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San Diego Maternity Photography {H&M Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // San Diego maternity photo session , beach maternity photos,Expecting your first baby is definitely a time filled with emotions. Excitement, love, joy, hope, and maybe a little bit of fear of the unknown! When I was pregnant with my first baby, I remember feeling pure bliss at the amazingness of creating a baby – I felt such a closeness to God, to be entrusted to bring a child into the world, and to be blessed to be her mommy. And now, when I’m with others who are pregnant, I’m reminded of that feeling and get giddy with excitement that they get that beautiful blessing too!

This gorgeous young couple is welcoming their first baby in the next few weeks and I was thrilled to chat with them about their upcoming photo needs! We picked a date for the maternity photo session at the the beach. Apparently, all of of San Diego wanted to be at the same beach that day, so we had to do a bit of maneuvering to avoid the crowds 😉 But then, as we were approaching the rocky shore and cliffs, the waves decided to have some fun with us! They were HUGE! I was a little nervous considering we were close to the edge, but she was cool as a cucumber! Definitely a great trait for an expecting mommy!
Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // San Diego maternity photo session , beach maternity photos,Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // San Diego maternity photo session , beach maternity photos,We captured lovely shots of this gorgeous couple and I can’t wait to meet their baby boy soon!

To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, young or old, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your 2015 summer session!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

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Summer Splashin’ {Feeling Crafty}

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My girls love to give me ideas on what to scrapbook. Of course they love being the center of attention and especially love having pages all about them! But one of our favorite activities at the end of a season, is to recap our favorites that we just experienced. I shared that listing process on a bucket list layout {Jar of Dreams} I created a while ago, and we continue with our tradition!

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I created this layout as part of the Layout-a-Day (LOAD) month long challenge creating a scrapbook page every day. I haven’t kept up, but I’ll be playing along when I can this month. No harm, no foul, no scrapbooking police coming to take me away or kick me out of the challenge! Oh how I love these monthly challenges! But I digress…

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So my husband, daughters and I come up with our list of faves and I file them away, waiting for an occasion opportunity to scrapbook them 😉 When I was looking at the list, I noticed that about half of our list was all about water activities. How could I resist making this double page spread all about water?!

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I created the background paper using gelatos, water, a brush and some water. I started with two yellows to create the sun, varying the amount of each yellow gelato and water mixed. Then I did the same with the blues, varying the water and colors to create some variation. I used glass beads over a bubble stencil and I love the bubbly water feel it created! I’ll definitely be using this same technique again – maybe for a page about yummy bubbles (champagne), cleansing bubbles (a bath), blowing bubbles (we even have a bubble machine!) or our sweet dog Bubbles! Lots of options!!

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Did you notice the “cover up” on my page? I wasn’t thinking when I stamped my “best of” and stamped 2015 instead of 2014. Oops! But it was an easy fix. I used the same paper and stamped a single “4” to place on top of the “5” I had stamped. Sometimes, I feel like a Scrappy MacGyver 😉

And I’ve gotta mention that part of my inspiration for this layout also came from Cori / The Reset Girl’s “Listers Gotta List” challenge – I found her through a planner group, but I am totally smitten with her monthly list challenges, too! Check out her instagram feed for some yummy listing and embellishing inspiration!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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W and D Families on Coronado Island {Sneak Peek}

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One of the gorgeous luxuries of living in San Diego is our beautiful beaches up and down the coastline. Add the bay. Plus the stunning island of Coronado. And yes, I’d say this has gotta be pretty close to what heaven looks like 🙂

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I’m always filled with joy when a family reaches out about a photo session, especially at the beach! So I was ecstatic when the W family reached out about a session on Coronado. I don’t head over the bridge very often onto the island, but when I do, it transports me to a different time. Besides the fact that my husband and I once owned a retail boutique inside the Hotel Del Coronado, there is something wonderfully nostalgic about the island itself. There’s a sense of calm and peace, almost like going back 50 years to Mayberry street ❤

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The W and D families were an absolute pleasure to work with on our sunny morning at the beach! Capturing 3 generations of family, from grandparents to parents to kids, there was so much love and joy amongst them that it really was quite lovely! I get so used to photographing during the golden hours of sunset, I forget how delicious the morning light can be! It was sunny, warm and bright, but it matched the extended family perfectly ❤

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 spring or summer session!

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Afloat // More Balloon Silhouettes {Photo Challenge}

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Last summer I shared photos of my daughters when we headed out to the beach for some silhouette shots with balloons. The sky was glorious and my girls had some fun playing they were being carried away by the balloons! Of course, having a digital camera means we* (okay, I) take way more photos than I will ever, ever need! The prompt “Afloat” at the Daily Post reminded me of the other shots I didn’t get a chance to share in my first post.

