Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // cover art, guitar, surf, strumming, picking, music, musician

Cover Art // Music Man {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // cover art, guitar, surf, strumming, picking, music, musician

My brother is one of those people that’s blessed with natural talent. As a kid, any sport he tried, he was a natural and mastered quickly.

My husband has played guitar since before I met him in the early 1990’s, when my brother was just a kid. At one point, my baby brother wanted to be just like my hubby – a successful salesman living at the beach who was able to set his own schedule, able to be in the ocean by 3pm, playing the guitar by 6pm!

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Needless to say, my brother picked up the guitar and has done extremely well mastering that too! A few Thanksgivings ago, we spent the holiday together – my siblings, our significant others, my daughters, our parents, along with a few more family members and friends. My husband, my brother and my brother-in-law are all musicians – there was plenty of music, fun, camaraderie and gratitude; it was one of the most amazing Thanksgivings ever!

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The minute I snapped these photos, I told my brother I had the cover of his debut album, lol! So seeing the prompt from Pete Rosos at The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Cover Art, I knew what I needed to post. I hope you enjoy these photos and be sure to check out the many inspiring “cover art” posts here. And if you’d like to peruse my previous photo challenge entries, head on over here.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // cover art, guitar, surf, strumming, picking, music, musician

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Be sure to sign up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss any posts! As my thank you for signing up, you’ll get my “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Adventures in soccer

Adventures of a new Soccer Mom

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Adventures in soccerI honestly never thought I’d have the title of “Soccer Mom” but I do indeed! Both of my girls started soccer this season for the first time ever. Their first games were this past Saturday and both my girls did fantastic!

My 5-year old baby is on the “Mighty Mermaids” and I have to say all these little girls are just so adorable! They played their hearts out in some pretty high heat. They did amazing, scoring several goals and getting a great feel for the game.

Part of the first weekend of games includes “Opening Day” – including team photos, food booths, soccer gear and accessories vendors, games, and overall family fun. Oh, and a team banner competition!

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Yes, yours truly made the “Mighty Mermaids” banner! When I heard a “banner” was needed for the team, I honestly envisioned the type of banners I make, like the ones here, here or here. So I offered to help out. Shocked is putting it mildly when I found out it would be a 5′ by 3′ banner, and either vinyl or felt. Say wha…? I was thinking cute paper!

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So after a little coaching from a seasoned-soccer-banner-making-mom on my 7-year olds team, I headed to Joann’s for fabric (felt), fabric glue, and puffy paint, then headed to Home Depot for PVC and rebar. It took a couple of fairly dedicated days to get it done, but I love the way it came out and we won 2nd place! Woot woot!

So there you have it… the start of my adventures as a (new) soccer mom 🙂 We made a deal with the girls to commit to the full season, but we’ll see where we go from here! One game down and a full season to go… Wish us luck!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Adventures in soccer

Photo Tip: If you’re planning to photograph kid sports, be sure to use a telephoto / zoom lens. You’ll get greater variety in your photos, from wide shots getting all the action, to close ups zeroing on their cute faces! I used Canon 60D with Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 for these soccer shots!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you 🙂

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PS. To check out other adventures, head over to the Daily Post “Adventures” photo challenge! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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Pinterest Inspiration in Action {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // graduation cap candies with step-by-step instructions

Back in high school (waaaaay back in the late ’80’s) I would clip magazine ads I liked and glue them to a poster board. It may have been the fashion, or the hair, or the destination, or the words. Whatever it was, it was inspiration. In the ’90’s, I had a notebook I would tape magazine or catalog clippings into. I included wedding ideas, travel destinations, home design and decor. Again, inspiration. Today we have the internet, and more specifically, Pinterest to corral all those beautiful finds!

Do you use Pinterest? I love checking it out for inspiration and ideas in a variety of areas: crafts, recipes, party planning, photography posing, photo angles / POV, clothing ideas for clients, and loads more!

I’ve been wanting to share these ideas with you since last summer… crazy how fast time flies! Over the last year, I used these inspirational finds to create goodies: 1. treats for my kindergartener’s last day of school and for my pre-schoolers graduation, too; 2. invites for my sister’s baby shower; and 3. a card for my sister’s baby shower. I love how all three projects came out… what do you think? Take a look below and let me know in the comments!

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I was a bit short on time (as usual!) so the graduation caps I made last year are a far cry from what they could’ve been, but the kids gobbled them up and loved them nonetheless. The caps made this year had a little more TLC as I allocated a little more time to make them.

