December 04, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
I’m in denial…it’s DECEMBER. How did that happen? And Christmas…only 21 days away? Are you ready yet? I know I’m not. But that’s not why you’re here…so enough of me. 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 Kat and Michelle
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. Portrait
Stone Girls 2011_15 RS
Today will be the last day I share photos from my session last weekend, but isn’t this photo great? I remember setting up with just the two girls and hoping we could work in the little one…it didn’t exactly work out that way but I still love this shot.

2. Nostalgic
Brandon Polaroid RS 
I was going back through some of my pictures from my time with Kat a couple of weeks ago when I ran across this one. There’s nothing perfect about it. It’s slightly out of focus. I chopped off a limb and part of Brandon’s head. But, there’s that element of freedom and childish joy that really takes me back to my own childhood.

3. Time
IMG_0854 RS
Another photo from my time with Kat….and another moment that is technically far from perfect. I have a couple of shots of Kat and Brandon looking into each other’s eyes that is pretty sweet, but I kept being drawn back to this one. There’s something about that beautiful golden hour that blows my mind…and then to capture a moment in “TIME” like this one. It’s really special.

4. Full of Light
Full of Light RS
The other night I asked my husband if he would help me for a second…to shoot our Christmas card photo. I had this brilliant idea to cover ourselves with colored lights in the dark so that the lights would illuminate our faces. Needless to say I hated the way the lights looked on our faces (at least in color) so this is NOT our Christmas card…but I still like it in black and white.

5. Motion
Stone Girls 2011 WEB-2-49
Finally, I thought you’d get a kick out of the baby in action (yeah yeah, I know its’ not in focus or anything). Look at that smile on her face as she runs past the camera. She is absolutely thrilled to be going against any direction I give her.

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. Less is More
  2. Holiday Lights (Exploring with a Camera Prompt – click HERE for details)
  3. Ornaments (Michelle’s suggestion: 25 Days of Christmas)
  4. Cup of Cheer (Michelle’s suggestion: 25 Days of Christmas)
  5. Nativity (Michelle’s suggestion: 25 Days of Christmas)
Again, thank you to Kat and Michelle 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 48. The prompt/theme is “Holiday/Christmas.” Happy Shooting!
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

    Love love love that “time” shot…just something about it. And I think that one of you and the hubs is so cute, too! Hope you had a great week, and enjoy the rest of your weekend. *I cannot believe it’s December either…what in the world??? :)*

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    Love your time-LOVE! Feel like your set this week has lots of stories to tell!

    Good morning Ashley,
    It is exciting to see how you experiment.

    looks like you were having a fun week taking fun photos!

    Love the Christmas card idea!

    Woof, Ashley!
    I got one wrong. Whats with this old dog!

    So I somehow though it was Dec 10th today. What on earth?

    Really like that you included so many technically imperfect but FULL of emotion pics this week. That’s really worth so much more anyway!

    Love, love, love that take on “time”!

    nice shots, Love your motion shot!

    That portrait is absolutely LOVELY!

    I love your time and portrait, too, but I do get the most kick from the baby in action…I have millions (okay, thousands mostly deleted) photos of Sunflower in motion and out of focus :) Joy captured!

    I adore that first shot, and that last one is just cute and creative!

    As I write this I am so behind…but determined to finish tonight! But I’m so glad that I see one of those prompts because I have the perfect photo I took this week and will now wait to use it next week instead of tonight!


    Cool idea with the Christmas lights, looks great in B&W! Love the girls on the farm, in the first one the light is beautiful and the second captures their spirit beautifully. Love time and nostalgic too the editing is perfect too, gives me flashbacks to my childhood, gorgeous!

    Wonderful series Ashley. I like that some of the photo’s aren’t completely in focus and yet they show perfectly the emotion you were trying to capture.
    Loved your sweet Portrait, You Full of Light (how fun) and your
    Motion photo’s. Thanks again for picking a couple of my prompts for this weeks hunt.

    Hi. Happy December!! You took some priceless photos with that family- gorgeous!! Also absolutely LOVE your lights picture- very creative!!

    Hi Ashley!
    I’m back with a guest dog.

    I love Portraits!

    The time shot is so sweet. And I love your full of light idea. But I think my favorite is the Motion shot.

    Love your work as usual.
    The non so technically correct images are my favorites… they have so much emotion.

    As per usual, you rocked it! LOVE the Christmas lights idea, & you captured the mom & son beautifully!

    P/S I missed Scavenger Hunt bunches! It is such a fun part of my week. Thanks girl!

    I love the beauty and timelessness of your photos!

    That motion shot is hillarious – just look at the face of her bigger sister……..Ashley you sure had to photograph a ‘free spirit’! That non Christmas card shot is so creative and the one of Kat and Brandon together is beautiful.

    Love them all. Very creative with full of lights. :)

    Have a super Sunday. x

    Wonderful photos. My favorite are the firth and the fourth shot. Great !

    What a clever idea with the full of light shot! Love it!

    Your shots of Kat and her son are just gorgeous, so spontaneous and natural. Love your new header too. :)

    Your FULL OF LIGHT is very funny! :) It reminds somehow one of Jean-Michel Jarre’s CD covers! :D

    oh my goodness.. You know I am going to wrap my girls in christmas lights… I can not wait to do this…ooo the ideas in my head!!!!

    I love your full of light – so much love and holiday cheer in that picture!

