business is pretty small right now, but I would love to see it will grow. I love photographing children and babies. They have such a sweet spirit.

  • Melissa - I have always loved photography and studied it in college. I have a dream of starting my own business – right now I am doing friends and familys weddings and portraits for free because I am so intimidated by the numbers/financial part of starting a business. This product is just the thing I need.

  • Mandi - This sounds like such a great tool! I’m opening my new photography business June 14 and I’ve been struggling with how to do all the bookkeeping. I know it’s a really important part to keeping a business alive so I want to be on top of that as well as take beautiful, simple photos for my clients. I’ve been working on this dream of mine since I was young and it’s finally all coming together in God’s timing. :)

  • Stephanie - Studio G Photography would be so happy to use this!

  • megan c. - my business is really just getting started! I love photography and I love people…what better way to make a living! I love telling my clients’ stories and letting to see the moments of their lives! thanks ashley for all of the inspiration!

  • Kristi McKnight - I have been inspired by the babies in my life to enter into photography. I have been blessed beyond words! We have prayed that one day I would be able to work from home and be with my babies more! Right now I am an elementary teacher. I have photographed several friends, families, and seniors. I just finished recital pictures for a local dance studio and right now, I have been hired to take promotional pictures for a local boutique! The business may be flourishing, but the bookeeping is intimidating! I would love this product!

  • Andrea Jett - After attending your SnapShop in April last year, I had the confidence to start saying “yes” to people asking for shoots… Now just over one year later I am loving doing what God gave me that talent to do! I can spend time with my family first, be a full-time mommy and wife and still bless other families with my gift of photography. I don’t consider myself a professional, just a girl who knows how to capture moments with a camera and follow God’s lead.

  • susie whyte - i can’t believe this is a giveaway! i love this!!

    i just started a business in march. my focus right now is the typical ‘babies, kids, families, seniors’, but i’ve been shooting things for my church(pre-school graduation/vbs next week). i fought my husband to do photography. not that he wasn’t behind me….i say ‘fought’ because i’m very intent on keeping the same price i charge now for the rest of my life. $40. we live paycheck to paycheck and he knows the potential money that can be made doing photography. however, he has been my inspiration behind this idea. my husband is an officer in a low income area. there are homes in his area valued at $8 grand, battered womens housing and families(both kids and adults) that need to be shown God’s love. i’ve seen the need and met some of the families- i want to do this so bad it hurts. my goal is to use the money i earn on shoots and put it towards shooting photos for low income people– for free.

  • Stephanie - It is my goal (dream) to have my own studio by the year’s end. I have a lot to do and so much still to learn, but if I work hard enough, I know anything’s possible!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nikki - It has been hard to teach myself the business side of the my own business. Accounting, taxes, paperwork, etc. Wish I someone in my family was a business and marketing major in college. That would really help out.

  • Samantha Lawrence - I planned to continue free sessions and practicing for at least a year before I took the “official” step but…a friend linked to my blog space to show off pictures of her daughter and now WOW! It’s taking a life of it’s own! I’m second photographer at a wedding in June and have 4 family sittings planned. I would LOVE the software!! Thanks!

  • Jaclyn - I would love to be able to start a photography business one day! I have always appreciated photography as an art form but really considered it a hobby once my children were born. I love to capture the different sides of their personailities. I hope that someday I can consider myself a professional but for right now I love the practicing part!

  • Alli - I started this all by accident. I took a trip to Minnesota a few years back and fell in love with my camera. The little gadget hasn’t left my side since.

    I am now in the middle of planning my own wedding… and trying to shoot other weddings as well. Talk about a little overwhelming. Thankfully I have wonderful brides who are all understanding. I am truly blessed beyond words.

