I & P at Old Poway Park {Sneak Peek}

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You might recall this gorgeous mother-son duo from last year’s Spring photo session – we had a blast then and I’m always a happy camper when I’m asked to photograph families again! We had a super quick session at Old Poway Park… I love when we can get plenty of great shots that capture love, joy and beauty! Lucky for me, we hit the trifecta!

And just like that… my sneak peeks from client photo sessions for the season are done! It’s almost time for this mama to hole up in her workshop and get busy with behind-the-scenes stuff for my own kiddos ❤

If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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S Mother & Daughters at Balboa Park {Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother, Daughters, Balboa Park, poses, girls, This gorgeous mom (and her beautiful daughters) have been friends with my family since our now 8 year olds were in pre-school! Countless class parties, birthdays, school events, playdates and of course the daily drop-off and pick-up rituals, we’ve spent the last five years sharing life experiences. We especially enjoy trading funny family stories and watching our kids grow!

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We’ve chatted about doing a portrait of her and her girls for a while and I was thrilled when we set a date to head to Balboa Park! Can you believe she actually has six kids in total?! We’re planning to do a full family photo session in the spring, but wanted to focus on just the girls right now. She’s amazing – not only does she look like a million bucks, but she’s an incredible mom, volunteers lots and is always there for her kiddos. I admire her parenting as her daughters are such great kids, and totally love that she and her handsome hubby have regular lunch dates! So romantic ❤

I loved working with these gorgeous girls! They were a blast to work with and I hope they all enjoyed their session experience!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch!

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C-n-B Sneak Peek {Photo Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family Photography, mother, daughter, rustic, park, train tracks, train car, coordinated family, oranges, purples, colorful, lovelyI love photographing families. I think that’s pretty well established here at Clicky Chick Creates! But when a friend of 20+ years reaches out and books me for a session? Well, I’m BEYOND honored and flattered!

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My sweet friend C and I met in college. We were sorority sisters (go ADPi!) and had some fabulous times – both during and after college! For years, we would meet up with about a dozen of our sorority sisters and celebrate New Year’s Eve’s, traveling all over California for our annual meet ups! Let me just say… they were always a blast and still are some of my favorite memories!

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Since becoming mama’s, we haven’t seen each other as much, mostly because we were on opposite ends of the state. Luckily, she and her daughter moved recently, so now they’re just a few hours away, and we hope to get together much more often! I was ecstatic when C reached out, wanting to get our girls together for a playdate and squeezing in a photo shoot. I can’t get over how gorgeous these girls are in every way!

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

PS. Have you heard of Society6? You can sell your photos as prints and tons of other products like phone skins, tote bags, pillows and more! Check out my shop here – I’m adding more goodies to it everyday! What’s your favorite item so far?

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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!
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S Family Sneak Peek {Photo Session}

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This beautiful trio of mother and daughters was so much fun to photograph! I had the great pleasure of meeting them a couple years ago when our girls were in class together. And although they moved and changed schools, the convenience and beauty of Facebook has made it easy to keep connected!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos, mother, daughters, trio, trains, rustic, park, sisters, love, laughter

They really are just super adorable! I had a blast and hope they did too! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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F Family Sneak Peek {Beach Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Can’t help feeling super blessed again… I had such a fun, energetic and fantastic beach session with this beautiful mama and her adorable girls!! The energy, love and silliness between these beauties is totally contagious! I think if it was up to the little ones, we could’ve stayed all night, digging our feet in the wet sand and running to the crashing waves!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family photos at the beach, mother and daughters

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