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Dreamy // Sleepy Baby Leo {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San Diego

I love photographing families, and usually have the opportunity to work with lots of parents and kids. But rarely do I get the opportunity to photograph a newborn baby! Lucky for me, I had the perfect opportunity to photograph cutie pie Baby Leo recently. I was so happy that he slept* throughout our session! Talk about a “dreamy” baby and sweet images! You might remember his gorgeous mama, handsome daddy and adorable sister from our maternity session in August – check it out here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San Diego

So how did we get the baby to sleep the whole time? It was MAGIC! Just kidding 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San Diego

*PHOTO TIP: Want sleeping newborn photos? keep baby awake for 1.5 hrs before session + keep room warm ~80° for baby. You’ll be sweating bullets, but baby will sleep like a champ! {CLICK TO TWEET!}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San Diego

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San Diego

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PS. I’m sharing this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Dreamy! Check out other dreamy posts! And if you still want more photo yumminess, check out my previous photo challenge entries here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, surfers, surfboard, reflection, low tide, beach, sunset

Silhouette // Coastline {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, mother, son, child, beach, sunsetLearning, whether in the classroom, in books, online or hands-on, is something I love to do, and love to share. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I met up with fellow San Diego photographer Erika Thornes last year, a connection made through our mutual friend Carole. I was ecstatic she asked me to tag along and offered to teach me the magic of silhouettes!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, father, son, child, beach, sunset Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, surfers, surfboard, reflection, low tide, beach, sunset

We captured some amazing shots, and I wrote about the experience here. Huge thank you to Erika for an amazing experience and fabulous launch into the lovely world of silhouettes!

I had recently found out my sister was pregnant, so I looked forward to trying sunset silhouettes with her and her baby bump! The opportunity didn’t come for six months, but it was worth it! You can check out that posts here.

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Since then, I’ve taken quite a few silhouette shots – some for client sessions, some of my daughters, some of family and friends, all with lots of heart and excitement!

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I actually headed out this evening to the beach with my daughters and a dear friend to have some summer fun and get a few more silhouette shots, but those will have to wait to be posted another day… this mama is tired! 

Be sure to check out The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – 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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/c

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UPDATE: Fellow blogger and friend, Linda asked if I could share some technical tips on capturing silhouettes. I LOVE TO SHARE, SO HERE WE GO

  1. Shoot in Manual Mode
  2. Set your ISO between 1600 and 3200
  3. Use spot metering and adjust your focal point to your subject – you’ll get crisper lines and better focus as your lens won’t have to hunt
  4. Open up your aperture as WIDE as you can go (mine have been between 2.8 and 5.6, depending on lens and distance)
  5. Meter for the sky, adjusting your shutter speed to get the right exposure (mine have usually been between 1/1600 and 1/4000, but as low as 1/400, even 1/8 once — 1/8 is crazy, I know! I’m pretty sure I was using my tripod – that’s the shot of my daughters with the very vast open sky)
  6. Get as low on the ground as you can possibly get. I’m usually laying on my tummy or sitting on my bum at the very least! It elevates your subject so the horizon doesn’t cut through their heads. Aim to get the horizon as close to their feet as possible.
  7. Ask your subjects to give as much distance as possible between their body parts or else it’ll look like a blob! {Imagine someone standing straight, feet together, with arms locked at their sides… blob! Get arms and legs away from body – it if can bend, bend it!}
  8. Have fun! Whether you’re capturing strangers from a distance, or your own family, make sure you try to capture the moment, an emotion, or an action – it’ll give more impact to your image! Good luck!
Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

On Top // Water Views {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Nice, France, Cote D'Azur, beach, ocean, city, village,

Morning view of Nice, Cote d’Azur, France

While traveling, or even enjoying the sights in your hometown, do you take photos encompassing the scenery? Many times I tend to focus on the details (flowers, people, food, etc), I sometimes forget to take a step back and take it all in!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

Afternoon view of Newport Beach and Newport Coast Villas, California

Views from “on top” are a great way to make a DIY postcard from travels near and far, don’t ya think?! Thanks to the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: On Top, I figured it’s a fantastic prompt to share some of my more scenic shots from the past year.

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Evening view of Paris, France from the Eiffel Tower

To check out more interpretations of “on top” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

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

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