Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // M+R maternity session - golden hour beach silhouette in Newport private beach

Silhouette {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // M+R maternity session - golden hour beach silhouette in Newport private beach

Even though my sister is no longer pregnant (my adorable nephew is now almost 2 months old!), I absolutely love this baby bump silhouette and thought this was perfect for Sue’s A Word a Week Challenge – Silhouette.

For some reason I didn’t include this shot when I posted my “Golden Hour” blog post with a few of the other silhouette shots I loved from this photo session with my sister and brother-in-law. Guess it all worked out perfectly since I was able to use it this week!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sculpture in Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Arch // St. Paul Medieval Village {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sculpture in Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, FranceSt. Paul is a lovely little medieval village in Provence, France. It’s rather quaint and filled with lovely art in all forms! I was completely drawn to this relaxing sculpture. I bet he’s enjoying spending the rest of his life hanging around such a wonderful little village!

Along with the art, the architecture is lovely with arches everywhere you turn…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // arches in architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And enjoy whatever path you’re on today!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The theme at A Word A Week Challenge: Arch was a perfect prompt for me to share these photos. Be sure to check out the fabulous entries. And be prepared to want to travel to some gorgeous locations!

It’s all about the Stuff {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // back-to-school shoe shopping; two little girls, five pairs of shoes, all PINK!

Okay, clearly it’s not about the “stuff” but I do think photographing the stuff helps tell the tale of who we are, what we are about. And in this case, it’s particularly about the very girly daughters I’ve been blessed with!

Seeing it’s Friday, I’d like to share this photo tip with you: When photographing your loved ones, don’t forget to capture their favorite stuff, as well.

  • Stuff they DO
  • Stuff they WEAR
  • Stuff they EAT
  • Stuff they LOVE

This kind of stuff gets forgotten. Sometimes it’ll be in the background or foreground of other shots. But take the time to make them the star of your photos.

Whether it’s collections…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // seashell collection in a jewelry box tower

or favorite games…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Disney Minnie Mouse puzzle collection

or favorite foods…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // French Toast, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberry breakfast

or favorite activities…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art supplies

Whatever they’re “into” – make sure to take the time to photograph it, because time flies, tastes change and next thing you know, they won’t even remember that being something so incredibly special! And of course as a dedicated memory keeper, I have to say… don’t just photograph the stuff… DOCUMENT it! Make sure you write down what your loved ones loved about it. What was special about it? Why was it important? This sort of stuff will be worth gold in the future!! And where should you put these tidbits? In a scrapbook or photo book of course! Okay, truth-be-told: did you roll your eyes or laugh when you read scrapbook? It makes me laugh that some people have a very specific view of scrapbookers: grandmas with lots of cats or clutter or doilies? So not the reality! The industry is full of hip, cool, fresh, artistic, creative people and products! Check it out!

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

PS. The theme for the week at A Word in Your Ear is Pink, and considering the pinkness in my first few shots, I decided to play along in the challenge. Link up in the comments if you’re playing along too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

Decadent Meets Rustic {Weekly Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

My cousin Sammy (er, um, Sam) was married a couple weekends ago, and I loved the beauty in the simplicity of these rustic cakes. But let me tell you… one taste and it was ALL decadence! Red Velvet anyone? Yum, yum, yum! I just might have to pay him and his beautiful bride a visit on their one year anniversary to steal a bite of that yumminess all over again!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

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

PS. The theme over at A Word A Week Challenge is Decadent. Why not play along?! Link up in the comments if you do – I’d love to see your take on decadent!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cinderella princess shoes and tiara

Castle // Princess {Photo Challenge}

 

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Cinderella princess shoes and tiara

Sue over at A Word in Your Ear landed on CASTLE for this week’s challenge. As I started thinking about my travels to Europe and what adventures I might be able to pull photos from… my mind wandered around the room and I realized I live in a castle. Well, not really, but I live with two little princesses who a). have enough stuff to fill a castle, b). really do act like little princesses and c). love all things princess related.

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  princess Belle in front of a castle door

So, I decided these shots would work for my contribution to the “castle” challenge! My big girl (when she had just turned four) as “Belle” and my little one (when she had just turned two) as Snow White. Seriously, my baby l-o-v-e-s dressing up as Snow White! Remember this post? I have a whole series of Snow White shots I need to do something with, but I’ll save that for another day : )

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Princess Snow White and her baby doll / mini me

What do you think of when you hear “Castle”? Join in the challenge and link up in the comments below – I’d love to see! And be sure to check out the other photos – amazing stuff out there! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Unexpected {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // patina on intricately detailed metal grate beneath baptismal font at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

You may have noticed that I’m loving weekly photo challenges : ) It gives me the opportunity to
a. get my camera out and snap some creative shots; or
b. dig in Lightroom for photos I’ve previously created and give them new life

Considering it’s summer and I’m on full-time mommy-duty, I’ve been doing more digging than snapping when it comes to finding the right shot. I must say, I’m always quite pleased when I find something that fits the bill (or prompt!) just perfectly.

The theme this week over at A Word A Week Challenge is Unexpected. As I dug through my photos, I remembered a photo in particular… I remembered being so pleasantly surprised when I was taking photos at church and noticed the unexpected, gorgeous and vibrant colors on the metal grate below our baptismal font. Just one of those beauties that is seen, yet unseen. We walk up to it (the font), dip a finger into the holy water, then make the sign of the cross over ourselves, and hurry off to find a seat amidst the crowded pews in our beautiful church. After mass has ended, we head to the font, go through the same ritual, and walk out the ornate doors. The patina’d grate is touched by all who go through this ritual, as it is underfoot, but I don’t know how many of us take the time to marvel at the beauty it provides?

What unexpected beauty has caught your attention recently? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. These are by far some of my most favorite colors in the whole wide world. I’m super inspired to go create a card or scrapbook page now : )