Archive for Little Ones


1 :: BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!This coming Sunday I will turn 29! My my my how time flies… To celebrate D and I will be taking a trip to Prague later in October, which means this weekend will be all about relaxing. AND making Italian Cream Cupcakes!!! Which I will be giving away to everyone I know because D hates coconut and I don’t want to eat every single one all by myself {actually I really do but………}. It’s funny, if you had told me once upon a time 10 years ago {at 19!} that this is where I would be at 29, I would have laughed and called you a liar…. then blinked furiously at you with wide hopeful eyes and asked “Seriously??”. There is so much to be grateful for, and while the loss of my mother is still fresh on days like today, I am reminded that life is truly beautiful and it is up to you to make the most of it!

2 :: Packing Up – At the end of this week we will have around 60 days left in Germany. Um, WHAT?!?! Somehow time has whooshed by….. and I am trying to take it all in stride and NOT PANIC. Due to the packing and appointments that will shortly commence in a frenzy, I will probably be posting less, blogging less, and trying to soak up what remains of our life here in Europe. I will still be photographing everything in sight, it just won’t make it up on the web until after we get to Texas. Who knows, perhaps I will have more time than I expect. I simply don’t want all of you lovely fans out there to feel slighted, gypped, or puzzled at my more absent online presence. Wish me some seriously luck ya’ll, as I know that a huge part of me will forever reside in Germany no matter where we live.

3 :: Soup to warm your Soul – I have been pinning fall flavored soups like crazy on Pinterest! It’s a serendipitous thing, but I figured what better than to share them with you so you can warm your bellies with these savory recipes. I’m huge on food that feeds your soul and there is something about fall flavors that speak to my heart in soft comfortable pear shaped tones. Click on an image to take you to the recipe, and don’t forget to follow my yummay board on Pinterest to never miss a favorite! 1) White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup via She Wears Many Hats 2) Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Sage via FoodieCrush 3) Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder via Cooking Classy 4) Brie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble via Half Baked Harvest 5) Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew via Baked By Rachel 6) Roasted Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup with Bacon Bits via Boulder Locavore

White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup via She Wears Many HatsPumpkin Soup with Crispy Sage via FoodieCrush Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder | Cooking ClassyBrie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble | Half Baked HarvestSlow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew via Baked By RachelRoasted Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup with Bacon Bits |

4 :: Riding Boots Galore – Last week was all about the shortie booties, so this week I wanted to dive headlong into riding boots, MY FAVORITE!!! There’s just something about wearing them that is SO very comfortable and still makes me feel like Miss Fancy Pants. Usually I only pick six favorites to show you but because I can’t decide, this week you get eight of the most lovely riding boots you’ll ever see. Even though I could never own a pair of the Burberry boots, a girl can dream {& drool} right? Some of these are even on SALE right now! Click on a shoe to take you shopping at! 1) Clarks® – ‘Ingalls Vicky’ Boot – $179.95 2) REPORT – Signature ‘Justeen’ Over-The-Knee Boot – $178.95 3) Burberry – ‘Carmack’ Over the Knee Boot – $1,295.00 4) Vince Camuto – ‘Basira’ Leather Riding Boot (Wide Calf) – $249.95 5) Naturalizer – ‘Jersey’ Leather Riding Boot – $198.95 6) MICHAEL Michael Kors – ‘Hayley’ Leather Boot – Orig: $324.95 SALE: $199.90 7) Vince Camuto – ‘Kadia’ Riding Boot – $168.95 8) COACH – ‘Madeleine’ Over the Knee Leather Boot – $498.00

Clarks® - 'Ingalls Vicky' Boot - $179.95 REPORT - Signature 'Justeen' Over-The-Knee Boot - $178.95Burberry - 'Carmack' Over the Knee Boot - $1,295.00Vince Camuto - 'Basira' Leather Riding Boot (Wide Calf) - $249.95Naturalizer - 'Jersey' Leather Riding Boot - $198.95 MICHAEL Michael Kors - 'Hayley' Leather Boot - Orig: $324.95 SALE: $199.90Vince Camuto - 'Kadia' Riding Boot - $168.95 COACH - 'Madeleine' Over the Knee Leather Boot - $498.00

5 :: Weekly Studio Recap – Here is what you missed in the studio last week! It was a busy week, so only four posts made it up, but I was super excited about the Happiness Through My Eyes blog post on KAPD Bespoke Wedding Calligraphy!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and never miss the daily goings on, as I sure do have fun around here!

