Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, orange, red, yellow, burgundy, gerbera daisy

Reward // Macro Flowers {Photo Challenge}

After a couple years of saving, I finally invested in a macro lens! My sweet reward for forgoing other wants and wants and wants! I’m still getting comfortable shooting with the Tamron 90mm macro, but I’m looking forward to lots of creative camera time!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, orange, yellow, gerbera daisy

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, pink, gerbera daisy

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, orange, yellow

Love these images? They’re available for purchase in my Society6 shop! Click on any of the flower images and you can see what I have over in my shop! I’m giddy over how pretty these flowers look as prints, along with laptop covers, pillows and more!

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

PS. Do you love flowers? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // body scrub containers at a baby shower

Containers // Beauty Within {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // hanging planterWhile in college, I fell in love with all the containers and organization at Bed, Bath and Beyond, as well as The Container Store. But perusing my photos, I didn’t find the kinds of photos I was envisioning sharing. So many times we view containers just as a holding place – an item between us and what we really, really want… the contents within those containers!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // cool, refreshing, Mexican waters - Agua de Melon, Pina

But as I perused my archives, searching for photos for this week’s theme for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Containers, I realized many of the containers I’m drawn to are glass, or have a clear aspect so we may see the contents, which got me thinking about the glass in itself – the different patterns and shapes. It’s really beautiful when you think about it!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // body scrub containers at a baby shower Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // wine containers in the South of France

What types of containers are you drawn to? Clear? Opaque? Plastic? Glass? Ceramic? Wood? Metal? Colorful? Monotone? Me? I like it all! No container discrimination here! But it looks like I like to photograph the glass ones the most : )

Photo Tip: When photographing a repetitive subject, like jars lined up, get it at eye level and from a side angle to get visual interest. {Click to Tweet}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Scentsy candle pots Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // spice containers holding crafty wood veneers

While in college, I always hoped to win a fabulous closet make-over from one of the organizing stores. Not to replace the contents of my closet (I was voted best-dressed in high school, after all!), just the organization part! Never won it, but I’m definitely a container junkie and my craft room is full of containers holding all my crafty goodness.

I’m in the middle of reorganizing my craft room, but maybe if that’s done before the week is up, I’ll put up another “containers” post! I just finished a scrappy-hour with some scrappy-friends on Spreecast and got a tour of my friend Alice’s studio – from Scrapbook Wonderland – cute name, huh?! Anyway, her studio is amazing and reinvigorated my desire to reorganize my craft room, so wish me luck!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Aguas frescas at farmer's market

A few weeks back The Daily Post has posted “Fresh” as the photo challenge for the week. And although I went in a different direction, {see post here} this post idea hasn’t stopped running around in my mind. So, here’s another post on Fresh, with images I took at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  fresh cucumber, avocado, tomato and other produce at farmer's market

I keep thinking I don’t head to outdoor markets as often as I’d like, but apparently I do! So far this year, I’ve been to a couple other farmer’s markets that I blogged about – one in Little Italy {San Diego}, the other in Nice {France}. I do love heading to local markets for the fresh produce, to support local small businesses and the photo opps are fantastic.

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  fresh gerber daisy flowers at farmer's market

Besides the great fruits, veggies and flowers, the vendors themselves were great too, engaging with the locals, and a few that I chatted with were fairly new, recently starting their businesses.

I loved checking out the handcrafted goodness that many of the vendors offered. Here’s but a few..

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  succulents, starfish and sand home decor at farmer's market

Livingscapes by Studio B

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  upcycling vintage finds at farmer's market

The Vintage Vineyard

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Suzie's Snack Shack chex mix treat at farmer's market

Suzie’s Snack Shack

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  upcycling vintage finds at farmer's market

The Vintage Vineyard

And of course I had to get some breakfast while I was there. My hubby had taken our daughters to the beach, so I was able to savor every single bite of these yummy Danish pancake balls – aebleskiver – and trust me, they were delish! *Since my first visit, we’ve been back a couple times as a family, and my daughters absolutely devour these breakfast concoctions – yum, yum, yum!!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  delicious Danish pancake balls {aebleskiver} at farmer's market

Elly Bellys

The inspiration all around at farmer’s markets is always a breath of fresh air. What do you love about your local farmer’s market? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Fresh! {Weekly Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  cucumber, lemon and chili, Mexican childhood snack