  • Yolanda - Right now I am in the learning and portfolio building part of developing my photography business. I currently shoot primarily in AV or TV modes and am learning to be fast enough and intentional enough to shoot full manual. I’m also spending a lot of time thinking strategically about the business side of this creative business, and this giveaway fits in perfectly. I think I’m a good six months away from a full-fledged launch, but hope to have a number of different sessions under my belt by then. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Kayla - What an incredibly useful and awesome give away! I am in my first official year of business. Right now I am photographing a little bit of everything but quickly learned that my passion is with couples in love. I love engagement sessions and every time I book one, the photography in me jumps for joy :). I have been looking for a tool similar to this as I am a bit clueless on how I should properly track income/expenses/cost of business, etc. Would love to win this – thanks for the chance!!

  • Jodi - I have 5 photo shoots this month. I call them “feedback” photo shoots for my friends and family. Basically I give them photos and in turn I learn a lot from the sessions and editing and in turn build up my portfolio. I think it’s a win/win. My friends are all encouraging me to take the plunge but it’s nervewracking thing to figure out, especially with 2 kids under 3 years. We will see. This is a great giveaway and would be another motivation to get my butt moving!

  • Mandi Smith - I’ve only had my camera for a couple of months, but I love it and how creative I can be with it! I have shot one senior picture session and one wedding…granted they were family, but still a plus for the the portfolio right?!?!

    I would love to start a photography business within the next year and currently I am in search of anyway to help this process along, this program would be awesome to have!

  • Kathleen - I don’t have a photography business, but a good friend of mine does. She lost her mom about a year ago and after some struggles to find direction, she has thrown herself into her love of photography and is trying to start her business. This sounds like a great thing to help her pursue her dreams! What a great idea.

  • Sherry - My husband and I just started our photography business together in 2008. Turley Lifestyle Photography (turleyphotos.com) is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we are currently shooting weddings and portraits. Thanks for this very helpful giveaway!

  • Whitney Benson - I am nowhere close to starting an actual business, but I love taking pictures and just got an SLR camera for Christmas. I posted some recent shots on my blog, and had a couple of friends ask me take pics of their kiddos! I’m so excited!

  • Jenny Lynn - I am just getting started with my photography business. I’m currently working on designing my website and gaining customers. I would LOVE to win because this is one area that I’m worried about and not really sure how to do! I would love to win :)

  • Cynthia - My friends & I all love photography. Love it. So we are all getting together to start a business together. I can’t wait to see where this creative outlet takes us. PS – Did I mention your hair looks nice?

  • Faith - Great giveaway! My biz is slowly getting a start. I shoot my first wedding next month and I’m a nervous wreck!

  • Kelly - I’m 3 and a half years into my photography business, but I never took the time to get my bookkeeping under control. March isn’t a good time for me as a try to remember every client and every bill. I NEED this product. Thank you for sharing!

  • Leah - I work full time but daydream of starting my own photography business each and everyday! I have purchased a blog and the accounting spreadsheet would be perfect to help me get started!

  • Genevieve - I think I’m in the same boat as a lot of people, I’m currently “building my portfolio” with help from friends and family, and my goal is to have a website up by this Fall and to take on clients next year. My dream would be able to do enough sessions to be able to stay home with my son, while still really feeling passionate about photography. A program like this would be a wonderful bonus to any start-up business!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - It is my dream. I love taking nature shots and family portraits. I have done a few engagement sessions and weddings for friends and so far, I love it!

  • julie - I am just building my skills right now, but would like to be confident enough to have an actual business when my oldest starts school.

  • Dana - I dream of having a photography business one day. Of course, I’m a million steps away from that right now. My first DSLR camera is on the FedEx delivery truck at this very moment, on it’s way to me! I hope to start taking portraits next year.

  • Ashley A - I would love to have a photography business taking pictures of newborns! I’ve been doing a lot of photography research lately and I’m ready to get the ball rolling!

  • Tysha - I started my business a little over a year ago, when my son was about 7 months old. Now, he is 23 months and has a 4 month old baby sister. It has been fun and challenging to create a balance between my “work” and family, and see how I have grown and developed in my photography, along side the growth of my little family. My goal is to keep family first (hence, I only do 3-4 sessions/month). My husband is a Graphic Designer, and I am excited this summer to launch Birth Announcements and Holiday Cards to offer my clients. I can’t wait to post “Christmas in July”….and show off what we’ve come up with as far as custom designs.

