Archive for Ashley Carter Photography

You know the feeling, right?

In just a bit I’m going to write the coupon tip of the week blog. . as soon as I can think of one!!
But first- I have to get this off my chest. I have several ‘old friends’ who I seldom talk to. One of them talks to me when my number is mysteriously found. Well, that day is today. Since my friend isn’t frequently in my life is it wrong to say I don’t want to hang out? I don’t want Addy around a ton of new people. I like to keep her life pretty routine for both our sanity. When she’s around new people she often ends up in one of her over bearing mommy please don’t leave me moods. Right now, I honestly can’t deal with another day of that. It has been a rough week around here for both of us. She’s fighting another ear infection and me, well, I’m still struggling with losing my best friend. I don’t want to say I’m depressed but I’m definitely not my normal self. I’m not looking to replace him and I think that’s what this friend is trying to do. No one can ever be the same to me, even after I know them for 10 years.

The rain isn’t helping either. I really wish I could wake up to sunshine & birds singing every day. Maybe that would help.

On another note: I wanted to share these images from a recent photo session I had with my friend Annie & her family! Things like these always make me feel better. I know, it’s a work in progress- But I’m getting better (or so I think!)


Unwritten territory?

First, I want to refer you to my facebook page for some awesome deals I’ve posted in the past few days. I have been limiting them to only super-awesome deals lately!!
Penny Pinching Mom

Today Miss Addy had her flu shot.. and she didn’t even cry!! Oh my goodness- my daughter is tougher than I am! After that, she was treated to Mc D’s nuggets & fries! She loved them 🙂 And, we went off to the park for a play date with our friend (and fellow blogger) Ciara & her little one Reaghan. Here’s my favorite poses from playtime:

On to the real reason behind this post:
Is there some sort of unwritten rule that someone you love shouldn’t be friends with someone you DON’T like? You know, like they are too close for comfort? I don’t know how to explain it really.. There aren’t many people I don’t like to be honest, but there are the select couple. We all have the ‘sort’ of people we don’t care for. Mine happens to be worthless people. Again, we all have our own definition of that too. Before I honk someone off, I’ll leave it at that!

It’s Friday- that means it’s time to work!

Weekends are when I do homework (sometimes), and photos for friends. This weekend I have all of my homework caught up, and have a family session tomorrow. I’m relatively new at operating my ‘new’ camera. I’m learning the ‘tricks’ of it, and have a new lens on it’s way! I can’t wait =)

I was a bit saddened earlier when I read the newspaper and saw one of my past customer’s houses was condemned. They always came in and smelled like cat pee. Seriously, it was soooo bad. Super sweet people- just smelly. Their cats were taken away and there house condemned. They are in my thoughts tonight because i hope they get a new home and aren’t left out in the cold.

I also wanted to share a deal I found on laundry goods. At Payless this week you can get Tide, Downy, or Bounce for $4.99 when you buy 2. I have $2 off coupons, so I’ll get a super deal! I mix regular liquid softener in my homemade stuff & always use 1/2 a dryer sheet to cut the static out!

Not a whole lot going on tonight other than being overwhelmed by my little ‘princess’ who didn’t let me go in the store to get a sweatshirt. So, if I’m frozen tomorrow while taking photos please thank her and her nasty little attitude.

Feeling inspired..

First, a DEAL!!
Beauty & the Beast comes out tomorrow.. $12.99 at selected stores & you can score a $10 coupon! Wooo hoo!!

Okay on to the next point: so my daughter is an EXACT image of me. Younger of course. She had a hoodie on today and kept pulling at the neck of it. I totally do that! I don’t wear anything with a collar or hood unless it buttons up. Good news is, her sweatshirt had some buttons. I kept wondering what she was doing because she was also doing a weird head tilt.. I couldn’t figure it out until she started pulling on it. Things like this, and how she rubs her fingers together when she’s sleepy or nervous (so do I and so did my Grandpa) make me love her even more.

I also love how she’s active when she sees something on TV. When they clap she claps and when they sing she sings. Oh how she just melts my heart!
In case you missed it, here are some of her latest photos, by me of course! Having a Mommy obsessed with her camera must be rough on a little one. 🙂

Monday, we meet again

Okay, so Mondays really aren’t that bad now that I don’t have to roll out of bed and head to the office at the crack of dawn. Instead, I roll out of bed and work from my couch. And yes, I still have a small income. Enough to get by on. It’s nice to be able to make a little money doing what I LOVE to do, photography.

