Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // calm, serene, blissful, photos at church, statue, details

10 on 10 – March // Blissful and Serene

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // calm, serene, blissful, photos at church, statue, details

Can you believe it’s already time for another 10 on 10 post?! One of my favorite sayings regarding parenting is “the days are long but the years are short” – and it totally applies to this monthly photo project – the months just whizz by!

I recently posted this photo {available in my Society 6 shop} from my morning visit to my church.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Open Door quote - Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls

Being at my church is one of my favorite places to be. The community, the clergy and staff, the friendships, the beauty of the grounds…it’s all truly blissful! The design and architecture that went into it is gorgeous and always makes me want to linger. And heading over mid-week with my camera allows me the opportunity to savor every bit and piece of it! I said it once and I’ll say it again…It’s amazing what you can find around you when your heart finds bliss, your mind is clear, and you have the serenity of a quiet church!

I hope you see the beauty I see and feel the calmness I feel. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out our monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a beautiful eye for details!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Saint Gregory the Great Pope statue and quote

Uplifting and Peaceful {CY365}

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Uplifting and Peaceful – two of my favorite April photo prompts from Capture Your 365! Life might not always be peaceful, joyful, stress free or picture-perfect, but there are certain places that immediately get me to take a deep breath and get centered. My church is one of those places, and Balboa Park is the other.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Peaceful pink orchids in Balboa Park Botanical Building

Where do you go when you need to be uplifted or to find peace? I’d love to hear and see your images!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The quote in the book of the statue reads as follows:

Humbly we bend before the Lord of Light, and pray at early dawn, that this Sweet love may all our sin forgive, and make our miseries cease; may grant us health, and grant us the gift divine of everlasting peace.” – Pope Gregory I

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured family

Treasure // Family & Faith {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured family

Leave it to the Daily Post to prompt me to get deep this week…

As I contemplated the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure, I thought about all the stuff I can’t live without… my iPhone 5, my Canon 60D, my MacBook Pro, my Keurig, my scrappy and art supplies, and on and on. But then I realized the obvious…

All of these things would be meaningless without my family and faith. 

I would be lost without them. My hubby and my girls mean the world to me. They’re the reason I wake up, the reason I do everything I do, they make me want to be a better person. My faith keeps me grateful, grounded, keeps the world in perspective, and fills me with hope and a great sense of community. And when I started writing this post, I asked my 7 yr old what she treasures most — the very first thing that came out of her mouth was “my sister” — and that’s when I knew that all of this, even the hard days, are so totally completely worth it! My treasures of family and faith were so completely evident to me when she said “my sister” and I can’t help but feel proud and fulfilled with my many blessings!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured family Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured familyConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured faith, St. Gregory the Great Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // my treasured faith, St. Gregory the Great

What do you treasure? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Be sure to check out the many interpretations of treasure – always such a treat to see and read! And if you’d like to see my other Photo Challenge posts, click here.

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photography 2012

Family // Best of 2012 {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photography 2012

I love posting photos, particularly sneak peeks for my client sessions! I started my blog just over a year ago, {January 9, 2013 was my first post!} so most of my 2013 families have been featured on the blog – yay! But seeing the prompt at the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Family, made me realize how much I wish I had started blogging earlier : ) So, I’m playing along with the challenge, posting a “best of 2012” featuring some of my favorite photos from the amazing families I was able to photograph in 2012. I’ve been blessed to work with beautiful families and love the friendships that I have (new and old) that are formed before, during and after our sessions!

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What do you envision when you think of “family”? Be sure to check out the wonderful posts and interpretations at The Daily Post. And to see my other weekly challenge entries, click here.

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // dome of church from inside

Community // Beautiful Church {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // dome of church from inside

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Community of course made me think of the many communities that I love and belong to – social, religious, photography, crafting, blogging, and so on. But the minute I thought of a photo to represent any of the communities, I thought of one of my favorite photos from my church. And then another photo, and then another, and another, but I figured I’d limit myself to two!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // dome of church from inside

In the photo of our statue and dome, I added texture and blogged about it here. Seriously, I love our gorgeous church, but not only for the amazing architecture, but truly for the sense of community it provides. My daughters were both baptized here. I was the Nursery Coordinator for our co-op parent run nursery when my first baby was a year old. I belong to the Ministry of Mothers, I was even on the board for three years! I’ve volunteered for many of our galas and vacation bible schools. We’ve been part of the parish for nearly 6 years now and I absolutely love the friendships we’ve formed and  family we’ve become through it!

What communities do you love belonging to? I’d love to hear!

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

PS. Check out the challenge and entries here.

Unexpected {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // patina on intricately detailed metal grate beneath baptismal font at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

You may have noticed that I’m loving weekly photo challenges : ) It gives me the opportunity to
a. get my camera out and snap some creative shots; or
b. dig in Lightroom for photos I’ve previously created and give them new life

Considering it’s summer and I’m on full-time mommy-duty, I’ve been doing more digging than snapping when it comes to finding the right shot. I must say, I’m always quite pleased when I find something that fits the bill (or prompt!) just perfectly.

The theme this week over at A Word A Week Challenge is Unexpected. As I dug through my photos, I remembered a photo in particular… I remembered being so pleasantly surprised when I was taking photos at church and noticed the unexpected, gorgeous and vibrant colors on the metal grate below our baptismal font. Just one of those beauties that is seen, yet unseen. We walk up to it (the font), dip a finger into the holy water, then make the sign of the cross over ourselves, and hurry off to find a seat amidst the crowded pews in our beautiful church. After mass has ended, we head to the font, go through the same ritual, and walk out the ornate doors. The patina’d grate is touched by all who go through this ritual, as it is underfoot, but I don’t know how many of us take the time to marvel at the beauty it provides?

What unexpected beauty has caught your attention recently? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. These are by far some of my most favorite colors in the whole wide world. I’m super inspired to go create a card or scrapbook page now : )