lifestyle workshop

by Ashley Spaulding

It’s been two months and 24 days since we wrapped up the last run of the Shooting 201: Lifestyle with Kids workshop, but who’s counting, right?!? I am!!! I cannot wait for the next run of the workshop to begin in less than four weeks!! I’m so excited to meet a new group of students, to be back to teaching again because I love it so much, and to see four weeks of gorgeous lifestyle images shared in the workshop forum.

I have truly been blown away by the talent in the first three runs of the Lifestyle workshop. The students have devoured the lessons and the concepts presented in those lessons and have applied the concepts in such beautiful, amazing ways to their work. Since the workshop forums are private and only viewable by workshop participants during a current run, I wanted to get some of the beautiful, amazing work out of the forum and onto the blog to share with all of you! It’s much too incredible to just sit in a private forum forever, don’t you think??

Without further ado, I give you a small sample of student images from the October 2012 run of the Lifestyle workshop. Along with the photographer’s name and website (if available), above each image, I’ve provided some keywords related to the concept(s) we covered in the workshop that the student incorporated into her image. Enjoy the lifestyle ‘eye candy’…I know I sure do!!

Kelly Wilson | _kelly_ | peeping “mom,” negative space, finding the light

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Addie Sheahin | asheahin | framing, negative space, frames without faces, finding the light

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Elizabeth Blank | ElizabethBlank | perspective, negative space, frames without faces

lifestyle workshop photo

JoSann Lien | JoLien | peeping “mom,” framing, negative space, finding the light

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Jessica Singleton | jsingleton | framing, negative space, frames without faces, finding the light

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Mickie DeVries | mickiedev | framing, negative space, frames without faces

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Nina Mingioni | ninazm | negative space, finding the light

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Rebecca Bixler | rebeccabix | negative space, finding the light

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Ann Tyer | rubbersoul | peeping “mom,” framing, finding the light

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Sarah Vaughn | sarah_vaughn | perspective, frames without faces, leading lines

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Lucy Ketchum | valeriesmom | perspective, frames without faces, finding the light

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In addition to sharing all of these gorgeous images with you, I thought I’d share a quick video (9 minutes) of a simple edit I did on one of my own lifestyle images in Lightroom 3.

Workshop Blog Post Image Edit Video from Ashley Spaulding on Vimeo.

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Being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010 changed the way Ashley viewed both life and photography. “Our lives can literally change in an instant and that idea has affected my photography because it’s made me want to document my kids’ lives even more than I wanted to before I was diagnosed” she says. And although she loves traditional portraits of her kids, Ashley’s true love is lifestyle photography and being able to “capture them as they are in their everyday environments. For me, it’s the best way to document them – who they are, where they’re at in their lives, what their interests are, what makes them ‘them.'” Ashley is relishing her now cancer free life with her husband and their two children in Kansas City where they truly love being together and playing outside as a family. She enjoys cooking and baking, despite her claim to be unskilled at both. Twizzlers, ice cream, Doritos, coffee, pedicures and a good novel are her guilty pleasures. Currently, Ashley shoots with a Nikon D700, 50 f/1.4 and 24-70 f/2.8.

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20 Responses to “lifestyle workshop”

  1. Feb 07 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    This was fabulous Ashley! Thanks for the share, gorgeous photos and loved your edit. Really hoping to be able to take this class.

  2. Feb 07 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    WTG Ashley! There’s a lot of eye candy coming from the class. Great job ladies. <3

  3. Feb 07 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I am REALLY hoping to make it into this run of the workshop! It looks fabulous!

  4. Feb 07 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    The person who wins this seat is so lucky!! This class was my favorite so far- truly changed my thinking about how/when/what I’m shooting – forever grateful <3!

  5. Feb 07 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    WOW those are amazing. I swear the eye candy out if this workshop gets better and better each run.

  6. Feb 07 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    These images are beautiful and I would love to take this class with you Ashley! Hoping I am the winner winner chicken dinner!!!!

  7. Pam
    Feb 07 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Good Stuff!

  8. Feb 07 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Gorgeous images!!! Just stunning work!

    I loved your class so very much, Ashley. Whomever wins that seat will be in for such a treat. And actually, weren’t you supposed to be dreaming up an advanced class for your graduates so we can all play together again? ;-)

  9. Feb 07 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    I absolutely adored this class – I learned so much from it and couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring, informative instructor, classmates or course material. Whoever wins is very lucky indeed!

  10. Feb 08 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Oh wow! I am so honored to see my photo here among these lovely images! This class was truly AMAZING, and I cannot speak highly enough of Ashley’s instruction and materials, absolutely fabulous! If you are thinking of taking this class, do it! You won’t be disappointed.

    And what is this talk of an advanced class for graduates??? I am IN! Just show me when and where and I’m there ;)

  11. Feb 08 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Love your video tutorial- that was awesome! I hadn’t realized you’d had thyroid cancer, Ashley. How interesting- I’m going through something similar with my thyroid, and the thing I’ve been thinking over the last year since I’ve been dealing with it is- I need pictures with me & my kids together in case something happens. Weird how perspectives can be changed so quickly. I’m thankful for that shift in perspective though- what wonderful images have been captured since then.

  12. Marsha
    Feb 08 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    What a great blog post!

  13. Feb 09 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Great images – congrats to everyone who was featured! :)

  14. Feb 10 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    These are just fantastic!!! What great images come out of this class! Ashley is an amazing teacher and the person who wins the contest is going to FLIP!!

  15. Feb 13 2013 at 11:14 am #

    i could look at images from this workshop all day long!!! can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is!

  16. Daniela
    Feb 14 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Very inspirational post, and the video tutorial is AMAZING! Thanks Ashley

  17. Feb 21 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me that my ordinary life can still be remarkable through a lens.

  18. Jun 04 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Love the baby feet picture!


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