Ashley Jones Photography: Blog http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog en-us (C) Ashley Jones Photography ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:10:00 GMT Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:10:00 GMT http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/img/s/v-5/u997248789-o896720118-50.jpg Ashley Jones Photography: Blog http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog 90 120 Photos for Myself - Long Beach, California http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/6/photos-for-myself-long-beach-california "The mechanics car is always broke..."

That saying goes for photographers as well... our personal photos rarely make it out of our hard drive's editing folders.  I took a business trip to Long Beach California this last September.  It's June.  I'm just now sharing these with you.  See what I mean? :)

These photos were taken near Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach, California.  I suggest to my fellow photographers to always bring another photo nut with you on a trip - I stalked these two locations out every night at dinner for the whole week.  No one appreciated that we couldn't go back to the hotel on the last night until I had taken this second photo at exactly 7:20pm because "But guys!!  The lighting will be PERFECT!"  I'm over it.  I love these two shots.

 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) California Longbeach lighthouse marina sunflare sunset http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/6/photos-for-myself-long-beach-california Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:59:03 GMT
Ribs and Rods Carshow, Temple TX http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/6/ribs-and-rods-carshow-temple-tx So I have a secret love affair.... with tightly cropped vintage car shots!  I attended the Ribs and Rods Car Show in Temple TX on May 31st to get my "fix."  Here are my favorites including one of the pin-up contestants.

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Ribs and Rods Temple, TX car show cars patina pin-up retro vintage http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/6/ribs-and-rods-carshow-temple-tx Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:27:00 GMT
Texas GSP Rescue - May Austin Area Dog Park Day http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/texas-gsp-rescue-may-austin-area-dog-park-day The Austin Area Texas GSP Rescue hosted their May GSP dog park day at the Wells Branch Dog Park in Wells Branch, Texas.

We were given some great weather and with the long Memorial Day weekend, we had a great turnout. 

Several fosters were there in addition to the Texas GSP Rescue Alumni and Allies. All my photos for this play date are on my Google+ page, but here are the highlights.

How about these two!!??  This is Willie and Waylon.  They are brand new to the rescue, they've had to be seperated, which is the first time in their lives, because it's so hard to find a foster able to take on 2 dogs at once.  They are the biggest love bugs on the planet!  They have a little weight problem right now but they should be down to a healthier weight soon.  Willie (the slimmer one) and Waylon (the one with more dog to love on) - more info here - UPDATE - WIllie was adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue - May Austin Area Play DateWillie & Waylon!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date. Held at the Wells Branch Dog Park

These two cuddle bugs are up for adoption!!
Willie (the slimmer one) - more info here
Waylon (the one with more dog to love on) - more info here

More photos on my Google+ page

 

This is Wesley!  He is always such a gentleman and you can usually find him leaned up against a leg being loved on.  More photos of Wesley are available here.  Update!  Wesley was adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue - May Austin Area Play DateWesley!This is Wesley, he was adopted! Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

Texas GSP Rescue's May Austin Area Play Date held at Wells Branch Dog Park. More photos on my Google+ page

This is Nikita - she's one of the seniors that are looking for a forever home.  Don't let her grey face fool you, she has more get up and go then most pups.  Find out more about Nikita here.

Texas GSP Rescue - May Austin Area Play DateNikita!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date. Held at the Wells Branch Dog Park

Nikita is available for adoption – Find out more here!

More photos on my Google+ page

 

This is Merle - Merle is available for adoption.  Merle is another senior but he is a ball playing FOOL!  He is in excellent shape for his age!  More photos of Merle are available here.

Texas GSP Rescue - May Austin Area Play DateMerle!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date. Held at the Wells Branch Dog Park

Merle is available for adoption – find out more here!

More photos on my Google+ page

  

See you all at the next one! 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Austin GSP Texas GSP Rescue Wells Branch Dog Park adopt a dog dog park pet photographer http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/texas-gsp-rescue-may-austin-area-dog-park-day Tue, 27 May 2014 16:37:28 GMT
Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 - Rockdale, TX http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/tough-mudder-central-texas-2014-rockdale-tx Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Team "Will WOD for Beer"

Tough Mudder came to Central Texas on May 3-4th 2014 at Apache Pass in Rockdale, TX.  I covered Team "Will WOD for Beer" from start to finish.  These guys are a team from Fort Hood who had just returned home from a deployment - I was incredibly proud to tell my fellow spectators that I was "with" them.  Photographing a Tough Mudder team was more fun than I ever imagined it would be.  There's all this build up and anxiety at the start followed by MY anxiety while waiting for them at the obstacles. You get to be RIGHT THERE while they are pouring every bit of themselves into these obstacles and it feels almost wrong that you are on dry land just standing still while they are waist deep in mud pushing a stranger over a wall of slick, Texas clay. 

