Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn photography, in hospital, just after birth

Cutest Nephew Ever!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn photography, in hospital, just after birth

My sister and brother-in-law made the most beautiful and handsome little boy, ever! I was lucky enough to be there when my nephew was born, August 19th. There are only two other times I was that close to a new life coming into the world — those two times were when my daughters were born! It was such an amazing experience… the love, the joy, the anticipation, the awe – truly amazing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn photography, hospital, fresh, new, baby

I was thrilled to capture these images in those first few hours of the new family trio! He came a couple weeks early, but he’s absolutely perfect, don’t you think?!?!

He was super quiet, taking in the world, surrounded by love and family. There was only one little cry when he got his first shots…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn photography, hospital, fresh, new, baby

I know, I know, baby boy! I would’ve cried too! I’ll spare you the details of my sister’s labor and delivery. I’ll just say she was the definition of calm and she made the delivery look easy!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn photography, hospital, fresh, new, baby

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

PS. The top photo – the one of my bro-in-law holding the baby with my sis in the background? I was totally inspired by a photo that I pinned on my Photo Session Inspiration board while they were pregnant. I’m so happy with the way it came out – definitely one of my faves of this year! Do you use Pinterest to pin inspiring photography or crafts you want to recreate? It’s a fabulous tool!

Could You “FUN”draiser

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Kathleen (L) and Christine (R), extraordinary philanthropists!

There are people in this world that are blessed in their convictions and dedication to make this world a better place. They have a vision on how they can help people. But they don’t just talk. They DO. They bring their vision to fruition, they make things happen. My dear friend Kathleen is one of those people. She teamed up with Could You and put together a “FUN”draiser to help build a well in Mozambique.

It was a fabulous night, with beauty services (hair styling, false lashes, henna tattoos, and more fun, fun, fun!), great music, gaming, fantastic food from local restaurants, and tasty wines, along with silent and live auctions to get those funds raised to build that well!

People like Kathleen are really in tune with their natural talents and gifts. She’s honed in on her skills to put great ideas into motion and is a fabulous philanthropist. She did a great job that night and I look forward to hearing about more “FUN”draisers to benefit those in need!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, inspired and blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Little Italy Mercato {Photo Fridays}

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I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t frequent local farmer’s markets nearly as often as I should. When I do make the time, I love being there. The fresh produce, the fresh air, the fresh faces; it’s all so fresh : ) And I haven’t even begun to point out the amazing hand-crafted goodies that local artisans create. Knits, jewelry, hair accessories, cheeses, breads, art – all this and so much more to love.

2013-02-09_9689_webAs part of the Environmental Portraiture class I took, we went on a couple of field trips. One was to Balboa Park, which I blogged about here. The other was to Little Italy Mercato, a wonderful weekly farmer’s market in a historic part of San Diego that underwent a huge and successful revitalization.

2013-02-09_9694_webOur assignment was to submit four portraits from the Mercato. Not surprising, I went a little overboard! Honestly, I was a bit nervous about this assignment, as I would never consider myself a “street photographer”. Everyone was really friendly, so that made it a much easier task. As such, I’d love to share my top three tips to help you next time you’re our getting photos in an open market area.

2013-02-09_9732_web1. Chat with your subject!
I had a great time walking through the market, checking out the merchant’s goods and chatting with them about their items. They were so friendly and really open. Before photographing them, I asked their permission, and I was lucky enough that all but one obliged. I guess we all have a bad day now and then when we really just don’t want our photo taken : )

2013-02-09_9837_webBesides asking if I could take their photo, I would ask them about the merchandise. If they crafted it, grew it, made it, what it was made from, etc. When you get someone to talk about themselves, especially something they love / made / have pride in, it really brings out natural, genuine smiles or expressions.

2013-02-09_9956_web2. Include merchandise!
Most of these photos have the merchandiser’s goods in the photo, particularly in the foreground. I used a really wide aperture (f/2.8 to f/3.5) on all of these photos, and adjusted my focal point to get a sharp focus on their eyes. Including the merchandise, and background components, really fills in the pieces and completes the story. Remember that old saying – a photo worth a thousand words? All those items you include help get you closer to that many words!

2013-02-09_9812_web3. Adjust your focal point
Most DSLRs have the capability to adjust your focal point – you know those little red dots that light up when you look through your view finder and you’re just about to snap that photo? Pull out your camera manual and find out how you can change that point. I adjust it for every different setting/composition when shooting portraits. You set your focal point and you gain so much more control on your photos! Whether you choose the eyes, the hands, the products – whatever it is, you’re now determining where your viewer’s eyes go.

2013-02-09_9709_webHope these tips help you on your next photo adventure!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I just had to include these two cuties who were performing at the farmer’s market. Aren’t they just way too stinkin’ cute?! Total artisans, too. All their tips go to music lessons. Love it!

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