November 27, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Welcome back to Scavenger Hunt Sunday. As I mentioned last week, I’ve had a busy week between a little cross-country traveling and Thanksgiving…but I have really enjoyed some time with my family the past few days. Just this weekend, I took advantage of my blog break and decorated my house for Christmas…and tried to take our Christmas card photo (tried being the operative word – we’ll try again tonight). I’ve also been working on a few new things that I think will be ready to share shortly after the first of the year. It’s going to be a busy month but I am truly thankful. 

Also, did you see that I’m bringing back Memories, Dreams and Reflections? If you participated last year, then I hope you will be inspired to once again take a walk down memory lane with me and share your favorites moments from 2011. If this is your first time hearing about MDR, be sure to click over and check it out – you can sign up  now and link your photos starting January 1, 2012. Much like Scavenger Hunt Sunday, feel free to write as much or as little about each photo. 
Memories, Dreams and Reflections

With that said, if you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Ida and Mikayla.
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate.
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:
1. Waiting
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It wouldn’t be a complete Scavenger Hunt if I didn’t include a “stretch.” This particular shot was taken on Friday during a family portrait session. I’ve been photographing these girls for a couple of years now. Their Christmas card last year was such a hit that we wanted to see if we could top it. I’ve just started editing, but photo is indicative of the calm before the storm. See the little one on the left? She’s nearly two and this was about as calm as she would allow during our hour or so together. I’ll share some more photos from our session a little later this week.

2. Foliage
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This weekend, the Shades of Autumn challenge is wrapping up with their grand finale. I thought it might be appropriate to pull together some of my favorite fall foliage shots in the form of a collage – oh how I love all the colors: Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Brown and White.

3. Candid
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This is another shot of Brandon from last Sunday. My favorite “portrait session” moments are those candid moments that I could never have planned for. Not that this was a “portrait session,” seeing how we were just goofing off…but I love it when kids (or adults for that matter) forget that the camera is on and just act like themselves. That’s the best.

4. Knife, Fork or Spoon
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I don’t typically take a lot of photos during holiday meals – in fact, I didn’t take any during Thanksgiving. So…the morning after, while everyone else went to work, I wandered my parents house for a good photo op. My mom has this small collection of old spoons that I thought were perfect.

5. Rule of Thirds
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I tend to follow the rule of thirds in my photographs…or some close variation. So, I decided to use another one of my favorite shots taken while hanging out with Kat and her son, Brandon, last weekend. I love the sweet look on his face here.  

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures on your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post. Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week):
  1. Portrait
  2. Nostaglic (Ida’s suggestion)
  3. Time (Ida’s suggestion)
  4. Full of Light (Mikayla’s suggestion)
  5. Motion (Mikayla’s suggestion)
Again, thank you to Ida and Mikayla for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way). Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Also, be sure to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 47. The prompt/theme is “Thanksgiving.” Happy Shooting!


    Lovely Ashley, All these shots are great- Love the ones of Brandon & your foliage collage is beautiful.

    I love the picture of Brandon jumping off of the bench, you really captured such a fun moment! And I love the collage :)

    Such beautiful pictures, Ashley! I really can’t pick a favorite this week. :)

    I love the foliage shots. If I had thought I would have done something similar. I forgot all about the Shades of Autumn finale. I will have to post that separately now. Silly me. So my pictures are lack of foliage, because that is all we have around here now.
    I love your spoons shot too. And the candid shot is a great capture.

    That collage is just glorious!

    Wonderful work this week! I really loved all of your shots. Hope your holiday was wonderful! :)

    My Flickr Link:

    Love the shot of the spoons. Even the wallpaper looks vintage.

    I need to get a post up for the Shades of Autumn Finale! Maybe I will even add a few pics that I didn’t get around to posting.

    beautiful collage! i am off to check out the MDR 2011.

    candid moments are my favorite too. And yours is great. It is interesting how there is more Brandon on your blog then Kat’s…You really do take wonderful photos of people!