    I too love that shot of Kat and her son. Seems like you’ve got a love with the over soft or touch of blur going on. Isn’t it funny how we get “in” to something. I’ve been drawn to doing black and white a lot lately. Why? Psssh. Who knows?
    Happy day Ashley and thanks for your great linky-AND sparkling personality.

    Great shots…my fav is Full of Light!

    30 comments already….WOW!!1

    The photo of Brandon and Kat is so precious. Freezing time with your children is such a sweet gift.

    And you all look so cute with the lights on your head….Please, share more :)

    I haven’t even thought about a Christmas card yet! One more thing to stress about. Great set!

    Oh man that is so funny I did the same thing with the lights on my head the other night too. I used white lights though cuz I figured it would look funny with colors! Great shots this week!

    Love your idea with the lights–even if you didn’t use it for your Christmas card. Totally cute!

    love the time shot. Looks like you got your creative juices going.

    Such great photos again. I love the photo of full of light. You guys look so cute all wrapped up in lights..

    Hugs, Linda

    Love your nostalgic shot! Reminds me of the 70’s. Great job!

    Yuh…I’m in denial, too. How about we hit the ‘pause button’ in order to get caught up with life..? ;)

    I’m so in love with your ‘time’ capture…such sweetness and natural emotion; very special, indeed!

    Have a wonderful week!

    These are awesome Ashley! I love the idea for your Christmas card- I have many like that. Great in my head & then I don’t like them once I do it. I think converting it gave it a really cool look.

    Hi Ashley,
    Great snapshots! Love the full of lights and motion shots! Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    Thanks for demonstrating that imperfections can still be perfectly acceptable and thoroughly enjoyed. Love your portrait and motion shots.

    I like the black and white of you and your husband. What a good sport he is. Did you finally decide on a shot for your cards?

    Love your last shot. I would love to join in the fun with the kids!

    Haha, I love the Christmas card idea!
    Did you get another one that you liked?

    I love your ‘time’ one so sweet!

    I love the portrait, the girls are adorable. And what a cute idea for a Christmas card!

    What’s not to love about your set!!?? I have to tell you though..your blooper shots are fun…love your nostalgia shot…it’s different and I don’t seem to mind the chopped arm….that whole shot speaks to me.

    I love the shot of Kat and her son. Each one of your photos has a lovely voice. thanks for hosting SHS each week Ashley. I hope your coming week is full of peace and light.

    I really LOVE the one of you and your hubby!!

    First off, I love your new header!!
    Your full of light one is awesome! And I love the others too :)
    P.S. No, I’m not ready for Christmas yet…sooo much to do!!

    aww… all of these are so adorable! I’m loving the first one :)

    Love these. The one of Kat and her son is just precious!

    (I’m so not ready for Christmas yet either!)

    looks like you had a fun week full of happy people! Great shots!

    I was going to ask if you did the lights photo! Very cute, but I can see how it would be a challenge. Whew. Fun to see the photos from our little photo shoot – they both have such a great feel! Emotion doesn’t need perfection. :)

    The first shot (portrait) is so sweet and beautiful! Love the creativity in “Full of light” Your nostalgic shot is wonderful too.

    Your time shot is so sweet, and the photo of you and the hubs makes me smile!

    I think your “full of light” is a total success!


    Oh my gosh girl that portrait is BEAUTIFUL! Kelly Sauer would love that because you rocked the Contre-Jour on it – whoop!

    LOVE the time shot. And the light shot.

    And seriously I have so many of that type of motion.. ;)

    What a great idea for your Christmas card. I think it turned out great – the black and white is perfect! But I’m sure you will come up with something even better. You are a photo genius Lady.

    hehe… I tried to get Jeremy to do a shot like your full of light one with me…. he wasn’t interested… stated we didn’t have enough Christmas lights! ha!! Whatevers!! hehe!

    Thanks for the shout-out and picking some of my prompts — I got a couple done already, so I’ll wait till next week and join in!


    Wonderful shots. Loved the idea of the Christmas card photo. Can’t wait to see yours this year.

    Great collection of shots again. The ones of the 2 girls are great and I enjoyed seeing them here and there over the last couple weeks – same with the ones of Kat and her son.

    Wow Ashley, I love the emotion in your shots this week! Very touching and the processing is beautiful. Thanks for sharing ;)

    Great idea for your card but the way, fun and different ;)

    The lights do look kind of freaky on your husband’s face, but it’s a cool concept. I love all of your photo session and portrait photos. Photos don’t have to be in focus to make great shots.

    Oh my goodness, Ashley, can I steal your Christmas lights idea? It would be my husband and 3 dogs! I know, I know–how will I ever get the 5 of us posed. I don’t know, but I love the idea!

    great shots! i love the “nostalgic” one–looks like you captured a really happy genuine moment!

    what a great collection! so funny your full of light photography! so sweet capture of you and your husband with all those Christmas light! love it!

    thanks for stopping by!

    Great set, as always! I love the “time” shot, it is my favorite! I’ve always wanted to do that with the Christmas lights too. I think next year, I am going to wrap AJ in lights like he is a tree and “decorate” him for our Christmas card :)

    These are all great as usual! Technically correct or not. :) I love your full of light idea. Too cute! And the portrait of the little girls is adorable!

    Love the lighting in your portrait shot and its certainly challenging to work with a toddler…lol

    I am in love with all of these shots! And, what I love best, is that you inspire me to adore my own shots that aren’t technically perfect…to find beauty in a captured moment regardless of focus, or lighting, or framing. You have so many gifts, and just one of them is inspiration!