Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

10 on 10 – September // First Birthday!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, wavesMy cutie pie nephew turned one last month! You might remember him as I’ve shared about him here/his birth, here/newborn session, here/playtime and here/with my girls. I can’t believe how incredibly fast the year has gone by!

He’s beyond adorable, and I love that he and my girls just love each other to pieces! He’s getting to that fun age where he actually interacts with his cousins and they are having so much fun playing together. I know they’ll make lifelong memories together as they grow up and I can’t wait to see the boy (and eventually the man) he becomes!

His reaction to the new treat – the cupcake, the sugar, the yumminess – was awesome! Just check out his reaction…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

Today happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share a special snippet from my nephew’s first birthday with you! You may have come to me from Kristina Rust  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, make sure your check out her blog – she just returned from the photography event “Click Away” and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The Daily Post photo challenge this week is Humanity – and since I don’t think I’ve ever met a child anywhere that didn’t love a cupcake, I thought I’d link up over there too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Maternity session, baby bump, Balboa Park, family of three growing to four, pregnancy, big sister, baby, couple

10 on 10 – August // Maternity… soon to be 4

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Maternity session, baby bump, Balboa Park, family of three growing to four, pregnancy, big sister, baby, coupleI had the fabulous pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for a maternity session as they prepare to welcome their new bundle of joy! We had a blast capturing this special time in their lives. It’s amazing to think back, to when your tummy is growing and you’re feeling the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, it goes so slowly. Yet, once the baby is out, we realize what a rare and special time it is to be pregnant. I’m overjoyed to be able to capture this brief window in time for such a special family 🙂

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PHOTO TIP: working with families, capturing their truest selves, is the best part of being a photographer! it’s important To give a bit of direction, but don’t forget to bring the fun and silly in your direction at sessions, too! {click to tweet}

I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the D family! Coming sometime in September : )

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share this adorable baby bump session! You may have come to me from Loni Judisch  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – get ready for some gorgeous and inspiring images, and check out her great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

What do you do with all your photos? I wanna know!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Love…" - wedding layout with black and white photo using red, black and white papers

Photos, photos, and more photos… over 108,000 of them in my Lightroom catalogue, let alone the boxes and boxes of prints that I have from before the digital era. Crazy, I know! Why am I telling you this? Because it’s what I do with those photos that makes my heart sing… I frame them, I post them, I share them, I gift them, I scrapbook them.

When I had my first baby, near the beginning of the digital camera era, I had snapped over 1100 photos of her before she was 3 months old – more than I had taken the previous three years combined! After framing and filling a loooooong hallway wall with photos of those early months, I feared I’d end up wallpapering my whole house with her photos before her first birthday! So I had to find another way to give those special memories some love, and that’s when I entered the world of scrapbooking!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // scrapbook layout "Dream" - sleeping little baby with booty in the air, legs tucked under, toes peeking out; lullaby subtly showing in background paper printed on vellum

In the early days, I primarily bought lots of scrappy stuff, dreaming of all the wonderful pages I would create. Truth be told, it took a while before I actually jumped in and started creating. A little bit intimidated, a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit unsure of what to do, so I started looking at classes to take (yes, I LOVE organized learning!) and found classes to help me along the way.

One of those classes (well really it’s a more of a challenge than a class) and a primary way I make time to scrap is LOAD – layout a day. And LOAD is right around the corner – during the month of February (May and October, too) we are challenged to create a layout every day. It’s AWESOME! It might sound overwhelming, but just like Capture Your 365, there are no daily police, no one is waiting to kick you out if you don’t post that day. It’s a matter of having a community to share your passion and experience with; a prompt to inspire a daily creation; and a personal goal to document your story and photos for your family and future generations.

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So are you curious to find out more? Last chance to sign up! Check it out here. And if you use code 28DAYS by January 30th, you can save almost 40% on your LOAD registration!

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And please tell me… what do you do with all your photos? I’d love to hear : ) They can’t just live on your hard drive!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // baby boy beginning life's adventure!

Beginning // Baby Boy {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // baby boy beginning life's adventure!
After months of schedule conflicts, I was finally able to spend some quality time with my nephew over the Christmas break! You might remember him and his full head of hair from this post here or this one here. Of course I had to get some time not only snuggling him, but capturing him being his perfect little 4-month self!

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning is the perfect opportunity to share a couple of my favorite images from that visit. He’s starting to grab at his toys, pull mama’s hair, hold himself up, and it’s just the beginning! My baby girls have grown so much as they are pre-school and school age, so seeing my nephew on this play mat, enjoying batting at his toys, giggling in all his adorableness, fresh out of the bath – it all just makes me smile with delight at the journey he is just beginning!

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Check out other Beginning posts at the Daily Post here. Check out my other weekly challenge submissions here.

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

PS. What do you do with all of your photos? Do you add them to scrapbooks (traditional or digital)? Photobooks? If you’re a memory keeper and love documenting your life with photos and words, and even a little art, then don’t miss out on LOAD214! Friday, January 10th is the last day to save 30% with the code BUST on Layout a Day (LOAD214). Sign up here! The fun starts February 1st and it sells out every year! Don’t miss out on daily prompts to help you document your life for your kids, your family, yourself and future generations! If you’re still not sure, check out my posts here or here or here or here to learn more!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic, sleeping baby, turquoise, big ring

Newborn Photography {Photo Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic, Late this summer, my nephew was born and welcomed into our family! I shot these when he was just a few days old, but somehow with the craze of summer ending and school starting, now I realize I never posted these on my blog!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic,

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic, father and son

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, guitar, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic,

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic, sleeping baby, turquoise, big ring

I might be a little biased, but isn’t he the cutest baby ever?!?! Love that full head of hair! Can’t wait to see him soon, and my sis and brother-in-law! You might remember some of the shots I took of my sister from our sunset pregnancy session here and here. Love them so much!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic, sleeping baby, tie, hat

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

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