My Family’s Spring Break was a blast! I wanted to share a personal post to let you know what we were up to over spring break.  A grew up in a small family, it was just my mom and I! My father died when I was very young. My mom and I were very close and I definitely got my love of travel from her. When I was a young teenager, my mom bought a VW van with the pop top, and we took about 5 weeks to tour the US, from our home in NC. I am looking forward to doing that with my family someday soon! We did a mini version of this over spring break 2016. We rented an RV and drove around a bit of Southern CA. It was a blast, and it was very small! I have always been interested in the minimal lifestyle. While I don’t exactly practice it with my family of a wonderful husband and two boys and all of our gear- I do try and I do think about it a lot! While we were in this small RV, I really thought about how I would like living with much less. And while it would be very different, I thought about the few worldly possessions that would really make me happy at this point in my life and I came up with these things. I love my family so I would keep them of course, I would keep my camera, my running shoes, some bikes for the family, a few balls to play with, some access to books (aka my computer and iPad!) and of course my family photos. I am sure these priorities would chance in the future, and I may never live this way, but it was fun thinking and dreaming! Here are some favorites from the trip! Thanks for stopping by….

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And a few of photos on the RV life…

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on minimal living!!

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I am loving catching up on blogging because I get to take a 2nd look at some families that I love photographing! I got to photograph this brother as a newborn. This sweet family lives out of town, but Mom’s parent’s live here in Flagstaff so we arranged to meet up while they were visiting Flagstaff. And I am loving black and white today! Enjoy!

Thank you for allowing me to capture your family and few are a few favorites…

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I have joined talented group of photographers, once a month, to share our freelensing images in The Free 52 Project! Click here to learn more about freelensing. Please see the link below to follow our blog circle and see the other shares.

I am also using a new to me lens, it is called a Helios. It is a derivative of a Carl Zeiss lens and creates a swirly bokeh. It is also manual focus which has been a learning curve for me, I have not done that in a while!

These were taken in the Phoenix desert again, like last month! I actually live 2 hours north of the desert up in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ. Something about traveling to a new place I guess. I hope to practice freelensing people more throughout this challenge!

Enjoy the AZ desert and click here to see Ally Wamund’s beautiful share next.

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  • Ally Wasmund - March 1, 2016 - 9:06 am

    Beautiful!! I have never seen a cactus in real life…so it’s fun to see your work. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Anderson - March 1, 2016 - 10:23 am

    You know how I love me some desert landscapes & freelensing. <3ReplyCancel

  • dana Dyer - March 1, 2016 - 10:29 am

    That lens flare in the first one!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Christine Wright - March 1, 2016 - 11:28 am

    The lens flare in your first image is astounding! And I love the effect of the helios lens. Very cool images!ReplyCancel

  • April - March 1, 2016 - 12:36 pm

    I live in Oregon and these are just so dreamy! I want some desert in my life 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Ledbetter - March 1, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous!! Love the light and flare!ReplyCancel

  • Terra F. - March 3, 2016 - 4:46 am

    A little visit to the desert in your photos, beautiful! Great subject and feel, Katie.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Barth - March 4, 2016 - 7:38 pm

    Stunning Katie! The flares and color have me googley eyed <3ReplyCancel