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Express Yourself // Wild Girls {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Express Yourself

This photo is from 2012, when my girls were just 6- and 3-years old, but I love the energy and wildness of their personalities expressed in it! It will always be one of my favorite candids of them!

It makes me think of the wild days they have ahead. I just pray that along with the fun in their future, that they always stay close and watch out for one another ❤

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!

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O Family at St. Greg’s {Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography, San Diego, daughters, sisters, dog, O Family, pinkOne of the best parts of having daughters is the fact that they have built in playmates. But throw in the darling best-friends they make at school? And it’s a cuteness overload! I’ve been blessed with the amazing friends my girls have made at school, and it’s total bonus for me when my girls find besties who have fabulous mamas who I totally click with and love spending time with ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography, San Diego, daughters, sisters, dog, O Family, pink

And that is totally the case with the O Family 🙂 They have three of the cutest girls in town and they are an absolute pleasure to be with! It certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a hold of my crafty heart as they are all little crafty artists as well! Our girls love playdates and I was honored to be asked to photograph their gorgeous family.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography, San Diego, daughters, sisters, dog, O Family, pink

We had some crazy weather roll in just as we showed up at our session, but we were thrilled to spend some time capturing all the cuteness we could get before it got too cold. Yes, too cold… in San Diego, California. No, it’s not a typo. Yes, it actually got really cold that afternoon! The girls were troopers, as were their parents, and their sweet old pooch ❤

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!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

Sisters Through and Through {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

I’ve shared lots about my daughters, and I just have to share these shots from earlier in the year. I had an assignment due for my Practice class with Katrina Kennedy at Capture Your 365 (#CY365) The assignment was experimenting with custom temperature settings on your camera. Haven’t done it? Yeah, I hadn’t either! Definitely explore that capability. I am still in awe!

{Side Note: The Practice! Class runs for a full year and we still have 4 months left. If you’re looking to make practicing your photography a priority and are looking for a class, this is IT! There’s even a mid-year discount on it. Check it out!}

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After a very busy few weeks, I had to squeeze in my Practice assignment at the very last minute. Luckily, we were headed to the Girl Scout store in order to get my 7 yr olds Brownie uniform in preparation of her bridging from Daisy to Brownie, and were conveniently down the street from Balboa Park.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, sticking tongues out, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

During the class webinar and live critique, a fellow photographer (and friend) commented on the barn doors in the shot. They are quite lovely, aren’t they?! But truth be told, they’re actually the doors to the carousel in the park. The carousel doesn’t run often, I think it’s only on weekends, but I’m not sure if the summer schedule is any different? But I digress… back to me and my photos and offering you some tips 🙂

The reason I mention the doors is because over the years, I think I’ve honed my skill of noticing backgrounds, textures and locations to use for photography. Do you take the time to notice what’s right in front of you and easily accessible? So much beauty that isn’t necessarily seen as beautiful from the get-go. {Click on the photos below to link to the original blog posts featuring that specific image and more!}

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The pink background in this self portrait? My daughter’s Cinderella blanket!

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The awesome rock wall? A BBQ pit at a local park!

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The gorgeous Moroccan lanterns? Hanging high overhead on the ceiling in a local restaurant.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

The Uncommon Beauty in everyday sights? Our Mexican Palm tree.

What have you noticed and photographed that wasn’t so obvious at first? Take a look around your part of the world today. I bet you can come up with at least 5 things that are interesting to photograph. Be it textural, colorful, foreign or just plain old pretty! Share what you discover – I really want to hear and see!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂
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xoxo,
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Silhouette // Balloons at the Beach {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla ShoresAfter reading the prompt and posting my first “Coastline Silhouettes” response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette, I was inspired and knew I wanted to go out and play some more!

My original post included tips to improve your silhouettes, so if you didn’t already read them, check them out over here.

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Shores

I invited a dear friend to meet up with my daughters and I for these shots. She and I met in 2010, when I started my formal photography education, and she’s one of my go-to-gals for bouncing ideas (concepts!), discussing photo challenges (help!), and sharing good laughs and support in our photo journeys ❤

We had a blast and look forward to heading out again for another fun photo outing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Shores

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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Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Washi Tape background paper and journaling lines

Ballet Washi {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Washi Tape background paper and journaling lines
If you’ve been around my blog awhile, you know how much I love photography and scrapbooking, and I have to admit how well they go hand-in-hand : )

I created this layout in 2012, but it still stands the test of time as one of my favorites! I started with a blank 12×12 piece of white cardstock and created my own background paper using washi tapes. My dear and darling friend Lynnette over at Sassyscrapper inspired this page with her “Let’s Dance” layout during LOAD212.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Washi Tape background paper and journaling lines

Do you use Washi Tape for your crafts? It’s such a fun, easy and quick way to add color, pattern and texture!

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

PS. Moms Who Click and Lens Lends are running a photo contest. If you would be so kind, if you have a Facebook account, and if you like my image, will you vote for me by clicking here? I entered one of my most favorite family photos from a session the end of last year… Thanks and many blessings to you and yours! xoxo

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sisters

Unexpected // Twinkle Star {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sistersI’ve been loving silhouette shots lately, and couldn’t resist this shot of my daughters. We were enjoying sunset on the beach during a mini vacation and I loved their playfulness and spirit showing through their silhouettes! And the unexpected bonus? That amazing, beautiful twinkling star in the upper left corner. LOVE!

Are you playing along with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected? There are always inspiring and lovely photos to enjoy, so link up and check out the other contributions, too!

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