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M Boys at Balboa Park {Sneak Peek}

Sometimes, I feel like there’s magic photo-fairy-dust in the air at a photo session! Between the light, my subjects, the location… sometimes it all just comes together beautifully and magically! These boys were such a treat and blast to work with and I’m thrilled to share them with you!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boys Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boys Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boys Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boys Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boys Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Children head shots, photo session, Balboa park, boysI’m blessed to have known their mom back in college, and through the loveliness that is Facebook, we reconnected a few years back! We’ve kept in touch and I was able to work with the whole family last year for a photo session as well. The boys have grown so much over this last year and I love that I’m able to work with them again, getting to know them a bit better and seeing even more of their personalities!

They’re all such sweet and charming young men! For as young as they are, they truly did great at our session, listening, taking direction, sharing the spotlight and having fun! They really were a blast to photograph and I look forward to seeing them again soon.

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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xoxo,
/c

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PPS. Keep an eye out for big news on Monday! I’ll give you some clues: 15 talented designers, 15 amazing projects, one low price, your most Creative Christmas!

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Make It Monday // Advent Calendar & Activity List {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting  Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopDoes hearing Christmas music put a smile on your face? Does the thought of Christmas traditions warm your heart? Does the anticipation of December make your heart skip a beat? Me too! Thanks for joining me for another Make It Monday post! I hope you’re ready to talk about having a Creative Christmas!

Last year I taught a class making a gorgeous Advent Calendar Banner and Mini Book. I couldn’t wait to recreate it this year with fresh papers from the 2014 collections and add new activities to the list! I fell in love with this Carta Bella “Christmas Time” collection and jumped right in… what’s not to love about those cute papers, right?! Then I decided to make my own numbers to punch out and use with the banner pennants and had fun making those digitally!

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Once I created the digital numbers, I realized I wanted to make a digital version of my activity and experience based Advent calendar! I’m thrilled to announce that I did in fact create it and it’s going to be sold as part of a phenomenal “Creative Christmas Bundle! There are 15 designers contributing to the bundle, with goodies ranging from how to make photo gifts to printable Christmas cards, from scrapbooking templates to photo overlays, from calendar making to embroidery patterns and so much more! If you’re even a tiny bit creative, you won’t want to miss this bundle! It’s valued well over $200 and we’re selling the bundle for a limited time at just $29.99. Talk about a major bargain!

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You can learn more about the items being offered if you head over to our “Meet the Designers” page right over here. The bundle goes on sale next Monday, November 24th and ends December 1st. I’ll post about this again next week so you’re sure not to miss out! So why are we bundling this and offering such a deep discount for a limited time? Our collective goal is to make this your craftiest, most enjoyable and stress-free Christmas ever! Getting a jump start on your crafting is certainly going to help ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you excited to learn more? I hope so! One of my amazingly crafty friends who is also part of the Creative Christmas Bundle is Gina at Messtaken Identity. For our Make It Monday hop today, Gina is sharing a hidden map in a Christmas card. Are you curious to check it out? I certainly am! Leave her some comment love when you hop on over there!

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

PS. Have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Photo Fridays: Snow White

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Snow White contemplating a bite of the poison red delicious apple

You know when you read a course description, sign up for the class and head into class for the first day only to find your expectation is TOTALLY different from what the class will actually be? Well, that happened to me with one of my photography courses, Visual Poetry. But, it turned out to be a wonderful class nonetheless.

Each weeks assignments included reading poetry or literature and submitting photographs inspired by our reading. As lovely as the class sounded, and as much poetry as I loved reading and writing many, many moons ago, at that particular stage in life, most of my reading revolved around my daughters books – Disney princesses, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious and Dr. Seuss.

I was feeling a little defeated that outside of reading the class text and poems, I wasn’t able to indulge in more poetry. But the instructor was open to interpretation and was completely supportive in my picks of children’s lit. And since my girls love playing dress up, they were more than willing to indulge me and my shutterbug ways!

The “Snow White and the poison apple” shot above is by far one of my favorites! I was really trying to get a contemplative look from my Snow White, wanting the apple, but concerned to take a gift from a stranger. Just days before, my baby had turned three, but my girl delivered on the shot! She actually was mad at me when I got this shot as I had told her to stop eating the prop! My little snacker had started eating the apple before I was ready for her to take a bite! So, here are my tips to you when working with (your) kids for fun character shots…

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Snow White asleep after biting the poison apple with woodland creatures surrounding her

1. Get your camera ready, set, before go!
Before getting your little one(s) into costume and handing them props, be sure to have your camera ready. Think about your vision, and figure out what settings you need. Do you want a shallow depth of field? Do you want a full body shot? Will there be harsh light? or dark shadows? What’s in your background? Does anything need to be moved? Thinking through these areas helps you to get the shot and helps you and your little one(s) not get frustrated before the shoot is over!

2. Get your props ready!
I kinda goofed when I went to the grocery store to get the red apple for this shot. Yes, I said apple. As in singular. What was I thinking? Definitely get more than one prop, especially in a situations that involves consumption! This way, if your kiddo starts munching on the prop, you have more to work with : )

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3. What’s your favorite part of the book? 
Engage your little ones in the photo session. While shooting the series of princess shots, I asked my girls what they’re favorite parts of each story were. Some we included and got shots of (Snow White with the animals surrounding her), some we just talked about (Ariel’s secret grotto). Talking about the stories with the girls gave them buy-in and they were able to contribute to the project, which they loved!

I hope these tips help you on your next dress-up or character role-playing with your little ones!

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

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