Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp Shop

Big Girl Panties at Sweet Stamp Shop {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp ShopMy sweet friend Nicole over at Sweet Stamp Shop has kicked off her Grand Re-Opening today and asked a few friends to design using her ADORABLE stamps! Of course I had to jump right in!

Her stamps are super cute, fun, playful and GREAT for everyday cards. She also has a wonderful collection of planner stamps that I’m just itching to get my hands on!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp Shop

For this card, I used the adorable HIS & HERS stamp set for the super fun undies and the ALPHA TABS for the sentiment. You totally want these now, don’tcha?!

I used a 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn “Hello Sunshine” and I definitely suggest using 6×6 pads when stamping and wanting to use smaller designs from patterned papers. So cute!

The clothes hangers or clips? Just strips of kraft paper folded in half and glued on!

Definitely check out her shop and blog. Full of awesome stamps and inspiration ❤ And if you head over today to see the GRAND RE-OPENING blog post, you’ll even spy my panties card as part of the featured designers!  Check out and COMMENT – FOLLOW – LIKE on the designer’s blog / instagram / Facebook page from now through April 12th… one lucky winner will win a $25 card to the Sweet Stamp Shop!

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As always, thanks for stopping by my  colorful little spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “BLUR” – I love adjusting the focal point and giving my viewer a specific spot to focus on… hello sunshine!

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

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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xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // blue and green decorative glass art piece found in Hearst Castle

Object // Cheeky Art {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // blue and green decorative glass art piece found in Hearst Castle

While visiting Hearst Castle last year, I was captivated by all the beauty every where we turned. Of course all the amazing architecture and art were beautiful objects to desire, but even in the gift shop, the object of my attention turned to the colors of this decorative and colorful glass art piece. As I came in for a closer, angled shot, I realized I was getting quite a cheeky bum in the background from another sculptural art piece, which of course made me laugh! Yes, I totally regressed to my 7- and 4-year olds’ humor : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // blue and green decorative glass art piece found in Hearst Castle

Are you playing along with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Object? Check out other submissions here!

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

Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Aguas frescas at farmer's market

A few weeks back The Daily Post has posted “Fresh” as the photo challenge for the week. And although I went in a different direction, {see post here} this post idea hasn’t stopped running around in my mind. So, here’s another post on Fresh, with images I took at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  fresh cucumber, avocado, tomato and other produce at farmer's market

I keep thinking I don’t head to outdoor markets as often as I’d like, but apparently I do! So far this year, I’ve been to a couple other farmer’s markets that I blogged about – one in Little Italy {San Diego}, the other in Nice {France}. I do love heading to local markets for the fresh produce, to support local small businesses and the photo opps are fantastic.

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  fresh gerber daisy flowers at farmer's market

Besides the great fruits, veggies and flowers, the vendors themselves were great too, engaging with the locals, and a few that I chatted with were fairly new, recently starting their businesses.

I loved checking out the handcrafted goodness that many of the vendors offered. Here’s but a few..

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  succulents, starfish and sand home decor at farmer's market

Livingscapes by Studio B

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  upcycling vintage finds at farmer's market

The Vintage Vineyard

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Suzie's Snack Shack chex mix treat at farmer's market

Suzie’s Snack Shack

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  upcycling vintage finds at farmer's market

The Vintage Vineyard

And of course I had to get some breakfast while I was there. My hubby had taken our daughters to the beach, so I was able to savor every single bite of these yummy Danish pancake balls – aebleskiver – and trust me, they were delish! *Since my first visit, we’ve been back a couple times as a family, and my daughters absolutely devour these breakfast concoctions – yum, yum, yum!!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  delicious Danish pancake balls {aebleskiver} at farmer's market

Elly Bellys

The inspiration all around at farmer’s markets is always a breath of fresh air. What do you love about your local farmer’s market? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // winery in Cote d'Azur, old Roman way of making wine

One Shot, Two Ways // Winery {Photo Challenge}

While in the South of France earlier this year, my girlfriends and I really wanted to go wine tasting, especially since we didn’t get the chance to go on a champagne tour while in Paris due to snow. Little did we know, most of the wineries have closed operation and sold their properties for hefty sums. So, we hired a private guide while in Nice and asked her to show us the sights. Our guide and driver Catherine Coppex was fantastic and showed us so much more than we could have done on our own – Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, St. Paul, a perfumerie, and so much more. She also found one of the last family wineries still in business and arranged for us to visit and have a private tasting. It was beyond wonderful!

And seeing that this weeks theme at the Daily Post is “One Shot, Two Ways” I decided to pull these shots from our visit to the winery. I believe the french wine maker said this was one of the old Roman ways of making wine, bottling in these vessels and leaving outdoors {rain, snow or shine} for three to nine months, depending on varietal.

The challenge set by the amazing and friendly photographer Jeff Sinon is to hone your eye to get the best shot – landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) – of the same scene or subject. Be sure to check out more inspiration and different takes on the theme over at The Daily Post! Now go shoot!

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

Unexpected {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // patina on intricately detailed metal grate beneath baptismal font at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

You may have noticed that I’m loving weekly photo challenges : ) It gives me the opportunity to
a. get my camera out and snap some creative shots; or
b. dig in Lightroom for photos I’ve previously created and give them new life

Considering it’s summer and I’m on full-time mommy-duty, I’ve been doing more digging than snapping when it comes to finding the right shot. I must say, I’m always quite pleased when I find something that fits the bill (or prompt!) just perfectly.

The theme this week over at A Word A Week Challenge is Unexpected. As I dug through my photos, I remembered a photo in particular… I remembered being so pleasantly surprised when I was taking photos at church and noticed the unexpected, gorgeous and vibrant colors on the metal grate below our baptismal font. Just one of those beauties that is seen, yet unseen. We walk up to it (the font), dip a finger into the holy water, then make the sign of the cross over ourselves, and hurry off to find a seat amidst the crowded pews in our beautiful church. After mass has ended, we head to the font, go through the same ritual, and walk out the ornate doors. The patina’d grate is touched by all who go through this ritual, as it is underfoot, but I don’t know how many of us take the time to marvel at the beauty it provides?

What unexpected beauty has caught your attention recently? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. These are by far some of my most favorite colors in the whole wide world. I’m super inspired to go create a card or scrapbook page now : )