Serenity // Ocean Beauty {Photo Challenge}

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When I read the weekly photo prompt at the Daily Post: Serenity, I knew exactly the image I wanted to share from a recent photo shoot! My beautiful friend is at one with the ocean, and even though I was nervous for her to be so close to the cliff, she was totally calm and relaxed. She is so in her element at the beach!

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She’s a photographer as well and takes amazing ocean images. I bet she was a mermaid in her past life ❤

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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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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/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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Silhouette // Balloons at the Beach {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla ShoresAfter reading the prompt and posting my first “Coastline Silhouettes” response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette, I was inspired and knew I wanted to go out and play some more!

My original post included tips to improve your silhouettes, so if you didn’t already read them, check them out over here.

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I invited a dear friend to meet up with my daughters and I for these shots. She and I met in 2010, when I started my formal photography education, and she’s one of my go-to-gals for bouncing ideas (concepts!), discussing photo challenges (help!), and sharing good laughs and support in our photo journeys ❤

We had a blast and look forward to heading out again for another fun photo outing!

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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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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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Beachy Texture and a GIVEAWAY!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodIt’s Friday, which means the Daily Post came out with a new photo challenge for the week: Texture! Lucky for me, I grabbed these shots earlier this summer while my hubby, daughters and I headed to the beach for a sunset walk. There’s an old… wait, before I tell you about what’s in the shot, I have to give you some backstory…

Years ago, I knew the kinds of images I wanted to capture – images just like these – I could see them in my mind, but I didn’t know how to get them. Have you been there? Have you envisioned a specific image, but aren’t quite sure how to capture it? Well, I’m going to share with you two aspects that have been monumental in my development as a photographer…

1. Knowledge is POWER! If you’ve read a blog post or two (or a hundred) here at Clicky Chick Creates, then you know I’m an education junkie. When I am passionate about a subject, I want to learn all there is about it. And that has definitely remained steadfast in my evolution as a photographer.

The first thing that rocked my world behind the lens: learning to shoot in manual mode. Taking the power of the camera, developing your eye and shooting with intention? Absolute recipe for success!

2. Shooting with INTENTION… that’s right, I said it again! But I don’t mean “oh, I want to photograph a yellow rose!” I mean looking at our everyday environments, whether we’re at home, work, school, running errands, running for exercise, or running away for a vacation, looking around and enjoying the little details. It’s the beauty in those details, those everyday bits and pieces of our days, that beckon to be photographed.

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Being part of Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 community and “Practice!” class has been a beautiful daily reminder to be thoughtful in the everyday surroundings, wherever I may be, and has without a doubt elevated my everyday intentional shooting. That’s why I’m honored and excited to announce another giveaway…

But first imagine… Imagine you’re able to take more control of your camera, harness the power in that DSLR and get the shots you want! Well, you’re in luck!

Your Life Captured Through the Lens GIVEAWAY!!

I’m so excited to giveaway a seat in Katrina’s upcoming “Your Life Captured Through the Lens” class to one lucky reader! For an opportunity to win a seat, just leave a comment telling me what you’re most excited to photograph in manual mode! And if you want a second entry to win a seat, sign up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list. {If you’ve already opted-in, you’ll automatically get an extra chance to win!}

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Are you neglecting your dSLR? Did you spend your hard earned money only to shove it into a closet so you can use your phone? Get that camera out!

It’s time you take creative control of your dSLR and create photos YOU LOVE! Your Life Captured Through The Lens is a 7 week on-line class that will get your camera out of the closet and your settings off auto!

In 6 lessons scheduled over 7 weeks, you’ll explore your camera’s buttons and dials. In each lesson you receive technical and composition instruction with practical exercises to get you shooting.

This is a 7 week, online class that begins August 11th, 2014. Written and video lessons are posted each Monday. Katrina Kennedy will lead two live webinars to answer your questions and guide you to creative success. Webinars are recorded in case your life makes it difficult to show up at a particular time. For more details, click here.

Katrina Kennedy’s passion is capturing life’s everyday moments. She knows her way around a camera and has a knack for teaching you how to use yours.  She has helped thousands of students get the most out of their cameras through her on-line classes and FREE daily email prompts.
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Leave your comment quickly… I’ll be picking the lucky winner this Sunday, August 10th, 6pm PST.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodSo what did I photograph? What are those images of? An old fence? A piece of a bench? A favorite restaurant? It’s the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California 🙂 It’s old, worn, rickety and quite lovely ❤ And the green in the background? The Pacific Ocean underneath the pier!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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UPDATE: Winner-winner, chicken-dinner! We have a winner for Katrina’s class! Drumroll….

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Congrats Lili! Please contact me at “Connie@ClickyChickCreates.com so I can get you the registration information! Class starts Monday, August 11th! Enjoy the class and please keep me updated on your progress!

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Summer Lovin’ // Beach Life {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // family beach day in San Diego, CA

My hubby was born and raised in San Diego – he defines water baby and is in the water regularly from May to October. Even though I’m a born and raised SoCal girl, swimming (especially in the ocean), well, it just ain’t my thang! Thanks heavens my hubby loves the ocean and our girls totally take after him! I truly think they would trade their legs for fins mermaid tails in a heartbeat!

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This collection of photos were taken during a family beach day at the end of last summer, when our big girl learned to boogie board! Can’t you see the glee in her face?! And our baby loves being in the water just as much as she loves playing in the sand!

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Photo Tip: Take more control of your images by shooting in manual mode and just as important – MOVING your FOCAL POINT! Guide your viewers eye to exactly where you want them to look. don’t make them have to hunt! {Click to Tweet!}

With the business of everyday life, I’m sometimes not the most appreciative, but I know without a doubt I’m blessed beyond belief with all three of my water babies ❤

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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 🙂

When I read the Daily Post challenge: Summer Lovin’, I immediately thought of many of my fave summer images, but turns out I’ve blogged about most of those here, here and here! <– Check ’em out, you won’t be disappointed! Glad these are out of the archives and shared with you ❤ What are your favorite “Summer Lovin'” memories?

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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