Yesterday, I had my first session with a family with 4 boys.. I’ve done lots of sessions lately with lots of kids, but never all boys. These boys were very well behaved, and full of funny faces. I thought I would share a little slideshow of a few photos I captured.

Look for the rest of these in a post later this week! Have a great day!

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Addy’s getting FOUR molars, at once.

Yes, she’s been SUPER DUPER moody this week. Let’s hope all the teeth get through so Mommy can have her sanity back! On a better note, she’s trying so hard to stand on her own and almost does it. Her right foot is doing better so she can balance now. Therapy will continue for at least 3 more months, but she is making progress =)

We went to the park for some photos earlier, and swinging of course (Addy’s favorite!). I can’t wait to put them on my computer so I can see how they turned out!

After that, we went to Payless for groceries. (No the shoe store!). We were in line to check out when I overheard a Mom telling her little boy (probably about 4) that he couldn’t have a candy bar. Her reason wasn’t because it’s bad for you, because we haven’t had dinner yet, or any other normal reason for a Mommy to tell her kid no. Her reason was this, and I quote “I’m not spending MY money on that junk. You will have to wait until tomorrow when we get our food stamps.” SERIOUSLY?? WTF is wrong with people? I don’t work, and am on a VERY STRICT budget, but my baby gets everything she wants and she doesn’t even know how to tell me she wants something! I reached into my purse and got out $1.50 and gave it to him. I said, “Here. This is MY money, and I want you to have it for YOUR candy bar.” And he said thank you! I don’t get it. Why have kids if you can’t get them everything they want, even if it is a candy bar YOU don’t want to pay for? Parenting is definitely a skill and so many people don’t have it.

Ashley Carter Photography Fall Half Sessions!!

It’s my FAVORITE time of year!! I LOVE Fall. I love leaves, I love the cool air, I love tomato soup & grilled cheese, pumpkins, apple orchards, chili, my Ugg boots, and chicken & noodles. But most of all I love photography! Click on the ‘click here’ link to download my PDF with details about the half-sessions! I hope to see you there!! ClickHereForBrochure!!


Just for Annie..

Ok, here is what I have since all communication has been cut off (because FB is being an @s$ today). Check them out. Let me know this is what you want, and that they all look good =)
Thanks again!!!

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Dear Tuesday…

So, if you haven’t done so already check out my feature on Nana’s Deals & More FB page. I got 33 items the other day for under $10! All were originally over $1 each too =)

Tonight Addy & I had dinner with Mom at Qdoba (one of my FAV places!) Delicious!! Cheese nachos & tortilla soup.

Also, tonight I’m in the mood to share a few old pics of Addy.. I just want everyone to see how’s she’s grown into the pretty little girl she is. Beware, there is one from shortly after her birth (don’t look if you’re squeamish but it’s not THAT bad, promise).

As I’ve said before this little girl is my whole entire world. I wouldn’t have it any other way and I’m so glad I get to be at home with her and teach her all kinds of new things. Words can’t even explain how much I love her and I don’t know what I would without her.

Besides that, I’m a little bit at a loss for words today, mostly because I’m missing my best friend a lot the past few days, who was Always the first person to congratulate me on my accomplishments. Thankfully some of the family helps with the pain I’m feeling after his loss. If nothing else, I just want justice. Let me clarify, I know him leaving us was an accident and no, I’m not pointing the finger at someone, but for every action there is a consequence. Please keep the family in your thoughts and hope for justice to be served. Once a Carter always a Carter and we stick together =)

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Happy Birthday (to me)

At least I didn’t have to go to a job today. It was a bittersweet day, and I enjoyed as much time as I could with Miss Addy. Over the past few months I have learned it’s the things we often take for granted that mean the most. With that being said, I wanted to share some images I spent time capturing today of my little princess. Take a look at the slideshow below.

I love this little girl, and after all she is the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for. Since the tragedy a few months ago, I haven’t been the same. Nor have I viewed the value on life the same. I drive the speed limit or under, am extra cautious and never take my hand or eyes off Miss Addy. Being a Mommy to such a beautiful, amazing little girl is most my coveted ability.

As parents, we never think our babies will be taken from us. But in a sudden moment life can change. A reckless choice can turn the lives of hundreds of people UPSIDE DOWN. We all still have broken hearts, that will likely never heal, but deep down we all believe justice will be served in one way or another.

If you take nothing away from my blogs, ever, make it this: Life is far too short to take for granted your loved ones. Cherish your babies like there will be no tomorrow because it just may be their last day here in the real world. Today, more than ever, I missed your late night call. I missed your encouraging words, and I missed the pranks you’ve played on me. We all love and miss you Adam. ❤

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