10 on 10 ~ february

this month i attempted a true 10 on 10 and learned a few things: one, it’s harder than i thought to take an awesome photo every hour of the day. i do, on a daily basis, “see” a great photograph in our ordinary, everyday life. i don’t, however, “see” them all day long.  two, a great picture does not have to have breathtaking light. it’s taken me up until RIGHT NOW to finally, wholeheartedly believe this. and three, not every photo has to have a wow factor. i don’t need to impress anyone (including myself) with my pictures. i just need to photograph whatever it is that speaks to me. what a relief! that being said, i still had a hard time accepting the images that i took on my designated day. they didn’t seem to accurately represent our lives at this moment- or, how our life looks from my perspective. just a few weeks ago, we packed up most of our belongings and put them in storage to move in with my mom. we’ve had a dream for some time now to move far west, and to help make that a reality, we decided to move here until the summer to save money. me, the hubs, mawmaw, devyn and baby, and don’t forget the pets, all living snug as a bug in a cozy, one bedroom/one bathroom cubicle. :0 you can imagine the challenges. different personalities, different moods, different schedules, different sleeping patterns, all brewing and coexisting in 600 square feet.. but there are good things too. i enjoy having more family around, and it’s nice to have an extra set of hands to help. and living minimally is rather refreshing. it keeps me grounded and focused on the un-material things. and at the very least, when we do finally get our own place, it will feel like HEAVEN ON EARTH. so here are my 10(ish) images; not all taken in one day, but still an authentic little collection of what’s in my viewfinder most days.

home sweet home.

home sweet home.

our last house had a large, open floor plan and tons of storage space. our new arrangement, not so much. at least i don't have to reach far when i need something.

our last house had a large, open floor plan and tons of storage space. our new arrangement, not so much. at least i don’t have to reach far when i need something.

school morning. the light always comes through the kitchen window quite nicely at this time.

school morning. the light always comes through the kitchen window quite nicely at this time.

we had a few extra minutes to kill, so i set the camera's timer and we jumped in for a snug.

we had a few extra minutes to kill, so i set the camera’s timer and we jumped in for a snug.

i've been battling a long, itchy war with poison sumac. thanks to my cat, who apparently rolls in it by day, snuggles with me by night.

i’ve been battling a long, itchy war with poison sumac. thanks to my cat, who apparently rolls in it by day, snuggles with me by night.

tallula has steely patience. she will wait as long as it takes to get that cheerio.

tallula has steely patience. she will wait as long as it takes to get that cheerio.

wyatt leaves little surprises in the toilet now.

wyatt leaves little surprises in the toilet now.

wants so badly to escape.

wants so badly to escape.

9

devyn drew a picture of her beloved miss yana (and fiance). i recently took their engagement pictures, and for a good 2 weeks, devyn would sit at the computer, open up lightroom and look through them all with a big smile on her face. it was the cutest thing.

devyn drew a picture of her beloved miss yana (and fiance). i recently took their engagement pictures, and for a good 2 weeks, devyn would sit at the computer, open up lightroom and look through them all with a big smile on her face. it was the cutest thing.

and there you have it! now head on over to see what Janine Coveney’s been up to..

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21 thoughts on “10 on 10 ~ february

  1. your daughters pic & how she loved looking at their photos was adorable! i really loved seeing your whole day it was neat & a great challenge to do the same! your son is squishy and adorable too! xo

  2. I love how you can see the beauty and capture it in your everyday. Great work. always enjoy seeing what your up to.

  3. Ashley, I LOVE the one of the light hitting your daughter through the kitchen window…and don’t you love the toliet surprises? ugggh to that! 🙂 and love the selfie too…

  4. my boy and your boy look the same at the front door. grey is like a little dog trying to get out all time. love the light you find and your vision. I am so praying June works out 😉 xo

  5. you spoke to something so true, saying that every photo doesn’t have to play to the audience. i think we, as people, and photographers are better off looking less for perfect, sunny, cute, and focusing on what is really there. then the filter of ourselves becomes clearer too. you are quite the self-relector…xoxoxo

  6. amen to what you said about not feeling you have to impress others or yourself. who are we trying to please here?? if the image speaks to you, that’s all that matters. i LOVE your selfie snuggle pic and tallula and wyatt, the dynamic duo – so sweet. Jx

  7. These images are all so real and so beautiful. Your use of light is stunning. My favorite is the one of you and your daughter. I absolutely adore this series!

  8. You have such an amazing ability to make the ordinary so beautiful…and so full of life. These are my favourite kind of pictures. It sounds like you have adventures ahead of you! Much love.

  9. i adore these ashley and couldnt agree more about not needing every photo to be bathed in beautiful light for it to still have meaning! i think when we look back on our images, its these simple images of the everyday moments we will love the most! i love the photo of you and your girl snuggling… so nice to see the mummas getting in the photos in our little circle!

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