From the photographer side of this, I traveled light with a 55-250mm and a 35mm (crop sensor camera) with extra batteries and SD cards.  I set a custom white balance at the beginning of the day and adjusted manual settings for each obstacle (drastically different lighting conditions in Texas depending on if you are in the shade or in an open field.)  From the spectator side of this, I traveled with a 3 liter CamelBak day pack (that I refilled at one point) and wore workout clothes, good tennis shoes, and hat/sunglasses (I was actually dirtier than my team at the end of the day, you'll get splashed at the obstacles but the participants are all going to shower/change clothes.)  I brought along sun screen and I wished I'd brought along bug spray and snacks.  The course is clearly laid out... for the participants... but is difficult to navigate with the provided course map. I made some instant friends while chasing my team trying to figure out where the map was trying to tell us we should be next.  It was easier than I expected to keep up with my team and I rather enjoyed the wait times getting to see all these total strangers pouring their souls into this.  We started at 9:40am and didn't finish until nearly 3:00pm - that's a long time for the Tough Mudder, but these Soldiers just couldn't leave someone behind - they'd get stuck for almost an hour just helping people over an obstacle.  

Tough Mudder Dallas 2014 is October 4 & 5, and Central Texas 2015 is May 2 & 3, 2015!

 

Start line:

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Start Line - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Start Line - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Start Line - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Start Line - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Start Line - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Kiss of Mud (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Kiss of Mud - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Mud Mile (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Mud Mile - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Pyramid Scheme (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Pyramid Scheme - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Pyramid Scheme - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Pyramid Scheme - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Pyramid Scheme - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Pyramid Scheme - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Balls to the Wall (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Balls to the Wall - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Balls to the Wall - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Balls to the Wall - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Ha Ha Ditch:

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Ha Ha Ditch - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Ha Ha Ditch - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Ha Ha Ditch - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Arctic Enema (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Arctic Enema - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Family Feud (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Electroshock Therapy (learn more here):

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Electroshock Therapy - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Electroshock Therapy - Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Finish Line!

Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass. Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014Team "Will WOD for Beer" at the Tough Mudder Central Texas 2014 held in Rockdale, Texas at Apache pass.

Contact me today for your Tough Mudder, Mud Dash, Spartan Race, or other adventure/obstacle race team photos!  I'd love to be your personal team photographer!

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Apache Pass Central Texas Fort Hood Mudder Nation Tough Mudder adventure event photographer mud obstacles team photographer http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/tough-mudder-central-texas-2014-rockdale-tx Thu, 15 May 2014 05:27:00 GMT
Photo Restoration - A Family Project http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/photo-restoration-a-family-project My Mother In Law asked me if I could possibly help her with some photos. I've been very eager to put together a photo restoration project so I told her to send them my way.

The photo on the right, is her husband's parents. This was an excellent 8x10 photo with only minor aging and color deterioration. The photo on the left, is my husband's grandparents, his grandfather had passed away at young age so this was the best photo of them together. As you can see on the bottom left, this was a full length photo with clutter in the background including a decoration coming out of her hair. This was also only a 5x7 sized image with damage and a strong pebble grain texture to the paper.  My mother in law wanted to be able to have a matching 8x10 set with a matching crop for her photo display.  Challenge accepted!

Cleaning up the background was pretty easy, but taking out the pebble grain was next to impossible. Even with the software available to remove patterns, the texture was too random to completely remove. So in order to soften the texture, I photographed the photo in very soft, natural light. After some noise reduction and sharpening, I was able to get this photo up to an 8x10 size with a comparable 3/4 length portrait size to match the other photograph.

I picked out some lovely black frames with some art deco dots around the edges and voila! Happy Mother In Law! I also completed an 8x10 version of the full length photo - that dress and those shoes are too cute to lose. I was very honored to be able to restore this photo for everyone in the family. (Please excuse the yellow tint on the finished photos, my entire house is yellow, there is no amount of white balance correcting that can overcome this nightmare :) )

Contact me today for an estimate on restoring your priceless family heirlooms!

 

Photo Restoration and EnlargementPhoto Restoration and EnlargementBlack and white family photos restored to match in complimentary frames. Photo was a party snapshot with clutter in the background. I've cleaned it up and enlarged the 5x7 full length to fit in an 8x10 3/4 length pose to match the other family photo.

