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.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Paris from top of Eiffel Tower

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.

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/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Perspective - framing your photo so transport your viewer to a very different location than where you actually took the photo!

Perspective // Exotic {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Perspective - framing your photo so transport your viewer to a very different location than where you actually took the photo!

It really is amazing how framing your image can tell such different stories. Over a year ago, when finishing up my classes at UCSD Extension, we headed out to Balboa Park for a field trip. Our class assignment was to shoot with the intention of making it look like we weren’t at Balboa Park. I actually blogged about it back then, and you can read about it here.

I knew the cactus garden would be an ideal spot, and then my beautiful and brave friend Jennifer courageously agreed to go in and get tangled in the tree. But if we step back and take in the entire view, you can see what a vastly different image we get.. drumroll…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Perspective - framing your photo so transport your viewer to a very different location than where you actually took the photo!
And having Jennifer move even closer into the tree, changes the perspective with the cactus in the foreground as seen in this image…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Perspective - framing your photo so transport your viewer to a very different location than where you actually took the photo!

Notice how big the cactus in the foreground became? It was tiny in the first image showing the entire tree, but in this image just above, the plants look enormous! Framing and composing your image really makes such a huge difference, don’t you think? I think each of these photos tell such different stories, but I absolutely love the first image! I think it looks like we were in a very exotic and remote location, far away from our daily mommy duties : )

Did you play along with The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective? Check out other “perspectives” here. Or peruse my previous photo challenge submissions here!

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

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // abandoned tea pot

Abandoned // Tea for One {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // abandoned tea pot

My girls love playing with all things girly – dolls, Barbie, Monster High ghouls, fairies, Disney princesses, make-up, spa, tea sets, etc. A couple of weeks ago they decided to take their tea set full of water and play with dirt. You guessed it… making mud pies. Yum! Being totally distracted with the mess made, I hadn’t noticed the tea pot was left behind. When I read the prompt “Abandoned” I decided to see what the girls might have left behind in the yard, because honestly, there’s always something left behind, and that’s when I noticed the teapot and the the little guest who decided to visit (on the handle).

As always, the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Abandoned made me think about the theme. Seeing abandoned toys makes me wonder if the child who once played with it misses it? What about abandoned activities? Those incomplete projects we once started with good intentions but never circled back to? What about abandoned buildings? I’ll admit, I’m too much of a scaredy cat to go in them, although the images captured in some of those spaces are amazing! Have you checked out Leanne Cole Photography or Broken Light Collective? They have very artistic ways of capturing the emotions and depths of abandoned spaces. Not my forte, but I definitely have an appreciation for them!

Check out other “Abandoned” entries here. And you can see my other photo challenge entries 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.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Light // Backlit and Colorful {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and when I read the prompt for the Daily Post “Weekly Photo Challenge: Light” I thought – perfect, I’ll do Christmas lights! I’ll get some bokeh! Maybe even some candlelight! Then I realized um, that would entail actually having our tree up and house decorated. And that’s a no go, so even though I waited til the very last moment to submit my photo {in hopes of getting said decorations up!}, I realized I’ve been busy at the beach with amazing photo sessions featuring our lovely natural light…

So here are a few of my favorite recent shots featuring the magnificent sun light and beautiful colors it provides.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
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PS. Be sure to check out the amazing and inspired photos submitted for this weeks challenge!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sisters

Unexpected // Twinkle Star {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sistersI’ve been loving silhouette shots lately, and couldn’t resist this shot of my daughters. We were enjoying sunset on the beach during a mini vacation and I loved their playfulness and spirit showing through their silhouettes! And the unexpected bonus? That amazing, beautiful twinkling star in the upper left corner. LOVE!

Are you playing along with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected? There are always inspiring and lovely photos to enjoy, so link up and check out the other contributions, too!

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