The Messy Beautiful


I almost decided not to post this month’s #free52project on time.
I was in bed when I considered shutting off the laptop but instead turned to my husband and said, “I’m sooooo sleepy but I cannot go to sleep. I just HAVE to post by tomorrow morning. I’ve committed to it and I can’t quit on the personal stuff, you know?”
So I decided to go back to my desk instead.

So here I am.
It’s midnight, my eyes are droopy, but I’m back at the desk.

And I’m ‘Mom tired’ tonight.
I’m ‘Monday tired’.
I’m ‘I’ve been hustling since 6:30 a.m. and now it’s midnight’ tired.

But man, I do love these images. This would be a lot worse if I hated them but I love this technique. I say it every month and I will say it every month. It’s one of those #sorrynotsorry type of things.

This month I freelensed some images of Liv after school. I shot more that day with another lens but I’m only posting the freelensed images here. We also celebrated Lucas’ birthday this month and I made sure to use this technique on a few images that day, as well. Then there was a lazy Sunday as my husband put some wainscoting in the kitchen and Lucas played nearby. The mini-roses on the windowsill looked too yummy not to photograph that day. (I might have found a new obsession.) I also made it a point to photograph Bella this month since she’s the one who is most often doing older, outside of the house things while the little ones play more photogenic games at home with me. I caught her on a day that I picked her up from her cousins’ house. I asked them come outside and be themselves because they are hilarious together. They have the kind of cousin relationship you always hope your kids will have. I’m grateful for the amount of family my children have. I think each of us older cousins always wanted that for the younger ones. I consider myself a blessed Momma knowing my kiddos have big families with lots of love surrounding them. It’s comforting to me. It was nice being able to capture a bit of their silliness together. Especially at this age. I feel like I’m going to blink and they’ll be graduating high school.

Just another reason why this project is so important to me.

Oh! And the last images are of my niece twirling. I can never resist a colorful, twirly dress.

All of these images were freelensed. Freelensing is a photography technique in which the lens is detached from the camera body while you shoot. I’ve committed to posting a set of personal freelensed images once a month. Personally, this project is about documenting the everyday, messy, beautiful stuff I love so much. I get great joy in not thinking too hard about setting up these images and making them perfect. Like the technique, it’s quite liberating — If you like what you see, take a look at fellow freelancer, Julie Godbolt’s blog post. Each month this group has committed to posting our favorite freelensed images on the same day every month.

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    Renee Barth
    March 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Beautiful family. Those roses are fantastic. I especially love the last one. Great job on the moving twirly dress and those close ups of your kiddos. <3

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    March 8, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Love these images… love your processing style too! ❤

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    Katie W
    March 8, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Loving the color in these this month and I think you have anew website right? It looks great! The kids messing around at the end are adorable Cristina!

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      Cristina Navarro
      March 8, 2017 at 4:01 am

      I do! Thanks! Been working hard all all of it. It’s finally coming together. You know how that goes:) Thanks for the feedback! xx

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    Gwen Athman
    March 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

    OH these are dreeeeaaaamy! The roses and dress just stole my heart. And what beautiful love you captured between .the kids!

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    March 8, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Just amazing! I love how you capture such beautiful portraits, it’s like art. I’m also just in love with your processing. <3

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    Kristin Anderson
    March 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. Liv & Lucas with the lollipops… The flare, the tones, the hair wishing by. The last flower shot & the crinkled toes too. So many lovelies. Thank you for posting & sharing these with us. Moody awesomeness as always <3

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    Terra Fondriest
    March 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Beautiful images. I love the light pink rose….you captured such depth there. Those last ones with the twirly purple are just lovely. Great work!

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