Photo Story Friday (including Macro)
Just before we went on vacation last week, we went to a Jack and Jill shower for our friends Caroline and Jason. I was honored to photograph the event (I also shot their engagement photos for their Save-the-Date cards) as it was a perfect reflection of their lives…just a bunch of happy people, celebrating love and life! 

I thought I’d share a few shots with you (you’ll have to trust me that there were happy people, but I’m not sure all those happy people want their face on my blog). Check out this cake that one of their friends made for them. It looked so perfect that no one really wanted to cut the cake – lie…I wanted to cut the cake, because I LOVE CAKE!
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Another friend and bridesmaid (my friend, Beth) put together these favors – Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce! Considering the party was a BBQ, it went perfect with the theme.
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I’m not much of a drinker, but Caroline and Jason were smart to hire a bartender for the event. Unfortunately, there was no Firefly Sweet Tea…but that was okay, I was “working.”
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Oh and these…what’s a summer party without flip flops?! Caroline bought flip flops for her bridesmaids (I think). They looked so cute lined up that I had to capture them.
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Caroline came over two nights ago so I could give her a CD with the photos from the event. She wasn’t the only one to receive something…she brought me flowers – Stargazer Lilies! I don’t know if she knew that they were my favorite or not, but I’ve really been enjoying them…both for their fragrant smell and for their photographic beauty. Yesterday, I was sure to come home and take a few pictures using my macro lens. 




I don’t know why, but I think the shot below is my favorite. There is something so beautiful about a flower that has yet to bloom. It’s like watching a child grow…it’s so magical.
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This last shot is a little different from the remainder of the series but I thought I’d include it. I was in the process of photographing various objects around the house for this week’s Scavenger Hunt. 
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(By the way, the items this week are: Food, Portrait, Chair, Game and Miniature – anyone can join!)

I thought I might use this little angel to represent miniature, but I really love the sentiment that she offers and wanted to share it with you today for Give Me Your Best Shot. I have so much to believe in…so much to hope for…so much to be excited for…so much to dream about. I’d also like to believe that this crick in my neck and shoulders would disappear – can you guys send some love my way to make the pain go away?
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What do you believe in? 

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Have a great Friday everyone!

    The angle is adorable…definitely use it for the scavenger hunt. The shower pics were great, loved the favors and small details.

    I have macro lens envy over here. I’m not sure if it is next on my “wish list” but it is right up there on top of the list.

    Love the 1st and 2nd flowers shots. Great color! The bbq sauce at the party, what a cute idea. Fun!

    Ashley these photos are wonderful! I’m really loving your macro lens. I love a good close up shot… think I need to add that lens to my wish list. ;-) Happy Friday to you!

    Those Macro shots are stunning. I love your interpretation of the flower in bloom.
    And whoever thought of that party favor is a genious!

    I love those macro shots. They really bring you in.

    Love all the photos! Anytime my husband gets me flowers he always gets me stargazer lilies! …and the little angel is too cute, great job as usual!

    ok so you’re not helping me with my Macro Lense lust. not at all.

    and i have bunches of those little figurines! i love them!

    i love being able to see your pictures. i’d really hope that i can eventually get as good as you. how long have you been taking pictures?

    the lilies are GORGEOUS! Gotta get a macro lens. Seriously, beautiful captures.

    I love the flower shots! Gorgeous!!!

    Love love the flower photos of course! But the angel / believe pic at the bottom really is so great. Oh ya – the pink flip flops—- love that idea! I have some friend photogs that are wedding photographers — they have some great ideas for wedding pics, love looking at their stuff too! Are you shooting the wedding or just the engagement stuff…. :) Have fun with it!

    Beautiful! Wow! I love fondant cakes…. they are so much fun!

    Great engagement party pics!

    WOW! What an awesome cake! and thanks for the reminder about macro friday – I am SO going to post something for that!