 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) black and white family photo restoration photos repair vintage http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/photo-restoration-a-family-project Thu, 01 May 2014 20:46:00 GMT
Bluebonnet Mini Sessions 2014, Temple TX http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/bluebonnet-mini-sessions-2014-temple-tx 2014's Texas Bluebonnet Season was almost looking like a non-event... and then we got some great rain and they started sprouting up!  I used a field in Temple, TX - we were able to get two looks, one with a blanket of flowers and one with more green.  If you're reading this Lupe - you're still my hero for showing me this hidden little bluebonnet paradise!

How great is my little A-Frame DIY Tent?!  The papa in the photos near the bottom helped me with the wood working and I sewed an easy muslin cover for it.  I'm so excited to have this available for sessions!

I can't say enough about the Texas Bluebonnet Sightings Facebook page and accompanying website, www.bluebonnetlove.com.  The folks that run these pages keep past history of places and dates of sightings and categorize them by private, public, parking available, safety, etc.  I suggest checking out their page for your best estimates of when and where you'll find bluebonnets for 2015.

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First up, are these two cute little smiley boys - you'll remember them from a birthday boy session I did for the oldest in Salado earlier this year.  I always encourage my moms to come prepared to get in the photos - they always do and they always jump in for some photos that their children will treasure some day.

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.   Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

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Next up is this sweet little girl and her lovely mom.  I swear I took about 400 pictures of her because I couldn't get enough of her pretty blue eyes!

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

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And my last session... ok I love this family!  I've photographed this baby's maternity photos, some maternity pin-up photos for his momma, his birth, and his newborn photos - it's so awesome I was able to photograph his first bluebonnet portraits!

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX. Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2014Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions, Central Texas Family and Child Photography. Photos taken in Temple, TX.

 

See you all next year - keep an eye out on my Facebook page for my Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions 2015!

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Temple Texas baby bluebonnets family flowers kids portraits spring http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/5/bluebonnet-mini-sessions-2014-temple-tx Thu, 01 May 2014 20:23:00 GMT
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Day http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/4/texas-gsp-rescue-april-austin-area-dog-park-day The Austin Area Texas GSP Rescue hosted their April GSP dog park day at the Cedar Bark Dog Park, in Cedar Park, Texas. This is my new favorite dog park! There are several covered benches for the 2-legged visitors and the crowning feature is the enormous pond. The pond has a fountain and dock for maximum GSP entertainment. There are even doggie shower stations on the way out, so if you're headed there, bring towels!

My two were very interesting, Barley, my 4 year old, just sort of alternated between running, chasing birds down the fence line, and swimming. Boone, my Texas GSP Rescue Alumni, hasn't been near water since he came to the rescue. He apparently doesn't know how to swim, so we've got some swim lessons coming up when it's warm enough for people to get in the lake with him.

Several fosters were there in addition to the Texas GSP Rescue Alumni and Allies. All my photos for this play date are on my Google+ page, but here are the highlights.

 

This is Wesley! Wesley is quite the cutie. He was very calm and listened great amidst all the chaos. He's the only one I was able to have sit still for a photo.  UPDATE: Wesley was adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateWesley - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

This is Wesley, he was adopted! Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateWesley - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

This is Wesley, he was adopted! Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

This is silly Briggs - he had a GREAT time.  UPDATE: Briggs was adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateBriggs - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Briggs was adopted, but visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateBriggs - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Briggs was adopted, but visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

This is Dexter - how handsome is this face?!  UPDATE: Dexter was adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateDexter - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Dexter was adopted, but visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateDexter - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Dexter was adopted, but visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

This is Merle, he is available for adoption.  You would never know that Merle is 12 years old.  This is the only decent photo I got of him, because every shot came out with lips and ears and water flying everywhere.  He is in amazing shape for his age and size!

Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateMerle!Texas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas

Merle is available for adoption – find out more here!

More photos on my Google+ page
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateTexas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Play DateTexas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

 

And here are some more of my favorites:

Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateBoone - Texas GSP Rescue AlumniTexas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateTexas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Play DateTexas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateTexas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Play DateTexas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas
Texas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Dog Park Play DateTexas GSP Rescue - April Austin Area Play DateTexas GSP Rescue, Austin Area Play Date

Held at Cedar Bark Dog Park, Cedar Park Texas. More photos on my Google+ page

Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

See you all at the next one! 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Austin Cedar Bark Dog Park Cedar Park GSP Texas GSP Rescue adopt a dog dog park pet photographer http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/4/texas-gsp-rescue-april-austin-area-dog-park-day Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:20 GMT
Kat Belle, Central Texas Jazz, Motown, R&B - Hondeaux's Motown Night Part 2 http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/3/kat-belle-central-texas-jazz-motown-hondeauxs-motown-night-part-2 I recently did my first session with the lovely Kat Belle, a Central Texas Jazz, Motown, R&B singer. You can read about our session, see her great video and of course oogle her photos here.

