Connie Hanks Photography // // bowl of blueberries

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // // bowl of blueberries

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 🙂

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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!

Connie Hanks Photography // // Eiffel Tower night sky edit - SOOC  This is how it started – go check out where it landed with some Lightroom love!

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Tire Swing Fun // Lightroom Workflow {Photo Fridays}


Hands-down, this is one of my all time favorite photos! My girls were on a playdate with their best friend, and they were loving the tire swing! I’m really lucky, all three girls are soooo good about indulging my shutterbug ways. Their BFF (code name: Super-D) has on many occasions asked “can you take my picture?” – love that girl! She’s like my third baby girl : )

For the longest time, I loved the rectangular image, with the little boy in the bottom corner. I thought he added a lot of character to the image, but now I’m kind of liking the square format. I’m always so indecisive when it comes to completing a project, hitting print. Do you struggle with that too? Yeah, lots of options out there!


So, I thought for this weeks Photo Fridays, I’d “dissect” this image and show you my workflow. Obviously, I’ve done some heavy editing. Here’s what the image looked like Straight Out Of (the) Camera (SOOC):


Once I uploaded the images from our outing, I knew I loved this photo. But I also knew I wanted to bump it up. I wanted a brighter, more playful image. Something that POPPED (imagine a Batman-ish POW)! So I opened up Lightroom, and decided to play.

Some of the very first presets I ever discovered were from onOne Software. Best part? They’re FREE! and they’re GOOD!

For this image, here’s what I did in Lightroom 4:
1. Adjusted the exposure to be a touch brighter
2. Added onOne’s “Glow-Vibrance”
3. Added onOne’s “Vignette-Framed”
4. Brought down the highlight slider a touch to the left (there was a big spot on her shirt that was getting blown out)
5. Increased the shadow slider to the right (kinda backwards as that decreases the shadows on your subject)
6. Increased the vibrance slider a bit more (I did say I wanted playful!)
7. Slid the temperature slider just a touch to the blue side to increase the blue skies and lessen the yellow tones in their skin just a touch.


And I was done. Seriously, that’s it. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!

Besides onOne, the other presets I LOVE to play with are from My Four Hens. Sarah (the owner / photographer / creator) at M4H is a sweetheart and her presets are ah-ma-zing! Are there any presets you love working with? I’d love to hear! And of course I’d love any quick decision making tips you’d like to share! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!