The Messy Beautiful

Free 52 Project – March

March is always a super busy month for our family.
So much happened. So much that I didn’t document.
I take that back. I did document it. Just not for my freelensing project.

The spring gets our family into a different mental state.
We all try to make the push anticipating spring break and then, when it arrives, we try to cram in as many fun things and personal projects as possible.

March means we end up attempting to make it to quite a few family birthday parties. We are also normally inviting people to a birthday party ourselves. This year was a little different, but really special. My Mom heart will never forget it. We officially have a teenager on our hands.

During spring break, we always work on the house a bit. That work is never done. I mean, how do we collect so many things???

There were several other events that happened this month. Like Bella’s concert and family who came into town. It was a good kind of busy for sure.

I love when it starts to feel like spring because that means summer is on it’s way. And I LOVE the summer.
I’m ready for more images of the kids playing outside like they were in these images when, after church, they decided to plant a dead tree on the concrete. A little soil and then some water led to more soil and more water. It became a muddy mess, but it made for fun photographs.

Then, last week after dinner (yay for the time change and more sunlight in the evening), I took the two younger ones outside for a walk. (Bella’s middle school homework kept her inside and I figured she could do without the noise.) It was the first time Lucas really rode his scooter out in the street. He loved it. He loved it so much that he cried the whole way home when it was time to come inside. (I debated posting those crying shots but I couldn’t get myself to do it;)
They’ll be so many more of those images, I’m sure.

Oh, and I think I’ve become addicted to shooting dead flowers for some reason. I’m not sure what that means.

So cheers to March and getting outside in the warm air again. Although, if the wind would stop blowing, that would be awesome.


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 freelenser, Kristin Anderson’s blog post. Each month this group has also committed to posting our favorite freelensed images on the same day every month.
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    Kristin Anderson
    April 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Gardening has never looked so beautiful!! I feel like you summed up the messy beautiful so perfectly with these. They’re just good. PS. I love Liv in red through your lens.

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    April 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    The photos of your daughter are just beautiful, especially the one in the red dress with the light and flare falling across her face <3

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    Gwen Athman
    April 7, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I love how these all have such a rich filmic feel that just adds so much soul to the stories in these. These all feel timeless and so vibrant. And that flare around your daughter’s face- wow!!

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    April 9, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Love love love! The red bucket and dress just pop and tell such a story. I love your freelensed portraits as well.

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    Katie W
    April 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I love all of the messy fun Cristina!

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