Kat had another Motown night at Hondeaux Southern Kitchen & Bar in Temple, TX so we decided to get some photos of her in this fantastic purple jump suit and some "getting ready" shots before the show. That's the talented MUA Lauren at Styles and Files doing her hair and makeup.

I also took a little mini-horribly shot-but you get the point-iPhone video of her during the show. Take a listen to this girl belt this song out before you check out my photos below!

Kat Belle's Website - www.katbelle.com

Follow Kat Belle on Facebook for upcoming show information - https://www.facebook.com/KatBelleMusic

Instagram/Twitter Hashtag - #katbelle

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Are you an artist, singer, or performer in the Central Texas area looking for some photos like this for your small business and performance marketing?  Contact me today - I also design custom flyers, Facebook/Google+ timeline covers, etc.      

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Central Texas Hondeaux's Southern Kitchen & Bar event photographer jazz marketing motown promotional photos singer small business http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/3/kat-belle-central-texas-jazz-motown-hondeauxs-motown-night-part-2 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:21:00 GMT
Birthday Boy Photo Session - Salado, Texas http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/2/birthday-boy-photo-session-salado-texas Happy 8th Birthday!

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Took a little trip down to Salado, Texas to photograph this birthday boy's session.  I love the idea of annual photos of your children - this mom does a great job at rotating her pictures out at her home so having beautiful, fresh, photos are a way of life for her.

We started at the Sugar Shack on Main St. in Salado, Texas.  Birthday boy and his younger brother filled their candy bags up with apparent excitement.  I just tried to avoid filling my own bag!

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8th Birthday Photos - Birthday Boy, Salado TX8th Birthday Photos - Birthday Boy, Salado TXThis birthday boy turns 8 this year! He celebrated with a trip to the Sugar Shack in Salado, TX

 

After they filled up their bags, we headed over to Pace Park for a few sunset pictures.  We took a little pit stop to toss some rocks into the creek, after all, how do you really tell two boys they can't play in a creek?

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We then went down Main Street a bit and found this great storefront area.

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Birthday Boy then wanted to plan his very own photo - he loved being able to see the preview on the back of my camera.  I think it turned out great!

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Salado, TX birthday photos boys candy shop children portrait http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/2/birthday-boy-photo-session-salado-texas Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:16:58 GMT
Kat Belle, Central Texas Jazz, Motown, R&B - Hondeaux's Motown Night http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/2/kat-belle-central-texas-jazz-motown-hondeauxs-motown-night Kat Belle, a Central Texas Jazz, Motown, R&B artist contacted me about photographing her upcoming show at Hondeaux Southern Kitchen & Bar in Temple, TX.  It turns out, Kat is a singer I've been trying to track down.  I'd seen her in this Killeen Daily Herald article, but could never find the article again to look her up for her show schedule.  So two birds, one stone - got to take fantastic photos for her promotion flyers and finally got to hear her in person (she's really good!!!)

Kat Belle's Website - www.katbelle.com

Follow Kat Belle on Facebook for upcoming show information - https://www.facebook.com/KatBelleMusic

Instagram/Twitter Hashtag - #katbelle

Instead of just doing photos during her show, we did a "getting ready" session beforehand in her amazing house.  The fun part of this was that Kat had asked Jay Will of Independent Muscle to use our photo session as part of her "about me" video.  Watch this great video of her and then scroll through my photos - you'll see the scenes from the video.  We tried to create negative space on her photos so she would have a section to add text about upcoming shows for marketing.

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Central Texas Hondeaux's Southern Kitchen & Bar event photographer jazz marketing motown promotional photos singer small business http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/2/kat-belle-central-texas-jazz-motown-hondeauxs-motown-night Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:16:00 GMT
Texas GSP Rescue - January Austin Area Dog Park Day http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/texas-gsp-rescue-january-austin-area-dog-park-day The Austin Area Texas GSP Rescue hosted their January GSP dog park day at the Wells Branch dog park.  We had a great turnout and the weather even warmed up for us.  There has been a huge increase in the amount of rescues this month, suspicion is that bird season ended as the New Year turned so dogs were turned loose and surrendered.  The news out today is a total of 27 dogs taken in and 16 adopted JUST for January.  I am so humbled by the fosters that open their homes to these spotted love bugs. 

