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Wall // She’s Tough {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

My community is really quite lovely. It’s in San Diego, California, and it’s a suburb with a “country living” vibe. It’s a great community, and even though it’s rather large (we have 4 public elementary schools, with about 600 – 800 in each school!), it has a very close, small town feel. Sometimes friends refer to it as living in the bubble. Some call it Mayberry. It’s easy to stay in our neighborhood for weeks on end and suddenly realize you’ve been in the bubble a little too long!

There are times when a photo vision comes to mind. Sometimes inspiration hits for a very specific look, with a distinct feel. That’s exactly what happened, but finding an urban vibe in the bubble can be a bit challenging! So while my little one and I were at one of our many local parks, I noticed the texture on this wall. I knew I had to incorporate it into my shot and fulfill my urban vision!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

Getting out of the bubble just isn’t in the cards sometimes with school schedules, volunteer commitments, work obligations, playdates, family, etc., so making do with what we have around us is essential. Last weekend I taught my first live online photography class: “Location, location, location!” It was such a blast! I’m on the Creative Team at Capture Your 365 and we were celebrating our 4th birthday with a day full of live photography lessons, photo critiques, photo scavenger hunt, and more! We had lots to celebrate and an online web room full of photographers of all levels from around the world to celebrate with! Can you imagine the all the daily photo prompts that have gone into 4 years? Pretty amazing, and still going strong!

My “location, location, location” segment was wonderfully received, so I’m now working on turning it into an e-book. Pretty exciting stuff and more to come on that subject soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

One of the examples I shared was the photo of my baby girl in all her toughness (and cuteness!) against the wall. Want to know a secret? That wall? It’s the wall of the bathrooms at the park! Yes, that gritty, urban wall… the entrance to the park bathroom! In my e-book, I’ll share my tips and tricks on spotting locations that you wouldn’t necessarily think to use for backgrounds in your photos, transporting your viewer to a destination other than reality, incorporating surroundings in unexpected ways!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

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

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Daisy Love Tubes // Positive Self-Esteem {Feeling Crafty}

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Right around Valentine’s Day, I volunteered to make a craft with my first grader’s Daisy troop. As I searched my craft room for project ideas, I had thought of working with them to create this project I pinned a couple years ago (the love tree/hand tracing), but I have done this project with my daughters classes for just as many years…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, hand tracing, stickers, heart hands, heart photo

So on to plan B. As I was looking through my supplies, I found tubes (from Close to My Heart) that I had not finished using. I had eight left over – perfect for the 8 Daisies in my daughters troop! I pulled some foam stickers, cardstock, mini heart punch and we were in business!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, love, tube, stickers, self esteem, positive, Daisy, troop

Each girl received:

  • a tube,
  • 15+ strips of cardstock cut to fit comfortably inside,
  • hearts punched from same cardstock, and
  • a pen

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, love, tube, stickers, self esteem, positive, characteristics, self esteem builder, Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, troop

Before the meeting, our troop leader and I brainstormed some positive characteristics that are reflective of being a good Girl Scout, but the girls did so great brainstorming as a team during the meeting, we didn’t even need our list!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, love, tube, stickers, self esteem, positive, Daisy, troop

Each of the girls decorated their tube with stickers. Then they wrote out qualities and characteristics they have and would like to have and put them in their “love tubes” – perfect little reminder of who they are and who they want to be!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, love, tube, stickers, self esteem, positive, Daisy, troop

They really are a sweet group of girls and I love sharing my love of crafting with them! This activity helped them earn their purple learning petal: Gloria the Morning Glory, Respect Myself and Others. They’re so young, have so much to offer the world and have their whole futures ahead of them. Lucky girls! They were also the happy recipients of my butterfly snacks a few weeks back : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day craft for kids, love, tube, stickers, self esteem, positive, characteristics, self esteem builder, Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, troop

I think we all need written reminders of the goodness we offer the world. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had these sweet reminders of our greatness and offerings to our communities? Why not do it? Yes, right now, write down three (or more!) characteristics that help make you the BEST version of yourself. But don’t just write them down and bury them in a drawer, or a notebook, or on your computer. Put them on Post-It’s and on your mirrors, your computers, your fridge, your door – anywhere and everywhere you’ll read them regularly. And let me know how it makes you feel! Here, I’ll start:

1. Generous

2. Creative

3. Amiable

Now it’s your turn! Go! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. If you need some help with your list, check out positive characteristics here.

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