Every photographer has ‘their thing’….the one tip they usually land on. For some it is related to manual settings, for some it is avoiding posed shots, for some it is how to get great posed shots. More and more I am discovering my ‘thing’ for capturing the everyday in a unique way is all about the angles. Every angle tells a story. Three of the kids and I went on a little trip to the zoo. I took my point & shoot because let’s face it a 10 month old, 2 year old and 4 year old is enough work by myself nonetheless trying to get shots with my dslr. However, it did cross my mind while wrangling my 3 little ones that I could take some pictures for a little blog post too….

All the photos below are taken with my Canon Powershot SD870 IS on automatic mode with the flash off. I have edited all the pictures using Totally Rad Actions – the ‘blah’ pictures are edited exactly the same as the rest. The only difference in these pictures is the changing of angles.

…….and a lot more interesting

The boys are passionate that we take pictures with the gorilla thing EVERY TIME we visit the zoo.

…….and a lot more interesting

This is how we rolled at the zoo….gotta capture the triple loaded double stroller.

…….and a lot more interesting

After a long morning at the zoo she couldn’t decide if she wanted a bottle or her pacifier.

…….and a lot more interesting

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  • Lindsay - Thank you! I LOVE your tips.

  • Alba - thanks for the tip. I’ll keep in mind for the next roll (I still do not have a digital one, romantic??)

  • Candy Foster - Cool! We just visited the zoo there last week.

  • amanda torres - The angles are much better your way! Now, I noticed you weren’t wearing a baby, so that leaves room for one more…

  • emily anderson - dude. we so rock the triple loaded sit-n-stand. no other way to do it :)

  • Sarah - I love all the different angles! I’ve been trying different angles as well and i’ve gotten some great shots too; of course it helps when you have a cute little guy to work with:)

  • Katie - I have such a hard time figuring out what angles to use to get interesting shots. Thanks so much for pairs of photos. They really make it easier to see how to change things up!!

  • Kristi - I love the different angles. I love when you give tips on photography. I am trying to learn as much as possible and have been practicing for almost a year. I would love to start doing it professionally one day but feel I still have more to learn! Thanks for helping and being an inspiration along the way.

  • robyn - this is the PERFECT example of the “where did you get your camera, it takes great pictures?” annoying question.
    its not the camera… its how you use it! im totally with you. although have not quite perfected it like you have!

  • Anna Joy - great tips, ashley! you have such great talent!!

  • karen brown - you’re briliant! keep the photo tips coming!

  • robyn - Thanks for the blah and better shots. It really helps to see an example of different angles. I tried to take more interesting shots on our recent vacation to the beach… Now I want overs!

  • Tammy - Thank you so much for this post. We have been thinking that to get better photos we need to upgrade our camera, but that’s just not budgetable. I needed reminded of this simple tip! :)

  • casey - Love the tulsa zoo!
    Come check out my blog I’m going to have a giveaway this month for my vintage baby… love their stuff! Can I send you a gorgeous bow Ashley? Id love to!

  • Sophie - I need to try and make use of these angles you’ve used. I often attempt to shake things up with different angles, but most of the time I end up looking like I’ve tripped over and accidentally pressed the shutter on the way down! 😛

  • Arielle - Wow! What a crazy, amazing illustration of such a useful tip! It’s incredible what a difference it makes. Thanks for sharing!

  • bambooska - You have such beautiful children!

  • kristiina - I love how you SHOW us how much better the angles are–many thanks :)

  • Monica - A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

  • Melissa - I love your shots! Very inspiring! Way to work the angles! Kids are beautiful and thanks for the tips!

  • Rob - “The Earth is Our Mother” Really???

  • jessica h - GREAT post! thanks!!

  • Jesse - I do love the angles you get! I need to practice that!

  • Libby - love all the angles. It’s amazing how much an angle can make a picture look so much better. wow I need to work on that. thanks!

  • Mandy - You are awesome! Thank you! Oh and your kids are too cute for words!

  • Emily - Learning these angles from you has changed the way I do photography completely! THANK YOU!

  • mali - i LOVE when you give out tips for those of us who don’t have dslr’s !
    your blog is absolutely a treat, even without the tips!

  • Kelly - Thanks so much for sharing great tips like these. I am really enjoying your blog. I am linking to you in the post I’m scheduling for tomorrow because I practiced some angles when taking my photos. Kelly

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  • jessica k - this is great! i LOVE this tip, you are so right! Thank you!

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  • Chelsea - I love this! Thanks so much for sharing! And, yes, I love the triple-loaded stroller! Even with only having 2 kids myself, ours often had 3 kids on it.

  • Eva - Yes, this!