 

All my photos for this play date are on my Google+ page, but here are the highlights. 

So we had some new dogs at this dog park day, some of them aren't your typical GSPs... they're cousins... (Nikita was there, she is still looking for a home. I missed her for photos though!)

 

This is Lucy!  She is actually a German Wirehaired Pointer - a very muppet like relation to the GSP.  I saved my marriage and didn't bring her home with me like I wanted :)  Lucy was such a fun, playful sweet girl, I can't wait to see her "after" pictures when she goes home with her forever family.  UPDATE: Lucy has been adopted! 

Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayLucy - German Wirehaired Pointer - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

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This is John Wayne - he's a senior English Pointer from the Pointer Project.  Don't let his age fool you, this guy was keeping up with all the pups!  UPDATE: John Wayne has been adopted!

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This is Xena - she is a 3-legged sweetheart.  She doesn't let her missing leg slow her down as she races from person to the next to stand calmly while she gets loved on.  UPDATE: Xena has been adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayXena - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayXena - Adopted!Xena doesn't let her absent leg slow her down and it doesn't stop her from being a sweetie!

Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayXena - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

This is Gina, she's another English Pointer from the Pointer Project. She has the softest fur, she sat calmly the entire time, she's getting over some medical issues, so she needed to stay leashed - I don't know many dogs that would tolerate that as well as she did!  UPDATE: Gina has been adopted!

Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayGina - English Pointer - Adopted!Texas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
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This is Texas GSP Rescue Alum, Molly - she's fitting in great with her new family!

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More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - January Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

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This is one of the amazing fosters for the group, Rich.  Rich was fostering my own Boone when we adopted him.  I just grabbed this shot of him and his dog when he wasn't looking because he usually ducks out of the way when I'm snapping photos :)

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This pup is actually one of the puppies from Jezebel - it's amazing to see how much he's grown!

Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - January Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!
Texas GSP Rescue January Austin Area Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - January Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue's Austin Area January dog park day at Wells Branch Dog Park

More photos on my Google+ page. Visit Texas GSP Rescue for other dogs looking for their forever homes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is my dog - he discovered this bird house someone with a mind for GSP torture put next to the dog park. 

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See you all at the next one! 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Austin GSP Texas GSP Rescue Wells Branch adopt a dog dog park pet photographer http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/texas-gsp-rescue-january-austin-area-dog-park-day Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:00:58 GMT
Photos with Santa: a Fort Hood Holiday Party, Air Cavalry Style! http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/photos-with-santa-a-fort-hood-holiday-party-air-cavalry-style I had the distinct pleasure of assisting Santa at a Fort Hood unit's holiday party.  I was honored to help him out

Of course, this was a First Air Cavalry Brigade unit, 1-227th Attack... there are no reindeer needed, Santa arrives with the help of a UH-60 Black Hawk from a sister battalion!

Here are the highlights from this event, all the photos are available here.

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Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Blawk hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Blawk hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Blawk hawk!

Now, Santa is a sweet man.  He flies all over the world giving out toys to good boys and girls.  But... some kids are just a little afraid of the old guy. 

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

 

 

Some kids were in shock that they got to meet Santa!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

 

And some kids... well... they aren't really kids, but they loved Santa anyways!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20132013 1-227th Attack Holiday Party held in the battalion hangar on Fort Hood. Santa made his grand arrival with the help of a 1st Air Cavalry Black Hawk!

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1-227th Battalion Commander, Santa, and Company Commanders

Attack Holiday Party 2013Attack Holiday Party 20131-227th Battalion Commander and Lieutenant Mafia

1-227th Lieutenant Mafia, Santa, and Battalion Commander

 

 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Army Christmas First Cavalry Fort Hood Holiday Santa children event photography families http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/photos-with-santa-a-fort-hood-holiday-party-air-cavalry-style Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:30:22 GMT
Engagement Session - Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum + Pace Park-Salado http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/engagement-session-temple-railroad-heritage-museum-pace-park-salado When I suggested the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum to this bride, she mentioned she loved that there were different bright colors.  Wow!  Did we get some colors out of this photo shoot!

It was a very grey, humid, overcast day, but I am super excited with how these turned out.  The colors and variety at the museum are impressive.  The image on the top right here, I've edited the train initials - as soon as I saw them like this I knew this would make a great "save the date" picture.

