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10 on 10 – April // My March Madness

So glad you’ve joined us for the 10 on 10 monthly blog circle! We’ve made some changes recently… we’re now posting on the 10th of the month {makes more sense, doesn’t it?!} and we’re posting 10+ photos from our previous month. So, I’m sharing some of my March madness with you. If you were hoping for basketball, I think you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re hoping to see photos of my crazy life, perfect, ’cause that’s what you’re getting! Ha! Kind of a month in review!

We had a busy month with school and Girl Scout commitments – Buddy Photos for yearbook, Jog-a-thon fundraiser, Powder Puff Derby and so much more! Two of our closest friends (sisters no less!) won 1st and 2nd place at the Derby! Their daddy will definitely be giving workshops next year to our troop!

On the creative front, I added a few new items to my Etsy shop, including printables that I am absolutely loving! Everyone needs a little love or bliss in their home or office ❤

My planner has helped keep me plugging along. It’s still getting customized to meet my needs and a little more prettied up, too! I even co-taught a planner class at Scrap It Up 365! It was so much fun sharing, chatting and planning with the class! Speaking of teaching, I also taught at Capture Your 365 last month! My class was all about finding photo locations in unexpected places – I’m still working on turning that class into an instant-download e-book! Whew, it was quite a busy month!

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I spent a little time poking around the garden, playing with my macro lens. I quickly realized that a windy day and handheld macro lens don’t go well together!

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Hope you enjoyed the April 10 on 10 post! As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the amazing Kristina Rust – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a beautiful eye for details, and she’s the beauty and brains behind this awesome monthly collaboration! Be sure to leave all the photographers some comment love ❤

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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xoxo,
/c

You are SPEC-tacular! {Feeling Crafty}

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Exchanging Valentine’s was always an exciting day when I was a kid. Not just receiving them on the day of, but the love and care that went into making them! As a kid, I remember choosing just the perfect box of Valentine’s from the grocery store. Picking my favorites to give to my best friends. Signing each of them and adding doodled hearts (oh wait, I still do the doodled heart thing!) ❤

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Now, as a crafty mom, I love that my girls enjoy making their own Valentine’s, using stickers, markers, glitter and googly eyes! My 8-yr old had the idea to make paper glasses for all her classmates with the “spec-tacular” quote, but that proved a bit more challenging! So she settled for these cards we made on the computer and embellished after printing. Adding Stickles glitter glue and googly eyes gave these cards so much personality! We washi taped them onto mechanical pencils (a new fave amongst the 2nd grade trendsetters) and they’re ready to go! She was thrilled beyond belief to share these with her friends at school today!

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If you’re still in need of Valentine’s Day cards for your kiddos, hop on over to my Etsy shop and check out these spec-tacular printables!

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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xoxo,
/c

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M Boys at Balboa Park {Sneak Peek}

Sometimes, I feel like there’s magic photo-fairy-dust in the air at a photo session! Between the light, my subjects, the location… sometimes it all just comes together beautifully and magically! These boys were such a treat and blast to work with and I’m thrilled to share them with you!

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They’re all such sweet and charming young men! For as young as they are, they truly did great at our session, listening, taking direction, sharing the spotlight and having fun! They really were a blast to photograph and I look forward to seeing them again soon.

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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PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to book your fall photo session? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch!

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PPS. Keep an eye out for big news on Monday! I’ll give you some clues: 15 talented designers, 15 amazing projects, one low price, your most Creative Christmas!

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Make It Monday // Advent Calendar & Activity List {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting  Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopDoes hearing Christmas music put a smile on your face? Does the thought of Christmas traditions warm your heart? Does the anticipation of December make your heart skip a beat? Me too! Thanks for joining me for another Make It Monday post! I hope you’re ready to talk about having a Creative Christmas!

Last year I taught a class making a gorgeous Advent Calendar Banner and Mini Book. I couldn’t wait to recreate it this year with fresh papers from the 2014 collections and add new activities to the list! I fell in love with this Carta Bella “Christmas Time” collection and jumped right in… what’s not to love about those cute papers, right?! Then I decided to make my own numbers to punch out and use with the banner pennants and had fun making those digitally!