    I have been trying to do a better job at capturing daily life….and finding that THIS makes all the difference in the world. Great tip and awesome job of capturing a simple outing to the zoo with a point and shoot!

  • Madeleine JL Photography - Found your blog on pinterest when looking for DIY headboards. Ive now spent over an hour.. first reading about your amazing adoption story.. and now reading all your photography posts. Thank You for a great blog!

What? Yea, I couldn’t think of a title for this post so that is what you are stuck with. I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. And now a little trip down memory lane. The year after we graduated from college Chris and I moved to the amazingly wonderful nearly perfect state of Hawaii (yes, I miss it terribly). It was the opportunity of a lifetime and a cherished time for us during the post-college/pre-kids years. We worked with international students that attended the University of Hawaii. We made life long friends, sadly most of our closest friends from that time were from every corner of the globe so it makes it difficult to stay in touch. I could go on and on and on, but I won’t. Good times. Stinkin’ good times.

These girls taught me some amazing recipes…none of which I can still make, but they were amazing. The sweet lady (second on left) would randomly drop of packages of bite size chocolate chip cookies at our apartment. She took good care of us.

The funny thing about this picture is it reminds me of an arguement my brother-in-law (at that time he was just my sister’s boyfriend) and I got into. We were on this hike and I was getting winded and made a comment about how it was easier for him because I take 2 steps for every one of his. We got into a big debate over that….and that is what I remember from this hike. Love you Eric….thanks for giving me a neice….and helping with my garden.

I can’t tell you how much I love this family. When they went to the hospital for the birth of their second daughter, their oldest daughter stayed with us for a few days. Chris and I had no experience with kids and she didn’t really speak much english. It was day two before we realized she was hungry for rice…we hadn’t made any and she was used to it several times a day! Our time with her made us realize we were ready to leap into the possiblity of starting a family.

Some of our other dear friends were another married couple, Travis & Sarah.

Here is Travis & Sarah now…with their two cuties.Travis and Sarah are in the process of expanding their family through the beautiful journey of adoption. Sarah recently emailed me about an super cool organization they came across that helps famlies raise money to fund adoptions. The organization is called Just Love Coffee. The basic idea is that Fair Trade Coffee is purchased and proceeds go to help orphans and their forever families. If you are in the process of adopting, you should check them out. If you would like to help with orphan care, buy some coffee. If you want to help a family in the process of adopting, but don’t know one….buy some coffee to help Travis & Sarah’s bring their little boy Levi home. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, buy some for someone else. We have friends that just adopted from Ethiopia…so we bought some for them….if you have kids, use this as a way to teach them about international orphan care and adoption.

And now to the quilting portion of this post….meet the Fullingims. They are our very dear friends. They are in the final stages of bringing home their 3 sweet kids from Swaziland.

One of my blog readers told me about a trip she is going on to Swaziland in September. Her group is trying to gather 40 quilts to take for the children they will be working with. 40…that is barely anything considering the amount of you that read this that own a sewing machine. So…grab some fabric and get quilting. If you have kids, let your kids be involved too. They can pick out the fabric, help come up with a pattern, and depending on their age can help sew. Click here for more info.

If you are super cool you could drink coffee while quilting with flea market find vintage fabric….and a doily.

The PhotoAccountant Solution giveaway ends tonight…scroll down to enter.

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  • Yanet - I love your stories. Thanks for the info on the places to get involved.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Great times…young and childless in Hawaii, wow! We love Hawaii too, we’re going again in a few months. If it doesn’t start warming up here in Washington I’m not coming home!

    Thanks for the information about getting involved…hmmm, a quilt might be fun! Kim

  • Esther Nelson - You have no idea what an amazing blessing this is! Thank you so much for doing this post. What a beautiful family the Fullingims are!

  • Lynda Hetrick - Wow, thank you for sharing about Hopealive2010.com. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes as I see all these things being knit together by the Almighty. I was born and raised a missionary kid in Swaziland, so to see the work taking place in this desperate nation, touches my heart in a deep way. By chance that we have a ministry taking place in Swaziland and you have friends adopting from Swaziland, I think not!I would love to talk to your friends,the Fullingims, about adoption from Swaziland. I will return in September to Swaziland for a month, preparing for the team to arrive. Again, I can not say thank you enough!

  • rachel denbow - OH, Melissa Moon! Well, I know it’s something else now but I miss that girl. We played soccer and had a ton of classes together.

    This is a great post. I’ll see what I can do about something quilted…

  • Anna Joy - Thank you for this post! I would love to get something quilted!

