Photo Challenge: Distant

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  rainbow over canyon and park with grey clouds

Now that we’re almost completely settled into our new home, I have time to catch up on some of my favorite blogs! There are some fantastic ones out there, and I always love challenges – photography and paper crafting in particular. This week, A Word a Week Photo Challenge landed on the word “Distant” and although my mind was going in a billion different directions, I finally landed on two thoughts…

First, this rainbow I “caught” earlier this year. It was a gray day, but after dropping my girls off at school, I spotted the colorful creation and drove to a nearby park with some open space to grab a quick shot. Those gorgeous rainbows are always elusive, aren’t they?!

My other thought was on the fact that I still have so many photos I haven’t done anything with from my trip earlier this year to France. While in Paris, it started snowing on us! The trip was only four months ago, but the memories and adventure already feels like the distant past. So I pulled this photo of the snow coming down over the Louvre, and as I was processing, I decided to have some colorful Andy Warhol inspired fun!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  snow over the Louvre in Paris France

What photos, memories or visuals come to mind when you hear the word distant? I’d love to hear. And you can always play along in the challenge. Wishing you a beautiful and colorful day!

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

Sleeping Angel

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A Word in Your Ear¬†posted the new A Word a Week challenge for the week: Sleep! I immediately thought of this photo of my baby, way back when she used to nap! She had just turned two when I grabbed this shot and within days my little stinker refused to nap anymore. It’s very rare she does go down for a midday slumber, but I will always remember the moments I would sneak into her room as she napped. I loved hearing her little breaths, so sweet and dreamy, knowing she was in absolute comfort and seeing those little toes tucked under her bum bum. That is absolute joy and comfort for a mama!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - rusty vintage keys

OLD Vintage Goodness and a NEW photo challenge {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - rusted vintage keys

Paris Flea Market – Keys

While in Paris last month (okay, I promise I won’t start EVERY post like this!), but yes, while in Paris last month, my girlfriends and I headed to the most amazing flea market. There were so many vintage items there, it was the most dazzling eye candy! Sadly, many vendors had signs posted saying “NO PHOTOS”, so I respected their wishes and did not photograph their goods. But there were others who were more lenient, and I was thankful for the opportunity to capture these goodies!

There was one vendor in particular who had beautiful chandeliers, and when I asked if I could photograph a candelabra and mirror set, she politely said no and explained that it was an original from one of the King Louis’ reigns and the fear of replicating is why many of the vendors do not allow photos. Totally understandable, and more reason I love the images I was able to get before we headed off to the most amazing (local) restaurant in the market.

The vintage keys above captured my attention the minute we walked into the open market. The rusted one in particular, really called out to me! Because of that, I adjusted my focal point by selecting one off center, towards the left, towards the top. And I knew I wanted a shallow depth of field, to really draw the eye to the little rusty guy, so I opened up my aperture and grabbed this shot. I must admit, it’s my favorite from the outing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion magazines - Elle, Echo de la Mode

Paris Flea Market – Magazines

I also loved the selection of old newspapers and books. Vintage Elle?! I couldn’t live without Elle in my 20’s : ) The one below is from 1899…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion magazines - La Mode du Petit Journal

Paris Flea Market – Magazines

Can you imagine wearing those fashions? They really didn’t believe in showing ANY skin, did they? Maybe this will be the popular fashion once my little girls are teens : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion seamstress bodice

Paris Flea Market – fashion bodice

My brother’s girlfriend is a fashion designer. So this vintage bodice definitely made me think of her. Right after I snapped this, a vendor pointed out the “NO PHOTOS” sign, so I apologized and didn’t grab any other shots.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion dress with chiffon, beading and feathers

Paris Flea Market – Dress

For some reason this dress made me think of her again. Maybe it was the colors? The beading? The feathers? Maybe I was a little homesick…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - lanterns and pots

Paris Flea Market – Lantern

I loved the detailing in this lantern. Notice the little lion heads? We certainly won’t find that in Ikea!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - Lubitel 166 camera

Paris Flea Market – Lubitel 166 Camera

And although this Lubitel 166 isn’t super ancient, it did make me think of how different it is approaching photography in our current times with all the advancements we have digitally. Thinking back to shooting with film, I know I didn’t take as many shots as I do now, because of all the film and developing costs. Makes me love my 60D that much more!

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

PS. The new photo challenge I referred to in the title of this post is A Word A Week, where the the blogger randomly opens up the dictionary and whatever word she lands on is the word for the weekly challenge. As a newer blogger, I’ve followed a few of her posts and decided to jump in this week with these old, vintage finds at the flea market. Check out the images on her site. They’re quite lovely! And if you’re inspired, jump in the challenge as well!