    REALLY liking that “waiting” capture of yours! How fantastic to see those horses in the background too. Just brilliant!


    Love your shot of the spoons…such a beautiful shot. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Your shots are stunning! I love your spoons prompt and candid prompt. The lighting in these = perfect. =]

    I hope your Thanksgiving was great!!

    That collage is beyond fantastic! Stunning!

    your set never disappoints! I especially love the misty look of your candid. Makes it seem even more candid! Have a nice week. :)

    I love the lighting on your candid shot.. And your foliage shots look amazing..

    Hugs, LInda

    Thank you so much for keeping this challenge going. I so enjoy getting my head around the 5 topics.

    Hi. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Such beautiful photos your captured this week!! I love the capture of waiting- that is such a true statement of 2 yr olds- the calm before the storm!! Also LOVE your Candid- its amazing! And I loved your Foliage College so I made my own. have a good week!!

    The jumping shot is still my fav :)

    Hope you had a great weekend :)

    I love the collage effect you’ve created for autumn and the spoons. Great shots as usual Ashley!

    Sorry to sound dense, again, but what is the rule of thirds?

    Wow, gorgeous set Ashley, love every single one. Waiting is awesome, I love so much about it, the light, the composition and there are so many “waiting” meanings in there! Gorgeous shades of Autumn collage, and I love your mum’s spoon collection. And great portrait shots, love the one of him flying of the bench!

    Great shots Ashley!!! <3 I love your autumn collage and candid!!

    Your Foliage collage is so lovely!

    I really like your Candid, too –great capture!

    Hi Ashley, hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Love your foliage collage and your spoons and the others are just as great.
    Have a blessed Sunday. :)

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    I really love the foliage pic: it’s such a nice idea to collect all the shades of autumn! :)
    Have a nice Sunday!

    Great collage! I love the post processing and the beautiful light of all your pictures.

    Great shots…love that candid pic!

    These are great, as always, Ashley! Love the spoons, there is something really interesting about that shot!

    Love the first photo — I can see the storm brewing under the surface in that little one… can’t wait to see the rest of the story.

    Love all your portraits. Beautiful set, Ashley!!!

    Hi Ashley,
    Great snapshots! Love them all. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    Such great shots. My waiting was a stretch too. Can’t wait to see more from that session. I love that last one. Gorgeous.

    thanks much Ashley. as always this was so much fun!

    Great images! Brandon is a thoroughly adorable little boy – just a great series with him and Kat! Next week’s themes seem tough to me – I’ll have to really give them some thought.

    Hey Ashley-Love you series this week. The collage is wonderful as are your images of Brandon. Him flying off the bench rimmed in sunlight-that’s wow!! I too set aside the camera for Thanksgiving and found I enjoyed myself more that way. Pretty spoons you found in the a.m. Looking forward to the memories of 2011 collection. Can’t believe it’s time for that again!! Happy week to you.

    I so like photos which are from real life !!!! like your Waiting and Candid ! And that Rule of 3.

    I Wish You atmospheric waiting for Christmas and Advent :)

    That waiting shot is beautiful Ashley!

    Hi Ashley…love your processing on this set….LOVE your candid shot….love the leaping action…and your waiting is by no means a stretch..It does seem like you are “waiting” for them as they wait for the horses!

    These are all so wonderful . . . especially love the foliage collage. Appreciate your comments as always.

    Love the processing in your first shot and the youngest girl’s stance.

    Love the one for Candid. What a perfect, frozen moment. That’s what I love so much about photography–capturing these little moments that are so fleeting, sometimes ones that we can’t even notice when we see them in person because they go by so quickly.

    These are beautiful, of course, Ashley!

    We’ve had a blast hosting the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge and I want to thank you for your participation and linking up to our little challenge on your scavenger hunt sunday, it means a lot to me. It’s been a real pleasure having you take part too, thank you!

