Families

Fatherscapes Project: Meet Matt

While visiting some good friends of ours, I asked them if they would set me up to photograph a father in their area and they set me up with Matt. 

Matt has three adorable children and he graciously participated in the project. I honestly can say this was one of the best photo shoots for the project I've done. I feel like photo shoots with complete strangers can go really well or really bad. It definitely went really well! 

Matt's openness in sharing his struggles about being a dad, his willingness to be real and goofy with his kids in front of the camera, and his patience while I got all the shots I needed was just unparalleled. All the father's I've photographed have been very wonderful, but as I've done this project I've noticed that dad's aren't the biggest fans of having their picture taken! :) So thank you to all of you who have participated thus far! 

 “Now that I'm six and a half years in being a father and have three kids now and not just one or two, I’ve learned that you have to lay down your life for them and assume that your life is not yours anymore. That's just how much effort having children take.”    -Matt

“Now that I'm six and a half years in being a father and have three kids now and not just one or two, I’ve learned that you have to lay down your life for them and assume that your life is not yours anymore. That's just how much effort having children take.”    -Matt

One of the things I tried out with Matt was pictures of things that were special to his relationship with his kids. I had done this with Andrew as well, but with Matt I dug a little deeper. The things that came out of it were really wonderful and I feel that they gave much more context for the project. 

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 "I did not know that I was an angry man until I had kids; they just have the ability to bring out anger in me that no one ever has in my life. This is hard on a lot of levels. It's hard being angry, it's hard that their the ones that make me angry, and it's hard knowing that they're watching me be angry. It's like a trifecta that both my wife and I are working on."    -Matt

"I did not know that I was an angry man until I had kids; they just have the ability to bring out anger in me that no one ever has in my life. This is hard on a lot of levels. It's hard being angry, it's hard that their the ones that make me angry, and it's hard knowing that they're watching me be angry. It's like a trifecta that both my wife and I are working on."    -Matt

Overall moving forward, I'm excited about what I'm learning, the depth at which this project is going, and the relationships I'm building in the process. Hopefully I will have a beautiful photo book at the end of all of this work that I can proudly share with dad's all around the world! 

I have done two photo shoots recently that I will share soon! Have a great Monday!

-Ashley

Fatherscapes Project: Meet Andrew

Meet Andrew--he and his kiddos participated in my project recently. His perspective on Fatherhood is much different than other father's I've interviewed in that he has four children at very different ages. It was fun to hear his experiences and photograph them drinking tea and playing cards. :)

 "Let each kid be themselves. Don't try to force them all to be what you want to be. Observe them, get to know them and see what they're actually interested in rather than kind of pushing them around."

"Let each kid be themselves. Don't try to force them all to be what you want to be. Observe them, get to know them and see what they're actually interested in rather than kind of pushing them around."

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 “This drawing was made by my oldest daughter and is very important to me, as it clearly represents each person in our family. It reminds me how thankful I am for my children and how special they are to me.”

“This drawing was made by my oldest daughter and is very important to me, as it clearly represents each person in our family. It reminds me how thankful I am for my children and how special they are to me.”

I'm beginning to take pictures of not only the father and his children, but of objects that are special to the relationship--like toys, pictures, drawings, etc. I think this will build more context to the story! 

More to come soon!

-Ashley

Where Have I Been?

Well hello there! After almost 10 months of not posting on this blog, I have decided to begin posting daily again. I have so much to share about my project and where I'm headed as a photographer. 

First off, what am I up to these days? Well, I'm no longer in South Asia, but the Middle East! We have shifted due to some opportunities Joshua has found business-wise and with my online MA I don't have to be in one specific place, so we moved. This has been a very recent change (we only moved 12 days ago!) and we're still adjusting, settling in, and trying to figure out this new country and culture. To be honest though, I feel like once you've lived in South Asia you're about ready for anything. ;)

My project on fatherhood has progressed incredibly since my last post in January. I'll be posting some of the photo shoots on here in the coming days and look forward to sharing these with you. I'd love to get your feedback on my project and the trajectory it is heading in.

I also will continue posting images from our travels--we traveled a lot this year and I have much to share! Alongside this, I have much to share about what I'm learning in my MA on this blog. I have grown so much as a photographer and storyteller this year and I want to invite you into my findings.

