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Life Happened

I've been slightly avoiding this initial blog post after my hiatus, as I knew it had been an incredibly long period since I had written on this blog. I went from updating from 4-6 times a week to nothing for two months! What happened?!

Let me tell you--life has happened. Not only did I move across the world during this time, but visited a few places in between and have been more busy than I ever could have anticipated! Between setting up a home, getting used to living in South Asia again (which includes figuring out how to not talk in English!), and trying to get into a routine--everything else has paused whether I've liked it or not. And unfortunately I'm far from finished with the above things.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to post like I was previously for now, but I do hope to post at least a few times a week, as I have many exciting things coming up in the future in regards to photography. I'll explain those more in another blog post (believe me, super exciting)!!

For now, I just wanted to say, "I'm alive and doing well" and post some long overdue photos, which I had planned to post in July (...such as the 4th of July fireworks). Such is life.  Better late than never! :)

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

This picture was taken last year some time on a trip to an island in Thailand. It is a beautiful place and I recommend everyone going, especially if you like to dive! I wouldn't know, because I didn't dive on that trip, but I'm told it's stunning. I'm normally drawn towards color, but I liked the change to black and white for this photo, as it accentuated the texture of the sand and the light on the water. :) 

Happy Friday!

-Ashley 

Black & White Reflection

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO-1250  |  Portland, OR USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO-1250  |  Portland, OR USA

I typically am drawn towards color, but sometimes when I post process a photo and change it to black and white, I just love the results. Sometimes stripping away the color can really pull out detail and makes the picture less cluttered. 

This picture was taken in Portland, Oregon in January of this year. I can't believe that was five months ago! It's crazy how fast time flies. Before we know it it'll be December again. 

Enjoy your Tuesday!

-Ashley

Rainy Day in the City

Not sure about where you're at, but in the Houston area, before today it's been quite rainy. In different parts of the city, there was flooding and I saw on the news that people have been evacuated. Pretty crazy! While I don't like flooding, I do love the rain. I don't mind being out in it as long as I have a raincoat on. This is what we did in Istanbul on our last trip. 

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/2.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO-500  |  Istanbul, Turkey

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/2.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO-500  |  Istanbul, Turkey

We only had a day before a conference began that we were attending, and it was raining off and on. We still wanted to venture around despite the rain, so we put our coats on, grabbed an umbrella and began to explore. It wasn't bad at all.

While I don't mind exploring a city in rainy weather, I do love those days when I'm at home, it's pouring outside and I have a good book and some tea. That is quite wonderful. :) I'm currently in a 14 book series, specifically on book 7 and I'm very close to finishing it. I'd love to do that right about now, but alas, I have a lot of work to get done today. 

I hope that regardless of what the weather is today that you have a good one!

-Ashley

Meet Allison | Weekly Portrait Project

You've already met my sister, if you've seen her recent maternity portrait that I did (you can see those pictures here), but I decided that I'd like for her to be apart of my portrait project. 

Anyone who has had a younger sister knows how annoying they can be (love ya sis!), but at the same time, how wonderful it is to have them around. I think my older sister would agree with me when I say that I'm thankful that God gave me a younger sister and it was her. Allison can be a little "blonde" sometimes (she'll admit it!), but she has a caring heart and a beautiful smile. 

Allison always told me that she wanted to be a mommy. For as long as I can remember, she has wanted children that she could love on and care for. And now, she's only five weeks out from having a baby boy. I think she's going to make a great Mom!

Another one of Allison's dreams is to become a deaf education teacher. I never would have forseen this when we were younger, as Allison isn't deaf, but she has a passion for caring for those who are. She is also extremely talented with American Sign Language (ASL) and has a knack for picking up how to sign. I am excited to see how that pans out for her future.

I love you Ali-bah-bah and am thankful that you're in my life. I'm excited to see what the future holds for you.

-Ashley

By the way, I'm in the DFW area! If you'd like your picture taken for my portrait project, leave me a note below in the comment section and we'll do it! Excited to share your story.

Busy or Quiet?

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4  |  f/4, 1/2000 sec., ISO-250

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4  |  f/4, 1/2000 sec., ISO-250

I just love the way trees look when you look up! This was taken on a very windy and overcast day an island in Thailand (Koh Tao). We were there during monsoon season, so it rained for at least an hour every day and it was about that time. We were almost back to our bungalow and I remember being surrounded by palm trees. It was really quiet except for the wind rushing through the palm branches. The ocean wasn't far away either, so you could hear it roaring in a distance due to the rain that was coming. 

It was pretty awesome. Living in a city filled with many people and lots of sounds, it was refreshing to be in a quiet place at that moment. 

It's interesting because I love big cities. I love all the sights, sounds, smells, etc. I love the liveliness of the streets and the different people who are surrounding me. It's a blast! However, there are times when the stillness of a place can literally stop me in my tracks and make me take in what I'm seeing. I appreciate those times!

Do you like the busyness of a city or quiet scene in nature? Tell me in the comment section below!

Ashley

Calming Waters

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, ISO-320, 1/1600sec

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, ISO-320, 1/1600sec

I post many pictures of water, if you haven't noticed, because I love it. I love to swim in it, be on a boat in it, I love the the sounds, the smells, how it looks photographed, the texture,  and so on. My stomach doesn't always agree with it, but I still persevere. :) 

This above photo was taken on a ferry ride to Anderson Island, which is an island outside of Seattle, WA. It's a beautiful place and has some amazing friends of ours residing there. 

One thing being around water does for me is that it relaxes me. Even in this picture, I remember being very cold taking the picture, but the calmness of the water was beautiful. If I wasn't so cold I would have remained there longer to watch it as we were going to the mainland...but I really hate the cold so I climbed back into the car. :)

Are there any places that you like to go that calms you? Share about it below in the comments!

-Ashley

Peeking Church

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

In Istanbul, when we were walking down a side street I happened to see this church peeking between two buildings. I would have missed it easily if I hadn't looked as I was walking by. I like catching things like that. :) 

The next two weeks I will be traveling, so I will do my best to keep up my photo of the day. I hope to take many photos while I'm traveling around. One special thing that is happening tomorrow is Joshua and my 9th Anniversary married! Exciting! :) Can't believe we've been together that long. We're going to be hanging out with some amazing people, so it'll be a fun day.

I will be posting some fun pictures this week, so be on the lookout! 

-Ashley

Night Life

In Bangkok there always seems to be night life! The hustle and bustle of the streets and sidewalks give you energy (or drain you, depending on your personality!) for shopping at the night market. I love photographing at night markets because you never know what you'll see! 

In the state's I haven't found anything interesting to photograph at night yet. Perhaps I haven't tried hard enough? Any ideas of interesting places to go at night (that are safe enough and appropriate)? Let me know in the comment section below!

-Ashley