    This product looks pretty awesome. I’m sure it would be mighty helpful – the bookkeeping part is not my favorite part of the business!

    Tysha Carter of
    Little Red Wagon Photography

  • Jess - I started my photography business full time last year. I am so dissheveled at the moment from lack of organization. I think I could use my time much more wisely if I had this product!!

  • Erin - I am not ready to start yet but it is a dream to keep learning and get started with my own small business!

  • Sarah - I dream of starting a photography business one day, but feel I need a little more experience under my belt before beginning. This would definitely help sort out the technical bookkeeping aspect of the business :)

  • Emily - I would LOVE to have something that will keep me organized and help my brain out:) I am doing word of mouth only right now, but maybe this would help me feel more confident to do more with it!

  • chantelle - I love to use photographs in lessons with my special needs students. Thanks to digital photography, photography is a tool many teachers can now afford. To me, phtotgraphy is tool I can’t afford not to use! I have done a few family shoots upon request from families that I work with and it warms my heart to be able to catch those special moments. I love the way the tubes, wheel chairs and braces disappear when a family shares a giggle……

  • Michele Morgan - I am currently in photography school and will be out late summer. The “business” part of the business is something I don’t look forward to, so this would help!

  • Liz - I love being a photographer. It was a lifelong dream that I made come true about 3 years ago when I started my business. One thing I have not mastered is the accounting part so this tool would be awesome for me!!

  • Jess - Wow! I found your blog on the right day! :o)
    I just started my photography business a couple months ago (Jess Harvey Photography) – love the photography, hate the paper work.
    I work part time as a HS teacher and stay home the other days with my 21month old. If there’s something out there to make the accounting “easier”, I’m hoping I can get my hands on it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Candy Foster - I’m a gal w/ a early childhood and elementary education degree that is sitting unused (and I am happy about this) while I momma my two sweet little ones and help hubby out with the business end of the photography business. Anything that simplifies life (and makes more time for the good stuff) is greatly appreciated.

  • Melissa W. - I would LOVE to start up my own photography business, it’d be a wide range of subjects considering I love photographing children but I’d also love to do Senior (HS) portraits and work with brides and wedding parties – so fun! What a great giveaway! :)

  • Lindy - I’ve been dabbling with taking my business full time for years now…I’ve been afraid to take the dive because of the book keeping aspect of it…seems like so much to keep up…this product would help me tons and maybe just maybe give me the courage to take the “full time photographer” plunge :)

  • Kayla - I am slowly getting started with my photography business and I love it!! I can’t wait to have a booked schedule and I can’t wait to give people pictures that they love and put all over their house. This would so helpful! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Grace - I have always dreamed of having my own photography business. I really want an old house on land that is redone with lots of landscaping, to use as my indoor and outdoor studio. It has to have a huge porch, tire swing, pond, a huge white fireplace, wood floors, big windows (for lighting), lots of trees, flowers, a red barn would be nice, and a room especially for newborn babies. I have this dream and hope that someday it will become true. I have little ones now and the fact that I don’t have money to do any of this is not helping. I just got a Canon 5D 2 years ago and using it more and more everyday. I have only done a couple of sessions with it and can’t wait until I am completely booked to where I would have the need for the program. SOMEDAY!

  • Tia - I am really starting to use my camera and trying to get into the manual settings. It’s been so long since I’ve really taken a class or studied it much. i would love to start a business taking baby and family photographs and really focus on natural light as the source.

  • Amber Grover - I started my photography business two years ago after my infant daughter passed away. I have always loved and studied photography…but after NILMDTS came and captured beautiful memories for my husband and I, I decided that I would like to do the same for others. Now, I am given the opportunity to bless others through my passion and talents on a daily basis…and it is a blast!

