Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Monday: Jayme Dee

I found Jayme Dee a couple months ago on Twitter/Youtube. She has a fabulous voice and is just the cutest thing. She's done a lot of covers, but is currently working on her own music. I hope you enjoy these music videos. The last one is her own song. If you don't have time to listen to them all, then I'd recommend just watching the first one. It's my current fave!

Find Jayme Dee:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Senior Portraits: Kyla Class of 2012

I had the pleasure of doing Kyla’s Senior Portraits a week and a half ago. I’ve known Kyla through church for a long time. Kyla is one of the nicest girls you will meet and has a beautiful heart. Thank you Kyla for such a great day! This was definitely one of my favorite photo sessions I’ve ever done.

You may recognize Kyla from THIS project I did last year for school.

I had the hardest time narrowing down her pictures for the preview, but somehow I did it. It was fun to go through them with her and her parents. There were some tough choices, but they finally got down to their favorites.

Without further ado, here are Kyla’s portraits!

Also, I'd like to announce that I finally launched a facebook page for my photography. You can head over HERE to like it.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SexyBack Challenge - Week 9 & 10

The last two weeks have been insane! I would have to say that I've spent about 80%-90% of my waking hours doing physical activities. When I started this challenge my goal was to find my abs, but instead I've found some guns, haha. But seriously, it's kind of awesome.

I've been pretty good with food. Eating LOTS and lots of vegetables! I've also had some not so healthy stuff, but all in moderation. I probably haven't been drinking as much water as I should have, but hey, I'm a work in progress.

My only hope is when I'm done with the projects I've been working on that I'll easily be able to get into a regular workout routine again. Maybe that's what I'll focus on during the last couple weeks of this challenge. Anyway, here are a few pics from the last two weeks!

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six
Week Seven and Eight

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

my life in retrocam

I know I haven't been that great about blogging the past couple weeks, but I'm hoping to get back to it regularly. After all, that is one of my goals. Speaking of which, I'll have my first update at the end of the month about how I'm doing so far with my goals. To slowly ease myself back into blogging I'll start by sharing what I've been up to the past couple weeks via cell phone pictures.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SexyBack Challenge - Week 7 & 8

I didn't get around to posting my update last week, so I figured I would combine it with this week.

The past two weeks have been awesome! I'm definitely on track with my weekly goals and I actually feel FIT. I'm doing great with my water and food. There have been a few splurges here and there, but everything in moderation.

The sister and I have been doing a great job of shredding everyday [or almost everyday]. This past Sunday we went boating and this next Sunday we're going to Roaring Springs waterpark. So we've had a little more incentive to get our butts in gear the past two weeks.

I've also been helping my mom with a special project and I'm getting a lot more physical activity in. I spent most of yesterday afternoon and today working. Needless to say, my arms are like noodles and my whole body is sore.

My picture for the week is from our outing on Sunday. I hope I'll be able to get one from this coming Sunday for next week's post!

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

I wore this on Saturday night to The Matador. I was going to wear a dress, but after trying three on and not being very happy with any of them I settled on this. I felt so fierce!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Bracelet: Forever 21
Rings: Premiere Designs

I wore this on Sunday to church and then out to run errands after lunch. The sister got me this skirt from Forever 21 a couple weeks ago and it's my new fav.

Tank Top: Forever 21
Vest: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: My own
Bracelet: Premiere Designs
Rings: Premiere Designs
Platforms: Jessica Simpson Dany Platforms

Monday, August 1, 2011

26 before 27

I must admit my last year’s goals kind of stunk. Okay, they weren’t THAT bad, but I don’t think I was very thoughtful when I came up with them. I was coming up with stuff to put on my list because I had blanks to fill in. Maybe that’s why I only completed like a third of them. I wasn’t SUPER excited about crossing them off my list.

This year I couldn’t be MORE excited about my list of goals! Maybe I got wiser this past year. ;) I feel like I was genuine when I came up with this list. I asked myself WHAT I wanted to accomplish, WHY I wanted to do it, WHERE do I want to be next year and HOW can I get there? I've tried to answer sincerely.

I’ve broken them up into different categories. This was done after-the-fact so that I could be more organized when I’m working on them.

Note: I kept some of my goals from last year on my list, because I really do want to do them.

To make my goals more attainable I’ve included brief notes [mostly for myself] on ways I will be able to achieve them. I’m going to create a binder with my goals and evaluate monthly to see how I’m progressing, as well as see if I need to make any changes. I might even do a blog update once a month to share how I’m doing; a little accountability doesn’t hurt, right? I’m aiming to work on [some goals are on-going] or complete 2+ goals a month.

Friends & Social
1. Meet Amanda irl
2. Visit my Seattle girls [happening October 2011]
3. Attend Ignite Boise [October 2011]
4. Reach over 600 followers on twitter
5. Blog consistently and increase my blog followers [100+]
6. Host a giveaway on my blog [when I reach 100 followers—ideas: photography prints, photography session, etc.]
7. Meet one or more twitter/blogger friends irl [Amanda, Ignite Boise, Seattle tweeters in October]

8. Read the Bible cover to cover [tentatively following THIS plan, printed & kept in Bible or by my night stand]
9. Participate in the Women’s Bible Study at church and be prepared for each class [Starting September 2011, with Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald]

10. Get out of debt and save money, create a monthly budget [Live like no one else. cc: Dave Ramsey—see #14]
11. Move out of my parent’s house [Spring 2012, plan & budget expenses—see #14]

12. Get current on my photo albums [attends mom’s monthly crops & scrapbook events, finish traditional album then become strictly digital]
13. Take photos with my Holga and get them developed via The Darkroom
14. Be the top seller for Bella Baby Photography in Boise [become “The Closer” & maintain a consistent income]
15. Become a certified Bella Life Photographer [contact Dina & Stacey]
16. Brainstorm photography concepts and create two personal photo series
17. Take a photography class [lighting? portrait? studio? where?]
18. Expand my personal photography business through senior portrait sessions and family sessions [Senior Reps & Family session add-ons to Senior Sessions]

19. Go on a date [I don’t know how this will happen. Are you there God? It’s me, Ashlee…]
20. Make a dress [design & sew, make my own pattern, create a muslin sloper first]
21. Have a movie marathon [Steve Martin movies – re: Heather's goals]
22. Build a fort/tent inside on a rainy day [even better if it coincides with #21]

23. Develop my personal style, do the 30x30 challenge [Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer—at least one time, possibly two]
24. Complete Red Velvet’s Blog E-Course & Dream Job E-Course [create binder with all info, complete lessons bi-weekly]

25. Maintain organization in my life, personally and work-related, via filing system [clean out old files, new filing boxes—personal & work, monthly folders, research organization methods, systems. find what works best for me.]

26. View the following documentaries: Beyond The Bottle [Miir] and Finding Kind [Kind Campaign] and donate to each organization