Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, surfers, surfboard, reflection, low tide, beach, sunset

Silhouette // Coastline {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, mother, son, child, beach, sunsetLearning, whether in the classroom, in books, online or hands-on, is something I love to do, and love to share. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I met up with fellow San Diego photographer Erika Thornes last year, a connection made through our mutual friend Carole. I was ecstatic she asked me to tag along and offered to teach me the magic of silhouettes!

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We captured some amazing shots, and I wrote about the experience here. Huge thank you to Erika for an amazing experience and fabulous launch into the lovely world of silhouettes!

I had recently found out my sister was pregnant, so I looked forward to trying sunset silhouettes with her and her baby bump! The opportunity didn’t come for six months, but it was worth it! You can check out that posts here.

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Since then, I’ve taken quite a few silhouette shots – some for client sessions, some of my daughters, some of family and friends, all with lots of heart and excitement!

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I actually headed out this evening to the beach with my daughters and a dear friend to have some summer fun and get a few more silhouette shots, but those will have to wait to be posted another day… this mama is tired! 

Be sure to check out The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – so much inspiration being shared! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries! Want to see all my silhouette posts? Head on over here!

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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UPDATE: Fellow blogger and friend, Linda asked if I could share some technical tips on capturing silhouettes. I LOVE TO SHARE, SO HERE WE GO

  1. Shoot in Manual Mode
  2. Set your ISO between 1600 and 3200
  3. Use spot metering and adjust your focal point to your subject – you’ll get crisper lines and better focus as your lens won’t have to hunt
  4. Open up your aperture as WIDE as you can go (mine have been between 2.8 and 5.6, depending on lens and distance)
  5. Meter for the sky, adjusting your shutter speed to get the right exposure (mine have usually been between 1/1600 and 1/4000, but as low as 1/400, even 1/8 once — 1/8 is crazy, I know! I’m pretty sure I was using my tripod – that’s the shot of my daughters with the very vast open sky)
  6. Get as low on the ground as you can possibly get. I’m usually laying on my tummy or sitting on my bum at the very least! It elevates your subject so the horizon doesn’t cut through their heads. Aim to get the horizon as close to their feet as possible.
  7. Ask your subjects to give as much distance as possible between their body parts or else it’ll look like a blob! {Imagine someone standing straight, feet together, with arms locked at their sides… blob! Get arms and legs away from body – it if can bend, bend it!}
  8. Have fun! Whether you’re capturing strangers from a distance, or your own family, make sure you try to capture the moment, an emotion, or an action – it’ll give more impact to your image! Good luck!
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Summer Lovin’ // Beach Life {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family beach day in San Diego, CA

My hubby was born and raised in San Diego – he defines water baby and is in the water regularly from May to October. Even though I’m a born and raised SoCal girl, swimming (especially in the ocean), well, it just ain’t my thang! Thanks heavens my hubby loves the ocean and our girls totally take after him! I truly think they would trade their legs for fins mermaid tails in a heartbeat!

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This collection of photos were taken during a family beach day at the end of last summer, when our big girl learned to boogie board! Can’t you see the glee in her face?! And our baby loves being in the water just as much as she loves playing in the sand!

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Photo Tip: Take more control of your images by shooting in manual mode and just as important – MOVING your FOCAL POINT! Guide your viewers eye to exactly where you want them to look. don’t make them have to hunt! {Click to Tweet!}

With the business of everyday life, I’m sometimes not the most appreciative, but I know without a doubt I’m blessed beyond belief with all three of my water babies ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // reflections of family beach day in San Diego, CA

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 🙂

When I read the Daily Post challenge: Summer Lovin’, I immediately thought of many of my fave summer images, but turns out I’ve blogged about most of those here, here and here! <– Check ’em out, you won’t be disappointed! Glad these are out of the archives and shared with you ❤ What are your favorite “Summer Lovin'” memories?

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Reflections // Little Girls {Photo Challenge}

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The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Reflections inspired me to post twice on the topic this week!

While I was perusing my photo library looking for the Balboa Park photos I submitted here, I couldn’t help but be faced with the obvious fact that my baby girls are growing up Way.Too.Fast. It’s so convenient having all my photos cataloged in Lightroom, but it’s a rude awakening to see how quickly life changes  when you’re able to skim through seven years of images in just minutes!

Truth be told, parenting is incredibly hard. Anyone who has parented for more than a second understands that. My husband constantly points out how shocking it is that our world population is over 7 billion, considering how challenging it is to be a parent! But no matter how difficult it is, my girls are the best things that have ever happened to me, right up there with falling in love with my hubby. Even though they test me daily (my 7-yr old and I even joke that she’s a button-pusher), they don’t listen (how many times do I have to remind them to put away their shoes? or dirty clothes in the hamper?), they get distracted all.the.time (I have no idea where they get… oh no, I forgot to run the dishwasher and I need to get a load of laundry going, too… oh look at that pretty flower in the yard, I should get a photo… yeah, they get it from me!); they dilly dally all the time (seriously, 7 and 4 year olds shouldn’t take half an hour to wash up and get dressed every morning!), even though there are things that drive me nuts daily, I still wouldn’t trade being their Mommy for anything in the whole wide world.

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They genuinely make me want to be a better person. They make me appreciate what we have instead of bemoaning what we don’t have. They make me see the funny in everyday moments. They make me dance and play and sing and chase. They make me silly sometimes and not so serious all the time. They remind me that life is precious and not be taken for granted, especially when I take a step back from the everyday insanity and see how little they are, even though their personalities make them seem to big. Their curiosity makes me want to know more so we can constantly grow. Their imaginations and playfulness get me to use funny voices and play characters for days at a time. They make me thankful to God for choosing me to be their mother. They make me open myself to God’s guidance to be the mommy He needs me to be to these precious girls. They make me grateful to be alive!

So why am I sharing this? Because in the busyness of everyday, sometimes it’s hard to remember what we’re thankful for. Today’s challenge was more than a photo prompt for me, it’s served as a catalyst to do just that — to reflect on the goodness in being a parent.

Thanks to the Daily Post and Ben of Flights.Camera.Satisfaction. in particular for challenging me to reflect on the many levels of parenting and dig a little deeper! So.Totally.Worth.It! Have you taken the time to reflect?

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

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