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10 on 10 – March // Blissful and Serene

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // calm, serene, blissful, photos at church, statue, details

Can you believe it’s already time for another 10 on 10 post?! One of my favorite sayings regarding parenting is “the days are long but the years are short” – and it totally applies to this monthly photo project – the months just whizz by!

I recently posted this photo {available in my Society 6 shop} from my morning visit to my church.

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Being at my church is one of my favorite places to be. The community, the clergy and staff, the friendships, the beauty of the grounds…it’s all truly blissful! The design and architecture that went into it is gorgeous and always makes me want to linger. And heading over mid-week with my camera allows me the opportunity to savor every bit and piece of it! I said it once and I’ll say it again…It’s amazing what you can find around you when your heart finds bliss, your mind is clear, and you have the serenity of a quiet church!

I hope you see the beauty I see and feel the calmness I feel. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out our monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a beautiful eye for details!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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

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

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wishing all the mamas, aunties, friends, God-mamas and grandma’s a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and joy!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Spring! // Orchid {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Vibrant pink orchids in Balboa Park Botanical Building with quote Sometimes you just gotta stick your neck out to really get noticed

My head is spinning with inspiration today! Ever have one of those days where everything you hear resonates deeply and makes you want to take action, or better yet actually moves you to take action immediately? Yup, one of those days!

Do you watch CreativeLive? There was a fantastic class today about creative blogging taught by April Bowles of Blacksburg Belle – completely inspired to step-up my blogging! She’s beyond adorable and informative!

When you take classes, online or IRL, do you build relationships with the other students? The chat in the class today was awesome – saw some crafty friends in there and met lots of new ones! Some even convinced me I need to be on Twitter {would love it if you follow me @ConnieHCreates} 🙂

Do you talk about the tools you use in your craft? Yup, got to do that too when I wrapped up the day chatting photography with some of my favorite photographers at Capture Your 365! Katrina Kennedy and Kelly Buss are always blast to chat photography with — equipment, composition, classes – it’s all good!

Yup, I’d say it was a great day! Hope yours was wonderful too! And perfect timing that the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Spring! inspired me to post this photo I took at Balboa Park‘s Botanical Building last week. I just had to add a little quote — is the inspiration I felt today showing through?! Hope so!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Uplifting and Peaceful {CY365}

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Uplifting and Peaceful – two of my favorite April photo prompts from Capture Your 365! Life might not always be peaceful, joyful, stress free or picture-perfect, but there are certain places that immediately get me to take a deep breath and get centered. My church is one of those places, and Balboa Park is the other.

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Where do you go when you need to be uplifted or to find peace? I’d love to hear and see your images!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The quote in the book of the statue reads as follows:

Humbly we bend before the Lord of Light, and pray at early dawn, that this Sweet love may all our sin forgive, and make our miseries cease; may grant us health, and grant us the gift divine of everlasting peace.” – Pope Gregory I

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How do you say thank you?

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I’m constantly torn when I hand off images to clients and friends… My background in marketing and business expects a polished, professional package that is serious and means business. But the playful, whimsical, artsy side of me wants nothing to do with that and would rather deliver a handmade, not pre-manufactured package with more of an organic look and feel.

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For the most part, this is what my clients receive when I deliver digital images to them. A handmade thank you card and a cd with high resolution files for prints, along with low resolution, watermarked images for online sharing. What do you think? Does it work? Too unprofessional? Too whimsical? Any suggestions? I’m all ears and would love to hear your thoughts!

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

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