    The Memories, Dreams and Reflections Challenge sounds like fun, I’m off to check out the page now :)

    Your shots are always so inspiring. Very nice.

    Amazing shots!! Glad to hear you had a great THanksgiving.

    You always WOW me with your photography! Every single shot is beautiful and unique. Love your autumn collage!

    love your blog! love the autumn collage! love it! you are so inspiring! thanks for taking the time to share so much with us!

    what a great series of photos – I especially like the spoons. thanks for hosting SHS every week, and happy week to you!

    great set! i especially love the last photo! it’s amazing!

    Beautiful set Ashely! Really love your waiting and candid shots ;)

    Oops just remembered I forgot to leave a comment after looking at your fabulous finds this week! Hard to really pick a favorite this week but I do love the waiting and that foliage collage is awesome!

    Beautiful photos.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Observing Beauty!

    Woof Ashley!
    Got here just in time!

    LOVE that spoon image!

    I love your Foliage and Candid. PC is still down and I can’t edit! Hopefully, I’ll have SHS next week.

    Beautiful photos–I can’t imagine Brendan ever taking a bad photo–he’s such a natural in front of the camera! :D

    These are all great photos (as usual) but I absolutely love the foliage collage. Beautiful!

    Beautiful as always, but your waiting is so so gorgeous! Love it!

    These are wonderful.
    I loved your Fall Foliage collage and the Candid photo was so fun.
    I wasn’t able to get shots for this week (boo hoo) but am excited about next week. Thanks for choosing some of my prompts.

    The shades of autumn collage is just stunning, Ashley. Always inspiring to visit here!

    Thank you Ashley :)

    I found your prompts through Ms. Becky…I’m not good yet with the technical aspects of getting photos from camera to computer and elsewhere. But I did take the prompts of waiting, foliage, candid, knife/fork or spoon and rule of thirds into a verse. Enjoy:

    Tangled Slinky?

    I wait – impatiently
    For all the leaves to fall
    The trees will tell me the season progresses

    I wait – but then at last the work day ends
    I tease stick a fork in me – I’m done

    I wait – for the right moments to remember
    A favored uplifting bit of humor
    That P U is two thirds of a PUN

    I wait – wondering sometimes
    Just what am I waiting for?
    Another spring or just a spring in my step?


    Your pics just keep getting better and better!!! nicely done!!!

    Gorgeous as always, Ashley! My favs are your foliage collage and the spoons… beautiful work.

    Wow Ashley! Your photos for the Scavenger Hunt this week are INCREDIBLE! I love the collage of Fall Foliage photos! I’m so sad that I didn’t get any taken for the link up this week, I will try to tomorrow to get some taken, but don’t know if it will happen.

    I mainly wanted to tell you that your photos are AMAZING, but I also wanted to say THANK YOU for stopping by my blog and for your sweet compliments, it means a lot to me!


    love your foliage collage.

    Your leaf collage is gorgeous! I’m glad you’re doing mdr again. It sounds fun!

    Ah, I totally get what you are saying…the unscripted moments make for the best photos, don’t they! Love the rule of 3rds shot – what a sweet one!

    you foliage photos are amazing;a real inspiration! im just trying so start a photography blog and would get grateful for any tips, check out my blog?:)

    Wow – I love every one of these!!

    I love the over-exposed look of a lot of your photos. It is beautiful and gives such a soft look. Do you overexpose in the camera settings or in the computer afterward?

    These photos are all spectacular! I especially love the photos that you shared for our Shades of Autumn Finale. :)

    LOOOOVE your fall shots and the jumping one… oh, and the spoons. So, basically – ALL of them.

    SOrry so late, can you believe I am just NOW getting around to commenting on the hunt?!?! I have been slacking!

    These are all inspiring. But I especially love that collage! Thanks so much for your support during the Shades of Autumn! Means a lot! (even if I have no time or internet to tell you til weeks later. lol)