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | French HortensiasKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Colmar, France | See the WorldKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Bespoke Wedding Calligraphy | Georgia WeddingKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Calligrapher | Stampaholic

6 :: Last Photography Session in Germany – I can hardly believe that I had my last photo session here in Germany this past weekend! It was extra special because I have worked with the Barron Family several times for both design work and photography. I was overjoyed with the idea that they wanted to wear traditional lederhosen and dirndls!! How fitting for my last shoot in Deutschland! We had such a blast and I can hardly wait to finish editing their session! Look for their sneak peek on the blog soon!

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Happy Monday Ya’ll!!! It’s my hope that Monday In A Moment brightens the beginning of your week so you can power through to the end!

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November 19, 2013

Sometimes life has a way of reminding you that the world is a very small place indeed. When D was deployed in Spain, he attended a bible study run by Chaplain Foust. Low and behold, the Chaplain’s family was actually stationed at Ramstein while the Chaplain himself was deployed to Spain just like D. After both men had returned safely home I was contacted by the Chaplain’s lovely wife Michelle to take fall photos of their family.

The day of their session we trooped out past Hohenecken to a camp ground near the lake. The foliage was at it’s peak here and we could not have asked for more beautiful weather for their session. I had such a fun time with their son Caleb. He is ridiculously photogenic and kind-hearted. He only laughed a little when I told him to pretend to throw the foodball to his running backs and politely corrected me “You mean wide receiver’s?”. Photographing Caleb and Scott throwing the football was one of my favorite moments. There is something so heartwarming about the bond between father and son. Michelle picked the best outfits for their photos that day, the navy’s in sharp contrast with the burnt orange foliage.

Scott, Michelle, & Caleb, you guys were SO much fun to work with. Thanks for humoring me as I posed you and for your good nature at the German commentary going on around us. I am so thankful that the Lord brought you and my husband together so that we had an opportunity to work with one another. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek and I am seriously psyched to show you the rest of the photographs from you session!

I want to thank the Foust family again for being such wonderful clients. You are such a beautiful loving family that it makes it easy to capture the closeness between you all. I wish you a wonderful holiday season this year!


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All my life I have wondered what it would be like to have a sister. My own mother was blessed with four sisters and I have seen their relationships grow with time. I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun it was to have a session based on sisterly love. The mother of this family has developed a special tradition of photographing her daughters every year in the fall. Their home is full of so many wonderful photographs by such talented photographers I was honored to be chosen this year.

These two sisters are super close and have fun interests such as ballet, Nancy Drew, and piano. The girls were great to work with one on one and together as their inner beauty truly shines. It’s no secret that these girls are going to grow up to be stunning young women. The session took place in Martinshöhe, where there are breathtaking views and vistas that are the heart and soul of Germany in our area. I was beyond thrilled with the girls outfit choices as the magentas popped against the lazy fall foliage and the fields of German technicolor green.

M, I want to thank you so much for allowing me to experience your families joy. Your girls are delightful and I hope you enjoy your sneak peek. May they continue to grow in grace and beauty.

M, thanks again for such a marvelous opportunity to photograph your beautiful family. I truly enjoyed a chance to work with you and your girls. I can hardly wait to show you the rest of the photos from your session. I wish you guys all the best throughout the coming holiday season! SIG

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1 :: It’s heeeeeeeeerrreeee!!! – My favorite season seems to have descended upon me over night! For those of you who don’t know, fall is my FAVORITE. The clothes, the colors, the crispness of the air…. everything wonderful happens during this season: football, apple picking, pumpkin spice latte’s, halloween, my birthday….. and the list goes on! Fall in Germany is particularly enticing as it opens the door for so many festivals and things to do. Plus, the weather is cooler here which means I can break out my boots that much earlier! Now that D is back home, it feels as though everything is back in place and setting itself up for a glorious fall season!

2 :: Knee High Boots – I think my heart skipped a beat. These beauties are prized and most beloved. A huge thanks to my sister Sarah Ndjerareou for the tip off to Stuart Weitzman’s collection this year. What’s not to love about the over-the-knee boot? They are stylish, beautiful, and from the knee down you’re super warm and comfy. Sounds like a win/win to me! You had better believe all of these are on my birthday wish list this year. Eat your heart out ladies…. Click on an image to shop online courtesy of 1) Stuart Weitzman – ‘Highland’ Over the Knee Boot $750.00 2) Frye – ‘Lucinda Slouch’ Over the Knee Boot $447.95 3) Stuart Weitzman – ‘Demiswoon’ Over the Knee Boot $598.00 4) Jimmy Choo – ‘Tamba’ Over the Knee Boot $1,895.00 5) Stuart Weitzman – ‘5050’ Over the Knee Boot $598.00 6) Chinese Laundry – ‘South Bay’ Over the Knee Boot $99.95

