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San Diego Family Photography {Rodriguez Family Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // San Diego family photography, family photo session, family photography, beach, outdoor, natural light, golden light Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // San Diego family photography, family photo session, family photography, beach, outdoor, natural light, golden lightPhotographing beautiful families at the beach on a lovely winter day makes me happy! This gorgeous family was a blast to work with and I’m so glad we had the opportunity with good weather! We had rescheduled because of bad weather the previous week and we definitely lucked out!

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When Mrs. Rodriguez contacted me to inquire about a photo session, she explained that her oldest daughter would be home from college for a short period of time over the holidays and she really wanted a family photo while the whole family was together. I love that she thought about it and we made it happen! They’re a very loving and sweet family and I’m so happy I had the chance to meet them!

I loved working with the Rodriguez family and hope they enjoyed the experience!

To find out more about capturing beautiful images of your family, head on over to my Styling and Investment page. Let’s schedule your 2016 photo session!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Minimalist // Two Become One {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kissIn honor of my brother’s upcoming wedding, I wanted to share another photo for this week’s “minimalist” photo challenge! You might remember it from the engagement sessions earlier this year – check them out here and here.

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PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to book your fall photo session? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch!

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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!

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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!

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/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!
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10 on 10 – August // Maternity… soon to be 4

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Maternity session, baby bump, Balboa Park, family of three growing to four, pregnancy, big sister, baby, coupleI had the fabulous pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for a maternity session as they prepare to welcome their new bundle of joy! We had a blast capturing this special time in their lives. It’s amazing to think back, to when your tummy is growing and you’re feeling the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, it goes so slowly. Yet, once the baby is out, we realize what a rare and special time it is to be pregnant. I’m overjoyed to be able to capture this brief window in time for such a special family 🙂

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PHOTO TIP: working with families, capturing their truest selves, is the best part of being a photographer! it’s important To give a bit of direction, but don’t forget to bring the fun and silly in your direction at sessions, too! {click to tweet}

I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the D family! Coming sometime in September : )

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share this adorable baby bump session! You may have come to me from Loni Judisch  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – get ready for some gorgeous and inspiring images, and check out her great photo tips!

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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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – April // Engagement at Mercado with Rey & Gina

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

I had the amazing privilege to photograph this gorgeous couple for their engagement session, not once, but twice! We actually broke their session into two sessions – you might remember this post from last week of our sunset beach session? For our first session, we actually headed to a Mercado to get some local flavor and colors in Baja California.

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And did I mention the best part? Those cutie pie-love birds are my family! My handsome and smart brother Rey and his adorable and creative fiancé Gina are getting married towards the end of the year, and we are so excited for the big event!

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Gina and I have been pinning ideas and texting back and forth with inspiration for this session, and when she went exploring her new neighborhood, found these adorable areas for us to incorporate during our session. We did a morning session at the local Mercado and had a blast! There were so many amazing little spots we found during our outing, we could’ve went on photographing for days!! The colors, the textures, the vibe – we loved it all!

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Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share Rey & Gina’s engagement session! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – her images are always gorgeous and inspiring, and her blog is full of great photo tips!

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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!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Rey & Gina Beach Engagement {Photo Session}

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What’s the best thing about being a photographer? All the special occasions and moments I’m able to capture for lifelong memories, like this engagement session of this gorgeous couple…

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So this adorable couple is beyond special to me… that handsome dude? That’s my baby brother! And that beautiful girl? That’s his adorable fiancé who is my crafty-sister, from-another-mister! I don’t wanna get all mushy, but Oh-My-Goodness, I sure do love these two!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico beach, pony, flower head wreath

Our entire family was thrilled when they got engaged a few months ago and the couple and I have been discussing photos since then. We finally had the opportunity to get together for these shots last week. Gina had a great vision of what she wanted, so off we went to the beach in search of a donkey pony. We actually planned for a few more shots with a second setting, but a storm was rolling in quickly, we were freezing and decided to call it done! And the floral head wreath she’s wearing? She made it! Yup, we stopped at a little flower shop on our way home earlier in the day to get some props and she had the idea to make the head wreath. Isn’t it beautiful? Told you she’s crafty!

So we actually had two photo sessions, but you’ll have to wait until April 15th to see my post about the other session : ) Be sure to come back and see what fun we had during our morning Mercado session!

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