Colorado

Up Close and Personal

Sometimes when people see an interesting subject to photograph, they either don't get close enough or they don't fill the frame (these are kind of one in the same). I know that was the case for me especially in the beginning. I would take photos at eye level (i.e. I wouldn't crouch or lay down to get a shot, etc.). Eye level isn't bad, but the idea is to change your perspective. Even just getting low and looking up can change your subject drastically. Take this tree, for example.

I loved how dreary it looked (as it was quite cold that day), I loved the snow on the limbs and I loved the texture of the bark. So instead of shooting it from afar at my eye level, I decided to snuggle up close to the tree and shoot up.

Filling the frame can make your picture much more interesting--so next time you take your camera out, try to get close to your subject and do something unique. Even if you try it and botch it, it would be better to experiment than to not try at all.

Let me know how it goes!

-Ashley

Goodbye Winter

Winter is long gone in Texas and probably most places as well, but I have a few more left to share from my trip to Colorado and Seattle. I haven't even shown a few pictures I got from Portland, Oregon yet! 

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/14, 1/80sec, ISO-400  |  Estes Park, CO

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/14, 1/80sec, ISO-400  |  Estes Park, CO

Hope you are having a relaxed day. Happy Saturday!

-Ashley

What's Coming Up?

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec., ISO-400  |  Estes Park, Colorado, USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec., ISO-400  |  Estes Park, Colorado, USA

Today's photo of the day is of a lake in Estes Park, Colorado. My friends took me here to snag some photos before we went back to their home. It was really cold that day! So thankful that I stuck it out though! It was worth it. 

I'm really excited as yesterday I took my younger sister's maternity pictures! I just had a chance to look at all of them today and I think they're going to turn out great! I can't wait to post them.

I've been working my projects lately and wanted to give an update as far as where I'm headed on each one and what's coming up on my blog:

  • *Photo of the Day Project: This project has been going well and I'm going to continue going with it. I have many more to share!
  • *Portrait Project: A portrait photo a week has been great and sustainable, so continue looking for these on a weekly basis. It's really pushing me to get over my fear and just ask people--even if I don't know them! If you want your photo taken and your story told, tell me!
  • *Photo Shoots: I have my sister's photo shoot that I'll be posting soon and I think I might offer something in the spring for mini-shoots since we're here in the state's. I might even offer a promotional offer, so be looking out for this!

Lots coming up to share so be on the lookout!

-Ashley

Bare Trees

Since I was traveling during winter months to Colorado, I really wanted to get a picture of trees that were bare. I have never seen all seasons before, winter being one of them I've never truly experienced. Living in the hot climates I'm from (Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, etc.), you only experience summer and then what many people would call a mild winter. I wouldn't say it's mild, but my friends in Michigan or Colorado would disagree. :)

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/2000 sec, ISO-250  | Denver, CO, USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/2000 sec, ISO-250  | Denver, CO, USA

Now that I'm back in Houston, you can't even tell it was winter in other places. It's sunny, 73 degrees Fahrenheit and really pleasant. We're about to take a walk actually! I'd take this weather over what my friends are experiencing in Denver, CO (36 degrees Fahrenheit right now!). 

-Ashley

He Knows You

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/10, 1/80sec, ISO-640

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/10, 1/80sec, ISO-640

When I am surrounded by mountains, I can't get over how big they are and how small I am. It's the same when I went scuba diving a few years ago. I remember being about 20 meters down, looking around the water that went on forever, realizing how small I am in the midst of such a big world.

In those moments I have to remember that the God that created all of these mountains and the depths of the ocean is for me and even created me along with those mountains! It says in Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV):

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."

Wow! Such an amazing truth. God created all of us and knows who we are--the true us. He created us--He knit all of us in our mother's womb. He wonderfully made all of us. What a treasure to know, that God is not far or aloof, but intricately made each one of us! He wants to be a part of our lives. He didn't just create us and leave us.

Whenever you feel small in a big world, remember that in God's eyes you are important and known! What else more could you want if you already have the approval of the creator of the world?

-Ashley

Colorado Landscape

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec, ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/16, 1/100 sec, ISO-400

When we were in Colorado, I asked my friends to take us by a beautiful landscape and they sure delivered! This is near Estes Park (if not in Estes Park--not completely sure) and even though I was freezing I took some photos of these beautiful mountains. Landscapes are not normally my forte (I prefer pictures of people), but it was fun to capture some of these to share with you all!

-Ashley

Meet Jen | Weekly Portrait Project

This gal. If you know her, you know how amazing she is.

I met her about nine years ago in Dallas when she had no kids and had been married for two years. How how much time has changed since then! Now four kids and married for 11 years, this woman is still strong and working diligently to raise her kids in a way that is pleasing to God. I hope that when people see me with my kids in the future, they say the same thing about me! 

In my life there have been many unexpected blessings as well as challenges, as I'm sure most could claim. At the end of everyday I just have to say "thank you Lord that you are in control and I am not and that none of this surprises you". Some days that is harder to say than others, and when I can't say it, I pray it. :) 

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

-Jen


Thanks for checking out my weekly portrait project post! If you want your picture taken and you're in the Houston, Texas area, leave a comment below and we'll take your photo and share your story! 

-Ashley

Bittersweet

Coming back to Texas after spending time in a cold climate (like the photo above) makes me very happy I'm not from those areas! This photo was taken in Denver, Colorado as we were walking around with some great friends of ours. I miss them already. 

Having great friends in multiple places is a bittersweet thing. It's so fun to visit them, but leaving can be disheartening. Some of these friends I am not sure when I'll see them again. For this reason, I'm so thankful that social media exists--facebook is really a way I can keep up with everyone. I guess one great thing about having friends in several places is that wherever we go we'll have someone to hang out with! :) Be blessed today!

-Ashley