Alabama

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Today feels heavy and full of mixed emotions. Today, my family is making a huge leap of faith: my husband accepted a job that will take us to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

When we first began talks of this transition, I secretly hoped the offer would be no good, or something comparable would turn up pretty quickly in Houston. I was confident and thus pretty relaxed about the whole idea- after all, I don’t travel much and I’m a Houston girl: born and raised. Why would we ever make a move? But we knew there was a chance.

As fate would have it, the offer was good and a decision was made. Not before a lot of self-exploration and discussion and tears of course (I had begun a list of all the things I hated about Alabama and all the things I would be losing as a result of this move). Like I said: mixed emotions. And I honestly don’t think I am done crying or mourning the losses I will experience as we move through this life-changing event.
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What I will say is this: I know there is a plan and I have given in to it. This is beyond me and I am facing it with open arms (even through the tears). I’m trying to find positive things to appreciate about this move and slowly giving my heart over to the idea.

To my loyal clients and friends: not all is lost! I will continue my business in Alabama and I intend to travel back to Houston frequently for limited sessions. As we transition and move and get settled in, things will be quiet. But come fall, I will be making trips back and booking as I am available.

This will be a good thing ultimately- transformative, restoring, and full of opportunities.
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I want to thank everyone who has invested in our lives, our family, our business…the people who hold up my heart, who carry me when I cry and who celebrate my joys with me. I want to hug all of you and look you in the eyes so you can really feel the pieces of my heart that you have. Because you have them- when we became friends, when you touched my life, you got a piece and it’s forever yours.

“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters

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Ashley offers on-location, natural light photography in Alabama: Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Northport and surrounding areas. She is available for Family, Child, New Life and Maternity Sessions.
Book your session today! Session Pricing and Information.

E-mail: info@ashleynewmanphoto.com
Phone Number: 832-771-7211

Strawberry Farm

My instagram feed is pretty varied- I follow friends and companies from all over the world. Last weekend, it gave me the push to take the kids out for some fun spring activities. Now that the kids are older, it’s so much easier. But seeing that some areas are still getting snow kind of keeps it in perspective for a mama. So, with that being said, we loaded up in search of spring activities.
Things are pretty spread out in Texas, and we live North enough of Houston to still see some farm lands (or not have to drive very far to get to them). We found a locally grown farm and saw that strawberries were in season. I was a little skeptical that the kids would actually get it or understand or even enjoy it. Sure, the weather was nice and it was fun to get out and run around, but the goal was to leave with strawberries.
Ruby got it really quickly. Along with Allison, they sought out the best and more red and ripe strawberries on the row. Wyatt was a wild man. He would pick a few but was much more interested in the farm animals and running away from me.
Eli was a mix. He always is. He wanted to do what Wyatt was doing, but was also interested in the strawberries. He would gingerly reach out and pluck one from the vine. Always careful to get only the red ones. It was so sweet. All of their personalities are so different and seeing them out there learning and exploring made my heart soar.
In total we gathered enough fresh fruit to make a strawberry cheesecake from scratch. So after everyone had worn down from running and playing and picking fruit, we were on our way home to bake.
I’m not historically a good baker…like actually, I am awful. But cheesecake isn’t really baking and I wound up being successful.:) So I would say this family outing was basically perfect. We plan to go back when more fruit is in season. If you are local, check out http://www.atkinsonfarm.com and if you are looking for a fun, unique and laid back photography experience, consider booking a session there!

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Ashley offers on-location, natural light photography in the Houston and surrounding areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia, Conroe. She is available for Family, Child, New Life and Maternity Sessions.
Book your session today! Session Pricing and Information.

E-mail: info@ashleynewmanphoto.com
Phone Number: 832-771-7211

Family Easter

Happy Wednesday everyone!
I feel like very suddenly I have an influx of personal posts. But don’t get too excited, these are *nothing* fancy (for real….don’t judge me). I brought my camera out, but didn’t do anything artistic or inspiring to these images. They are just some simple shots of my family from easter.

We started the morning with an egg hunt. I have to admit that this was the most fun doing easter I have had in the four years since we became parents. I got their baskets loaded down (thanks to family and friends), we had tons of candy (which is huge considering we never did candy in the past!) and hid all the eggs the night before (so thankful the critters didn’t take off with them haha). When the kids woke up that morning, they were so thrilled to see what they had been brought! They don’t understand the idea of the easter bunny yet, but I am ok with that. We just want them to have fun and know they are loved.

After a family breakfast, we went to my mom’s house for a visit in the morning. The kids are getting old enough now to remember the way to familiar places. Grandparents houses are no exception. They get excited when they realize we are just around the corner from their homes. It’s super sweet to watch.
We hung around, had a great meal and just spent time together.

Being the rebels that we are, we skipped naps and hopped in the car to go to the next stop. My husband’s family is huge, so the celebration was just as big. We wound up doing an outdoor spring celebration. Once the kids recovered from their sugar crash and lack of nap, we spent the remainder of the day chasing them all over the property and letting them play with their cousins.

The ride home was bliss- quiet and calm. We all came home and crashed hard.
It was a great day to celebrate family and an even better day to just grab some memories without the pressure of being “photographer”.😉
So again, don’t judge, but enjoy! This is my family in all our craziness!

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Ashley offers on-location, natural light photography in the Houston and surrounding areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia, Conroe. She is available for Family, Child, New Life and Maternity Sessions.
E-mail: info@ashleynewmanphoto.com
Phone Number: 832-771-7211