The Daily Post theme for this week’s photo challenge is fresh – and with the beautiful summer we’ve been having, I thought it was a perfect prompt to highlight two fresh photos!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  cucumber, avocado, tomato and other fresh produce at farmer's market

I’m a huge fan of Katrina Kennedy, and she recently posted a photo of some huge cucumbers she grew in her garden. The photo made me think of my grandfather {my Vivi} for several reasons: 1. he loved to garden and was so extremely proud of the fruits (and veggies) of his labor; 2. we’d often snack on cucumbers (or jicama) with lemon and chili; and 3. many a time we’d get a cucumber on a stick with said lemon and chili from street vendors in Mexico City… yum!

So, after seeing Katrina’s photo, I had to get to the local farmer’s market and grab a delicious bite of my youth! So glad I did; the cucumber and lemon were fresh and tasty and the trip to the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market was great with several hidden gems. I’ll be posting more about the market and vendors soon!

What recent photos have you seen that made you fondly remember your youth? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

French Flowers of Nice

Farmer's Market Flowers in Nice1/400 sec at f/2.8 ISO 200

Farmer’s Market Flowers in Nice
1/400 sec at f/2.8 ISO 200

Maybe it was the Mediterranean air, maybe it was the drizzly, gray skies, maybe it was the bubbly we enjoyed daily! Whatever it was, the flowers at the Farmer’s Market in Nice were absolutely gorgeous! I couldn’t help but want to linger, take in the sights, the scents, the beauty.

So take a deep cleansing breathe, relax and take in the colors and soft texture of these beautiful flowers from Nice!

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Hope your day is full of color and beauty!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Little Italy Mercato {Photo Fridays}

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I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t frequent local farmer’s markets nearly as often as I should. When I do make the time, I love being there. The fresh produce, the fresh air, the fresh faces; it’s all so fresh : ) And I haven’t even begun to point out the amazing hand-crafted goodies that local artisans create. Knits, jewelry, hair accessories, cheeses, breads, art – all this and so much more to love.

2013-02-09_9689_webAs part of the Environmental Portraiture class I took, we went on a couple of field trips. One was to Balboa Park, which I blogged about here. The other was to Little Italy Mercato, a wonderful weekly farmer’s market in a historic part of San Diego that underwent a huge and successful revitalization.

2013-02-09_9694_webOur assignment was to submit four portraits from the Mercato. Not surprising, I went a little overboard! Honestly, I was a bit nervous about this assignment, as I would never consider myself a “street photographer”. Everyone was really friendly, so that made it a much easier task. As such, I’d love to share my top three tips to help you next time you’re our getting photos in an open market area.

2013-02-09_9732_web1. Chat with your subject!
I had a great time walking through the market, checking out the merchant’s goods and chatting with them about their items. They were so friendly and really open. Before photographing them, I asked their permission, and I was lucky enough that all but one obliged. I guess we all have a bad day now and then when we really just don’t want our photo taken : )

2013-02-09_9837_webBesides asking if I could take their photo, I would ask them about the merchandise. If they crafted it, grew it, made it, what it was made from, etc. When you get someone to talk about themselves, especially something they love / made / have pride in, it really brings out natural, genuine smiles or expressions.

2013-02-09_9956_web2. Include merchandise!
Most of these photos have the merchandiser’s goods in the photo, particularly in the foreground. I used a really wide aperture (f/2.8 to f/3.5) on all of these photos, and adjusted my focal point to get a sharp focus on their eyes. Including the merchandise, and background components, really fills in the pieces and completes the story. Remember that old saying – a photo worth a thousand words? All those items you include help get you closer to that many words!

2013-02-09_9812_web3. Adjust your focal point
Most DSLRs have the capability to adjust your focal point – you know those little red dots that light up when you look through your view finder and you’re just about to snap that photo? Pull out your camera manual and find out how you can change that point. I adjust it for every different setting/composition when shooting portraits. You set your focal point and you gain so much more control on your photos! Whether you choose the eyes, the hands, the products – whatever it is, you’re now determining where your viewer’s eyes go.

2013-02-09_9709_webHope these tips help you on your next photo adventure!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I just had to include these two cuties who were performing at the farmer’s market. Aren’t they just way too stinkin’ cute?! Total artisans, too. All their tips go to music lessons. Love it!

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