Stuart Weitzman 'Highland' Over the Knee BootFrye 'Lucinda Slouch' Over the Knee BootStuart Weitzman 'Demiswoon' Over the Knee BootJimmy Choo 'Tamba' Over the Knee BootStuart Weitzman '5050' Over the Knee BootChinese Laundry 'South Bay' Over the Knee Boot


3 :: Autumn Eats – I can’t decide what I’m more excited about this week. The food or the shoes. Autumn for me means breaking out the comfort foods. Dishes to warm the soul. It’s the time of year where my kitchen starts to flex it’s biceps in prep for christmas baking. I just hope you have some cool weather to let these dishes work their magic in. Click on an image to take you to the recipe! All images are courtesy of Pinterest. Don’t forget to follow my “Yummay” board! 1) Raspberry Pie via BHG 2) Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup by Chung-Ah 3) Beef Bourguignon (French Beef Stew) 4) Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Sage via Martha Stewart from Scott Conant 5) Tex-Mex Oven Fries with 2 Dipping Sauces by Katie Goodman via Good Life Eats.

Raspberry PieRoasted Butternut Squash and Sage SoupPenne with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and SageTex Mex Oven Fries with Two Dipping Sauces

4 :: Tunes for Fall – Autumn leads me towards slow folksy acoustic songs. So tuck in, I’ll be on this kick for a while. I’m not really sure why, but the vintage girl in my heart jumps up and down ecstatic with joy upon hearing these artists. I’ve been editing some stellar sessions lately full of life and love and these tunes make me smile while perfecting family hugs or engagement kisses. Click on an album cover to take you to! 1) Bright Whites – Kishi Bashi 2) Candles – Daughter 3) Can’t Pretend – Tom Odell 4) More Like Me – Emily and The Woods 5) In the Middle – Joshua James

CandlesCan't PretendMore Like MeIn the Middle

5 :: Autumn and Bluegrass with “The Wurst Boys” – I had joy of taking photos of the newly formed bluegrass band “The Wurst Boys”. All of them are members of the Ramstein Area Bluegrass Association and I am thrilled that they have allowed me to photograph their journey. Bluegrass to me is all about personality and these guys have it in spades! Here’s a sneak peek of whats coming on the blog soon! Special thanks to James and Amy Hopkins for contacting me!

6 :: FALL MINI SESSIONS – I am by far the most excited with this next bit of news. I am offering Fall Mini Sessions from October 14th – 21st!!! The session fee is $130 and includes: A one hour photoshoot, six holiday card ready images on a USB drive, an online private gallery, and a $25 print credit towards custom designed holiday cards or prints! To book your appointment as spaces are limited CLICK HERE. I am really looking forward to working with you guys and have some really cute ideas in store! Book your session now before all of the slots fill up!

That’s all for this Monday! Hope this inspired you to start your week refreshed and ready to conquer. Don’t forget to come back next week!

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May 10, 2013

We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s a small world after all”. Well in this case it could not be more true. I had the honor of photographing the Schneider family a couple of weeks ago and I could not have been more tickled pink. Know why? Because Russ Schneider and my husband have been best friends since childhood. They were each others “Best Man” at their weddings and are brothers at heart. By the grace of God the Schneider’s PCS’d out here to Germany and now live not 20 minutes from us!

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Samuel James Schneider into the world and into his beautiful family. Born on April 9th he’s already grown so much! Russ & Michelle, you have a beautiful family and such handsome boys. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to photograph such precious moments. I look forward to watching both boy grow up! I had so much fun during our session and I hope that you guys enjoy your sneak peek! I can hardly wait to show you the rest.

Russ & Michelle, thanks again for such a splendid opportunity to photograph your wonderful family! I look forward to working with you guys again soon!



Once upon a time, in a country across the ocean from home, I wished for a camera. I dreamed of photographing shy smiles, bright futures, hands held, and lives colliding. I have seen and admired so many photographers wondering if I would ever get my chance to pursue the hobby that delighted me in a professional manner. It is with great expectations coupled with inspired hope that I introduce Kirsten Ashley Photography to you.



This company is based primarily on lifestyle photography. I want to capture you in your everyday moments with your children, your spouse, or just you! I take great pride in providing a product that will remain timeless in addition to being precious. Photographs can last a lifetime, freezing your children at that priceless age for you to enjoy.

Please contact me for more information about booking your session! I look forward to working with you!

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