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Enveloped // Snack Attack {Photo Challenge}

After school, after ballet, after playing in the backyard, my girls are always looking for a snack! Luckily, they love fruit, it is nature’s candy after all! But good heavens those delectable little treats that they devour sure are expensive! But as long as they keep eating them, I’ll keep the fridge stocked!

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My sweet photogra-friend Jeannie Thiessen did a phenomenal photo project last year – her Hand Project – capturing all kinds of beautiful and everyday goodness and photographing it in hands, mostly hers! I couldn’t help but feel I was channeling my inner Jeannie when I asked my baby girl to hold her bowl of blueberries so I could get this shot!

Sure, it might look like she’s offering to share her blueberries, but trust me, I was getting the stink eye at even the thought of diving in for a taste! And on a side note, it’s kinda funny to watch my girls as they envelop and protect their bowls of yumminess, reminiscent of Gollum protecting his precious ring 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Curious about photo editing? I rarely post a photo without giving it a little love in Lightroom. I shared a photo edit in the Capture Your 365 community today. I transformed a lovely night shot I captured of the Eiffel Tower, giving it a little more oomph and color…yes, in a night shot! Check it out HERE!

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10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, holding hands in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

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They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

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I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! 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 true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

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 🙂

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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Depth // Love is an Open Door {Photo Challenge}

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

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Post inspired by the weekly photo challenge “Depth” and the Capture Your 365 prompt “Commitment” – I’m inspired to continue to follow my photography and craft teaching dreams through those open doors ❤

I often find beauty in unexpected places. I captured this photo at my church, in a side area, leading to a back garden area. 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!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne Christmas

New // Think Over {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne ChristmasThe new year is welcomed with new photo challenges…

I have now been blogging for almost two years, with 290 posts, and a huge majority of those being photo focused. I think in 2014, I participated in the Daily Post weekly photo challenge at least 50 of the weeks in the year! But there have been lots of other photo-centered posts, too. Where do I find the inspiration for those? Mostly at Capture Your 365, with daily prompts and a fantastic, inspiring and supportive community. Katrina decided to mix things up a bit this year and along with the daily prompts, we have weekly overarching themes. So whether you’re interested in daily or weekly inspiration, CY365 is another great source to tap into! Have you signed up for the free daily prompts? You’ll see my contributions as part of the Creative Team! Be sure to say hi if you pop over to the gallery or forum!

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For today’s post, I decided to merge both DP and CY365 prompts… NEW and THINK OVER.

The new year usually brings along new resolutions. We spent a lot of family time together yesterday, starting our day with a lovely hike at a beautiful San Diego trail.

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Last night, we continued our new year’s celebration with family game night. I also decided to enjoy another glass of champagne! While we were enjoying our game, with the tree and lights in the background, I was contemplating my goals and dreams for the year… more champagne, more photos, more family time, better time management, more patience, less stress, better sleep schedule, more business, less sugar, more crafting. Still need some ironing out, but at least I’m thinking it over! What are your goals, dreams, resolutions for the year?

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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. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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Twinkle // Bokeh Snow Globes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Bokeh and twinkle filled snow globes, star bokeh, ChristmasThe magic of the season is having taking notice of the small things and being grateful. My girls are still young and continue to love snow globes, with a beautiful twinkle in their eyes. How could they not when their little faces are in those adorable snow globes?!

Using a handmade filter to create the star shaped bokeh made this project extra fun! I used the bokeh tips my amazing friend Katrina Kennedy shared over at Capture Your 365 to learn how to make it. Using a star shaped paper punch gave me the perfect star!

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!

Have you checked out my Etsy shop goodies? Or my Society6 shop? Lots of my creations to share with your loved ones during this holiday season! And if you use this link to head to my Society6 shop, you can get free worldwide shipping and $5 off most items! Don’t delay – promotion ends Sunday, December 14th!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Join the fun of the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Twinkle. Check out my previous photo challenge entries here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips

Achievement // Cooking! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash ChipsIf you would’ve asked me as a young teenager and young adult to make you something to eat, you would’ve received either top ramen or chili cheese dogs! That was about all I knew to make for too many years.

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Then, while in college, one of my roommies and I worked at a little Italian cafe. We ate like queens! It was a wonderful family run business and not only did the food have wonderful ingredients, but so much heart, love and tradition was put in it that it changed how I saw food.

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Fast forward a couple years, and I was living with my besties at the beach, while also taking a great wine pairing class. Learning about flavors found in wine, and experimenting with pairings, opened my eyes to a whole new world of flavors. Around the same time, my now husband and I were dating, and I quickly found out that the way to his heart was definitely through his tummy! Luckily, I had learned a few tricks along the way on making yummy pasta dishes 🙂

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So why do I consider cooking an achievement? Because as a young teen, I really never planned to cook! I had zero interest and was perfectly happy having someone else cook or eating out. The domestic duty of slaving away in the kitchen offered not one iota of interest to me. I’ll never know exactly when the tide shifted, but I’m thankful for the shift and the path I’ve been on! I’m able to offer my family tasty dishes, made with lots of love ❤

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And I’ll even go as far as considering food photography a double achievement! Ha! These shots were actually part of the “Practice!” class I’ve mentioned before. I get so much inspiration from Capture Your 365 to photograph everyday moments, and cooking is definitely one of those everyday bits and pieces! By the way, I’ve been asked to join the Creative Team at CY365! Woot-woot! Be sure to check out the daily photography inspiration over at CY365!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, 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?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. Here’s the link if you’re looking for the recipe on these yummy Garlic Parmesan Squash Chips!