  • Allison - I recently bought a new Canon Rebel as a starter camera and am reading some books and have taken a couple of classes to learn how to take better pics! I’m an elementary teacher, but really dream of being a photographer. I hope to do some sessions with friends and family this summer and build my portfolio. I especially love working with kids (of course) and families. Your blog is a big inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing what you do with all of us!

  • Erin Low - I have started doing photography as a business, but due to the fact that I work full time and have a child I don’t have as much time as I would like to dedicate to him. Starting Aug 17th I will be a stay at home mom and am so excited to dedicate A LOT more time to photography and making a great business out of my passion!

  • amy - been doing portrait photography for about a year!! just started second shooting for weddings this summer such fun!!!

  • Cinthya - I started my photography business a year ago, when I decided to step forward and convert my hobby in my job. I’m still learning, exploring, and growing, but specially absorbing all the business details I need to take care of.

  • Rachel - My photography business wants so badly to get up and running but we’re just not there yet. No blog (or at least a semi-professional one) or any sort of record keeping. This would be awesome to help me get started!!

  • Kat - I am only 15 right now, but I would absolutely love to start my own photography business someday!

  • Heather King - I have the dream of family and photography… no more office, less time away… doing something I love. I’ve just started realy focusing on building my portfolio… thanks for the giveaway, crossing all my fingers and toes!

  • Autumn - This looks like a product that I need as I am trying to help my sister get her informal photography business underway. She does the photography and I am supposed to do the post-processing stuff. (really she does more of it than I do right now). She is really enjoying the opportunity to take pictures for people that may not always have the chance to capture memorable events and moments in their lives right now.

  • katie - I’m working full time and trying to manage my photography business on the side here in the Philadelphia area.. it’s tough! I would love the extra help on the bookkeeping aspect! Thanks for your site… love the inspiration!

  • Brooke Fanning - Wow, I’d love this. I’ve done a few photoshoots on the side but have much more to learn especially on the getting paid side.

  • Erica - I have been working on getting picture for a portfolio. I LOVE taking picture, especially of my girls, and I would love to take that love of photography into taking pictures of other children! Especially if it means I wouldn’t have to work full time, and could be more of a stay at home mom.

  • Katie - I don’t have a photography business, but my sister-in-law is looking into starting one, focused mostly on children. I’m sure she hasn’t even thought of the bookkeeping aspect of things just yet.

  • jodie - I just came across your blog while hopping around the blogosphere and am OBSESSED! I think I just read about the last year of your life! I hope it’s ok, but I am STEALING that clip board idea! LOVE!

    Ok, my business is newborns, mostly, and my partner and I just created a studio in my home. It has been amazing b/c it just makes the fact that I work from home with three small kids that much more real. And even though it’s in my home and not hers, she feels at home here too so it allows our clients to be that much more comfortable while we’re photographing their tiny new baby!

  • Caitlin - I just quit my corporate job and taking my photography business full time. I have yet to capture my earnings this year. I need help!!! :)

  • Beth - I am just starting my own business called Liz Anne Photography & Design. I am working on building a portfolio and hope to market my business in the next year or so. I’m having a blast and would absolutely love to do photography full-time! :)

  • karen davis - I’m just about ready to launch my business!! So this would be perfect! I’m a military spouse, living overseas in S. Korea right now… there was a HUGE demand for a photographer here on base, and everyone’s always said, “You have an eye for this”… so I went with it! I’ve done 3 shoots in the past month, and am having a blast! Everywhere we move with the military means different scenery and different people, and I think this is just going to be the start of something awesome!

  • Lisa - Oh, how I dream of being a pro photographer and having the skills of the photographers I “stalk” online (like you!).

  • brooke - I’ve been into photography since I was 16 years old, despite all the chances in the world to take the leap into an actual business I’ve held back; I’ve shot three weddings with one coming up this summer & various other shoots. I’m hoping to win this contest to give me that little push I need, that little courage – shooting the pictures is the easy part, the scary part is all the book work behind the scenes.