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Train Engagement SessionTrain Engagement SessionEngagment session by a Killeen area photographer at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.
Rivals, but not in love!Rivals, but not in love!This couple is split... Saints and Houston!

Rivals, but not in love!Rivals, but not in love!This couple is split... Saints and Houston!

 

We joked through the shoot that the groom must have had some modeling experience in his past - he hit every pose perfectly, I don't think I coached him once.  He never admitted to this... but I'm still suspicious... ;) 

After an outfit change into these rivalry jerseys (I'm with the bride here, Geax Saints!!), we hopped down to Salado for some quick shots on the bridge downtown and then into my favorite field at Pace Park.  At this point, the grey skies cleared and we had this amazing sunset. 

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Sunset Creekside EngagmentSunset Creekside EngagmentEngagement session of a Killeen area couple at Pace Park, Salado TX. Sunset by a creekside. Sunset Creekside EngagmentSunset Creekside EngagmentEngagement session of a Killeen area couple at Pace Park, Salado TX. Sunset by a creekside.
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Sunset Creekside EngagmentSunset Creekside EngagmentEngagement session of a Killeen area couple at Pace Park, Salado TX. Sunset by a creekside.

Congratulations!

Sunset Creekside EngagmentSunset Creekside EngagmentEngagement session of a Killeen area couple at Pace Park, Salado TX. Sunset by a creekside.

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Pace Park Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum couple engagement romantic sunset http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/engagement-session-temple-railroad-heritage-museum-pace-park-salado Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:31:26 GMT
Product - Flush Mount Photo Book http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/product-flush-mount-photo-book Products offered - 8x6 flush mount photo bookProducts offered - 8x6 flush mount photo bookProducts offered - 8x6 flush mount photo book

This is the 8x6 Flush Mount Photo Book that I offer; this is the perfect way to showcase all your photos after a session. As you can see, 8x6 is a great, easy to hold size. This will look nice on your coffee table, your desk at work, or in a carry-it-all purse. It has a rigid cover with thick (.8mm) bend resistant pages. The cover can either be a plain solid cover, or a photo wrap and is supposed to be stain resistant.

Text can be put on the spine and/or the front of the book. In this case, we put this little guy’s name and how old he was in these photos. Now mom can keep a stack of them for each follow-on photo session that we do. We wrapped a full length shot of him around the cover, so face on the front, and tushy on the back. We changed the photo to a black and white so it would match with whatever surroundings mom placed it on.

These start at 20 pages and can be extended out to 60 pages - this book was 20 and that turns out to be a good amount to show off your photos. The pages are real photo paper, so this is a fantastic way to get your photos printed without having to frame and hang them. You'll notice especially on the bottom right photo, there is no gutter in the middle of the two pages - a horizontal photo can be seamlessly stretched across the full open width of the book.

One of the coolest things - if you want to show the book to someone but you won't be seeing them anytime soon, I'll give you a URL to get to a preview like this one. You can email or Facebook share this – it’s perfect for all the military families around Fort Hood that have friends and family spread all over the world.

Don't forget - any photo that is used in a photo album comes with a digital file download of that photo in a web-ready (no print release) format. So this a great way to get all of your favorite photos.

Contact me today to set up your session - I'd love to see your face as you open your own custom made photo book!

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) military family newborn photos photo book product http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2014/1/product-flush-mount-photo-book Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:58:28 GMT
Texas GSP Rescue - December Austin Area Dog Park Day http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/12/texas-gsp-rescue-austin-area-december-dog-park-day Texas GSP Rescue - December Austin Area Dog Park Day

The Austin Area Texas GSP Rescue hosted their December GSP dog park day at the Wells Branch dog park. It was a bit cold, which is why you'll see some of the dogs in some rather stylish outfits.  All of the dogs had a great time!  One of the volunteers made this fun video with a GoPro held on a mono-pod at dog face height - I highly recommend it if you need a mood-booster on this cold December day!

All my photos for this play date are on my Google+ page, but here are the highlights.   (I also have more here!)

Who doesn't love dog bubbles?! Texas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayFind out more information here - http://www.texasgsp.org/

So many spotted dogs for such a cold day!  I think everyone was looking forward to getting their pup out of the house!

Texas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayFind out more information here - http://www.texasgsp.org/

This is Magpie!  UPDATE: Magpie was adopted!

