Beachy Texture and a GIVEAWAY!!

Connie Hanks Photography // // rustic, worn, beach, pier, wood

Connie Hanks Photography // // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodIt’s Friday, which means the Daily Post came out with a new photo challenge for the week: Texture! Lucky for me, I grabbed these shots earlier this summer while my hubby, daughters and I headed to the beach for a sunset walk. There’s an old… wait, before I tell you about what’s in the shot, I have to give you some backstory…

Years ago, I knew the kinds of images I wanted to capture – images just like these – I could see them in my mind, but I didn’t know how to get them. Have you been there? Have you envisioned a specific image, but aren’t quite sure how to capture it? Well, I’m going to share with you two aspects that have been monumental in my development as a photographer…

1. Knowledge is POWER! If you’ve read a blog post or two (or a hundred) here at Clicky Chick Creates, then you know I’m an education junkie. When I am passionate about a subject, I want to learn all there is about it. And that has definitely remained steadfast in my evolution as a photographer.

The first thing that rocked my world behind the lens: learning to shoot in manual mode. Taking the power of the camera, developing your eye and shooting with intention? Absolute recipe for success!

2. Shooting with INTENTION… that’s right, I said it again! But I don’t mean “oh, I want to photograph a yellow rose!” I mean looking at our everyday environments, whether we’re at home, work, school, running errands, running for exercise, or running away for a vacation, looking around and enjoying the little details. It’s the beauty in those details, those everyday bits and pieces of our days, that beckon to be photographed.

Connie Hanks Photography // // rustic, worn, beach, pier, wood

Being part of Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 community and “Practice!” class has been a beautiful daily reminder to be thoughtful in the everyday surroundings, wherever I may be, and has without a doubt elevated my everyday intentional shooting. That’s why I’m honored and excited to announce another giveaway…

But first imagine… Imagine you’re able to take more control of your camera, harness the power in that DSLR and get the shots you want! Well, you’re in luck!

Your Life Captured Through the Lens GIVEAWAY!!

I’m so excited to giveaway a seat in Katrina’s upcoming “Your Life Captured Through the Lens” class to one lucky reader! For an opportunity to win a seat, just leave a comment telling me what you’re most excited to photograph in manual mode! And if you want a second entry to win a seat, sign up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list. {If you’ve already opted-in, you’ll automatically get an extra chance to win!}


Are you neglecting your dSLR? Did you spend your hard earned money only to shove it into a closet so you can use your phone? Get that camera out!

It’s time you take creative control of your dSLR and create photos YOU LOVE! Your Life Captured Through The Lens is a 7 week on-line class that will get your camera out of the closet and your settings off auto!

In 6 lessons scheduled over 7 weeks, you’ll explore your camera’s buttons and dials. In each lesson you receive technical and composition instruction with practical exercises to get you shooting.

This is a 7 week, online class that begins August 11th, 2014. Written and video lessons are posted each Monday. Katrina Kennedy will lead two live webinars to answer your questions and guide you to creative success. Webinars are recorded in case your life makes it difficult to show up at a particular time. For more details, click here.

Katrina Kennedy’s passion is capturing life’s everyday moments. She knows her way around a camera and has a knack for teaching you how to use yours.  She has helped thousands of students get the most out of their cameras through her on-line classes and FREE daily email prompts.
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Leave your comment quickly… I’ll be picking the lucky winner this Sunday, August 10th, 6pm PST.

Connie Hanks Photography // // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodSo what did I photograph? What are those images of? An old fence? A piece of a bench? A favorite restaurant? It’s the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California 🙂 It’s old, worn, rickety and quite lovely ❤ And the green in the background? The Pacific Ocean underneath the pier!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!

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UPDATE: Winner-winner, chicken-dinner! We have a winner for Katrina’s class! Drumroll….

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Congrats Lili! Please contact me at “ so I can get you the registration information! Class starts Monday, August 11th! Enjoy the class and please keep me updated on your progress!

35 responses to “Beachy Texture and a GIVEAWAY!!”

  1. I would love to learn how to use manual mode so I can take awesome pictures of my new grandson! Thank you for this give away.


  2. Connie…first let me say I LOVE these texture photographs (and the other photos I’ve seen over the years on Capture)! If you’ve seen any of my photos on Katrina’s 365 page, you know I love the little details, the macro, the bits and pieces of everyday life. I would love an opportunity to take Katrina’s “Your Life Captured Through the Lens” class to learn more about making the images in my head come out of my DSLR. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂


  3. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Katrina’s class. I have two young children, so I’m hoping to get some good shots of them while they are still little.


  4. Your awesome pictures reminded me of one of my fav photographers, Peter Lik. I’d love to improve my skills so I can capture the best shots of my kids while they are still kids.


  5. Gorgeous photos!!

    I’d love to win a spot for Katrina’s class! I would love to be able to shoot my kids in manual mode! (That sounds horrible! Lol)


  6. I LOVE photographing detail like that. I take my camera with me on a lot of jaunts although it’s nice to have the IPhone too. Love Camera Plus BTW, it’s by go to camera now. I have the biggest problem setting manual mode for some reason. I can shoot well in Aperture priority and Shutter priority, but trying to go completely manual flumoxes me beyond belief.


  7. I was sure it was a park bench! Wrong again! I’d love to learn how to use manual mode to shoot inside my home, using the light available.


  8. Ooh, I really love the knothole picture – something about the wood curves around the hole really intrigues me!
    I’d love to take one of Katrina’s classes. I used to really love photography – especially macro, but I got busy with other things. I’d love to have something to help me jumpstart that passion again!


  9. It is really beautiful! I admire your creativity and ability/gift to notice the details most of people would pass by not even thinking about.
    PS: I am still working on my abilities with the manual mode but surely enjoying…and getting there 🙂


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