  • Heather - Oh I need something to keep my business in line. I am just a newbie but want to start off right! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Alyssa - We are a husband/wife team that started our business almost a year ago. It’s been amazing working together on something that we both love so much. We’ve been talking about finding a way to make the bookkeeping easier… and this sounds perfect!

  • Elisa B. - I have a thriving three year old business and a 6 month baby boy. I do portraits and events. I have a portrait session, a rehearsal dinner and two weddings to shoot this weekend! I’d love to win this to simplify my bookkeeping and spend more time with my son and less time at my desk. :)

  • Jaimie - I am just getting started with my DSLR, but in the future, I would really like to start a wedding planning/photography business. I think it would be really fun to be responsible for the design, planning and photographing of a wedding!

  • Charity - What started out as a birthday gift (my camera) one year ago has now become my career. With a LOT of practice, reading, and a few more purchases, I am doing what I love! The accounting part has been interesting, so I would love to have access to this program!

  • Michelle M - I have been attending some classes at a local photography center. I have always dreamed of having my own photography business. The biggest obstacle for me is the bookkeeping. Thank you so much for sharing information about this product! I think it would be a HUGE help!!

  • Serena - I would love to have this book! I always struggle to do my bookkeeping and having this cute little book would make it so much more fun and definitly more organized!

  • Robyn Lee - I have been running my photography business for 2 years. My first year was while I was in grad school. Photography was stress relief for me. I’ve been married a year and I currently live in ND. I think this has been the most difficult thing for business. My clients were in Louisiana and are still there. However, I have faithful and loyal clients who pay my travel fees to come down a couple of times a year. I LOVE IT! And I have a very supportive Air Force Husband who allows me to have my dream job. I currently do weddings, seniors, families… the whole nine yards. I hope one day that I can focus on families and seniors. My dream is to go a photography MISSION TRIP… I don’t know if there is such a thing, but I would love to go share the LOVE of Jesus while taking pictures of people in foreign places. Maybe even takes pics of someone providing fresh water to a community. Ok, now that I’ve taken up so much room on your comment section, I’ll stop rambling.

  • Laura - Would LOVE to win this :) I’ve had my own photography business for a little over a year. It’s my dream job, and allows me to stay home with my 2-year old son, Barrett! I found your blog through a friend that lives close to you. I was with her one day when we ran into you at Baby Gap. I didn’t have a clue who you were, but she told me I would love your blog! She was right! It inspires me to continue to keep up with my personal blog, even when I get too busy with editing/blogging client session. I love the way you capture your everyday routines! Would love to do a SnapShot session with you soon too :) THANKS for the awesome giveaway!

  • Kami Van Slyke - Hello! I would LOVE to win this software. Our brand new business is OrangePeel Photography out of Kansas City. It’s only been a year and half since I received my first DSLR camera and I can’t believe what a whirlwind it has been! Why OrangePeel you ask? I love the way orange peels stir the senses. That’s what I hope my photography will do for people. I want to give them snap shots that will remind them not only what their children look like…but what they sound like, feel like, and even smell like. I’m stay at home mom of a 2 year old and a 4 month old. I could totally use something to help carry the book keeping load!

    If you visit my blog, you’ll see it has a different name than our business. We’re still deep in the branding process. :)

  • Trudy Wischropp - I’ve had a photog business for about a year and a half, and besides time management, keeping the books straight is one of the hardest things. I’m a creative thinker….numbers are not my thing!

    I am a mom of two that got tired of photographers taking pictures of my kids that didn’t really show who my kids were. So, I bought a DSLR and started taking my own. After many requests and compliments, I started taking some for other people. Thus, my business WischDesigns, http://www.wischdesigns.com . It is my hope that my photos capture the personality of my subjects.

  • Lauren Roberts - I am running a small photography business. Right now it helps me pay for stuff like my mission trip to Honduras. I think the PhotoAccountant Solution would be VERY useful.