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What does afloat mean to you? Have you shared it? I’d love to see!

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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PS. Have a question for me? I’ve been getting lots of questions about my blog, photography, the Sela theme and more. I’ll be starting a weekly Q&A post with some of the questions I’ve been asked thus far. Have a question you’d like to ask? Be sure to comment with your questions, or feel free to send me an email at connie {at } clickychickcreates {dot} com – your question(s) just might be featured and answered in a future blog post!
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10 on 10 – October // Photo Walk

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // La Jolla, beach, photography, San Diego, cove, morning, waves, crashing, shellDid you participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day, this past Saturday, October 11th? I did! I headed down to La Jolla Cove to join the walk happening there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected as everyone went their separate ways, but I was able to get some nice shots of our San Diego gem!

My amazing friend Katrina Kennedy with Capture Your 365 is hosting a Photo Walk After Party, this coming Sunday, October 19th, 6pm PST. Guess who’ll be on the show with her? Me, me, me! I’m super excited 🙂

If you joined an organized photo walk, or headed out on your own walk with a camera, join us for the live after party! We’ll be sharing our photo walk experiences, our favorite photowalk photos and the stories they hold, and hanging out, connecting as a community with like-minded, photography lovers! All from the comfort of your own home! BYOB, lol! Check out more here.

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Perfect timing on the photo walk taking place when it did as our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle is happening this week, too! You may have come to me from Carie Cruz? She’s new to our circle, so even if you didn’t come from her beautiful blog, be sure to hop on over and give her a warm welcome with some comment love. But first, head on over to the amazing Kathleen Ries to check out her lovely images of her recent adventures on date-night!

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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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PS. Don’t forget to check out these links – so much happening this weekend: visit my new Etsy shop! Don’t miss True Scrap 6Join the Capture Your 365 Photo Walk after party!

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Make It Monday // Layers on Layouts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired scrapbook layout, blending, stencils, texture, embossing paste, distressing and more!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I created a scrapbook layout I’m excited to share with you today!

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Last summer, my husband taught our first born daughter the beauty and fun of boogie boarding! She took to it like a fish to water. This summer was no different — she’s quite confident and hard to stop out on the waves!

When I was pulling the photos I wanted to document, I kept getting pulled into the waves in the photos, and the layers in the ocean. Layers… Perfect!! Decision made to incorporate lots of layers into my layout and for the paper to play up the idea of waves. Here are a few ways I did just that, and added layers to my layout (all products linked at end of post):

1. Making Waves: I used an edging tool from Creative Memories, Distress Inks and Blending Tools to create the background paper. I made three “waves” in the same color, just moved the edging tool down and offset the curve of the wave!

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2. Adding Splash: In order to create even more of a water effect, I decided to add Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste over one of my new favorite Dylusions stencils – yum! I love the way it looks!

3. Clear like Water: This was a perfect opportunity to use up some recently purchased transparencies on my layout! The “Here and Now” was actually on a 3×4″ pocket page card, but I just trimmed it to fit my space. A few dots of Glossy Accents adhered those to my page without too much glue peeking through.

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4. Words on Water: Journaling on vellum helped keep the look translucent, and adding a little motion to the words continued the feel of rolling waves!

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5. Water Bubbles: And a few finishing touches of clear sequins tied in the water feel with a little sparkle!

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Truth be told, I LOVE the creative outlet of creating scrapbook pages. But ultimately, I do these pages so my daughters know their story, our lives and how much they are always loved ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWhat do you think about the new Make It Monday series? I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and that you’re checking out my creative and crafty friends blog posts, too! These girls are amazingly creative and their blogs are full of fresh ideas, techniques and inspiration!

You may have come from my sweet friend Gina at Messtaken Identity – she makes upcycling approachable and adds such an artsy touch to things so many of us overlook. If you didn’t come from her post about creating a teacher gift tag, be sure to circle back and check it out! But first, head on over to my friend Kristie at Artful Adventures to check out her watercolor technique using ink. I can’t wait to see what Kristie has in store for us! Her artistic flair and easy approach are definitely inspiring!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up in less than two weeks: True Scrap 6!! The inspiration, the community, the instructors, the content, the chat… it all gets rolled up into one AMAZING day of crafty goodness! If you’re at all interested in learning more techniques, tips, getting to know and interact with amazing industry leaders, you MUST check out True Scrap 6!! Click here to find out more about the classes and instructors! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!! Use coupon code “HERO” to save $20 off registration!!

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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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