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The Freelensed Monthly Edition: June 2015

first born of a first born. born in a whitewashed blizzard deep in the dark of night. in the heart of december, from the cold paned windows I blew my first breath.

there in the first buds of a life not yet lived, the mountains met me and somewhere across the winter white plains, they grabbed my heart.  those mountains, purple bones in the setting sun, strung together my first sentence, held me up as i learned to first walk, dried my tears with their blankets of aspen, held my hand when i first felt fear.  from them, i learned that there are gifts in this world that can be at once so beautiful and so cruel. they stamped onto my skin something intangible. made me into an artist, a picture taker, lover of words, a keeper of memories, a mother of children: a desire to be all these things, melded together, holding together, the shape of this soul of mine. i rise at first light. in one hand i hold my coffee, swirling steam of the roasted beans; in my other hand i hold the bucket that fills heavy with these things: the camera capture, the books, the beans, the words, the oils, the boys, my children, my life.

the list goes forever on.

yet, however the rivers run through the mountains of my heart, my children are always first, and i know they always will be. they sit upon the great divide, high above all else; they run their course, ever faster and stronger; and me, running along side of them, just for now; trying to hold onto the the knowledge that, one day, I will not always be their first. those first apron strings that once wrapped them up, will unfold and fly into the wind as a child’s first lost balloon.

so i wake each day, walking a path that is a constant unknown, one that is always misshapen, cracked in the crooks of the road from the wheels of our travel and the bare boned love I have for them, that is always first.

rebecca

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Anna Larson | Anna Christine Photography

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Cate Wnek

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Amanda O’Donoughue

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Celeste Pavlik

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Freelensed Fridays | April 8th – 14th

life is unpredictable,

it changes with the seasons,

even your coldest winter,

happens for the best of reasons,

and though it feels eternal,

like all you’ll ever do is freeze,

i promise spring is coming,

and with it, brand new leaves.

– erin hanson

a perfect poem for this new season of our lives.

the submissions this past week were so lovely. each of them having an underlying theme of springtime.

i feel honored to have been able to take in your beautiful imagery and that you were brave enough to share them with the world.

these are my favorite freelensed images. continue to be brave in your craft and take risks. this is what feeling art feels like to me.

celeste pavlik

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Jayne Elizabeth Photography

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Renee Barth Photography

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Robin Greer Troxell

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Freelensed Fridays | March 4 – March 11

 There were so many beautiful submissions this past week! I loved seeing the little bits and glimpses of springtime in your work. I think (and hoping really hard!) that spring is finally here. Thank you for sharing your beauty and what inspires you.

enjoy

celeste pavlik

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Cynthia Dawson Photography

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Jessica Annalee Photography
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Freelensed Fridays | February 25th – March 3rd

 

 

Quiet moments seem so soothing this time of year. While we wait for spring here in New England, we snuggle under the warm blankets, dreaming of blossoms and summer light. These images are like a hot cup of herbal tea to me, warming and calming the chills away.

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Freelensed Fridays | February 11- 19

‘photography is a way of feeling,

of touching

of loving.

what you have caught on film

is captured forever.

it remembers

little things, long after

you have forgotten

everything.

-aaron siskind

 

I look forward on a daily basis to see the gorgeous work shared to our page. I love to see how everyone uses the freelens technique to release their creative spirit and a part of their soul.  Here are some of my favorites among all the beauty that was posted to the Freelensed FB page. I see lots of new faces. It’s so nice to have you here. Everyone have a wonderful weekend!! ❤ Feel free to grab a badge over there on the side for your personal blogsite or social media site!

xoxo,

celeste

 

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Lyndsay Greenwood Photography

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Lotus Effect Photography

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Christine Singleton | Lady and The Lens Photography

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Privizzinis Passion Photography

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 Rainflower Photography

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Soul Threading

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Welcome 2015! & a giveaway

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a pause. a moment. a celebration.

As much as there is something very loud about a giveaway, there is something very quiet about freelensing. it requires patience, focus, concentration and nimble fingers. when I go into a session with a client, I am never sure if I will freelens or not -but I always love it when I do- there is a way I am slower to click the shutter closed. My fingers move in a delicate dance. My breath slows and in my mind, I know I am knitting an image, a moment trapped in time, but the end result, I am even less sure of.

As a collective group, we feel so honored to have you all here: sharing your passions, your art, your hard work. It just seemed absolutely appropriate to host a giveaway once we passed the 2000 likes mark on our Facebook page….and even better that it is celebrating the New Year as well!

So here it is The Freelensed Giveaway!

One winner will receive:

*one digital pdf copy of the “freelensing {unlocked}” an all inclusive/comprehensive guide that will help you take this technique to the next level: http://www.lindseybergstrom.com/new-products/freelensingunlocked

 AND

*A set of 5×7 prints (7 total), one from each of the artists who works behind the scenes to keep this community going! ( Artists are listed below. Images for the giveaway are in the collage above). 

{Scroll through our photos (hopefully you find them inspiring) to down below where you can find the details on entering our giveaway}

 

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Anna Christine Photography

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Amanda O’Donoughue

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Celeste Pavlik | Everyday Photo Bliss

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Sherri Davis Photography freelensed monthly

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 To enter, all you need to do is this: leave a comment below. It can be as simple as a “hello” or as deep as what your work, your art, means to you.

Of course we would love it if you shared this post and liked us on Facebook, but we didn’t want to be too pushy. We will draw the name from this comment section,  the list of folks who have shown us some love and likes on Facebook

We will use a random generator to produce a lovely name to find out who wins the prize!

The contest will close out next Wednesday on January 21st!

Happy Freelensing! xoxo