So, much is ahead, friend, so keep on the lookout about what's going on! I'll leave you with this image from one of my more recent photoshoots from my project on fatherhood. 

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I'll explain more about the direction of the project in the coming days, but feel free to follow the project's Instagram feed in the meantime! 

-Ashley

Emily | Baby Portrait

If you've been following me lately, you will notice most of my pictures are travel oriented. Back in the day (about 5-6 years ago) I was primarily doing lifestyle portraits, which included families, babies, engagements, etc. It was a fun and exciting time that really set me up well for where I'm at today.

So when my friend, Mary Kathryn, approached me about doing her baby's portrait, I jumped on the chance. To be completely honest, I was a little nervous since I hadn't done one of these in so long! However, despite my nervousness I feel like these turned out well! 

Thanks Mary Kathryn, for giving me the opportunity to take pictures of your beautiful daughter!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Feel free to leave a comment and say hi! I love meeting my readers!

-Ashley

Nathan & Allison | Maternity Portrait

This shoot was fun! I haven't done a maternity portrait in years, actually, and I had such a fun photographing these two. Meet my younger sister, Allison, who is due April 14th with her first son, Zachary. I can't wait to meet him!

It was very hard for me to choose these photos, so I'm sharing a lot today. :) ENJOY!

My Mom was the "Prop Queen" at this shoot. She kept handing us things to photograph with Allison's tummy. It made this shoot so interesting and fun though--so good job Mom! Thanks!

Allison really likes to smile and laugh. It was fun photographing that quality of hers. :)

I really like Nathan. He has a kind heart that cares deeply. That's one of the first things I saw when I met him the first time. Allison has a keeper!

Love the lines in this above picture! And the lens glare! The sun was so beautiful that day!

I just LOVE the colors in the above photo! 

Congrats Nathan and Allison! Love you both a ton!

-Ashley

A Family Photo Shoot

Last year I had done several family photo shoots for other expats in our city and then I failed to post them online! Whoops. Anyways, I still want to post them because they are too cute not to share. 

This family is very dear to my heart and I'm so thankful that God allowed us to get to know each other over the last couple years. 

What's amazing is how much these kids have grown since I took these pictures! When I look at these pictures and then look at their kids in person, I am amazed at how big they are! I hope you enjoy these. It's much different than what I normally post these days! 

At this point, the kids started having small meltdowns, so it was amazing we got two of them to look at the camera! :)

Thanks for looking! Tomorrow I will be back to posting the photo of the day!

-Ashley

Family, Family, Family!

I'm going to take a break from my normal photo of the day (POTD) and post something that happened towards the end of last year--a family portrait! I actually did three of these and never have gotten around to posting them. I guess that tells you how busy I am!

I have known this family prior to their kiddos and they are awesome people. We just love them and are so excited to see their family grow. I did pictures for them once in the past and you can see those here!

It's amazing to see how much their kids have grown--their middle child was a baby when we last did pictures!

One thing I do love about this family is their willingness to try things, even if it feels silly. In our last shoot we got a jumping picture and we followed suit in this one. :) I love that their kids got into it, too! 

This was a nice change from the normal posts. Maybe I'll post the other two family portraits I've recently done soon. :)

-Ashley

Cute Babies & Project Ideas

I currently have three shoots that I have done that I need to post! I have been so busy that even posting one picture a day has been a stretch (yet, I have done it)! This is one from a shoot I did back in September. Such an awesome family (and they have a really cute baby!)!

Also, now that the photo exhibition is done...I feel like I need to do another project. I have two brewing around in my mind. 

1. Break the Rules: This project would actually focus on breaking the rules of photography to just create artwork without caring what others think. :) So that might include (but is not limited to) out of focus photos, strange positioning of subjects, etc.! Not sure all what it means yet, but I'm thinking for the new year this might be my project.

2. Shooting in the Raw: I feel like now-a-days photos are photoshopped WAY too much! What is real anymore? Yes, sometimes photoshopping really adds to the photo, but what happened to learning your camera well to produce excellent photos? I want to grow in this area, so I've had the idea of taking photos....and not editing them. *gulp* AT ALL. I'm a little nervous about this one. It'll take some stretching on my part to show you work without edits. However, I want to prove that good pictures don't have to have editing. 

What do you think? Which project do you like? Tell me! Vote here (and like my page while you're at it if you haven't already!)!

-Ashley