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Saturday brought a gorgeous, 78 degree day.  What better way to spend it than outside.  Even better, at the golf course.  I’ve played golf off + on since I was pretty young.  My dad is an avid golf player and taught me most everything I know about the game.

I haven’t played in a few years, but it’s always fun to go out for a round of 9 holes.  When you haven’t played in awhile, 18 holes can be a bit frustrating.  9 is perfect!

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We walked + carried our bags for exercise.  Definitely a good workout, hauling the clubs around.

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Grandpa Peter, got a little crazy with his pull cart. 

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I shot pretty well, considering how long it had been since I last played!  For the most part, everything went where I aimed, but not always too far. ;)

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Couldn’t ask for a prettier day. 

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For dinner, we headed to one of our favorite Old Town spots, Crown Pub.  We eat here pretty frequently, and haven’t had a bad experience yet.  Although there are only a few veggie options, they are all stellar.  Especially the King’s Curry.  It is full of veggies + the sauce is phenomenal. 

We dined with crazy Peter, Michelle + Devon.

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I ordered the soup of the day, which was wild rice and mushroom.  It turned out to be one of the best soups I’ve ever eaten.  I also ordered the house salad, which is topped with a lot of fresh veggies.  Their salad dressings are also amazing.  Yesterday, I chose the charred shallot + basil creamy vinaigrette.  Delish!

Nice night out with the huz! 

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I think I finally caught up on sleep from when my mom was here.  Today, I was off to the gym by bike, and had a great workout.  Then, I headed to Pat + Natalie’s house to do a maternity photo shoot.  I’m trying to start a people-photography business and wanted to use Pat + Nat as test subjects.  Although extremely different from food photography, it’s a fun + rewarding new challenge.  Posing people is not easy!  I spent about 2.5hrs photographing.  We tried a handful of different scenes + outfit changes.  It was so much fun and Natalie was glowing.  Pat + Nat cannot wait to be parents, and I cannot wait to become an Aunt!!

I’m only about 1/2 way done editing and will have more to show soon, but here is one of my favorites so far! 

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This week is INsanely busy!  Natalie’s baby shower, that I’m planning, is Tuesday evening.  Monday + Tuesday will be full of prepping food + decorations.  I can’t wait!  Also, late Monday night, Eric + Kelsey arrive in Ft. Collins.  Not for a vacation, but to LIVE here!!  Eric is a good friend of ours from Charlotte.  He was the one that let me run my granola bar business out of his house!  I wasn’t able to run it out of ours, with the dogs.  Right before we moved to Colorado, Eric + Kelsey met and started dating.  The 4 of us hung out, practically everyday before we left.  Anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Okay…one more photo… :)

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Hope you have a productive Monday!


Reader Comments (54)

Good luck with the new photography path. I love pregnancy photos with the linea negra.

the shots are beautiful. i love pregnant bellies.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

I am HORRIBLE at golf. I can't even hit the ball in the air. After lots of trying.. and no improvements, I've kind of just decided I just wasn't meant to be a golfer.

I have never palyed real golf before but i always wanted to try!! It makes me think of Gilmore Girls when Rory first played....Anyway lol i love the belly shot!! Very nice!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

The photographs of your brother and sister in law are beautiful! How exciting, starting you own photography business! You go girl :) You certainly have the eye for it

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

"I’m trying to start a people-photography business and wanted to use Pat + Nat as test subjects. "

Forgive me if this is news to me! First Ive heard of it...and omg we have to talk!

I think this is great and just a few weeks ago I posted that I know photography WILL have something major to do with my life and I have some photography events coming up, too....and also in Boulder.

Email me if you have a chance b/c I'd love to talk shop with you :)

Your shots are.....gorgeous!

I love the photo with both pairs of hands over the belly. It's so quiet but powerful! Good luck with your people photography :)

Pregnancy pictures are always so beautiful!!! Nothing is more stunning than a pregnant woman. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I can't wait to see more of those photos... they look incredible!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Those are some beautiful pictures, Ashley!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teenage Taste

those pictures are beautiful!!! you are so talented! And they are great models! :)

In high school, I dated a guy who played golf in college (I was a senior, it wasn't totally sleazy ;) and I"m preeeetty sure we broke up because I sucked at golf.

I love the pregnancy shots! Although now I'm getting back into having baby fever. Yikes.

I was a golf caddy when I was younger and ever since then I can't stand the thought of playing golf! I hated it so much :(

My boobs are far too big for me to be even remotely good at golf! :-)
The pregnancy shots are so sweet. Natalie looks great!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Jewell

78 degrees?? I would kill for that! We are in such a heat wave here in Texas that we don't even get to 78 overnight. :(

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Stunning maternity photos! Wow.

Those pictures are beautiful! It's so easy for couple/pregnant people photos to looks cheesy and forced, but both of those look so natural. G'luck on your business.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaraHadley

The photos are beautiful!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Your photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!! How did you get to learn so much about photography??

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Thos pictures are gorgeous! can't wait to see some more. Good for you on the golf. My dad is a HUGE golfer but has the patience of like a 2 year old so teaching me gets him all in a tizzy. It's kind of amusing actually ;)

I think a photography business is perfect for you! You've definitely got the talent and skills. Great photos girl :)

I love those maternity photos! Pregnant mommies are so precious<3

Thanks Heather. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, that's pretty funny!!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Anne Marie! I started a little less than 2 years ago, and have just spent a LOT of time reading + playing with all of the camera settings. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Kara!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Baby fever! Ut oh!! ;)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Teri!!!! Too funny about the golf! hahaha

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Jess!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've hinted at it a few when I posted the baby photos of Samantha. But now, I'm really trying to make it happen. This week is absolutely nutty, so maybe we can talk sometime soon! Good luck to you!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Samantha...that means a lot!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley that show!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Omgggggg come take pictures of meeeee!! :) Those are gorgeous - you are so talented!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Malone

So far the maternity photos are looking gorgeous Ashley! I knew you were an amazing photographer, but did not know about the golf. You are a girl of many talents. :)

P.S. Love Michelle's style.

I HATE golf. Hate it. I've never finished even three holes because I get so frustrated at how badly I suck at it.

On a happier note, your photos are AMAZING. Pat + Nat are going to treasure these always!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Stunning photos!! Future photography business, perhaps? :)

Sounds like you have a lot of fun things planned!! Good luck with everything!

The pregnancy shots are awesome! Lots of luck with your new venture :-)

The pictures are so stunning! And that looks like such a beautiful day. I've never played golf!

I couldn't agree more about how once you haven’t played in awhile, 18 holes can get frustrating and 9 is perfect.

I used to play a lot of golf and once I stopped playing for a while I no longer had the patience to play 18, especially when I wasn't playing well. Good thing you can always stop half way :)

It's also a great sport for family bonding!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkris (everyday oats)

I'm so excited for your new photography business!!! Your work is going to be amazing!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

HAHA I love that picture of Peter. I am so glad you guys had a rockin time golfing!

I don't think I've ever had the patience for 18. I'm good at about 13. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Somehow I knew golf wouldn't be your cup o' tea. :) Thanks so much for the photo compliments. <3

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

SO wish I could!!!!!!!! Fly me out and I'll do them for free! ;)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Heather!! I checked your photos before I left for some inspiration! Michelle is super cute and pretty much the sweetest person I imagine you are as well. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Those photos are gorgeous! You have talent, lady!


Wow, those maternity pictures are awesome!! I really like the last one!

gorgeous photos! I would totally hire you :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah R

little known fact: i used to take golf lessons when i was 14-16 :) it's been ages since i golfed but my dad loves it!

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