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This is Diesel! He was at September's Dog Park Day - he's lost a ton of weight and is a slim, good looking boy now!  UPDATE: Diesel found his forever home in January! Diesel!  GSP available for adoption in Austin, TX!Diesel! GSP available for adoption in Austin, TX!Diesel! Available for Adoption in Austin, TX! More info here - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/diesel,36.html#dj-classifieds">http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/diesel,36.html#dj-classifieds</a>

This is Chula!  Chula was so sweet, she just went up to this guy and the way she climbed into his arms I thought he was fostering her.  Nope - Chula is just that loving! UDPATE: Chula was adopted! Chula!  GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TXChula! GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TXChula! Available for Adoption in Austin, TX - Find out more here -<a target="_blank" href="http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/chula,1.html#dj-classifieds">http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/chula,1.html#dj-classifieds</a>

This is Miller! Update:  Miller was adopted! Miller!  GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TX!Miller! GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TX!Miller! Available for Adoption in Austin, TX! Find out more here - http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/miller,42.html#dj-classifieds

This is Waco!  Update! Waco was adopted!  Waco!  GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TXWaco! GSP Available for Adoption in Austin, TXWaco! Available for Adoption in Austin, TX - Find out more here - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/waco,13.html#dj-classifieds">http://www.texasgsp.org/adoption/available-gsp-s/ad/waco,13.html#dj-classifieds</a>

And lastly... here are my boys.  The all-white GSP with the brown head is Boone, a Texas GSP Rescue Alum, we adopted him in May  :)

Texas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayTexas GSP Rescue - December Austin Dog Park DayFind out more information here - http://www.texasgsp.org/

 

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Austin GSP Texas GSP Rescue Wells Branch adopt a dog dog park pet photographer http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/12/texas-gsp-rescue-austin-area-december-dog-park-day Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:07:48 GMT
Session Location - The Vineyards at Florence, Florence, Texas http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/12/session-location-vineyards-at-florence Engagements, Senior Photos, and Bridal Portraits

So when you're married to a photographer, there is no such thing as "just a day trip."  It's always a location scouting trip :)

Recently, my husband's Aunt came to Texas for a visit.  We promised her that leaving Oregon in November for Central Texas would be great - flip flops and shorts.  Instead, we got the coldest week in Texas history.  So pardon the fact that everyone looks like they are freezing!

The Vineyards at Florence is an amazing location for a day trip, a photo session, or a place to escape for the weekend to.  They always have events, their wine is amazing, and you'll forget where you are when you are surrounded by the vineyards, villas, oak trees, and rolling hills.

This particular outing, we were down there for a wine tasting event.  They had their wines, other Texas wines, and choice wines from around the world.  Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.  There was a great duet singing while we were there too.  I haven't been back to have their stone fire grilled pizzas, but it's on the short list of things to do soon!

 

Here's my beautiful family sampling some of the local wines at the main bar - there are all these great side rooms that would make beautiful sitting portraits.

 

Below is a sampling of some of the various backdrops available, all just outside of the main building.  See what I mean?  Gorgeous!

And in the "don't ever call us boring" style of this location, there was a stone carving competition going on!


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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Florence, Texas The Vineyard at Florence engagement senior photos session location wine http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/12/session-location-vineyards-at-florence Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:44:00 GMT
Newborn Session - Baby Davis, Georgetown, Texas http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/newborn-session-baby-davis-georgetown-texas Welcome Baby Davis!

Baby Davis ended up being a double session, we just couldn't get him to sleep his first time in front of the camera, but I really wasn't complaining since he was such a sweet, quiet baby.  We finally got some sleepy shots the second time. 

I really love coming into a new families home to take these pictures - you get to see all the beautiful thoughtful gifts their family has given them and you get to see all the fresh, clean, "newness" that is everywhere :)  Mom and Dad are new at this, baby is new at this, and in this case, even the family dog was new at this. 

I'm kind of glad that I needed to go back a second time, I got to see this smiling family again.

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Georgetown baby military family newborn http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/newborn-session-baby-davis-georgetown-texas Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:21:00 GMT
Horses for Heroes - Waco Veterans Day Parade http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/horses-for-heroes-waco-veterans-day-parade Horses for Heroes honors service-members injured in service in partnership with the horse.  The goal of this program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered injury in the line of duty, helping them adjust physically and emotionally to their post-war lives.  Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at REACH Therapeutic Riding Center – 1007 Camp Rd., McGregor.  Horses for Heroes is based on a national program begun in Georgetown, Texas, in 2005 in partnership with the First Horse Cavalry Detachment from Ft. Hood. It was designed to assist soldiers from Brooke Army Medical Center returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Veterans of all branches and conflicts are welcome.

