Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Every great Adventure begins with a single step, St Paul, France, medieval village

Adventure // St. Paul {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Every great Adventure begins with a single step, St Paul, France, medieval village

Remember the part of the American Pie movie where the girl (Alyson Hannigan) is always saying “One time, at band camp…”? Yeah, I sometimes feel like that when I share photos from my 2013 trip to France. But as a wife and mom with lots of day-to-day obligations, it was a pretty amazing trip! The last big trip with girlfriends before that was back in 2003 to New York, and I didn’t even have a DSLR camera back then!

So I guess I’ll just have to embrace the catchphrase…

One time, in France… my friends and I had the most exquisite private tour of a few of the villages along the South of France. Our adventure included a tour of the South of France, including Nice, Monaco, Ese Village and more. One of the villages (photographed above), St. Paul de Vence – had fantastic shopping, food, architecture and views. You can find out more about the village here or even better, you can find our entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide Katherine Coppex here. I can’t wait to share these experiences with my daughters when they’re a tad bit older!

Photo Tip: While traveling, go beyond photos of local tourist attractions – get yourself in the shots too! Get a phone selfie, a camera selfie or ask a travel companion to take the photo with you in it! You’ll be glad you did, especially years later when perusing those images! {Click to Tweet}

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PS. The new Daily Post weekly photo challenge prompt: “Adventure!” came out today, and you guessed it, inspired this post! Be sure to check out the inspiration being shared here! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

On Top // Water Views {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Nice, France, Cote D'Azur, beach, ocean, city, village,

Morning view of Nice, Cote d’Azur, France

While traveling, or even enjoying the sights in your hometown, do you take photos encompassing the scenery? Many times I tend to focus on the details (flowers, people, food, etc), I sometimes forget to take a step back and take it all in!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

Afternoon view of Newport Beach and Newport Coast Villas, California

Views from “on top” are a great way to make a DIY postcard from travels near and far, don’t ya think?! Thanks to the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: On Top, I figured it’s a fantastic prompt to share some of my more scenic shots from the past year.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Paris from top of Eiffel Tower

Evening view of Paris, France from the Eiffel Tower

To check out more interpretations of “on top” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

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

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Saturated {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // how I organize and store my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com
INK! How I organize and store my collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Do prompts help you in your photography? They’ve definitely helped me in a couple ways recently. One is that I will sometimes get the creative time to photograph with a specific goal in mind, a specific image I see and want to bring to fruition. The other way is that it’s helped me go through my photo library and see different themes or patterns in my photo style. A friend once told me she recognized a thumbnail image in an online gallery as my image before she even opened it up to see the entire photo. It surprised me to hear her say that, but I’m now understanding what she meant. Even though I feel my eye and style continues to evolve, I do have a specific photo style: I like lots of color, I fill the frame, I look for the light to get bright shots, I mostly use a shallow depth of field, I think with the rule of thirds, and I love natural light!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids dragging seaweed across Torrey Pines beach, pebble filled beach

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com
Follow the leader! Kids dragging seaweed across Torrey Pines pebbled beach

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rack 'em! Billiards as Art

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com
Rack ’em! Billiards as Art

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com
Sea Nettles! Enjoying a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Room with a View! Our view from our hotel in Nice, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com
Room with a View! Our view from our hotel in Nice, France

The theme this week for The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: SATURATED reminded me that part of my style is a very colorful, saturated look. I even wrote an entire blog post about my love of color here and my love of natural light here. I know a lot of photographers like a washed out look, or filled with sunflares, or very dark and moody, or composites, or… the list can go on and on. There are so many ways to see the world. But I’ve always loved seeing the color in the world. So even though I could have probably posted half of my entire photo library for this post, I decide to just pick a few. I hope you enjoy!

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

PS. Are you playing along in this week’s challenge? Head on over to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated to check out the lovely images and posts everyone is linking up!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sculpture in Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Arch // St. Paul Medieval Village {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sculpture in Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, FranceSt. Paul is a lovely little medieval village in Provence, France. It’s rather quaint and filled with lovely art in all forms! I was completely drawn to this relaxing sculpture. I bet he’s enjoying spending the rest of his life hanging around such a wonderful little village!

Along with the art, the architecture is lovely with arches everywhere you turn…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // arches in architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // art, arches, architecture, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And enjoy whatever path you’re on today!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The theme at A Word A Week Challenge: Arch was a perfect prompt for me to share these photos. Be sure to check out the fabulous entries. And be prepared to want to travel to some gorgeous locations!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

Carefree // South of France {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

You know those carefree moments when you’re just enjoying life? Yup, that’s what this group of girlfriends had earlier this year on our adventure to the South of France.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - upside down umbrella in Cote d'Azur

Traveling with fun, outgoing, silly, life-embracing friends makes any trip fantastic. But throw in the fact I’ve been making memories with two of these girls  since 1991, and the other fits in like we’ve known each other just as long, well, there’s no better word than AMAZING to describe the trip!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - dipping toes in Mediterranean for the first time, Cote d'Azur

Besides being fun and entertaining, these girls did such an awesome job researching and planning the whole trip. I was able to be CAREFREE the entire trip. “Oh, we have reservations? Fabulous!” “We’re going there today? Awesome!” “Pre-bought tickets so we don’t have to stand in line? You’re amazing!!” – yes, I was truly able to just enjoy the trip! Thank you girlies for an amazing adventure! Where are we off to next? : )

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

PS. Although I’m posting this so late in the week, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play along on the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week. The prompt is “Carefree“, and these photos really do scream that out to me!! What says “carefree” to you? Share your link in the comments!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // winery in Cote d'Azur, old Roman way of making wine

One Shot, Two Ways // Winery {Photo Challenge}

While in the South of France earlier this year, my girlfriends and I really wanted to go wine tasting, especially since we didn’t get the chance to go on a champagne tour while in Paris due to snow. Little did we know, most of the wineries have closed operation and sold their properties for hefty sums. So, we hired a private guide while in Nice and asked her to show us the sights. Our guide and driver Catherine Coppex was fantastic and showed us so much more than we could have done on our own – Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, St. Paul, a perfumerie, and so much more. She also found one of the last family wineries still in business and arranged for us to visit and have a private tasting. It was beyond wonderful!

And seeing that this weeks theme at the Daily Post is “One Shot, Two Ways” I decided to pull these shots from our visit to the winery. I believe the french wine maker said this was one of the old Roman ways of making wine, bottling in these vessels and leaving outdoors {rain, snow or shine} for three to nine months, depending on varietal.

The challenge set by the amazing and friendly photographer Jeff Sinon is to hone your eye to get the best shot – landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) – of the same scene or subject. Be sure to check out more inspiration and different takes on the theme over at The Daily Post! Now go shoot!

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