ClickyChickCreates.com // graduation cap candies with step-by-step instructions

Graduation Cap Candies

They’re pretty simple to make. You’ll need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Reese’s PB cups miniatures
  • Ghiradelli chocolate squares
  • M&Ms or Skittles
  • Twizzlers or sour string type candy for tassel
  • Wilton melting chocolates
  • Florist foam (Michael’s or Vons florist sells them too!)
  1. Cool Reeses’s cups in fridge before removing wrapping (cleaner/less chocolate sticking to wrapper)
  2. Let cups come to room temp then place lollipop sticks in center of top/wider section
  3. Melt Wilton chocolates.
  4. Add dab of melted chocolate to center of flat side of Ghiradelli chocolate square, add tassel and M&M
  5. Add thin layer of melted chocolate on bottom of PB cup and stick to Ghiradelli square.
  6. Graduation caps are ready for festivities!

I get florist foam at Vons, size it to a glass bread pan, cover foam with colorful gift tissue and stick it in the pan. Voila!


Baby Shower Invites and Decor

The invites were so much fun to make last summer. I can’t believe my nephew is turning one so soon! He is such a sweetheart and absolute cutie pie! We went with the ever trendy and popular mustaches for the theme. Cute, right?!

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower invitations using stencils, distress ink, embossing, stamping and more!

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower invitations using stencils, distress ink, embossing, stamping and more!

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower invitations using stencils, distress ink, embossing, stamping and more!

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower treats and decorations

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower treats and decorations

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower treats and decorations

ClickyChickCreates.com // mustache baby shower treats and decorations


Baby Shower Card

As mentioned, I’ve been wanting to blog about these Pinterest inspired items for so long…  I actually already blogged about this card! Check it out HERE.

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Have you found any internet or Pinterest inspiration lately that you’ve put in action? I’d love to see it! If you’d like to check out my Pinterest boards, check them out here. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on photography inspiration I found on Pinterest and how I use it before heading out to photo sessions with clients!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? Besides getting updates anytime a new blog post goes up, you’ll also get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you! Sign up here. {Password is sent via email when you sign up for the email list 🙂 }

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Joy // The Reveal {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // JOY in the face of a 7-year old getting her face painted!My daughters LOVE getting their faces painted! And I have to admit, I love seeing their faces light up when they see their cute painted faces look back at themselves in the mirror! What a whimsical reflection! So when I read the prompt for the week at The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy, I practically jumped for joy myself! I realized I hadn’t posted these photos from the “Lunch with Santa” event at our community center just days before Christmas and I knew they were perfect for the prompt.

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And of course I have to post my baby’s reveal, too!

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What screams “joy” to you? I’d love to see! Be sure to check out how others interpreted Joy here, and feel free to check out my previous weekly photo challenge entries here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Happy New Year! Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. These types of photos are some of my favorite to scrapbook. Not because of the story of getting their faces painted, but because the photos already tell that story, I’m able to dig deeper into some personality traits and document tidbits about who my girls are deeper, literally and figuratively, beyond skin deep! Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day (LOAD) has been instrumental in helping me document my family over the years and I absolutely LOVE the month long challenges. One of those is coming up very soon – LOAD214 starts February 1st! Don’t miss out – it sells out every year and you can snatch up a 30% discount with the code BUST through January 10. LOAD has seriously been life changing for me! Do yourself a favor, and check it out here!

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If you’re still not sure, check out my blog posts here or here or here or here about LOAD!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Gingerbread house party at Style Your Life®

Gingerbread House Party {Photo Feature}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Gingerbread house party at Style Your Life®Fashion stylist (and friend!) Jennifer Rosson of Style Your Life® asked me to photograph her annual Gingerbread House Party for a “how to” blog feature she had in mind. Besides Jennifer being incredibly sweet, super fashionable and the hostess-with-the-mostess, she’s totally got the Gingerbread House Party plan down pat!

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Be sure to check out her blog here to get all the details on how to host your very own stunning and kid-focused gingerbread house party : ) And while you’re there, check out her fantastic fashion advice – she’s ah-ma-zing!!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Don’t forget to sign-up for the FREE photography webinar “Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project” – I blogged about it here.

Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project with Katrina Kennedy

PSS. While you’re at it, check out Katrina Kennedy’s True Scrap 5 class “The Art of the Everyday” – actually, check out all the True Scrap 5 classes! Hands down, it was one of the best online class experiences I’ve ever had! And all TS5 classes are  25 PERCENT OFF – just under $10 each right now through 12/25. Everyone needs a “To: Me, From: Me” present under the Christmas tree, right?! : )

Katrina Kennedy's True Scrap 5 "The Art of the Everyday" class - one word: Amazing!!!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

D Family Sneak Peek {Photo Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, heart hands

This beautiful family was so much fun to work with today! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kathleen with various non-profit groups and I am honored to call her “friend” : ) A couple of years ago we did their first family photo session, and even though I’ve seen the family around our church events, it still amazes me how much the kids have grown! They are a beautiful and handsome group!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, rustic location, posh kids, trains

I had a blast and hope they did too! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c