 

For the second year, Horses for Heroes had a wagon and mounted color guard in the Waco Veterans Day Parade.  It was a beautiful day and for me, this was my best Veterans Day yet.  Being surrounded by this great group of Americans was the perfect way to spend my day as a Veteran.

 Below are my pictures - hover over the picture for captions.  You can see more of my Horses for Heroes photos here.

Veteran with American FlagVeteran with American FlagChris honored the group by leading the wagon carrying the American flag Horses for Heroes CoordinatorHorses for Heroes CoordinatorKaren was beautiful carrying the Texas flag!
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Horses for Heroes getting ready Horses for HeroesThe whole group!
Wagon horsesWagon horsesThese two were so cute! This guy closest to me SO wanted to go home with me!
The wagon team is ready!The wagon team is ready! Waiting on the parade to startWaiting on the parade to start
Horses for Heroes VeteranHorses for Heroes VeteranLooking sharp! Waiting in the sunshineWaiting in the sunshine
Horses for Heroes Karen speaks with a Veteran Horses for Heroes VeteranHorses for Heroes VeteranLarry giving us a rare pose!
Riderless HorseRiderless HorseAn honored tradition for those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice

Veteran in the crowdVeteran in the crowd

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Horses for Heroes VeteransHorses for Heroes VeteransWe were close to the end - had plenty of parade to watch!
Horses for Heroes VeteranHorses for Heroes VeteranOne of the group's Veterans - he chose a different type of "horse" to ride in the parade Horses for Heroes WagonHorses for Heroes WagonAll ready and waiting!
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Waco Veteran's Day Parade 2013Waco Veteran's Day Parade 2013 - Horses for Heroes WagonThe whole group! Don't they look great!
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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Horses for Heroes McGregor REACH Texas Veterans Waco event photographer horses parade wagon http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/horses-for-heroes-waco-veterans-day-parade Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:33:40 GMT
Fort Hood Halloween Trunk or Treat http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/fort-hood-halloween-trunk-or-treat When I found out my husband's unit on Fort Hood was having a Trunk or Treat, I wanted to help out.  I decided to volunteer a photo backdrop and my services.  I got to meet tons of little ninjas and to learn the joys of touching up cotton candy stained faces :)  Here's a rollup of the event photos with my spookiest Trunk or Treater here at the top - all photos can be found here.

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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) First Cavalry Fort Hood Halloween Trunk or Treat costumes event photographer kids spooky http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/fort-hood-halloween-trunk-or-treat Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:20:00 GMT
Session Location - Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/session-location-temple-railroad-heritage-museum Engagements, Senior Photos, Family Photos, Couples

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

http://www.rrhm.org/

 

I went on a little scouting mission to the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, TX.  A friend of mine from college was in town so it seemed like good timing.  I even got him to snap some couple photos of my husband and I for our Christmas cards. 

I'm pretty excited about this location - there is a lot going on and it's pretty close to some other locations for those longer sessions.  There's a museum upstairs (admission is $4) and a park next door, so you could easily use this place to make a full day's outing from your session. 

This little collage I whipped up shows some of the different colors/patterns available for the background.  You can get a lot of different looks out of just one location. 

(Update:  Since I visited this location, the inside renovations have been completed.  It is GORGEOUS in there.  There is a $50 fee for having a photography session inside, but it would make some amazing bridal portraits, engagement or senior photos.  I hope I can have an opportunity to get some test photos soon!)

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Here are some of the photos I had taken of my husband and I :)

Couple in front of a Pullman train carMy husband and I met in Pullman, WA so this picture really warms my heart We met in Pullman, Washington where trains were the life blood of moving wheat to the river and the town was named for George Pullman, the inventor of the Pullman sleeper car.  Finding a Pullman car in Temple, Texas was just perfect, I'm pretty sure I'm going to incorporate it in our holiday cards this year.

 

We were really out site-seeing so this wasn't the ideal time of day for photos - my husband is a little squinty from the direct sunlight, but I wanted to give you an idea of what these great large doors could look like in a background.

My husband was a little squinty in these - it wasn't the ideal time of day.

 

And here's one more - because if my helpers are going to be sarcastic, I'm going to include them :)

 

Contact me today - we can shoot there this weekend!


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ashleyjonesphotographytx@gmail.com (Ashley Jones Photography) Pullman Railroad & Heritage Museum Session Location Temple engagement family photographer railroad senior station train http://ashleyjonesphotographytx.com/blog/2013/11/session-location-temple-railroad-heritage-museum Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:50:14 GMT