Connie Hanks Photography // // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut

Make It Monday // Cupcake Toppers {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut Welcome to another Make It Monday blog hop with a few crafty and creative friends from all corners of the world! Connie Hanks Photography // // Make It Monday, blog hop Today I’m sharing some fun ideas for Snowflake Cupcake Toppers! Connie Hanks Photography // // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut You might recall that my girls (ahem, most little girls) have gone through the Frozen phenomenon? It still continues! And besides Disney’s Frozen stars of humans, animals, snow and snowy creatures, the holidays are coming, so what a fun way to think about Christmas, winter or snowy decorations for yummy cupcake treats!

I wanted to use items I had in my stash of scrapbooking and crafting supplies. So I pulled out mostly items I’ve had for years: punches, my electronic digital cutter, and stamps. I did recently purchase a manual cutter, and I couldn’t resist some fun dies to use with it, so they made an appearance in these cupcake toppers, too! If you’re interested in purchasing any of these toppers for your upcoming party, please visit the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop! Or if you’re interested in seeing how I made these, watch this video…

Connie Hanks Photography // // Make It Monday, blog hopNow head on over to check out more crafty goodness… You may have come from my friend Gina Zee at Messtaken Identity – she shares a tutorial showing how to creatively rescue your favorite shirt when it gets a stain! Even if you didn’t come from her site, be sure to head back to check out her post! But first, check out my friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive – sharing how to use Panstoria Artisan to make a 3D frame from your pictures! Head on over and let her know I sent you! I hope you enjoy our Make It Monday blog hop! 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! 2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2 Live creatively! xoxo, /c P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

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 Connie Hanks Photography // // Frozen, inspired, snowflake, cupcake, toppers, handmade, etsy

It’s all about the Stuff {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // // back-to-school shoe shopping; two little girls, five pairs of shoes, all PINK!

Okay, clearly it’s not about the “stuff” but I do think photographing the stuff helps tell the tale of who we are, what we are about. And in this case, it’s particularly about the very girly daughters I’ve been blessed with!

Seeing it’s Friday, I’d like to share this photo tip with you: When photographing your loved ones, don’t forget to capture their favorite stuff, as well.

  • Stuff they DO
  • Stuff they WEAR
  • Stuff they EAT
  • Stuff they LOVE

This kind of stuff gets forgotten. Sometimes it’ll be in the background or foreground of other shots. But take the time to make them the star of your photos.

Whether it’s collections…

Connie Hanks Photography // // seashell collection in a jewelry box tower

or favorite games…

Connie Hanks Photography // // Disney Minnie Mouse puzzle collection

or favorite foods…

Connie Hanks Photography // // French Toast, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberry breakfast

or favorite activities…

Connie Hanks Photography // // art supplies

Whatever they’re “into” – make sure to take the time to photograph it, because time flies, tastes change and next thing you know, they won’t even remember that being something so incredibly special! And of course as a dedicated memory keeper, I have to say… don’t just photograph the stuff… DOCUMENT it! Make sure you write down what your loved ones loved about it. What was special about it? Why was it important? This sort of stuff will be worth gold in the future!! And where should you put these tidbits? In a scrapbook or photo book of course! Okay, truth-be-told: did you roll your eyes or laugh when you read scrapbook? It makes me laugh that some people have a very specific view of scrapbookers: grandmas with lots of cats or clutter or doilies? So not the reality! The industry is full of hip, cool, fresh, artistic, creative people and products! Check it out!

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

PS. The theme for the week at A Word in Your Ear is Pink, and considering the pinkness in my first few shots, I decided to play along in the challenge. Link up in the comments if you’re playing along too!

Photo Fridays: Snow White

Connie Hanks Photography  //  //  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  //  //  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 : )

Connie Hanks Photography  //  //  Ariel relaxing with a sea turtle (taken at Sea World San Diego)

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!

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