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Once I created the digital numbers, I realized I wanted to make a digital version of my activity and experience based Advent calendar! I’m thrilled to announce that I did in fact create it and it’s going to be sold as part of a phenomenal “Creative Christmas Bundle! There are 15 designers contributing to the bundle, with goodies ranging from how to make photo gifts to printable Christmas cards, from scrapbooking templates to photo overlays, from calendar making to embroidery patterns and so much more! If you’re even a tiny bit creative, you won’t want to miss this bundle! It’s valued well over $200 and we’re selling the bundle for a limited time at just $29.99. Talk about a major bargain!

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You can learn more about the items being offered if you head over to our “Meet the Designers” page right over here. The bundle goes on sale next Monday, November 24th and ends December 1st. I’ll post about this again next week so you’re sure not to miss out! So why are we bundling this and offering such a deep discount for a limited time? Our collective goal is to make this your craftiest, most enjoyable and stress-free Christmas ever! Getting a jump start on your crafting is certainly going to help ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you excited to learn more? I hope so! One of my amazingly crafty friends who is also part of the Creative Christmas Bundle is Gina at Messtaken Identity. For our Make It Monday hop today, Gina is sharing a hidden map in a Christmas card. Are you curious to check it out? I certainly am! Leave her some comment love when you hop on over there!

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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PS. Have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

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10 on 10 – November // Wedding Bells

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Baja wedding, pink, turquoise, head wreath, cake, roses, lanterns, toast, kids, flower girls, ring bearers, My baby brother got married! He and his bride are such a wonderful couple and I couldn’t possibly be any happier for them! Individually, they are amazing. But together? They are inspiring, loving, faithful and make you want to be a better, more peaceful, kinder, gentler person ❤

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We were thrilled to be part of the big day and celebrate in gorgeous style! They might look familiar from the engagement sessions we did in the spring:

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I’m beyond thrilled for their new adventure as Mr. & Mrs. ❤

Lucky for me, today is our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle! Be sure to head on over to my sweet friend and fabulous photographer, Stacey Griffin at Posin’ Roses! She’s a dear friend who shares not only my passion for photography, but two sweet daughters and a new puppy too! We have very familiar paths and get to see each other fairly regularly 🙂 I’m actually heading over to her house tonight for our monthly mom’s night outs! Toodles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Silhouette // Coastline {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, mother, son, child, beach, sunsetLearning, whether in the classroom, in books, online or hands-on, is something I love to do, and love to share. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I met up with fellow San Diego photographer Erika Thornes last year, a connection made through our mutual friend Carole. I was ecstatic she asked me to tag along and offered to teach me the magic of silhouettes!

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We captured some amazing shots, and I wrote about the experience here. Huge thank you to Erika for an amazing experience and fabulous launch into the lovely world of silhouettes!

I had recently found out my sister was pregnant, so I looked forward to trying sunset silhouettes with her and her baby bump! The opportunity didn’t come for six months, but it was worth it! You can check out that posts here.

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Since then, I’ve taken quite a few silhouette shots – some for client sessions, some of my daughters, some of family and friends, all with lots of heart and excitement!

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I actually headed out this evening to the beach with my daughters and a dear friend to have some summer fun and get a few more silhouette shots, but those will have to wait to be posted another day… this mama is tired! 

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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UPDATE: Fellow blogger and friend, Linda asked if I could share some technical tips on capturing silhouettes. I LOVE TO SHARE, SO HERE WE GO

  1. Shoot in Manual Mode
  2. Set your ISO between 1600 and 3200
  3. Use spot metering and adjust your focal point to your subject – you’ll get crisper lines and better focus as your lens won’t have to hunt
  4. Open up your aperture as WIDE as you can go (mine have been between 2.8 and 5.6, depending on lens and distance)
  5. Meter for the sky, adjusting your shutter speed to get the right exposure (mine have usually been between 1/1600 and 1/4000, but as low as 1/400, even 1/8 once — 1/8 is crazy, I know! I’m pretty sure I was using my tripod – that’s the shot of my daughters with the very vast open sky)
  6. Get as low on the ground as you can possibly get. I’m usually laying on my tummy or sitting on my bum at the very least! It elevates your subject so the horizon doesn’t cut through their heads. Aim to get the horizon as close to their feet as possible.
  7. Ask your subjects to give as much distance as possible between their body parts or else it’ll look like a blob! {Imagine someone standing straight, feet together, with arms locked at their sides… blob! Get arms and legs away from body – it if can bend, bend it!}
  8. Have fun! Whether you’re capturing strangers from a distance, or your own family, make sure you try to capture the moment, an emotion, or an action – it’ll give more impact to your image! Good luck!