    Ohhhh, Sweet Baby Rays is my favorite BBQ sauce ever. I love that shot, and think it would make a great Father’s Day card!

    As far as In the Photo Fridays goes, I’m actually hosting it on my blog for the very purpose of getting in front of the camera more often. You can read the whole story under that tag on my blog.

    I would love for you to participate–just post a current photo of yourself every Friday from now until September :) If I’m really on top of things, I’ll post a MckLinky on my blog to link up to ;)

    Beautiful shots Ashley!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    I love the lilly shots…they’re simply gorgeous!

    Wow – those are gorgeous photos!

    Not gonna lie, despite it being 10:15, Ithat booze pic is making me thirsty :) Good thing it’s Friday!

    BTW – newest follower from Follow Me, Chickadee!

    Grrr…just long my LONG comment to ya! I did point out the fact that it was YOU that stole my white metal beverage container from Super Target! Remember my white baby restraining device? Well, it’s totally LOST! And now I see it in your pic of the bbq favors… Hmmm… ;-)

    Totally agree with you; the flower about to bloom is my FAVE! So soft and lovely.

    Everytime I read your blog, I wish I had more TIME to just photograph. I love your varitey.

    All your shots are stunning!! I especially like the macro shots of the flowers.

    You inspire me.. and I am searchin gyour blog for the engagement shoot.. I need to get some new ideas before my shoot tomorrow eveing with a newly engaged couple… Love the macro shots.. favorite is the same as yours.. I think you have a winner

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m following you back! I almost peed myself about the cake part! So funny!

    So Sweet. I love the BBQ sauce favors so cute! That last picture of the angel is precious.

    I am in AWE!! Those Lily shots are so totally…they leave me speachless!!
    Love the last shot too!

    I believe in God and with Him all things are possible!

    Love your little angel picture…. where can I find one of those?

    Your photos are breathtaking, you have a great eye! Happy New Friend Friday!

    Beautiful details in all your photos and such vibrant colours too.

    You asked what I believed in and for me the most important in my life is Jesus Christ and all the Promises of God in the bible

    WoW! Incredibly beautiful!

    You have beautiful pictures. I love the cake, and the bar-b-cue sauce strikes me as a fun picture and a great gift!! What a cool idea!

    I think this is my first time here, so it’s nice to meet you. :)

    These are all wonderful. It looks like the party was a blast. Your lily shots are wonderful, stargazers are on of my favorite flowers. My husband goes back on the road next week I might have to check out the scavenger hunt.

    Hi Ashley….firstly I want to say THANK YOU for the huge compliement you left for me on the Photo Challenge (i found it 2 days ago in my spam folder). I’ve come to visit several times, but you have so much on your blog i never finished each time i was here…i’ll just have to keep coming back. unforunately my internet connection has been so bad this month, if i did try to leave comments they didn’t go thru.

    love your brilliantly coloured macros, a very beautiful flower. the angel is precious…enjoy the baby rays, it’s the only sauce other than my mil’s homemade that i eat.

    (my post is on my flower blog so don’t be confused)

    Tell me more about the Firefly Tea… I am guessing it’s a cocktail? Sounds wonderful, but I’ve never heard of it before. Love the party shots. It’s so fun to remember all the details.

    The party sounds/looks like fun! And I’m intruiged (I know I just spelled that wrong! agh!) by the Firefly Tea as well!

    I love Star Gazer Lilies as well. We have a bunch in our backyard and I can smell them when I step outside!

    I like your macros and the flip flops but my favorite is the angel, i like how you framed it.

    I love these, I love the little angel and the flowers shots are fabulous!

    Gorgeous photos as usual! I LOVE that flip flop one and the cake looks delicious ;)

    Your macro shots are stunning. I love the green background and the perfect focus. Just gorgeous!! And the petals kinda look like strawberries :)

    Fun pictures Ashley. I love the closeups of the Star Gazer Lily.

    Love the Stargazer lilly shots, my favorite flower.