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Minimalist // Bible Study {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // B&W, grandfather, granddaughter, bible, reading, spiritual, faith, quote, Proverbs 22:6When I read “Minimalist” as the prompt this week at the Daily Post, I immediately thought of this photo I recently shared on my Facebook page because of the beautiful story it tells. It’s definitely minimalist to me with the B&W conversion as I usually have bright bold colors. I especially love the contrasts and the light working from the bible through my daddy ❤

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Fray // Mexican Palm {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Mexican Palm Tree, frayed, B&W, abstract, natureThe minute I saw the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray, I immediately thought of the Mexican Palm tree that was in the front yard of the house my husband and I called home for 13 years.

I’ve written and posted about that tree here, but how could I resist sharing these photos again?! And in that old post, I share the story about the tiny leaf protruding from the edge of a planter in our front yard…

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Be sure to check out The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray – so much inspiration being shared! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries! Want to see all my silhouette posts? Head on over here!

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Zigzag // Seeing Double {Photo Challenge}

One of the many benefits of living in San Diego… the world famous San Diego Zoo 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // double zebras, zig, zag, stripes, B&W,

And one of the benefits in playing along with the Daily Post weekly photo challenges? Digging into my photo archives and finding little forgotten gems! Check out other interpretations of “zigzag” here, or check out some of my older favorites entered into photo challenges:

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Street Life // Montmartre, Paris {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Old world, retro, vintage vibe in Montmartre Paris, B&W

Street life photography isn’t much of my strength, so I had to go into the archives for the challenge this week. I will say I loved getting this vintage retro vibe in Montmartre, in the north hills of Paris, last year on a fantastic trip with friends! I blogged a different capture of this vintage car rolling down the street here.

Have you seen the other street life submissions over at The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Street Life? Check them out here, or my past photo challenge submissions here.

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Eerie // Louvre Art {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // eerie photos from the Louvre, Richelieu wing, St. Valerie holding her head

When I read The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie, I immediately thought of all the ghouls and creepy things that came with Halloween. But then I remembered a couple of shots I took on my last day in Paris, inside the Louvre. I loved these images, but never really knew what I was going to do with them. Thank heavens for prompts making me think outside the box!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // eerie photos from the Louvre, Richelieu wing, monks carrying a fallen Crusader

We had just a couple of hours at the Louvre before we had to head to the train station to continue our adventure in the South of France. My girlfriends and I decided to go our own ways in the Louvre as we all wanted to see different things. On my way about, I got a bit twisted around, but luckily found these sculptures that caught my attention in the Richelieu wing.

Have you photographed anything eerie lately? Be sure to play along with the Daily Post!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

Uncommon Beauty

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I’m a nerd. I know it. My husband knows it. We embrace it. I take every class I can handle, both financially and with time commitments. I am a mom afterall, raising my little girls, volunteering and so on. But when I get to take photography classes, or crafting classes, or art classes, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! Instead of opening presents, I get to open up my mind and CREATE! What absolute joy it brings me!

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One of my favorite series of classes was led by Tracey Clark {love her!}. The series “Picture ______” – Picture Summer, Picture Fall, Picture Color, etc. – is offered at Big Picture Classes as self-paced projects. I haven’t taken them all {yet}, but I thoroughly enjoyed Picture Black & White. We received a photo-prompt every other day, and had 2 days to post our photos. I think what I thoroughly enjoy about classes {and now I’m realizing, weekly challenges as well}, is that it makes me make time to photograph creatively. Not just doing family sessions, or taking photos of my babies, which I absolutely LOVE to do as much as I can. With classes or challenges, I get to think about the prompt, usually somewhat broad, sometimes vague, but always purposeful.

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For this series of photos, I had a super long journey… about 20 steps out my front door! The prompt was “Seeing a Pattern” and as I was noodling on the idea, my family and I were returning from a lovely day at one of our wonderful beaches. As I was getting my little one out of the car, the palm tree caught my attention from the corner of my eye. I’ve never given it much thought, with one exception…

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Years ago, maybe 10 years ago, my husband and I “found” a palm leaf growing on the side of one of our planters, right up against the brick edging. It was a little thing – maybe 8 inches tall. We dug it up and replanted it in the center of one of the open planters. Now here we are with this huge Mexican Fan palm tree. And having the “pattern” thought stuck in my head, I was completely taken by the patterns in both the leaves and the trunk.

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The fact that the class was a study of black and white also helped to see the pattern more clearly, yet the openness for creative liberty allowed me to play with composition and make it more abstract. And had it not been for this class, I probably would of never noticed the patterns on the tree, and I really doubt I would’ve photographed it this way. Isn’t it crazy how the little things we pass daily can sometimes have the most uncommon beauty staring at us, beckoning us to notice them?

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PS. Huge thank you to A Word in Your Ear for reblogging my Old Vintage Goodness post, and all the visitors, likes and new followers that found me through it! You all ROCKED my weekend : )