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Spring 2012 Children’s Portraits // Siblings

It is difficult to represent all the awesomeness that goes on in the studio during the Children’s Portraits without over-blogging. Here is a small collection of some sibling love. Wouldn’t you love some of these photographs of your children? Like and subscribe to my Facebook page HERE to keep in touch for future bookings of Children’s Portrait Sessions.

Laura Bytheway - These are my favorite! You’ve simultaneously captured both individuality and sibling interaction unique to each family. Amazing.

Parkash - – What a beautiful girl and such exntiicg things in her future. How wonderful it will be to have this important time in her life preserved in such a lovely way!

Winter to Spring- On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

From Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet


Laura John - BEAUTIFUL! Reminds me of another generation of “Ashley and Johnny!!”

Shawna - These photos are so beautiful. We were at the American Museum of Modern History today and these are portraits that should be in the “human” section in like 100 years from now after Singularity happens so cyborgs can look back and see what love looked like.

Erin - These are beautiful, as always, Ash. I especially love the one of Dotter in the blinds and the last one of Sonshine.

jessica kettle - words + images- so perfect ashley! love everything about this post. love you. xo

Era End

This March my husband’s Grandmother, Lois, died. Lois lived in this tiny home for most of her life, raised her 4 children here, grieved the loss of 3 husbands here. Yes, she was a three time widow. She outlived her parents and the men she loved. She witnessed the arrival and marriages of most of her grandchildren. She was a grandmother, a banana bread maker, a fiercely independent woman who gardened and, despite an eventual degradation of health, insisted on maintaining her residence here until days before she passed.

The foundation of this home was excavated by a team of horses. The same horses that helped her first husband work their small farm. She lived on the neighboring lot of her friend and mother-in-law Esther. These lots are lost to the Thalman family now. Her belongings are scattered in garbages, distributed to her progeny, donated and decaying. Here is a small image collection of a lost living.

Many thanks to the Thalman siblings who allowed me document and share these photographs.

Shawna - Oh my gosh, Ashley. Every photo is so rich, so tells a story or a moment or a history of hers. Beautiful. When I die will you do this for my kids?

Angi Pelissie - I love every bit of this! Thanks!