  • Kellie Ann - Love your blog! I don’t usually comment but I want to say this post not only incorporates awesome photos but worthwhile causes. I just bought 2 bags of Espresso to help your friends bring home their little boy :)

  • Shannon - Oh what a fun time y’all were able to have! Sometimes I regret that we weren’t able to have many adventures before children, but such is the life of college students! And I never regret having my kids!

    I think I have some fabric I could round up into a quilt…once I get past a craft fair and I am doing and some camping with the young women from my church.

  • Rachel Saul - I am part of the Swaziland mission trip. Thanks SO much for your wonderful mention. Thank you :)

  • Haven Rector - Thank you so much for this post!! I will also be returning to Swaziland with HopeAlive and cannot tell you how much this post means!

  • robyn - your stories are always so humanitarian. inspires me to get more involved!

  • chantelle - loved the trip down memory lane! took me back to Thailand pre-kid era! I am a big supporter of adoption so will go buy some coffee for summer pool side iced coffees right now!

  • Elizabeth Ludlam - Sowbona! It is amazing to see God working in the lives of many for one purpose…to bring HIS Hope to the country of Swaziland. PS. I LOVE your blog!

  • meg duerksen - this post was great.
    it has my mind going with ways to help. i wanted to make a quilt…maybe i can for them!

  • lifeologia - How cool… living in Hawaii – you guys always knew how to do it right! 😉
    Lovely info about the quilts.

  • carrie elliott - I LOVED your post. We are currently living in Hawaii, with our 2 adopted Swazi kiddos. It is fun to see the pictures of old Hawaii:) Your husband Chris actually connected Melanie and myself and I was able to be in Swazi with her over the holidays. How’s that for a quilt of lives coming together? I am BEYOND EXCITED that Melanie is there and will be bringing those sweet children home. Only wish I were in OK to fill the house full of balloons :) The look on Moses’ face would be priceless :) Sending the quilting link to a friend who just returned from Uganda and made over 300 pillowcase dresses for the kids there (thanks to one of your past links).
    Wouldn’t it be fun to see it all from God’s perspective and the true quilt of lives coming together to touch others through a simple blog! Thanks for you ministry to those of us all over the world.

    PS I can put some spam musubi in the mail for you!

  • emily anderson - love this post :)

  • Rhonda - I’ve been following your blog for a couple weeks now – wish I was close enough to participate in one of your SnapShops, but for now just learn from your posts.
    It’s so great to see people adopting from and working in Swaziland. My parents live there and work in radio, but have told me about all the orphans there. I’ll try and get a quilt put together for the group.

  • Amanda Fuentes - Great opportunities here!

    Love the Hawaii pics, it was trip down memory lane for me as well. We lived there for 3 years and my 2nd daughter was born there in the pink Army hospital on the hill! :)

  • boogie. - i love that font as much as i love the pictures!!! so great!

  • Lisa - I didn’t know you lived in Hawaii for a length of time. I miss living there, too! AWESOME WEATHER and GREAT FRIENDS!
    You’re photos took me down memory lane, thanks!

  • Sarah - Thanks, Ashley, for posting this. We really appreciate you and this amazing little blog!

I would like to introduce you to the Jones family.  We are so thrilled to have met them this year through our son’s school. Mrs. Jones is the prinicipal and we worked out a little trade. She wanted the family pictures and I wanted to guarantee that Biggest Brother gets straight As and nothing on his discipline records. We traded.

No, we didn’t trade, there is a lot more to the story than that. I might have to try a trade in the future though!  She does a tremendous job as principal and we truly feel like the school is extended family. It was an amazing experience for us. Thank you Mrs. Jones.

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  • Liene - Beautiful pictures of a lovely family!

  • rachel denbow - what beautiful girls they have! And I know the frame idea isn’t new to the scene but I love how mom and dad are holding it in front of their kids. Lovely!

  • beth - Great photos! What size frame are you using for that photo of the sisters?

  • meg duerksen - love it.
    giving me so many ideas…thank you.
    i felt in a rut. :)
    happy to have new ideas.
    happy day today.

  • Katie - The girls have gorgeous eyes!! Love the frame picture!

  • Carola - Hi!! I´m from BRasil and i´m not so good in english. but i´m completely in love for your blog!!


  • Heather - ooh! they are all so lovely (i adore that they all wore jeans), but really, really love the frame one. what a clever idea! i might have to try that one out with my little ones.

  • Jeanie - Great photos!
    I used to know this family 10 years ago when we lived in OK, they are as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside. What fun to see their beautiful girls all grown up!

  • The Lady of the House - I love these pics! What a cute family. You are so talented my dear.

  • Brooke - I love these pictures…..adorable :) I love the frame pic too..

  • bambooska - What a beautiful family. You’re so talented!