  • Holly - I lvoe photography and while I am still learning I hope one day I can start building it more into a business!

  • Brittany Sweat - I started a business with a friend who had previous expierence with photography. The partnership did not work because we had different business views. I viewed the customer as number one and she viewed her time as number one. So I took a break, and I now I’ve gotten back into it but I’ve made it a priority to keep it as a hobby & not view it as a job. I never want that fun, beautiful, exciting, fresh feeling to go away when I pick up my camera. I absolutely love photography & it my goal to have a full-running business in one year. This program would really help me get my business running alot quicker!

  • ajira - I quit my day job to pursue photography full time and three months later discovered I was pregnant. My son is now 14 months old. It’s been quite an adventure thus far with a growing baby and business. I could use any help I can get!! This sounds awesome!

  • Cindy - I am a child and family photographer, but between moves and life, have not gotten into the business fully. Wanting to start doing more until I can do it full time. I love your site!

  • Ingrid - This entry is actually on behalf of my sister. She’s such a natural talent with photography and her dream is to start a photography business. She has co-photographed a wedding, and has been doing lots of family and children portrait sessions. Her biggest challenge has been in trying to figure out how to bill. I think this product would really help her as she builds her business.

  • Macy English - I’ve always wanted to be a photographer and last year, my husband started my dream-come-true with my very first Canon SLR. 1 year later and I’m already getting lots of business that will eventually lead to my stay-at-home-mom-job. I can’t wait till that day comes!

  • Misty - I love taking pictures of kids in natural settings. Outside, at the beach, in a park, anywhere they can feel the sun on their face and I can capture that joy on film! I’m in the fledgling stage right now, taking pics of my friends kids..soon though, I’d love to make this into a business of my own!

  • Heidi - I never planned to start a photography business. I just started taking pictures and people kept asking me for more. Eventually they offered to start paying me!

  • Melanie S - I have been doing small sessions for family and friends to build my portfolio. There is nothing better to me than being able to be behind a lens and capture what you see to bring joy to others. There is nothing more that I want other than to start my own photography business one day.

  • Kristina H. - I am just starting out and have done a couple of photo shoots….i totally adore newborns and my goal is to one day be apart of The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation!!! This program would be a huge benefit to my photography business…

  • Kari - My dream photography business would be where I just show up to take the photographs and do all the creative work & let someone else handle the pricing & financial aspect!….that’s my dream! haha!

  • Juanita - I have begun the journey of photography business, and its love/hate. I LOVE the creativity, meeting new people and pushing myself. I HATE the business side of keeping track of things and making sure it all works out. This sounds great!

  • Sara - My husband and I started Paragon Photography 3 years ago and we do portrait photography for families and children. I am always inspired by your work Ashley! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

  • Brittney Davis - I have always had a passion for photography especially at a young age. After marrying my high school sweet heart and having our engagement pictures taken by you; it really struck me how much I love it. You and your photography has been such an inspiration in my ideas and ways of thinking outside the box. My ultimate dream would to someday be a fashion photographer and travel the world. Even if I don’t make a big I am still living my dream =)

He was laughing hard.

Really hard.

What could cause such belly laughs?

His older brother with underwear on his head. I just don’t get it.

He thought I was getting pictures of his brother, Super Underwear Man…while he was chewing on his foot. Another thing I don’t get.

Then he realized I was taking a picture of him.

He solved that problem.

In the past 6 years as a mom to little brothers I have learned lots of things. One is on the subject of underwear.

Underwear – whether you say the word, put it on your head or throw it at each other – it is funny to boys.

I’ve also learned I am pretty much never going to ‘get’ some of the things that bring them the most enjoyment.


For those that wondered…I was not thrilled about the LOST finale. I really liked all the resolution in regards to the relationships on the show, but the end left me frustrated. I want more of an explanation. I want to know why Farady didn’t go with them. Why did Eliose not want Desmond to ‘awaken’ them? What is the point? I need some quiet time to really think through it all. Maybe then it will make more sense. It was good to see Boone, Charlie and Shannon again. I like Sawyer. I am going to miss his one liners and sarcasm.

