Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // breakfast with berries, yogurt, granola, honey

What’s for Breakfast? {Photo Tip}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // breakfast with berries, yogurt, granola, honeyIt’s summertime, well really, it’s kind of a perpetual summer in San Diego, but I digress… It’s summertime and it’s a great time to enjoy the flavors of the season, but more importantly the time with my girls. No crazy rush-rush-get-out-the-door schedules to adhere to, so it’s a perfect time to linger in the kitchen prepping breakfast with a little extra love.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // breakfast with berries, yogurt, granola, honey Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // breakfast with berries, yogurt, granola, honey

Our breakfast parfaits include layers of: Greek yogurt, honey, fresh cut berries, granola, and repeat the layers again!

Photo Tip: When photographing food, be sure to get nice and close (as close as your lens will focus), like you’re about to take a bite through your lens!

What changes about your meals or your schedule in general over summer? I’d love to hear, so let me know in the comments!

And I should point out the elephant in the room, right? The blog redesign? I’ve been wanting to change things up a bit on the blog and when I saw this new theme “Pictorico”, my heart skipped a beat and I knew I just had to give it a whirl! Whatcha think? Hopefully you like it! I’ll be making some tweaks along the way, so if you have some suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em!

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 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's BINGO, sweet tarts, candy, hearts, love, xoxo, hug me

10 on 10 – February // Heart of Hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's BINGO, sweet tarts, candy, hearts, love, xoxo, hug me

Valentine’s BINGO with Sweet Tarts

Did you have a lovely Valentine’s day yesterday? Whether you were romantically swept off your feet, spent the day loving your kiddos, had a quiet day reflecting what love means to you, ignored the holiday altogether, or anything in between, I hope your day was absolutely lovely!

So speaking of Valentine’s, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to focus on hearts for this months 10 on 10. What is 10 on 10? An awesome project I was invited to join for 2014 where we photograph on or near the 10th of the month and post 10 (or more – I like more!) photos as part of a blog hop/circle. No matter where you start in the circle, you’ll end up back where you started and have visited all the posts in the circle.

Now onto hearts… Heart of hearts. Cliche? Who, me? February, Valentine’s specifically, only rolls around once a year, right?! So here we go…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart made of sprinkles, sprinkled heart, red, pink, white

Tiny heart shaped sprinkles

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine banner, handmade

Valentine’s day banner – Recollections

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day breakfast of fresh strawberry pancakes and fresh homemade strawberry greek yogurt parfaits

Valentine’s morning breakfast – fresh strawberry pancakes and strawberry greek yogurt parfait with granola

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's day heart bagel

Valentine’s heart shaped bagels

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart beads necklace, heart shaped

Heart beads in heart shape

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pandora bracelet, key and lock, hearts

Pandora key and lock – both with hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart shaped paper clip, Eiffel tower, pretty paper

Intertwined paper clip hearts, Eiffel Tower pretty paper

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // adorable Valentine Tag handmade by Simmone D. for ScrapHappy swap

Gorgeous tag received from my friend Simmone D. in Louisiana – super adorable and love all the hearts!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Tube, Daisy Troop, Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, Thoughtful, petal,

Daisy Troop “Love Tubes” – full blog post coming soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart, hands, silhouette, sunset, little girl hands

My 7-yr olds heart hands

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Shadow with hearts

Shadow of Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day cupcake with heart shaped bokeh

Cupcake and bokeh – yum!!

Did you visit all the photographers on our 10 on 10 blog hop last month (January)? Really beautiful photos from  amazing photographers! It’s a small group, so make sure to make the rounds – you won’t be disappointed. Truly, I’m honored to be amongst such talented and gifted women! This month, you’ll be heading to Photography by Glenda – her images are gorgeous!! Be sure to leave some comment love!

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

PS. To see previous 10 on 10 posts, click here.

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For all photos in this post, Canon 60D was used with Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. For more information on equipment I use regularly, visit my “What’s In My Bag” post. Please leave any questions or comments below – I love hearing from you!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Yummy Breakfast in a Bowl {CY365}

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // yogurt, granola, strawberry, banana, parfait, in a bowl, going, going, gone!

Inspired by the ever-awesome prompts at Capture Your 365! Check out some of my other CY365 inspired photos here.

Parfait made with Fage greek yogurt, granola, strawberries and bananas – serious yumminess!

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

Parfaits! {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // parfaits with strawberry, blueberry, yogurt, granola and honey

My daughters absolutely love berries. Mostly strawberries and blueberries, sometimes raspberries and blackberries. And they love making smoothies or parfaits with berries. Who wouldn’t?! They are quite tasty, after all!

Today we actually made strawberry and mango smoothies, but truth be told, the girls were not willing to be patient and wait for me to get some photos! They just weren’t having any of it, and inhaled them before I could grab my camera upstairs! I think I even heard my little one say “ugh, brain freeze!”

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // parfaits with strawberry, blueberry, yogurt, granola and honey

But while we were making the smoothies, I remembered these shots of parfaits we made. I started thinking about some of the food photography posts I’ve written here and here, and how I’ve truly taken to heart the lesson I learned about getting so close to food shots that it’s like you’re about to take a bite!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // parfaits with strawberry, blueberry, yogurt, granola and honey

As I was looking at these photos, I realized I took three very different shots – one at eye level, one at an angle (coming in for the bite!), and one (mostly) overhead. So my tip to you today, is to take 3 shots of your favorite subject – food, kids, flowers, toys, pets, etc – all at different angles. Above. Below. Behind. Eye-level. Sideways. Whatever it is that is out of your norm, try it! You might surprise yourself with what you find and be inclined to try it again!

If you end up getting something you love from this tip, please share a link in the comments below – I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. To make these, we just layer from the bottom up: Fage Greek yogurt (plain that’s been mixed with a dash of vanilla and honey), cut berries and granola. Repeat. Yum!