Last night I found my oldest daughter waiting outside for her dad. They had dinner plans. I snapped a quick photo with my phone….

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I’m a fan of phone photography, but my phone is still my second choice when it comes to my camera. I pretty much would always prefer to have my dslr, it just isn’t as easy to carry!

I asked my daughter if she minded if we grabbed my camera and I took a few more photos of her. The light was beautiful and it had been a long, busy week. Picking up my camera and chasing light was exactly what I needed.

Photo tip: I usually start messing with my settings ON MY WAY to where I am shooting. I wasn’t ready to start taking pictures of her, but I knew where I was headed. I pointed my camera in the direction I would be shooting and started making adjustments.

This is darker than I wanted…just starting to find my settings. 50mm lens, ISO 160, 1/2500, f/2.8

10.15spin-01Then she started out ahead of me and I kept making adjustments…50mm lens, ISO 160, 1/1600, f/2.810.15spin-0250mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-0350mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-0450mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-0550mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-0650mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-07Then her daddy showed up…50mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.810.15spin-0850mm lens, ISO 160, 1/500, f/2.8 ~  ISO 160, 1/400, f/2.810.15spin-09Ending the day. Chasing the Light.


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  • Rae - Aww, beautiful! <3<3

  • Liane - This has made me want to go and pick my camera up and start taking photos! I’ve been so busy lately that my camera has just been sat on my kitchen worktop. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Amy - LOVE this!!! So adorable.

  • Carrie - I love the shot of her running with you behind her and her hair bouncing in the wind. And her shots with dad are so precious.

  • Jessica - I love that phrase “chasing the light.” It’s what we should all be doing! She looks lovely, and a date with daddy — how divine!

  • Holly - Just beautiful. I love when I’m in the mood to take some pictures and the kids cooperate.

  • Leiann - This just made my day. Thank you! :)

  • Natalie - So precious! And I especially love her outfit! :)

  • Ana - Oh this is so pretty. I need to remember to pick up my real camera more.

  • Heather B - Your pictures are incredibly beautiful and inspiring. I find myself longing to capture our daily moments in the way you manage to. I desperately want to take one of your courses, but money is extremely tight right now. With the holidays coming up, my husband and I decided to buy a camera, so we are saving our pennies. Do you have any budget friendly recommendations for camera?

  • Gillian Hall - I like the top one best, and the close up of Daughter and Daddy together. They look so alike. Lovely. X

  • Courtney - Lovely!

  • Elise - Love love love!!!! The pictures with her Daddy are the BEST!!!!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - This just does my heart good.

The oldest guy in the house found it.

He introduced the younger 3 guys.

A slight addiction/obsession took over.

The King of Random.

Have you seen his YouTube channel? It is full of simple everyday hacks, science experiments, survival tricks, pranks, etc.

Once you watch one video, you get sucked in and watch several. My guys have quite the list of all the ideas they want to try…we started with a very simple one…Ninja Turtle Ooze (slime). Most of the other projects involve things exploding, so I told them to wait for their dad to do those. I really want to try the self freezing water one.

10.15random-0110.15random-0210.15random-0310.15random-0410.15random-0510.15random-0610.15random-07This kid is a big fan of neon green. He would paint his room neon green, but he shares a room with his two brothers. They are not such big fans of the neon.10.15random-08

randomIf you haven’t checked out the King of Random YouTube channel you should. I am in no way associated with him – just thought I would pass along a fun resource my guys are enjoying!

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  • Suzanne - Love the “almost” smile of the one son on the right in that first picture. It sets the tone for the entire post. How fun….I have 3 boys and I will get ready because once I introduce them to this youtube channel, it’s on!!!!

  • Meg - My boys love that channel too. So much fun. :)

  • Jessicas - This looks like so much fun. I can’t wait to introduce my kids. They’ll love it. Thanks!

  • Melanie - Thanks for sharing this!! :) I have an eleven year old that will eat this up. Hope you all have a great day!

  • TiffanyM. - My boys made the mini cross-bow and absolutely LOVED it. Needless to say, I did get tired of the Q-tip “arrows” laying ALL over the house! :-) But it was a great project for them!

  • Christine - That’s amazing! I love the shurikens out of popsicle sticks. Pretty sure my son will be throwing them at us for weeks.

  • Emily - So cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Beth Ann - Thanks for sharing! My kiddos will love this!

  • Tiffany - YES! Excited to check this out and get exploring with my daughter, I think my older sons would get a kick out of this too. Thanks for sharing.

  • ranee - thanks for sharing! looks like this would be perfect for my son! :)

  • kimberly oyler - oh my gosh!! your biggest boy is suddenly so grown up in these pictures! i’m seriously taken aback by how much older he looks! is it just me??

  • krista - that’s great!!! i love it and i’m sure my boys will too in a few years ~ thanks for sharing :)

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberly – Nope, not just you! He is about to fly past me in size!

  • Laura Yan - Ashley, this cracked me up when I saw this post! I was the one that shared The King of Random with Chris on Facebook. I thought that surely you had heard of it! Ha! Isn’t it awesome? Derek found it a while ago and now our two boys are crazy about it! Hope you don’t hate me when your boys start building a baloon launcher! ;0)

  • AshleyAnn - Laura – I had no idea where Chris found it! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Ashley - We have done the self freezing water trick…we did it on accident. i put half a case of bottled water in our freezer and none of them froze until i happened to drop one and saw what it did…i then let my kids tap all of them on the table and they froze…my kids LOVED it..

A lot of photographers do a Monthly Challenge with daily prompts to get others inspired and picking up their cameras. I’ve never been too good at any form of a daily challenge. I start them with great intentions and then I fizzle out. I’d like to do a daily ‘paint something white’ challenge, just for the excuse to paint more things. White.

My sister recently started a Draw with Me challenge for the month of October. She closed her etsy shop, but as an artist she is always creating something. I smiled so big when I saw her announce this challenge. It is so perfect for her. She inspires so many. I thought for about half a second that I would participate…but I never started. I’ve got SnapShops wrapping up the next two weeks. I’m thinking after that I will start her prompts. I miss drawing. Once I picked up my camera, I sat down my pencils. I’d like the extra push to pick them back up again.

Until then, I downloaded one of Lesley’s sketches and started coloring it.

10.15drawwithme-0110.15drawwithme-0410.15drawwithme-05Here are a few of her sketches. A couple weeks ago she left her journal at my house. It was full of her to-do lists. Every to-do list was a work of art. I wanted to frame them in my house.les3You can join in today. I know, for many of you like me, it is hard to start not on October 1st. I promise the world will keep spinning if you start late! You can find the prompts on her blog, the free download of the Fall Ya’ll sketch is on her blog too.

I think I might try incorporating this into our school day…get our hands sketching. Prompts are always good for me…less thinking required on my part!

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  • Tanya - I’m totally the same with daily prompt challenges…I start them then lose motivation. I did a 100 Happy Days thing a while back and it ended up really not feeling like a happy experience. I do love seeing other people’s prompt fills though :-)

  • kimberly oyler - i will join you in the daily paint something white challenge.

  • Debbie C - I love this! I have taken many art classes but haven’t drawn much at all these days. I want to get back into it, maybe with my 4 year old too.

  • Diana - I love a little coloring “therapy!”. Printing this!

  • bekah - I love this! I love to see that you and your sister bounce off of each other’s creativity- it makes for a good team. Thanks for always sharing both of y’all’s ideas!

  • Jenny - I came across this on Insta and it is a perfect solution for everyday art! I’m in the thick of homeschool with stages from diapers to dating….and everyone can sketch, even Momma! So fun,