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  • amanda torres - Little boys in my class were always so funny! Total disregard for anything dainty, and magnets for the disgusting. I actually really loved them for it!

  • Catherine - My boys are 16 and 11 and they still find humor in the silliest things. Now they love to wrestle like they are in MMA. This is also funny because they soooo don’t know what they are doing. 6 yo baby sister finds some of this amusing, but mostly boys are “dumb”. Enjoy them!

  • miss r - I just belly-laughed at the “He solved that problem” picture! Your stories remind me of my four brothers and I growing up. One of ’em used to sit in the middle of the living room biting his toenails. I was both amazed and disgusted at the same time!

  • Andy - a friend of mine posted this link on his facebook page and the second video down is about 8 min and i like some of the questions answered about lost. there is one about faraday too if that helps. sawyer is one of my fave too. our son’s name is sawyer (not named from the show though, named from tom sawyer)


  • Esther - sorry I can’t help myself, I’m a huge Lost fan! It wasn’t time for faraday and that crew to cross over yet. Christian said that you choose the people you want to be with in the afterlife and that it’s with people you do the most important thing in your life with. Faraday probably had his own group that he would cross over with. Eliose knew that the flash sideways life was not real she was happy having daniel there and didn’t want him to cross over yet. there is no sense of time in the flashsideways since they are all dead and the island was real so I think Kate and Claire really did get off the island and probably lived a full life. I think the whole point was less about a crazy island with polar bears and more about the importance of the people you spend your life with….now what to obsess over next!

  • Carol Corbett - Boys and underwear? What about sisters throwing underwear at ceiling fans to see where it will land!! I’m sure you remember that.

  • Jesse - I LOVE boys! They are so much fun!

  • Shannon - Another thing about having boys…at least my boy..they HATE to have their picture taken, especially when they are being goofy!

    And yes, LOST ended ok for me, but there were lots of unanswered questions that arose. I am hoping the DVD set will have LOTS of comentary.

    Good comment by Esther, that makes a lot of sense. *sigh* I just love it all!

  • Jaime - Hi! Love the website. You’re so talented! Had to ask, what is that moss wreath in the background with the butterflies? funny post because I have 4 girls and I love to hear about lil’ bro’s.

  • ashlee - i LOVE being a mom to boys. They make me laugh every day and I too will never understand their crazy dirty ways but i love them so much…those are fantastic pictures of your boy:)

  • robyn - glad im not the only one whose boys think underwear… or any potty subject is hilarious. and that i also don’t get it!

    i guess we just have to embrace it instead of fighting it… right?!?!
    my little guy gets mad when i am taking his picture… we call it “crooked face”.

  • Erin - Carol, I would like to hear more about the underwear being thrown at ceiling fans…this has got to be a good story

  • Tracie - I wasn’t crazy about Lost either. I loved it all the way through and just felt like too much was unanswered at the end. About boys….I grew up with 2 brothers and underwear was hilarious to them too. I have a son and daughter and they love all things potty related. Sometimes I just shake my head and laugh with them!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Boys… adorable! Also, the word “poop”. Laughter. Lots of laughter!

  • megan - I love those photos of your boys. And I completely agree with you about Lost. There’s an interesting review of the episode on the AV Club. I’m confused by it all.

    Also, I came to your blog via ohdeedoh and I blogged about your awesome boys room on my blog (phew). I completely love it!!! I’m a sucker for both orange and airplanes (funny, no?). I used your photo (credited of course) – let me know if that’s a problem!


  • MelissaM - I can’t wait for my little boy to arrive! I’m sure I will have many bewildered moments trying to understand the “boy world.” :)

  • the inadvertent farmer - I have about as much chance of understanding my four sons as I do of understanding Lost…not much in either case!

