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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Honey Bee {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

Sometimes it’s a word, or emotion, or color scheme, or challenge that inspires me to create a card. Usually it’s an event, like a birthday, that makes me dash to my creative space and play with colorful paper and distressed inks and pretty embellishments. Today, I was inspired by The Play Date Cafe’s color challenge –  It’s a {splash} of Neon!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

I first heard about the Play Date Cafe through the Scrap Happy community, but this is the first time I’m participating in one of their card challenges. As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew what I wanted to make!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

As much as I loved neon during the ’80’s (mismatched neon socks, anyone?!), I haven’t jumped on the craze this time around, not even in my crafting supplies. So I decided to use a sunshiny yellow instead, but I love the way it came out nonetheless!

Did you notice the cute alphabet tabs that look like the ever popular mini alphabet stickers? Those adorable stamps are from a local stamp company – Sweet Stamp Shop. Love the quality and designs in their stamps! And as I’ve mentioned before, I really do love supporting small / local businesses. Check out the great goodies over there!

What challenges do you love playing along with? Let me know in the comments below! I’m loving the inspiration they provide! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Products Used:

Bumble Bee made using Slice Elite and Dilly Dally Design Card
The Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire Template
Dylusions Spray Ink in Lemon Zest
Fiskars Border Punch Treading Water
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad

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!