Thanksgiving Blessings to You and Yours!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be blessed and your heart filled with gratitude!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – November // Fall Foliage Self Challenge

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I really wanted to play along with today’s 10 on 10 circle – I miss the creativity all these women have in our little photog-community! Sharing our posts and finding inspiration in their work is a monthly treat – I love curling up with a cup of coffee and enjoying everyone’s posts! And even though I’m photographing tons these days, it’s mostly been client family photo sessions. I absolutely love those sessions. Especially the sessions with little kids, because I truly never know what I’m going to get! Ha!

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So even though I’m behind the lens a lot these days, I haven’t had much time to just wander our beautiful San Diego areas and photograph creatively. So as I looked out my window, contemplating what I could post for our November 10 on 10, I spotted a beautiful tree in one of our neighbor’s yards. And that’s when I decided I would challenge myself to take 30 minutes and photograph fall foliage around our neighborhood!

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Well, the tree I spotted? Turns out it’s in their backyard. I thought it was on the side, where I could casually grab a few shots, but no such luck. So, I decided to hop in the car and head to church just a few minutes away. I haven’t photographed any family sessions there lately, but there are a few beautiful trees towards the back of the property that actually change colors with the seasons! I love San Diego, trust me I do, but we have so much green. Yes, I said so much green – and not a lot of trees with leaves that become that amazing fiery red or burnt orange or golden yellow, like so many of our eastern states do. But those trees at the back of our church? They do!

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So I headed over there and had myself a little fun. I challenged myself with these three limitations:

  1. to limit my time to 30-minutes;
  2. to use only one lens (I chose my macro – Tamron 90mm – which I don’t use enough); and
  3. no moving or staging anything – what I photographed had to be found that way

So off I went and had myself some time to just breathe, shoot, and enjoy the beauty of the season! Have you done that lately?! I highly recommend it!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed taking a little breather and enjoying the fall foliage with me! Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t focus my camera on my current fall obsession: everything and anything pumpkin flavored! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fall Foliage in San Diego, leaves, autumn, colors, red, burnt orange, yellow, seasons, autumn, happy fallConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fall Foliage in San Diego, leaves, autumn, colors, red, burnt orange, yellow, seasons, autumn, happy fall

Be sure to head on over to the lovely Kristina Rust to see how her fall season is coming along! Being a part of this photo circle is truly a blessing – Kristina is the beauty and the brains behind this photography circle, and her images never disappoint! Actually, all these girls in the photo circle are extremely inspiring with their beautiful and heartfelt images! Be sure to follow the entire circle. You’ll be done when you land back 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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Wishing you all a lovely cool, crisp and refreshing autumn season! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

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 family photo session!

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10 on 10 – May // Macro Flowers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower photography Welcome to the May 10 on 10 photo circle! We have a wonderful and full group of fabulous photographers sharing 10 images from last month. If you’re already following the circle, you came from the beautiful photographer Megan Wright. If you haven’t seen her stunning work, be sure to follow the circle all the way around to see all of the gorgeous images!

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My sweet friend Kim and I met at the Carlsbad Flower Fields one bright morning for a little creative photo play. It was my first time heading out there, although I’ve seen the beautiful fields over the last 20 years from a distance, driving by on the freeway. It was a wonderful outing and I definitely encourage you to head over there if you ever get the chance!

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I couldn’t help but want to play with my Tamron 90mm macro lens. I brought other lenses, but my macro got all the love that day and stayed on the entire morning!

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Kim and I were inspired by our lovely friend Luca – she shared images from her family outing to the flower fields last month. As soon as we saw a sneak peek of her photos, we immediately made plans to head out! Talk about being inspired ❤

Now I hope you’ll be inspired to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to the lovely Suzanne O’Brien. Her posts are always delightful and her images are always stunning – full of light, color and life! 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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Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Reward // Macro Flowers {Photo Challenge}

After a couple years of saving, I finally invested in a macro lens! My sweet reward for forgoing other wants and wants and wants! I’m still getting comfortable shooting with the Tamron 90mm macro, but I’m looking forward to lots of creative camera time!

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Love these images? They’re available for purchase in my Society6 shop! Click on any of the flower images and you can see what I have over in my shop! I’m giddy over how pretty these flowers look as prints, along with laptop covers, pillows and more!

Want to stay in the loop with me? Be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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

PS. Do you love flowers? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

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3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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

PS. Do you love roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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10 on 10 – October // Photo Walk

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // La Jolla, beach, photography, San Diego, cove, morning, waves, crashing, shellDid you participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day, this past Saturday, October 11th? I did! I headed down to La Jolla Cove to join the walk happening there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected as everyone went their separate ways, but I was able to get some nice shots of our San Diego gem!

My amazing friend Katrina Kennedy with Capture Your 365 is hosting a Photo Walk After Party, this coming Sunday, October 19th, 6pm PST. Guess who’ll be on the show with her? Me, me, me! I’m super excited 🙂

If you joined an organized photo walk, or headed out on your own walk with a camera, join us for the live after party! We’ll be sharing our photo walk experiences, our favorite photowalk photos and the stories they hold, and hanging out, connecting as a community with like-minded, photography lovers! All from the comfort of your own home! BYOB, lol! Check out more here.

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Perfect timing on the photo walk taking place when it did as our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle is happening this week, too! You may have come to me from Carie Cruz? She’s new to our circle, so even if you didn’t come from her beautiful blog, be sure to hop on over and give her a warm welcome with some comment love. But first, head on over to the amazing Kathleen Ries to check out her lovely images of her recent adventures on date-night!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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

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PS. Don’t forget to check out these links – so much happening this weekend: visit my new Etsy shop! Don’t miss True Scrap 6Join the Capture Your 365 Photo Walk after party!

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