    What is it with boys and underwear? Kim

  • bambooska - My goodness, that is one handsome little man you have there! Now, about LOST, I had my desire accomplised: Kate died. But not exactly like I had in mine. :(

  • lifeologia - Did a little link love today with your blog:

    I only watched the first season on Lost – then the baby got in the way and it was hard to follow – but you just reminded me of Sawyer and I LOVED HIM.

  • Stephanie - I’m with you on the Lost finale…but this guy’s recap really helped me think through some of my issues with it. It might help you! (Sorry if it’s a repeat for you!)


  • Katie - I discovered your blog awhile ago and love to stop in and read all that you and your family are up to. On the subject of underwear…you must check out the book “Underwear”. http://www.amazon.com/Underwear-Mary-Elise-Monsell/dp/080758309X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274906165&sr=8-1 Your boys will get a kick out of it :)

  • Amy - Ashley,
    This is my first comment on your blog. Gotta say, I adore you and your kids. My son is almost two and after having two girls I’m amazed at the differences between them. I can’t wait to “not get it” with him!
    And yes, with the LOST finale, my husband said it right. It’s an embodyment of what is wrong with postmodernism. (Not everything is wrong with it, but this is the ONE way that it is frustrating for sure!) …There are no absolutes and the “resolusion” is different for everyone, believe what you want to believe about it…
    I was dissapointed to say the least!
    Take care!

  • Elisabeth - Ashley, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and wanted to tell you how much it encourages me! You’ve helped me to see the joy of raising little boys even on the hardest days–and to remember that every moment of it is a blessing. And you’ve also been part of giving me the courage to explore my own creative side a little more…I recently started a blog! Thanks for being a blessing to me!

  • candace - My husband just said “spiderman” when he looked over and saw the underwear picture. Apparently, that is a known underwear trick (amongst the boys)! That silly laughter looks like the contagious kind. :)

  • Amber - Can you show us that cute wreath in the background? Can you come to SD and do a personal Snapshop? J/K, kinda. :) I’ve been intentionally trying to capture better pictures of my kids lately. I don’t feel as frustrated by the compostition of the shot, but I don’t seem to be able to get the foreground, background and lighting to be what I want. How do you avoid overexposure in bright sunlight? Like the photos of you and little brother on the tramp? And how do you manually adjust all your settings quickly enough to still capture the shots, the moments? See, clearly I need some help! Sorry, this is a long comment. Thanks for all the fun and inspiration you add to our days.

  • karen davis - Thank you for my daily chuckle!! LOVED the underwear shot… made me laugh!

  • ajira - I got what Esther got from the finale. It was about being here now, and loving wholeheartedly. Life = Love = Now.

    Love the last shot. So funny!

  • emily anderson - classic.

Chris and I got to visit with some friends we haven’t seen in over a year…they live on a different continent now so that makes visits a little bit hard. I snapped a few photos of their sweet family. I know we have a lot of mutual friends that would love to see them, so I wanted to share a few pics here. M & A, it was great to see you again and finally meet your sweet bouncing baby girl!

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  • Ruth@GraceLaced - I’m sure this family was super blessed to have some photos taken by you. Our friends who live on a different continent do so because they’ve chosen to live a life of ministering to others. Family photos can sometimes be the last thing they have done for themselves. What a surprise and gift to have your family captured. (As I write this, I realize that as a ministry family on this continent…I’m in the same boat…we’ve not had any family photos taken in the last five years!)

  • bambooska - You have such a way with photography. And I bet everyone tells you that, right? :)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - What a great photo shoot! Beautiful family!

  • Rachel C - M&A: What sweet pictures. It is great to “see” your smiling faces, and your sweet baby girl is just beautiful!

  • Heidi - Cute family. How great to get a visit and a photo shoot! :) (PS- Where did she get those shoes? Adorable!)

  • Amanda Mc - Ashley, Thanks so much! We LOVE the pics and what an honor to be a part of your blog :) You have such God given talent. Thanks for sharing it with us!!! (Heidi, the shoes are from Target!)